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10 Historic Hotels with Virginia Charm

by Dave | Posted on February 8th, 2013

Experience classic elegance at one of Virginia’s Historic Hotels and Inns. Throughout the Commonwealth you will find places to stay that are steeped in history and that offer world class amenities. Each has its own distinctive charm and style with dining options sure to please the palate.

Make plans to visit and relax at one of these Virginia gems.

The Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn during the Spring

The George Washington Hotel, Winchester
Constructed in 1924, this upscale and luxury property features 90 newly restored guest rooms and was the 2011 Wyndham Hotel of the Year. Be sure to check out the Roman-style indoor pool and Saumaj Health Spa.

The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
With amazing amenities and tremendous location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Hotel Roanoke, circa 1882, is a fully-restored Tudor-style property on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to dine at the newly renovated Regency Room.

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
Recognized as one of the finest hotels in the United States since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, elegant decor, luxurious guest rooms and friendly service. You will surely have a memorable stay at The Jefferson.

The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg
Adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg live interactive history museum, The Williamsburg Inn is decorated in an elegant English Regency style and regarded among the world’s finest hotels. Luxurious accommodations with fine dining, clay tennis courts, award-winning golf and The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg are among the numerous amenities of this resort.

The Martha

Sitting area in The Martha

The Martha, Abingdon
Originally built in 1832, the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa has served many functions and its history is undeniable. The Martha is a member of the Camberley Collection of fine historic properties. Explore all that Southwest Virginia has to offer with The Martha as your home base.

Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg
This turn of the century shoe factory is now a residential-style boutique hotel located in historic downtown Lynchburg. You will find historical artifacts from the Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation accenting the decor throughout. With 44 luxurious guest rooms and suites, many with dramatic views of the James River or the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Craddock Terry Hotel is a perfect fit.

The Homestead

The Great Hall at The Homestead

The Homestead, Hot Springs
Located in the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead truly is a luxury resort with unforgettable Southern Hospitality. Welcoming 22 US presidents since the 18th century, this grand belle is thoroughly authentic and breath-taking.

Mimslyn Inn, Luray
Comfortable, inviting and ready to experience, the Mimslyn Inn‘s classic Georgian Revival architecture and location in the Shenandoah Valley will make your stay welcoming and unforgettable.

Mimslyn Inn

The Mimslyn Inn

Stonewall Jackson, Staunton
Built in 1924 and nestled in historic downtown Staunton, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel captures the spirit and charm of the old South. The hotel was also recently recognized by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. With modern guest amenities and services you will thoroughly enjoy your relaxing stay.

The Morrison House, Alexandria
Recognized by “Travel and Leisure” on the 2012 list of 50 best hotels in the world, the Morrison House offers award-winning elegance and service. Located just off King Street in Old Town Alexandria, history is everywhere. And The Morrison House is pet-friendly with no fees or restrictions!

These are just a few of the stunning historic hotels in Virginia. Tell us about your favorites and find more at www.Virginia.org



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Valentines Weekend for Families

by Dave | Posted on February 7th, 2013

Valentine’s is all about love. Same is true for Virginia is for Lovers. This is especially true for families who are always looking for ways to spend more time together, which is exactly what a weekend trip to Virginia has to offer. So why not think about Valentine’s a little differently this year and make it a long weekend to celebrate LOVE of family. We’ve got seven ideas of things you can do and places to visit in Virginia to make Valentine’s Day weekend a true family affair:

Robert Podd, The Poddery


1. Handmade Gifts of LOVE – Visit artisan and craft centers in Virginia to pick out special Valentines gifts for each other that come from the heart. Or better yet sign up for a family class and make gifts for each other.

2. Get Together in the Great Outdoors – February can be a beautiful time for a hike in Virginia. Trails across the state offer paths from easy walking trails to more challenging for families who are experienced hikers. The leaves are off the trees, affording clear and amazing views for miles around.

3. Share your LOVE What are you most passionate about? Art? Music? History? Virginia has museums for everything and Valentine’s Weekend is a great time to share your love of music, art, history and more with your family and start building great traditions together.

4. All in one Resorts – Great for family togethering with tons of activities but also if mom and dad do want some time for just the two of you, programs to keep the kids entertained and on-site babysitting services.

Gearharts Fine Chocolates

Gearharts Fine Chocolates


5. Go Old School Take your kids to one of Virginia’s charming small towns and let them delight in the old-fashion goodness of real soda fountains, local diners, farmers markets, cool old train stations and true Americana.

6. Sweets for the sweets If chocolate is a must for your Valentine’s amusement, take pride in the sweets you buy. Visit local chocolatiers and candy shops such as Chocolate Occasions, Gearhearts, Chocolates by Kelly and others found throughout Virginia and make a day out of it by shopping for the best with the family.

7. Put LOVE at the Heart of Your Virginia Vacation Can you think of a more perfect photo opp for Valentine’s then you and your family in front of a giant LOVE sculpture? There are more than 20 to choose from in Virginia. Make a weekend out of visiting as many Virginia is for Lovers LOVEworks as you can, take your picture and share it out to send your love to your family and friends.

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

by Dave | Posted on November 5th, 2012

Virginia Cider Week Logo

Virginia Cider Week 2012

You have likely heard about Virginia’s ever-growing wine industry and burgeoning craft beer industry, but you may not know that Virginia also has a diverse and growing hard cider industry too.

In fact, hard cider is becoming so popular in Virginia that this November the Commonwealth will dedicate an entire week to it. Gather your friends and family and prepare to be blown away as you enjoy cider dinners, pairings and mixology throughout the state during the first-ever Virginia Cider Week, November 9-17.

According to an article in the September issue of Breathe Magazine, cideries are emerging throughout the Southeast and Virginia is producing many unique and tasteful ciders. In fact, Virginia ranked #4 on the top 10 list for cider case sales in 2011 by Southeast States, with a total of 91,266 cases sold.

Albemarle CiderWorks

Albemarle CiderWorks

If you want a taste pf Virginia hard cider for yourself, check out the following Virginia cideries:

• The Shelton family runs Vintage Virginia, an apple tree nursery, and ferments their own hard cider at Albemarle CiderWorks, just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, the family business started as an orchard in 2000, and their cider business launched in the summer of 2009.
Bold Rock Hard Cider started serving cider back in May and now distributes cider from Galax to Leesburg to Virginia Beach.
• A historic barn used to auction cattle now is the home of Castle Hill’s cider fermenting facility, tasting room and events space. Castle Hill Cider started serving cider in their tasting room in Keswick Virginia back in July 2011 and they now have five ciders – one still and four sparkling.
• Twenty-five minutes outside of Floyd, Virginia, Foggy Ridge Cider has been growing apples specifically for cider production since 1998 and has been selling hard cider since 2006. They grow varieties such as Harrison, Hewe’s Crabapple, Roxbury Russets and Ashmead’s Kernel.
Old Hill Cider has a blend of apples heavily based on Albemarle Pippin, Stayman and Winesaps. Shannon Showalter’s orchard, which has been in his family since the mid-60s, is just 30 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Va. The 40-acre orchard produces 26 varieties. The farm boasts more than just cider – pick-your-own apples and sweet cider, as well as apple cider donuts.
• Not too far outside of Charlottesville you can find old college buddies Tim Edmund and Dan Potter, of Potter’s Craft Cider, bottling their Farmhouse Dry cider in their two-room production facility, an old horse veterinary clinic that they renovated to accommodate their booming cider business. These home brewers turned their hobby into a viable business venture in fall 2010, and since their cider has been picked up on keg and in bottles by bars, restaurants and groceries throughout Central Virginia.

 Cider Week Events on Virginia.org:
Apple Cider Making Demo at Saunders Brothers – Nov 10, 2012
Beer and Cider Dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company – Nov 13, 2012
Cardinal Point Winery with Foggy Ridge Cider – Nov 12-18, 2012

 



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Marcus Mumford’s Perfect Welcome to Bristol

by Dave | Posted on September 27th, 2012

Gerald Anderson and Marcus Mumford with Guitar

Gerald Anderson & Marcus Mumford with Guitar

Virginia’s musical heritage is legendary. Just ask Mumford & Sons.  They chose Bristol, Virginia as one of a handful of small towns to play in as part of their Gentlemen of the Road tour. When they arrived in Bristol for their August show, they had a very special welcome.  Gerald Anderson, one of Virginia’s master luthiers, handmade a guitar for Marcus Mumford.  It was a gift courtesy of Leah Ross, Executive Director of Bristol Rhythm & Roots.   Marcus and the band were incredibly touched and the guitar solidified Southwest Virginiain their hearts forever.

Check out this new video where Marcus talks about this guitar and Gerald shows the love that went into crafting the instrument.  Plan your own visit to Bristol and other sites along Virginia’s Crooked Road.



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Mid-Summer Travel Savings

by Dave | Posted on July 12th, 2012

It’s summer and great vacation deals for you and your family are at your fingertips here in Virginia. To make planning a getaway easy, we’ve pulled together some of the best and most exciting family vacation savings here for you, with many more found on www.Virginia.org. So what are you waiting for? Book a package deal and come see why we say love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.

Kids at Virginia Beach

Kids playing at Assateague Island National Seashore

  • Unplug the Kids in Shenandoah National Park: Enjoy two nights in the park at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge with breakfast and dinner included for the kids; a fun filled Scavenger Hike Adventure book and admission to Luray Caverns. Starting at $359 Details
  • Williamsburg Flex Vacation: Take a family getaway with a whole lot of fun and flexibility. Experience all the adventure Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle have to offer: three living- history museums, two national park sites, and one amusement park. 3 Days / 2 Nights from $514 Details
  • 3 Night Summer Getaway in Virginia Beach: Save up to 15% Looking to take a mini-vacation? Come check out the newly renovated Holiday Inn & Suites, North Beach. Enjoy a 3 night stay in our two room suites.
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  • The Homestead Experience Package: The Homestead invites guests to plunge into the family fun with complete abandon at a great nightly rate. You choose the activities to include in the package – all for one price! From $275 Details
  • Dolphin Discovery Package: 2 nights oceanfront accommodations Dolphin Watching boat excursion Admission to Virginia Aquarium, IMAX and Special Family Pack Welcome Gift. Starting at $124
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  • August “beat the heat” Villa mountain escape!: Come on down to Meadow Villas in the beautiful Allegheny mountains. Take the vacation you want and enjoy 30% off ANY available villa when you mention this August “beat the heat ” special from Virginia.org.
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  • Celebrating Summer Package: Summer is always special at Keswick Hall. Package includes: Superior room, $50 credit to be used anywhere in the resort and parking. Details
  • A Natural Bridge Summer Family Escape: Book the Summer Family Escape Package to put the natural wonder at your front door & get a great deal on a room. Details
  • Busch Gardens Package: Great Deal! 1 night’s accommodations in a one king or two double-bed room 2 single day admission tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Details
  • Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown Civil War Package: Includes breakfast for two, two tickets to Museum of Confederacy, two tickets for tour of Confederate White House and more. From $151.90
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  • Summer Couple’s Getaway: Plan a “Summer” getaway to Shadow Mountain Escape! Enjoy a deluxe Timberframe cabin – celebrate Romance with your special someone! From $370. Details
  • “Concert Under the Stars” Wolf Trap Picnic Package: Enjoy great food and drinks while being swept away by world-class music and entertainment underneath clear, crisp skies. From $139 Details

For more great travel package and discount offers, visit Virginia.org/DealsAndPackages/.



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