Five Culinary Destinations for B&B Travelers

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Apr 23, 2014 | Updated: Jun 25, 2018

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Food is not only essential to life, but is often a reason to travel. If your taste buds direct your path more often than the appeal of any other attraction, these destinations known for their culinary greatness should be on your to-do list. How do I know these are great culinary destinations? They each have a food tour, meaning, there’s enough great food to put on tour. Plus, there are beautiful bed and breakfasts nearby that are happy to host you and make your reservations. Good eats, good sleeps, win-win.

Taste of the Town Trolley Tours, Abingdon

Taste of the Town Trolley Tours, Abingdon

Abingdon offers Taste of the Town Trolley Tours once per month. Hop aboard and visit four to five locations that incorporate local ingredients into their menus. Previous locations have included Sisters at The Martha, The Tavern, Wolf Hills Brewery, and Figaredo’s Bistro.

Consider Your Historic District Stay:


When on Charlottesville‘s Downtown Mall, look for the orange umbrella. No, it’s not a sign of rain, but a sign of a delicious Charlottesville Food Tour in progress. Buy a ticket for one of two Saturday tours to sample the delights of such places at Hamilton’s at First & Main and Splendora’s Gelato Cafe.

100 South Street Inn, Charlottesville

100 South Street Inn, Charlottesville

Within a Mile of the Downtown Mall:


Downtown Harrisonburg is the first recognized “culinary district” in Virginia. Join in the tasty fun when you tag along for the Rocktown Bites! Food Tour in Harrisonburg. Seven sampling locations, such as Clementine, Cuban Burger, Jack Brown’s, and Kline’s Dairy Bar may be on your Saturday or Thursday tour.

Within a Mile of the Culinary District:




The One Bed and Breakfast, Richmond

The One Bed and Breakfast, Richmond

Real Richmond Food Tours highlights some of the tastiest dishes in Richmond every Saturday, with each tour being a different theme with different flavors. One example is the Spies to Pies Tour in Church Hill that includes The Roosevelt, Proper Pie Co., The Hill Cafe, Alamo BBQ, and other eateries.

Monument and Fan District B&Bs:

  • Grace Manor Inn – This 7500 square foot mansion with a salt water pool is on both the Virginia and National Registries of Historic Places.
  • The One Bed and Breakfast – Another National Registry entry, The One is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the home in 2014.
  • The Museum District Bed and Breakfast – A 1922 home with two luxury suites (one family-sized three bedroom!) and an adorable carriage house for utmost privacy.
  • Maury Place at Monument – This 1916 home has been restored in keeping with more than 100 historic easements protecting it. Featured in Remodel magazine and Small Room Decorating magazine.


The promise is that “you’ll never view or taste downtown Roanoke the same again” after you experience the Downtown Food & Cultural Tour. Line up your tickets for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday to taste what’s unique to Roanoke, like Texas Tavern and Hotel Roanoke.

Historic Roanoke B&Bs:


Which Virginia town or city is your favorite culinary destination? Leave us a comment to boast and tell us if there’s a fantastic B&B nearby, too!


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Avatar Elin Havrilla says:

How about Fredericksburg? The Richard Johnston Inn and the Kenmore Inn are right downtown and within easy walking distance to some FABULOUS restaurants.

Avatar Smichel says:

Excellent places, I bet the food there taste good too. Nice view and all, good for vacations and travels. Thanks!

Avatar Candace P. says:

Lexington, VA is another excellent destination for bed and breakfasts!
Brierly Hill, just behind Washington and Lee, is one in particular I can vouch for.
They have an incredibly friendly wait staff, breathtaking views, rooms (all with private baths, mind you) of all different sizes and prices to fit different tastes (most have a more traditional feel, which is THE WHOLE REASON YOU STAY AT A B&B) and the food is TO DIE FOR!