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Valentine’s Day at the Orchard House!

Valentine’s Day.  Other than New Year’s Eve, it has become the “holiday” most associated with a unique type of pressure.  Everyone wants it to be perfect.  And memorable.  And the most picturesque way to celebrate a relationship, historic or brand new.  Other than a dozen roses, dinner out, and a heart-shaped box of chocolates, what […]

Lock’n 2016

So we think we have this inn keeping thing figured out, after four months.  And we are anticipating one of the biggest events of the year for Nelson County: LockN.  A “Woodstock”-ish five day non-stop musical event that catapults the Nelson County population from 780 to 36,780 for five fabulous days.  Mike and I are […]

Our Guests Top 10 List

We’ve now been working this gig for about three months, and we are always learning something new every single day, from every single guest.  One of our favorite things to inquire from our visitors is “what did you do today”, and “what was your favorite part of your visit”?   Three months in, and we […]

Our Wonderful Guests

We have decided already that there are many wonderful parts of this new lifestyle/”job”.  The best part, hands down, is the wide variety of amazing people we get to meet.  We weren’t really sure on what the typical bed and breakfast guest might be, but in our first few months, this much is clear:  THEY […]

A “Typical” Day in the Life of an Innkeeper

So if you’ve been following our journey, you know we are now mostly unpacked, finding our way around the new area, and becoming BFFs with the local grocery store staff.  We are both anxious to figure out what the “typical” day will be like, and what roles we will need to play. And then we […]

What have we done???!!!

So we load up not one, not two, but three moving trucks to bring the contents of our Pittsburgh home to a completely furnished property in Lovingston, Virginia.  Prior to the move, we donated countless things to AmVets (they came to our house bi-weekly for several months), sold several pieces of furniture, and even rented […]

How do we find the perfect place for us???

As we began taking this new idea very seriously, we started discussing features and ideal amenities we would want to find in a bed and breakfast.  We took a seminar together at Penn State on “owning and operating a B and B”.  We left that day feeling even more confident that this was a path […]

Welcome to our new adventure!

We are the Verplank family and the new owners of the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast. We have approximately two months of inn keeping under our belts…one of the first questions our guests ask is “Why”? The second question is usually “How did you find this place?”, followed by “How do you like it so […]