Summer Fun To-Do List

Immerse yourself in history at the Holladay House. Built in 1830, the House contributed to local Civil War History by playing a pivotal role for both the North and South side. Events such as an 1862 open war and the wedding reception of an officer in Robert E. Lee’s army occurred at the inn. As you enjoy this stunning historic bed and breakfast, don’t miss out on these four amazing locations: Four Country Players (Barboursville, Virginia) Staying at Holladay House allows you to be minutes from the longest operating community theater in Central Virginia. Experience over forty years of masterful musicals, hilarious comedies, and thought provoking dramas such as Chicago, Bullet for an Unaccompanied Heart, Dancing with Myself and many more to keep you entertained all evening long. Early Mountain Vineyard (Madison, Virginia) A getaway is incomplete without visiting one of Virginia’s award winning wineries. Early Mountain is particularly special since Lt. Joseph Early agreed to house a weary traveler. Little did he know it would be General George Washington. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are as soothing and breathtaking as ever, and the locally-sourced food paired with the wines is not to be missed. Shabby Love Visit this cute one-of-a-kind shop selling upcycled, vintage, handmade furniture. It’s amazing how Hannah, the owner, can bring new life to and old beaten-down throw-away item. Don’t end your getaway empty handed: decorate your home with a beautiful and practical souvenir that will have you recalling this amazing weekend. Skydive Orange This is one to check off the bucket list! Nothing defines thrill better than skydiving. If you like, before...

DIY: Framed Chalkboard

“A man’s got to know his limitations.”  Wiser words were never spoken (thanks Clint Eastwood).  And this (wo)man’s limitations stop at crafts.  So I brought in some serious experts: the Briarwood Boys – our fantastic florists at Briarwood Florist – to help with my first DIY project: a framed chalkboard. Gregory (one of the Briarwood Boys) gave me a list of the materials I would need for this project.  I shopped in town for the items and met them at their store around the corner from the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast. Armed with gloves (because I happen to be a messy painter), a small roller brush and tray, black chalkboard paint (there are other colors, including clear), a stir stick, 220 grit sandpaper, a few tools, a cleaning agent and my junktiques framed picture find at D+J Thrift Shop, I set up shop behind-the-scenes at Briarwood Florist. Gregory and Chris skillfully lead me through the steps of creating a framed chalkboard.  The project was so easy I was able to repeat the process at home (I mean, I have all this paint left – there’s no telling what I’ll paint over!)  Below I’ve detailed the steps – and great tips from Gregory and Chris – so you can create your very own framed chalkboard. Gregory suggested painting the glass in a frame would be best for this project.  Cardboard backing just doesn’t work well.  So make sure when you pick out your frame, it’s easy to dismantle and pull out the glass.  And, of course, make sure the whole frame is able to be put back together. Make...

Don Hughes – Officiant Extraordinaire

When getting married, your officiant plays a large role in the event. Here at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, we are proud to have Don Hughes perform ceremonies. Background Don has lived in this area all his life, taking some time to move away, and then return. He was born in the neighboring town of Gordonsville, was married at the local Methodist church, and at one time had the keys to the county court house, sheriff station, and local service station. His roots are deep within the community and he has a sense of humor that will make anyone smile. Don turned 74 this past year and has been married over 50 years to his wife, Lillian. Don loves to tease about the first time he met Lillian: “I met my wife in my bedroom” he says with a silly grin across his face.  The truth behind the “scandalous” story: Somehow Lillian ended up at his parents’ house before a local dance in 1962. Don was in his bedroom studying and his mother was giving Lillian a tour of the house. He remembers he was sitting at his desk in his room when his mother introduced them to each other. He finally got around to asking her to marry him in 1965. How’s it going?  “We are both Scorpio and haven’t killed each other yet.” Working many jobs over the years, Don has been a paint store owner, a florist, a caterer, an EMT (where he helped birth a few local babies), and a funeral director.  As Don puts it, he “takes care of people from the womb...

Why Elope?

It’s a big decision to go small for your wedding day!  There are a ton of reasons folks elope: * Family is spread out all over the USA/world and the logistics of getting everyone together would challenge the most seasoned international event planner. * One or both of the spouses are in the military. * The bride or groom is actually quite shy and doesn’t want to be put “on stage”. * The idea of all the detailed planning gives the bride and groom hives. * Saving $$ for the honeymoon or a big investment, like a house! * Only two opinions and no family drama to manage. * The couple believes exchanging wedding vows is a moment to be shared just between the two of them. My husband, Sam, and I choose to elope in 2001 when the trend was secret scandalous elopement or big fat wedding.  So, we went through a lot of the emotions involved with choosing an elopement-style wedding even before “small” was a thing. We understand and believe: 1) going small is a tough decision to make and 2) a wedding of any size is a meaningful life event that should reflect both the bride and groom’s desires. For us, our choice was a Virginia Inn even before thoughts of owning one entered our heads. If you think eloping is what you want to do, there are many ways of going about it. Here are three blogs I hope help you plan your perfect day: 1. Make sure you understand how to elope. 2. Research the cost to elope. 3. Celebrate your elopement or...

How Much Does It Cost to Elope?

The cost of eloping can be under $100 and it can be over $10,000. It really depends on what YOU want your special day to include. Here are some helpful hints from the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast.  Once you know the answers to these questions, you should be able to start planning your elopement. Understand what is included in the price of the package * What does the facility take care of?  What if you want them to take care of everything?  What if you want to customize and be more hands on? * Does the package include the officiant? Sometimes finding the officiant is the hardest part – is that taken care of?  Does he/she allow customization of the ceremony if you want to include your own vows or traditions? * Do you want to include guests? Some facilities see an elopement as just two people as opposed to a small wedding. If you want guests, including a four-legged member of your family, make sure your facility allows it. Here at Holladay House we can have 2-20 people and your pet. Frilly Details (that can cost extra) * What can the bride and groom wear? Ladies may wear anything from full length bridal gowns to colorful dramatic dresses to simple day dresses they can wear time and again!  Gentlemen may wear anything from business casual to suit + tie to a tux.  Wear what will make you the most comfortable on YOUR day! Need some ideas? Check out our photo album here. * Cakes?  You bet!  Engraved tableware?  Sure!  Special items, like unity candles?  Absolutely!  Color scheme? ...