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    12 Classic Virginia Experiences

    by Casey | Posted on December 12th, 2012

    In honor of 12/12/12 we’ve put together a list of 12 classic, not to miss experiences in Virginia. If you’re following the Mayan calendar, you’ll need to fit them in by December 21. Good luck!

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    1. Hike the Appalachian Trail. No, not the whole thing, but a¬†chunk of it would make you feel good. Start¬†in Shenandoah National Park¬†or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hey, did you know Virginia has more miles of the AT than any other state? Trivia and exercise. You’re welcome.

    2. Find your way through the Triangle. Not the spooky Bermuda Triangle, but America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All of America is rooted in the happenings of this area, from the 1607 landing at Jamestowne to the¬†new nation ideas bred at Williamsburg¬†and the conclusion of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. That’s a lot of historical action in a pretty tight radius.

    3. If seeing sites that include words like biggest, endless, deepest or tallest are on your bucket list, we can help you mark them off. Virginia has eight caverns, including the largest in the eastern United States (Luray), one that has no end (New Market), the deepest (Natural Bridge) and one that has the tallest stalagmite in the world (Middlesboro).

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    4. For one key annual event, you’re welcome to drive the longest boardwalk in the country¬†- the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. It’s the McDonald’s Holiday Lights on the Beach, part of Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights¬†connecting seven twinkling cities.

    5. Walk on cobblestones! There’s nothing neater than cobblestone streets and you can still find them across Virginia. Check out Virginia’s Main Streets and then look in¬†places you wouldn’t suspect,¬†like Richmond‘s Shockoe Slip,¬†the Freemason District of Norfolk¬†and Old Town Alexandria.

    6. Have a whale of¬†a time on board a boat bound for winter wildlife viewing off the coast of Virginia. The team at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center¬†in Virginia Beach¬†is happy to take you into the Atlantic for a chance to see the fin and humpback whales migrating this time of year. Of course, no one controls the whales and where they swim, so don’t get too upset if you don’t happen to spot one.

    7. Visit the Mother of Presidents when you visit Virginia. Eight United States Presidents have hailed from the Commonwealth and you can visit their homes and libraries as well as the places they dined, studied and enjoyed the social scene.

    8. Drink life in at your choice of more than 200 wineries, more than 40 craft breweries or a quickly growing number of cideries and distilleries. Designated drivers are mandatory, we said so.

    9. Strike a chord in the birthplace of country music РBristol - and travel The Crooked Road to see and hear music history and tradition at places like Carter Family Fold and the Ralph Stanley Museum.

    F. Chan, Luray

    Luray, VA

    10. Walk in Steven Spielberg’s footsteps when you check out Lincoln – The Movie Trail. The cast and crew were on set in Virginia for 53 days¬†filming the new movie LINCOLN. Go eat where they ate, see the film sites and enter for a chance to win a three-night Lincoln-themed vacation.

    11. Zip line through a snowy winter wonderland at Wintergreen Resort. It’s 900 feet at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Don’t forget to wear a ski mask. Brrr!

    12. At the end of everything, what really matters? We’d argue and bet many would agree that LOVE is the answer. Find the LOVEworks location nearest you and take¬†a family photo for posterity’s sake.

    So, what would be your 12 Virginia travel experiences not to miss before the end of the world?

    We wish you the best and when the end doesn’t come on December 21, 2012, well, you’ll still be able to put LOVE at the heart of every Virginia vacation you ever take!¬† Go ahead and order a Virginia Travel Guide just in case we do make it to New Year’s Day.



    Beaches, Beer, Destinations, Family, Filmed in Virginia, History, Outdoors, The Holidays, Winter | 3 Comments

    Coastal Cottages for Fall

    by Casey | Posted on October 19th, 2012

    Fall is a great time to escape to Virginia’s shores. The crowds are gone, the air is crisp and the coast is as beautiful as summer.

    Wake up a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Wake up to a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Clear your mind any weekend this fall with a cottage rental in Virginia Beach, on the Eastern Shore or along the Chesapeake Bay.

    Atlantic Breeze is a luxurious four-story town home just a quick 3 1/2 block walk to the oceanfront, Boardwalk, dining, shops, live entertainment, and more. Sleeps up to 12.

    The Dunes is a sweet cottage just two blocks from the center of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A comfortable four-bedroom, fully equipped home with all the amenities for a relaxing beach vacation, The Dunes sleeps up to 10 people.

    Matchotank Country Home is an expansive place on 50 acres in Onancock. The home sits waterfront with a dock, boat ramp, stocked freshwater pond, and all of the equipment you need to have a great time outdoors. Sleeps 10.

    Eagle’s View¬†is a four-bedroom waterfront home near Assateague Lighthouse on Chincoteague Island. It’s a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Soak in the midst of the Wildlife Refuge with over 300 species of birds and wild ponies. The property has a private dock for your use, as well as two master suites – great for multi-generation vacationing. Sleeps 11.

    In Grimstead,¬†Gwynn’s Island Cottage¬†overlooks several bodies of water with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and a private beach. Sleeps 3.

    The¬†Crab Shack at Grandview¬†in Mathews overlooks the East River. It’s a brand new accommodation with a rooftop deck and gourmet kitchen. You just might want to stay a while longer. Sleeps two comfortably, but air mattresses are available for additional guests. Dog-friendly.

    Discover more coastal cottages at www.virginia.org/BeachVacationRentals/.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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    LOVE on Display at Neptune Festival

    by Casey | Posted on September 20th, 2012

    UPDATE ‚Äď 9/27/12:

    The LOVE sand sculpture is complete and on display.¬† Go check it out this weekend at Virginia Beach‚Äôs Neptune Festival.¬† ¬†Wonder how it was built?¬† Check out this video ‚Äď 24 hours of sandcastle building compressed into two minutes!

    Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. For those who have traveled Virginia seeking LOVE artworks for photo opportunities, here’s a new artwork and perhaps our most unique yet.

    Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

    Sandsculpture at a previous Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.

    On Monday, September 24, master sand sculptors will bring LOVE to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in the form of a giant wave crashing and leaving the word LOVE behind. See the LOVE sand sculpture in progress from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk between 7th and 8th Streets and in its completed form for the duration of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend  (September 28-30) through October 7.

    Beginning September 28, visitors can get¬†close¬†to the 5′ x 14′¬†sculpture with a $3 admission ticket¬†to Neptune’s¬†Kingdom of Sand (children 12 and under are free). Pose for a photo and then share it to Twitter or Instagram¬†using the hashtag #LOVEVA, or post it on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page.

    The highlight of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend¬†is the signature, world-renowned North American Sandsculpting Championship, where more than 275 artisans showcase their talents along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk. It’s the largest event of its kind. Additionally, visitors will enjoy a variety of live music, a Grand Parade, Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic, volleyball tournament, surfing classic, Atlantic Sailing Regatta, and 8K and 5K runs. The entire weekend is a memorable family fun experience, one that truly puts LOVE at the heart of a¬†Virginia vacation.

    The Neptune Festival LOVE artwork is part of a statewide effort which began with the Virginia is for Lovers oversized LOVE artwork. The artwork has made stops at Virginia Welcome Centers, attractions and localities throughout Virginia.  It has become a favorite photo opportunity for visitors as well as local residents wherever it has gone. Photos taken by visitors from across the country can be seen at Virginia.org/LOVE.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
    Request you free Virginia Travel Guide. 



    Beaches, Events, Fall in Virginia, Festivals | 1 Comment

    Camping Along Cool Waters

    by Casey | Posted on July 19th, 2012

    The great outdoors bring families to Virginia to unplug, unwind and just be together.¬†Take advantage of the remaining summer weekends – or plan a fall weekend – to escape to one of Virginia’s campgrounds or a Virginia State Park.

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Virginia offers all types of camping in various climates and terrains. Beach and lake-based campgrounds are especially popular this time of year and often have great family attractions nearby.

    • First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is Virginia’s most visited State Park. The beach you’ll find there is actually on the Chesapeake Bay, not the Atlantic, so it’s much calmer water for little swimmers.
    • Holiday Trav-L-Park is the closest campground to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. You can bicycle to the sand or there is designated free parking for campers.
    • North Landing Beach Campground & RV Resort¬†in Virginia Beach is located on the North Landing¬†River and offers a variety of camp sites, even primitive beach tent camping.
    • Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is 300 acres on the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay where you can, indeed, see a beach sunset in Virginia.
    • Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna boasts over 1,000 camp sites and an abundance of those are located on a peninsula in Robinson’s Creek – a tributary of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. Also find a large lake, multiple pools and a waterpark here.
    • Christopher Run Campground in Mineral is located on Lake Anna – Virginia’s third largest lake. Families will enjoy the beach area, as well as marina and boat rentals.
    • Lake Shore Campground in Abingdon is situated on the South Holston River. You won’t find a long list of activities and amenities but you will find great fishing, a beach for relaxation, and a quiet, comfortable place to completly connect.
    • Indian Heritage RV Park & Campground in Martinsville offers camping right along the Smith River. Seventeen tent sites and 29 full hook-up sites are available. Take advantage of the on-site outfitter.
    • New River Campground in Independence sits right on the VA/NC border and has great sites on the New River. Tents and RVs are welcome; camping cabins are available.

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

    • Outlanders River Camp has wooded tent sites on the Shenandoah River in Luray. Nearly 100 acres back up to 3/4-mile river frontage. Pull in your RV for full hook-up or utilize electric or primitive tent camping sites.
    • More Virginia Campgrounds

    If you need more inspiration or want a ‘best of the best’ list, see our post¬†that includes 12 Virginia campgrounds that made the cut for ReserveAmerica’s Top 100 Family Campgrounds.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
    Order a free copy of the Virginia Travel Guide. 



    Beaches, Family, Outdoors | 1 Comment

    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/.



    Beaches, Civil War, Deals & Discounts, Travel Ideas | 2 Comments