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  • Archive for May, 2011

    Golfing Legacies Grace Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on May 25th, 2011

    Golden Horseshoe Golfing

    Golden Horseshoe Golfing

    Beautifully rolling greens await you at golf courses across Virginia, and they include big names like Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones. Are you ready to go a round or two?

    The Golden Horseshoe – Colonial Williamsburg

    • 45 holes
    • Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary recognition
      • Gold Course
        • 18 holes * Opened in 1963 * Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
      • Green Course
        • 18 holes * Opened in 1991 * Designed by Rees Jones
      • Spotswood Course
        • 9 holes * Originally opened in 1947; updated by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1963.
    • “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” Gold Course, Golf Digest (2009, ’07, ’05, ’03)
    • “Top 100 Resort Courses,” Gold Course, Golfweek (2007) … More Acclaim
    • Open 365 days a year, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Champions Golf Experience in Williamsburg Travel Package: $399 to play both The Golden Horseshoe and Kingsmill.
    • Bring a group of 16 to secure a stay and play package from Best Western Williamsburg at $89/person.

    Golden Eagle Golf Club at The Tides Inn in Irvington

    • 18 holes * Opened in 1976 * Designed by George W. Cobb
      • Three major water hazards (5, 9 and 18)
    • Golden Eagle Golf Travel Package: $358/couple gets you unlimited golfing, cart, club storage, driving range balls, deluxe Tides Inn accommodations, one round at either Tartan Golf Course or King Carter Golf Course, and unlimited use of Little Eagle practice facilities.
    Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

    Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

    The Golf Club at Lansdowne

    • 45 holes
      • The Robert Trent Jones, II (RTJII) Course * 18 holes
        • Strategically uses natural stone outcroppings and centuries-old rock walls.
      • The Norman Course (Greg Norman) * 18 holes
        • Uses Norman’s “Least Disturbance Approach,” incorporating natural undulations of the Potomac River Valley.
        • Norman calls the last four holes (1,706 yards or one mile apart) “the hardest mile in golf.”
      • Shark Bite 9 * 9 holes
        • A par-32, Shark Bite is longer and more challenging than most 9′s you’ll encounter.
    • Family Shark Bite Golf Package: $389/night for a family of four in deluxe Lansdowne Resort accommodations, buffet breakfast, unlimited golf on Shark Bite, and two sets of rental clubs.

    Seeking more Virginia golf? Check out our Golf Partners to plan your day or weekend of teeing off. Request the Virginia Golf Guide, too.



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    It’s All Fun and Games

    by Casey | Posted on May 20th, 2011

    As the weather warms, families and couples alike are looking for opportunities to soak up the Vitamin D and let the breeze blow through their locks. Perhaps one of these events will knock your socks off …

    The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys

    • May 19-22: The Chesapeake Jubilee boasts big entertainment on three stages as well as crafts, 4-H shows, a Barbecue Cook-Off, and amazing fireworks the night of the 21st. Admission is a mere $2!
    • May 27-29: Roanoke Festival in the Park is celebrating its 42nd year with a 5K/10K race, arts and crafts shows, four stages of live performances, an antique car show, and tons of fun for kids. Admission is $10 at the gate.
    • May 28: The Coal Heritage Day Celebration in Pocahontas is a special day of touring the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum for FREE … with lunch provided for FREE! Share in the history of coal mining.
    • June 2-4: Have a hankerin’ for authentic Greek food? Check out the Newport News Greek Festival, now in 44th year! Free on-site parking.
    • June 3-5: Celebrate American heroes in Virginia Beach, just miles from the USA’s largest military bases, during the Patriotic Festival. Sit back and enjoy three days of national recording artists, military displays and demos, not to mention the Air and Sea Show! Free admission; VIP available through Ticketmaster.
    • June 5: If you want to sample the best of Richmond’s cuisine, Broad AppĂŠtit is the place to be. From $3/sample ($5/sample gets you dessert, too), you can taste the signature dishes from more than 50 Richmond hot spots.
    • June 9-12: Land ho! You’ve never seen so many vessels as Norfolk HarborfestÂŽ yields. From battleships to tall ships, and even PIRATES, this is the place to celebrate seafaring.

    For more festivalin’ ideas, check out the directory of events.



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    Follow Your Heart to Historic Halls and Wild Shores

    by Casey | Posted on May 16th, 2011

    Free vacation, anyone? The next prize in the Follow Your Heart to Virginia Sweepstakes is to the Chesapeake Bay!

    Prize #6: Follow Your Heart to Historic Halls and Wild Shores
    Drawing Date: June 3, 2011

    Kayaking along the shore at Westmoreland State Park. Photo courtesy of Virginia State ParksOur winner’s home base is coastal Westmoreland State Park, which stretches for 1½ miles along the Potomac River and boasts spectacular water views. Activities include an interpretative kayak trip, swimming, hiking miles of nature trails, and special evening children’s programs. For more aqua fun, Deltaville offers a Chesapeake Bay fishing trip and the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

    The exploration of historic halls begins at Stratford Hall, built in the late 1700s, and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. There are five nature trails on the plantation and nearby is the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The Colonial Living Farm raises livestock and demonstrations in the spinning shop.

    If you entered to win a previous prize but didn’t win, you’re still eligible and entered to win this one! No sweat!

    This prize is good for one winner plus three. It’s family fun at it’s best! See more prize details.

    Enter to Win!

    You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who is 21 years of age or older to enter. All sweepstakes entrants will receive the official 2011 Virginia Travel Guide. For more information and prize drawing dates please read the Official Rules and Prize Details. Sweepstakes ends August 25, 2011.



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    Big Events This Month!

    by Casey | Posted on May 12th, 2011

    If you haven’t filled up your calendar for this month, here are a few cool events you might fancy.

    • Luray – May 14 – Festival of Spring – Relax in a Wine Garden, sampling vintages from Virginia Wineries, while enjoying local musicians perform in an outdoor setting. Head over to the Beer Garden for more live acts. Children will be entertained with activities like face painting and train exhibits.

      Strawberry Hill Races

      Strawberry Hill Races

    • New Kent – May 21 – Strawberry Hill Races – 79th Running – The Strawberry Hill Races are a salute to Virginia’sequine industry. In 2010, the event featured some of the best steeplechase racing on the East Coast, with four races over hurdles and two on the flat. Central Virginia’s annual ‘rite of spring,’ the event is sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association and includes five races over jumps and on the flat with total purses of over $70,000.
    • Midlothian – May 21 – Virginia Hops and Barley Festival – Ten tastings will be provided and full cups will be available for $5. Brewers will be on site from Starr Hill, Legend, O’Connor and more to discuss their beer. Enjoy live music throughout the day from Southern Tide, Horsehead, Jackass Flats, and headline artist Josh Gracin.
    • Hampton – May 24-26 – Afrikan American Festival – 18th Annual – An outdoor, non-alcoholic, family-oriented event that features nonstop entertainment! Over 70 street market vendors will be on site selling authentic and original black art, artifacts, handmade crafts, and more.
    • Coeburn – May 26-28 – Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 40th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival – Annual Memorial Bluegrass Festival is a celebration of bluegrass music held at the homeplace of bluegrass legend and Grand Ole Opry honoree Dr. Ralph Stanley. See Ralph and his band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, perform all time favorites along with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Gillian Welch and many more.
    • Heathsville – May 28 – Heathsville Strawberry Festival – Over 100 artists and crafters with handmade wares. Delicious, freshly-picked peaches AND shortcake. Giant bake sale. Live entertainment.

    See more May events here, including Memorial Day events, or request a free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide.



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    Virginia Golf: The Blue Ridge to Wine Country

    by Casey | Posted on May 3rd, 2011

    There are numerous reasons to tee off in Virginia.

    1. The beautiful scenery.
    2. The moderate temperatures.
    3. The beautiful scenery.
    4. Public courses that rival the private ones.

    Get away from DC – even if it’s just an hour – to Blue Ridge Shadows. It was ranked as the #3 “Best Course You Can Play” by Golfweek Magazine in 2009. Located in Front Royal, it does, in fact, sit in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and boasts 18 holes designed by Tom Clark.

    Primland Resort

    Primland Resort

    Just outside Charlottesville is the stunning 600-acre Keswick Hall that includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Course that is as challenging as it is historically beautiful. In the midst of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the course blends well – almost seamlessly. If you’re looking for the promise of an easy course, move on. The only promise you’re getting out of Keswick Hall is that you will “use all the clubs in your bag.”

    Move from the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains to perch atop them when you play The Highland Course at Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan. Golfweek Magazine called it one of the top 25 “Best Resort Courses in the U.S.” The course meanders across ridge tops, making each swing a rush of sheer adrenaline. A more spectacular mountaintop course you will not find.

    Lansdowne Resort
    Lansdowne Resort

    Experience many awesome opportunities in Loudoun County. There you will find quite a selection of courses, not to mention great wineries as you hop around.

    Seeking more Virginia golf? Check out our Golf Partners to plan your day or weekend of teeing off. Request the Virginia Golf Guide, too.



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