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  • Archive for November 15th, 2012

    10 Tips for Hosting Family this Holiday

    by Casey | Posted on November 15th, 2012

    So your family is coming to enjoy one of the season’s holidays with you. What’s your game plan?

    First, start with LOVE. They’re visiting because they love you, they want to make memories with you, and they know the value of togetherness. After that, we’re here to help!

    10 WAYS TO LOVE A FAMILY HOLIDAY

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    1. Chill OutVirginia’s mountain resorts have something fun for every member of the family – EVERY member. Little kids can learn to ski or play it safe on the snow tubes while the big kids work the slopes. Fireside dining, spas and even indoor waterparks will entertain those who’d rather not get their adrenaline pumping in the chill of December.

    2. Shine On – The lights that radiate along skylines and neighborhoods are a draw for families. Get everyone situated with hot cocoa and then go for a ride to see the night aglow. Sites like Elks National Home in Bedford create festive displays to drive through, not to mention the famed 100 Miles of Lights that encompasses the coastal cities, Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Richmond. To truly go over the top, splurge on a trip to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town!

    3. Presidential Escapades – Since you’re in the state dubbed “Mother of Presidents,” why not take in a little history? The homes of Jefferson, Madison, Washington and Wilson are decorated and awaiting guests – your guests.

    4. Get Crafty – One more gift couldn’t hurt anything, especially if it’s handmade and keeping the family occupied. Visit a place like You Made It! in Harrisonburg, Color Me Mine in Norfolk or A Glass Expression Stained Glass Studio in Pound to make a one-of-a-kind original treasure.

    Tree Hunting

    Find your perfect tree.

    5. Tree Hunt – If you need a tree and haven’t already completed the set-up and decorating, make a new family memory by hunting for the perfect one together. Some Virginia tree farms offer a wagon ride to their tree thicket and have a gift shop with fresh wreaths and more.

    6. Run Off Steam – Usually the kids get a little more antsy than the parents when it comes to spending time together inside. Find a children’s museum like Amazement Square in Lynchburg or Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth to let them run off their energy while you chit chat amongst yourselves.

    7. Go Below – Since you’re chilly anyway, why not check out one of Virginia’s eight caverns? From the East Coast’s largest to one with an elevator and even one without an end, a day in a cavern is one that the family will talk about and remember for a while to come.

    8. Cheers – Virginia has more than 230 wineries, 60+ craft breweries and a growing number of distilleries and cideries. Designate a driver (and a babysitter, if necessary) to head out and sample some of Virginia’s best adult handmade beverages.

    9. Say Cheese – Pick a beautiful backdrop for a family photo and then go have fun with silly faces and fun Christmas sweaters. Our favorites are covered bridges, any of the lookouts along the Blue Ridge Parkway and of course, our LOVEworks were made for opportunities like yours. Not only will it be an excellent adventure, but you’ll have proof of the fun, too.

    10. Skate Away – Choose your venue – indoors or out? Do you prefer blades or wheels? Virginia has great ice skating opportunities and quite a few roller skating rinks, too. Either sport is a great pastime for adults and a fun new sport for the next generation. If you’d rather just see a giant skate, we have that, too.

    We wish you a love-filled season as you celebrate your Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa with those closest to you.

    Virginia is for Lovers.
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    * Post updated December 11, 2013.



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    Great Shopping Deals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on November 15th, 2012

    ‘Tis the season for gift-giving and Virginia has you covered with great outlet shopping.

    Williamsburg Premium Outlets

    Williamsburg Premium Outlets

    Virginia’s Premium Outlets are located in Leesburg and Williamsburg. Sign up to be a VIP Shopper (for free) and receive access to online coupons, the VIP Coupon Book and advance notification of sales events.

    In Leesburg, the outlet includes 110 high-end stores like Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Juicy Couture and Barneys New York.

    In Williamsburg you’ll find 135 stores with some of the above plus Dooney & Bourke and Calvin Klein.

    Both outlets will be “Black Friday” havens as several stores are opening at midnight on November 23 and will entertain extended hours all weekend. Better yet, quite a few are opening Thanksgiving night at 9 p.m.

    Woodbridge is home to Potomac Mills Mall – Virginia’s largest mall with more than 200 retailers, including Bloomingdales – The Outlet Store, DKNY and The LEGO Store. When you need a break, take the bags to the car and enjoy a movie at one of the 18 AMC Theatres. Stores open at midnight on the 23rd and have extended hours all weekend.

    Find more great shopping locations at Virginia.org and don’t forget “Shop Small Saturday” (November 24) for great local deals in Virginia’s charming downtowns.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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