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    500 Places to Enjoy Virginia Wine & Dine Month

    by Casey | Posted on February 29th, 2012

    Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month is a celebration that showcases Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth. Special wine and food pairings along with wine travel packages make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia.

    Virginia Wine and Dine Month

    With more than 200 wineries Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for wineries and grape production, and the world is starting to notice …

    • One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2012 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2012
    • One of the Top Five Up-and-Coming Wine Regions – Travel + Leisure, 2007
    So how can you get in on this wining and dining action? More than 500 opportunities await. From special events, participating restaurants, and the wineries themselves, Virginia wine is yours to be had. Here is a sampling.
    Enjoy Virginia Wine with Your Meal
    Buy Virginia Wine

    Bay Creek Resort & Club

    Wine Events for March

    If you’re not convinced, please see our little video below dedicated to Virginia Wine and Dine Month. Cheers!



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    Virginia’s Theme Parks Boast New Rides for 2012

    by Casey | Posted on February 28th, 2012

    Alpengeist iat Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    Alpengeist is just one of the thrilling coasters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    If you’re crazy for coasters and lament the loss of Busch Gardens’ Big Bad Wolf in 2009, no worries. Verbolten is a brand new thrill ride through the Black Forest of Germany that you’re sure to love.

    Busch Gardens writes …

    “A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an exciting autobahn touring experience where an unexpected detour launches riders into the verboten Black Forest. Set in the re-envisioned Oktoberfest section of the park, this all-new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster utilizes electromagnetic technology to propel riders through a high-speed thrill packed with twists, turns and plunges. This exhilarating new coaster will feature many ‘firsts’ when it debuts.”

    The last piece of Verbolten’s track was installed on January 17, 2012, completing the 2,835 feet of the ride. With special effects and thematic to-do’s left to complete, look for Verbolten to open late spring. Get a flavor for the ride by watching the clip below.

    Kings Dominion in Doswell has a couple of fun new things to show you this season as well – most notably, WindSeeker, a 301′ spinning tower of swings. Take a friend up with you to enjoy the two-person swing, and hold on tight. Kings Dominion writes …

    “WindSeeker is a ride that is fun, thrilling and relaxing at the same time, making it an attraction that families enjoy riding together.  It’s also one of the best night ride experiences around.”
    WindSeeker at Kings Dominion

    WindSeeker at Night, Kings Dominion

    At 25-30 mph, tilting at a 45-degree angle, and more than 300 feet in the air, I’m not sure that I would call WindSeeker relaxing. (If I try it out, I’ll let you know.) One thing KD claims and I feel confident in, is this …

    “A ride on WindSeeker will provide riders with a birds-eye view of the park and surrounding countryside.  On a clear day, riders will be able to see 18 miles out into the region.  Incredible!”

    The view from on-high must be epic. With an 18-mile view, you just might be able to see Richmond’s skyline.

    For information about Virginia’s theme parks, visit Virginia.org/ThemeParks.
    Be sure to see family friendly packages that include theme park visits, too!



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    Summer Beach Homes: The Eastern Shore

    by Casey | Posted on February 23rd, 2012

    Many vacationers wait to book their accommodation in hopes of a lower, last-minute rate. Unfortunately, beach travelers don’t have the luxury of waiting. Especially if their goal is to secure a house.

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    The Eastern Shore is known for its quiet charm – a key selling point for families in need of uninterrupted time away from the chaos of life. Fortunately, the Shore has quite a few vacation homes available to meet that need.

    A Bayview Beauty is a Cape Charles cottage that comfortably sleeps 6 but can accommodate 8 with a pull-out sleeper sofa. The Chesapeake Bay breeze cools this golf cart town where everything is walkable. The beach is mere steps away. If this sounds inviting, act fast. The home is already booked June 5-20, July 7-21, and July 28-August 4.
    Nightly Rate: $230
    Weekly Rate: $1,273
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    Also in Cape Charles is Old Crow’s Nest located within Bay Creek Resort. The private Bay beach is right at hand. Enjoy the multiple decks and porches perfect for viewing the sunset and the hundreds of birds that call the Shore home. This beautiful new property sleeps 8. Available June 2-22, July 14-24, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $2,058
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    Lakeview is a great home for multi-generational travelers. It’s also located within Bay Creek, and features two master suites – one on the first floor and one on the second.  With four bedrooms in total, this home sleeps 10. The open floor plan is both inviting and accommodating for a large family. The private beach, resort restaurant and other resort amenities are in close proximity. Lakeview is still available June 1-8, June 16-22, July 1-12, July 15-31, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $3,688.60
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    Nestled in the land of wild ponies is Chincoteague Island’s Spinnaker Waterfront Home. The unique four-level design enables guests to see water in three directions, and even Assateague Island in the distance. A private dock is perfect for crabbing, fishing, putting in your kayak, or swimming. Spinnaker was featured on Fine Living Channel’s “Around the World in 80 Homes” – go see what you’re missing! Sleeps 8.
    Available June 8-July 13, and from August 18 into the fall season.
    Weekly Rate: $1,911-$3,589 (rates last published for 2011 season; rate varies by peak season and couples vs. a family)
    Book Now

    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    Views, views, views. The Moorings North on Chincoteague Island has really nice Chincoteague Bay views. This commanding home has a two-story front porch overlooking Chincoteague Channel, a tower hide-away, a three-stop windowed elevator, and a most unusual “gazebo-in-the-sky” just off the dining room. Much like Lakeview, The Moorings North is a great home for two families vacationing together, as it has two master suites with private balconies. At your disposal is a deep water boat tie-up, if you came toting the big boy toy. This home sleeps 10.
    Weekly Rate: $3,400
    Book Now

    These few homes are just a glimpse of what the Eastern Shore has to offer in the vacation rental house market. Discover more charmers at Virginia.org.

    Keep an eye peeled for upcoming posts highlighting summer beach homes from the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads regions.

    *Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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    Winter Wine Warm-Up: The Virginia Wine Expo

    by Casey | Posted on February 21st, 2012

    With right around 200 wineries in Virginia, it would take serious dedication to visit even a third of the tasting rooms for a sample of their best wines. Until you have time to make the rounds, or even if you already have, check out the Virginia Wine Expo this weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
    Wine Tasting

    More than 400 wines from more than 70 Virginia wineries will be poured this weekend at the Virginia Wine Expo. Your ticket buys you a Riedel® crystal wine glass and allows you to sample around to find the one you love. Gourmet foods from some of Virginia’s most notable chefs will be available for sampling as well.

    Friday, February 24

    • Noon-2 p.m.: Virginia Wine Lovers’ Luncheon at Acacia
    • 4-6 p.m.: Prelude to the Expo Soiree at Bistro 27
    • 5:30-10 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
    • 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: After Hours at T-Miller’s
    Saturday, February 25
    • Noon-2 p.m.: Late Winter Harvest Luncheon at Lemaire
    • Noon-8 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
    • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Virginia Wine and Hors d’oeuvres at Tobacco Company
    • 1-2 p.m.: Seminar – Fresh Southern Favorites & Virginia Wine
    • 2-3 p.m.: Seminar – Your “Pleasure” Senses and Professional Wine Tasting Techniques
    • 3-4 p.m.: Seminar – Why Virginia? The State of Virginia Wine
    • 4-5 p.m.: Seminar – Modern Charcuterie & Virginia Wines
    • 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: After Hours at T-Miller’s
    Sunday, February 26
    • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Virginia Wine + Brunch at Selba
    • Noon-5 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Important Event Notes
      • There is no re-entry. If you leave the event, you will not be permitted to re-enter.
      • Purchase tickets in advance. To ensure a high-quality event, tickets are limited.
      • Food and beverages are prohibited. Food samples may be available from some vendors and other foods will be available for purchase. Water will be complimentary for cleansing your palate.
      • An ID is required. No one younger than 21 will be permitted to attend Friday or Saturday events.
      • Dress for all events is “smart, chic, or comfortable casual.” No tie required for men; jacket optional. Dark colors are recommended (red wine hides well on dark colors).
      • Please refrain from strong perfumes, colognes, and lotions as their scents disrupt the bouquet of the wines.
      • Coat and wine check will be available.
      • Handicap accessible.
      • No pets.
      • Smokers will be asked to use the designated area.
      • Wine will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle.Virginia Wine Expo Logo



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    Spring in Shenandoah National Park

    by Casey | Posted on February 17th, 2012

    With the unseasonably warm temperatures Virginia has had over the past bit, the trees will be budding in Shenandoah National Park in no time. Plan your weekend drive up to the Park around an event or travel package. Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming up this spring.

    Spring Ride

    Take a Spring Ride!

    Be the early bird that catches the worm when you book the Early Bird Spring Special to stay at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge! Book your one-night stay for sometime between March 29 and June 21 to lock in a $119 room rate. The stay includes breakfast for two.

    Once per month from April through November, Skyland Resort hosts a Vintner Dinner - a four-course meal paired with wines. The best part about this dinner is that an overnight stay for two, delicately etched Shenandoah wine glasses, and breakfast the following morning are included!

    • $359/couple
    • Call 800-788-7852 to make your reservation. Seating is limited.
    • Dates: April 13, May 18, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and November 9.

    Perhaps wine without the dinner and stay is what you fancy. If so, the Park offers a weekly wine tasting at both Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort. Tastings are Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and include assorted chesses and a handcrafted glass for you to keep. The fee is $15.

    When those flowers finally break loose, be among the group who enjoys a narrated walk or workshop all about the woodland wildflowers. May 5 and 6 is Wildflower Weekend in the Park.

    Twilight Hikes from Big Meadows LodgeLook up to the skies. What do you see? Take a walk into the “big meadow” at dusk for a Twilight Hike with Shenandoah Mountain Guides. At 3,500 feet, no light pollution or haze will interrupt your view! $10/adult and $8/child 12 and under. Select Saturdays June through September.

    Join Jeff Alt, author of “A Walk for Sunshine” and hiking commentator for ESPN’s “Inside America’s National Parks,” for a one-hour presentation about his personal 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail journey on June 23, July 14, August 11, or October 13 at 4 p.m. in Big Meadows Lodge.

    If it’s entertainment that you’re after – authentic Virginia entertainment – check out the cloggers! Two groups perform at the Park. See Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville on the third Thursday of each month (April through October). Hi-Horse are known for their traditional clogging. Come see them for free from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    The Park regulars are the Shenandoah Valley Cloggers who dance to bluegrass, country, old time rock, pop, and more. See them every Tuesday (April through November) from 8 to 9 p.m. for free.

    Possum Ridge String BandIf Southern Appalachian music appeals to you, don’t miss the concerts by Possum Ridge String Band the fourth Thursday of every month (April through November) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The traditional sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, and banjo pair up for a few Irish and Scottish tunes, too. The concerts are free.

    Shenandoah National Park has an entry fee of $15 per car, however, there are select days throughout the year when the fee is waived: April 21-29, June 9, September 29, and November 10-12 are the 2012 fee-free dates.

    Discover more upcoming events in Shenandoah National Park at Virginia.org and put LOVE at the heart of your mountain vacation!



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