Steeles Tavern Manor

8400 North Lee Hwy, Steeles Tavern, Virginia 24476
Innkeeper(s): Trey and Dana Tumminello

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes from Steeles Tavern Manor B&B 29 Nov 2019, 10:22 am

When the turkey has been eaten and the leftovers are finished, it’s time to start baking Christmas Cookies!  I remember my Grandmother keeping lots of tins filled with cookies two-tiered serving plate with a Christmas greenery patternin her bedroom – probably because it was one of the coolest rooms in her house. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was special in our family so the good china was used to display and serve the many kinds of Christmas cookies she lovingly prepared. She would carefully place the different cookies on a tiered serving dish like the one pictured here.

Here are two easy recipes for Christmas cookies from my Grandmother to our guests at the B&B. 

 

Toffee Cookie Bites

24 saltine crackers

1 c butter

1 c light brown sugar

12 oz milk chocolate chips

1/2 c chopped pecans, toastedChocolate toffee bites wrapped in a red and white string

Cover a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil. Line with crackers. Microwave butter and brown sugar on high 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway and at the end, until sugar dissolves. Pour over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips; spread until melted. Sprinkle pecans over the top. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Break apart.

These are so delicious and very easy to make! The salt in the crackers and the sweet of the sugar added to the chocolate make these irresistible! Serve at room temp or right out of the freezer or refrigerator!

Shortbread cookies decorated with a snowflake patternIf you are not a chocolate fan, try these shortbread favorites. They are easy to make, not too sweet, and have a wonderful texture. 

My Scottish Grandmother’s Shortbread Cookies

1/2 c butter, softened

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 c self-rising flour

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Cream butter, add powdered sugar and beat at medium speed until light & fluffy. Add flour and vanilla. Roll out and cut into squares. Press fork tings into edges for decoration.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.woman using a rolling pin to make Christmas cookies

One year we found all the cookie tins in her bedroom and we knew we’d hit the jackpot. These cookies are delicious and remind me of when we traveled “over the river and through the woods” to visit my Grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania. 

You can enjoy some of these cookies here at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B in the Shenandoah Valley. Stay with us during the holiday season and enjoy all the holiday happenings in our area. 

If you are looking for the perfect any-size-fits-all gift, purchase a gift certificate toward a stay at the B&B. You can choose the amount of the gift certificate and the recipient can enjoy all the amenities at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and maybe a special package too depending on the amount you decide to give.  Gift certificates are a great way to show your love and appreciation to all those people who mean the most to you. Think about giving a getaway gift certificate to your spouse or special someone – then YOU too can enjoy the special time away together. 

The holidays include Christmas cookies and gifts. We at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B are happy to help you solve these two holiday challenges! 

Holiday Happenings in the Shenandoah Valley VA 2019 25 Nov 2019, 7:34 pm

There are many holiday traditions in the Shenandoah Valley. Here are some of the holiday happenings to get us into the holiday spirit and, in some cases, help local children have a brighter Christmas. 

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 you have the opportunity to visit a number of businesses in Poster for the North Rockbridge Holiday Open House Tourour neighborhood. The North Rockbridge Holiday Open House Trail will run from 10am to 5pm (at most businesses) and includes family-owned businesses in the northern part of our county. See and purchase gifts such as quilts, flour from an historic grist mill, local wines, antiques, local produce, and even your Christmas tree!

Decorated Christmas tree The Lexington, VA area has lots of traditions that go along with ringing in the holiday season. The Fourth Annual Festival of Trees will start on November 28, 2019 and continue until January 1, 2020. This wonderful collection of Christmas trees can be found at Natural Bridge State Park. Start at the visitor center at 6477 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA. Local businesses and organizations decorate the trees with various themes, colors, and some unusual “ornaments.” Visitors are asked to donate items by placing them under their favorite tree. The items needed are school supplies, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks to be given to students in the Rockbridge County Schools. Visit this wonderful display between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm each day. 

Another very traditional service of music and stories happens at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00pm. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be shared by the University Singers at Lee Chapel on the university campus. This candlelight service has been a tradition at W&L for over 80 years. Experience this peaceful evening of special music, the reading of lessons, prayers, and hymns. 

After the quiet service on Thursday night, join the fun downtown on Friday, December 6, Smal fawn colored dog in red santa hat for the parade theme.2019 at 6:00pm for the Downtown Lexington Christmas Parade! The theme for this year’s parade is “Festive Friends Furry & Feathered.” All the parade floats and costumes will reflect the feathered or furry idea of Christmas. Main Street will be included in the route of the parade and will light up with decorated floats and fire trucks! Expect to see some furry friends marching along with scout troops, church groups, politicians, and local business owners and employees.

Nutcracker in red uniform and black furry hat.

Everyone knows that it isn’t Christmas without “The Nutcracker!”  Lexington, VA has its own performance of this traditional and well-known and loved ballet. The Shenandoah Ballet will perform their 10th season of this classic story of Clara and her nutcracker-turned-prince. The performance will be held at Lenfest Center for the Arts, 100 Glasgow Street and is scheduled on December 13 at 7pm, December 14 at 2pm and 7pm, and December 15 at 3pm. 

There are also fun holiday happening in Staunton, VA. The traditional Christmas parade steps out on Monday, December 7 at 7pm. The theme for Staunton’s kick-off for the holidays is “Small City, Bright Lights, BIG Christmas!” Country music stars Wilson Fairchild will lead the parade and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the final float in the parade.

Holiday Lantern Tours are available at several sites in the Staunton area. At the Frontier Culture Museum, experience history as you are guided through the Museum by lantern light. You will witness some vignettes from Ireland, England, Germany, and early times in America. These tours will be available December 13-15 and 20-23 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children.  

Bring a flashlight and a friend and join a Lantern Tour of the Woodrow Wilson Manse at night. You will learn some of the holiday traditions of the time and enjoy some light refreshments characteristic of the time. The event is family-friendly and will be held on December 7 and 27, 2019 at 7:15pm. 

Plan your stay at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B for all these traditions of the season! We will provide some fantastic Christmas cookies – a tradition in our families – and a luxurious place to rest between all these activities. Make your reservation now. 

Blackfriars Playhouse Offers Holiday Shows in Staunton VA 28 Oct 2019, 6:06 pm

The American Shakespearean Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse is located in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Steeles Tavern Manor B&B! It is fantastic! And it’s not just about Shakespearean productions. Beginning December 4, 2019 the players at the Blackfriars theatre will present two holiday shows. Purchase your tickets online for A Christmas Carol or Every Christmas Story Ever Told.

Loge of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton VAThe American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA attracts theatre-goers, actors, and scholars of “all things Shakespeare” every year – all through the year.  

The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriar’s Playhouse
10 S Market St., Staunton VA 24401

When you attend a play at Blackfriars Playhouse, you must be a part of a performance. Yes – be a part of the performance! This one-of-a-kind theatre is designed and built like theaters were constructed back in Shakespeare’s times. The sets on the stage are usually minimal. The audience is covered by the lighting for the stage and is expected to react to the action on the stage. 

A Christmas Carol on the stage of Blackfriars Playhouse will not be quite the same production you have seen in other theaters. You will almost feel as if you are a part of the Cratchit family and you will experience a few new surprises in this production. Enjoy the music and cheer of this long-beloved tale of Scrooge and his ghosts of Christmas.

Interior of the Blackfriars Theater built to have the audience involved in the play

Another new holiday production is a fast-paced version of Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Hold on to your seats as you travel through many of the traditional Christmas stories. The old classics, which may include references to Frosty, Rudolph, and the Grinch, will zip by along with laughter and joy of the season. Prepare to be entertained while feeling as if you are on a tinsel-covered rollercoaster ride! 

Tickets can be purchased online for performances and for theatre tours. More about the educational component and the actors on stage can be found on the ASC Education page. 

The American Shakespeare Center is an amazing experience that is simply not to be missed when staying at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B in the Shenandoah Valley!

Holiday Shopping Season Begins November 1, 2019! 19 Oct 2019, 7:21 pm

The holiday shopping sprint or rush used to begin the day after Thanksgiving or “Black Friday.” The National Retail Federation is expecting record sales during this year’s holiday shopping season! The forecast is that Americans will spend between 3.8 and 4.2% more in 2019 over 2018. Stores have already started “to look a lot like Christmas” and the Shenandoah Valley area is getting in the spirit too.

Purchasing Art for Gifts at the Staunton Augusta Art Center is one way to beat the trade wars currently in the news. The Art Center, located at 20 South New Street in Staunton, will hold a special opening reception on Friday, November 15 from 5pm to 8pm. Purchase fine art and fine crafts from over 65 juried artists for a special one-of-a-kind gift for a boss or special friend. If you have been to this gallery in the past, you will be amazed by many new artists included in this year’s show and sale. Extended shopping hours continue through December 31 this year. Shop Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. 

View of the main street for shopping in Staunton VA

Staunton’s Beverley Street Photo Credit: Woods Pierce

Check out the other 100 independent shops, art galleries, and restaurants in Staunton, VA. The book stores, antique shops, gift stores, specialty food stores, and beer and wine shops will all be happy to help you in your search for something truly special and unique. One shop is named “Pufferbellies” and specializes in toys and games for children from birth to age 13. If you can’t find the perfect gift for a grandchild there, it just does not exist! And with vinyl records making such a comeback, be sure to check out The Vinyl Asylum for some vintage sound!

If you’re in Staunton on November 30, celebrate Small Business Saturday at locally owned shops such as Harmony Moon – Designs for Serene Living. 

Frontier Museum demonstration of feeding the sheep on the living museum property.

Frontier Culture Museum Photo Credit: Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau

Just outside of Staunton, VA you will find a wonderful Artisan Christmas Fair at the Frontier Culture Museum. Visiting this museum is always fun and interesting but on November 29, 2019 regional artisans bring special, fun, and even educational gifts to share with you. All the goods and gifts available for purchase are handmade by craft people who love to share the history of the craft too. Admission is free that day – with an option to make a donation to the museum. The museum will be open with lots of activities to enjoy. Watch some woodworking, learn about holiday traditions of the English settlers, and learn (and maybe play) some games from 1850’s America. Food will be available from Rick’s BBQ of Waynesboro.  

A truly unique venue for a holiday craft show and sale is the Virginia Horse Center located at 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA. The Virginia Horse Center is one of the premier equestrian event centers in the country and on Saturday, November 16 from 10am to 4pm, the Rockbridge Hunt Holiday Craft Show will take place. The background for the Holiday Craft Show will be Virginia Horse Show Association Championships. This makes a wonderful mix of shopping and watching some the best hunter jumper equestrians in the east!

Colorful skeins of yarn in a yarn shopMake your way into downtown Lexington, VA for a wonderful small town atmosphere and some interesting specialty shops and great restaurants. To make some of your own gifts, stop in to the House Mountain Yarn Co. The staff at this shop just love to knit and they are happy to teach you and help you with challenges you may be having on a project. Ellie Boyland, Susan Friski, and Dymphna Alexander offer classes and times each week when knitters just get together to knit. Stop in to purchase wonderful yarns, pick up some great patterns, or just talk about knitting a gift and you will walk away with great ideas for a perfect handmade gift.

You don’t want to miss First Fridays in Lexington for shopping and even some entertainment. Most of the shops in the downtown area offer extended hours, wine or food tastings, music, and maybe a specialty item starting at 5pm on the first Friday of the month. November and December will be prime First Fridays when it comes to holiday shopping.

Steeles Tavern Manor B&B is located between these two wonderful towns. Each has its own sense of place – in history as well as geographically. The residents and business people use the special character of the towns to enhance the quality of life for the residents and entertain and enlighten visitors to the Shenandoah Valley. Events such as the 24th Annual Candlelight Procession and Tree Lighting make some of the best events in “small town USA.”  Be a part of this experience with a stay at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and a visit to the Shenandoah Valley. 

Top 5 Fantastic Fall Foliage Hikes in Shenandoah Valley VA 29 Sep 2019, 3:53 pm

Fall in Virginia is just beautiful! In this blog we want to lead you to at least five of the best hikes near our B&B where fall colors burst over the hills and mountains that form the Shenandoah Valley.Woman joyfully throwing a bunch of beautifully colored fall leaves.

One of the best known and best loved trails nearby is Crabtree Falls trail. From the parking lot for the Crabtree Falls trail, you can also catch a trail that leads through The Priest Wilderness. This 5,963-acre reserve includes the highest part of The Priest Mountain with streams and springs spilling off the mountain and into your view. This medium-difficulty (also called “unrelenting”) trail starts at Crabtree Meadows and continues on a rough jeep road about half-mile to the Appalachian Trail. Join the AT and pass a trail shelter before coming to The Priest Overlook, a great spot to take in nature’s warm fall colors!

Be sure to check out our newest winery while in this area: 12 Ridges Vineyard sits atop the Blue Ridge Mountains and their 5000 square foot deck has magnificent views of the mountains! 

In the George Washington National Forest just west of Staunton, VA, you will find another great hike to catch the leaves’ colors. The Elliott Knob Trail is a 14.2 mile trek that takes you to the highest point of Great North Mountain. Even the drive on the winding VA Route 254 will be worth the trip because you get a view great vistas as you make several turns heading out to the trail head. Plan about 6 hours for this yellow-blazed trail that follows along Falls Hollow Run and by several small ponds on some old logging roads and fire roads.  At the summit of this trail, you will find an old Lookout Tower that was built in 1958 but is no longer used. 

Trees in fall colors beside a pond in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley.If you are looking for a more level walking trail, take a hike on the Chessie Trail – so called because it follows the old Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad bed and canal road beds along the Maury River. The Chessie Trail stretches between Lexington and Buena Vista – a distance of seven miles. The trail is now maintained by the Virginia Military Institute and is featured in the 2019 Chessie Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K runs on October 19.  Locals love this trail because it is well maintained, has easy access points, and has great scenery including native flora and fauna.

The fifth trail system in this list of five fall foliage hikes is located in the town of Lexington. Yes – even in the city limits you can find some great hiking and walking trails! The Woods Creek Trail is a flat four-miler that runs along the Maury River, behind the Virginia Military Institute, and with views of some of the buildings of Washington and Lee University. An “insider’s tip” suggests stopping for lunch at Beam Me Up BBQ near the end of the trail AND a sweet indulgence at Sweet Things on Washington Street. 

You can find all of these hikes and 75,000 more trails all around the country on the All Trails app. Download the app for directions, descriptions of the trails, and follow your progress as you hike. 

When you arrive back at the B&B after a day of hiking, relax by our fire pit with a glass of wine or beer or cider. If you don’t want to go out again for dinner, purchase a Charcuterie Board or enjoy S’Mores. We have some packages to satisfy your hunger while you reflect on the beautiful fall foliage hikes of the day. Two Adirondack chairs by a pond with fall foliage in the background at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B

Make your reservation now for a fall foliage hiking getaway in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Insider Tip: Visit us midweek when the trails are less crowded and you have more choice of rooms at the B&B.

Enjoy a Midweek Getaway – Use Your Vacation time Before it’s Gone 21 Sep 2019, 5:41 pm

According to recent studies, only 28% of Americans planned to use all their vacation days from work this year! And another 4% of workers did not plan to use any of their paid vacation days! These practices mean that you may be “leaving money on the table” and risking your health. On average, Americans used only about 54% of their available paid leave.

Wooden adirondack chairs sitting underneath fall foliage next to a pondWe have a great list of reasons for you to plan a fall getaway to Steeles Tavern Manor B&B in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  If you are in a “use it or lose it” situation with your vacation days, NOW is the time to make a reservation for a stay with us! Think about some of these advantages of staying midweek – and using your vacation days before they’re gone.

During October, we are running a special deal for a quick getaway in one of our cottages. Stay a midweek day for just one night, and get $50 off the regular rate.  Imagine staying in the Ivy Cabin that is located at the highest point on our property.  Your view will be terrific on a clear autumn day!  Staying in the Sunset Cabin gives you a great view of – the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains and this cabin has a newly remodeled bathroom done in “rustic chic” style with a new walk-in shower! If your usual kennel does not have availability when you decide to take a quick trip, then bring “Fido” along and stay in the Pond View Cabin.  To get the special rate, you must call 540-377-9494 to make your reservation. Exterior of a wooden cabin with a green door

Sitting by the fire pit on a cool fall evening is sure to relax you and help you to forget your work stress. And of course you just have to make S’Mores when enjoying the warmth of the fire on a brisk fall night. We can provide all the supplies for S’Mores by the fire for just $10.

When you arrive at the B&B, take a deep breath, roll your shoulders a bit and start to relax. For deeper relaxation, you can request a short 15 or 30-minute massage from our on-staff licensed massage therapist. For $20 and $40 respectively, you can get those knots out of your neck and shoulders so the rest of your stay will be even more enjoyable!

5 glasses of beer lined up on a table with string lights in the backgroundAny day of the week is a good day for some great local brews! We have a package for the beer lovers who stay in the Manor House: Beerology 101.  With this special package your get 2 souvenir etched pint or pilsner glasses, a mini loaf of beer bread, two beer pairings with breakfast, a 20% discount for a future stay with us, and a Shenandoah Valley Beerwerks Passport. The cost for this package is just $45 and will provide some wonderful fall beverages for you to try.

It’s time to “use or lose” those vacation days! Choose a few midweek days for a fantastic fall getaway to Steeles Tavern Manor B&B.

Harry Potter Fans Enjoy Festival in Staunton VA 30 Aug 2019, 1:24 pm

Downtown Staunton, VA will be transformed into a magical village during the weekend of September 27-29, 2019. Muggles and Wizards from far and near will prowl the streets of the historic town and enjoy themed dining and shopping (complete with owls and magic wands) during the 4th annual Queen City Mischief and Magic.

Begin the weekend on Friday, September 27 starting at 3pm, with a greeting from Norberta the Dragon. Take a selfie in your robe with Norberta before moving on to the Wizard Trivia Contest. Do you have the best recipe for that secret potion?  

Photo of downtown Staunton VA with costumed Harry Potter fans attending the Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival.

There will be two Games of Quidditch Friday evening on Beverly Street in the Huffle Block.  The magical fun continues with the Fire Circus at the Wharf Lot followed by the Wizard Dance Party on the MBU Stage at Sunspots Pavilion. Ghosts of Staunton Tours will also bring you other-worldly experiences during your visit to Queen City Mischief and Magic. Friday night’s festivities end with the Fire Circus at the Wharf Lot and the Wizard Dance Party on the MBU Stage at Sunspots Pavilion followed by the Dragon Wagon from 9-10pm.

Saturday, September 28 is full of magical shopping and mischief galore! Take a workshop about Wand Dueling, shop for a proper costume for wizardry, and learn some magical dance steps at the Yule Ball Dancing Workshop at the American Shakespeare Center.  See a magic show (learn a few tricks of your own) performed by Fytherly Undercliff at 11:30am and one by Tyler the Magician at 12:30pm. Observe a Live Owl Show in the afternoon and play some Wizard Chess at Ravenclaw Block. Saturday afternoon also features a costume parade where you can lots of Harry Potter look-alikes! 

There is more happening on Sunday, September 29 too! A 3D Chalk Art show begins at 9am at the Staunton Augusta Art Center. If you were not able to see the magic shows or duel with your wand on Saturday, those activities will continue on Sunday. The big addition to the Sunday schedule is the Slytherin Snake Show being held at noon and 3pm at the Sunspots Pavilion Stage.  

We will show you magical hospitality when you stay at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B during the Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival! Wave your magic wand  (or just user your mouse and click) to make your reservation today for September 27-29, 2019.

Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Shenandoah Valley 15 Aug 2019, 5:02 pm

Mark your calendars and make your plans for a wonderful weekend of great bluegrass music. The Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival takes place at Glen Maury Park, September 19-21, 2019. It’s an easy 30-minute drive from Steeles Tavern Manor B&B to some toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’ good music and lots more fun!

Older man playing a banjoBluegrass as we know it today started from the traditional folk music played and sung by immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England. As these hearty folk began to move west to parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and the Carolinas, the music changed as they sang of their day-to-day life and struggles. One of the most popular bands of the 1930’s was The Monroe Brothers. The brothers, Charlie & Bill, split up in 1938 and since Bill was a native of Kentucky, he called his band “Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.” The band first sang on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1939 and the music became more popular and ever-changing with additional musicians such as Earl Scruggs chiming in. The banjo, fiddle, and “Dobro” (steel guitar) became synonymous with bluegrass music. 

Bluegrass Festivals such as the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival started in the 1960’s – bringing bands together at one time rather than competing for, what was then, a limited audience. Since then, bluegrass music has been featured on the big screen in movies such as Deliverance and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and included in pop music played by bands such a The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 

Your Innkeepers, Trey & Dana, are blue grass lovers and before coming to Steeles Tavern Manor B&B Trey was the banjo player for a local band, Chisman Creek Band, in Yorktown. In fact, their kittens, Earl and Chubby, are named in honor of famous bluegrass musicians (Earl Scruggs and Chubby Wise). Bluegrass is not the only style of music you’ll hear at Steeles Tavern Manor, but the kitties certainly enjoy it! If you play an instrument, bring it with you when you stay with us and maybe we can have a spontaneous jam session!Close-up photo of a person playing a guitar

All that history and background bring us back to our local Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival. The complete festival kicks-off on Wednesday with a Cornhole Tournament and a Golf Cart Poker Run. In the evening the festival continues with a potluck supper. Meat, drinks, and dinnerware will be provided. Bring a dish to share to the covered pavilion at 6:00pm. After dinner, welcome remarks and music will complete the evening.

Things really get warmed-up with five different bluegrass bands providing music starting at noon with the last show beginning at 9:00pm. Thursday’s list of bands includes Zink and Company, Cane Mill Road, Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, The Malpass Brothers and, of course, Nothin’ Fancy. 

On Friday, September 20, the music starts at 11:00am with Josh Grigsby & County Line. The four additional bands that day are Sideline, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Nothin’ Fancy.  The bands just keep making music all day except for a mid-afternoon dinner break at about 4:00pm. 

Saturday means more bands and more music! At 11:00am Remington Ryde takes the stage and the park comes alive with music again. The rest of day the following bands add their sounds to entertain everyone: Breaking Grass, Volume Five, Larry Stephenson Band, and Nothin’ Fancy. 

Were you counting the bands??? There are 13 different bands playing over the three days of the Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival!  We have a few rooms available for the weekend of this spectacular festival. Make your reservation to stay at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and be ready to enjoy some good ole mountain bluegrass music!

Schedule for the Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival in Buena Vista, VA

Relax – You Have Arrived at Your New Happy Place 31 Jul 2019, 4:12 pm

When was the last time you took a couple of days off and just relaxed?  In this super-connected world, taking time to unplug and enjoy some quiet time is more necessary than ever! Come to Steeles Tavern Manor B&B, unplug, breathe, and make some relaxing time for yourself and your special someone.

An old, Spanish proverb says, “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.”  We recently had some guests who slept in until 8:30am (unheard of in their New wooden deck by the pool at Steeles Tavern Manor B&Bworking world!), got up and had one of our delicious breakfasts, chatted for a while with us and other guests, then took a nap before they went out for a drive around our countryside.  Now that’s what we’re talking about! Imagine how refreshed they felt for the whole day.

We have lots of ways to relax right here on our property. The pool is open so reading a book poolside can be followed by a cooling dip in the water. Then relax by the pool again before taking a few laps in the sparkling wetness. 

Front view of adirondack chairs sitting by a pond on the grassTake a stroll (not a high speed run!) on our trails. You can stop and talk to the animals and some of them may moo back at you! Listen for all the different kinds of birds that live nearby.  Stop and relax in the Adirondack chairs by the pond. And don’t miss the view of the countryside around Steeles Tavern Manor B&B. 

One of the most fun ways to make you smile here at the manor is our newest Assistant Innkeepers: Earl & Chubby. These crazy kittens help us with every chore around the B&B – and sometime get into trouble. But playing with kittens or allowing them to snooze on your lap will help you relax too! 

If you should want to leave the B&B property and wander around the area, find soothing, scenic drives and wine-sipping spots to spend a peaceful afternoon. Remember that the Blue Ridge Parkway offers beautiful views of the mountain ridges and the valleys below. Scenic spots on the parkway will give you moments of “ahhhh” and “wow” as you enjoy the views of the Shenandoah Valley.Hand-written sign for the pool, pond, and stream trails at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B

Writer Anne Lamott has said,  “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” She’s right!  It’s time for you to unplug – not for a few minutes but for a few days.  Use that vacation time before it’s gone! Release the tension that you feel in your neck or back and just breathe. Just be.  A Chinese Proverb says it well: “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Be who you are here at Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast. Plan your relaxing time now. 

Shenandoah Valley is Alive with the Sound of Music! 9 Jul 2019, 12:19 pm

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy live music here in the Shenandoah Valley. In our May blog, we gave you lots of information about Lime Kiln Theatre’s concert series – including our Steep Canyon Rangers Tailgate Bash on August 2, 2019! In some other blogs we’ve featured the Heifetz Spring Hootenanny, various mountain-life festivals, and music featured at some our local breweries and wineries. 

Logo for Boxerwood Nature Center in Lexington VA (a drawing of a white oak leaf with green and blue background)Now is the time to enjoy music on the grounds of the beautiful Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens. The 15-acre nature preserve is a favorite spot for birdwatching, hiking, and just enjoying the outdoors. An amazingly diverse group of butterflies (at least 26 different species), trees (145 varieties of just Japanese Maple trees), and other animals make these woodlands and wetland their home. A visit to the Boxerwood Gardens is a must when staying at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B. 

Poster listing all the 2019 dates for "Music in the Garden" at Boxerwood Gardens.

Please check the website for possible changes in these dates due to inclement weather. https://boxerwood.org/events/

Boxerwood has many different events to enjoy through out the summer. (Imagine Full Moon Yoga and Sound Bath in the gardens.) But we are going to feature their “Music in the Garden” – a series of special concerts that include local groups ranging from Jazz to Bluegrass to Soul/Funk and Rock styles. The concerts take place at 6:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month up to September 13, 2019. Parking is $5 and the cost for the concert is whatever you want to give when they “pass the hat” to pay to the band.One of the groups performing at Music in the Garden - this is a 3-person group playing a guitar, banjo, and string bass.

On July 12, 2019, four members of the VMI Faculty will play as the group “The Coprolites”. They call themselves a “Jurassic Rock band” playing music from the 60’s and on. Their sense of humor can tell you how much fun this concert will be! Bring a lawn chair and purchase some great bites of food from LexMex Tacos. 

Two weeks later, jazz music will be performed by Joanna Bening and The Stolen Moments. The Stolen Moments are five other musicians who provide the bass, the beat, and the harmony for vocalist Joanna.  Another local food truck will be selling some great BBQ that evening so come out for BBQ’ed Jazz!

The first Friday in August will feature JC Cowins and Friends performing Soul/Funk for you to groove to. Then on August 23, Red Hill Band will entertain you with a mix of Americana/Country/Folk/Blues music. You will not want to miss this local group! The final concert of the series will be held in September 13 with Those Guys providing the music. Those Guys will be playing rock and blues as the sun sets on the Music in the Garden series for 2019. 

Make your reservation for some musical fun, some great food truck munchies, and a very comfortable stay at our B&B! We have a few rooms available for most of these concert dates but the summer is filling up. We would love to have you stay with us and enjoy the music throughout the Shenandoah Valley!

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