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Robert E. Lee Even had Breakfast Here!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Braehead Manor, Fredericksburg, VA, to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. Originally built in 1859, this historic manor house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and developed into a B&B by current innkeeper

s, Warren and Karen Bane, in 2011. This only describes a small fraction of the manor’s unique and longstanding history as it became a popular spot during the Civil War and stands within the limits of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park. Robert E. Lee even had breakfast there!

Braehead Manor

Braehead Manor’s life as a B&B only adds to its already remarkable past, allowing guests to experience Fredericksburg’s history while adding to the manor’s cultural heritage in the present by creating experiences of their own.

Now, this B&B serves residents and travelers alike, interested in history and a high quality stay experience—which is why Braehead’s innkeepers sought a membership with BBAV. It’s important to have the property inspected, Karen Bane says, “In order to maintain high standards and safety for guests.” Furthermore, the membership itself is valuable because it allows their B&B “to be promoted on BBAV’s website.”

Although Warren and Karen Bane opened Braehead Manor in order to provide a historical landmark for residents and tourists of the area. These initial goals have grown into their current goals of “expanding the B&B into a wedding venue and creating more activities and events to allow citizens to become familiar with the historic property.”

The Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast: 81st Historic Garden Week Selection

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Speckled Trout B&B, a BBAV Inn, selected to be on the 81st Historic Garden Week; The Garden Club of Virginia’s unique, state-wide home and garden tour. Saturday May 3, 2014 (10a.m.–5 p.m.).

“Each spring visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day, statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members”.

The Speckled Trout B&B, located in Waynesboro’s historic Tree Streets neighborhood, has been selected as one of two homes in Waynesboro, Virginia, to be toured on the 2014 Garden Club of Virginia’s home and garden tour. The B&B, decorated in the Virginia Hunt Country Style, opened in 2011.

Alaskans for 30 years, the owners have returned to Virginia and have successfully blended traditional furnishings and antiques with sporting culture that conveys a refined sense of comfort and adventure.

The home reflects the many travels and expeditions that this couple have enjoyed together not only in Alaska but around the world. The home is decorated throughout with fly-fishing related art and historic artifacts, including an exquisitely etched family genealogy spanning back to 1525.

The Speckled Trout is the designated VIP Home for the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival each year and host home of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Many notable fly fishermen, authors and artists from around the country have overnighted here in the luxurious guest rooms and have enjoyed the privacy of informal gardens on the rear brick patio for morning coffee and complimentary evening desserts.

Open for the first time for Historic Garden Week, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heafner, owners.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens.

See more at: http://www.vagardenweek.org

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

Dreama Travis: InnVirginia Member of the Year

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

On the evening of Feb. 23, Dreama Travis of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast in Graves Mill, Virginia was awarded the Bed and Breakfast Member of the Year, an honor to be added to her many recent accomplishments.

Travis, a nine-year member of BBAV and the Inns at Montpelier, has shown her fellow innkeepers the true meaning of perseverance, proving to be an inspiration.

Four years ago, Travis was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometrial Cancer. Inoperable and incurable, Travis was given limited time to live. Wanting to get the most out of life, she embarked in a holistic approach to battle the disease.

Travis’ lifestyle changes proved helpful, but unfortunately could not stop the inevitable. After months of sporadic operation, the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast eventually closed, a decision Travis thought would be permanent.

Even with the devastating loss of her business, Travis was not ready to quit and began defying odds. Feeling strong enough, Travis found herself attending a mission trip to Nigeria where she provided medical care and educational support to natives.

Locally, Travis stated a support program called the First Responders Cancer Team. The team aims to provide support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. To be a team member, one must have cancer or be a cancer survivor. Initially, they were reaching out to patients in surrounding countries, but are now counseling patients around the globe.

“Being an innkeeper has afforded me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” Travis said. “Sometimes guests will go home after a stay at The Old Mill House and later learn about a friend or loved one being diagnosed with this most dreaded disease. They call and ask if I will talk with them. Sharing my success story gives them hope where there was no hope before.”

Although Travis still battles cancer, she has already overcome tremendous obstacles, most recently in the re-opening of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast, which is now back in full swing.

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Travis was proudly awarded her honor at the 2014 Annual Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia Conference in Richmond, Virginia where she was accompanied by a standing ovation of fellow colleagues. The room was evidently full of great admiration for this outstanding member, not only with her Bed and Breakfast, but life.

Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

The newest B&B to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s inspection into membership is the Daughter of the Stars B&B in Stanley, Virginia. Patrick Burns the owner, decided to have a BBAV inspection in order to help them connect with BBAV’s experienced knowledge base, and thus provide a better experience for their guests, as well as to set their B&B against an outside standard of inspection that ensures guests of the B&B’s high quality.

 

Daughter of the Stars began as an endeavor to “to do something interesting, unique, enjoyable and memorable” while “creating a unique, interesting, educational, fun, and successful travel experience” for guests. Indeed, this B&B does all of the above with its specialization in “The lesser known stories of the Shenandoah Valley”, which allows guests to celebrate and explore the history of foods, cultures, and customs native to the valley. Innkeeper, Misty Henderson, will delight guests with her cooking, and hospitality.

 

Civil War currency

Civil War currency

“In our Authentic Art and Artifacts Gift Shop,” Patrick described, “we have items like real Civil War currency and authentic Native American art and artifacts for sale. This way our guests not only hear the History, but they can touch it and own a piece of it. All of the Native American artifacts are from tribes that are known to have been in the Shenandoah Valley.”

 

Every guest room contains a private baths with Whirlpool tubs, queen-sized beds, and fireplaces that combine to create a romantic and comfortable atmosphere. Thus, guests looking for a vacation with a significant other or friend, or some alone time, the Daughter of the Stars B&B is perfect for a uniquely cultural and relaxing experience in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure

 

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.

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Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

BBAV Cookbook, 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011


The name “bed and breakfast” conjures up many different mental images and most are related to cozy little getaways, luxurious rooms, and smiling innkeepers. But the one overlying image that almost immediately comes to everyone’s mind is the absolutely delicious food.

If you have ever wanted to re-create some of the decadent dishes that you have tried at a B&B, you’re in luck, because the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia has recently released a fantastic cookbook. From Apple Coffee Cake to Cheesy Potatoes, there are various recipes from each inn in the BBAV, instructing you on how to create desserts, main courses, holiday treats, and much, much more.

Each inn is also featured on a page with a brief description about their establishment, so besides being a wonderful culinary treasure, the cookbook serves as a quick guide to Virginia bed and breakfasts and their surrounding areas. As the BBAV website states, “This is not just a cookbook, but a travel companion. Each B & B is unique. Virginia offers historic Colonial homes, country manors, Victorian homes, old train depots, and former plantations. This book will help you discover a Virginia Bed & Breakfast that is perfect for you.”

One final aspect of this cookbook that makes it unique from all others is that many of the recipes are ones that are prepared in advance. Working at a B&B means that you must become an expert in time management, and preparing food ahead of time is often one way to do so. Thus, if you’re throwing a huge holiday party and you don’t have time to prepare food that day, check out our recipes and make them ahead of time!

(And don’t forget that this cookbook would make a wonderful Christmas gift!)

By Tara Stoll

Howl-O-Scream, Williamsburg, VA

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Everywhere you look in Virginia, you will find some sort of Halloween party or harvest festival during this time of year. While you’re making yourself at home at one of our cozy bed and breakfasts, perhaps you will want to attend one of these celebrations. If you have children, there are some spectacular family-friendly opportunities.

One such event is the fabulously scary Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Traverse through the foggy gloom of the Fear Fair. Explore the vampire-laden “Bitten” house. Rock out to Monster Stomp Revamped. Sneak through the woods of New France while trying to avoid the Widow Makers. If you enjoy that heart-pounding rush of adrenaline brought about by fear, then Howl-O-Scream is certainly the event for you! However, if the kiddies aren’t so keen on monsters popping out at them, you can visit Busch Gardens during the day for plenty of non-scary fall fun. Once 6pm hits, though, the park becomes a haven for horror! *cue thunder sound effects*

Howl-O-Scream is hardly the only Halloween celebration in Virginia, so click here for a lovely little list that highlights different events based on region and city.

Be smart and safe, everyone! (And parents, kindly refrain from adorning yourselves with costumes that would severely embarrass your children…)

Lastly, I feel that no Halloween blog would be complete without this classic tribute to all things that go bump in the night:

 

By Tara Stoll

Virginia Green, 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It seems to be all the rage now for companies to “go green,” and for many, this is little more than a title to earn approving nods from others of the so-called green persuasion. However, there are those who truly care about the restoration and preservation of the the natural environment, and Virginia falls into this latter category: “Virginia Green is Virginia’s program to encourage green practices throughout the state’s tourism industry!” This includes recycling and waste reduction as well as energy and water conservation.

From eco-friendly lodgings to restaurants that emphasize recycling, there are many different volunteers participating in Virginia Green! If you would like to consider becoming a part of this green alliance, check out the Virginia Department of Environmental Equality’s webpage, and fill out an application online! Even if you are not a volunteer of this specific organization, every little effort can help. (I promise you that it takes just as much effort to toss a plastic bottle into a recycling bin as it does to throw it away in a trash can.)

For a few friendly suggestions about how to go green, check out Virginia’s Eco-Friendly Travel Tips.


By Tara Stoll

Chincoteague Island Events, July 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Parades, ponies, and carnivals. Sounds like a child’s dream, right? Well, actually, these three things are included in an event happening towards the end of this month on Chincoteague Island, the setting for Marquerite Henry’s famous novel Misty of Chincoteague. If you haven’t guessed by now, this event is Pony Penning Day, where the wild ponies of Assateague Island are rounded up by the Saltwater Cowboys and brought over to Chincoteague. This tradition most likely began in the 1700s, but it was not recorded until 1835. Since then, it has evolved into a fully-fledged tourist attraction, including various other events that accompany the swimming, penning, and selling of the wild ponies.

© 2011 Chincoteague.com

What sparked an international interest in Pony Penning Day was the aforementioned book, Misty of Chincoteague. It is the story of a wild pony named Phantom, her foal Misty, and the loving family that buys Misty. You should definitely read it during your Pony Penning Vacation! And while you’re reading it, you should definitely be staying at one of the fabulous Bed and Breakfasts in the area. For the full experience, check out Miss Molly’s Inn, the wonderful B&B at which Marguerite Henry stayed as she penned her novel. Do you see the pun I made there? “Penned”??? “Pony PENNING Day”??? Yeah, okay, it’s not the wittiest of puns, but it’s still sort of clever!

© 2011 Miss Molly’s Inn

There are also a number of other inns in the area that are also wonderful choices, so you have your pick of fantastic establishments!

By Tara Stoll