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    Beautiful Spring Experiences

    by Casey | Posted on March 20th, 2012

    Happy Spring! While it’s felt like the warm-up season for quite a while now in Virginia, today is the first official day of spring and we’re celebrating with great experiences. Plot your course of action and roll the windows down. These are winding, beautiful, and perfect for a day out of the office … or a Saturday excursion.

    Crabtree Falls Trail

    Crabtree Falls Trail

    Take to the mountains and traverse four scenic byways when you pick up the Nelson Scenic Loop. Begin the Loop at Spruce Creek Gallery and then enjoy the 50 miles that include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tye River Valley, and Rockfish Valley around Nelson County. In the area are Crabtree Falls and numerous orchards, wineries, and breweries.

    For those who are interested in encountering wildlife, check out one of the regional trails of the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail. No doubt, you’ll want to exit the car at some points along the way to stretch your legs and take a quick hike.

    • The Coastal Area features untouched barrier islands, cypress swamps, great stands of pine forest, and bayside salt marshes. 18 loops.
    • The Mountain Area features great vistas, endless forest trails, large inland reservoirs and a taste of the western piedmont. 34 loops.
    • The Piedmont Area features expansive grasslands, large forested tracts, pineland savannahs, several large reservoirs, and an abundance of rich history and culture. 13 loops.
    Tangier Island

    Tangier Island

    A great coastal drive with history, natural areas, and fantastic water views is the Chesapeake Bay Driving Tour. Highlights include the Caledon Natural Area (famous for Bald Eagles), Stratford Hall (Robert E. Lee’s birthplace), and a few places to hop aboard a cruise:

    • If an day cruise sounds delightful, hop aboard a Tangier Island Cruise from Buzzard Point Marina in Reedville. The Cruise departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. $27/adult; $15/child.
    • Other cruise-goers might enjoy a jaunt with Rappahannock River Cruises aboard the Capt. Thomas. Expect to see the Bald Eagle habitat from the water as you make your way to Ingleside Vineyards for a tour, tasting, and lunch. Capt. Thomas departs Tappahannock at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. $27/adult; $15/child. Add lunch for $13/adult and $8/child.

    If the mention of a winery got your attention, Virginia has more than 15 winery trails you can explore. One includes whiskey with the wine, another boasts tremendous Civil War history with the wine, and yet another includes the birthplace of winemaking in Virginia. Check out the wine events calendar to coincide your drive with something fun.

    Families who forego the cruises and avoid the wineries will find their fun when they park the car and enjoy a tour. Don’t yawn – there are great tours crafted especially for you.

    • Polyface Farm in Swoope has an open barn door policy. Arrive anytime Monday through Saturday and take a look around. If you’d like a guided tour, call and reserve your family’s place on the haywagon for a Lunatic Tour (children 13 and older; offered twice each month). They promise it’s “more fun than a theme park roller coaster ride,” and being the country girl that I am, I would tend to agree.
    • Everything you ever wanted to know about Fredericksburg – from all periods of history – can be learned while riding along with the narrated Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg. However, what I look forward to most comes after the tour … Carl’s Frozen Custard.
    • Discover more family fun!

    Whatever you choose to do this spring, do it in Virginia where you can completely connect with the ones you love. Click here to order your free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide or call 1-800-Visit-VA.



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    Summer Beach Homes Along the Chesapeake Bay

    by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2012

    So far this month we’ve highlighted  Eastern Shore summer beach homes and Virginia Beach summer beach homes as a nudge for you to not wait much longer to book your beach vacation. These homes fill quickly!

    View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

    View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

    Today let’s look at the summer beach homes along the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia offers 7,213 miles of tidal bay shoreline, albeit a couple hundred of those miles include the western side of the Eastern Shore, as well as Tangier Island.

    The Chesapeake Bay region is known for small towns full of authentic Americana offering a nostalgic vibe that takes away everyday stresses.

    How does a private 200′ beach sound? If that’s not enough, the Chesapeake Bay Beach House in Reedville offers great Bay views (the home overlooks the widest portion of the bay – 30 miles), five bedrooms, two double sea kayaks, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the view and breeze. Sleeps 14. Available June 18-22, July 7-13, and August 18-September 7.
    Weekly Rate: $4,000-$5,500
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    Cozy Cabin is indeed that. It rests on the shores of the York River at Gloucester Point. The York River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay and still boasts an expanse of water and a sandy beach. Popular activities aren’t too far away. Your family of four could enjoy Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, or Historic Jamestowne quite easily. Available the weekends of June 16-17, June 22-25, July 7-9, the week of July 14-22, and from August 5 into September is currently available, too.
    Weekly Rate:  $750
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    In Colonial Beach, overlooking Monroe Bay, sits Marina Sunset, a two-bedroom unit that sits atop a bay front cottage. The two bedrooms will sleep up to six, and you’ll surely love the pace of the golf cart town. Available all summer!
    Weekly Rate:  $895
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    Discover more beach homes available to you and your family along the Chesapeake Bay.

    *Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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    A New Family Vacation Sweepstakes

    by Casey | Posted on January 30th, 2012

    Four grand prize adventures await four lucky families through the brand new LOVE Aquatic Sweepstakes.

    LOVE Aquatic Sweepstakes

    From Atlantic beaches to woodland lakes and freshwater mountain streams, Virginia is awash in aquatic fun for families, providing experiences that connect loved ones together in memories that last a lifetime. The LOVE Aquatic Sweepstakes highlights a sampling of the best of these Virginia experiences.

    Adults 21 and over can register to win one of four aquatic adventures based in NorfolkSmith Mountain Lake, the Tides Inn in Irvington, and Richmond. Drawings will be held March 16, May 11, June 15 and August 10th.

    Each of the four prize packages is for a family of four and includes air fare, rental car, overnight lodging, cash card, admission to attractions and a specific aquatic experience with personalized expert instruction.

    Tall Ship in Norfolk    Boating on Smith Mountain Lake

    The Beach at the Tides Inn    Sunrise on the James River in Richmond

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    Eastward, Ho!

    by Casey | Posted on November 5th, 2011

    New Kent Winery

    New Kent Winery

    The fall color palette is creeping across Virginia from the mountains to the coast, making this is an especially beautiful time to enjoy the scenery on your way to the wineries of the Chesapeake Bay, Central Virginia and Hampton Roads regions.

    According to the National Park Service, “The Piedmont has approximately 50% color and is expected to peak in early November. The Coastal Plain is expected to peak in mid-November.”

    If you didn’t have a chance to escape to the mountains in October, maybe you can slip away to the other side of Virginia for a few days, especially as the long Thanksgiving weekend is approaching.

    Find events, lodging, and travel packages to plan your ideal Virginia getaway at www.Virginia.org.



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    Golfing Legacies Grace Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on May 25th, 2011

    Golden Horseshoe Golfing

    Golden Horseshoe Golfing

    Beautifully rolling greens await you at golf courses across Virginia, and they include big names like Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones. Are you ready to go a round or two?

    The Golden Horseshoe – Colonial Williamsburg

    • 45 holes
    • Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary recognition
      • Gold Course
        • 18 holes * Opened in 1963 * Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
      • Green Course
        • 18 holes * Opened in 1991 * Designed by Rees Jones
      • Spotswood Course
        • 9 holes * Originally opened in 1947; updated by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1963.
    • “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” Gold Course, Golf Digest (2009, ’07, ’05, ’03)
    • “Top 100 Resort Courses,” Gold Course, Golfweek (2007) … More Acclaim
    • Open 365 days a year, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Champions Golf Experience in Williamsburg Travel Package: $399 to play both The Golden Horseshoe and Kingsmill.
    • Bring a group of 16 to secure a stay and play package from Best Western Williamsburg at $89/person.

    Golden Eagle Golf Club at The Tides Inn in Irvington

    • 18 holes * Opened in 1976 * Designed by George W. Cobb
      • Three major water hazards (5, 9 and 18)
    • Golden Eagle Golf Travel Package: $358/couple gets you unlimited golfing, cart, club storage, driving range balls, deluxe Tides Inn accommodations, one round at either Tartan Golf Course or King Carter Golf Course, and unlimited use of Little Eagle practice facilities.
    Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

    Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

    The Golf Club at Lansdowne

    • 45 holes
      • The Robert Trent Jones, II (RTJII) Course * 18 holes
        • Strategically uses natural stone outcroppings and centuries-old rock walls.
      • The Norman Course (Greg Norman) * 18 holes
        • Uses Norman’s “Least Disturbance Approach,” incorporating natural undulations of the Potomac River Valley.
        • Norman calls the last four holes (1,706 yards or one mile apart) “the hardest mile in golf.”
      • Shark Bite 9 * 9 holes
        • A par-32, Shark Bite is longer and more challenging than most 9′s you’ll encounter.
    • Family Shark Bite Golf Package: $389/night for a family of four in deluxe Lansdowne Resort accommodations, buffet breakfast, unlimited golf on Shark Bite, and two sets of rental clubs.

    Seeking more Virginia golf? Check out our Golf Partners to plan your day or weekend of teeing off. Request the Virginia Golf Guide, too.



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