Posts Tagged ‘Virginia wine’

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to its list of inspected and approved members! Built in 1787 as Barbee’s Tavern, the B&B originally served as a haven for Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. This Tavern Building remains a unique element of the Inn at Vineyards Crossing as it features original chestnut logs and stone mortar along with three original fireplaces.

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing was open in order to “provide a superior B&B which entails tight partnerships with local wineries, hunt clubs, and other local attractions.” These partnerships allow the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to serve guests with not only an upscale stay experience but with amenity options that turn the area from a ‘place to stay’ into a ‘destination.’

A BBAV membership allows Vineyards Crossing’s innkeepers to “comply with a set of basic standards, which are all minimum basics in the hospitality industry,” thereby “giving the consumer confidence in booking a stay.” In other words, membership with BBAV allows Vineyards Crossing to provide guests with the best experience possible, helping Innkeeper, Josh Haugh to provide a superior stay experience.

“Having the ability to interact directly with our guests, building relationships with our guests and creating memories for them, giving them a reason to return.” And so, the Inn at Vineyards Crossing provides the ideal destination for those looking for an interactive, welcoming, and memorable experience away from home.

Welcome to BBAV, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Welcome, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month at a Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Imagine yourself sitting on the outdoor patio of a Virginia winery, immersed in the surrounding autumn colors and the serene, vineyard scenery. You sip a glass of your favorite wine while your significant other drinks his or hers alongside you. Once you’ve indulged in your fill of the winery experience, picture yourself returning to the lavish comfort of a bed and breakfast. Luckily for you, this imagined scenario can easily become a reality, and since October is Virginia Wine Month, it’s is the perfect excuse to escape and enjoy the establishments of innkeepers and vintners alike.

Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville is the product of its namesake, Thomas Jefferson. The vineyards were first planted in 1774 but were eventually destroyed by the Civil War. Replanting began in 1981, and now the winery produces 6,000 to 8,000 cases of wine every year. Jefferson’s wine is fully Virginian, and the majority of the fruit ingredients are not only grown onsite, but were also hand-selected by Thomas Jefferson himself. (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg is a family owned and operated winery that was founded by Doug and Colleen Fabbioli. From the Una Pera off-dry wine to the citrus, vanilla and oak aromas of the 2012 Chardonnay, you’re certain to find a quality red wine that appeals to your senses. The Fabbioli family strives to use environmentally friendly methods of cultivating grapes that blend both traditional approaches with more modern innovations. (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo is an Eastern Shore winery and a historic farm that was patented in 1640. Their vineyards are “high-density, European-style,” and they contain “32,000 Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines.” (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

These are only three of the many fantastic Virginia wineries and vineyards. if you’re interested in our Inn Virginia members’ winery specials and packages, click here.

Virginia wineries and vineyards

 

By Tara Stoll

New Year’s Eve in Virginia

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Lets cheers Happy new year 2009

Spend New Year's Eve at a Bed and Breakfast Virginia.

Consider spending New Year’s Eve in a Virginia Bed and Breakfast. Inns have a much more intimate feel than large, corporate hotels; you won’t have to worry about landing next to a huge hall party and not getting any sleep (as regretfully happens from time to time). Instead, you may relax in common areas, toasting the New Year with a handful of other guests, or welcome 2011 privately in your room after an evening out.

Several Bed and Breakfasts Virginia offer New Year’s Eve Specials. Some provide dinner or arrange for guests to dine at a nearby restaurant. Many provide hors d’oeuvres, Virginia wine, and champagne toasts on the 31st, and at least one goes all out and puts on a masquerade ball.

Outstanding breakfasts become brunches on New Year’s Day. Enjoy the first meal with coffee or a mimosa. Sleep in first, or get a good start on those resolutions and walk or run before heading to the table.

Whether you like to be in the city or the country, with friends or with strangers, there is a Virginia Bed and Breakfast just right for you.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage is peaking right now – mid through late October. Make sure the batteries in your camera are fresh or charged, hop in the car, and spend a few days at Virginia bed and breakfasts Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a walking tour of historic Abingdon VA. Abingdon Spirit Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Plan to walk about a mile (often on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, which can be bumpy) and delve into centuries of history. Guide Donnamarie Emmert has researched the haunts of Abingdon rigorously, and the results are both fascinating and entertaining. She is an expert storyteller, and often spins yarns at festivals when not roaming about Abingdon on October evenings. Expect to be astonished, amused and amazed by what you hear. Additional information about Abingdon Spirit Tours may be found at the website.

Autumn means brilliant fall foliage, but it also means harvest time. For many, the most anticipated harvest of the season is the grape harvest, for it brings promise of Virginia wine. Enjoy a taste of autumn at Château Morrisette, which serves lunch daily through October between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After feasting and perhaps touring the winery, return to a Floyd VA bed and breakfast and enjoy Blue Ridge Fall Foliage from the comfort of a porch chair. For directions to the winery, visit Château Morrisette.

Stop by Williams Orchard Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 for fall festival fun. Hayrides, corn maze, and fields of pumpkins are surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Freshly pressed apple cider, Indian Corn, fall decorations, and pumpkins await those who stop by this Wytheville VA farm.

There is much to do this fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliant Blue Ridge Parkway foliage makes a glorious background.

Virginia Fall Foliage

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

If you’ve been hoping to see Virginia Fall Foliage this year but haven’t yet had the chance to travel throughout the state, you’re in luck; there is still plenty of time to stay in a Virginia bed and breakfast during peak foliage. Festivals abound at this time of year; why not combine a festival with a Virginia Fall Foliage tour?

Autumn along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves are expected to peak in the mountains of western Virginia mid to late October. There should be pockets of color in the mountains this weekend, and even more the following week. Consider a trip to a Staunton VA bed and breakfast this weekend (October 15 – 17) to participate in the Fall Foliage Bike Festival. A variety of well marked bike routes traverse the Shenandoah Valley and provide views of the Allegheny Mountains, awash in color. For more details, visit the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival.

Farther south, in the Heart of Appalachia, the Lee County Tobacco and Fall Festival celebrates the heritage of Lee County. The festival takes place in Pennington Gap Saturday October 23, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. That same day, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival takes place in Ferrum, about an hour south of Roanoke Virginia bed and breakfasts. Three stages will host to a variety of music, from bluegrass to gospel, ballads to blues. Storytelling, threshing, and horse-pulls will shed light on the rich heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which should be full of red, orange, and vibrant yellow leaves. For more details, please visit the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

Leaves in Piedmont aren’t expected to peak until late October, and vibrant colors aren’t expected to take over the eastern part of the state until early November. This weekend, October 16, Gladstone VA hosts a Fall Harvest Festival and Haunted Wagon Ride. The festival takes place in the James River State Park, about 25 miles northeast of Lynchburg, and features apple pressing, wagon rides, and historic craft demonstrations.

Spend the weekend of November 5, 2010 in Urbana Virginia bed and breakfasts and celebrate oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. The Urbana Oyster Festival features a parade, an oyster shucking contest, and lots of tasty oysters. Or enjoy Virginia wine barrel tasting at Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove on Saturday November 13, 2010. Additional information may be found at Ingleside Vineyards.

Virginia Fall Foliage provides a great excuse to travel across this lovely state.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in VA

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Balloon Launch 3

Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride in Northern Virginia.

How’s this for romantic: gliding over a valley in a hot air balloon with the person you love?

The 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival in the Shenandoah Valley is an ideal destination for folks craving a romantic weekend getaway in VA. Book your Northern Virginia bed and breakfast now for the weekend of October 15 – 17, 2010. The festival takes place in Long Branch, VA, from 1 – 8pm on the 15th, and from 7am to 4pm on the 16th and 17th. Balloonists arrive from all over the country and wineries from all over the state to participate in this fun, colorful event.

Friday evening as night falls, fires from hovering hot air balloons will light up hundreds of carved pumpkins, grinning ghoulishly on land. The atmosphere is sure to put everyone in an autumnal frame of mind.

On Saturday and Sunday, hot air balloon rides will be available at dawn and dusk, and tethered rides throughout the day. Being in a hot air balloon is like nothing else – it’s an ethereal way to travel. Gaze down at trees ablaze in fall color; hover over fields and farmland, and soar over the Rappahannock River. Share this magical experience with the person you love for a truly romantic weekend.

Virginia Wine tasting will also be available throughout the weekend. A wide selection of Virginia wineries will be represented, and with the purchase of a tasting glass, visitors may sample as many wines as they like and purchase a bottle to share back at a bed and breakfast Northern Virginia. Enjoy watching colorful balloons floating in the sky while sipping Virginia wine with your sweetie. A selection of locally brewed beer will also be on hand.

Spend a Romantic Weekend Getaway in VA at the 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival. In addition to the activities mentioned above, there will be live music, tasty food booths, and a variety of handcrafted items.

For more information about the Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival, please visit their website.