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    6 Heartwarming Resort Getaways for the Holiday Season

    by Casey | Posted on November 20th, 2013

    If you’re looking for a break in the midst of the season or need an idea for gifting a weekend to a special person, here are a few resort destinations that might fit the bill.

    Salamander Resort

    Salamander Resort

    Love wine, beautiful countryside and amazing cuisine? You’re going to love spending time in Clarke and Loudoun Counties this Christmas season.

    • Stay: Salamander Resort
    • Dine: Village Square Restaurant, Grandale Farm Restaurant, Market Salamander, The French Hound
    • Visit: Veramar Vineyard, Dry Mill Vineyards and Winery, Piedmont Vineyards, Barrel Oak Winery
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Primland Resort

    Primland Resort

    Escape to a mountaintop in Meadows of Dan, far away from whatever troubles you. One-of-a-kind gifts are nearby, as is award winning wine and fantastic outdoor activities.

    • Stay: Primland Resort
    • Dine: Elements, Mabry Mill Restaurant, Lilly’s Lunch, Chateau Morrisette Winery Restaurant
    • Visit: Primland Spa, Mabry Mill, Greenberry House, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Primland Observatory, Lover’s Leap, Wood Brothers Racing Museum, Old Dominion Toy Shoppe
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    The Omni Homestead Resort

    The Omni Homestead Resort

    Tuck away into a valley of Bath County where pampering is an everyday occurrence and the fun is built for family.

    • Stay: The Omni Homestead Resort
    • Dine: The Main Dining Room, The Casino Restaurant, Sam Snead’s Tavern, Rubino’s at the Cascades
    • Visit: The Spa and Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Head to Virginia’s longest ski slopes for powdery fun this Christmas and winter.

    • Stay: Massanutten Resort
    • Dine: Woodstone Deli & Pizzeria, Fareways Restaurant
    • Visit: Spa at Massanutten, Indoor Waterpark
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    Looking for the mid-Atlantic’s most family-friendly ski resort? You found it!

    • Stay: Condos and vacation rentals at Bryce Resort
    • Dine: Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge, Restaurant at Bryce Resort
    • Visit: Bryce Resort, Shenandoah Caverns, American Celebration on Parade, The Yellow Barn
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Ski under the lights at 4,000 feet and enjoy many fun activities high on the hill, too.

    • Stay: Wintergreen Resort
    • Dine: The Copper Mine, Black Bear Cafe, The Edge
    • Visit: The Plunge, Wintergarden Spa, Discovery Ridge Adventure Center, Wintergreen Winery
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    This is our third Heartwarming Getaways post. See the other two and be sure to leave a comment to tell us your favorite thing about Virginia’s resorts.

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    Thanksgiving in the Mountains

    by Casey | Posted on November 18th, 2013

    What do you say the whole family goes away for Thanksgiving and lets someone else do the cooking? I say it’s a fantastic idea. No one slaves over the stove and everyone has a great time. Where can you do such a thing? Virginia’s mountains resorts come to mind. Check it out.

    The Omni Homestead Resort

    The Omni Homestead Resort

    The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs will keep you plenty busy this Thanksgiving! In addition to the activities listed below, there are shopping opportunities, special movie showings in the historic theater, and the outdoor fun you’ve come to expect from this famed resort.

    • Children’s crafting classes
    • Wine Tastings
    • Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Santa Claus
    • Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner Buffets

      Wintergreen Resort

      Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort welcomes families to enjoy their traditions of feasts, illuminations, workshops, and maybe even slope sports during Thanksgiving on the Mountain.

    • Turkey Day 5K
    • Thanksgiving Buffet at either Copper Mine Bistro or Devils Grill
    • The Plunge Tubing Park will be open (weather permitting)
    • Ski Swap – buy and sell used skis, boots, snowboards, ski clothing, etc.
    • Gingerbread House, Wreath and Ornament Workshops
    • Grand Illumination
    Primland Resort

    Primland Resort

    What goes with Thanksgiving better than Native American Month? Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan is embracing the heritage and history to offer “Long Night’s Time,” a weekend full of Native American-themed special events.

    • Celebration of Native American Month
    • Presentation of famous Native Americans
    • Little-known inventions of Native Americans
    • Food sampling of a traditional Cherokee feast
    • Face painting activity
    • Basket weaving and beading display and presentation

      Massanutten Resort Indoor Waterpark

      Massanutten Resort Indoor Waterpark

    Massanutten Resort offers comfortable accommodations, plus Thanksgiving dining at your choice of Fareways Restaurant & Lounge or Blue Ridge Buffet & Restaurant. The menus are all you’d expect of a traditional Thanksgiving meal – turkey with stuffing and gravy, pumpkin bisque soup, apple pie … yum! If the temperatures are too warm for snowmaking, turn to the indoor waterpark! That’s a fun Thanksgiving for the kiddos!

    Just like Massanutten, Bryce Resort also offers a Thanksgiving Day lunch buffet with all the trimmings.  Stay in one of the resort condos or cabins and enjoy the holiday arts and craft show taking place on the 30th. It’s a great time to kick back and not do much at all or get out and shop the nearby towns.

    Whatever your Thanksgiving plans, have fun and enjoy being together!

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    Sail Through Foliage on a Zip Line

    by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2013

    Seeking a more adventurous way to enjoy the colors of fall? Get tethered to a zip line and soar like an eagle through a kaleidoscope canopy. You might just find yourself breathless.

     

    Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

    Sandy River Retreat

    Adventure Park at Sand River Retreat – Rice
    13 lines across four obstacle courses rated by age
    Weight Restriction: 60 to 265 lbs.
    Age: 7 and older
    Fee: $40/child; $50/adult
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    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort Zip Line Adventure - Basye
    10 lines worth 3500′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-230 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $45
    Book Now

     

     

     

    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain Ziplines – Luray
    7 lines worth 2700′; up to 35 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $75
    Book Now

     

     

     

    Go Ape!

    Go Ape!

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior – Williamsburg
    5 lines in Adventure; 2 lines in Junior (ages 6-9; at least 3’3″ tall)
    Weight Restriction: up to 285 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $35/child; $55/adult
    Book Now

     

     

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort Zip Line and Canopy Tours – McGaheysville
    4 lines from 90 to 450′; NEW Mega Zip Line is 750′ long (first-come, first served. $12 a run); Kids’ Course includes a 100′ line (2 runs for $12. Ages 5-12 and at least 40 lbs.)
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $39

     

     

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort’s The Zip – Wintergreen
    900′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 75-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $10/trip or two for $15

     

     

     

    Where will you let the fall season lead you? Find more great ideas for outdoor fun at Virginia.org/Fall.

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    Camping Destinations for Fall Fun

    by Casey | Posted on September 12th, 2013

    Camping can be about getting away from it all, but it can also be about thrifty travel. If you save money on your accommodation, that savings can then be applied to nearby attractions and dining. Give it a try at one of these campgrounds that have great fun nearby.

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA was built for family fun with many on-site special events and tons of fun nearby, too. The campground can accommodate RVs and campers of all sizes, but boast deluxe cabins with linens provided, too.

    SPECIAL DEAL: Stay Free on Thursdays when you book Friday & Saturday nights!

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    Ed Allen’s Campground and Cottages in Lanexa rests along the shores of Chickahominy Lake. It’s 85 acres of hardwoods, which equals stunning foliage. The lake sunsets rival the best you’ve seen anywhere, and the fishing is good, too.

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    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground is a 763-acre escape Chesapeake, and is a usual on the “Best of Chesapeake” list. Electric and non-electric sites are available, as well as camping cabins.

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    Fredericksburg/Washington DC South KOA is located in Fredericksburg amid Civil War battlefields. Like its Williamsburg KOA cousin, there are plenty of pull-through sites, tent sites and cabins awaiting your arrival.

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    Find more great camping for your fall weekends at Virginia.org/CampingRVing, or check out a couple of our camping-related blog posts below.

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    10 Free Things to Do this Fall in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on September 9th, 2013

    One of Virginia’s most beautiful seasons is upon us, and you must get out and enjoy the view. Take your scenic drive, but also incorporate one or two of these 10 free things to do this fall. Your weekends are going to be amazing!

    Callands Festival

    Callands Festival

    1. What a destination Waterford, Virginia is. Founded in 1733, the entire village is a National Historic Landmark and a majority of the buildings predating 1840 are still in use today. October 4-6 is the 70th Annual Waterford Homes Tour & Craft Exhibit. This should be a bucket list item for those who enjoy a walk through history. There are plenty of fun activities for kids, traditional music and dance, Colonial militia encampments, a fife and drum corps, and much more.
    ** Note: We’ve learned that there IS a fee for this event: $16 in advance; $20 at the gate. In light of that, an additional freebie!

    1B. The Callands Festival in Callands, Virginia was named a Local Legacy of American Folk Life and Culture by the Library of Congress in 2000. Join in the fun with reenactors representative of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, musicians, artisans, and guided tours of the historic buildings. Traditional foods will be available, as will beautifully handcrafted items. It’s happening October 5!

    2. The Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy marks the birthplace, early life and emancipation of educator, esteemed orator and presidential advisor, Booker T. Washington. September 21 is a special event, Harvest Time of 1863, which will portray tobacco plantation life during the harvest. Interpretive programs, craft demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and fun for the children are all included in this free event.

    Fall Farm Fest on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Fall Farm Fest on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    3. Visit Westmoreland Berry Farm in Colonial Beach. Acres of Rappahannock River frontage are perfect for picnics and bird watching. The kids will enjoy a play area just for them, as well as the antics of the skywalking goats. Give the goats a nibble from the pulley feeder system; they love it! Westmoreland is a pick-your-own farm offering fall raspberries and pumpkins. Hitch a ride on the hay wagon to head to the fields. The only fee incurred at the farm is the rate for pick-your-own products or any cafe purchases you choose to make.

    4. A beautiful drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway delivers you to the Fall Farm Fest at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Pioneer Farm on September 15. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with mountain crafts workshops and live music.

    5. Day at the Point is a free fall festival now in its 16th year. Held October 5 in Lynchburg at Point of Honor, an 1815 Federal style mansion, the festivities include living history, kids games and activities, craft vendors, period music, candle making, beekeeping, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, farm animals, and free tours of the 1815 historic home. Delicious food will be available for purchase, including Brunswick stew, barbecue, hot dogs, and homemade baked goods. Green thumbs may want to purchase special Point of Honor bulbs ready for fall planting.

    Richmond Folk Festival

    Richmond Folk Festival

    6. It’s rare to find a free three-day music festival, but Richmond has one. Check out the Richmond Folk Festival October 11-13. Seven stages will host more than 30 music and dance groups – ballet, reggae, bluegrass, Vietnamese, Scissors Dance, polka, salsa, gospel, Cajun … the list goes on. And there’s a place for kids with make-and-take crafts and special performers.

    7.  How about a hayride? The 60-acre Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton offers the Bluebird Country Hayride once a month at noon. For fall, head that way on September 14, October 12 or November 9. It’s a leisurely ride around the farm, the pond, through the woods and back again. Before or after your hayride, find a picnic area to enjoy lunch, walk the nature trail or let the kids loose at the playground. 150 domestic and wild animals are on site; bring your quarters to feed farm animals. Hayride is weather dependent.

    Bluebird Gap Farm

    Bluebird Gap Farm

    8. Burke’s Garden is often referred to as God’s Thumbprint thanks to its aerial appearance – a giant thumbprint on the landscape of southwest Virginia. Visit this beautiful mountaintop valley during the Burke’s Garden Fall Festival on September 28, an annual event dating to 1987. “Handmade, homegrown and hands-on” is the feel of this festival that reflects farm living in the Heart of Appalachia.

    9. The next opportunity for you to enjoy Virginia’s National Parks for free is September 28. Not all of the National Parks charge a fee, but there are some very popular ones that do. Mark this date to visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Shenandoah National Park and five others for free!

    10. Check out the two-day Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour through Virginia’s beautiful Culpeper County on October 5 and 6. Take your time touring through 18 farms and farm related businesses to get involved with some hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well as mingle with llamas, horses, cattle, and buffalo. Expect to see both traditional and unique farm experiences during this free weekend that really does have something for everyone – even wine and moonshine!

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