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    We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

    by Casey | Posted on March 14th, 2012

    ShamROCK N' ROLL in Norfolk

    ShamROCK N' ROLL in Norfolk

    Even if your blood lacks an ounce of Irish descent, you must admit that it’s hard to fight the fun of St. Patrick’s Day!

    For the Family

    Roanoke’s Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and McDonald’s St. Pat’s Parade is one giant festival the whole family will love. Enjoy pipe bands, the Bonniest Knees and Classiest Lass Contests, inflatables, face painting, the Wells Fargo “Buffalo Bill” Stagecoach, Celtic dancers, cloggers, and lots of great music.

    For the Athletes

    Abingdon plays host to the Shamrock 4-Miler - a brand new run with a great ending – a post-race party with BBQ from Bonefire Smokehouse and beer from Wolf Hills Brewery. Go ahead and dress in your favorite green garb … they’ll be judging.

    Down on the Boardwalk of Virginia Beach this weekend’s highlight is the 40th running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon. Included is the marathon, half marathon, 8K, and running events for children, too. Post-race parties will include Murphy’s Irish stew and Yuengling, of course!

    For the Partiers

    Block Party? The merry ol’ section of Norfolk known as Ghent brings you Shamrockin’ in Ghent 2012! Party Friday evening with traditional Irish sounds by local bands, food by Belmont House of Smoke, and various beverages. Wear your green and get your party on.

    In Richmond, Shamrock the Block in Shockoe Bottom is the place to be … with 20,000 of your closest friends! It’s a free event, so enjoy the live music, purchase lots o’ food, and choose from plenty o’ frosty beverages. Noon to 6 p.m.

    In Norfolk, the AT&T ShamROCK N’ ROLL event includes bagpipers, Irish fair, and all things green. Held at TowneBank Fountain Park at the waterfront, this weekend looks to be perfect for it.

    For the Tasters

    Nellysford is celebrating at two wineries! Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery invites you for a wine and food pairing. Wear your green and you’ll take home a free logo glass with your purchase. At Wintergreen Winery, the party is on with Irish music, dancing, mayhap a leprechaun, and of course – wine.

    A buffet of Irish-inspired delights will be available for your grazing pleasure at the Natural Bridge Hotel, as will Virginia micro-brews and Irish beers. Take a walk beneath the natural wonder of the Bridge itself before the festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. Or, stay the night for $139/couple.

    In Berryville, Veramar Vineyard is breaking out the mischief AND the Blarney Stone. It’s rumored that a leprechaun may be lurking in their parts, too. Expect music, fun, wine, and yummy potato soup.

    Irish dancers kick their toes to traditional music while you sip the fine wines of Potomac Point Winery in Stafford. An Irish menu will be offered all weekend long.

    A special Irish food and wine pairing awaits you at Fox Meadow Winery in Linden. It’s called Pot of Gold Tasting and includes an elite array of gold medal-winning wines.

     

    Find more St. Patrick’s Day events and family fun on the Virginia.org Events Calendar.



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    March is for Food Lovers

    by Casey | Posted on March 2nd, 2012

    In addition to March being Virginia Wine & Dine Month, it is also loaded with restaurant weeks!

    Clementine in HarrisonburgResidents and visitors to the Shenandoah Valley have two weeks with special dining deals appeal.

    Beginning this Sunday, March 4 and running through Saturday, March 10, is Taste of Downtown in Harrisonburg. Make your way along “Restaurant Row” for special savings on coffee, ice cream, lunches, and dinners. Lunches range from $5.99 to $10 and dinners range from $10 to $39.
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    Later in the month, Staunton restaurants are rolling out their best dining deals for Staunton Restaurant Week. Make plans to dine around between March 19 and 25 to take advantage of three-course prix fixe menus priced from $26 to $31 per meal. Presently there are eight participating restaurants.
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    Park Lane Tavern in HamptonIf you’re headed toward the coast, be sure to spend a little time in Hampton. March 4 through 10 is the Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central Restaurant Week featuring two-course lunches for $10 and three-course dinners for either $20 or $30. Choose from 14 dining establishments.
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    On the heels of great dining in Hampton, Suffolk Restaurant Week: A Culinary Showcase rolls out March 17 through 24. You’re invited to “Indulge Yourself” when you visit Suffolk. Three-course lunches are available for $10 or $15, while three-course dinners will run $20 or $30. You choose your meal and your price among 10 participating restaurants.
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    Enjoy a weekend away and save on great dining when you take advantage of one of these destinations and their special restaurant deals.

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    500 Places to Enjoy Virginia Wine & Dine Month

    by Casey | Posted on February 29th, 2012

    Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month is a celebration that showcases Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth. Special wine and food pairings along with wine travel packages make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia.

    Virginia Wine and Dine Month

    With more than 200 wineries Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for wineries and grape production, and the world is starting to notice …

    • One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2012 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2012
    • One of the Top Five Up-and-Coming Wine Regions – Travel + Leisure, 2007
    So how can you get in on this wining and dining action? More than 500 opportunities await. From special events, participating restaurants, and the wineries themselves, Virginia wine is yours to be had. Here is a sampling.
    Enjoy Virginia Wine with Your Meal
    Buy Virginia Wine

    Bay Creek Resort & Club

    Wine Events for March

    If you’re not convinced, please see our little video below dedicated to Virginia Wine and Dine Month. Cheers!



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    Spring in Shenandoah National Park

    by Casey | Posted on February 17th, 2012

    With the unseasonably warm temperatures Virginia has had over the past bit, the trees will be budding in Shenandoah National Park in no time. Plan your weekend drive up to the Park around an event or travel package. Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming up this spring.

    Spring Ride

    Take a Spring Ride!

    Be the early bird that catches the worm when you book the Early Bird Spring Special to stay at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge! Book your one-night stay for sometime between March 29 and June 21 to lock in a $119 room rate. The stay includes breakfast for two.

    Once per month from April through November, Skyland Resort hosts a Vintner Dinner - a four-course meal paired with wines. The best part about this dinner is that an overnight stay for two, delicately etched Shenandoah wine glasses, and breakfast the following morning are included!

    • $359/couple
    • Call 800-788-7852 to make your reservation. Seating is limited.
    • Dates: April 13, May 18, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and November 9.

    Perhaps wine without the dinner and stay is what you fancy. If so, the Park offers a weekly wine tasting at both Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort. Tastings are Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and include assorted chesses and a handcrafted glass for you to keep. The fee is $15.

    When those flowers finally break loose, be among the group who enjoys a narrated walk or workshop all about the woodland wildflowers. May 5 and 6 is Wildflower Weekend in the Park.

    Twilight Hikes from Big Meadows LodgeLook up to the skies. What do you see? Take a walk into the “big meadow” at dusk for a Twilight Hike with Shenandoah Mountain Guides. At 3,500 feet, no light pollution or haze will interrupt your view! $10/adult and $8/child 12 and under. Select Saturdays June through September.

    Join Jeff Alt, author of “A Walk for Sunshine” and hiking commentator for ESPN’s “Inside America’s National Parks,” for a one-hour presentation about his personal 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail journey on June 23, July 14, August 11, or October 13 at 4 p.m. in Big Meadows Lodge.

    If it’s entertainment that you’re after – authentic Virginia entertainment – check out the cloggers! Two groups perform at the Park. See Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville on the third Thursday of each month (April through October). Hi-Horse are known for their traditional clogging. Come see them for free from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    The Park regulars are the Shenandoah Valley Cloggers who dance to bluegrass, country, old time rock, pop, and more. See them every Tuesday (April through November) from 8 to 9 p.m. for free.

    Possum Ridge String BandIf Southern Appalachian music appeals to you, don’t miss the concerts by Possum Ridge String Band the fourth Thursday of every month (April through November) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The traditional sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, and banjo pair up for a few Irish and Scottish tunes, too. The concerts are free.

    Shenandoah National Park has an entry fee of $15 per car, however, there are select days throughout the year when the fee is waived: April 21-29, June 9, September 29, and November 10-12 are the 2012 fee-free dates.

    Discover more upcoming events in Shenandoah National Park at Virginia.org and put LOVE at the heart of your mountain vacation!



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    There are Foodies and There are SEAFoodies

    by Casey | Posted on October 20th, 2011

    Some crave traditional comfort food, but not you. Your comfort comes from the tides. These festivals are right up your alley and will fill all your seafoodie desires.
    Raw Oyster. Credit: Blue Crab Bay Company

    Raw Oyster. Credit: Blue Crab Bay Company

    Live in Hampton Roads? Enjoy a date night! The City Point Oyster Roast in Newport News is tomorrow evening, October 21, from 5 to 9 pm. More than great Chesapeake Bay oysters, there’s also beer tasting, live music, and a fun scavenger hunt and crafts for kids. Free admission and parking; pay as you go for tastings and food.

    Pair your fresh oysters with great Virginia wine when you attend the Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, October 29-30, in Afton. Music by The Cashmere Jungle Lords on Saturday and The Atkinsons on Sunday. Admission includes wine glass and tasting, but not full beverages or oysters.

    Deborah Pratt at Cardinal Point Vineyards and Winery

    Oyster Shucking Champion Deborah Pratt at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery. Also see her at the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

    The little town of Urbanna takes on a larger-than-life atmosphere every November, and this year is no different. Don’t miss the 54th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival November 4-5. Plan to bring the whole family and spend quality time with great entertainment like …

    • Fireman’s Parade 
    • More than 125 Vendors
    • Virginia Wine Tasting and Oyster Pairing
    • Queen & Little Miss Spat pageants
    • Oyster Shucking Contest

    Oysters will be served up whatever way you care to suck ‘em down: “raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters, or in stew,” claim the Festival planners. No worries for the wee foodies. There are hot dogs, hamburgers and more for their tiny tummies.

    This is a pay-as-you-go festival. Parking is $10 to $20, offsetting festival expenses and supporting the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation.

    You can’t get much more “local” than oysters grown out your backdoor and wine produced mere steps away. Come out November 13 for the Church Creek Chardonnay & Oyster Tasting Extravaganza at Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo. Splurge on unlimited raw bar oyster tasting and a glass of steel-fermented Church Creek Chardonnay. Admission is $20 and by advanced purchase onlyonline or by calling 757-678-5588.

    “Eat for a good cause,” that’s what I always say, and you can do just that at the 13th Annual Oyster Roast at the Cape Charles Museum on November 26. Fill your plate with raw or roasted oysters, fried chicken, clam chowder, potato salad, three-bean salad, and homemade rolls and desserts. Mmmm! Beer and wine are available, as is a a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. $30/adult; $10/child aged 7 to 12.

    Find more great culinary events at Virginia.org.



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