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Kids Eat Free?

by Casey | Posted on March 30th, 2010

Virginia restauranteurs, do you offer a “kids eat free” night? We’d like to promote your family-friendly deals on, our Facebook page, and here on our blog.

To participate, log in to your Administration Tool account and choose “discount/promotion” as your category; complete the form and submit it to us. For those who are new to, our Administration Tool is free! Register for an account with us and then follow the category advisory previously mentioned.

We look forward to many great deals for family dining across the Commonwealth!

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Family Fun All Month Long

by Casey | Posted on March 29th, 2010

It doesn’t matter where you are in Virginia, there’s an awesome family event that all of you can enjoy.

Smith River Kayaking

Smith River Kayaking; credit Brian Williams

Adventurous kids and parents can learn how to kayak – together – in Martinsville with the local YMCA and Smith River Adventure Outfitters. Get skilled in kayaking basics! Kids 12 and older. April 9 * $

The smallest member of the family will love touring Thistle Cove Farm in Tazewell¬†during Sheep Shearing Day. They’ll get up close and personal with the animals while you check out the Appalachian trades – spinning, weaving, blacksmithy, woodworking, and more! April 10 * Free

Hope for kind breezes for the Blue Ridge Kite Festival in Salem! Get there quick (begins at 10 a.m.) so your kid can be one of the first 1,000 to get a free kite and t-shirt. April 17 * Free

With¬† your regular admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, you can also enjoy the Children’s Spring Fling! Introduce your child to environmental stewardship while swingin’ to the beat of family-friendly music. April 25 * Regular Admission

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77 Years of Amazing Gardens (and Homes!)

by Casey | Posted on March 25th, 2010

“America’s Largest Open House” is entering its 77th year of showing off the best of Virginia’s gardens and homes. Stretching from the Eastern Shore to the Allegheny Mountains, Historic Garden Week in Virginia runs from April 17th through the 21st, and highlights historic gardens, herb gardens, cottage gardens, and even a few “secret” gardens.

Westover Plantation

Westover Plantation

Of special interest are the James River Plantations, of which Berkeley, Brandon, Chippokes, Shirley,¬†Tuckahoe, Weston, and Westover will be featured. At these historic locations you’ll hear fantastic stories of¬† our presidents, like Thomas Jefferson (Tuckahoe) and¬†William Henry Harrison (Berkeley), as well as stories about the founding of America. One of Virginia’s oldest and grandest plantations is Westover. The grounds are as impressive as the home itself, boasting 150-year old tulip poplars.

Many of the tours include delightful lunch specials, and some¬†are also the crowning jewel of a travel package. Should you choose to tour Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood,¬†Linden Row Inn is offering a one night stay loaded with amenities, plus tickets for the tour, and a special photograph by Helen Chan, for $189. Another plug for the Church Hill tour is that you’ll hear a re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” oration at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church!

In Lexington, you have the option of two welcoming hosts РLlewellyn Lodge and Herring Hall Рboth offering a package that includes the tour and tickets to a production at Theater at Lime Kiln.

Perhaps the best package for the money is that of Martinsville-Henry County. It includes your stay, the tour, lunch, a shopping gift card, dinner, a gift basket, breakfast, and a visit to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, for just $160/person or $235/couple.

For more tour details and special travel packages, please visit
Historic Garden Week in Virginia is sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia.

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Virginia Travel Deals

by Casey | Posted on March 22nd, 2010

Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion

Looking for a family-friendly getaway for spring break, or planning ahead for summer? Look no further. Here we share a few¬†of Virginia’s best¬†travel deals, saving you precious time and money.

Theme Park Travel Packages

  • Kings Dominion – two nights¬†at a¬†Richmond hotelier¬†and tickets to KD from $169/adult …¬†details¬†
  • Busch Gardens – three nights¬†at a¬†Williamsburg hotelier (including Great Wolf Lodge)¬†and passes for Busch Gardens from $249/person … details

 Outdoors Travel Packages

  • Natural Bridge – one night at Natural Bridge Hotel in the¬†Shenandoah Valley¬†plus tickets to see the Bridge, Park, Monacan Village, Caverns and museums, plus two kids eat breakfast for the price of one! From $169/family of four … details
  • Smith Mountain Lake – one night at Mariners Landing, $100 voucher for dining, spa, golfing or fitness center. Reserve two nights and get the third FREE! From $239/family … details

Adventure Travel Packages

  • Air¬†and Space – one night at Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport includes shuttle to the National Air¬†and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, two IMAX tickets, and breakfast for two from $109 … details
  • RC Flying Freedom – two nights at Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley plus a full breakfast, $50 Downtown Lexington Gift Certificate, and unlimited use of the private grass airfield for your RC plane(s) from $330 … details¬†
 Admission Discounts

  • Portsmouth Museums Key Pass – For $9 you can visit the museums of Portsmouth, including the Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Naval Shipyard Museum … details
  • Alexandria’s Key to the City Pass – Click the link below to save 50% on this pass that grants admission to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Fort Ward Museum &¬† Historic Site, and many more attractions. The Pass is good on 60 shopping, dining, and attraction sites … details
  • Roanoke Valley RED Card – Obtain this card for free from the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to save valuable dollars from area merchants. Current deals include a B&B third night free, 25% off a hotel stay, free and reduced attraction¬†admissions, 15% off shopping, and discounts on dining … details

 Transportation Deals

  • ¬†Come on, ride the train – Why drive when you can save 25% off Amtrak’s train to Manassas … details

Lodging Discounts

  • Virginia Beach – three nights in a king oceanfront room¬†at the newly renovated Holiday Inn SunSpree from $239 … details
  • Shenandoah Valley – 40% off a weekend with the girls at Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray. Rate dependent upon number of ladies staying, but starting at $375¬†… details

To discover many more great travel opportunities in Virginia, visit or request your free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide here.

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Love By the Glass

by Casey | Posted on March 19th, 2010

Virginia Wine Week: Love By the GlassIndeed, you can get your love by the glass in Virginia! Beginning Monday, March 22nd and running through Sunday, March 28th, Virginia celebrates its inaugural Wine Week.

More than 200 restaurants and wine shops are offering at least two Virginia wines for purchase by the glass. With more than 150 Virginia wineries, they’ve¬†had no trouble finding awesome vintages to highlight. For example, one of Lexington’s newest restaurants, Red Hen, will be serving Charlottesville’s¬†Gabriele Rausse Cabernet Sauvignon.

For a complete list of participating Wine Week locations, go to

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