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    #Downtown #Staunton is filled with amazing #architecture including the Romanesque-Revival Marquis Building seen here. It was designed by T.J. Collins in 1895 (he designed nearly 200 buildings throughout the city in various styles during the #Victorian Era). Note the large umbrella fixed to the corner of the turret! #loveva #virginia #vatravel #mainstreet #vais4lovers #oldschoolva
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  • Archive for August, 2011

    Romantic Fall Reprieves

    by Casey | Posted on August 30th, 2011

    Arcady Vineyard B&B

    Arcady Vineyard B&B

    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.

    Discover more great Bed and Breakfast stays, as well as Fall Foliage packages to plan your perfect fall getaway.



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    Did Someone Say End of Summer?

    by Casey | Posted on August 25th, 2011

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    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!

    Cash in now on travel savings …

    • Third night 50% off at Holladay House Bed & Breakfast in Orange over Labor Day weekend. Psst! They were featured on HGTV.com and TravelChannel.com. Yeah, you’ll want to stay there at some point.
    • Where can you book three nights for only $349? Meadow Villas in Warm Springs, that’s where. The rate is good for Columbus weekend only (October 7-11), so get it now before it’s gone.
    • Visit a nearby attraction and get half off your second night at Boxwood Inn in Newport News. The eligible attractions are Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, and The Mariners’ Museum. This deal is good through the end of 2011.
    • 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!

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    September in Virginia

    by Tom | Posted on August 24th, 2011

    Clarksville Hydroplanes

    Racing at the Clarksville Hydroplane Challenge

    Hopefully all that earthquake business is behind us now. Not something we see every day, uh, hundred years here in the Old Dominion.

    And even though hurricane Irene is heading this way, I’m really more focused right now on shedding this August heat and enjoying September, now only a week away!

    Our September here is still shirt-sleeves warm, but cool enough to seriously enjoy the many, many outdoor festivals and events throughout the state.

    Here are some highlights:

    Labor Day: Kick off the month with a Labor Day weekend event (or deal).

    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.

    Bristol: Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion – Sept. 16-18
    Twenty-two stages of live music, 16 indoor venues and a children’s stage 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!

     



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    Virginia is for Racing Lovers … including Me!

    by Guest | Posted on August 23rd, 2011

    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 RacewayA 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

    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;
    • Enter to win two suite tickets for the Martinsville Speedway race in October here: http://www.virginia.org/racesweeps/;
    • Virginia residents may also enter to win 2 VIP NASCAR experiences with Elliott Sadler and the Virginia Lottery for the Martinsvillle Speedway race in October:  http://valottery.com/promotion/facebook/martinsville.asp

    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.



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    Education Vacation

    by Casey | Posted on August 22nd, 2011

    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

    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.

    On the Shore you can learn to kayak or build one,  get in touch with Native American building trades, take to the skies and learn to hang glide, or use those same ocean breezes to learn to kiteboard. Have you put off learning the trade of crabbing? Don’t dive off the deep end, but try your hand at pier crabbing. Deep sea fishing can be taught by any number of charter fishermen, too, if you just ask.

    Plan your Eastern Shore vacation soon!

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