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    Do you recognize one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US? This beauty has been included on several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, was surveyed by George Washington in 1750 and was once owned by Thomas Jefferson as a personal retreat. While you're visiting don't forget to swing by the legendary Foamhenge, explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and get your photo taken with a baby tiger at the Natural Bridge Zoo. Photo credit: @takeiteasybee #loveva #virginia #vaoutdoors #naturalwonder #naturalbridge #howisummer #vatravel #virginiaisforlovers #photooftheday #fatherson
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    Fall for a Virginia Bed and Breakfast

    by Casey | Posted on September 29th, 2011

    Be honest. You enjoy being catered to while vacationing, right? May I let you in on a little secret? There are people who LOVE to cook and care for vacationers. They are called innkeepers and you will love them!

    Virginia is simply stunning in autumn as a wave of orange, yellow and gold sweeps across the state from the west. It’s the perfect season for hiking, biking, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors. It’s also the perfect season for cuddling close to the one you love the most. A Virginia bed and breakfast is an ideal accommodation for accomplishing all of those things.

    Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

    Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

    Arcady Vineyard B&B in Charlottesville offers the Travelin’ Thru Wine Tour Package. It’s a one-night stay in a King suite with whirlpool tub, fireplace, and steam shower. Enjoy a four-hour wine tasting tour (tasting fees included), as well as a cheese platter, wine country breakfast, and a delightful port and chocolate turndown. $445-475, Sunday through Thursday

    The Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford has a Romantic Getaway Package that includes two nights in your choice of a suite with jacuzzi, King deluxe, or standard room with a clawfoot tub. You’ll be welcomed with a basket of wine and snacks, gourmet chocolate, and a candlelight dinner for two. Three-course country breakfast is a given. $419-539

    Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange has a loaded package they call View Virginia Fall Splendor Package. It’s two nights in your choice of room, breakfast (of course), a picnic lunch, two in-room one-hour massages, wine tasting passes, homemade cookies and beverages, and they’ll even make the reservations for whichever activities you’d like to experience nearby. $559-659, and add a third night at 50% off the regular room rate.

    Claiborne House Historic Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount is just 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and they invite you to enjoy their Pic-a-Nic on The Parkway Package. It’s a tw0-night stay in whichever room  you choose with cider, flowers, an “inn-credible” breakfast, and picnic lunch for two. Room Rate + $80

    For more great fall packages, go to Virginia.org.



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    Romantic Fall Reprieves

    by Casey | Posted on August 30th, 2011

    Arcady Vineyard B&B

    Arcady Vineyard B&B

    The mountains of Virginia dance with waves of burnt orange, golden yellow, and fiery red in fall. Live in these moments of glorious color at a bed and breakfast offering a leaf lover’s deal.

    • Spend two nights at the luxurious Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford and enjoy a gourmet candle-lit dinner, country breakfast, chocolates, wine, and your choice of room and amenities. $419-$539
    • Snuggle up over a picnic, courtesy of Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount. Stay two nights and enjoy fresh flowers and cider in your choice of room. Simply add $80 onto your room rate.
    • If you love wine, this wine package from Arcady Vineyard B&B in Charlottesville is what you want. The King suite with whirlpool tub will be a great place to spend the night after your four-hour wine tasting tour (chauffeur included). $475-500
    • Wine Sampling, fine dining, and amazing mountain scenery are the highlights of this package at Dutchies View B&B in Woolwine. Choose two or three nights to create your perfect stay. Call for rates.

    Discover more great Bed and Breakfast stays, as well as Fall Foliage packages to plan your perfect fall getaway.



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    7 for ’11: Ways to Maximize Your Vacation Dollars

    by Casey | Posted on January 5th, 2011

    

    Here are a few tips to help you stretch those coveted bucks a little farther as you plan your 2011 Virginia vacation.

    By the Side of the Road B&B, Harrisonburg

    By the Side of the Road B&B, Harrisonburg

    1. Shop smart. Check out the latest discounts and promotions offered by Virginia is for Lovers partners through Virginia.org. Oftentimes the deals found on Virginia.org are only found on Virginia.org.

    2. Plan ahead. Advance bookings (and I do mean “paid in advance” bookings) yield huge savings. One example you’ll find through Virginia.org is the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.

    3. Stay longer. Yep, that’s right. When you extend your stay many accommodations will offer you a cheaper nightly rate. If you’re looking for something soon, this one’s about to end (1/10/11): By the Side of the Road B&B in Harrisonburg is offering 33% off a second night when you book online. Stay two nights at the regular rate and save 66% on your third night! Find more options here.

    4. Think outside your accommodation. Seek out ticket and dining savings in addition to your room night(s). A visit to the Historic Triangle is incomplete without visiting Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. When you buy three Annual Passes you can get the fourth free – a good savings for a family of four or more (plus kids under six are free!). Find more ticket savings here and dining savings here.

    Shadow Mountain Escape, Luray

    Shadow Mountain Escape, Luray

    5. Consider your fuel costs. Believe it or not, many accommodations are still using gas cards to attract visitors (it’s not as 2009 as you think it is). This deal from Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray includes a $25 gas card.

    6. Leverage your status. Are you a senior citizen? Did you serve or are you actively serving in the military? What memberships do you hold? All of these should be considered when making travel arrangements. While you typically can’t combine all of those, each one should get you at least a 10% savings.

    7. Travel mid-week. If you’re looking for a good deal at a B&B or cabin, try booking your visit in the middle of the week. Not only do your odds of availability skyrocket, but the rates plummet. One example is the fine Mark Addy Inn , a quick drive to/from Charlottesville, where you’ll realize up to a 40% savings! No need to pay extra for your breakfast, in-room flowers or chocolates – those are automatic amenities you can expect from this fine property. Browse for more deals like this here.

    Need more assistance in planning your Virginia vacation? Browse Virginia.org or request a copy of the 2011 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.



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    Have Dog, Will Travel

    by Casey | Posted on July 28th, 2010

    In Virginia, your tail-wagging companion is just as welcome as you are. For a start, check out these accommodations that cater to sweet mutts and purebred princesses:

    Cabins

    Secure a cabin stay right on the banks of the Shenandoah River when you stay at Gander Island Cabins in Luray (fee). One thousand feet of river frontage will be perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, tubing, and of course playing fetch with Fido.

    Tucked into the Allegheny Mountains near Hot Springs is Katie’s Ridge, a secluded cabin that sleeps 10 and welcomes your pet (fee). Close to plenty of hiking, Lake Moomaw activities, and great dining and shopping at The Homestead.

    Hotels

    Alexandria has two new refreshing, chic hotels – Lorien Hotel and Spa and Hotel Monaco – that go beyond ”pet-friendly”. Hotel Monaco offers a Doggie Happy Hour every Tuesday and Thursday, and actually allows two dogs per person. At Lorien, your sidekick will receive a VIP (Very Important Pet) gift, bowls, bed, leash and tidy bags. Want a special spa touch for sweetie while you enjoy one, too? Pet grooming and massage services can be arranged!

    When in the Richmond area, check out Aloft Richmond West, a trendy, clean-line hotel that boasts grand Short Pump shopping just a mile away. What’s in it for pooch? A bed, bowl, “woof-alicious” goodies, and toys! Also see Aloft ChesapeakeAloft Winchester, and Aloft Dulles Airport North.

    Also in the Richmond Area: The Berkeley Hotel  *  Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa  *  The Jefferson Hotel

    B&Bs

    If you’re destined for the Chesapeake Bay, consider Hope & Glory Inn in Irvington. Not only does it boast Conde Nast Johansens, Fodor’s, and Travel + Leisure accolades, but certain cottages are available to those traveling with pets (fee).

    On Chincoteague Island is the Garden and Sea Inn with their Shiraz Suite. You’ll want to book this one for the private pet-friendly fenced yard that accompanies it!

    And these are only the beginning! Also see …

     

    For more vacation ideas for traveling with pets, or to request your free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide, visit us at www.Virginia.org or call us at 1-800-VISIT-VA.



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