Five Heartwarming Destinations for Your Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted on November 6th, 2013

As the season of holidays creeps ever closer, find ways to make the most of your time together and make it memorable. Why not consider an overnight or two in a Virginia destination known for its merriment and cheer?

 

The Barter Theatre, Abingdon

The Barter Theatre, Abingdon

Spend the holidays in Abingdon! This picturesque small town will fill your heart with holiday joy. World class art venues, cultural events and historical sites are all wrapped up in Christmas lights.

  • Stay: The Martha Hotel & Spa, Copper Lantern Inn, River Garden Bed and Breakfast
  • Dine: Babycakes Cupcakery and Abingdon Tavern
  • Visit: Barter Theatre, Holston Mountain Artisans, Wolf Hills Brewery, Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway
  • See the Entire Getaway

 

Carriage Rides in Harrisonburg

Carriage Rides in Harrisonburg

Escape to a cozy winter weekend in Harrisonburg, where holiday events on Main Street highlight the beauty of the season.

  • Stay: Joshua Wilton House, Stonewall Jackson Inn, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages
  • Dine: Shank’s Bakery, Clementine Cafe, Corgans’ Publick House
  • Visit: You Made It!, Winter Farmers’ Market, Forbes Center for Performing Arts
  • See the Entire Getaway

 

Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria

From charming King Street in Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon, the area presents lively, entertaining holiday opportunities for the whole family.

  • Stay: Morrison House, Lorien Hotel and Spa, Hotel Monaco
  • Dine: Fish Market Restaurant, Hard Times Cafe, Caboose Cafe & Bakery
  • Visit: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Woodlawn, Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria Black History Museum
  • See the Entire Getaway

 

Downtown Culpeper

Downtown Culpeper

Enjoy the spirit of a classic Virginia Main Street when you and the girls make it a shopping weekend inĀ Culpeper.

  • Stay: Thyme Inn, Suites at 249, Hazel River Inn B&B
  • Dine: Hazel River Inn Restaurant & Pub, Raven’s Nest Coffee House, Foti’s
  • Visit: Mount Pony Theatre, Belmont Farm Distillery, Old House Vineyards
  • See the Entire Getaway

 

Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum

Capture the memories as you indulge your senses and rejuvenate your soul in Newport News, the heart of Coastal Virginia, this holiday season.

  • Stay: Newport News Marriott at City Center, Boxwood Inn, The Pequod Inn
  • Dine: Crab Shack on the James, The Lunch Bell
  • Visit: Virginia Living Museum, 100 Miles of Lights, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion
  • See the Entire Getaway

 

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12 Comments

Lee says:

One more heartwarming place for spending a couple days /nights during holidays is…. Not sure if I should make our secret holiday place public….it may become too crowded… it is- House Mountain Inn, Lexington, VA. A Cozy house and rooms,delicious meals, cheese and wine hour, free time entertainment outdoors, special packages… everything one may wish for holiday getaway.

Casey says:

Fantastic place! We love House Mountain Inn, too!

Clarissa Westenburger says:

Why not the Homestead for a heart-warming winter vacation? If they are not sold-out, this Hotel is a palace in the Alleghany mountains of Virginia, once visited by our Founding Fathers located in Hot Springs. The gigantic fireplaces in the lobby highlight the evening piano music with open bar (fantastic) or the afternoon high tea with piano music (no cost). The dining room is spectaculular, coat and tie required. Dining with jazz band and dancing on many nights. Fixed Price menus are a great way to enjoy the gourmet dining and the Thanksgiving Day buffet is beyond belief gourmet, with duck and venison, as well as turkeys and ham with all the trimmings. Occasional dining in the Grill and other appetizing nooks for hungry guests are available and feature casino and DJ’s on many nights. Skiing and golf, horseback riding and shooting range. December 6 through January 2, the lobby is warmly lit with cathedral high ceilings. Christmas trees and gingerbread town with trains for the kids, caroling and superb dining and entertainment on holidays. Try the Olympic indoor swimming pool that uses the local hot springs, as well as nearby Jefferson Pools, fed directly from hotsprings in the original wooden buildings for men and women bathing. Shuttle service from local airport or Roanoke airport is a joy through the Currier and Ives farmland. This is the most memorable vacation on record, and it’s no wonder that so many couples choose to fete their weddings here.

Casey says:

Thanks, Clarissa! We plan to highlight the resorts as heartwarming destinations soon, and The Homestead will certainly be included.

Matt K. says:

Newport News? Holiday destination? Wait, what?

K says:

Silver Diner closed two years ago, and even when it was open a chain restaurant should never have been suggested as the best place to eat in Newport News. Crab Shack is fine, but what about Circa 1918, Fin, Schlesingers, Pearl or one of the other fabulous local restaurants. Aren’t local restaurants what should be touted on the Virgina website and not closed chain restaurants?

Casey says:

Thanks for the suggestions!

Sue says:

It’s hard to take this list seriously when it excludes Williamsburg. Nowhere in Virginia, or perhaps the US, does Christmas as well as Williamsburg.

Casey says:

It’s the first of a series and we’ll definitely be highlighting Williamsburg.

Matt K says:

want to get married…have kids…grow old together, sue?

Bern Lloyd says:

With all due respect if you stay at Morrison House or Lorien or Monaco you are not likely to be impressed by any of the dining suggestions that you have made.

I am a lifelong Alexandrian and 35 year Old Towner.

May I suggest that you do a little more research in that area.

Landini”s, Le Burgerie, The Wharf, Union Street Public House to name a few and there are several other excellent restaurants in Old Town and a few more in the Del Ray section of Alexandria.

Regards

Casey says:

Many thanks for your suggestions!