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    End of Summer Travel Deals

    by Casey | Posted on August 14th, 2012

    As the sun begins to set on summer the travel deals heat up. Sneak in a mid-week or Labor Day weekend getaway for the best savings.

    Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach, Virginia Beach

    Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach, Virginia Beach

    The Natural Bridge of Virginia is one-stop family fun. See the famed Bridge itself, along with the Monacan Indian Village, Caverns, Wax Museum, Butterfly exhibit and Foamhenge for around $200, depending on the ages of your children — a 20% discount. That’s a lot to do with a one-night stay and hearty country breakfast included.

    Get in one last beach experience with a three-night oceanfront getaway to Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach. They’re offering up to 15% off the rack rate to help you get there.

    Maybe you’re lucky enough to squeeze in five nights at the beach. If so, Ocean Beach Club Resort – a fun Miami-feeling accommodation – is offering a 5th night free for stays through September 27.

    Yearning for cool breezes? Head to the mountains for what will feel like an early fall – the perfect temps for coffee on the deck at Meadow Villas at Warm Springs. Stay two nights in a comfortable villa and the second night is 20% off.

    Sunset at The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    Sunset at The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    Blackstone is a charming town with a slightly slower pace perfect for those looking for a quiet place to catch their breath at the end of summer. Stay at the Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast for two nights and the innkeepers will give you a $25 discount. You can call that gas money, lunch money, spending money …

    Wine, shopping, history, outdoor fun – none are too far away from the Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford where you can save up to 40% just by staying during the week (Monday-Thursday).

    Another mid-week stay you’ll want to check out is The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Port Haywood along the Chesapeake Bay. Save 20% off the regular rates just by choosing to stay two nights between Sunday and Thursday. On top of that, if you want to stay a third night you’ll get it at 30% off.

    These are just a few of the travel deals you’ll find waiting at Virginia.org. Enjoy what’s left of summer and take a sneak peek of fall!

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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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    A Day of Fun and Free Concerts, too!

    by Casey | Posted on May 31st, 2012

    Virginia’s theme parks – Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion – are fantastic destinations for a day or more of family fun, but did you know that their special summer events are included with your normal admission? No extra fees for the additional excitement you’ll find beyond the gates! And psst! We have some tips for saving on your tickets, too.

    Busch Gardens Concert Series

    Busch Gardens Concert Series

    Busch Gardens

    Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens are two concert series with big name performers. After your day of exhilirating park shenanigans (including riding that brand new coaster – Verbolten), jam out with these artists:

    • June 3: Hot Chelle Rae
    • June 10: Chris Tomlin
    • June 17: Kellie Pickler
    • June 24: Third Day
    • August 26: Victoria Justice

    Every night from July 1 through August 19 visitors to BG will be treated to IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore. What’s that? Fifty straight nights of a park-wide fireworks spectacular with multiple live performances and special effects.

    Busch Gardens - Escape from Pompeii

    Busch Gardens - Escape from Pompeii

    BG Ticket Savings

    The Bounce Ticket might just be your best bet if you’ve got a finite amount of time to be in the Williamsburg area – say like seven consecutive days? The Bounce Ticket gives you unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country USA for up to seven consecutive days. Plus, when you make your purchase online the price is 20% cheaper and you get free parking!

    For those within driving distance who would like to visit BG more than once this summer, consider the Fun Card. It gives you unlimited visits from now until September 3rd. It’s basically like paying for one day ($66.99) and coming back all summer for free. Yes, the single day ticket is also $66.99. Might as well go Fun Card, ya know?

    If you have a child aged three to five years old, do not buy a ticket. He or she can get in for FREE with the Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass (Virginia residents only). Note: You MUST take your child’s birth certificate with you to the park. I learned this the hard way. The Preschool Pass is valid for unlimited admission through October 28, 2012.

    Kings Dominion - Ghoster Coaster

    Kings Dominion - Ghoster Coaster

    Kings Dominion

    Two awesome concert events await you when you plan your visit to Kings Dominion on select dates.

    KingsFest is three days of some of the best Christian artists on the scene. Save by purchasing tickets in advance for just one day or all three.

    • June 28
      • Casting Crowns * NEEDTOBREATHE * Thousand Foot Krutch * Royal Tailor * Jamie Grace * speaker Justin Lookadoo
    • June 29
      • Skillet * Kutless * Lecrae * Nine Lashes * Sent By Ravens * The Lost Colors * speaker Bob Lenz
    • June 30
      • tobyMac * Owl City * RED * Icon For Hire * Manafest * speaker David Nasser

    On July 14th gospel lovers will definitely want to be at KD. It’s JoyFest, after all!

    • Fred Hammon * Marvin Sapp * Martha Munizzi * Vashawn Mitchell * William McDowell * Lecrae * Humble Tip * Bone Hampton
    WaterWorks at Kings Dominion - 20 acres of H2O fun!

    WaterWorks at Kings Dominion - 20 acres of H2O fun!

    KD Ticket Savings

    Military, get your fun on at Kings Dominion July 3 & 4 for FREE! Any active, inactive, or retired service member can enjoy the park for free when you show your miltary ID.

    Through June 17th, everyone’s a kid! Adults pay the daily kid ticket price of $37.99. The trick? You must purchase online and you must select the date you plan to visit.

    After the “Everyone’s a Kid” deal expires, remember this: DON’T BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE PARK. Purchase them online, print them, and bring them with you. The online price is $10 cheaper.

    Need a payment plan? Purchase season passes online before June 30 and pay for them over the course of three months. Expect a monthly payment of $23.33 to $33.33 per ticket, depending on the age of each pass holder.

    Now that you’ve got the scoop on the best ticket prices and the extra fun without an extra fee, what are you waiting for? Those theme parks are calling!

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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.
     717-951-3955

    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.
    BOOK NOW

    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.
    BOOK NOW

     

    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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    Explore Central Virginia with a Presidents Passport

    by Casey | Posted on March 5th, 2012

    Presidents PassportLong hailed the “Mother of Presidents,” Virginia boasts three United States presidents who called the greater Charlottesville area home.

    Capitalize on the proximity of three presidential estates – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland – and save money while doing it.

    More than 50 exclusive offers are yours for the taking when you activate your Presidents Passport. Each offer was specifically chosen to ensure an authentic experience highlighting the best of the area. Expect to find savings from 10 to 30% off, as well as “buy one, get one” deals, and freebies with purchases. Below are a sample of the partners offering savings.

    Accommodations

    Wineries, Breweries, Dining & Shopping

    If you want some insider info on navigating the area or taking advantage of other sites along the way, consider visiting the downtown Charlottesville visitor center. Those folks will be happy to give you a few tips!

    Activate your Presidents Passport to begin saving and you’ll put LOVE and history at the heart of your Virginia vacation. Take the plan a step further and create a custom itinerary for yourself or to share with friends and family. Save the to-see’s and to-do’s for your passport and then map it all out. This is a new feature on Virginia.org and we’d love to hear what you think as you plan your Presidents Passport trip. Leave us a comment to let us know!



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