The mountains of Virginia dance with waves of burnt orange, golden yellow, and fiery red in fall. Live in these moments of glorious color at a bed and breakfast offering a leaf lover’s deal.
Spend two nights at the luxurious Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford and enjoy a gourmet candle-lit dinner, country breakfast, chocolates, wine, and your choice of room and amenities. $419-$539
Snuggle up over a picnic, courtesy of Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount. Stay two nights and enjoy fresh flowers and cider in your choice of room. Simply add $80 onto your room rate.
If you love wine, this wine package from Arcady Vineyard B&B in Charlottesville is what you want. The King suite with whirlpool tub will be a great place to spend the night after your four-hour wine tasting tour (chauffeur included). $475-500
Wine Sampling, fine dining, and amazing mountain scenery are the highlights of this package at Dutchies View B&B in Woolwine. Choose two or three nights to create your perfect stay. Call for rates.
The End of Summer. Now there is a phrase that makes some folks quite upset. I choose to look at the happy side of that phrase, that is, great last-minute beach deals, early fall deals, and cooler temps. Yeah, definitely the cooler temps!
If you’re somewhat a planner, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton would like to reward you with a 25% discount off their best available rate. Book up to 21 days in advance of your visit to capture this one.
On down the Valley road in Natural Bridge is an $8/person savings awaiting your arrival. See the historic (not to mention gigantic) Natural Bridge, Caverns, and new Butterflies at the Bridge exhibit for one price. Stay the night, too, if you want. It’s as reasonable as $85 for two people or $125 for four.
Heading to historic Alexandria? Book a three-night stay at Best Western Mount Vernon and sweep up a 30% discount. Only staying two nights? Tsk. That’s only a 15% savings. But hey, you do what you can do. Make sure this is a Thursday through Sunday stay, as those are the only days that qualify.
No pressure, but if you’re considering getting married … in a hurry … why not elope? There are great spur-of-the-moment deals to be had. Not that marriage should be entered into lightly, but when you know, you know. Right?
Go all “destination wedding” on your friends and family with a sandy Virginia Beach elopement. Included in the $1295 fee is the wedding officiant, two photographers, and ten beautiful photos of your big day.
Dreaming of a mountain view for your wedding? The Blue Ridge Wedding Chapel in Lovingston is available to you, as is a minister and photographer. Bring up to 12 of your closest family and friends to make it a day to remember, for only $895.
So tell me, what’s so bad about the end of summer? Get your travel on!
Onancock: Onancock Harborfest – Sept. 9-10
Begins with the Second Friday Art Stroll and includes an outdoor concert at the wharf, a 5K run, kayak/canoe race, Critter Parade, Rubber Duck Race, Great Paper Boat Race, and still more on Saturday.
Clarksville: Clarksville Hydroplane Challenge – Sept. 24-25
A fan-friendly race event where boats take to Buggs Island Lake/John H. Kerr Reservoir and compete on a one-mile, oval course. Great viewing from the causeway and local bridge!
Did you know that Virginia is for Racing Lovers? Have you ever been to a NASCAR race? It’s thrilling and one of the best experiences that I have had! I went to the night race this past April at Richmond International Raceway. A pit pass allowed me to be in the middle of it all while watching the preparations by the different crews. It was relatively quiet in the pits. Two hours later, I was covering my ears as the cars passed at more than 100 miles per hour. My friends told me about the pace, the noise, the fans, the experience … but it’s one that you can’t describe until you’re there!
Richmond International Raceway
These drivers are athletes. They race at crazy speeds with all these other factors surrounding them. They sit in the same position for more than four to six hours at a time while risking their lives for our entertainment. My favorite athlete, I mean, driver, is Denny Hamlin. He stands for something both on the track and off, and was born right here in Virginia!
The state itself has many contributors to NASCAR history. Virginia is the only state that hosts 4 NASCAR races each year. Virginia is home to Martinsville Speedway, which was actually founded in 1947, one year before NASCAR. Remember Trevor Bayne, the youngest winner ever, from this year’s Daytona 500? He drives for Wood Brothers Racing, a sixty year-old family organization founded and based in Virginia for fifty-three years, the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team.
Virginia is currently offering three chances to win tickets to NASCAR races:
Hermie Sadler will be signing autographs and offering the chance to win IRWIN Night Race tickets at the Bristol Welcome Center (in Virginia) from 9-10am on Saturday, August 27;
So at the end of the day, Virginia is for Racing Lovers. Seriously. No kidding. Between Richmond, Martinsville, and the NASCAR history that abounds, the experiences are unequaled. This weekend I will be cheering for Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s the IRWIN Tools Night Race but I hope that my experience isn’t a race at all.
Jane Govoruhk is the Assistant International Marketing Manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation, avid Hokie and Steelers fan, NASCAR enthusiast, music junkie, and author of this post.
None of us are ever too old to learn anything, and all of us enjoy a good vacation. Marry the two and you have got yourself an education vacation.
Hang Gliding on the Eastern Shore of Virginia
One of the best destinations for an outdoor lover’s education vacation is the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the 70-mile southern sliver of the Delmarva Peninsula. Life is different on the Shore. It’s simple, relaxed, and solitude is abundant.