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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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“Lincoln” Poster Revealed

by Casey | Posted on August 22nd, 2012

The official poster for the movie “Lincoln” was released today. This movie was filmed in Virginia.

LincolnSteven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award¬ģ winner Daniel Day-Lewis in ‚ÄúLincoln,‚ÄĚ a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President‚Äôs tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathaim, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.

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Commemorating Second Manassas

by Casey | Posted on August 20th, 2012

Virginia is home to more Civil War sites than any other state, nearly 800 in total. Experience a bit of that history up close and personal this weekend as the 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas is commemorated at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

According to the National Park Service, “The campaign and battle of Second Manassas demonstrated the impact of an expanding war, both in terms of the size of the armies that fought here and in the numbers of casualties resulting from the battle. The campaign showed the effects of a widening Union war effort, resulting in increasing impacts upon civilians and consideration of emancipation as a war aim. The campaign also marked the rise of Robert E. Lee as a battlefield commander: his success at Second Manassas opened the opportunity to the Confederate army to carry the war into the North, leading directly to the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam.”

Ways to experience the history of the Battle of Second Manassas:

  • August 25
  • August 26
    • Thoroughfare Gap: A Walking Tour. Led by historian Jim Burgess. 90 minutes. Chapman (Beverly) Mill. 3 p.m.
    • Manassas Junction and Its Railroads: From Union Lifeline to Confederate Prize. One hour talk. Manassas Museum – 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas. 7 p.m.
    • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm.
  • August 28
    • Tour: Brawner Farm – The Battle Begins. Guided walking tour with a park historian, tracing the routes of the opposing battle lines at the beginning of the Second Battle of Manassas. Brawner Farm Interpreter Center. 7 p.m.
  • August 29
    • Tour: Standoff at the Railroad. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Focuses on the morning fight near Sudley Church on August 29, 1862. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 10 a.m.
    • Tour: Breakthrough at the Railroad. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Highlights the attacks on the Confederates along the Unfinished Railroad. Tour Stop 6. 90 minutes. 2 p.m.
    • Tour: Battling for the Rocky Knoll. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Uncovers the struggle of the afternoon battle behind the Unfinished Railroad. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 4 p.m.
    • Tour: Clash at Groverton Crossroads. Guided walking tour with a park historian. See what dusk at Groverton might have looked like as you hear about the August 29, 1862 evening fight. Tour Stop 9. 7 p.m.
  • August 30
    • Tour: Robinson Farm: Behind Union Lines. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Learn what the battle experience was like for free African-American James Robinson and his family. Visitor Center. 60 minutes. 11 a.m.
    • Tour: Slaughter at Deep Cut. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The largest Union assault by the troops under Fitz John Porter will be detailed. Tour Stop 7. 90 minutes. 2 p.m.
    • Tour: Counterattack at Chinn Ridge. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The Confederates battle back. New York Monuments (Tour Stop 9). 90 minutes. 4 p.m.
    • Tour: Battling Until Sunset: The Struggle for Henry Hill. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The final phase of Manassas-Sudley Road and on Henry Hill. Visitor Center. 90 minutes. 7 p.m.
  • August 31
    • Tour: On the Battle Lines: Sudley Church at Second Manassas. Guided walking tour with a park historian along the Unfinished Railroad to key battle sites and Sudley Church. Hear how the battle impacted the community. Vespers service at Sudley Church following the tour, including period music and guest speaker. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 90 minutes. 6 p.m.
  • September 1
    • Second Manassas Lecture Series. Visitor Center Auditorium.
      • 11 a.m. – Alan Gaff, author of Brave Men’s Tears
      • 1 p.m. – Stephen Potter, editor of Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War
      • 3 p.m. – John Hennessy, author¬† of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
      • 7 p.m. – James I. Robertson, Sr. – author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, The Legend
    • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm (Tour Stop 1).
  • September 2
    • Second Manassas Lecture Series. Visitor Center Auditorium.
      • 11 a.m. – John Matsui, author of the forthcoming book The First Republican Army
      • 1 p.m. – Scott C. Patchan, author of Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge
    • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm (Tour Stop 1).

Manassas National Battlefield Park is located at 6511 Sudley Road in Manassas, Virginia.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Know Before You Go:

  • Park Map
  • Admission is $3 per person (16 and older) for three days’ entry to Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • Henry Hill Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of special events as mentioned above.
  • “Manassas: End of Innocence” is a 45-minute film that covers both the First and Second Battles of Manassas. Shown on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. in the Henry Hill Visitor Center.
  • Park Rules:¬†No climbing on monuments or cannons *¬†Pets must be leashed *¬†Alcohol and metal detectors are prohibited *¬†Park in designated areas only *¬†Bicycles are prohibited on trails

Visit the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile August 24-26 at the Manassas Visitor Center to see the Civil War from a variety of points of view Рyoung and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians. To explore real lives of the Civil War online, visit - unexpected stories of real people who did extraordinary things.

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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 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Happy 200th, John Jasper

by Casey | Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Amid the fireworks and celebrations of Independence Day, might we remember (or come to know) a leader from our past who would be 200 years old this July 4th?

John Jasper

John Jasper

John Jasper was born into slavery in¬†Fluvanna County¬†on July 4, 1812 as the youngest of 24 children. On July 4, 1839 at the age of 25, Jasper underwent a religious transformation on the steps of Richmond’s Capitol Square. It was a day that changed his life, as he would spend the next 25 years preaching sermons at slave funerals.

At the age of 50 Jasper was emancipated. He was a brick cleaner, repairing the Civil War-burned city of Richmond, and still serving at a high demand as a slave funeral pastor.

On September 3, 1867, John Jasper and ten friends held services in an abandoned stable on Brown’s Island in Richmond, founding the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, a strong community of faith that is still present today. It was at the age of 66 (1878) that John Jasper reached a peak in his career, delivering “De Sun Do Move” to the Virginia General Assembly. The sermon was so well received, Jasper was requested to deliver it more than 250 times.

In addition, Reverend John Jasper was one of only a few black ministers in Richmond who were authorized by the United States Freedmen’s Bureau to legalize ex-slave marriages, which were not legally recognized prior to early 1866* in Virginia.

John Jasper died on March 30, 1901. His death was the noted headline of the day, overshadowing the burning of the famed Jefferson Hotel.

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* National Archives. Spring 2005, Vol. 37, No. 1

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