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48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia, Part 3 of 8

by Casey | Posted on September 10th, 2013

Beautiful wineries, apple orchards, riverside vantage points … there are so many places to fall in love with Virginia’s fall foliage as you move east across the state. If you can’t travel as much as you’d like to this fall, you’ll certainly have plenty of items to mark off of next year’s list.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Getaway to Central Virginia’s Wineries

Centered around Charlottesville, this is 48 hours you’ll likely want to extend. On the docket around this esteemed university and law school town are the 30 wineries of the Monticello Wine Trail - Birthplace of American Wine. Here you will find some of the most renowned names in Virginia wine, including Gabriele Rausse, often called “The Father of the Modern Virginia Wine Industry.”

A must for any visit to Charlottesville is a stop at the only home to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Stay

The Dinsmore House Inn

The Dinsmore House Inn

Dine

 

Cooper's Landing Inn

Cooper’s Landing Inn

Getaway to Southern Style Romance in Lake Country

Clarksville is a quiet lake town in Southern Virginia with beautiful foliage, sunrises and sunsets. Here, tranquility reigns supreme. Center yourself in an accommodation that feels most comfortable. Is it a luxurious bed and breakfast like Cooper’s Landing Inn, or perhaps a cozy cabin at Occoneechee State Park?

These 48 hours are easily spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors on nature trails around Kerr Lake or on a boat from Clarksville Marina. Or you can venture out for some history, scenic views and great food.

Occoneechee State Park Cabin

Occoneechee State Park Cabin

 

Natural Beauty: Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Spend 48 hours hitting some of the best stops the Eastern Shore of Virginia has to offer, starting at the southern tip and Kiptopeke State Park – a premier stop for migratory birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway.

Nearby, find the quaint, bay-side town of Cape Charles. Refuel at Cape Charles Coffee House and peruse the shops. Call it a night at Hotel Cape Charles, Bay Haven Inn or Cape Charles Bay View Bed & Breakfast, but not before a great dinner at Kelly’s Gingernut Pub, AQUA or Bay Creek Railway.

As you head north up the Shore, check out these points of interest:

There are more getaways where these came from!

Check out Virginia.org, as well as Parts One and Two of this series. More great ideas are coming your way, so be sure to subscribe to receive the latest post via email.

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48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia, Part 2 of 8

by Casey | Posted on September 5th, 2013

Ready to hit the road for a fun fall weekend? Actually, your 48 hours can be any day of the week you choose. In fact, I’d recommend you try for a mid-week jaunt, as mid-week rates are typically cheaper than weekend. Why not give it a go?

Explore Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel State Park Cabin and Lodge

Natural Tunnel State Park

Deep in the Heart of Appalachia is a state park that boasts a chair lift that’s perfect for foliage peeping – Natural Tunnel State Park. The park’s 10 mountain ridge cabins are welcoming, comfortable, and offer an amazing vantage point for those who love fall’s colors. All you need to bring is your food, condiments, toiletries and clothes; the rest is provided. Plenty of availability! $113-$390 depending on cabin size.  Book Now

The 10-story natural tunnel is the main attraction here, with the aforementioned chair lift being a great highlight. The eight walking trails are easy; the longest is just over a mile. Two trails are open to cyclists. Of interest is Tunnel Trail to Log Cabin Trail where an original Carter Family Log Cabin sits.

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Autumn on the Crooked Road

It’s a winding road dotted with musical gems and talented artisans. Make Floyd your starting point as it’s the home of the famed Floyd Country Store and its Friday Night Jamboree. If you pick, bring your instrument to join in (it doesn’t have to be a Friday night for a pickin’ session)!

Aerial view of Abingdon in the fall. Image by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com

Aerial view of Abingdon in the fall.

In Galax, partake of the “Best Dessert in the South,” the banana pudding at The Galax Smokehouse. Really. Virginia Living Magazine said so. Then it’s on to an amazing vantage point from on high – A Place By the Parkway. It’s just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 214.

If you’re feeling like getting some easy exercise, head to Damascus, the midway point of the Virginia Creeper Trail. You’ll want to go west toward Abingdon and coast down hill. You’re welcome.

In Abingdon, make Heartwood one of your main destinations. It’s a fantastic place that offers a really great meal and many pretty handmade pieces, including jewelry, quilts, soaps, and more. Maybe they’ll ship some treasures home for you? Then it’s back to Damascus where a well-deserved, Southern Living-praised slice of chocolate cake awaits you at Creeper Trail Cafe.

What else?

 

More of Where Those Came From

Primland Resort

Primland Resort

Like the ideas of Natural Tunnel, Abingdon, Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway? Expand them a bit these additional places to stay, eat and have fun.

Southwest Virginia will be quilted in the colors of fall before you know it. Don’t miss it and don’t miss more of our 48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia series. Read PART ONE and watch for part three coming soon!

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48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia, Part 1 of 8

by Casey | Posted on September 3rd, 2013

Fall in Virginia. What is there to say except that it’s stunning, breathtaking, amazing, vibrant, crisp and that there must be at least one hundred more adjectives that can describe the immense beauty of the season. This fall promises to be especially incredible, as Virginia’s summer was wetter and cooler than usual – the perfect scenario for amazing foliage.

The Priest OverlookWho would you pick to stand by your side at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook when the season is near or at peak? Probably your significant other, hand in hand. With that in mind, this is the first of eight posts that will give you grand ideas for ways to spend 48 hours in Virginia this fall. Enjoy!

 

 

Much Ado About Staunton

Virginia’s foliage spreads west to east and the Shenandoah Valley is one of the areas to see orange, red and yellow first. If you’re planning multiple fall getaways, start here.

In Staunton, the food and foliage are as fine as the performing arts and history. With culture and culinary stock rising, you’d better get your foot in the door early to book a room in this neck of the Valley. Choose from quite a few accommodations – an inn such as Frederick House or Inn at Old Virginia, a fine historic hotel like Stonewall Jackson Hotel, or a Shakespeare-influenced stay at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast to round out a visit to Blackfriars Playhouse. You won’t go wrong with any of these.

I mentioned the food. Food is important and you want to make sure Zynodoa is on your “to eat” list. Zynodoa’s ingredients are locally sourced and esteemed Chef James Harris is at the helm. Harris has kitchen management at the Mobil five-star The Inn at Little Washington under his belt.

Dive deeper …

 

Autumn Splendor in the Cabin Capital  of Virginia

Luray is the Cabin Capital of Virginia. If you’re looking for a sweet, snuggly place for the two of you to be alone, look no further.

Shenandoah Mountain Escape

Shenandoah Mountain Escape

Contact Shadow Mountain Escape to inquire about their luxury Ladybug or Bumblebee cabins. The last I checked, those two still had a Sunday-Monday availability in October. Mid-week stays are possible for the rest of fall.

Another great option for a fall cabin getaway is to call Shenandoah River Cabins to ask about their Angler, Drifter and Paddler cabins, which all sit riverfront, have a queen bed with fireplace and a private hot tub. Each cabin still has weekend availability for September and October.

In and around Luray you can enjoy Luray Caverns and a drive through or hike around Shenandoah National Park. Check out Skyland Resort Restaurant (highest elevation and amazing overlook from Shenandoah National Park), Circa ’31 and Triple Crown BBQ for great dining.

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Get Out on the Wine Trail of Botetourt County

The Jackson, Cowpasture and James rivers are your playground this fall in Botetourt County. Or is it the wine that’s calling your name? Either way, a getaway to Buchanan will be a memorable one.

Cowpasture River, Botetourt County

Cowpasture River, Botetourt County

Taste your way along the Wine Trail of Botetourt County, with a check-in at the Fincastle Vineyard Bed and Breakfast as a sure highlight. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to get connected with Twin River Outfitters for a kayak or canoe rental to experience the Head Waters of the James and the James River itself.

There’s more …

 

Touring and Tasting DC’s Wine Country

Loving the wine theme? You’re going to LOVE Loudoun County, home to nearly 30 Virginia wineries! With that many to choose from, I can only wish you good luck!

Choose from an abundant amount of luxury accommodations, the newest being Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Also consider Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, Norris House Inn in Leesburg or the Briar Patch B&B in Middleburg. Each is unique and renowned in its own right. Then, let the fine dining and wining begin …

To Eat:

To Drink:

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The Inn at Little Washington

The Inn at Little Washington

Fall in Rappahannock County

Art thrives in Washington and Rappahannock County. Retreat to The Inn at Little Washington, Gay Street Inn, or one of the other very fine accommodations nearby.

From the center of this historic town, you’ll encounter several types of art galleries and can also schedule a plein air landscape painting lesson with artist Nora Harrington. Your handcrafted creation will be quite the memento to recall your trip.

Take a tour into “The Art of Whiskey” at Copper Fox Distillery and then on to the Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock.

See what else …

 

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13 Fall Early Bird Deals

by Casey | Posted on August 19th, 2013

Fall is one of the most – if not THE most – beautiful seasons in Virginia. The air turns cool and the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow. The Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains are a stunning tapestry of color, beckoning weary souls to come and relax.

Skyland Resort

Skyland Resort

Don’t miss out on your chance to steal away. Accommodations book quickly and now’s your chance.

Blue Ridge Highlands

The Main Street Inn in Blacksburg is offering 10% off a Tuesday night stay. If you can escape mid-week, this is a beautiful location and a savings for your wallet. Thirty-two guest suites include modern amenities while downtown Blacksburg’s dining, shopping and theater are just a stroll away. Offer valid through October.

How does a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway sound? Stay at Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount any two nights between now and November 9th and you can add on a picnic package for just $30. Book Now

Shenandoah Valley

Head to Stephens City where you can “find peace in the valley (Shenandoah Valley, that is)” during the week. Travel to The Inn at Vaucluse Spring any Sunday through Thursday and receive 20% off your room rate. Spin that savings into a date when you also book the Dinner with the Chef on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night. Offer valid through December 19.

Inn at Vaucluse Spring

Inn at Vaucluse Spring

Shenandoah National Park ranks as one of Virginia’s best fall destinations. Head to Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge, stay two nights and purchase a $50 meal voucher to be rewarded with a third consecutive night for FREE. Offer valid through November 23.  Book Now

Bordering Shenandoah National Park is Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray. Book their Mountains, Nature and Lake Getaway to save $25 on your stay, plus be reward with a special welcome basket of homemade goodies. $270 for two nights mid-week; $420 for two nights weekend. Offer valid through September 26. Book Now

In the Appalachians, Meadow Villas at Warm Springs is quietly tucked away. Call and ask to book the Hiker’s Mountain Quiet Waters Special and pay just $199 for two nights. Offer valid through December 31.

Book the Natural Bridge Fall Escape for a stay between September 2 and November 30 and save $80. The deal is one night for two at the Natural Bridge Hotel with breakfast and the Natural Bridge attraction passes included for $99. Or a family of four starts at just $149 per night. Book Now

Central Virginia

Try an extended stay in Crozet at Montfair Resort Farm. Stay three weekday nights for the price of two or stay a while longer, getting four weekday nights for the price of three. The choice is yours! Offer valid through November 1.

Wintergreen Resort is splendid anytime of year, but is especially beautiful when covered in fall’s glory. Stay two nights and get the third night free anytime between now and December 15. Book Now

Southern Virginia

Williamsburg KOA

Williamsburg KOA

Clarksville is Virginia’s only lakeside town and your stay at Cooper’s Landing Inn is reduced by 50% if you stay on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Add to that dinner at Traveler’s Tavern, breakfast and the beautiful sunrise of Kerr Lake and you have one really beautiful getaway. Offer valid through December 23.

Northern Virginia

How about a little fun on the farm? Stay at Comfort Suites Leesburg and your family will enjoy a studio suite, four tickets to Great Country Farms and guest passes to Bluemont Vineyards. While at Great Country Farms, you’ll receive four feed cups for the barnyard animals, a family-sized bag of kettle corn and four slushies. Wine tasting for the adults is included with the farm passes at Bluemont Vineyards. Offer valid through November 23.

Chesapeake Bay

The Inn at Tabbs Creek is a waterfront bed and breakfast in Port Haywood. Go ahead and book two consecutive nights (Sunday through Thursday) and receive the third night for 50% off. Offer valid through October 31.

Coastal Virginia

Enjoy camping? Head to Williamsburg KOA sometime between September 26 and October 31 to get your Thursday night free when you book a Friday and Saturday night. Great events are planned every weekend, and this deal includes cabins! Book Now

>> Find more fantastic fall packages and deals.
>> See the list and map of Virginia’s fall events.

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9 Summer Wine Festivals to LOVE

by Casey | Posted on May 22nd, 2013

Cheers to summer! If wine festivals strike your fancy, we have quite a list for you – one you’re sure to LOVE.

ValleyFest - Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival

ValleyFest – Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival

Get your weekend started at ValleyFest – Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival at Massanutten. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Sample the wines and microbrews of the Valley while live entertainment sets the atmosphere.

If you find yourself on the other end of the Valley, check out the Cork &  Blues Fest at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista Saturday from 4 until 9 p.m. Six wineries will be on hand with blues bands setting the tone for relaxation.

The Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival in Centreville is a weekend chock full fantastic cuisine, food trucks, food and wine seminars, and 40 Virginia wineries. It’s all happening June 1 & 2.

Historic Lee Hall Mansion hosts the Summer Celebration Wine Festival in Newport News on June 8. Live music, exquisite food, unique craft vendors and the finest wines from Virginia wineries make this one of the most memorable events on the Peninsula.

Does Dad like wine? He’ll certainly like the venue of the Reynolds Homestaed in Critz when you take him to the Bushels & Barrels Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival June 15. Free wine glass and wine and beer samples with admission. Beverages also available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

More wine on Father’s Day? Yep. The Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival is June 16 on the Manassas Museum Lawn. Starting at noon, it promises to be an intimate, relaxing afternoon.

Stroll around the Alexandria Food and Wine Festival for free on June 22 from noon until 7 p.m., but if you want to taste, you’ll need a ticket. Eight food samples for $15 and unlimited wine tasting with a $10 Wine Garden ticket.

The Frontier Culture Museum welcomes you to the Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival June 29 from 2 until 8 p.m. Your festival tickets allows you to browse this one-of-a-kind museum, too.

The Horse and Hound Wine Festival at Johnson’s Orchard in Bedford is always a big draw. The festival centers around horse and hound events, of course, but Virginia wineries are pouring their best bottles all day long. It’s happening July 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Looking to round out the rest of your summer? Find more festivals at Virginia.org. Want to chime in with your favorite wine festival? Do it! Comment below.

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