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Nine Beautiful B&Bs for State and National Park Explorations

by Casey | Posted on April 9th, 2014

Outdoor adventurers and explorers who enjoy a beautiful place to rest and a delicious breakfast to start their day will want to check out these bed and breakfast options that are in close proximity to state and national parks.

1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

Assateague Island National Seashore is 37 miles long and considered one of the best beaches for communing with nature. Unspoiled, this windswept beach is home to wild ponies and many species of migratory birds. The Audubon Society named it a Global Important Bird Area. Relax here, taking in the rarity of it all, and then rest at one of these B&Bs less than four miles away on Chincoteague Island.

  • 1848 Island Manor House – Nine rooms available, each decorated to a high standard; most with private baths. Snack room, game room, beach gear, and concierge service available.
  • Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast – Eight rooms with private baths and sitting area are available. Well-behaved children and pets are welcome. Enjoy afternoon tea with Barbara’s “world-famous” scones.

Just one mile from Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles is The Baywood Bed and Breakfast, a reprieve with a private beach and two beautiful bay view rooms with balconies, and one “woodview” room. Kiptopeke is another well-preserved beach destination known for its migratory bird population.

Church Point Manor Bed and Breakfast in Virginia Beach is the closest B&B to Virginia’s most popular state park, First Landing State Park. On April 26, 1607, 100 English settlers landed and established the first elective government in English America before pushing up the James River to establish Jamestown. Church Point Manor is an 1860s farmhouse boasting European and American art and antiques. Nine beautifully appointed rooms and a suite are available. Dining is available on-site at The Cellars, an upscale, well-kept secret.

Cooper's Landing Inn, Clarksville

Cooper’s Landing Inn, Clarksville

Bike or hike High Bridge Trail State Park and stay only a mile away at Longwood B&B in the heart of Farmville. Each of the six rooms has a compelling story to accompany it, such as furniture from the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, and pieces associated with Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

Just across beautiful Kerr Lake from Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville is Cooper’s Landing Inn, a very comfortable reprieve in Virginia’s only lakeside town.  If you’d care to boat, take a trail ride on horseback or adventure around in other ways, the innkeepers are happy to oblige in making the arrangements. Their pool and hot tub are great places to unwind after a day of exploring.

Six miles of horse trails and fourteen miles of hiking trails make the beautifully rolling 1,862-acre Sky Meadow State Park in Delaplane an attractive getaway not far from Washington, D.C. The Ashby Inn is less than two miles away in Paris. It’s an 1829 inn with six guest rooms in the main house and four suites in an on-site converted schoolhouse. The property also boasts an on-site farm-to-table restaurant.

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a family favorite for its boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. At a shade over a mile away, Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast in Moneta is a brand new timber frame accommodation that just opened in December 2013. It boasts four large guest rooms, some with a fireplace or a jetted tub. Flying in? They’re on the Smith Mountain Lake Airport (W91) and offer tie downs, too.

The glistening Potomac River and Westmoreland State Park are less than five miles from the Inn at Montross, a 1790s Colonial Inn that has served as a tavern, hotel, restaurant, boarding house, apartments, and even as a school. You’ll find the five guestrooms to be quite comfortable and the fine dining exquisite after spending the day hunting for shark’s teeth and watching the Bald Eagles soar along the river.

 

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Waterside Vacation Homes

by Casey | Posted on March 6th, 2013

Though the calendar says we’re still a couple of weeks away from the official start of spring, now is the time to start thinking about booking your waterside Virginia vacation home.

Just steps away from lapping waves, sand or the calm reflection of a lake, Virginia’s vacation rental properties that include a waterfront view book up months in advance of the summer travel season. Check into these attractive bungalows and book now.

Along the Chesapeake Bay

Bayvon Beachfront Cottage is a comfortable accommodation right on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews. Bring your own linens for this three bed/two bath house that sleeps six. It’s a quiet property perfect for families. No smoking; no pets. $1500/week

Chesapeake Bay view from Cameron's Landing in Reedville.

Bay view from Cameron’s Landing in Reedville.

Vacation with the entire family when you book Cameron’s Landing in Reedville. The Bay views are commanding the private beach area is a protected place with gentle waters for the littlest vacationers. Just bring what you need to eat and wear; the rest is provided. Main house and guesthouse sleep 14 total. No smoking; no pets. $2400-$3700/week (without guesthouse or with). Book Now

Boaters, crabbers and fisherfolk will fall in love with James Ross River Plantation in Urbanna. This expansive four acre estate includes a boathouse, heated indoor pool, dock and accommodations for 14. $3900/week. HURRY! Only one week left in August; three in June! Book Now

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On the Eastern Shore

Corratock is a two-story historic home sits waterfront on Craddock Creek with a private pier and no neighbors. The birdwatching is excellent! A canoe, crab nets, traps, and fishing gear are all available for you and your five guests to use. No smoking; no pets. $1200/week.

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Virginia Beach Resort Area

Don’t mind a short walk to the sand? The Coastal Charm Beach House is just a block and a half back. It’s a cozy bungalow that boasts a sun deck and accommodations for up to 8. $2200-$2300/week. No smoking; no pets. Book Now

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Lakeside

The Dome Home in Huddleston is situated on a quiet cove of Smith Mountain Lake and includes a private dock. Want to bring a pet? Just ask! The home sleeps six and has large party decks on two levels. $1400/week. Book Now

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Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

Lake Anna Glass House is located in Spotsylvania on Lake Anna and boasts 4,200 square feet of vacation space. Private dock, enormous windows with grand views, game and media room, and a well-equipped gourmet kitchen makes this a special reprieve for a family of 12. $2415-$3465/week. HURRY! One remaining week for August and two in June! Book Now

Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove is also a Lake Anna waterfront home. Decks, two boat slips, jet ski lift, child’s slide into the water and beach area welcome families for summer fun. Sleeps up to 8 and has a wide range of amenities. $2347/week. Book Now

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If you’re ready to start planning your summer vacation waterside in Virginia, act fast. They’re going fast! See more vacation home options at Virginia.org.

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Coastal Cottages for Fall

by Casey | Posted on October 19th, 2012

Fall is a great time to escape to Virginia’s shores. The crowds are gone, the air is crisp and the coast is as beautiful as summer.

Wake up a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

Wake up to a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

Clear your mind any weekend this fall with a cottage rental in Virginia Beach, on the Eastern Shore or along the Chesapeake Bay.

Atlantic Breeze is a luxurious four-story town home just a quick 3 1/2 block walk to the oceanfront, Boardwalk, dining, shops, live entertainment, and more. Sleeps up to 12.

The Dunes is a sweet cottage just two blocks from the center of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A comfortable four-bedroom, fully equipped home with all the amenities for a relaxing beach vacation, The Dunes sleeps up to 10 people.

Matchotank Country Home is an expansive place on 50 acres in Onancock. The home sits waterfront with a dock, boat ramp, stocked freshwater pond, and all of the equipment you need to have a great time outdoors. Sleeps 10.

Eagle’s View is a four-bedroom waterfront home near Assateague Lighthouse on Chincoteague Island. It’s a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Soak in the midst of the Wildlife Refuge with over 300 species of birds and wild ponies. The property has a private dock for your use, as well as two master suites – great for multi-generation vacationing. Sleeps 11.

In Grimstead, Gwynn’s Island Cottage overlooks several bodies of water with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and a private beach. Sleeps 3.

The Crab Shack at Grandview in Mathews overlooks the East River. It’s a brand new accommodation with a rooftop deck and gourmet kitchen. You just might want to stay a while longer. Sleeps two comfortably, but air mattresses are available for additional guests. Dog-friendly.

Discover more coastal cottages at www.virginia.org/BeachVacationRentals/.

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Summer Beach Homes Along the Chesapeake Bay

by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2012

So far this month we’ve highlighted  Eastern Shore summer beach homes and Virginia Beach summer beach homes as a nudge for you to not wait much longer to book your beach vacation. These homes fill quickly!

View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

Today let’s look at the summer beach homes along the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia offers 7,213 miles of tidal bay shoreline, albeit a couple hundred of those miles include the western side of the Eastern Shore, as well as Tangier Island.

The Chesapeake Bay region is known for small towns full of authentic Americana offering a nostalgic vibe that takes away everyday stresses.

How does a private 200′ beach sound? If that’s not enough, the Chesapeake Bay Beach House in Reedville offers great Bay views (the home overlooks the widest portion of the bay – 30 miles), five bedrooms, two double sea kayaks, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the view and breeze. Sleeps 14. Available June 18-22, July 7-13, and August 18-September 7.
Weekly Rate: $4,000-$5,500
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Cozy Cabin is indeed that. It rests on the shores of the York River at Gloucester Point. The York River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay and still boasts an expanse of water and a sandy beach. Popular activities aren’t too far away. Your family of four could enjoy Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, or Historic Jamestowne quite easily. Available the weekends of June 16-17, June 22-25, July 7-9, the week of July 14-22, and from August 5 into September is currently available, too.
Weekly Rate:  $750
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In Colonial Beach, overlooking Monroe Bay, sits Marina Sunset, a two-bedroom unit that sits atop a bay front cottage. The two bedrooms will sleep up to six, and you’ll surely love the pace of the golf cart town. Available all summer!
Weekly Rate:  $895
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Discover more beach homes available to you and your family along the Chesapeake Bay.

*Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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Summer Beach Homes: Virginia Beach

by Casey | Posted on March 1st, 2012

Last week we highlighted Eastern Shore summer beach homes to whet your appetite for the summer ahead and give you a nudge to book before it’s too late. Today, we’re highlighting the Hampton Roads region, namely, Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach has 38 miles of shoreline. You might be most familiar with the resort area, which accounts for 28 miles and boasts a paved 28-foot-wide 3-mile boardwalk with separate bike lane. But for today, let’s take a look at how you can experience the rest of the coast from a beach house.

Atlantic Paradise

Atlantic Paradise

Atlantic Paradise sits on Croatan Beach at Rudee Inlet on S. Atlantic Avenue – just south of the resort area. With an in-ground pool, private oceanfront access, plenty of parking, and space for 18 to sleep (4,100 square feet), this might just be the family getaway home you’ve been searching for. No pets and no smoking. Available June 9-22 and July 7-20.
Weekly Rate: $8,300
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Pearl by the Sea (via Beach Pros) is a gem for a really large family vacationing together. Easily sleeping 25, it’s secluded in Sandbridge south of the resort area and does allow pets. While not oceanfront, it’s just across the street and offers an ocean view, in-ground pool, foosball table, pinball machine, and 50″ TV. Available June 16-23, July 21-28, and August 25-September 14.
Weekly Rate: $ 6,995 -$7,250
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Anticipation

Anticipation

It really doesn’t matter if it rains during your vacation if you’re staying at Crow’s Nest (via Sandbridge Blue), also located at Croatan Beach at Rudee Inlet. This amazing space has an indoor in-ground pool and hot tub. What else do you need to know?! Ten bedrooms and ten baths offer comfortable accommodations for 26. Expect to also find a pool table and expansive rooftop deck with fantastic views of the resort area and ocean. This three-story home includes an elevator, so it will accommodate every member of your family. Available June 2-9, July 7-14, July 28-August 4, and August 18 into shoulder season.
Weekly Rate: $6,675-$9,475
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Anticipation (via Sandbridge Realty) is a modest home for the true beach lover. Compared to the high-occupancy homes mentioned above, this is a smaller home for a single family to enjoy an oceanfront vacation experience. Anticipation is nestled on the shore of Sandbridge Beach and sleeps 6. It’s available June 2-9, June 16-30, July 14-21, and July 28-August 18.
Weekly Rate: $2,295-$3,295
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Sea Nile (via Siebert Realty) is an oceanfront brick cottage with dune-level deck just behind the seawall on Sandbridge Beach. One-level vacation living, it’s a comfortable setting for up to 14 and handicap accessible. Available June 23-29, July 7-13, July 21-27, and August 18-31.
Weekly Rate: $3,510-$3,610
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These homes are just a glimpse of the many, many more available in the greater Virginia Beach area.

>> More Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads Beach Rentals <<

Keep an eye peeled for an upcoming post highlighting summer homes on the Chesapeake Bay.

*Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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