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  • Give the Gift of Travel

    by Casey | Posted on December 14th, 2012

    If you’re last-minute gift shopping or just now getting into the spirit of the season, we have a few unique ideas for you.

    Bed & Breakfast Getaway

    Purchase aĀ Bed and Breakfast Association of VirginiaĀ gift card. This alleviates the fuss of which B&B to book and when. The cards can be purchased in increments of $25, never lose their value and never expire. The gift card is only accepted at BBAV member B&Bs, but there are more than 200 to choose from.

    Season Passes or Just a Night

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

    Is music, performing arts or sports one of the things your recipient loves? Treat them to a ticket package, gift certificate or season pass to a venue.

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing ArtsĀ is known for the amazing artists they bring to the stage every year, as well as their Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. While the 2013 schedules continue to unfold, go ahead and give your music and art lovers a gift certificate that they can apply to the event of their choice. Available in values of $10 to $100.

    Invite the adrenaline to flow when you give the gift of racing. American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach Ā is offering 50% off gift cards when purchased between now and Christmas Day. Annual memberships are available, too.

    TheĀ Castleton FestivalĀ in Rappahannock County doesn’t kick off until July 2013, which means you can treat someone to a ticket package they can look forward to. From three opera performances (starting at $67.50) to five theatre performances (starting at $97.50), your recipient can enjoy world-class art under the direction of former New York Philharmonic Music Director, Maestro Lorin Maazel.

    SplatBrothersĀ® Paintball, Hopewell

    SplatBrothersĀ® Paintball, Hopewell

    Paintballers are dedicated and will hit the scenario field any time of year. Give the gift of strategy with a gift certificate to SplatBrothersĀ® Paintball Park in Hopewell – Virginia’s largest and longest running paintball park. Available for $25, $50 and $100 and they never expire.

    TheĀ American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars PlayhouseĀ in Staunton offers a $400 annual pass that provides 16 tickets for your choice of productions plus 25% off additional tickets. Their $198 Pick 6 package provides six tickets for your choice of productions plus 10% off additional tickets. For either package, the provided tickets are good for productions through June 16, 2013.

    The Barter TheatreĀ in Abingdon has a few ticket packages, all including two tickets to a production of your choice and then adding on eitherĀ meals at the Barter Cafe,Ā just dessertsĀ orĀ three-course dinners at The Martha. The prices range from $70 to $155.

    Museum Memberships

    The fun of a museum membership is that you’ll often get an advanced viewing of the newest exhibits, be invited to special members-only events and enjoy discounted museum store shopping.

    Through theĀ Virginia Historical SocietyĀ the purchaser AND the membership recipient receive a keepsake Dogwood ornament. Membership levels range from teacher ($48) to family ($72).

    Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg.

    Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg.

    Museum memberships are awesome for kids. TheĀ Explore More Discovery MuseumĀ in Harrisonburg offers weekday drop-in programs that are free to members, as well as discounts for birthday parties. Membership levels range from One Plus One (one named adult and child; $65) to Explorer (two named adults and all their children; $125).

    Kids of any age (and their parents) would enjoy membership to theĀ Virginia Air & Space CenterĀ in Hampton where benefits include unlimited free visits, free and discounted IMAX tickets, special camp and party rates and quite a bit more. The list is long! Membership levels range from Commuter (one individual and a guest; $65) to Million Miler (one individual and up to 9 guests; $500).

    Hopefully this has given you some “outside-the-box” ideas for gift-giving. Make it a merry and bright season to remember with the gift of travel!

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