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    Spend a day at Buckroe #Beach in Hampton, #Virginia. You'll find a popular cobia fishing #pier and kayak, paddleboat, chair and umbrella rentals. If you time your visit right, you'll even get to hear some live music in the beachside pavilion. Photo props to @jennaevelyndill. Post your #VA photos with #LoveVA for a chance to be featured here! #repost #ocean #howisummer #sand #photooftheday
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    Have you hiked Roaring Run Trail in Eagle Rock, #VA? An excellent family #hike, the trail passes rock walls, cascading water, five foot bridges and even a natural water slide before ending at Roaring Run Falls. At the head of the trail is Roaring Run Furnace, ruins of a 19th century furnace operation. Roaring Run #Creek is also known for trout fishing. #VAOutdoors #waterfall #loveva #repost #roaringrun #virginia #perspective #photooftheday Kudos to @spezzaroo for the beautiful photo!
  • Archive for December, 2010

    Virginia Beach for Spring Break?

    by Casey | Posted on December 28th, 2010

    It’s not too early to be considering spring break in Virginia. Are you beach-bound? We have a few deals you might consider as you make your plans.

    VA Beach FamilyStay at the Holiday Inn Oceanside in Virginia Beach to take advantage of their “Breakfast with a View” deal, good through March 31, 2011. Your oceanfront room with private balcony will include a breakfast voucher for their on-site Latitudes and Attitudes restaurant.

    Should  your stay extend past five days, there’s a special discount available at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. This hotel is situated right on the sand for your surf and sun pleasure!

    Surely pizza will be on the menu during spring break, right? Dine in or carry out at Bella Pizzeria Famous NY and get 25% off your total bill. Or, take 50% off your second entrée, pizza or appetizer!

    If you need a break from the sun, venture over to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. It’s the perfect break and at a reasonable rate, too, when you buy three of the American Heritage Passes and get one free! Why go? You’ll see the first permanent English settlement of 1607 and the course of history through America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781, not to mention the big ships you can board.

    Other nearby attractions include First Landing State Park, Virginia’s most visited state park; Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and False Cape State Park, only accessible by foot, bicycle or boat!

    For more assistance in planning your Virginia getaway, visit www.Virginia.org.



    Travel Ideas, Virginia Destinations | 5 Comments

    2011 Vacation Plans Start NOW!

    by Casey | Posted on December 27th, 2010

    Virginia Travel Guide CoverThe Virginia is for Lovers 2011 Travel Guide is now available. It’s 200 pages jam-packed with getaway suggestions wrapped around amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure. Family fun and small town discoveries will let you dive in a little deeper to make plans for places you have yet to experience.

    Expect to see Virginia’s timeless icons as well as new attractions and destinations where loved ones can completely connect on a memorable vacation. Four different cover designs – beach fun, history and heritage, wine travel and kayaking, showcase the diverse beauty of Virginia.

    Virginia Travel Guide Cover2011 major milestones including the 75th anniversaries of Shenandoah National Park and Virginia State Parks are an opportunity for families to reconnect in Virginia’s great outdoors. The new Virginia travel guide also marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation, with commemorative events and new exhibits planned throughout Virginia.

    Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org for more information or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

    Connect with Virginia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VisitVirginia.



    Travel Ideas, Virginia Destinations | 2 Comments

    Merry Christmas Tunes for YOU!

    by Casey | Posted on December 24th, 2010

    It’s a short playlist, but we hope you enjoy these Christmas songs from Virginia artists.

    Safe travels and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

    http://www.playlist.com/playlist/21250725899/standalone



    The Holidays | 1 Comment

    New Year’s With the One You Love

    by Casey | Posted on December 21st, 2010

    Make your New Year’s Eve celebration a fun, safe one when you book a special travel package that includes the party and a place to crash.

    Maison Beliveau

    Maison Beliveau

    In Luray, the Mimslyn Inn is offering an overnight with dinner at their fine Circa ’31 restaurant, wine, live Big Band and Classical Jazz, midnight fireworks, and breakfast on New Year’s Day. For you and your schnookums, the cost is $295 for a standard room or upgrade to a historic suite for $395.

    At the Natural Bridge Hotel you’re invited to get your fill at their delectable buffet, jam with your party favors to the sounds of The House Band of Virginia, and welcome the New Year with a champagne toast. Rest well and enjoy the country breakfast before heading out. At a sweet $269 per couple, this is a historic treat you won’t want to let pass you by.

    Check in early at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach so you can freshen up for the five-course dinner and grand celebration. There’s no need to rush for breakfast; the buffet will be available until noon and you’re granted a 3 p.m. check-out to make sure you’re well rested. This night is a mere $299 for you two lovebirds.

    If fireworks over Smith Mountain Lake sounds like a great way to usher in 2011, secure your room at Mariners Landing Resort. A midnight buffet and party with live music and champagne are lined up to help you send 2010 out with a bang. Couples, come one, come all for $235!

    Mountain Rose Inn

    Mountain Rose Inn

    Richmond is alive with New Year’s Eve action. At the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, the night includes a DJ, live band, card tables, drinks, champagne toast, midnight confetti drop, party favors and prizes! Couples can stay for $279 (add dinner at Shula’s Steakhouse and your rate is $429). Singles can mix it up, too, for $95 (overnight not included).

    The Jefferson, a historic icon in Richmond, has NYE fun from $250 to $380 per couple. Choose whether you’d prefer a simple wine and breakfast overnight getaway, a Southern bistro dinner, or a three-course farm-to-table dining experience at Lemaire to set the mood for your night.

    Virginia’s most luxurious New Year’s Eve packages are built for all-out romance. At Maison Beliveau in Blacksburg, NYE stretches into a weekend stay. A daily three-course breakfast, wine, lunch, dinner … everything you need for the weekend has been included for $699 per couple.

    The Mountain Rose Inn in Woolwine isn’t shy about breaking out their Valentine’s repertoire early either. It’s a single night stay complete with wine, cheese, roses, dinner at Chateau Morrisette, champagne and a four-course breakfast. The price variable is all in what size bed you’d like for the evening: $610 for a queen or $650 for a king.

    For more information on New Year’s Eve and First Night events, see Virginia.org.



    The Holidays, Travel Ideas | 1 Comment

    Family Fun on New Year’s Eve

    by Casey | Posted on December 20th, 2010

    New Year’s Eve isn’t just for champagne toasts and wild, crazy parties. Families can join in on the festivites with First Night and other family-oriented events across Virginia.

    First Night in VirginiaBeginning early in the day on December 31, the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach welcomes kids to their Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with Radio Disney. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. families are invited to play games and enjoy sparkling non-alcoholic beverages in addition to their Aquarium visit.

    First Night events are those that wrap art and culture together in an event that is alcohol-free. The First Night events across Virginia include storytelling, magicians, comedians, live music, games, dance, and fireworks. On the list of those to consider attending are Alexandria, Charlottesville, Leesburg, WarrentonWilliamsburg, and Winchester.

    For more New Year’s Eve events and travel packages, see First Nights & New Year’s Eve in Virginia.



    Events, The Holidays | 2 Comments