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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 a Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia 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 Arts 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  is offering 50% off gift cards when purchased between now and Christmas Day. Annual memberships are available, too.

The Castleton Festival 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.

SplatBrothers® Paintball, Hopewell

SplatBrothers® 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 SplatBrothers® Paintball Park in Hopewell – Virginia’s largest and longest running paintball park. Available for $25, $50 and $100 and they never expire.

The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse 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 Theatre in Abingdon has a few ticket packages, all including two tickets to a production of your choice and then adding on either meals at the Barter Cafejust desserts or 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 the Virginia Historical Society 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. The Explore More Discovery Museum 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 the Virginia Air & Space Center 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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Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

by Casey | Posted on November 29th, 2012

Everyone on your list deserves something special, so why not give them an original creation from one of Virginia’s talented artisans? From art galleries and studios to craft shows and bazaars, beautiful baubles, sculptures, stained glass, paintings, jewelry and photography are available for purchase. Let the hunt for your perfect heartfelt gift begin!

The Artisan Center, Martinsville

The Artisan Center, Martinsville

At Heartwood in Abingdon shoppers will find a wide selection of handmade gifts – all juried to be the best of the best. Soaps, quilts, instruments, pottery, glass and wood works touch the creative side of things while coffee, tea, wine, jams, jellies, apparel and CDs round out the immense gift selection.

Not far from Breaks Interstate Park and the Virginia/Kentucky border is Haysi, where you’ll find Mountain Art Works – a treasure trove of locally made items. Woodwork, paintings, quilts, afghans, candles and even the occasional  guitar, mandolin, fiddle or banjo handcrafted by one of the nearby luthiers are all available for purchase. If you’re seeking authentic Appalachian gifts, this is your place.

The Artisan Center in Martinsville’s Historic Uptown District is the creative hub for the community, offering the works of 66 artists in their retail store as well as workshops for aspiring artisans, all thanks to Patrick Henry Community College. Should your handmade gift search lead you here, you’ll find ceramics, paintings, fabric creations, metal, wood and glass works, jewelry, furniture and quite a bit more.

Just off Interstate 81 in the Shenandoah Valley is Crafty Hands, located inside The Shops at Dayton Farmers Market in Dayton. Here you’ll find the works of famed artist P. Buckley Moss as well as jewelry, burnt wood pieces, wind chimes and baskets.

Buck Island Bay Decoys

Buck Island Bay Decoys

For the duck hunter or nature lover on your list, check out Buck Island Bay Decoys in Montebello. Richard Christy’s award-winning, authentic waterfowl carvings are known throughout the States and abroad. Each piece is carved from native white cedar and tupelo gum; no two pieces are alike. While you have Mr. Christy’s ear, ask him about his time as President Gerald Ford’s Chef and maybe even ask if his Rock-N-Creek Cabin is available for the night.

See art in progress when you visit Alexandria and shop the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Eighty-two studios for 165 artisans give artsy shoppers a plethora of gift-buying options.

Take a bit of the water home with you when you shop the Aft Gallery at Skipjack Nautical Wares in Portsmouth – a premier marine art gallery of original works by regional, national and international artists. Expect to find nautical jewelry, seascape paintings, carvings, decoys, ships in bottles, naval and military paintings and prints, and nearly anything else marine-art worthy you can think of. Nearly 30 artists are represented at Aft Gallery.

Specializing in acrylic and pastel landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, Gayle N. Mandell opens her Moran Creek Studio in Weems to you for shopping Wednesday through Saturday. Commission requests are welcome!

Hidden Treasures Craft Gallery in Parksley on Virginia’s Eastern Shore may be the home of Laughing Dog Jewelry, but shoppers will also find homemade soaps, lotions, candles and a bundle more. The artists here are members of the more than 20-strong Eastern Shore Art League. To see more artists’ work , visit the ESAL Art Gallery in Onancock.

Which direction will you head for your perfect handcrafted gift? Find more galleries as well as a list of craft shows at Virginia.org/HandmadeHolidays.

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



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Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven  as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

 

Key Events

  • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
  • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
  • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande, Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
  • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
  • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White, Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann
  • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and Charles Martin Loeffler
  • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
  • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
  • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
  • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
  • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
  • 7/23: Art Song and Opera - Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
  • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
  • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Brahms
  • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
  • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
  • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
  • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Mignone
  • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
  • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
  • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

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Gentlemen of the Road: The Crooked Road to Bristol Sweepstakes

by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2012

Follow Virginia’s Crooked Road for a once-in-a lifetime chance to see Mumford & Sons perform in the heart of downtown Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music.

Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

Mumford & Sons have chosen Bristol as one of only four small towns in the country for their Gentlemen of the Road Tour. This is your chance to be a VIP at this SOLD OUT concert which will fill the streets of Bristol with amazing music inspired by the old-time mountain music style found throughout Southwest Virginia.

The history and culture of Appalachia is celebrated in Southwest Virginia along The Crooked Road, a 350-mile driving route that connects some of the most poignant and authentic traditional country and mountain music venues together on an unforgettable road trip.

Enter for your chance to see Mumford & Sons in concert on August 11, 2012.

Bristol Stop OverOne Winner Will Receive:

~ Two tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road Concert
~ Two nights lodging
~ Access to a VIP party bus to enjoy all day long on August 11
~ A 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions Box Set
~ A $500 gas card

If you share with your friends after entering, you can have extra chances to win!

>> ENTER TO WIN <<

Official Rules

Sweepstakes begins 12 a.m. June 28, 2012 and ends 11:59 p.m. July 18, 2012.
Open to U.S. residents only. Entrants will receive a Virginia Travel Guide. 



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40 or More Free Travels in Virginia

by Casey | Posted on May 31st, 2012

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore, and with this handy short-cut to FREE fun, you can’t go wrong. Click your way to more than 40 free Virginia experiences.

 

Foamhenge

Foamhenge

 

The Great OutdoorsThe Great Outdoors
Explore the first-of-its-kind Birding & Wildlife Trail, several National Wildlife Refuges and America’s largest commercial beach, for starters. Breathe in Virginia’s outdoors.

 

 

History Lives HereHistory Lives Here
400+ historic sites along the Virginia Civil War Trails, firm Civil Rights roots and coal heritage will move the patriot in you. Embrace Virginia’s rich and varied history.

 

 

Inspiring DrivesInspiring Drives
If you have yet to wander through “God’s Thumbprint,” don’t waste another second. Virginia’s countryside is something to behold, so get started!

 

 

Take in the ArtsTake in the Arts
Galleries featuring works from a range of centuries, as well as performing arts touchstones can be found in every corner of Virginia. Take the grand tour!

 

 

Something Completely DifferentSomething Completely Different
Star-gazing, a mysterious formation, and a mountain of fun on compacted trash … curious? There’s more!

 

 

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