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    Do you recognize one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US? This beauty has been included on several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, was surveyed by George Washington in 1750 and was once owned by Thomas Jefferson as a personal retreat. While you're visiting don't forget to swing by the legendary Foamhenge, explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and get your photo taken with a baby tiger at the Natural Bridge Zoo. Photo credit: @takeiteasybee #loveva #virginia #vaoutdoors #naturalwonder #naturalbridge #howisummer #vatravel #virginiaisforlovers #photooftheday #fatherson
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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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    Virginia Golf: The Blue Ridge to Wine Country

    by Casey | Posted on May 3rd, 2011

    There are numerous reasons to tee off in Virginia.

    1. The beautiful scenery.
    2. The moderate temperatures.
    3. The beautiful scenery.
    4. Public courses that rival the private ones.

    Get away from DC – even if it’s just an hour – to Blue Ridge Shadows. It was ranked as the #3 “Best Course You Can Play” by Golfweek Magazine in 2009. Located in Front Royal, it does, in fact, sit in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and boasts 18 holes designed by Tom Clark.

    Primland Resort

    Primland Resort

    Just outside Charlottesville is the stunning 600-acre Keswick Hall that includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Course that is as challenging as it is historically beautiful. In the midst of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the course blends well – almost seamlessly. If you’re looking for the promise of an easy course, move on. The only promise you’re getting out of Keswick Hall is that you will “use all the clubs in your bag.”

    Move from the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains to perch atop them when you play The Highland Course at Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan. Golfweek Magazine called it one of the top 25 “Best Resort Courses in the U.S.” The course meanders across ridge tops, making each swing a rush of sheer adrenaline. A more spectacular mountaintop course you will not find.

    Lansdowne Resort
    Lansdowne Resort

    Experience many awesome opportunities in Loudoun County. There you will find quite a selection of courses, not to mention great wineries as you hop around.

    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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    Spring Fever

    by Casey | Posted on February 15th, 2011

    Pocahontas State Park

    Wait. Do you have Spring Fever, too?

    When a warm day like yesterday comes along, it only makes us long for more of them. Be prepared for the next glorious day with these warm-weather suggestions.

    • Take a hike in the nearest Virginia State Park. With 35 to choose from, you’ll find one close by. All said, there are more than 500 miles of trails and in this 75th Anniversary year, there is no time like the present to enjoy a few of them.
    • Dust off the clubs and hit the greens along the brand new Virginia Golf Trail. While ever-growing, current courses on the Trail include the likes of Cannon Ridge in Stafford, Keswick near Charlottesville, and Heritage Oaks in Harrisonburg.
    • Pump up the tires for a mountain bike ride. Trails are plentiful across the Commonwealth. From the inspiring (and breathtaking – literally) Mount Rogers Loop near Damascus and the notable 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail to the trails of Dirty Dancing famed Mountain Lake Hotel, your choice will be hard to make!

    For more ideas on ways to enjoy the Outdoors in Virginia, see Virginia.org.



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