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Making Memories on Valentine’s Day

by Casey | Posted on January 28th, 2011

Don’t let the day of hearts sneak up on you. Plan your romantic jaunt today!

Woo-to-the-max with the Aphrodite package at Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange. It’s a two-night reprieve in a luxury suite. Ask for one with a fireplace or double-sized whirlpool tub! One-hour in-room massages and a bottle of Virginia wine loosen you up for a relaxing weekend. In addition to a dining certificate, enjoy either a fruit and cheese tray or a freshly baked dark chocolate lava cake. This divine weekend is $789.

Wedmore Place

The palatial Wedmore Place in Williamsburg invites you to a luxurious Valentine’s getaway. Snuggle up for two nights in a king sized bed. The in-room wood-burning fireplace is the perfect spot to sip wine and enjoy luscious chocolate-covered strawberries. Whenever you’re inclined to leave your room, there’s a reserve tour, vineyard tour and wine tasting next door at the Williamsburg Winery. The weekend will be complete with a three-course dinner paired with Williamsburg Winery wines at Cafe Provencal. $715. Add on a couples’ massage for $225.

On the Pagan River in Smithfield is Smithfield Station. It’s a romantic waterside setting where you’ll be greeted with fresh-cut flowers in your room, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a special dinner for two. Stay just one night February 10th through the 14th for $295.

Cooper’s Landing Inn in Clarksville is offering their “Best Bed & Breakfast Package of the Year” for Valentine’s Day. Stay one night – February 14th – and enjoy a Traveler’s Tavern dinner, in-room champagne, silk rose petals, and breakfast in bed. You could enjoy this for $199 in a deluxe room, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not spring for the jacuzzi room for $250?

Sick of the Valentine’s mush? Check out the “Stupid Cupid” package at Lansdowne Resort in Loudoun County. With double accommodations, a bottle of wine and two drinks in Stonewalls Tavern, this sounds like a great girlfriends weekend! $209/night

There are many more Valentine’s packages (and girlfriend’s escape packages!) to choose from. See the complete list at Virginia.org.



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Wine: A Winter Warmer

by Casey | Posted on December 15th, 2010

Trails grant easy access to a multitude of Virginia wineries, making it easy to find one (or more) to love! Beat the cold with trail tastings (chauffeured by a designated driver, of course).

Sunset Hills Glass. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.comHop onto the Mountain Road Wine Experience in the Blue Ridge Highlands to sample the best of Villa Appalaccia and Chateau Morrisette, not to mention two of Virginia’s unique  non-winery, alcoholic concoction-making establishments: Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider!

In the northern Shenandoah Valley you’ll find a series of ten wineries linked together on the General’s Wine & History Trail: Bluemont Vineyard, Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery, Gadino Cellars, Philip Carter Winery, Fox Meadow Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Swedenburg Estate Vineyard, Three Fox Vineyards, Winery at La Grange, and Veramar Vineyard. Stops at even half of those will definitely do you in for the day! This trail is convenient from Charlestown, West Virginia, Frederick, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Just north of Richmond is the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, which includes Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars Winery and Lake Anna Winery. Access these wineries easily from Fredericksburg and Charlottesville.

Travelers south may choose to stop at one of the nine SoVA Wine Trail‘s (that’s Southern Virginia) wineries: Annefield Vineyards, Bright Meadows Farm, DeVault Family Vineyards, Greenwood Vineyards, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Hunting Creek Vineyards, Molliver Vineyards, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Spring Creek Wine Cellars, and Tomahawk Mill Winery. These stops are little more than an hour from Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina.

These trails are just a tease of the many awaiting your travels in Virginia. Learn more at the Virginia is for Lovers wine site!



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Let’s Talk Turkey

by Casey | Posted on October 27th, 2010

Who’s up for a quick turkey sandwich and then off to shop?!

Magnolias at the MillPerhaps we shouldn’t rush Thanksgiving too much, but certainly plan to walk it off, if you know what I mean.

First Objective: A Fabulous Dinner Without the Fuss

  • The Inn at Meander Plantation in Locust Dale has two seatings for their four-course dinner - 1 and 4 p.m. – at $75/person. Wine pairings and top shelf beverages available for additional fee.
  • The Natural Bridge Dining Room in Natural Bridge offers an all-you-can-eat buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange invites you to dine with them at 6:30 p.m. for free-range turkey, a wide array of side dishes, and great company for just $39.

The best thing about these dining options is that you can also book a room and call it a night.

ShoppingSecond Objective: Serious Shopping

  • For a central location, choose Richmond. There’s ecclectic Carytown, boutique-y Libbie & Grove, robust Short Pump Town Center, and upscale Stony Point Fashion Park, for starters. Consider that Short Pump and Stony Point.
  • Northern Virginia shopping mecca, Tysons Corner with Tysons Corner Center (America’s 5th largest mall) and Tysons Galleria, is the go-to area for anything posh, plush or blingged-out. With Tiffany’s saliva-inducing blue box nearby and any designer tag you’d ever care to find, it’s serious one-stop shopping.
  • Deal-seekers will go the way of the outlet, of which Virginia has plenty. Choose your destination wisely and save anywhere from 30 to 70% on designer duds! From Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to Williamsburg Premium Outlets, and even a JC Penney Outlet in Martinsville, you can get those retails pieces you love for bargain prices. More outlets (and look for the special deals mixed in!).

Third Objective: Shop for the One Who Has Everything 

For more “outside the box” shopping ideas, see our 10 Holiday Shopping Tips.



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Listen to Your Heart

by Casey | Posted on September 9th, 2010

Wintergarden Spa at Wintergreen ResortThis fall, go where your heart leads you.

Do you need a weekend alone with your significant other? A girls’ break away to giggle and be silly? Virginia’s your place.

Glide down the road without a care, hand in hand with the one you value most. Escape to the mountains or retreat to the coast … wherever you can breathe and focus on what’s important: love.

Sherando LakePamper yourselves in a luxurious spa or stay up all night in a cabin sharing stories like it’s seventh grade again. Love between friends is irreplaceable.

So plan it out or jump in, spontaneously, with both feet. Either way, you’ll find that Virginia offers pure beauty, fine wines, divine culinary delights, warm cabins, and plush hotels and B&Bs.

Without a doubt, whatever you love in a vacation, you’ll find in Virginia. Virginia is for Lovers®

Let’s go …

Call 1-800-Visit-VA to request your free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide or request it online.



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Main Streets are a Main Attraction

by Casey | Posted on August 19th, 2010

Being a small town Virginia girl (Lexington in the house!), it took me a great while to appreciate the charm that a quaint downtown possesses. Chalk it up to being  young or taking my surroundings for granted, but I couldn’t see and didn’t know how lucky I was to be surrounded by renowned artisans, acclaimed chocolatiers, and irreplaceable history that many other towns wish they had. With these realizations in mind, I give you 5 reasons to love Virginia’s small towns.
Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington

 

1. Small towns are the perfect place to find fresh ingredients. Some have weekly markets and some have side-of-the-road produce stands that are open daily. One thing is for sure, short of picking it yourself, you can’t beat a bushel straight out of the back of a farmers’ pick-up truck! 

2. You don’t need New York City’s artsy air to pluck a one-of-a-kind piece from a recognized artist. Known creators like Sally Mann (Lexington), P. Buckley Moss (Mathews / Fishersville), Nan Rothwell (Faber), and Wayne Henderson (Rugby) call Virginia home. Visit a studio or downtown shop to take home beautiful photography, paintings, pottery, and more. 

3. No doubt you’re treading on history with every step you take in Virginia, but the museum docents (many of whom are volunteers) and tour guides in small towns are oftentimes the most passionate about sharing the history with those who aren’t yet in the know. 

4. When one considers a title like “State Theatre of Virginia,” one might believe such an establishment must exist in Richmond. Au contraire, mon frère! The State Theatre of Virginia is none other than the Barter Theatre in sweet little Abingdon. With a schedule that rivals nearly any performing arts facility, you’re sure to find an appealing act. Other interesting venues include Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington and Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. 

Floyd Country Store

 

5. If you want to hear original music, small towns are the best place to hang out and listen. In little country stores and coffee shops, banjos and guitars are strummed weekly! A well-known hot-spot is the Floyd Country Store in Floyd. Folks jam Friday through Sunday, but don’t be surprised if you see someone pickin’ on the porch any ol’ time. Also check out Lays Hardware in Coeburn, the Rex Theater in Galax, and Donk’s Theater in Mathews. 

Ready to find your new favorite small town? Begin planning a fall getaway at Virginia.org or call 1-800-Visit-VA to request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide.



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