The Hummingbird Inn

30 Wood Lane P.o. Box 147, Goshen, Virginia 24439
Innkeeper(s): Patty and Dan Harrison
 

Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival 28 Feb 2015, 6:11 pm

Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

 

Press Release from the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

 

2015 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival 

Fly anglers from across the country will celebrate the 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on April 11-12, 2015. Held on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is the largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country that offers on-stream instruction. Only here can you learn all the latest techniques from the experts and then walk right over to the river and try them for yourself.

This year’s festival sponsors include Temple Fork, Orvis, Harman’s North Fork Cottages, Wild River Outfitters, Eastern Fly Fishing, Blue Ridge Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Sportsman, DuPont Community Credit Union, Mid-Valley Press, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. New sponsors for this year include the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), Bethany Christian Services, Ruthless Fishing Outdoors and Trout Unlimited.

The 2015 Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival will feature noted fly anglers from across the Mid-Atlantic, including fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh. Other noted speakers and fly tyers include Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Beau Beasley, Pat Cohen, Dusty Wissmath, Walt Cary, Blane Chocklett, Captain Gary DuBiel, Linda Heller, Colby Trow, and Don Kirk, editor of Southern Trout Magazine. Kayak expert and author Cory Routh will also be on hand to demonstrate how to use this unique watercraft to access hard-to-reach waters.

Beginner bass bug fly-tying classes will be taught by fly-tying expert Pat Cohen. This is the class for beginners interested in learning how to tie bass bugs from the ground up. Master Certified Casting Instructor Dan Davala and author Bob Clouser return to teach their acclaimed beginner fly casting classes. Last year’s classes sold out—don’t delay reserving yourself a spot! If you’ve been casting for a while but need to gain distance or learn how to overcome windy conditions, then you need legendary casting instructor Ed Jaworowski’s superior casting classes for intermediate to advanced level casters.

Between lectures, classes, and lunch, sample fine wines from a number of noted Virginia wineries (tastings included with festival admission). Attendees can wash down their wine with live riverside music.

Returning this year is the very popular Children’s Catch-and-Release Trout Pool. Children will be able to fish for native brook trout before releasing their catch into the South River (with the help of their parents).

New this year are Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Parents and children will learn the basics of fly fishing and casting together, on a level all of them can understand. The whole family will also get the chance to try a little fly tying! All 3FC classes and materials will be provided at no cost to festival attendees.

Attention, Boy Scouts: You can earn your Fly Fishing Merit Badge at the festival through a program taught in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America. This special class is free of charge to every uniformed Boy Scout. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

The festival is also pleased to announce Trout Unlimited as this year’s exclusive Conservation Sponsor. “Fly fishermen know that good fishing requires healthy streams,” according to Trout Unlimited Chief Marketing Officer Joel Johnson. “Connecting with this passionate angling community at the festival makes great sense for TU, because it’s our mission to make fishing better by protecting and restoring our critical coldwater resources.” TU, the country’s premiere cold water conservation organization, will also be giving programs over the course of the festival educating the public about their 10 Special Places campaign.

Feeling lucky? Try your hand at winning over $10,000 worth of raffle prizes including kayaks, high-end rod-and-reel outfits, artwork, and guided trips. This year’s Grand Prize is a trout angler’s delight. The lucky winner and one guest will be treated to a 3 night stay at the famed South Holston River Lodge, complete with 3 days of guided fishing. All meals and accommodations are include as well as guide and drift boat fishing on the South Holston and/or Watauga River based on water conditions. Fishing license and guide tip not included.

The Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is a one-of-a-kind event: Monies received from sponsors, vendors, ticket sales, and raffles are used to cover the cost of next year’s festival with the remainder going to the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival Foundation, which promotes conservation and stream restoration projects. Daily admission to the festival is $20 per person, and the festival runs from 9 AM-5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the festival, visit  www.vaflyfishingfestival.org

Room Rejuvenation 27 Feb 2015, 3:25 pm

It has been 6 years since we took ownership of the Hummingbird Inn, and the time had come for a room rejuvenation.

For those of you who have been guests at the Inn, and especially for those of you who have stayed with your pets, you are familiar with the Teter-Wood room, our downstairs accommodation.

Lets do a quick review of our latest room rejuvenation.

To be kind, it was a little dated.  The wallpaper, a bit busy.  As you can see.

Teter Wood Room at the Hummingbird Inn

Wallpaper in Teter Wood Room

So the first step was to remove the paper from view and start anew….a nice coat of white paint.

First coat of paint…what a difference

 

Trying out color

Next, was color choice.  Something a little more contemporary.  And soothing.  Ended up with a seafoam greeny color.

Trim in glossy white.

Is this the same room??

Contrasting darker green on mantle and door to room.

Welcome to the Rejuvenated Teter Wood Room

The color contrast works well in this space

And voila!  A fresh look that actually makes the room look bigger!!

And unfortunately, as most of you know, once you do one room, the rest of the spaces look even more like they could use some help.

So….whats next?

Stay tuned!

Alpaca or llama? What is the difference? 23 Feb 2015, 2:16 pm

It is bound to come up in any social setting.  The unanswered question, what is it, an alpaca or llama?  And if you are having difficulty answering this question, then you should be at the 21st Virginia Classic Llama and Alpaca Show, to be held in Lexington, Virginia,  at the Virginia Horse Center on March 7-8.

Similar but not the same. Alpaca or llama?

Or you could just read the rest of this blog post!

Either way, you will be the life of the party when the question comes up.  Is it an alpaca or llama?  Now you will know!

Enjoy.  And don’t miss the Virginia Classic on March 7-8.

Scientifically, alpacas and llamas are very closely related. They look similar, but put them side by side and you’ll see that the alpaca is much, much smaller than the llama. Llamas have long been used for pack animals, valued for their strength and endurance. Alpacas are raised almost solely for their finer wool, called fleece, and were exported from their native South America almost a century after their llama cousins.

One of the most obvious differences between the two species is their wool or (more accurately) their fiber. Both the llama and the alpaca have been raised for their fiber, which is shorn once a year in both cases. The alpaca is much more prized for their fiber, and for many farmers, that’s the only reason they are raised.

There are two types of alpacas, each defined by their fiber; both types are soft and hypoallergenic. The Huacaya has a sheep-like appearance, with short, soft fiber. The Suri has a longer coat, with a fleece that gathers like ropes and hangs from the body. The fleece of both types of alpaca is very, very soft, and is usually used to make clothing. There are 22 different “recognized” colors for an alpaca, ranging from black to white and including every shade of brown, cream, and gray in between. Alpacas are typically one color, with white markings only on the face and legs, making their fleece uniform in color.

The llama, on the other hand, has two layers to their fleece. The inner coat is soft; on the animal, it keeps them warm while their outer coat, made of stiffer guard hairs, keeps them dry. The undercoat is soft enough to use for clothing, while the outer coat is more often used to make more utilitarian items like rugs and ropes. Before anything can be done with the fiber, the two coats have to be separated. Llamas come in fewer colors than alpacas, and can be spotted.

Llamas are much larger than alpacas, and because of their size they can also be used as pack animals. An adult llama usually stands around 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall and weighs anywhere between 125 and 200 kilogram (280 and 450 lbs), while an average alpaca only stands about 0.9 meters (3 ft) tall at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 80 kilograms (100 and 175 lbs).

While alpacas are mainly kept for their fleece, llamas can serve a few different purposes on a farm. When kept with other animals such as sheep, llamas can serve as guard animals against predators and intruders, although not all llamas have the personality for guard duty. Both are easy to train, and because of their size and strength, llamas can be taught to pull carts and small carriages. Llamas can also be trained to accept a rider, although that rider needs to be fairly lightweight.

In South America—where both animals are much more common—they can also be used as meat and dairy animals.

Alpacas and llamas actually have two more closely related cousins. The guanaco and the vicuna are two other species ofcamelidae that have not been domesticated. Both still roam the hills and mountains of South America, specifically through Peru and Chile. Unfortunately, the guanaco population is rapidly declining because of human encroachment on their territory, poaching, and herd fragmentation. The vicuna have long lived alongside humans; they were invaluable to the Inca, who once captured wild animals, sheared them for their wool, and released them back into the wild.

This information originally appeared in KnowledgeNuts, December 2013, by Debra Kelly

 

Battle of Waynesboro 17 Feb 2015, 5:39 pm

Historical marker at Battle of Waynesboro

 

 

It may not have been a major engagement, but the Battle of Waynesboro was the last battle in the Shenandoah Valley.

Remembering that day March 2, 1865, the City of Waynesboro is holding their annual Battle of Waynesboro Re-enactment Feb 28 – Mar 1.

And its original participants were both famous and infamous.  Little known at the time  among the combatants was George Armstrong Custer, who survived this battle only to lose it at Little Big Horn.  Learn more about Custer in Virginia .

Today we can only read about the bravery shown during the battle.  But during the celebration there will be a re-enactment each day at 1pm.

Additional narratives of that day can be found at the Heritage Foundation.

Western Virginia Sports Show 5 Feb 2015, 10:14 am

The Western Virginia Sports Show, at Augusta Expoland, Fishersville, February 20-22,  features more celebrity guests than ever before as sportsman and outdoor TV programming are becoming more popular every season with many new shows and celebrities to inform, educate and entertain. The common theme of these programs is to responsibly go enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Featured are: Bobby Brantley – Bad Dog Nation TV (formerly of TruTV’s Lizard Lick Towing), Bob Foulkrod- International and National Hall of Fame bowhunter, Reed Merideth – Wicked Tuna North vs. South TV, Bob Hart – long range shooting and hunting expert, Lance Hanger – 2 time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion, Ronald Dean Suntken, Jr. � trains shed hunting dogs, Don Shumaker from Buckingham and Darin Freeborough – Animalistics Outdoors will be doing seminars on coyote trapping and hunting. Also returning are favorites “Raptors Up Close” and Welde’s Big Bear Show Grizzlies. The Featured Artist is nationally acclaimed, Jack Paluh from Pennsylvania. The VDGIF will have Conservation Police Officers and Complementary Work Force Volunteers on hand to answer questions and provide information on hunting and fishing opportunities and Agency programs to manage fish and wildlife resources.

VMI Full Dress Cadet Parade 29 Jan 2015, 5:56 pm

If you have never seen the VMI Full Dress Cadet Parade, you need to add it to your things to do in 2015.  Starting on Friday, February 6, and for most Fridays in February and April( see the complete schedule here ) , you can witness a spectacle seen only in a few places.  Starting around 4:30 in the afternoon, on the Parade Grounds of the Virginia Military Institute,  this truly patriotic event is a unique Lexington experience.

While on campus, make it a point to visit the VMI Museum.  Preserving the history of the Institute, the museum is full of interesting artifacts about life on campus.  And don’t miss the firearms exhibit…it is something to behold. 

Farm Trail thru Shenandoah Valley 14 Jan 2015, 6:46 pm

It seems that more and more of us are looking to buy at the source…..and that is especially true for our food.  And guest of the Hummingbird Inn are always asking for places where they can buy vegetables and fruits, meats and other farm products.  And now we have a resource.  Fields of Gold, the Shenandoah Valley Farm Trail provides a welcome source of information about farms and farm products that are easily accessible and open to your visiting.  Before you head this way again, take a look,  Shenandoah Valley Farm Trail

Hummingbird Inn December Toys for Tots 17 Nov 2014, 8:32 am

The Hummingbird Inn is gifting in the month of December.  Bring an unwrapped gift when you check-in during December and we will donate it to Toys for Tots on your behalf, and say thank you with a reductions in your room rate.  Bring a $5 gift and get 5% off; a $10 gift will reduce your room rate by 10% and a $15 gifts is 15% off your room rate.  Give a gift to a needy child and the Hummingbird Inn will give you a gift for giving.  Merry Christmas!

Hummingbird Inn January 2015 Rates 14 Nov 2014, 1:04 am

Promo Code Entry

As always, the Hummingbird Inn set special rates for January.  They are a combination of the month (1) and year (2015)…..making the rate for January 2015, $115.  So if you are coming to the Hummingbird Inn in January you will have to use the Promotional Code of Jan2015 when making your reservation.

Be sure to enter the code before you Check Availability.  Contact the Inn if you have questions.

Rate Increase 14 Nov 2014, 1:00 am

The Hummingbird Inn is going to have a slight increase in rates starting in January 2015. This is only the second increase in the past 6 years, and is will be only $5 per night. But you can still get 2014 rates….download the Hummingbird Inn APP and use the Deal Code ( available until 3/31/15 ) when making your reservation.