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    It’s Tax-Free Shopping Weekend in Virginia!

    by Casey | Posted on July 31st, 2013

    This weekend, August 2-4, is Virginia’s tax-free shopping weekend.  Created for back to school shopping, anyone can shop and save big on clothes, shoes and more. It’s the perfect weekend to hit the outlets, malls and Main Streets of Virginia.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

    Potomac Mills Mall, located in Woodbridge, is Virginia’s largest outlet mall with more than 200 stores, and they’ve dubbed this weekend “No Tax, Save the Max.” Expect to cash in on great outlet prices plus additional sales this weekend only. Look for the “Super Sale” signs in the windows of participating stores.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg has 110 outlet stores. Williamsburg Premium Outlets in Williamsburg offers 135 outlet stores. Both are having an additional sale on top of their 25-65% off retail prices and are offering extended shopping hours. Join the VIP Lounge for free to access exclusive online coupons for even more savings.

    Some of the deals you can expect this weekend at both Leesburg Corner and Williamsburg are “Buy 1, Get One 50% Off” at Adidas, Converse, Ecco, and Stride Rite Keds Sperry. At G.H. Bass & Co. men’s and women’s footwear is “Buy 1, Get 2 Free” through August 7.

    For clusters of great shopping, look to some of Virginia’s metropolitan areas. In Richmond there are several shopping destinations including the boutiques of CarytownShort Pump Town Center, and Stony Point Fashion Park. While you won’t find the outlet prices here, you will find the biggest brand names.

    Short Pump Town Center invites you to bring your same-day receipts totaling $100 or more to Guest Services to receive a $15 gift card anytime August 2 through 4. *Offer excludes Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Apple and eateries.

    Shopping in Alexandria

    Shopping in Alexandria

    Have your kids in tow with you at Stony Point Fashion Park on Saturday? They’ll be entertained by Radio Disney between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the Pop Jet Fountain. Don’t miss your chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see Bridget  Mendler at Busch Gardens.

    If the thought of crowds makes you clam up, go Main Street. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you find – unique fashions, school supplies that will not be easily confused with those of classmates, and superb customer service. When you “shop local” you feel the appreciation of those small business owners.

    Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall – More than 120 shops and 30 restaurants on and around old Main Street.

    Downtown Roanoke and City Market – One-of-a-kind shops and galleries.

    Historic Downtown Fredericksburg – More than 100 shops, chef-owned restaurants and boutiques.

    Historic Downtown Lexington – Quaint gift shops, specialty shops, cafes and more.

    About Virginia’s tax-free weekend, from the Virginia Department of Taxation: “During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.”  List of qualifying items

    Enjoy your shopping! It’s just another way to spend time with the ones you love. Check out these shopping packages to make a weekend getaway out of your excursion.

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    Book Now! 15 Summer Travel Deals & Packages

    by Casey | Posted on July 22nd, 2013

    If you have a few days to get away and are looking to save a few bucks, too, this list is for you. Happy travels!

    Accommodation Deals

    SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

    SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

    Lynchburg – Care to make a deal? Email The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, pitch them an offer they can’t refuse and within 48 hours they’ll reply to say ‘deal’ or ‘no deal.’ They’re looking for a per night rate for a stay of two nights or longer. Good luck! Valid through December 29.

    Newport News – Stay at the Marriott Newport News at City Center and your kids (up to four of them, ages 12 and under) eat free – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Valid through September 8.

    Pearisburg – Book two nights at the Inn at Riverbend and take 50% off your third night. The Inn overlooks the New River and Appalachian Mountains. Don’t miss this offer! Valid through July 31. Book Now with offer code IARBSSM13.

    Stephens City – Book a stay for any Sunday through Thursday (non-holiday) between now and December 19 at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring and receive 20% off the regular rate.

    Virginia Beach – SpringHill Suites (oceanfront) invites you to stay three nights or longer and they’ll knock $25 off the daily rate. Breakfast is included. Book Now

    Warm Springs – Celebrate your birthday by going away! Stay at the Meadow Villas at Warm Springs ON your birthday and get a second night for 30% off. Call 717-951-3955 to make a reservation. Valid through December 20.

    Waynesboro – Receive 20% off your second and/or third night when you stay midweek (Tuesday-Thursday) at Tree Streets Inn. Valid through August 29.

    North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

    North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

    Attraction Deals

    Charlottesville – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello should be on everyone’s history #bucketlist. If it’s on yours, you’re going to love this. Teenagers (ages 12 to 18) receive a 33% discount on their ticket between now and September 2. Adult rate: $24; children 6 to 11: $8; children 6 and under: free.

    Manassas – Civil War enthusiasts (or those just getting started with Civil War history) will appreciate a $15 Civil War Experience Pass that gives you entrance to six historic sites. It’s a 50% savings over single admissions for each site. Valid through December 31.

    Swoope – North Mountain Outfitters is offering half-day guided trail rides for two for 50% off between now and September 30. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an accomplished rider, you’ll love what you find. Reservations required. Call 540-886-7768.

    Williamsburg – Boo! Creep along on a Spooks and Legends Original Haunted Tour of Williamsburg a bit cheaper. Tell them you saw their deal on Virginia.org and they’ll discount each ticket by $2. Note, this tour is is geared toward adults. Call 757-784-6213 to make your reservation. Valid through December 31.

    Packages: Stay and Enjoy!

    Lynchburg – August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival will be held August 24. Want to go? Need a place to stay? The Craddock Terry Hotel is offering a two-night stay for two with festival admission, tasting glasses, tasting tickets, and transportation to and from the festival. Must be 21 or older. Package starts at $249. Valid August 23-25. Book Now

    Pembroke – Stay three nights at Mountain Lake Lodge and get the fourth night free, but better than that is you’ll also receive a $100 activities credit to enjoy all of the family fun Mountain Lake has to offer. BRAND NEW: Treetop Adventures Aerial Adventure Course * Harvest Restaurant * Stony Creek Tavern * Mountain Lake Outfitters
    Valid through September 7. Book Now

    Richmond – Love jazz? Stay at The Jefferson Hotel August 9-11 and enjoy the Richmond Jazz Festival as part of your stay. Two tickets for each day of the festival, a traditional Southern breakfast for two each morning and three nights in luxury for $305/night. Book Now

    Virginia Beach – Stay at The Oceanfront Inn and receive the pin that gets you into all of the American Music Festival concerts during Labor Day weekend. A three-night stay is required. Valid August 30 through September 2.

    And these aren’t all! Find dozens more deals at Virginia.org.

     



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    Go Fish!

    by Casey | Posted on May 15th, 2013

    If you love to fish, you’re going to love Virginia. From streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and bays to all-out saltwater delights, the fish are plentiful and biting.

    Fishing with New River Trips

    Fishing with New River Trips

    Virginia has more than 2,800 miles of trout water in addition to stocked ponds, lakes and reservoirs. If you’re not handy with a rod and fly, there are fly fishing experts all over the Commonwealth who specialize in training new anglers. In fact, if you find yourself at one of Virginia’s mountain resorts, there are fishing instructors on staff who will gladly show you the ropes.

    For fishermen looking for the thrill of a big catch, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are where you want to be. A number of charter boats are available for game fishing excursions.

      • o’FISH’lly a Shoe Thing - The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg is offering a private half-day James River fishing trip with Matt Miles Fly Fishing Company. Snacks, drinks and equipment included. Rates start at $449 per nightBook Now
    Fishing with York River Charters

    Fishing with York River Charters

    • Homestead Adventure Package – The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs invites each person to choose his or her own outdoor experience, including fly fishing, for $279 per room, per night. Book Now
    • Exclusive Charter Discount – York River Charters in Yorktown has an offer available only to you as the reader of this blog post and Virginia.org. Book a Chesapeake Bay or York River fishing (or sightseeing) charter and save 5% just by mentioning Virginia.org. Call 757-645-8397 to discuss pricing and options.
    • 17% to 21% Off Youth Fishing Trips – New River Trips in Galax extends to you this special discount. Bring your son or daughter under the age of 18 to fish the Upper New River under their guidance and save big. Call 276-235-2514 to discuss pricing and options.
    • “Man-cation” – The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg welcomes you and up to 15 buddies for a men’s only getaway. Stay two nights and they’ll arrange the outfitter to take you fishing. Call 800-937-3582 to discuss pricing and options.

    In addition to the trip deals mentioned above, there are special events to introduce your children to the sport of fishing.

    • Saturdays and Sundays in June – Murray’s On the Stream Small Mouth Bass School - The fishing portion of these schools is adapted to meet the specific needs of each individual student whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced anglers.
    • August 10 – 6th Annual Smith River Fest in Axton - This event is truly a celebration of all things associated with the Smith River: paddling, hiking, biking, fishing and nature watching.

    Search for additional fishing guides, charters and sporting events at Virginia.org.

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    Big Theatre in a Little Virginia Town

    by Casey | Posted on May 2nd, 2013

    Have you ever visited Abingdon, Virginia? Besides being a beautiful town with a world-renowned hotel and spa and the 34.3-mile Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon has big talent on stage at the Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia.

    Barter TheatrePlan a weekday or weekend visit to take in a show or two. Nearby hotels offer packages that include show tickets, although another notion is to purchase a deal from the Barter itself. Enjoy your show with extras thrown in. See below!

    Summer 2013 Schedule

    • May 2, 4, 5, 7, 9-11: “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again”Gone With the Wind as a musical-comedy! Described as Mad magazine meets Scarlett O’Hara as performed by Monty Python.
    • May 2-4, 8-9, 11: “Little Women” – Adapted pretty straight forward from Louisa May Alcott’s treasured novel of the same name.
    • May 2, 4-5: “Half a World Away” – Noted as a timely story of the timeless desire to belong, this is a powerful play about the immigrant experience of a 17-year-old boy who has spent half his life in Burma and the other half in America.
    • Select dates May through August – “The Blonde, the Brunette & the Vengeful Redhead” – A one-woman show about the day Rhonda went berserk at the mall when she sees her husband carrying on with the blonde at the jewelry counter.
    • Select dates May through August – “Les Miserables” – One of the most loved musicals of all time, entirely in the Barter’s own production.
    • Select dates May through August – “Southern Fried Funeral” – A big-hearted comedy about Southern family, manners and traditions. You’ll laugh out loud!
    • Select dates June and July – “A Streetcar Named Desire” – One of the 20th century’s most enduring plays by Tennessee Williams, one of the south’s greatest writers.
    • Select dates June and July – “The Gin Game” – Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, “The Gin Game” is a game of gin rummy between two nursing home residents that drums up old heartaches and resentments.
    • Select dates July and August – “Hanging Mary” – This is a brand new tale of a significant regional story – that of a circus elephant named Mary who meets an untimely end for murder. Only eight performances!
    • Select dates August and September – “Good Ol’ Girls” – Love a strong southern woman? Don’t miss this musical quilted together by chart-topping country pop writers. Bring the girls and tap your toes!

    Plan a Trip!

    Discover more historic Virginia theatres at Virginia.org/Theatres.

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    Budget-Friendly Winter Travel Packages

    by Casey | Posted on January 23rd, 2013

    Find yourself looking for a quick winter escape that won’t break the bank? Virginia is a great choice for an affordable mountain retreat, historic escape or full-of-fun family excursion.

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    Wintergreen Resort is offering a great skiing deal for you – $79 per person gets you a night of stay and an eight-hour lift ticket, not to mention unlimited use of the Aquatics & Fitness Center and the resort shuttle. Available through March 17. BOOK NOW

    The Natural Bridge should be on everyone’s bucket list, and here’s a great opportunity to see it as many times as you like for a year. Book one night and visit the Bridge, Cedar Creek Nature Trail, Monacan Indian Village, Drama of Creation, Butterfly Garden, Caverns and Wax Museum for just $99 per couple. Bring the kids for an extra $25-$30 (rates based on age). The annual pass will have you back to see the Natural Bridge in every season and then some! Available through March 7. BOOK NOW

    Couples will enjoy a stay at the 1920s General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion. The package for two includes an award-winning “Song of the Mountains” performance at The Lincoln Theatre and a dinner voucher for the boutique hotel’s The Black Rooster restaurant. $145 for two. Available January 31-February 5 and February 28-March 5. BOOK NOW

    Now paging a party of six for a weekend of fun in Roanoke! Stay at Best Western PLUS Inn at Valley View and enjoy a one-night stay, bowling for six with shoe rental, pizza and soda included, private swimming from 10 to 11pm in the indoor pool and breakfast the next morning. It’s a great value for just $152.36 (taxes included). Available through March 1. BOOK NOW: 540-362-2400 x402

    Richmond is a historical destination ripe with culture. Stay at the luxurious Jefferson Hotel (presidents have stayed there, you know) and enjoy a Southern breakfast and valet parking for just $245 for two. The hotel’s location puts you in the center of art, entertainment and tremendous history. Available weekends through March 3.  BOOK NOW

    Waterparks in January. Yes, you read right. Head to Massanutten Resort to enjoy two nights in a two-bedroom condo and eight one-day waterpark passes for just $600. You’ll also receive $18 off your food and beverage purchases at the waterpark. It’s a fun, wet time in January! BOOK NOW

    A family of four can getaway to America’s Historic Triangle for four nights and five days for just $659 through March 31. The price includes accommodations at Embassy Suites Williamsburg, breakfast and complimentary manager’s reception each day, and the American Historic Triangle Pass for each family member. The pass provides entrance for up to seven consecutive days to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Jamestowne Island, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center. Don’t have a family of four? The price adjusts down to $599 for two. BOOK NOW

    Discover more great packages at Virginia.org to help you plan your next affordable getaway.

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