Who’s up for a quick turkey sandwich and then off to shop?!
Perhaps we shouldn’t rush Thanksgiving too much, but certainly plan to walk it off, if you know what I mean.
First Objective: A Fabulous Dinner Without the Fuss
- The Inn at Meander Plantation in Locust Dale has two seatings for their four-course dinner – 1 and 4 p.m. – at $75/person. Wine pairings and top shelf beverages available for additional fee.
- The Natural Bridge Dining Room in Natural Bridge offers an all-you-can-eat buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange invites you to dine with them at 6:30 p.m. for free-range turkey, a wide array of side dishes, and great company for just $39.
The best thing about these dining options is that you can also book a room and call it a night.
Second Objective: Serious Shopping
- For a central location, choose Richmond. There’s ecclectic Carytown, boutique-y Libbie & Grove, robust Short Pump Town Center, and upscale Stony Point Fashion Park, for starters. Consider that Short Pump and Stony Point.
- Northern Virginia shopping mecca, Tysons Corner with Tysons Corner Center (America’s 5th largest mall) and Tysons Galleria, is the go-to area for anything posh, plush or blingged-out. With Tiffany’s saliva-inducing blue box nearby and any designer tag you’d ever care to find, it’s serious one-stop shopping.
- Deal-seekers will go the way of the outlet, of which Virginia has plenty. Choose your destination wisely and save anywhere from 30 to 70% on designer duds! From Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to Williamsburg Premium Outlets, and even a JC Penney Outlet in Martinsville, you can get those retails pieces you love for bargain prices. More outlets (and look for the special deals mixed in!).
Third Objective: Shop for the One Who Has Everything
- For the wine lover in your life, go to the source. Virginia’s winery shops will be happy to fix you up with a few bottles of their best, some souvenir glasses and wine charms!
- Artsy folk are easy to buy for in Virginia, with a multitude of artisan centers and galleries offering up locally-made jewelry, canvases, stained glass, carvings, and more. Want the art to really come from the heart? Make it yourself!
- Also see our Handmade Holidays feature for special artisan events.
For more “outside the box” shopping ideas, see our 10 Holiday Shopping Tips.