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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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    Make January Your Dine Around Month

    by Casey | Posted on January 9th, 2012

    Old Town Alexandria

    Old Town Alexandria

    If the blahs of winter have gotten you down, fear not. A good dinner out will always raise your spirits!

    Virginia is chock full of great dining and five areas are polishing their silver and perfecting their pairings for their annual restaurant week events. Which one do you plan to partake of?

    January 9-15: The Northern Virginia / DC Restaurant Week is an occasion of fine dining that stretches across the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Clifton, Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean, Reston, and Vienna. Choose a prix fixe three-course lunch or five-course dinner at one of the 52 participating Virginia restaurants. Lunch is $20.12 per person and dinner is $35.12 per person.

    January 13-22: Alexandria Restaurant Week boasts 56 participating restaurants and $35 can buy you either a single three-course dinner OR a dinner for two at a range of atmospheres. Choose from formal dining to comfortably casual.

    January 15-22: Virginia Beach Restaurant Week is in its 7th year and now has 70 restaurants on board! Go out for a three-course lunch for $11.12 or do dinner at your choice of two price rates – either $20.12 or $27.12.

    January 22-29: Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week has 22 restaurants offering three-course dinners for either $20 or $30, depending on your choices. Eight of those participants also have a $10 two-course lunch menu exclusive to this week.

    January 23-29: Charlottesville Restaurant Week welcomes you to choose from 20 restaurants offering $26 three-course dinners.

    For all of these restaurant week events, reservations are strongly recommended. Click the links above to begin the online reservation process or locate phone numbers. We hope you find tastebud LOVE at the end of your fork this January in Virginia!



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    Wine Week: Love by the Glass

    by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2011

    Virginia Wine WeekWine lovers – get ready to toast the second annual Virginia Wine Week: Love by the Glass, March 18 – 27, 2011.  

    Enjoy Virginia wine by the glass at participating restaurants and wine shops across the state, as well as the best culinary traditions served with elegant local wines and exclusive tasting menus.  Special events throughout the week along with Love by the Glass travel packages will give you a lot to love about wine travel in Virginia.

    Select hotels, resorts and inns have created travel packages for visitors who want to make the most of Virginia Wine Week.  Love by the Glass travel packages found on Virginia.org include:

    Virginia Wine Week – Love by the Glass Package at The Jefferson – Richmond
    Celebrate Virginia Wine Week at The Jefferson in historic Richmond.  This package includes accommodations, a luxurious three-course dinner in Lemaire Restaurant including three Virginia wine pairings, traditional Southern breakfast, dinner and breakfast gratuities and valet parking. (Taxes are additional.) Starting at $350 per couple; available March 18-27, 2011.

    Celebrate Virginia Wine Week at the Carriage House Inn – Lynchburg
    The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast Virginia Wine Week package greets guests with a glass of local Virginia wine and appetizers in the parlor upon arrival. The innkeepers will help guests plan visits to local wineries, historic sites, museums, hiking/biking trails, antique shops or make an appointment at the on-site massage and body works studio.  Guests also will receive a four-course breakfast each morning. Travelers via Amtrak will be picked up at the station.  Starting at $159 per couple; available March 18-27, 2011.

    Love by the Glass Package at the Boar’s Head – Charlottesville
    Surrounded by some of Virginia’s excellent wineries, the Boar’s Head offers a Love by the Glass package which features two night’s accommodations, a welcome gift of a bottle of Virginia wine with a fruit and cheese platter, daily breakfast in the Old Mill Room, self guided tour to a local winery including tasting passes for two, and one three-course Virginia wine dinner for two in the Old Mill Room.  The package starts at $175 a night per couple and is available through March 31, 2011.

    Visit www.virginiawine.org to learn more about Virginia Wine Week: Love by the Glass and to find participating businesses.



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    A Special Day for Your Someone Special

    by Casey | Posted on February 8th, 2011

    ATTENTION: Valentine’s Day is Monday, February 14! What have you planned for your significant other? Here are a few suggestions to get your creativity flowing.

    Passion on the Plantation at Shirley Plantation in Charles City explores “the 18th century art of courting which depended on tender prose to woo that special someone.” Anxious to learn how? Stop by any day through February 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to take up a quill and craft your own love letter.

    Couple DiningMake it a Valentine’s weekend at Natural Bridge with special buffets and live entertainment. Special room rates available!

    Brahms’ “Lullaby” makes for a romantic Saturday night date. Enjoy the orchestra in McLean at Oakcrest School.

    A gourmet dinner, dancing and silent auction are what you can expect from the 9th Annual Valentine Gala at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg this Saturday.

    Indulge with a three- or four-course dinner at BISTRO 1888 in South Boston, followed by live Big Band entertainment and dancing at The Prizery Saturday night.

    Go ahead and make reservations (since they’re required) for Prince Michel’s Winemaker’s Dinner Saturday night. It’s an exclusive sit-down with the winemaker to discuss the year’s harvest and what’s on the horizon for this year.

    Hop aboard the Spirit of Norfolk for their special Valentine’s Cruise. The sea voyage includes dinner, entertainment, dancing, and of course, moonlight strolls on the deck. Proposal opportunity, perhaps? Cruises are Saturday and Monday; call ahead to secure your spot!

    As you can probably imagine, these few suggestions are just a tip of the iceberg of weekend events. See more!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!



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    A Week (or More) of Culinary Indulgence

    by Casey | Posted on January 7th, 2011

    Take advantage of great dining deals at restaurants across Virginia during various Restaurant Week events!

    Dining in NorfolkVirginia Beach has an extensive list (more than 60) of participating restaurants for their 6th Annual Restaurant Week, happening January 9-16. Grab a great lunch for $11.11 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $20.11.

    Northern Virginia restaurants are included in the Washington, DC Restaurant Week happening January 17-23.  Choose from participants in Alexandria, Arlington, Clifton, Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean, Reston, and Vienna! Three-course lunches are $20.11, and three-course dinners are $35.11.

    Alexandria also has their own Restaurant Week, January 21-30, where 60 restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $35 (and an option for a dinner-for-two for $35).

    Norfolk’s Restaurant Week is January 23-30 with three-course dinners available for either $20 or $30 at nearly 25 dining establishments.

    Charlottesville is geared up for Restaurant Week, January 24-30. Dinners are three courses for $26.

    Restaurant Week in Williamsburg has been so successful that it has stretched into Williamsburg Restaurant Month! Through the 31st, two-course lunches are $10.11 and three-course dinners are either $20.11 or $30.11.

    For more dining options in Virginia, see the complete list or filter by your taste buds at Virginia.org.



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