Posts Tagged ‘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!

Drink and Be Merry at Epicurience Virginia

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” –Aristophanes

This weekend, August 30- September 2, 2013, is Epicurience Virginia, a “wine and food festival two hundred years in the making” that takes place in various parts of Loudon, VA. Now, you may be wondering about the name of this debut festival: Epicurience. If you’re not familiar with the word, don’t feel bad, as it’s entirely made up. Epicurience Virginia is a “festival so unique that no existing name quite fit” ( So the event creators took the epic occurrence and mashed it together with the epic experience promised to all attendees, and “Epicurience” was formed.

That’s a great deal of festival build up, so what can you expect to find during the weekend activities? In the briefest of summaries, you’ll find wine tastings, seminars, culinary demonstrations, live music, and “wine swag” for sale. (Click here for a full list of daily activities. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.)

After a long day of enjoyment, you’ll most likely need a place to rest your head and recover for either another day of festivities or the journey home. In either case, a nearby Inn Virginia member will complete your Epicurience weekend:

Briar Patch B&B

Goodstone Inn

Middleburg Country Inn

Berryville Inn

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant



By Tara Stoll

Of Inns and Vineyards

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Our association not only includes inns with close proximity to wineries and vineyards, but also several B&Bs with their very own vineyards— Beliveau Estate in Blacksburg, VA, Arcady Vineyard in Charlottesille, VA, and High Meadows Vineyard Inn in Scottsville, VA

Beliveau Estate is an award-winning “65 acres of serenity and rolling blue ridge mountains located in the Catawba Valley.” Not only do they offer lavish lodgings at their B&B Maison Beliveau, but owners Yvan and Joyce Beliveau also produce red and white wines in their own vineyards, first planted in 2009. The Estate “currently offers white wines which include three Vidal Blancs made in different styles and a white traminette. Reds include Cabert Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Landot Noir, Red Zinfandel, and special house blends” (Beliveau Estate). Join them on the second and fourth Thursday of the month for “Thursday Wine and Tapas,” and until the end of September, enjoy their “Sunday Specials.”

Arcady Vineyard is “the only B&B in Charlottesville with a working vineyard, offering guided wine tasting tours with transportation to dinner.” Arcady Vineyard offers peaceful luxury in the midst of Virginia’s lush wine country, and every evening sees a serving of their own port-styled dessert wine. As a member of the Virginia Vineyards Association, Arcady Vineyards “acquires the advice and training from Tony Wolf, Professor of Viticulture, and his associates at Virginia Tech” (Arcady Vineyard). Needless to say, Erika and Chris Goodell, owners of Arcady Vineyard, know their wine and they know how to treat their wine-loving guests!

High Meadows Vineyard Inn is a beautifully renovated farmhouse on thirteen acres of “gardens, woodlands, and meadows,” and it boasts its own Pinot Noir vineyard. Nancy and Cynthia Bruce, the mother-daughter duo that owns and runs the inn, offer several different wine packages, including a tour of three or four different local wineries, and a Virginia wine and cheese plate.

“The Spirit of Wine
Sang in my glass, and I listened
With love to his odorous music,
His flushed and magnificent song.”
– William Ernest Henly


 By Tara Stoll

Summer Festivals in Virginia

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Are you considering a family vacation this summer, but you’re not sure where you would like to go? Perhaps we can help. There is a huge variety of festivals taking place this summer, particularly during the month of July. These events encompass a wide range of subjects, including wine, music, horses, cars, and arts and crafts. And wherever there is a festival, there is a nearby B&B.

July 14- Black Dog Wine & Music Festival, Floyd, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Dutchies View B&B, Mountain Rose Inn, Beliveau Estate, and Clay Corner Inn.)

July 28-August 5 – Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Shepherd’s Joy, Summerfield Inn, and Inn on Town Creek.)

July 14 – BoxerWoodstock Music Festival, Lexington, VA (1868 Magnolia House Inn, A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Brierley Hill B&B, Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking, House Mountain Inn, and Stoneridge B&B.)

July 14 – The Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Bedford, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Lovestone Inn.)

July 21 – James River Raft Race and Summer Festival, Gladstone, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Orchard House B&B.)

July 6- Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Wintergreen, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Mark Addy Inn, Afton Mountain B&B, and Orchard House B&B.)

June 29-August 4 – Pony Swim and Auction, Chincoteague Island, VA (Nearby BBAV member inns include 1848 Island Manor House, Channel Bass Inn, Miss Molly’s Inn, The Watson House,Garden and Sea Inn, Inn at Onancock, Baywatch Inn at Franklin City.)

July 7 – Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion, Virginia 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.)

July 20-21 – Norfolk Jazz Festival, Norfolk, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Page House Inn, Freemason Inn, and the Patriot Inn.)

By Tara Stoll

The BBAV and the Virginia Wine Expo, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”

– Homer, “The Odyssey”

If you are a devoted lover of wine, a partaker of the occasional glass, or simply an admirer of the vineyard lifestyle, then you cannot miss the Virginia Wine Expo, February 24-26, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center: “The 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo (VWE) is Virginia’s premier wine event, exclusively featuring Virginia wine.” ( For three days, you can enjoy luncheons, seminars, conversations with wine makers, casual socializing, and of course, wine tasting with samples from over  70 different Virginia wineries.

Visit the Virginia Wine Expo website ( for general event information, tips, a detailed schedule, and a list of participating wineries.

We here at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia are happy to offer you a promotional discount for the Saturday and Sunday of the event. When staying at a BBAV inn, you will receive the code for a $5.00 discount off of your Walk-Around Grand Tasting tickets. (Ask your innkeepers for the code.) Furthermore, by “liking” our BBAV Facebook page (, you have a chance to win free tickets to the event, which will be given away over the next few weeks.  So if you are not yet a fan of our page, head over to Facebook, and click “like.”

Grab a friend, family member, significant other, and/or designated driver, and start planning your wine weekend now.  There are some fantastic BBAV inns in and around Richmond, Virginia, and honestly, what could be more fun than a wine festival and a vacation at a bed and breakfast?


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By Tara Stoll

Valentine’s Day in VA, 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Virginia is for lovers, right? Then Valentine’s Day is certain to be extra special for those romantic couples who choose a Virginia bed and breakfast for their holiday destination. Picture, if you will, a lavish suite, scarlet rose petals carefully strewn about the bed and crystalline glasses of champagne set atop the table. The room is bathed in the soft glow of candlelight, and further embellishment includes lusciously ripened strawberries with a shell of fine chocolate.

This little, fictional scenario can quickly become your reality. Quite a few BBAV inns offer Valentine’s Day packages or romantic getaway specials, and what significant other would not be thrilled to spend a few days away, engulfed in romantic relaxation?

Summerfield Inn, Abingdon, VA- “Treat your special sweetheart to a memorable Valentine’s break during the entire month of February.” This package includes a beautiful flower bouquet, decadent chocolates, and a delectable gourmet breakfast.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern, Clarksville, VA- This B&B offer a Valentine’s Day package through the whole of February. Treat your loved one to a one- or two-night stay, an in-room massage, a bouquet of long-stemmed roses, and a gourmet breakfast in bed.

Mark Addy Inn, Charlottesville, VA- Take advantage of this inn’s Valentines Sweetheart Getaway. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, gourmet chocolates, a gift basket with wine, and various other treats.

Corner Stone Farm, Clarksville, VA- Unwind with the rural romance of a two-night stay, cider and cheese, flowers, and chocolates. What better place is there than the country to relax with your special someone?

Holladay House, Orange, VA- All of the Holladay House’s Romance Packages are included in their Valentine’s Day special during the month of February. Stay for three nights at this bed and breakfast, and receive your third night at half price.


By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Scotland, Italy, and Wine, 2011!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

By now you’ve probably already felt a certain crispness in the mornings, swiftly replacing the thick humidity of these past summer months. Indeed others have noticed that the green hue of one or two leaves has already begun to dissipate, melting into red or gold. There is no doubt that autumn is near, approaching silently without ostentation or fanfare.

But I’m certain that you’re not reading this to hear me prattle on about the poetical nature of autumn. No, you would rather hear what sorts of activities in which you can participate during this upcoming fall season, and since you’re being so incredibly insistent, I suppose I shall tell you.

Although there are many, many, many, many autumn festivals and celebrations around Virginia, I’ll focus on three fantastic ones that you can find in and nearby Williamsburg, Virginia:

The Williamsburg Scottish Festival and and Celtic Celebration, September 30-October 1- It’s time for kilts, haggis, and bagpipes! This event includes Irish stepdancing, a golf tournament, a parade, and lots of vendors with pretty, shiny things!

The Yorktown Wine Festival, October 1- This festival includes 21 wineries, 8 of which will participate in a wine dinner at the Riverfront Restaurant. The music also looks to be fantastic with a drum and fife band, reggae, pop, rock, acoustic, electric, and Celtic.

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Ciao Williamsburg Festival, October 8-9- Celebrate your Italian heritage, or, if you’re not Italian, pretend to be for a couple days! This festival promises amazing food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and some excellent entertainment.

By Tara Stoll

A Secret “Sweet Spot” for Lovers in Virginia’s Beautiful Shenandoah Valley: A TripAdvisor’s 5 Star Award for Excellence

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

“Virginia is for Lovers” is a promise fulfilled at Historic Downtown Harrisonburg’s Stonewall Jackson Inn ~ Bed and Breakfast!  Get out your “Bucket List,”  here is “must” places to visit!!   Two well- known, premier travel directories agree!  TripAdvisor has just awarded the coveted 2011 “Certificate of Excellence” to this Inn for again having a solid 5 star rating from their subscribers for the second year in a row. has also awarded the Inn “Best B&B in the Mid-Atlantic Region” and lists it in the elite Diamond Collection of the World’s Best B&B’s.


The really good news is that this Inn  is located in the hospitality-plus “Friendly City” of Harrisonburg, right in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. The City’s lively Downtown  Historical District  is also the Fine Dining & Entertainment Center of the Valley.  But that’s not all.  It offers museums, galleries, shops, stage theater and music, Farmers Market, outdoor festivals & activities.  In the center of the District in a beautifully restored pre-Civil War home,  you will find a  docent staffed  visitor’s welcome center with a gift shop and  a beautiful Tea Room that serves many different kinds of tea along with homemade goodies. Harrisonburg is not only the Valley’s choice destination for a very romantic B&B & fine dining Getaway,  but it is also a “base camp” for outdoor adventure.    There are easy day trips to experience Civil War and Frontier History, Outdoor Recreation and Entertainment, Shopping & Antiquing, Biking, Hiking, Wine Tasting, and much more.  Check out and if you are looking for some ideas.


The Stonewall Jackson’s mission and promise of a “A Night’s Delight ~ A Breakfast to Remember” is a tall order, but the Inn’s friendly hospitality team is up to the task.  They literally love their jobs of “making guests happy”.  Galina, a “wannabe” interning Innkeeper from Belarus tells the guests “It is like working in a Disneyworld Bed & Breakfast”.  The team leader, Master Innkeeper and owner,  Dr. Wayne Engel, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at James Madison University.  He and his son started the Inn twelve years ago “just to have fun”.  The ambiance is one of warm Southern Hospitality in a Civil War Era restored mansion , with all of today’s amenities & technological comforts.  The Stonewall Jackson Inn is Certified “Virginia Green” carries a 3 Diamond AAA and an “Exceptional” rating by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia Visit the website for more information and details of “The Stonewall Jackson Experience” in the “Friendly City” of Harrisonburg.

Dr. Wayne Engel, © 2011

Visit, write, or call 800.445.5330

Dr. Wayne Engel, Owner/Innkeeper

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 East Market Street, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801