Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Changing Seasons

As spring finally approaches, there are many things happening here in our tiny little town.  Annual events are starting their publicizing and the flowers are starting to bloom.  Even at Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast there are changes in the air.  

We have made progress on our new building (the Chicken Coup).  The plumbing is going in and the electric wires are being installed! We are hoping that as the weather continues to warm up the progress will continue. 

Along with this warmer weather that  I hope will continue we have officially entered wedding season.  The past  three weekends have been full of love, happiness and lots of laughter.  The pool has been opened, and we are waiting for the chemicals to be settled in the pool before we open it to guests.We look forward to helping our brides and grooms celebrate poolside later this summer. 

We have even added a new member to our family.  If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen him.  His name is Sir Mail Hopkins!

We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yoga Retreat for Women March 7-9, 2014 at Briar Patch B&B Inn

There is something quite special about gathering with women in a serenely beautiful setting to practice yoga over several days.  That's exactly what we are offering the weekend of March 7-8-9, 2014 here at the Briar Patch B&B Inn located in Middleburg, Virginia.

Once again we join with Suze Auda of The Yoga in You, and invite you (and possibly together with a friend) to step back from the daily demands of life, family and work and carve out time for yourself for a long weekend of self reflection and yoga. 

Suze shared these thoughts with us ...

"I never imagined how significant the retreats have been to so many women.  Since 2010, seven retreats and 55 guests later I have witnessed memories in the making, budding relationships, and a growing community of women.  I believe any weekend away can be rejuvenating but when you're able to get away AND practice yoga, something really special happens:  it gives us permission to recharge, reset, and refuel our energy and spirit on neutral ground while we connect to ourselves on a much deeper level.  And I'm confident it is at this level where we begin to know and discover who we truly are."

Here are the details to help you make your plans soon:

Yoga Retreat Weekend for Women
Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9, 2014

Presented by The Yoga In You

Yoga Guidance by:  Suze Auda
300 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Member, Registered E-RYT 200Retreat Location:  Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn
23130 Briar Patch Lane Middleburg, VA 20117

Rates starting at $275 per person (double/shared bath)
  • Private, exclusive use of the main house/cottage & amenities
  • Two nights lodging and over seven hours of yoga practice in The Fox Den at Briar Patch 
  • Arrive as early as 4 PM Friday - Activities conclude approximately 1 PM Sunday (Sample Itinerary Available)
  • All levels welcome!  Participation in activities are optional!
  • Includes prepared hot breakfast or brunch Saturday and Sunday, daily beverages and snacks
  • Various rates/room options to meet your interest (Single/Double Per Bed; Private/Shared Baths)
  • Ample time to enjoy nature, hiking, shopping, rest & relaxation (hot tub included!)

Reserve Early ~ Limited Pampering Spaces Available!
Rates starting at $275 per person (double/shared bath).
Check The Yoga In You website for retreat info or email inquiries to Suze Auda

Visit the Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn website for more room details.

The Details:
Non-refundable $50 deposit reserves your space
Balance due January 15, 2014; No refunds issued after January 15, 2014
Registrations are always accepted after January 15th if space is still available!
Reserve Your Place:   Email Suze Auda (yoga.in.you@gmail.com) with contact info and mail check payable to:  The Yoga In You, 2711 Calkins Road, Herndon, VA 20171.

Confirmation sent upon receipt of deposit which includes room reservation instructions and a sample retreat itinerary. 

Take time to listen to your body, heart, and mind as practicing yoga can help reduce stress as well as refine and realign your perspective.  We hope you can join us for this special gathering of women!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Aspiring Innkeepers: Interview with Ellen Goldberg and her Second Act

Dreaming of a new career?  One that takes you outside of the corporate rat race or the daily grind of having to fight traffic each day for several precious hours to get to your office and report to someone else?  Maybe it's time for you to think about your second act, just as Ellen Goldberg, co-owner of Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn, was inspired to do in 2002.

Ellen grew up surrounded by a family of entrepreneurs, and was finding herself on the path to become the third generation to run a furniture store business in suburban Philadelphia.  After watching her family battle the long hours, aggressive competition, and no paid time off, she enrolled herself in college and earned both an MBA (Columbia) and law degree (George Washington University).  Successfully climbing the corporate ladder, by the time Ellen turned 50 she found herself a Vice President at Fannie Mae.  She also was enduring an exhausting Washington DC commute and juggling the priorities of others.

After a lovely drive into the countryside in 2001 with her mother to enjoy the fall colors of Loudoun County, Virginia, Ellen happened upon a for-sale sign posted at the then deteriorated Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast.  She immediate recognized it as a place she had spent time at years before with her young daughters.  With fond memories (and good business sense) stirring in her mind, she became inspired by the idea of escaping the corporate trappings and venturing out on her own - much in keeping with the business traditions she had grown up with.  Full circle?  You bet.

The rest, shall we say, is history.  You can learn more about Ellen's decision to join the ranks of thousands of other corporate ex-patriots who have migrated their talents and energies into the world of innkeeping by watching this video and reading the original article as published on Slate: Second Acts.

For a first hand look at the transformation of this charming and historic B&B under Ellen and husband Dan Haendel's inspired vision and thoughtful direction, make plans to stay at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn the next time you are passing through Middleburg, Virginia.  It is a lovely setting for weekend getaways, destination weddings, or quiet corporate retreats.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Winter's Back!

Remember our last post from two weeks ago? We were excited about what seemed to have been spring's arrival and all the delightful flowers that come with it.
If you live in the NoVa area you know how unpredictable the weather has been lately, which is exactly why today we found all our beautiful daffodils, crocuses, forsythias, hyacinths, snowdrops, and anemones covered in snow.

Our guests enjoyed the view from our front porch, and some even ventured into the hot tub before enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the main house kitchen.

What do you like to do on snow days?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring is Almost Here

We have some exciting things to share as we are gearing up for wedding season 2013: the snow and cold have finally made room for all of our thousands of bulbs and we can't wait for the hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips to make an appearance! Our pool is almost open for the season, the stained concrete floors in the Fox Den have been refinished, the construction for our new 4-bedroom cottage has begun, and we are busy making plans for the landscaping of the grounds.

In the midst of all the excitement we have also welcomed our newest staff member, Tricia, who will be introduced here soon. She has joined us at the beginning of the year, and we are very happy to have her on board.

Keep coming back for more updates and exciting announcements!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Briar Patch B&B 2013 Winner: Best Weddings Northern Virginia

Our enchanting brides, along with panels of distinguished wedding experts, have cast their votes and again bestowed several prestigious awards on Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn for 2013!

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013

Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards 2013

Washingtonian Bride and Groom 2013 Best Wedding Vendors


We believe it is our commitment to listening to each bride's vision of her special day coupled with our spectacular country setting that results in so many beautiful wedding ceremonies and receptions at Briar Patch and leads to the award winning reviews submitted by our brides.

Receiving these awards is literally the icing on the cake for our staff.  After all, our first priority is to delight our brides and grooms, and make time spent with their families and friends on their wedding day simple, elegant, and memorable. 

So what exactly is the background on these awards?

2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Briar Patch has received the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice award; we are proud to have won this award every year since its inception in 2009.  Votes are cast in the form of reviews from the brides for each venue or vendor they worked with during their ceremony and reception, and then Wedding Wire selects the top 5% of eligible wedding businesses.  This site boasts over one million reviews posted, and we are pleased to have risen to the top in our category! 

This is the third time we have received The Knot award, thanks to bride's who love us!  Winners represent the top 4% of all wedding vendors reviewed in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area - no small accomplishment.

2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Briar Patch has won the Washingtonian Bride & Groom Best Wedding Vendors award, and have enjoyed receiving this distinction every year since they began giving the award in 2009.  The award recipients are selected by editors of the magazine supported by a panel of wedding industry experts who designate the top businesses in each category. 

While these awards are important to us as business owners, the real rewards are watching wedding dreams blossom into reality for the couples we get to know along the way. 

Whether you are planning an intimate destination wedding, or gathering for 200 of your closest friends and family, get in touch with us and learn more about how the lovely grounds and modern event center at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn will add a little extra fairy dust to your wedding day dreams.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 Cooking Classes hosted by Briar Patch B&B Inn

Chef Vaughn Skaggs and Students
Everyone loves watching those television celebrities whip up amazing dishes in seemingly minutes before their eyes.  The kitchen space is organized, all ingredients at the ready and waiting to be called into action as the Chef works their way through the recipe with hardly a note or cookbook in sight.

These shows are fun to watch, but there is one key ingredient missing:  you don't get the chance to actually participate in the slicing, dicing, mixing, smelling and eventually tasting the final product!

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn invites you and your favorite foodie/travel companion to book a weekend visit with us in January or February 2013 and learn how to bring together a delicious 4-5 course meal with all the flare of a professional chef!

Join our featured chefs, Chef Vaughn Skaggs and Chef Bernard Henry, in our event building -- The Fox Den at Briar Patch -- on these select dates:

January 11-12-13, 2013
February 8-9-10, 2013

Here are the details to further wet your appetite for a gourmet getaway weekend:
  • Stay with us 2-nights (Friday and Saturday)
  • Enjoy our delicious breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Friday night includes a Wine tasting with an expert from a local winery and appetizers prepared by our Chef
  • Consider a self-guided or organized 3-hour wineries tour on Saturday afternoon
  • Cooking class on Saturday night where you will be invited to do a little of that slicing and dicing, learn tips from the Chef on advanced preparation, holding, and presentation techniques.
Chef Vaughn Skaggs explains culinary fine points

At our January Cooking Class conducted by Chef Vaughn Skaggs, attendees will enjoy bringing this 4-course meal to life, savor the results, and take home the recipes to share with family and friends:

Friday evening hors d'oeuvres:
  • Smoked Trout, Pecans and Scallion Gougeres
  • Creamy Cheddar and Kale Tartlet
  • Grilled Flank Steak on a Blue Cheese Crostini and Caramelized Onions
  • Saturday evening dinner
Saturday evening dinner:
  • Soup: Honey Kabocha, Roasted Apples, Crème Fraiche and Spiced Pistachios
  • Salad: Winter Spinach Wilted, with Warm Brie, Red Onion, Roasted Tomato, Mustard Crostini and Pancetta Vinaigrette
  • Main Course: Pride of Plains, Braised Beef Short Rib, Spinach, Risotto, Crispy Leeks with Raison and Cipollini Jus
  • Dessert: Warm Cranberry Apple Tart
Visit our website for details on room rates and availability for these special weekends.

Cooking class pricing:  $95 per person plus tax

We know your time spent with our Chefs will be entertaining, and you may even come away feeling more confident about your cooking skills! Check back soon for details about more cooking classes at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn.   Bon Appetite!