10 Virginia B&Bs with a Notable Breakfast

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jul 30, 2013 | Updated: Apr 16, 2018

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Recently we rolled out 22 Great Breakfast Spots in Virginia – as nominated by locals – and the response has been fantastic. In that same spirit of morning delights and food that’s worth the drive, we present to you 10 Virginia B&Bs with a Notable Breakfast.

Innkeepers Sam and Sharon Elswick in the kitchen at Holladay House B&B.

Innkeepers Sharon and Sam Elswick in the kitchen at Holladay House B&B.

The innkeepers of Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange take their breakfast seriously. Organic, locally-sourced ingredients are key to their morning preparations. The innkeepers are dedicated to supporting local farms and businesses, and you’ll find a list of their food partners here. In addition to the freshest breakfast possible (and made to your dietary specifications), Holladay House serves Holladay House Signature Coffee in cooperation with Orange County Coffee Roasters. It’s a custom roast that you can take home.

Chestnut Cove B&B in Farnham is your choice bed and breakfast for hands-on stained glass creations, but don’t stop there. Guests have raved that the “scones at breakfast are worth the drive alone,” and that the innkeepers offer an “absolutely yummy breakfast burrito with beautiful presentation.”

Ivycrest Inn B&B in Christiansburg is a grand Victorian with multiple spaces in which to enjoy your buffet-style hot breakfast each morning. One guest wrote of Ivycrest, “… woke up to a wonderful smell. We had a breakfast casserole and apple dumplings.” I’m imagining those hot apples on the porch during fall, myself.

*Holladay House, Chestnut Cove and Ivycrest Inn were all nominated to be included in the 22 Great Breakfast Spots in Virginia post, but we felt this post was a much better place for you to find them.

Channel Bass Inn on Chincoteague Island was recognized in May 2013 by The Daily Meal as one of the Top 50 US Bed and Breakfasts for Food. Fresh baked breads, fruits, warm compote, farm-fresh eggs and then some make the Channel Bass breakfast a “very full breakfast.” After you’ve enjoyed a great breakfast and whiled away the day, a three o’clock four-course tea affair awaits you, complete with scones and quite a variety more.
>> Get Barbara’s recipe for Mexican Eggs!

The Magnolia House Inn in Hampton received attention from Essence in 2010, as innkeeper Joyce Blair’s Croissant French Toast was highlighted in a healthy living article. The intro to the article reads, “Four innkeepers at African-American-owned B&Bs share delectable recipes that will have your brunch guests wanting to stay the night.” Why not stay with Joyce, enjoy her french toast to see how it’s really supposed to taste, and then whip them up at home?
>> Get Joyce’s recipe for Croissant French Toast!

Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles has a farm-to-table philosophy for their breakfasts, making the preserves and jams from scratch, and serving a delicious meal using backyard and local ingredients. In addition, Bay Haven serves a personalized, micro-roast coffee by Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Company. If available, ask for their signature Sweet Potato Biscuits with Virginia country ham!
>> Get Jim’s recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits!

Bay Haven Inn's signature sweet potato biscuits with Virginia country ham.

Bay Haven Inn’s signature sweet potato biscuits with Virginia country ham.

At the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, you can expect a wide variety of three-course breakfast offerings, but also a special of the month. As fall approaches, let the idea of pumpkin waffles topped with apples and walnuts dance in your head, or maybe a gingerbread waffle in December? Dietary restrictions can be met with 48 hours’ notice.

Cedar Springs Inn in Charlottesville boasts beautiful porch seating with expansive mountain views for their big country breakfasts. Each guest is served a personal loaf of coffeecake or sweet bread, plus fruit, choice of meat or fish, and choice of two savory and one sweet entree. There’s no reason to skip this breakfast.

The White Pig Bed and Breakfast in Schuyler specializes in vegan breakfasts and is an oasis for rescued animals. White Pig has been honored as a winner of the Veggie Awards (2004) by VegNews, and by PETA with a Proggy Award (2004). Expect to find delicious offerings on their breakfast menu, including organic Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries.
>> Get Dina’s recipe for Blueberry Pancakes!

Williamsburg Sampler Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg was honored with a proclamation from the Mayor of Williamsburg in 2008 in part for their US Registered Trademark SkipLunch® Breakfast. That term came to be, as their website explains, when the innkeepers were worried a guest who happened to be a college football player with a big appetite wouldn’t be satisfied with his breakfast. They served him a hungry man’s style breakfast and the player said, “Thanks for the Skip Lunch Breakfast.” And the breakfasts at Williamsburg Sampler have never been the same.

Without a doubt there are dozens more amazing B&B breakfasts in Virginia and we want to hear about them! Simply leave a comment so we’ll know and others will, too.


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*Updated April 15, 2015


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Raynor Frode says:

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast in Virginia Beach is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!! I love comfort food, so I was in heaven when Lea & Chris served me their “ricotta yogurt” for a first course, then their sinfully scrumptious “creamcheese-stuffed challah bread French toast with housemade berry purree and local honey” (I kept that day’s menu sheet, so I would remember!). I loved my stay! Every afternoon, there was something new set out for the “afternoon snack” and there was *always* iced tea available.

Oh, and wait until you stand before the glory of their new coffee machine! I’m a coffee fanatic and they just installed a new Jura Giga X7 coffee maker about a week before I most recently stayed there. OMG, it’s amazing! I love my “latte machiato” coffee so much that I looked up the machine online to see about getting one for home. (gasp!) I am definitely not going to spend $8,999.00 for a coffee maker–but I’m sure glad that the owners of Beach Spa B&B did!

Ok, so that was a lot on one B&B–and there are many in Virginia that are amazing! For example: Inn at Warner hall (YUM breakfast and tons of private land along the rivah), Iris Inn (amazing view of the valley and some of the best cornmeal muffins anywhere!) and Inn at Rivers Bend (BEST view, hands down!).

Ann Myers says:

Thornrose House in Staunton! Lovely couple and we’ve been raving about the breakfast since we left. Homemade breads, local eggs and meats, french press coffee! A different egg dish each morning with ingredients from their gardens. They even modified for Gluten Free. I wish I had taken pictures. http://thornrosehousebandb.com/

Joan Ruby Nilsson says:

Visit Vine Cottage Inn a B& B in Hot Springs, Virginia. This is an awesome place to stay. The couple, who owns this place, is so nice and helpful. Everything at this B & B is great…..also the breakfast.

Misty says:

Smithfield Farm B & B near Winchester is lovely, and it’s on a real working farm.

Jake says:

The Sweet Potato biscuits made by the Bay Haven Inn are a true southern comfort traditional taste! Everyone must stay the night and try them and all the fabulous breakfast creations they come up with

Tammy says:

Jake, thank you for your kind words about the sweet potato biscuits. I just canned (“put-up” as the saying goes) the Ginger Fig Jam that we serve with these this week. And I decided to get creative with some of our local Pickett’s Harbor Farms peaches and Serrano peppers from our garden and came up with a Fig, Peach and Pepper jam, our guests today gave gave it a BIG thumbs up! Ready now for our breakfast table this weekend!

Jean says:

Where is the Inn at Onancock???? Lisa & Kris are the best host/hostess and Lisa’s breakfast is to die for!!!!

Andrew Minarik says:

Agreed about the Holladay House and glad it’s at the top of the list. We’ve stayed there several times and our stay is always excellent. They are very dog friendly too and located perfectly to be able walk to several great restaurants in Orange.

Rob Stutes says:

We have stayed at Rose Hill B&B in Roanoke at least 10 or 11 times, and Wendy’s “to die for” three-course breakfasts always make us swoon!!