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Smokin’ Hot Summer Deals

by Casey | Posted on May 15th, 2012

Are we not all looking for savings these days? It’s gone from couponing in grocery stores to vacation deals, and luckily, there are great vacation deals to be had in Virginia.

Memorial Day

That unofficial official start-of-summer weekend is drawing near. Have you hatched an escape plan?

Butterfly Garden at Natural Bridge

Butterfly Garden at Natural Bridge

The renowned natural wonder of Virginia – The Natural Bridge – is the centerpiece of a Memorial Day weekend package. Stay one night at the Natural Bridge Hotel complete with a country breakfast, and then explore the Cedar Creek Trail beneath the bridge as it leads you to the Monacan Indian Village and Lace Falls. Don’t forget about the Drama of Creation – the capstone nighttime event at the bridge – you’ll never see the bridge the same again. After you’ve been mesmerized, check out the new butterfly garden, caverns, wax museum, and toy museum! It’s a family adventure 25% off the normal rate: $149 base price for mom and dad, add $30 for children over 12, $20 for children 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free.
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If peace and quiet are all you’re looking for on a busy travel weekend, slip away to Warm Springs and the tranquil Meadow Villas. Just give Jan a call and tell her Virginia is for Lovers sent you to claim your 10% discount.
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Anytime Savings

  • Shenandoah Caverns: Free admission for retired or active military, May 25-28. For others, buy one adult ticket at $23 and your child is free!
  • Tree Streets Inn, a beautiful B&B in Waynesboro, is offering 25% off your second night when you pay the regular rate for the first. Available through June 19.
  • The Tides Inn – a beautiful resort in Irvington – is offering a third night free when you pay the regular rate for the first two.
  • A cabin stay at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet might be just what you need. If it is, and if you’re a member of the US military, they’ll offer you 15% off their lowest available rate.
  • In lovely Nelson County sits Orchard House Bed and Breakfast. Take advantage of their pampering for two nights between Monday through Thursday for just $160! That’s up to 40% off their weekend rates, making weekdays the way to travel.
  • For spur-of-the-moment travelers, this deal from Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania is your reward. Call them within 48 hours of your stay and they’ll give you 15% off! Subject to availability, of course.
  • Smithfield Station is proud to offer 15% off the lowest available rate for active and retired military.
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Fourth of July

Celebrate your own vacation independence while the country celebrates, too!

Marine Science Consortium Family Camp

Marine Science Consortium Family Camp

Remember summer camps? The Marine Science Consortium on the Eastern Shore is offering a week-long family camp over the 4th of July. It’s all-inclusive (meals, lodging, all fees, etc.) with activities to include kayaking, nature hikes, a visit to the NASA Wallops Island facility, seafood feast celebration, arts and crafts, nature hikes, and more! July 1-6, 2012. $399/person for the week.
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Fantastic Family Packages

Everyone’s bucket list should include a trip to the place where America began – Jamestown. Book two nights at the Fife & Drum Inn in Williamsburg and receive admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, and Yorktown Victory Center. $278.40 per person. A three-night stay is $368.65 per person.
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Who doesn’t love dolphins? This exclusive package from The Oceanfront Inn in Virginia Beach offers you a chance to see them! Stay two nights and enjoy a Dolphin Watching Excursion from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, as well as tickets to the Center and 3D IMAX®  Theater. Rates are $124-$277 + tax per adult. Add $26 + tax per child aged 4 to 11.
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Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

A mother/daughter or even father/daughter getaway has landed in Northern Virginia. One of only 9 stores nationwide, American Girl Doll Store is now available at Tyson’s Corner! Stay with the Courtyard by Marriott in McLean and request the American Girl package to receive a sweet doll-themed goodie bag for your little girl and her doll, $40 gift card to splurge at the American Girl Doll Store, breakfast for two, and transportation to and from the mall. From $199 per night for two.
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Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are two of Virginia’s top family attractions. Plan your three-night stay at the accommodation of your choice (located in Williamsburg, Newport News, or Virginia Beach) and receive a Discovery Ticket for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, plus free parking at both parks. From $160/person for a family of four. Available through September 3, 2012.
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Plan your perfect Virginia family vacation at Virginia.org.
LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.



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Air Shows Delight Young, Young at Heart

by Casey | Posted on April 24th, 2012

The loop-de-loop tricks, the buzz of small engines, and the ability to get up close and personal with pilots and their aircraft make for one exciting day of family fun in Virginia.

WWII vintage planes will attend. Photo by Mike Likavec

WWII vintage plane at Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. Photo by Mike Likavec.

This weekend, April 28 & 29, is the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight in Suffolk. It is estimated that hundreds of planes – military, home-built, antique, light sport, ultralights, and powered parachute crafts – will fly-in to the Suffolk Regional Airport for this festival.

Attendees of the Festival of Flight can expect a flight simulator, skydivers, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. Sunday’s feature event will be the Young Eagles flights for children 8 to 17. The flights are free!

Choreographed flight is nothing new, but have you seen vintage aircraft “dance” their way through a ballet with the Virginia Symphony?

The Flying Proms Symphonic Air Show will delight all in attendance on Saturday, May 5 in Virginia Beach at the Military Aviation Museum. Experience the Museum before heading out for the show. VIP, general admission, lawn, and special student rates are available.

The Blue Angels Air Demonstration Squadron

The Blue Angels Air Demonstration Squadron

Later in May and also at the Military Aviation Museum, Warbirds Over the Beach WWII Air Show sweeps in with bombers, fighters, and more. Make a weekend of it May 18-20 with a Big Band hangar dance and steak dinner. Dress in your 1940s best!

Sleek precision is key for the Blue Angels and you’ll have your chance to see them show off at the Blue Angels Air Show over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, June 1-3, as part of the Patriotic Festival: A Celebration of Our Military. In addition to the military displays and demos, concerts will be performed by country music sensation Miranda Lambert, roots reggae group Steel Pulse, and American Idol 2011 winner Scotty McCreery.

Any ol’ Sunday you find yourself in Fauquier County, you must go to The Flying Circus Airfield in Bealeton. From 2:30 to 4 from May until the end of October, you’ll see stunts performed by expert pilots in their vintage biplanes. Serious stunts. Like a wingwalker hanging upside down from a plane’s wing. Who in their right mind … ?? It’s a must see!

Keep an eye to the sky and fulfill your family’s vacation desires in Virginia. LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Request your free travel guide at www.virginia.org/TravelGuide/.



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Summer Beach Homes Along the Chesapeake Bay

by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2012

So far this month we’ve highlighted  Eastern Shore summer beach homes and Virginia Beach summer beach homes as a nudge for you to not wait much longer to book your beach vacation. These homes fill quickly!

View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

Today let’s look at the summer beach homes along the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia offers 7,213 miles of tidal bay shoreline, albeit a couple hundred of those miles include the western side of the Eastern Shore, as well as Tangier Island.

The Chesapeake Bay region is known for small towns full of authentic Americana offering a nostalgic vibe that takes away everyday stresses.

How does a private 200′ beach sound? If that’s not enough, the Chesapeake Bay Beach House in Reedville offers great Bay views (the home overlooks the widest portion of the bay – 30 miles), five bedrooms, two double sea kayaks, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the view and breeze. Sleeps 14. Available June 18-22, July 7-13, and August 18-September 7.
Weekly Rate: $4,000-$5,500
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Cozy Cabin is indeed that. It rests on the shores of the York River at Gloucester Point. The York River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay and still boasts an expanse of water and a sandy beach. Popular activities aren’t too far away. Your family of four could enjoy Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, or Historic Jamestowne quite easily. Available the weekends of June 16-17, June 22-25, July 7-9, the week of July 14-22, and from August 5 into September is currently available, too.
Weekly Rate:  $750
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In Colonial Beach, overlooking Monroe Bay, sits Marina Sunset, a two-bedroom unit that sits atop a bay front cottage. The two bedrooms will sleep up to six, and you’ll surely love the pace of the golf cart town. Available all summer!
Weekly Rate:  $895
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Discover more beach homes available to you and your family along the Chesapeake Bay.

*Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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Summer Beach Homes: Virginia Beach

by Casey | Posted on March 1st, 2012

Last week we highlighted Eastern Shore summer beach homes to whet your appetite for the summer ahead and give you a nudge to book before it’s too late. Today, we’re highlighting the Hampton Roads region, namely, Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach has 38 miles of shoreline. You might be most familiar with the resort area, which accounts for 28 miles and boasts a paved 28-foot-wide 3-mile boardwalk with separate bike lane. But for today, let’s take a look at how you can experience the rest of the coast from a beach house.

Atlantic Paradise

Atlantic Paradise

Atlantic Paradise sits on Croatan Beach at Rudee Inlet on S. Atlantic Avenue – just south of the resort area. With an in-ground pool, private oceanfront access, plenty of parking, and space for 18 to sleep (4,100 square feet), this might just be the family getaway home you’ve been searching for. No pets and no smoking. Available June 9-22 and July 7-20.
Weekly Rate: $8,300
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Pearl by the Sea (via Beach Pros) is a gem for a really large family vacationing together. Easily sleeping 25, it’s secluded in Sandbridge south of the resort area and does allow pets. While not oceanfront, it’s just across the street and offers an ocean view, in-ground pool, foosball table, pinball machine, and 50″ TV. Available June 16-23, July 21-28, and August 25-September 14.
Weekly Rate: $ 6,995 -$7,250
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Anticipation

Anticipation

It really doesn’t matter if it rains during your vacation if you’re staying at Crow’s Nest (via Sandbridge Blue), also located at Croatan Beach at Rudee Inlet. This amazing space has an indoor in-ground pool and hot tub. What else do you need to know?! Ten bedrooms and ten baths offer comfortable accommodations for 26. Expect to also find a pool table and expansive rooftop deck with fantastic views of the resort area and ocean. This three-story home includes an elevator, so it will accommodate every member of your family. Available June 2-9, July 7-14, July 28-August 4, and August 18 into shoulder season.
Weekly Rate: $6,675-$9,475
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Anticipation (via Sandbridge Realty) is a modest home for the true beach lover. Compared to the high-occupancy homes mentioned above, this is a smaller home for a single family to enjoy an oceanfront vacation experience. Anticipation is nestled on the shore of Sandbridge Beach and sleeps 6. It’s available June 2-9, June 16-30, July 14-21, and July 28-August 18.
Weekly Rate: $2,295-$3,295
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Sea Nile (via Siebert Realty) is an oceanfront brick cottage with dune-level deck just behind the seawall on Sandbridge Beach. One-level vacation living, it’s a comfortable setting for up to 14 and handicap accessible. Available June 23-29, July 7-13, July 21-27, and August 18-31.
Weekly Rate: $3,510-$3,610
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These homes are just a glimpse of the many, many more available in the greater Virginia Beach area.

>> More Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads Beach Rentals <<

Keep an eye peeled for an upcoming post highlighting summer homes on the Chesapeake Bay.

*Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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Summer Beach Homes: The Eastern Shore

by Casey | Posted on February 23rd, 2012

Many vacationers wait to book their accommodation in hopes of a lower, last-minute rate. Unfortunately, beach travelers don’t have the luxury of waiting. Especially if their goal is to secure a house.

Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

The Eastern Shore is known for its quiet charm – a key selling point for families in need of uninterrupted time away from the chaos of life. Fortunately, the Shore has quite a few vacation homes available to meet that need.

A Bayview Beauty is a Cape Charles cottage that comfortably sleeps 6 but can accommodate 8 with a pull-out sleeper sofa. The Chesapeake Bay breeze cools this golf cart town where everything is walkable. The beach is mere steps away. If this sounds inviting, act fast. The home is already booked June 5-20, July 7-21, and July 28-August 4.
Nightly Rate: $230
Weekly Rate: $1,273
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Also in Cape Charles is Old Crow’s Nest located within Bay Creek Resort. The private Bay beach is right at hand. Enjoy the multiple decks and porches perfect for viewing the sunset and the hundreds of birds that call the Shore home. This beautiful new property sleeps 8. Available June 2-22, July 14-24, and all of August.
Weekly Rate: $2,058
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Lakeview is a great home for multi-generational travelers. It’s also located within Bay Creek, and features two master suites – one on the first floor and one on the second.  With four bedrooms in total, this home sleeps 10. The open floor plan is both inviting and accommodating for a large family. The private beach, resort restaurant and other resort amenities are in close proximity. Lakeview is still available June 1-8, June 16-22, July 1-12, July 15-31, and all of August.
Weekly Rate: $3,688.60
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Nestled in the land of wild ponies is Chincoteague Island’s Spinnaker Waterfront Home. The unique four-level design enables guests to see water in three directions, and even Assateague Island in the distance. A private dock is perfect for crabbing, fishing, putting in your kayak, or swimming. Spinnaker was featured on Fine Living Channel’s “Around the World in 80 Homes” – go see what you’re missing! Sleeps 8.
Available June 8-July 13, and from August 18 into the fall season.
Weekly Rate: $1,911-$3,589 (rates last published for 2011 season; rate varies by peak season and couples vs. a family)
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The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

Views, views, views. The Moorings North on Chincoteague Island has really nice Chincoteague Bay views. This commanding home has a two-story front porch overlooking Chincoteague Channel, a tower hide-away, a three-stop windowed elevator, and a most unusual “gazebo-in-the-sky” just off the dining room. Much like Lakeview, The Moorings North is a great home for two families vacationing together, as it has two master suites with private balconies. At your disposal is a deep water boat tie-up, if you came toting the big boy toy. This home sleeps 10.
Weekly Rate: $3,400
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These few homes are just a glimpse of what the Eastern Shore has to offer in the vacation rental house market. Discover more charmers at Virginia.org.

Keep an eye peeled for upcoming posts highlighting summer beach homes from the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads regions.

*Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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