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    12 Classic Virginia Experiences

    by Casey | Posted on December 12th, 2012

    In honor of 12/12/12 we’ve put together a list of 12 classic, not to miss experiences in Virginia. If you’re following the Mayan calendar, you’ll need to fit them in by December 21. Good luck!

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    1. Hike the Appalachian Trail. No, not the whole thing, but a chunk of it would make you feel good. Start in Shenandoah National Park or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hey, did you know Virginia has more miles of the AT than any other state? Trivia and exercise. You’re welcome.

    2. Find your way through the Triangle. Not the spooky Bermuda Triangle, but America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All of America is rooted in the happenings of this area, from the 1607 landing at Jamestowne to the new nation ideas bred at Williamsburg and the conclusion of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. That’s a lot of historical action in a pretty tight radius.

    3. If seeing sites that include words like biggest, endless, deepest or tallest are on your bucket list, we can help you mark them off. Virginia has eight caverns, including the largest in the eastern United States (Luray), one that has no end (New Market), the deepest (Natural Bridge) and one that has the tallest stalagmite in the world (Middlesboro).

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    4. For one key annual event, you’re welcome to drive the longest boardwalk in the country - the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. It’s the McDonald’s Holiday Lights on the Beach, part of Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights connecting seven twinkling cities.

    5. Walk on cobblestones! There’s nothing neater than cobblestone streets and you can still find them across Virginia. Check out Virginia’s Main Streets and then look in places you wouldn’t suspect, like Richmond‘s Shockoe Slip, the Freemason District of Norfolk and Old Town Alexandria.

    6. Have a whale of a time on board a boat bound for winter wildlife viewing off the coast of Virginia. The team at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach is happy to take you into the Atlantic for a chance to see the fin and humpback whales migrating this time of year. Of course, no one controls the whales and where they swim, so don’t get too upset if you don’t happen to spot one.

    7. Visit the Mother of Presidents when you visit Virginia. Eight United States Presidents have hailed from the Commonwealth and you can visit their homes and libraries as well as the places they dined, studied and enjoyed the social scene.

    8. Drink life in at your choice of more than 200 wineries, more than 40 craft breweries or a quickly growing number of cideries and distilleries. Designated drivers are mandatory, we said so.

    9. Strike a chord in the birthplace of country music – Bristol - and travel The Crooked Road to see and hear music history and tradition at places like Carter Family Fold and the Ralph Stanley Museum.

    F. Chan, Luray

    Luray, VA

    10. Walk in Steven Spielberg’s footsteps when you check out Lincoln – The Movie Trail. The cast and crew were on set in Virginia for 53 days filming the new movie LINCOLN. Go eat where they ate, see the film sites and enter for a chance to win a three-night Lincoln-themed vacation.

    11. Zip line through a snowy winter wonderland at Wintergreen Resort. It’s 900 feet at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Don’t forget to wear a ski mask. Brrr!

    12. At the end of everything, what really matters? We’d argue and bet many would agree that LOVE is the answer. Find the LOVEworks location nearest you and take a family photo for posterity’s sake.

    So, what would be your 12 Virginia travel experiences not to miss before the end of the world?

    We wish you the best and when the end doesn’t come on December 21, 2012, well, you’ll still be able to put LOVE at the heart of every Virginia vacation you ever take!  Go ahead and order a Virginia Travel Guide just in case we do make it to New Year’s Day.



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    Winter Break, Here We Come!

    by Casey | Posted on November 26th, 2012

    It won’t be long now. Schools will break for winter and you’ll have a little bit more time together as a family. What will you do?

    In Virginia the opportunities for winter fun are plentiful. The outdoor-loving family will find the powdery slopes of one of the mountain resorts to be a perfect fit. Learn-to programs, indoor waterparks, a wealth of dining options and extreme sports provide something for everyone.

    Hub-and-spoke from an urban center like Richmond, Norfolk or Fairfax to enjoy great after-Christmas shopping deals as well as ice skating and museums. From Richmond and Williamsburg to the cities of Coastal Virginia you can jump from city to city for the “100 Miles of Lights” displays, while in Northern Virginia there are awesome displays like The Bull Run Festival of Lights in Centreville – available through January 6, 2013.

    Chilhuly

    Chilhuly

    Current & Upcoming Family-Cool To-Do’s:

    • Chilhuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond – Dale Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the medium of glass from the realm of craft to fine art. $20 per person; $16 for students and seniors with valid ID. On exhibit through February 10, 2013.
    • Seals Behind the Scenes at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach - Go inside the habitat of the harbor seals get an up-close view.  Observe the animal care staff as they conduct a behavioral training session. $55 per person. Available select dates through June 2013.
    • Virginia Ballet Company presents Nutcracker, Annandale – It’s the 63rd season of Virginia Ballet Company’s performance of the classic Nutcracker. $30 per adult; $20 per child. December 26-29, 2012.
    • Christmas at Mount Vernon – Twelve Christmas trees and a very special gingerbread rendition of Mount Vernon await your family now through January 6, 2013 as George Washington’s estate is decked for the holidays. The rarely-opened third floor will be available for tours. $15 per adult; $7 per child.
    • Fantasyland, Roanoke – The children will appreciate a visit with Saint Nicholas while he tells tales, sings, plays the piano and spreads joy at The Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development. Join in through December 23, 2012.
    • Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration, Williamsburg – Each year there’s something new to see! Get your peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the twinkles, smells and sights that speak to the child in all of us. $27 per person. Available through December 31, 2012.
    • First Night Events, Statewide – Find the perfect celebration to ring in the New Year with your family.
    • Annual Running of the Trains, Blackstone – It only happens once a year – Bobby and Lynn Daniels fire up the O-Gauge trains to puff through the realistic miniature villages and snow animations. Free. January 5, 2013.
    • MORE EVENTS
    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.



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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/.



    Couples, Deals & Discounts, Destinations, Events, Family, Outdoors, Winter | 3 Comments

    Family Friendly New Years Eve

    by Tom | Posted on December 22nd, 2011

    Winchester New Years Apple

    Winchester New Years Apple

    Technically, “First” Night should be “Last” Night, especially for those of us who don’t make it past 12 anymore. But ever since the family-centric movement started in Boston in 1976, these celebrations have popped up in hundreds of cities around the country.

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly, arts and culturally-based event on the last night of December, look no further than a First Night.

    Of course, your kids need the stamina to stay up that late, but you’re sure to find a high-quality, beer-bottle-free good time. Just don’t forget the right “bottles” for your little ones.

    Some notable First Nights in Virginia:

    For a more complete list of First Night and New Years events in the Old Dominion, check out this page on Virginia.org.



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    Williamsburg Aglow for the Holidays

    by Casey | Posted on November 18th, 2011

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Yesterday I gave you the scoop on Richmond’s amazing lights for the 100 Miles of Lights event that covers multiple cities every year. Today, Williamsburg’s up!

    Kick off the festivities in Colonial Williamsburg on December 4 with the Grand Illumination event. First, it’s free – no ticket or reservation is required – and second, there are THREE fireworks displays and multiple stages of musical performances. The show starts at 5:15 p.m. Arrive early for good parking.

    If you care to stay the night, there are enticing travel packages to be had, and they cover more than what you might think.

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is entering its second year. If you’re imagining just a few lights to decorate BG, think again. There are now FIVE MILLION lights (up from a mere two million last year), a 50′ Christmas tree with animated lights, and I hear the park even smells like Christmas with the scent of warm sugar cookies and pine wafting in the wind.

    If you “do” Christmas Town, know these things in advance:

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    1. You must buy the peppermint fudge hot chocolate. It’s mandatory and you won’t be sorry. (Really it’s not mandatory, but let’s pretend it is.)
    2.  There are real penguins. You will fall in love, no questions asked.
    3.  Santa is there, and he’s a good Santa, too. Not a mall Santa at all. And he’s building toys.
    4. Elmo and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun gang are in on the Christmas action, too.
    5. The shows are heartwarming, traditional, and just what you expect at Christmas time.
    6. While not all of the rides are available in the winter, plenty are, and the one you mustn’t miss is Flight of Lights.
    7. The dining menus change to reflect a traditional Christmas meal.
    8. Christmas Town is not open daily. The schedule:
    - Begins November 25
    - Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m.
    - Daily from December 16 through 31, 3 to 10 p.m. Exceptions: Close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
    9. Christmas Town is an affordable gift (and will no doubt be very much appreciated). A single evening ticket is $24.99. If you can and want to go three consecutive nights, I suggest the Discovery Ticket for $32.99.

    Back to those travel packages …

     A Williamsburg Christmas Experience * Three days of unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens * Choose your own accommodation * from $119.99/person for two nights

    Christmas in Williamsburg from Country Inn & Suites * Two tickets to Busch Gardens for one day * $20 restaurant gift certificate valid at over 60 area restaurants * Christmas gift * breakfast * from $139/night

    Decked Out with All the Trimmings * Three-day Discovery Ticket to Busch Gardens * Two Busch Gardens Parking Vouchers * Dining certificate for a traditional meal and hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug * Choose your own accommodation * rates dependent upon number of guests and lodging choice 

    Hungry for more 100 Miles of Lights info? Go to Virginia.org/100MilesofLights/.



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