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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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    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.
    Gas Deals

    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.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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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.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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