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    10 Acclaimed Virginia Inns

    by Casey | Posted on April 25th, 2013

    Virginia innkeepers have hospitality nailed, and they have bragging rights to prove it. Consider this your list for Virginia bed and breakfasts, then start marking them off in 2013.

    1. L’Auberge Provençale is a french country inn located in White Post, just one hour from Washington, DC. On site is La Table Provençale offering a three-course and five-course menu prifix or the seven-course tasting menu. The inn’s claims to fame include acknowledgements by USA Today, Wine Spectator, Fodor’s, TripAdvisor, OpenTable and Zagat. Book Now

    2. The Hope and Glory Inn in Irvington on the Chesapeake Bay has been hailed among the “30 Great Inns in the US” by Travel + Leisure, and one of the “Top 10 Coastal Inns in the US” by Coastal Living Magazine.  Why so great? The Hope and Glory Inn was an 1890s schoolhouse that has been transformed into six amazing rooms. Add on six garden cottages and four vineyard cottages (called tents) at The Dog and Oyster, plus an oyster boat for cocktail cruises, a garden bath, a bar, a spa … the list goes on and on. Book Now

    3. Located in Locust Dale, The Inn at Meander Plantation is featured in Fodor’s as “One of the South’s Best Bed and Breakfast Inns” and included among the “Most Elegant Bed and Breakfasts” by Arrington’s Book of Lists. The Inn is a 1776 reprieve surrounded by 80 acres of beautifully rolling hills, and features an on-site restaurant and vineyard. Book Now

    4. The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange has been described as “urban meets plantation” by Southern Living Magazine in their “Best of the South” article (April 2013), thanks to the fine linens and heated marble floors in the bathrooms. The Inn has also been mentioned by Travel + Leisure in their travel segments on The Weather Channel and CNN. Book Now

    5. Southern Living and Conde Nast Traveler have recognized Middleton Inn Bed and Breakfast, and so should you. Located in pastoral Washington, this historic estate is within walking distance of the famed Inn at Little Washington’s culinary delights. Middleton Inn is one of five Virginia bed and breakfasts honored with AAA’s 4-Diamond Award. Book Now

    6. Another AAA 4-Diamond Award winner is The Oaks Victorian Inn in Christiansburg. This 1889 Queen Anne Victorian is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers gracious warmth and elegance. So much so, it has graced the cover of three books, including The Travel Guide to Inns, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Inn was also featured in an episode of “Inn Country USA.” Inquire about the sweet garden cottage with loft and attached gazebo for a more intimate getaway. Book Now

    7. Clifton Inn is located in Charlottesville and has been garnering media attention for nearly a decade. Of note are Southern Living, Travel + Leisure and Food and Wine, along with nuptial nods from Modern Bride, Weddings Unveiled and The Knot. Known for the fine dining as much as the 17 stunning rooms and suites, Clifton Inn is a place you’ll want to enjoy again and again. Book Now

    8. The Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester is a place you’d have trouble leaving the next day, just as Becky Krystal wrote in her Washington Post travel article in 2011. Steeped in American history, Warner Hall is named for George Washington’s great-great grandfather, Augustine Warner, the 1642 land grantee of the former plantation on which Warner Hall sits. Warner’s other descendants include Robert E. Lee, Meriwether Lewis and Queen Elizabeth II (no fooling!). The grounds at Warner Hall are astoundingly beautiful with the Severn River as a backdrop, and the food is great, too. Chef Eric Garcia was recently tapped as one of the Best Chefs of America 2013. Book Now

    9. Situated right in the heart of historic Old Town Fredericksburg is The Richard Johnston Inn. Accolades includes “One of the Best Bed and Breakfasts in the South” by Southern Living and one of the Best 15 Inns in the U.S. by Inn Traveler Magazine. Families with their pets are welcome here! Book Now

    10. Berryville’s Smithfield Farm Bed & Breakfast is in the hands of eighth generation beef cattle farmers. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the meals you enjoy at the 1824 Federal manor house are farm-fresh and gaining attention by the likes of Gourmet and Southern Living. These 400 acres provide a serene escape to clear your mind. Book Now

    With so many amazing inns and bed and breakfasts in Virginia, there’s no way a list of ten sums up the best of the best. Therefore, watch for another edition of great places to stay in Virginia. Let us show you the true hospitality and charm we have to offer. See more at Virginia.org.

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    Motorsports Heat Up Spring in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 25th, 2013

    For those who have the need to feel the heat of stock cars rushing past them and the surface beneath their feet rumble, Virginia is the perfect destination. You’re going to LOVE the dirt tracks, road course, NASCAR Home Tracks and two of NASCAR’s toughest Sprint Cup Series venues this spring.

    Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

    Introduce your little one to the love of NASCAR.

    With a racing history that actually pre-dates NASCAR, Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, hosts two races each year. The spring race – STP Gas Booster 500 – is the highlight of a weekend full of events that kick off April 6 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 race.

    Martinsville Speedway’s claim to fame is that it’s the shortest of all the tracks NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series runs. Dubbed “the paperclip,” Martinsville’s straightaways are only 800′ long and the turns are a shallow 12 degrees. Fans who turn out for races here are treated to plenty of beating and banging, which tends to result in terse words and fisticuffs.

    Richmond International Raceway is located in Richmond, Virginia. Since its first NASCAR race in 1953 the track has operated under three names, five configurations and two surfaces. RIR is the only track to host all of its major events “under the lights,” and it’s the only track that all three Petty drivers – Lee, Richard (The King) and Kyle – have won.

    Racing at RIR reconvenes April 26 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the ToyotaCare 250. Kids 12 and under are free for this race and the Kroger 250 at Martinsville, making it easy to introduce your child to motorsports. The following night at RIR the big boys of NASCAR take to the 3/4-mile “D” shaped track for the Toyota Owners 400. A night race under the lights is an experience you won’t want to miss.

    Both Martinsville and RIR host NASCAR’s top echelon of drivers twice each year giving Virginia four races total. Within no other state can Sprint Cup fans choose from four races at two tracks just 180 miles apart. If you include Bristol Motor Speedway, as we  often do thanks to the VA/TN border splitting the downtown, that’s six races with Bristol just 170 miles from Martinsville. Yep, Virginia is a haven for NASCAR fans.

    For a down-home race feel, check Virginia’s dirt tracks and NASCAR Home Tracks:

    Learn more about NASCAR in Virginia and Virginia motorsports.

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    Virginia Food Tours

    by Casey | Posted on March 21st, 2013

    Does your love of food lead you to new destinations? Several Virginia cities offer food tours that highlight the best flavors and most memorable dining experiences to be had.

    Arcadia

    Arcadia

    Real Richmond Food Tours are two and a half hours of culinary goodness. Hear from the chefs and owners as you dine and walk the town. Inquire about Lincoln Legs: Brunch & Brushes with History. It’s their latest tour that includes brunch at Arcadia (where Daniel Day-Lewis was photographed dining in full make-up for LINCOLN), as well as a tour of historic sites and filming locations.

    DC Metro Food Tours integrate history with great tastes from restaurants, markets and distilleries. Inquire for a wide range of tour locations, including Manassas, Old Town Alexandria and Leesburg. Tickets are $60 or less per person and tours last three to three and a half hours.

    Norfolk’s maritime history is incorporated into three days of food exploration. Visit a battleship, enjoy a homemade ice cream cone from the people who invented the ice cream cone, check out a bakery highlighted by Food Network and adored by Paula Deen … the list goes on and on. The “tour” is simply a list of suggestions to sample on your own, so do as much or as little as you like.

    Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria

    Have a group of friends who would love to spend the weekend touring history and food? Maybe the Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria is up your alley. Site include George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Distillery, a waterfront dining experience, a chocolate appreciation class and more. Customize it however you like.

    When in Roanoke, take the southern food route. Included in this suggested tour is The Regency Room at Hotel Roanoke, The Roanoker, Texas Tavern and chocolatepaper.

    Your tastebuds will thank you for touring Virginia’s foodie hot spots. Check out more dining options.

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    Shake the Winter Blahs

    by Casey | Posted on February 21st, 2013

    Does the cold weather have you down? Head to one of these fun Virginia venues to enjoy live music or a little bit of dancing. It’s the perfect way to shake the winter blahs and get hyped for spring.

    The Banque, Norfolk

    The Banque, Norfolk

    Live Music

    Hampton’s Marker 20 is a casual seafood restaurant in the Arts District, but Friday nights heat up with local and regional acts.

    Looking for bigger names in music? Head to Phase 2 in Lynchburg where the likes of Orgy, Colt Ford, John Michael Montgomery and Corey Smith have been known to play.

    Donk’s Theater in Mathews is the country music lover’s place to be. Called “Virginia’s Little Ole Opry,” Donk’s offers a lively show every other Saturday night.

    Tap your toes or clog along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail at venues like Floyd Country Store, Carter Family Fold in Hiltons or Rex Theater in Galax.

    Night Clubs

    Karaoke

    Looking for your turn at the mic? Check out Mel’s Place in Virginia Beach, Ten Pin Cafe in Martinsville or Karaoke at Rose Hill in Rose Hill.

    Learn to Dance

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn country line dancing, check out The Banque in Norfolk where the lessons are free every Wednesday through Friday night. Already know how? Go join the fun and shake what your mama gave ya.

    Bigger Venues

    Watch for your favorite national artist to arrive at Virginia’s larger indoor venues:

    Go get your groove on and warm up for the great spring ahead. Find more nightlife at Virginia.org.

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    Budget-Friendly Winter Travel Packages

    by Casey | Posted on January 23rd, 2013

    Find yourself looking for a quick winter escape that won’t break the bank? Virginia is a great choice for an affordable mountain retreat, historic escape or full-of-fun family excursion.

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    Wintergreen Resort is offering a great skiing deal for you – $79 per person gets you a night of stay and an eight-hour lift ticket, not to mention unlimited use of the Aquatics & Fitness Center and the resort shuttle. Available through March 17. BOOK NOW

    The Natural Bridge should be on everyone’s bucket list, and here’s a great opportunity to see it as many times as you like for a year. Book one night and visit the Bridge, Cedar Creek Nature Trail, Monacan Indian Village, Drama of Creation, Butterfly Garden, Caverns and Wax Museum for just $99 per couple. Bring the kids for an extra $25-$30 (rates based on age). The annual pass will have you back to see the Natural Bridge in every season and then some! Available through March 7. BOOK NOW

    Couples will enjoy a stay at the 1920s General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion. The package for two includes an award-winning “Song of the Mountains” performance at The Lincoln Theatre and a dinner voucher for the boutique hotel’s The Black Rooster restaurant. $145 for two. Available January 31-February 5 and February 28-March 5. BOOK NOW

    Now paging a party of six for a weekend of fun in Roanoke! Stay at Best Western PLUS Inn at Valley View and enjoy a one-night stay, bowling for six with shoe rental, pizza and soda included, private swimming from 10 to 11pm in the indoor pool and breakfast the next morning. It’s a great value for just $152.36 (taxes included). Available through March 1. BOOK NOW: 540-362-2400 x402

    Richmond is a historical destination ripe with culture. Stay at the luxurious Jefferson Hotel (presidents have stayed there, you know) and enjoy a Southern breakfast and valet parking for just $245 for two. The hotel’s location puts you in the center of art, entertainment and tremendous history. Available weekends through March 3.  BOOK NOW

    Waterparks in January. Yes, you read right. Head to Massanutten Resort to enjoy two nights in a two-bedroom condo and eight one-day waterpark passes for just $600. You’ll also receive $18 off your food and beverage purchases at the waterpark. It’s a fun, wet time in January! BOOK NOW

    A family of four can getaway to America’s Historic Triangle for four nights and five days for just $659 through March 31. The price includes accommodations at Embassy Suites Williamsburg, breakfast and complimentary manager’s reception each day, and the American Historic Triangle Pass for each family member. The pass provides entrance for up to seven consecutive days to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Jamestowne Island, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center. Don’t have a family of four? The price adjusts down to $599 for two. BOOK NOW

    Discover more great packages at Virginia.org to help you plan your next affordable getaway.

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