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    Once Upon a Long January Weekend …

    by Casey | Posted on January 3rd, 2012

    Many families take advantage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday by getting away for the weekend. If you’re interested in such a runaway vacay, or perhaps just a day of fun to beat the January doldrums, here are a few ideas.

    Weekend Ideas

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort has packed the weekend of January 13-16 to include Demo Days by Freestyle, the Wintergreen Rail Jam, a DJ keeping the fun going all weekend long, and more.

    Wish to get unplugged and maybe even snowed in? Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray is offering a fourth night free when you stay three nights in one of their timberframe cabins. This is an ideal escape for couples, tucked in the  mountains near Shenandoah National Park.

    Skiiers will love this special discount near The Homestead. Stay at Meadow Villas at Warm Springs for two nights and get your third night at a 50% discount. The Homestead slopes are just five miles down the road.

     

    Just a Day Away

    Saturday, January 14 is Snow Days Festival at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. The 3rd Annual Snow Queen will be crowned and kids will have a chance to talk with her and then enjoy some winter activities.

    Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol is the site of Winterfest, an event that includes sled dogs! See working dogs demonstrate their skills, enjoy some clogging, and stay for the spaghetti dinner. Winterfest is January 14.

    The Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth is celebrating African American heritage on the 14th. Join in the festivities with drumming, stories, crafts, and more.

     

    Put love at the heart of your Virginia day, weekend, and vacation! For more events for this month, go to www.Virginia.org/JanuaryinVirginia/.



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    Did Someone Say End of Summer?

    by Casey | Posted on August 25th, 2011

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    The End of Summer. Now there is a phrase that makes some folks quite upset. I choose to look at the happy side of that phrase, that is, great last-minute beach deals, early fall deals, and cooler temps. Yeah, definitely the cooler temps!

    Cash in now on travel savings …

    • Third night 50% off at Holladay House Bed & Breakfast in Orange over Labor Day weekend. Psst! They were featured on HGTV.com and TravelChannel.com. Yeah, you’ll want to stay there at some point.
    • Where can you book three nights for only $349? Meadow Villas in Warm Springs, that’s where. The rate is good for Columbus weekend only (October 7-11), so get it now before it’s gone.
    • Visit a nearby attraction and get half off your second night at Boxwood Inn in Newport News. The eligible attractions are Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, and The Mariners’ Museum. This deal is good through the end of 2011.
    • If you’re somewhat a planner, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton would like to reward you with a 25% discount off their best available rate. Book up to 21 days in advance of your visit to capture this one.
    • On down the Valley road in Natural Bridge is an $8/person savings awaiting your arrival. See the historic (not to mention gigantic) Natural Bridge, Caverns, and new Butterflies at the Bridge exhibit for one price. Stay the night, too, if you want. It’s as reasonable as $85 for two people or $125 for four.
    • Heading to historic Alexandria? Book a three-night stay at Best Western Mount Vernon and sweep up a 30% discount. Only staying two nights? Tsk. That’s only a 15% savings. But hey, you do what you can do. Make sure this is a Thursday through Sunday stay, as those are the only days that qualify.
    • No pressure, but if you’re considering getting married … in a hurry … why not elope? There are great spur-of-the-moment deals to be had. Not that marriage should be entered into lightly, but when you know, you know. Right?
      • Go all “destination wedding” on your friends and family with a sandy Virginia Beach elopement. Included in the $1295 fee is the wedding officiant, two photographers, and ten beautiful photos of your big day.
      • Dreaming of a mountain view for your wedding? The Blue Ridge Wedding Chapel in Lovingston is available to you, as is a minister and photographer. Bring up to 12 of your closest family and friends to make it a day to remember, for only $895.

    So tell me, what’s so bad about the end of summer? Get your travel on!

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    Get ready for a Tax-Free weekend!

    by Mary | Posted on July 28th, 2011

    It’s that time of year again when children trade in their water balloons for art supplies and pack away their swim suits for school uniforms. Usually, the thought of returning to school in September is dreaded by the youngsters and the price tag that accompanies becomes the burden of the parents. Thankfully, our great state of Virginia offers a special Tax Free Holiday to help shoppers save money statewide.

    Tax-Free ShoppingAugust 5-7 is 2011’s designated three-day weekend for tax-free savings at hundreds retailers across Virginia. However, there are a few exceptions to the tax exemption so get all the details here.

    Get the best deals on school uniforms and be sure to find matching shoes for great prices!  Individual businesses have begun lowering prices on school supplies and clothing in preparation for this anticipated retail holiday, so get those sales ads and supply lists ready to make the most of Virginia’s Tax Free weekend!



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    End of Summer Deals

    by Casey | Posted on July 26th, 2011

    Shenandoah River Outfiiters, LuraySummer has flown by and if you’ve just realized that you have yet to take a vacation, fear not. Sometimes it pays to wait.

    Check out our deals to see what suits your fancy. From beach elopements to mountain escapes complete with water adventures, we’ve got quite a selection. Don’t overlook the Blue Star Museum programs (can you say “free admission”?), and the excellent military discounts just waiting to be utilized.

    VIRGINIA DEALS



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    Celebrating the Fourth in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2011

    Independence Day is one of the most awaited holidays of the year. It’s the centerpiece of summer, a long weekend, a time of delight for children, and the cornerstone of many vacations. Why not celebrate America’s 235 years of independence from Great Britain in the state where America’s history begins?

    Fireworks over Busch Gardens by Scott K. Brown

    Fireworks over Busch Gardens

    Independence Day and Virginia

    • The Declaration of Independence was proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia in June 1776.
    • Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. His home was Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, is the venue for an Independence Day Celebration that includes a reading of the Declaration.
    • Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Visit Independence, Virginia, a small town that celebrates in an old-fashioned way.

    Ways to Celebrate

    • Festivals - From Revolutionary reenactments in Yorktown and fireworks choreographed to the 1812 Overture in Fairfax, to free birthday cake at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, an Independence Day festival is near you and way cool.
    • Parades – Such an occasion as independence requires pomp and circumstance. Line the streets for parades across the Commonwealth!
    • Sip Wine – Relax with a glass of vino, patio scenes, and a refreshing dinner at a nearby winery. Virginia has around 200, so you shouldn’t have to look far.
    • FIREWORKS – They’re statewide and plentiful, so just look up! User our Fireworks Finder to locate the sparks closest to you.
    • Day Time Fun – Check out July Jubilee at Wintergreen Resort – chairlift rides, movies under the stars, and lots of family fun. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond offers free admission! A waterplay area is just the beginning of the fun your kids can have. (see more)
    • Get Away!
      • Save 10% when you book a villa in Warm Springs. Lake Moomaw and Douthat State Park are nearby.
      • Save 20% at Point Plaza Suites in Newport News – so many attractions, so little time.
      • Our military personnel deserve a break and huge thanks. Check out the many discounts available and plan a freedom-filled weekend of family fun!



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