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Spring in Shenandoah National Park

by Casey | Posted on February 17th, 2012

With the unseasonably warm temperatures Virginia has had over the past bit, the trees will be budding in Shenandoah National Park in no time. Plan your weekend drive up to the Park around an event or travel package. Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming up this spring.

Spring Ride

Take a Spring Ride!

Be the early bird that catches the worm when you book the Early Bird Spring Special to stay at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge! Book your one-night stay for sometime between March 29 and June 21 to lock in a $119 room rate. The stay includes breakfast for two.

Once per month from April through November, Skyland Resort hosts a Vintner Dinner - a four-course meal paired with wines. The best part about this dinner is that an overnight stay for two, delicately etched Shenandoah wine glasses, and breakfast the following morning are included!

  • $359/couple
  • Call 800-788-7852 to make your reservation. Seating is limited.
  • Dates: April 13, May 18, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and November 9.

Perhaps wine without the dinner and stay is what you fancy. If so, the Park offers a weekly wine tasting at both Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort. Tastings are Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and include assorted chesses and a handcrafted glass for you to keep. The fee is $15.

When those flowers finally break loose, be among the group who enjoys a narrated walk or workshop all about the woodland wildflowers. May 5 and 6 is Wildflower Weekend in the Park.

Twilight Hikes from Big Meadows LodgeLook up to the skies. What do you see? Take a walk into the “big meadow” at dusk for a Twilight Hike with Shenandoah Mountain Guides. At 3,500 feet, no light pollution or haze will interrupt your view! $10/adult and $8/child 12 and under. Select Saturdays June through September.

Join Jeff Alt, author of “A Walk for Sunshine” and hiking commentator for ESPN’s “Inside America’s National Parks,” for a one-hour presentation about his personal 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail journey on June 23, July 14, August 11, or October 13 at 4 p.m. in Big Meadows Lodge.

If it’s entertainment that you’re after – authentic Virginia entertainment – check out the cloggers! Two groups perform at the Park. See Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville on the third Thursday of each month (April through October). Hi-Horse are known for their traditional clogging. Come see them for free from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Park regulars are the Shenandoah Valley Cloggers who dance to bluegrass, country, old time rock, pop, and more. See them every Tuesday (April through November) from 8 to 9 p.m. for free.

Possum Ridge String BandIf Southern Appalachian music appeals to you, don’t miss the concerts by Possum Ridge String Band the fourth Thursday of every month (April through November) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The traditional sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, and banjo pair up for a few Irish and Scottish tunes, too. The concerts are free.

Shenandoah National Park has an entry fee of $15 per car, however, there are select days throughout the year when the fee is waived: April 21-29, June 9, September 29, and November 10-12 are the 2012 fee-free dates.

Discover more upcoming events in Shenandoah National Park at Virginia.org and put LOVE at the heart of your mountain vacation!



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Virginia’s Spring Festivals

by Casey | Posted on March 10th, 2011

Chatham Gardens, Fredericksburg

Among the first of Virginia’s spring blooms are redbuds, dogwoods, jonquils, and crocus. What’s your favorite?

Celebrate new beginnings with a festival and a deep breath of fragrant air.

See More Spring Events

Plan your spring Virginia getaway at Virginia.org or order our free Travel Guide by calling 1-800-Visit-VA.



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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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Is 2011 Your Year for Wedding Bells?

by Casey | Posted on February 1st, 2011

If this is your year to say “I Do,” let us give you a hand with some of the wedding day prep!

A Garden Wedding in VirginiaFirst, it couldn’t be easier to obtain the license. Go to a Virginia Circuit Court with your lovie, proofs of ID and $30. No blood test, no waiting period, no hassle. You must be 18 or have notarized consent from the ‘rents, but other than that, you can slip in, pay the dues, and roll out.

Second, where are we having this shindig? Most any of Virginia’s vineyards offer a stunning backdrop and even have party space just for days like yours. If you’re into history, perhaps a historic church or even a plantation would be at your disposal. Dedicated to your alma mater? Virginia’s colleges and universities book fast for weddings. Plan this one out and get that date nailed down!

Consider one of Virginia’s State Parks. This would be an ideal year to secure a natural setting for your vows as this is the 75th anniversary year of VSP.

Lush gardens provide the flowers all around you, saving you some of the expense. Explore historic and botanical garden options to find the perfect setting – gazebos, arbors, water features … whatever your heart desires!

Shadow Mountain EscapeThird, you should probably say “thank you” to your wedding attendants with a small token. Why not give them a gift that says it all? You know what I’m talking about. Virginia is for Lovers gear! From just a few bucks per person on up, you can share the LOVE without breaking the bank.

And now to the good stuff. Where do you want to spend uninterrupted time after the wedding? Honeymoons are glorious! Do you want a cabin, a resort, a top-notch fancy hotel, or a sweet B&B? Whatever it is, you’ll find the perfect one in Virginia.

 Need a few more options, we have a page for that. See Getting Married in Virginia.



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