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Late Summer Travel Packages

by Stefanie | Posted on August 7th, 2014

Don’t start pulling out the sweaters yet! We have quite a while until we’ll need those, but before the cool air starts coming in, these vacation hot spots are great for your late summer escape.

 

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Bunk and Bridle 4-night Package, Reba Farm Inn РAug. 17-20 
-Starting at $400/person plus taxes.

Virginia has its own “dude ranch” located in Bedford County, with¬†75 horses on 300 acres near the Peaks of Otter. Become an East Coast Cowboy at Reba Farm Inn/Saddle Soar Equitainment with the¬†“Bunk and Bridle” package.¬†This travel package is for the true horse lover who wants to learn more and/or improve their horsemanship; or the novice, a great introduction to common sense horsemanship, and includes:

  • Four nights of lodging at the Inn
  • Meals (some meals will be served at the Inn, others at the barn and one out on the trail)
  • Hands on activities with horses and lots of riding

 

Salamander Resort

Salamander Resort

Restore and Discover Path, Salamander Resort & Spa
-Starting at $543 per person, per night.

Take some “me” time and enjoy an escape to Salamander Resort, and enjoy a soothing weekend pampering yourself. This package includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Heart-healthy breakfast
  • Fitness center & indoor pool access
  • Participation in group fitness and exercise sessions
  • 50-minute spa service of choice each day
  • $125 wellness credit per night, per person to be used toward a resort activity
  • Complimentary car service within a 5-mile radius
  • Seasonal welcome gift

 

Hokie Football Overnight Stay Package, Blacksburg – dates are for all home Va. Tech games
-Starting at $238.00 per night

Stay with the Holiday Inn University Blacksburg & Lane Stadium for one of Virginia Tech’s home football games and receive:

  • Free shuttle to and from the football field (9am-2am)
  • Free tailgate near the stadium
  • Free parking
  • A special, unique gift for each game

 

Virginia Golf Package at the Tides Inn – Thru Aug. 31
-Starting at $380 per night, based on double occupancy

Located on a private peninsula in the Northern Neck, near Chesapeake Bay, Tides Inn is home to the Golden Eagle Golf Course designed by George W. Cobb. Surrounded by woodlands, the course features exciting elevation changes, well-placed bunkers, signature holes, and water elements that all levels of golfers can enjoy.  Golden Eagle at the Tides Inn is the perfect getaway for golf with a group, as a romantic escape, or a trip with the whole family. Package includes:

  • Deluxe room accommodations
  • Full breakfast daily, per person, at the restaurant or room service
  • Unlimited daily golf at the Golden Eagle course, with cart, club storage and range balls
  • Unlimited use of the practice facility at the Little Eagle course
  • Golden Eagle souvenirs

 

Maury River Kayaking

Maury River Kayaking

Twin River Rafting Adventure Package, Natural Bridge – Thru Aug. 31
-Starting at $159

Stay at the Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel and enjoy a river excursion with friends and family in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Enjoy all the benefits of a Natural Bridge Family Hotel Package including:

  • Natural Bridge and Caverns tickets
  • Standard room for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Served, hot breakfast
  • A single trip each for the River Paddle or Tubing Adventure

 

Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package, Williamsburg Plantation Resort – Thru Sept. 1
-$1,859 total

A great end of summer vacation for the family! The Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package includes:

  • 2 bedroom/2 bath condo, equipped with a kitchen, living and dining area
  • Unlimited visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and more

 

American Music Festival, Virginia Beach – Aug. 29-Sept. 1
-$319 per night; special rates for Thursday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Sept. 1

Enjoy 3 days of rock, jazz, country, R&B and more at the 2014 American Music Festival, presented by Chevrolet. Featured artists include Three Dog Night, Barenaked Ladies, Daughtry, Third Eye Blind, just to name a few. Package includes:

  • 3-night stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Oceanfront
  • 2 Passport Pins for the festival

 

Yoga at Primland Resort

Yoga at Primland Resort

Summer Hydration, Primland – Thru Sept. 21
-Starting at $1,015
Having one of those summers? Plan a relaxing trip to Primland Resort and enjoy the Summer Hydration package. This is the season of warm summer winds with the sun at its zenith. Abundant warmth and light beam confidence and strength. experience summer through its element – nourishing water as it opens us to our natural resources. The Summer Hydration package treatments have been especially selected to represent the nourishment and replenishment of the summer season. Package includes:

  • 3-day, 2-night stay at the resort
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Yoga sea salt scrub
  • Stone of eternal youth facial
  • Harmony massage

 

Civil War Experience, Fredericksburg – Thru 2014
-Starting at $205

Travel back in history and walk in the footsteps of Grant, Lee and the thousands of Americans affected by the Civil War. This historic package includes:

  • 2-night stay at a Fredericksburg-area hotel (selected upon booking)
  • Admission to the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center and the White Oak Civil War Museum
  • Admission to all National Military Park Battlefields, a VIP dining card and more

 

For the Birders Travel Package, Mountain Rose Inn
-Starting at $569

Experience birding in luxury with this package at the Mountain Rose Inn that is just for bird lovers who might want to also be guests at our Inn. Experience birds of many varieties on the Inn’s property. You can even get face-to-face with a ruby-throated hummingbird during the summer months as you sip a glass of sherry & enjoy an afternoon snack on the Inn’s front porch. Package includes:

  • 3-night stay
  • Breakfast of choice and picnic lunches.

 

Fishing at Cornerstone Farm, Red Oak
-Starting at $450/couple

Whether you are young or young-at-heart, fishing is a relaxing pastime. You’ll discover the fishing is great sport on Cornerstone’s large private stocked pond. Cast a line for largemouth bass, crappies, catfish and more in our spring-fed pond for early morning or late afternoon fun. After dinner, enjoy the warmth of a evening bonfire while sharing stories and roasting¬†marshmallows. This package includes:

  • 2-night stay
  • Snack tray and beverages
  • Country breakfasts, light lunch, full evening meals
  • 1 evening bonfire roasting marshmallows
  • On-site pond fishing (bait and tackle included)

 

Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

A Winelover’s Retreat, Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
-Starting at $285/couple

Enjoy a weekend in the country, sipping on Virginia’s finest wines. Package includes:

  • 2-night accommodations
  • 1 bottle of local Virginia wine and cheese platter
  • Full country breakfast each morning
  • Complementary soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Complementary snack basket in room
  • Self-guided tours of local wineries and breweries

 

Creeper Trail Bike Shuttle Package, Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast
-Starting at $224

The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile long Rails-to-Trails footpath and recreational trail used for hiking, birding and cycling. The Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast package includes:

  • 2-night accommodations
  • 1/2 day bicycle rental for 2
  • Gourmet breakfast

 

Family Fun Package at Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
-Starting at $356

Have a complete vacation experience with the Hilton Garden Inn Family Fun Package. Enjoy a family outing on the beach during the day and then have a night out on the town! Along with the breathtaking views of the Atlantic, this package also includes:

  • Tickets to Beach Movie Bistro (enjoy a full menu of dining options while you watch a movie!)
  • $50 dining card to be used at any of the hotel’s 5 Virginia Beach Boardwalk restaurants

 

 

 



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Stand Up Paddleboarding Spots

by Stefanie | Posted on July 10th, 2014

You’ve heard the buzz and read the magazine articles.  Maybe you’ve even seen some stand up paddlers down at the beach or know someone who has hopped on a board.  Whatever your exposure to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), the odds are pretty good that it has piqued your interest.  So what are you waiting for?

Stand Up Paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is the incredible combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing. Using a canoe-like paddle and standing atop a stable and balanced long board, paddlers propel themselves through the water with smooth alternating strokes. SUP offers an alternative core workout similar to swimming and cycling. In a short time you will become one with water, finding yourself living in the moment. Stand up paddleboarding offers a new perspective of Virginia’s natural surroundings and an escape from your daily stress.

Coastal SUP Tours, Virginia Beach
Coastal SUP Tours offers a personalized SUP experience for every group.  Take a relaxing tour of First Landing State Park for the beginners, or tour the Bay/Ocean and watch dolphins as they migrate on their daily feeding routines around Cape Henry Point. The Coastal SUP Tours staff strives to provide their customers with a safe, comfortable and relaxing experience. They also offer one-on-one lessons for a more private and focused training.

Black Dog Paddle SUPer Sisters

Black Dog Paddle SUPer Sisters

Black Dog Paddle, Midlothian
Black Dog Paddle brings the fun and excitement of stand up paddleboarding to the James River and many other surrounding waterways in Richmond. Black Dog Paddle offers SUP lessons, fitness classes, ECO-tours, ECO-trips, SUP fishing, SUP yoga and stand up paddle rentals. Black Dog tours the inland waterways, the James River, Dutch Gap, the Chickahominy River, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Mathews County, and Deltaville on their new, well-balanced (and very fun!) stand up paddleboards.

Tula Adventure Sports, Virginia Beach
Home of the Drifter SUP Tour, Tula Adventure Sports is the only downstream paddle in the Virginia Beach area. Paddle along the shoreline of First Landing State Park on Broad Bay and Long Creek‚ÄĒa side of Virginia Beach that not everyone gets to explore. You will be surrounded by beauty while paddling along friendly waters, and getting a little push from the tide. While you‚Äôre on the Drifter Tour, you‚Äôll never see the same shoreline twice and never paddle against the current. This paddle is great for first timers and wildlife enthusiasts. Tula also offers lessons (private or group) and rentals.

Riverside Outfitters, Richmond
Ready to see the James River from a whole new perspective? Join Riverside Outfitters‚Äô expert guides on a thrilling instructional trip from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek (Class I-II whitewater). In this relatively easy whitewater section of the river you will experience a fun, challenging workout among some of the prettiest urban wilderness in the U.S. Come see why Outside Magazine awarded Richmond the ‚Äú2012 Best River Town in the U.S.A.‚ÄĚ The guides provide plenty of instruction (dry land and on-the-water) so that paddleboarders not only have a great trip, but learn skills that can be applied to future paddleboard outings.

Outdoor Adventure Experiences, Dayton
Outdoor Adventure Experiences offers introductory expeditions, usually spanning two hours, on flat water. Half-day lessons on small, gentle rapids are also available.

SouthEast Expeditions at Onancock Wharf

SouthEast Expeditions at Onancock Wharf

SouthEast Expeditions, Cape Charles
SouthEast Expeditions offers small, introductory lessons to ensure individual attention. Each introductory lesson lasts one hour. A second class is included in the fee, where paddleboarders are able to explore the open waters on their own‚ÄĒperfect for families and group gatherings.

Paddleboarding at Pohick Bay, Lorton
Pohick Bay Regional Park has recently added SUP to their long line of rentals. As part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Park is now able to give SUP discounts to residents in the surrounding areas‚ÄĒFairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties, City of Alexandria, and Falls Church.

Great White Water Sports, Norfolk
Rent a paddleboard and relax and unwind. Great White Water Sports offers tranquil paddle yoga, also known as aqua yoga.

Fredericksburg SUP

Fredericksburg SUP

Fredericksburg SUP, Fredericksburg
While you’re discovering Northern Virginia, spend at day at Fredericksburg SUP, where their paddleboarding lessons cater to people of all ages and skill levels. Various lessons are available, as well as tours and sales.



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Nine Beautiful B&Bs for State and National Park Explorations

by Casey | Posted on April 9th, 2014

Outdoor adventurers and explorers who enjoy a beautiful place to rest and a delicious breakfast to start their day will want to check out these bed and breakfast options that are in close proximity to state and national parks.

1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

Assateague Island National Seashore is 37 miles long and considered one of the best beaches for communing with nature. Unspoiled, this windswept beach is home to wild ponies and many species of migratory birds. The Audubon Society named it a Global Important Bird Area. Relax here, taking in the rarity of it all, and then rest at one of these B&Bs less than four miles away on Chincoteague Island.

  • 1848 Island Manor House – Nine rooms available, each decorated to a high standard; most with private baths. Snack room, game room, beach gear, and concierge service available.
  • Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast – Eight rooms with private baths and sitting area are available. Well-behaved children and pets are welcome. Enjoy afternoon tea with Barbara’s “world-famous” scones.

Just one mile from Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles is The Baywood Bed and Breakfast, a reprieve with a private beach and two beautiful bay view rooms with balconies, and one “woodview” room. Kiptopeke is another well-preserved beach destination¬†known for its migratory bird population.

Church Point Manor Bed and Breakfast in Virginia Beach is the closest B&B to Virginia’s most popular state park, First Landing State Park. On April 26, 1607, 100 English settlers landed and established the first elective government in English America before pushing up the James River to establish Jamestown. Church Point Manor is an 1860s farmhouse boasting European and American art and antiques. Nine beautifully appointed rooms and a suite are available. Dining is available on-site at The Cellars, an¬†upscale, well-kept secret.

Cooper's Landing Inn, Clarksville

Cooper’s Landing Inn, Clarksville

Bike¬†or hike High Bridge¬†Trail State Park and stay only a mile away at Longwood B&B in the heart of Farmville.¬†Each of the six rooms has a compelling story to accompany it, such as¬†furniture from the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, and pieces associated with Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

Just across beautiful Kerr Lake¬†from Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville is Cooper’s Landing Inn, a very comfortable reprieve in Virginia’s only lakeside town.¬†¬†If you’d care to boat, take a trail ride on horseback or adventure around in other ways, the innkeepers are happy to oblige in making the arrangements.¬†Their¬†pool and hot tub¬†are great places to unwind after a day of exploring.

Six miles of horse trails and fourteen miles of hiking trails make the beautifully rolling 1,862-acre Sky Meadow State Park in Delaplane an attractive getaway not far from Washington, D.C. The Ashby Inn¬†is less than two miles away in Paris. It’s an¬†1829 inn¬†with¬†six guest rooms in the main house and four suites in an on-site converted schoolhouse. The property also boasts an on-site farm-to-table restaurant.

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a family favorite for its boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. At a shade over a mile away, Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast in Moneta is a brand new timber frame accommodation¬†that just opened in December 2013. It¬†boasts four large guest rooms, some with a fireplace or a jetted tub. Flying in? They’re on the Smith Mountain Lake Airport (W91) and offer tie downs, too.

The glistening Potomac River and Westmoreland State Park¬†are less than five miles from the Inn at Montross, a 1790s Colonial Inn that has served as a tavern, hotel, restaurant, boarding house, apartments, and even as a school. You’ll find the five guestrooms to be quite comfortable and the fine dining exquisite¬†after spending the day hunting for shark’s teeth¬†and watching the Bald Eagles soar along the river.

 

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Book Now! 15 Summer Travel Deals & Packages

by Casey | Posted on July 22nd, 2013

If you have a few days to get away and are looking to save a few bucks, too, this list is for you. Happy travels!

Accommodation Deals

SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

Lynchburg – Care to make a deal? Email The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, pitch them an offer they can’t refuse and within 48 hours they’ll reply to say ‘deal’ or ‘no deal.’ They’re looking for a per night rate for a stay of two nights or longer. Good luck! Valid through December 29.

Newport News РStay at the Marriott Newport News at City Center and your kids (up to four of them, ages 12 and under) eat free Рbreakfast, lunch and dinner.  Valid through September 8.

Pearisburg – Book two nights at the Inn at Riverbend and take 50% off your third night. The Inn overlooks the New River and Appalachian Mountains. Don’t miss this offer! Valid through July 31. Book Now¬†with offer code IARBSSM13.

Stephens City – Book a stay for any Sunday through Thursday (non-holiday) between now and December 19 at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring and receive 20% off the regular rate.

Virginia Beach – SpringHill Suites (oceanfront) invites you to stay three nights or longer and they’ll knock $25 off the daily rate. Breakfast is included.¬†Book Now

Warm Springs – Celebrate your birthday by going away! Stay at the Meadow Villas at Warm Springs ON your birthday and get a second night for 30% off. Call 717-951-3955 to make a reservation. Valid through December 20.

Waynesboro – Receive 20% off your second and/or third night when you stay midweek (Tuesday-Thursday) at Tree Streets Inn. Valid through August 29.

North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

Attraction Deals

Charlottesville – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello should be on everyone’s history #bucketlist. If it’s on yours, you’re going to love this. Teenagers (ages 12 to 18) receive a 33% discount on their ticket between now and September 2. Adult rate: $24; children 6 to 11: $8; children 6 and under: free.

Manassas – Civil War enthusiasts (or those just getting started with Civil War history) will appreciate a $15 Civil War Experience Pass that gives you entrance to six historic sites. It’s a 50% savings over single admissions for each site. Valid through December 31.

Swoope – North Mountain Outfitters is offering half-day guided trail rides for two for 50% off between now and September 30. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an accomplished rider, you’ll love what you find. Reservations required. Call 540-886-7768.

Williamsburg – Boo! Creep along on a Spooks and Legends Original Haunted Tour of Williamsburg a bit cheaper. Tell them you saw their deal on Virginia.org and they’ll discount each ticket by $2. Note, this tour is is geared toward adults. Call 757-784-6213¬†to make your reservation. Valid through December 31.

Packages: Stay and Enjoy!

Lynchburg – August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival will be held August 24. Want to go? Need a place to stay? The Craddock Terry Hotel is offering a two-night stay for two with festival admission, tasting glasses, tasting tickets, and transportation to and from the festival. Must be 21 or older. Package starts at $249. Valid August 23-25. Book Now

Pembroke – Stay three nights at Mountain Lake Lodge and get the fourth night free, but better than that is you’ll also receive a $100 activities credit to enjoy all of the family fun Mountain Lake has to offer. BRAND NEW: Treetop Adventures Aerial Adventure Course * Harvest Restaurant * Stony Creek Tavern * Mountain Lake Outfitters
Valid through September 7. Book Now

Richmond – Love jazz? Stay at The Jefferson Hotel August 9-11 and enjoy the Richmond Jazz Festival as part of your stay. Two tickets for each day of the festival, a traditional Southern breakfast for two each morning and three nights in luxury for $305/night. Book Now

Virginia Beach – Stay at The Oceanfront Inn and receive the pin that gets you into all of the American Music Festival concerts during Labor Day weekend. A three-night stay is required. Valid August 30 through September 2.

And these aren’t all! Find dozens more deals at Virginia.org.

 



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4 Summer Road Trip Ideas for Families

by Casey | Posted on June 14th, 2013

Do you ever hit the road without a real destination and just make it all up as you go along? My family does. We have a general idea, but no real agenda. If you’re looking to freely travel in the same fashion, I’ve come up with a five summer road trip ideas for just that purpose. Travel on!

Ocean View Fishing Pier

Ocean View Fishing Pier

1. The Beach. Families can enjoy a great, affordable beach vacation when they’re willing to head to a lesser-known beach like Ocean View in Norfolk. The rates are lower and vacancies are more readily available. See the Trip

2. Roadside Wonders. Quirky little things that are probably genuine Roadside America icons are cool for any family road trip. These gems give Dad a reason to stop the car so everyone can stretch.

Trip Idea: Going Old School in Fredericksburg
Trip Idea: Stay, Shop, Dine and Play in Arlington
Trip Idea: Wonders of the World
Trip Idea: Richmond History and Comfort
>> See more trip ideas like this.

Cape Henry Lighthouses

Cape Henry Lighthouses

3. Beacons in the Night. If you have a thing for lighthouses, you’ll be happy to learn that Virginia has five. It will be quite the adventure to enjoy them all, which makes them road trip worthy. You might consider stretching out the three-day idea¬†when smaller ones are in tow.

4.¬†LOVEworks for your family photo ops. Every vacation or weekend getaway should include photo opportunities. They’re great for the scrapbook and these particular photo ops are really endearing, if I do say so myself. Map the LOVEworks across Virginia and set out to find each one, take a photograph with it, and then head on to the next. Don’t forget to share socially and hashtag #loveva!

Trip Idea: Southwest Virginia LOVEworks from Abingdon
Trip Idea: Shenandoah Valley LOVEworks from Waynesboro
>> See all of the LOVEworks locations and create y0ur own trip.

Where will the road take you this summer? Build your own trip on Virginia.org.

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