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    Is everyone excited for #Virginia #CraftBeer Month next month? It's time to put your game face on and visit a new local #brewery or get adventuresome on a #VA #beer trail. Find your way at Virginia.org/craftbeer and tag your photos with #vacraftbeermonth! This is glass of @ardentcraftales' #IPA, found on tap in Richmond. #rva #vabeer #drinklocal #locavore #ardentcraftales
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  • Archive for August, 2012

    End of Summer Travel Deals

    by Casey | Posted on August 14th, 2012

    As the sun begins to set on summer the travel deals heat up. Sneak in a mid-week or Labor Day weekend getaway for the best savings.

    Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach, Virginia Beach

    Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach, Virginia Beach

    The Natural Bridge of Virginia is one-stop family fun. See the famed Bridge itself, along with the Monacan Indian Village, Caverns, Wax Museum, Butterfly exhibit and Foamhenge for around $200, depending on the ages of your children — a 20% discount. That’s a lot to do with a one-night stay and hearty country breakfast included.

    Get in one last beach experience with a three-night oceanfront getaway to Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach. They’re offering up to 15% off the rack rate to help you get there.

    Maybe you’re lucky enough to squeeze in five nights at the beach. If so, Ocean Beach Club Resort – a fun Miami-feeling accommodation – is offering a 5th night free for stays through September 27.

    Yearning for cool breezes? Head to the mountains for what will feel like an early fall – the perfect temps for coffee on the deck at Meadow Villas at Warm Springs. Stay two nights in a comfortable villa and the second night is 20% off.

    Sunset at The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    Sunset at The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    Blackstone is a charming town with a slightly slower pace perfect for those looking for a quiet place to catch their breath at the end of summer. Stay at the Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast for two nights and the innkeepers will give you a $25 discount. You can call that gas money, lunch money, spending money …

    Wine, shopping, history, outdoor fun – none are too far away from the Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford where you can save up to 40% just by staying during the week (Monday-Thursday).

    Another mid-week stay you’ll want to check out is The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Port Haywood along the Chesapeake Bay. Save 20% off the regular rates just by choosing to stay two nights between Sunday and Thursday. On top of that, if you want to stay a third night you’ll get it at 30% off.

    These are just a few of the travel deals you’ll find waiting at Virginia.org. Enjoy what’s left of summer and take a sneak peek of fall!

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    Love the Local Flavor in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on August 6th, 2012

    Fresh is the word and this – Virginia’s Farmers’ Market Week - is the time to celebrate the best eats of summer.

    Alexandria Farmers' MarketAs the demand for locally grown foods has increased, so has the number of farmers’ markets, increasing from 88 available statewide in 2005 to more than 210 in 2012. What does this mean for you? More opportunities to find Virginia Grown products as you travel about!

    A Sample of What You Can Find & Where:

    The Ashland Farmers’ Market is only open 9 until noon on Saturdays through November, but it’s the prime location to purchase those coveted Hanover tomatoes.

    Historic Roanoke City Market offers more wares than you can imagine an open-air “farmers’ market” could. Fruits, vegetables and meats are a given, but add in flowers and handcrafted delights and you have a vibrant, ”buy local” destination available to you every day of the week.

    Known to be a place to find fresh, local goods since 1753, the Alexandria Farmers’ Market in Old Town is a Saturday morning adventure that yields the harvest of local growers. Even George Washington vended Mount Vernon’s goods at this market.

    Vendors set up daily for the Fredericksburg Farmers’ Market at Hurkamp Park, bringing whichever products are in season – veggies, fruit, cheeses, firewood, canned and baked goods, flowers and more. Another reason to visit this particular market this week is the Virginia is for Lovers LOVE artwork on display! Take a photo and share it through Twitter with the hashtag #LOVEVA or on our Facebook page.

    Don’t skip out on your good eating habits while vacationing at Virginia Beach. Old Beach Farmers’ Market is a Saturday morning gathering of local growers, watermen and wineries. Expect to find free-range chicken from Suffolk, Chesapeake Bay clams dug by a local family and even bison from a ranch in the Northern Neck.

    South of the James Farmers Market, RichmondEven in metropolitan Richmond the fresh and local can be found. Visit South of the James Farmers’ Market on Saturdays to pick up Hanover-grown berries, honey products from Henrico County, shiitake, oyster and maitake mushrooms from Nelson County’s Rockfish Valley, free range forest-fed pork from Buckingham County, gluten-free baked goods and quite a bit more.

    Seafood must be on your list if you’re on the Eastern Shore and you’ll have plenty to choose from each Saturday morning at the Onancock Market. Jams, jellies, crafts, and other seasonal offerings await you, too.

    In southwest Virginia be sure to seek out the Abingdon Farmers’ Market Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. or Saturday mornings. You’ll find cheeses, grass-fed meats, eggs, and a wealth of artisnal crafts, foods and baked goods.

    >> Find a Farmers’ Market Near You

    >> And it’s National Peach Month!

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    Tax-Free Shopping!

    by Casey | Posted on August 2nd, 2012

    This weekend, August 3-5, is Virginia’s tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend and the perfect time to hit the outlets, malls and Main Streets to score the goods for fall. Here are a few of Virginia’s top shopping destinations as well as the details about the tax-free weekend.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

    Potomac Mills Mall, located in Woodbridge, is having a huge sale on top of the already deeply discounted prices. Dubbed “No Tax, Save the Max,” it’s additional savings (on top of the outlet prices) at select retailers including The Children’s Place, Gap Outlet, Nautica, Nike Factory Store, Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store and Stride Rite Outlet. In addition, Virginia residents can stop by Guest Services to receive a free shopping tote while supplies last.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg has 110 outlet stores for your family shopping. Williamsburg Premium Outlets in Williamsburg offers 135 outlet stores. Both are having an additional sale on top of their 25-65% off retail prices and are offering extended shopping hours.

    Some of the deals you can expect this weekend at both Leesburg Corner and Williamsburg are “Buy 1, Get One 50% Off” at Champion, Converse, Reebok and Stride Rite Keds Sperry and 50% off everything at Puma. Columbia Sportswear invites you to be one of the first shoppers of the day on August 3. In doing so, they’ll reward you with a $10 gift card and 15% off your entire purchase until noon.

    For clusters of great shopping, look to some of Virginia’s metropolitan areas. In Richmond there are several shopping destinations including the boutiques of Carytown, Short Pump Town Center, and Stony Point Fashion Park. While you won’t find the outlet prices here, you will find the biggest brand names.

    Downtown Culpeper. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Downtown Culpeper. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    If the thought of crowds makes you clam up, go Main Street. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you find – unique fashions (in a good way), school supplies that will not be easily confused with those of classmates and superb customer service. When you “shop local” you feel the appreciation of those small business owners.

    Virginia’s great downtown town shopping options include Lexington, Staunton, CharlottesvilleCulpeper, Roanoke, Fredericksburg, Old Town Alexandria and the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, but those certainly aren’t all. See our statewide shopping directory to filter by the type of shop you’re looking for and where.

     About Virginia’s tax-free weekend, from the Virginia Department of Taxation: “During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.”  List of qualifying items

    Enjoy your shopping! It’s just another way to spend time with the ones you love.

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