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    Gentlemen of the Road: The Crooked Road to Bristol Sweepstakes

    by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2012

    Follow Virginia’s Crooked Road for a once-in-a lifetime chance to see Mumford & Sons perform in the heart of downtown Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music.

    Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

    Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

    Mumford & Sons have chosen Bristol as one of only four small towns in the country for their Gentlemen of the Road Tour. This is your chance to be a VIP at this SOLD OUT concert which will fill the streets of Bristol with amazing music inspired by the old-time mountain music style found throughout Southwest Virginia.

    The history and culture of Appalachia is celebrated in Southwest Virginia along The Crooked Road, a 350-mile driving route that connects some of the most poignant and authentic traditional country and mountain music venues together on an unforgettable road trip.

    Enter for your chance to see Mumford & Sons in concert on August 11, 2012.

    Bristol Stop OverOne Winner Will Receive:

    ~ Two tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road Concert
    ~ Two nights lodging
    ~ Access to a VIP party bus to enjoy all day long on August 11
    ~ A 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions Box Set
    ~ A $500 gas card

    If you share with your friends after entering, you can have extra chances to win!

    >> ENTER TO WIN <<

    Official Rules

    Sweepstakes begins 12 a.m. June 28, 2012 and ends 11:59 p.m. July 18, 2012.
    Open to U.S. residents only. Entrants will receive a Virginia Travel Guide. 



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    D-Day Memorial Adds One Name on 68th Commemoration

    by Casey | Posted on June 4th, 2012

    To the American town that suffered the highest per capita loss of soldiers on D-Day in Normandy in 1944 went The National D-Day Memorial. That American town is Bedford. Visit the Memorial this Wednesday, June 6, to commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-Day and dedicate a plaque bearing one additional name to the D-Day Memorial Wall.

    Family Approaching the D-Day Memorial

    Coxswain Amin Isbir, a member of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, was reported killed in action on June 8, 1944.  His great nephew, Eric Montgomery questioned his date of death believing that he had been killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Isbir’s commanding officer, Ensign Joe Vaghi, confirmed Montgomery’s suspicions.

    Onboard  Coast Guard operated LCI-L 88, Amin and his Company C8 shipmates were being transported along with members of the 5th Engineers Special Brigade and 1st Infantry Division soldiers to the Easy Red One sector of Omaha Beach.  During the landing, the ship came under heavy fire, losing one of its two ramps along with a number of the soldiers from the Big Red One.  Once the surviving solders were unloaded, Beachmaster Vaghi and Isbir hit the sand.  As they were helping a wounded soldier onto a stretcher, a German railway gun from 5 miles away landed a shell onto the beach hurling a jeep high into the air.  The jeep landed on Isbir killing him instantly.  Ensign Vaghi was knocked unconscious from the blast.  Due to continued hostilities, Isbir’s body was not recovered until two days later and the Navy listed his date of death as June 8, 1944.   Isbir was posthumously awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery and the Purple Heart.

    Isbir’s tombstone in the Normandy American Cemetery listed his date of death as June 8.  Since the Navy recorded his date of death as June 8, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation did not include him on the Memorial Wall after its initial research (as the Foundation only researched and recorded June 6 fatalities).  In 2009, 65 years after Isbir’s death, Montgomery was successful in getting the Normandy American Cemetery to replace the June 8 tombstone with a corrected one.  The plaque containing the addition of Isbir’s name will be officially dedicated to the Memorial Wall at the National D-Day Memorial during the D-Day commemoration ceremony. The National D-Day Memorial has confirmed 4,413 Allied fatalities on June 6. Of that number, 2,499 were Americans. The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is the only institution in the world to research the name of every soldier, sailor, airman, and coast guardsman killed on June 6, 1944.

    During the ceremony, the Memorial will also recognize members of the 101st Airborne Division who are commemorating their 70th anniversary this year. The 101st will participate with an Honor Guard and with a wreath laying at the event.  Members of the 29th Infantry Division will also participate.  Special music will be provided by the Enduring Freedom Honor Team from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Tours will be provided throughout the day. Admission is free until noon. Regular admission fees apply after noon.  Guests are encouraged to bring a chair to the event.  Special seating and shade will be provided to World War II veterans.

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    Information regarding Coxswain Amin Isbir courtesy of The National D-Day Memorial.



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    Small Towns, Big Charm

    by Casey | Posted on May 22nd, 2012

    We’re always happy to tout Virginia’s small towns, but when media and acclaimed travel writers take note, you should definitely pay attention and book a weekend of big charm.

    A.V. Symington Aquatic Center, Leesburg

    A.V. Symington Aquatic Center, Leesburg

    Though Money Magazine identified five Virginia localities among its list of Best Places to Live 2011, that doesn’t mean you need to relocate to one of them (although you can if you want). Visits to the Leesburg (#4), Herndon (#34), Montclair (#35), Oakton (#36), or Manassas Park (#56) areas might just be the relaxing, quiet getaway you need.

    Leesburg children noted their favorite places around town as being Leesburg Restaurant, Freedom Park, The Pink Shop, Lola Cookies & Treats, and the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center. Perhaps your kids would enjoy the same locations.

    Staunton recently received the honor of being listed as one of The 20 Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine. Why so great? The culture is astounding, taking visitors from the frontier to the Civil War, and incorporating a little Elizabethan flare, too. The food and the arts might make you extend your visit. Children enjoy the interactive Kids’ Corner at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, as well as taking a ride on the Gypsy Express at Gypsy Hill Park.

    Barter Cafe, Abingdon

    Barter Cafe, Abingdon

    Frommer’s is a go-to for travelers seeking a new vacation destination, and the publication has given a nod to their favorite Virginia small towns in their The Best Small Towns and Villages article for Virginia.

    In addition to Staunton, Lexington, Middleburg, Abingdon, and Monterey are included. Middleburg for its notable horse country esteem and upscale shopping; Lexington for its collegiate atmosphere and Civil War roots; Monterey for its New England-esque feel (though it’s called Virginia’s Little Switzerland); and Abingdon for its pioneering roots and culture.

    So which charming small town will you venture through?

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    Summer Beach Homes Along the Chesapeake Bay

    by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2012

    So far this month we’ve highlighted  Eastern Shore summer beach homes and Virginia Beach summer beach homes as a nudge for you to not wait much longer to book your beach vacation. These homes fill quickly!

    View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

    View from Chesapeake Bay Beach House

    Today let’s look at the summer beach homes along the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia offers 7,213 miles of tidal bay shoreline, albeit a couple hundred of those miles include the western side of the Eastern Shore, as well as Tangier Island.

    The Chesapeake Bay region is known for small towns full of authentic Americana offering a nostalgic vibe that takes away everyday stresses.

    How does a private 200′ beach sound? If that’s not enough, the Chesapeake Bay Beach House in Reedville offers great Bay views (the home overlooks the widest portion of the bay – 30 miles), five bedrooms, two double sea kayaks, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the view and breeze. Sleeps 14. Available June 18-22, July 7-13, and August 18-September 7.
    Weekly Rate: $4,000-$5,500
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    Cozy Cabin is indeed that. It rests on the shores of the York River at Gloucester Point. The York River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay and still boasts an expanse of water and a sandy beach. Popular activities aren’t too far away. Your family of four could enjoy Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, or Historic Jamestowne quite easily. Available the weekends of June 16-17, June 22-25, July 7-9, the week of July 14-22, and from August 5 into September is currently available, too.
    Weekly Rate:  $750
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    In Colonial Beach, overlooking Monroe Bay, sits Marina Sunset, a two-bedroom unit that sits atop a bay front cottage. The two bedrooms will sleep up to six, and you’ll surely love the pace of the golf cart town. Available all summer!
    Weekly Rate:  $895
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    Discover more beach homes available to you and your family along the Chesapeake Bay.

    *Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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    Summer Beach Homes: The Eastern Shore

    by Casey | Posted on February 23rd, 2012

    Many vacationers wait to book their accommodation in hopes of a lower, last-minute rate. Unfortunately, beach travelers don’t have the luxury of waiting. Especially if their goal is to secure a house.

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    The Eastern Shore is known for its quiet charm – a key selling point for families in need of uninterrupted time away from the chaos of life. Fortunately, the Shore has quite a few vacation homes available to meet that need.

    A Bayview Beauty is a Cape Charles cottage that comfortably sleeps 6 but can accommodate 8 with a pull-out sleeper sofa. The Chesapeake Bay breeze cools this golf cart town where everything is walkable. The beach is mere steps away. If this sounds inviting, act fast. The home is already booked June 5-20, July 7-21, and July 28-August 4.
    Nightly Rate: $230
    Weekly Rate: $1,273
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    Also in Cape Charles is Old Crow’s Nest located within Bay Creek Resort. The private Bay beach is right at hand. Enjoy the multiple decks and porches perfect for viewing the sunset and the hundreds of birds that call the Shore home. This beautiful new property sleeps 8. Available June 2-22, July 14-24, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $2,058
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    Lakeview is a great home for multi-generational travelers. It’s also located within Bay Creek, and features two master suites – one on the first floor and one on the second.  With four bedrooms in total, this home sleeps 10. The open floor plan is both inviting and accommodating for a large family. The private beach, resort restaurant and other resort amenities are in close proximity. Lakeview is still available June 1-8, June 16-22, July 1-12, July 15-31, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $3,688.60
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    Nestled in the land of wild ponies is Chincoteague Island’s Spinnaker Waterfront Home. The unique four-level design enables guests to see water in three directions, and even Assateague Island in the distance. A private dock is perfect for crabbing, fishing, putting in your kayak, or swimming. Spinnaker was featured on Fine Living Channel’s “Around the World in 80 Homes” – go see what you’re missing! Sleeps 8.
    Available June 8-July 13, and from August 18 into the fall season.
    Weekly Rate: $1,911-$3,589 (rates last published for 2011 season; rate varies by peak season and couples vs. a family)
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    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    Views, views, views. The Moorings North on Chincoteague Island has really nice Chincoteague Bay views. This commanding home has a two-story front porch overlooking Chincoteague Channel, a tower hide-away, a three-stop windowed elevator, and a most unusual “gazebo-in-the-sky” just off the dining room. Much like Lakeview, The Moorings North is a great home for two families vacationing together, as it has two master suites with private balconies. At your disposal is a deep water boat tie-up, if you came toting the big boy toy. This home sleeps 10.
    Weekly Rate: $3,400
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    These few homes are just a glimpse of what the Eastern Shore has to offer in the vacation rental house market. Discover more charmers at Virginia.org.

    Keep an eye peeled for upcoming posts highlighting summer beach homes from the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads regions.

    *Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

    Do you own a fully-furnished vacation rental property? Register for a free account to market your home with us. We do not promote home sales, long-term rentals, or real estate companies.



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