Posts Tagged ‘water’

Stay Cool at a Virginia Waterfront B&B

Friday, July 12th, 2013

There’s no doubt that summer in Virginia is hot and humid, which is why so many individuals gravitate towards water activities to escape the oppressive heat. Numerous InnVirginia members happen to be waterfront B&Bs, so not only can you enjoy a refreshing relaxation along the water, but you can begin and end your day in the cool luxury of your desired inn.

The Essex Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in Tappahannock, VA, close by to well-known Tidewater rivers and with numerous coinciding creeks. According to owners Bob and Janice, “The Potomac, the Rappahannock, the James, and the York rivers of the Tidewater are the watery roads of history.”  Perch on the edge of a river pier with your fishing pole, or take your canoe or kayak down the water for a day of shoreline site-seeing.

North River is a Gloucester, VA inn with watery relaxation right in its name. Owners Breck and Mary Montague state, “The North River and her creeks provide the perfect setting for walks as well as exploring in our canoe and kayaks. From an abundance of wildlife to the ever-changing river, your jaunts will become journeys of discovery.” Three sides of the North River Inn are surrounded by water, so if you find yourself tired after a day of exploration, rest on the riverbanks, and watch the cool waters flow by.

Baywatch Inn of Franklin City is in a wonderfully quiet Virginia village. The town offers water-based activities like fishing, crabbing, clamming, kayaking, or, if you’d prefer, you can simply sit on the front porch of the inn and observe the restful beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Innkeepers Carl and Terri Smith say, “NASA Wallops Island can be seen across the bay from Bay Watch especially at night, along with the Chincoteague Island skyline and the Assateague Island lighthouse!”

See all our B&Bs that are on the water and stay cool this summer!

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By Tara Stoll

Water, Water, Everywhere

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The heat in Virginia has already been stifling this summer. What better way to cool off than at a Virginia water park or at a water-themed festival?

Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include A Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg, A Williamsburg White House, Bentley Manor Inn, Colonial Capital B&B Inn, Magnolia Manor, Newport House B&B, Liberty Rose B&B Inn, and The William Miller House.)

Ocean Breeze Waterpark, V
irginia Beach, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, Cape Charles House, and A Williamsburg White House.)

Waterworks at Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include, Grace Manor Inn, Maury Place at Monument, and Kensington B&B.)

SplashDown Waterpark, Manassas, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include Manassas Junction B&B and Bennett House B&B)

Great Waves, Alexandria, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Foster Harris House, Middleton Inn, and South Court Inn B&B.)

Randolph Waterpark, Dublin, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Rockwood Manor Inn, Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn, Huffman House at Creekside Farm, Inn at Riverbend, and Trinkle Mansion.)

Splash Valley Water Park, Roanoke, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include the King George Inn, the Inn on Campbell, Serenity’s Inn! Romantic Cottages, Beliveau Estate, Stoneridge B&B, 1868 Magnolia House Inn, and Wolf Creek Farm.)

Festivals:

August 31-September 1 – Beach Party, Abingdon, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Shepherd’s Joy, Summerfield Inn, and Inn on Town Creek.)

August 17 – Beach Bash, Virginia Beach(Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)

August 20-26, 50th East Coast Surfing Championships, Virginia Beach (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)


Looking for a B&B that wasn’t included above? Search through our entire list of BBAV member inns here.

 

By Tara Stoll

Staying Fit While on Vacation

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Vacations are obviously meant for relaxation—a break from work, an escape from the everyday routine, and a chance to indulge in atypical activities. Many people, however, also use vacation as a break from their healthy lifestyle, and now that we’re coming up on the holiday season, there will be sugary treats galore. Here are some simple ways to defy the temptation of overindulgence:

1. Eat and drink in moderation. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying mini-snickers bar, so long as that mini one doesn’t turn into a few regular sized candy bars. Cut yourself off after a few mixed drinks or calorie-laden lattes. Choose grilled instead of fried. It’s all about making intelligent decisions.

2. Drink lots of water. This one is a given that will most likely be found on any “be healthy” list that you read. Besides all of its obvious health benefits, water also fills you up so that there is less of a chance of overeating. (It may be more of a challenge to drink cold water during the chillier months, so try out some healthier hot drink options like sugar-free tea and apple cider.)

3. Go for a walk or a hike. Depending on where you are vacationing, there should be an abundance of trails, sidewalks, shopping centers, etc. In other words, just keep yourself moving. No, the cold is not an excuse since you more than likely own several coats, sweaters, scarves, pairs of gloves, etc.

4. Bring your workout with you. Grab some weights and/or a couple workout DVDs, and you can become your own fitness coach. Most bed and breakfasts will have DVD players that you can use, but if not, laptops work fine too! If you don’t have any workout DVDs, there are a multitude of youtube videos or articles online that can aid you in your exercise. Bed and breakfast rooms contain plenty of space to at least do a few push-ups and sit-ups, so there goes your complaint of “no space to workout.”

5. Download an audio workout for your iPod or mp3 player. From upbeat music to narrated workout sessions, the list of what you can download is endless.

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By Tara Stoll