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    12 Places to Craft for Christmas

    by Casey | Posted on November 21st, 2013

    Some have green thumbs and others have fingers that can make something extraordinary from scraps. Is that you? I enjoy the challenge of crafting during the season of merriment and have identified 12 places for you to knock out some Pinterest inspiration and get your Picasso on.

    Let's Paint, Virginia Beach

    Let’s Paint, Virginia Beach

    Paint-your-own pottery is a hit for those who don’t own a potter’s wheel and a kiln. Walk in, pick the piece you’d like to paint, and get to it. Some studios offer a flat fee where the price tag on the piece includes firing. Others offer a flat firing fee that applies to all of the pieces you paint that day.

    • All Fired Up has three locations in the metro Richmond region – Midlothian, Carytown and Short Pump
    • Color Me Mine is another Richmond paint-your-own business.
    • You Made It! LLC in Harrisonburg is open daily for your painting pleasure.

    Keep your eye on art centers for class offerings geared toward adults or kids. You’ll find glass fusing, whittling, basketry, glass blowing, watercolor painting and more. You just need to know where to look!

    Blow your own ornament at Sunspots in Staunton.

    Blow your own ornament at Sunspots in Staunton.

    • Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center is located in Covington and has a Whittling Make-and-Take class for adults on November 23.
    • ArtSquare in Leesburg has many classes to offer, but of note is the Holiday Card Workshop for ages 10 and up on December 8.
    • Arts Depot in Abingdon has a Terra Cotta Angel workshop for all ages. Two dates: November 23 and December 7.
    • Bay School Community Arts Center is all about teaching. Sign up for a wide selection of upcoming classes: No-Sew Christmas Stocking, Christmas Tree Basket, Kids Gingerbread House and more.
    • Let’s Paint is located in Virginia Beach within Barclay Towers Resort on the oceanfront.
    • The Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center is offering an Ornament and Tile Workshop November 29 and 30.
    • Sunspots Studios & Glass Blowing in Staunton invites you to blow your own glass ornament daily, by appointment.
    • The Glass Palette in Charlottesville is a studio where people of all ages can come in and fuse their own glass creations every day of the week.
    • The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd has a wide variety of classes coming up: Needle Felting, Solid and Blown Glass Ornaments, Metal Ornament Experience and more.

      The Glass Palette, Charlottesville

      The Glass Palette, Charlottesville

     

    If you’re really not the crafty type but appreciate the art of others, explore our Arts Directory to locate an established painter, carver, potter, or other tradesperson for your holiday gift giving.

     

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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.

    Virginia is for Lovers.



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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!

    Virginia is for Lovers.



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    5 Heartwarming Holiday Getaways for Dining and Shopping

    by Casey | Posted on November 13th, 2013

    Last week we offered you Five Heartwarming Destinations for Your Holidays and this week we continue with five more for you to ponder. If you love the idea of taking a break to get some shopping done or to just break away and enjoy the moment, you might like these.

    Christmas in Orange

    Christmas in Orange

    Getting away to the country is quite relaxing, especially during the Christmas season. Sparkling storefronts and lamp poles induce memories of simpler times. Find such places when you spend a few days in Orange County.

    • Stay: The Inn at Willow Grove, Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Inn at Westwood Farm
    • Dine: Elmwood at Sparks, Pomme, Stonefire Kitchen, Palladio Restaurant
    • Visit: James Madison’s Montpelier, The Market at Grelen, Four County Players, Barboursville Vineyards
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    The Jefferson Hotel

    The Jefferson Hotel

    Locally-owned shops reign supreme in Richmond, but if you’re seeking big-name stores, those are nearby, too! You’re going to love the cobblestones, the unique shops and vintage boutiques, and an amazing flare for food that only Richmond can offer.

    • Stay: The Jefferson Hotel, The One Bed and Breakfast, The Berkeley Hotel
    • Dine: Fresca on Addison, Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, Tobacco Company, Pasture, Comfort, Can Can Brasserie
    • Visit: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Segway of Richmond, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Ice Skating, Carytown
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Ice Skating in Fairfax County

    Ice Skating in Fairfax County

    Bring on the glitz and add the cheer when you take in a little shopping and a little history in Fairfax County.

    • Stay: a wide choice of top hotel brands are available
    • Dine: Clyde’s, Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, Härth
    • Visit: Reston Town Center, Wolf Trap, Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, Workhouse Arts Center, Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, Fairfax Square
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Winter in Rappahannock County

    Winter in Rappahannock County

    If you love the nostalgic feel of Currier & Ives, Little Washington is your destination. A thriving arts community and the world renowned Inn at Little Washington are the claim to fame in this little slice of heaven in Rappahannock County.

    • Stay: Gay Street Inn, Heritage House Bed & Breakfast, Middleton Inn Bed and Breakfast
    • Dine: The Inn at Little Washington, The Blue Rock Inn Restaurant
    • Visit: Geneva Welch Gallery, The Theatre at Washington, Virginia, the five Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Williamsburg is the quintessential holiday destination in Virginia for so many reasons. The shops, the Colonial decor, and a simple but tangible cheer that can’t help but emanate.

     

    This is the second post in our Heartwarming Getaways series. Be sure to subscribe to our posts so you don’t miss the next edition. In the mean time, leave a comment to tell us your favorite Virginia destination for the holidays.

    Virginia is for Lovers.



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    10 Classic Virginia Experiences

    by Casey | Posted on November 12th, 2013

    Looking for a well-rounded list of things to do, see and experience during the holiday and winter seasons? Consider this one of them.

    1. Hike a portion of  the Appalachian Trail. Start in Shenandoah National Park or the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Yorktown Victory Center

    Yorktown Victory Center

    2. Navigate America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All of America is rooted in the happenings of this area, from the 1607 landing at Jamestowne to the new nation ideas bred at Williamsburg and the conclusion of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. That’s a lot of history in a pretty tight radius.

    3. If seeing sites that include words like biggest, endless, deepest or tallest are on your bucket list, we can help you mark them off. Virginia has eight caverns, including the largest in the eastern United States, one that has no end, the deepest, and one that has the tallest stalagmite in the world.

    4. One key annual holiday event allows you to drive the longest boardwalk in the country - the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. It’s the McDonald’s Holiday Lights on the Beach, part of Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights connecting seven twinkling cities.

    100 Miles of Lights - Virginia Beach

    100 Miles of Lights – Virginia Beach

    5. There’s nothing neater than cobblestone streets and you can find them across Virginia. Check out our Main Streets and then look in places you wouldn’t suspect, like Richmond‘s Shockoe Slip, the Freemason District of Norfolk and Old Town Alexandria.

    6. Have a whale of a time on board a boat bound for winter wildlife viewing off the coast of Virginia. The team at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach is happy to take you into the Atlantic for a chance to see the fin and humpback whales migrating this time of year.

    7. Eight United States Presidents have hailed from the Commonwealth and you can visit their homes and libraries as well as the places they dined, studied and enjoyed the social scene.

    8. More than 230 wineries, 60+ craft breweries, and a quickly growing number of cideries and distilleries are toasting the holidays and inviting you to warm from within. Designated drivers are mandatory.

    9. Strike a chord in the birthplace of country music – Bristol - and travel The Crooked Road to see and hear music history and tradition at places like Carter Family Fold and the Ralph Stanley Museum.

    10. Zip line through a snowy winter wonderland at Wintergreen Resort. It’s 900 feet at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Don’t forget to wear a ski mask. Brrr!
    What would you add to a list of quintessential things to do in Virginia? Leave a comment!
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