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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.

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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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    5 Heartwarming Destinations for Your Holidays

    by Casey | Posted on November 6th, 2013

    As the season of holidays creeps ever closer, find ways to make the most of your time together and make it memorable. Why not consider an overnight or two in a Virginia destination known for its merriment and cheer?

     

    The Barter Theatre, Abingdon

    The Barter Theatre, Abingdon

    Spend the holidays in Abingdon! This picturesque small town will fill your heart with holiday joy. World class art venues, cultural events and historical sites are all wrapped up in Christmas lights.

    • Stay: The Martha Hotel & Spa, Copper Lantern Inn, River Garden Bed and Breakfast
    • Dine: Babycakes Cupcakery and Abingdon Tavern
    • Visit: Barter Theatre, Holston Mountain Artisans, Wolf Hills Brewery, Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Carriage Rides in Harrisonburg

    Carriage Rides in Harrisonburg

    Escape to a cozy winter weekend in Harrisonburg, where holiday events on Main Street highlight the beauty of the season.

    • Stay: Joshua Wilton House, Stonewall Jackson Inn, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages
    • Dine: Shank’s Bakery, Clementine Cafe, Corgans’ Publick House
    • Visit: You Made It!, Winter Farmers’ Market, Forbes Center for Performing Arts
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Old Town Alexandria

    Old Town Alexandria

    From charming King Street in Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon, the area presents lively, entertaining holiday opportunities for the whole family.

    • Stay: Morrison House, Lorien Hotel and Spa, Hotel Monaco
    • Dine: Fish Market Restaurant, Hard Times Cafe, Caboose Cafe & Bakery
    • Visit: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Woodlawn, Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria Black History Museum
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Downtown Culpeper

    Downtown Culpeper

    Enjoy the spirit of a classic Virginia Main Street when you and the girls make it a shopping weekend in Culpeper.

    • Stay: Thyme Inn, Suites at 249, Hazel River Inn B&B
    • Dine: Hazel River Inn Restaurant & Pub, Raven’s Nest Coffee House, Foti’s
    • Visit: Mount Pony Theatre, Belmont Farm Distillery, Old House Vineyards
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Virginia Living Museum

    Virginia Living Museum

    Capture the memories as you indulge your senses and rejuvenate your soul in Newport News, the heart of Coastal Virginia, this holiday season.

    • Stay: Newport News Marriott at City Center, Boxwood Inn, The Pequod Inn
    • Dine: Crab Shack on the James, The Lunch Bell
    • Visit: Virginia Living Museum, 100 Miles of Lights, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion
    • See the Entire Getaway

     

    Looking for more great holiday getaways? This is the first in a 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.

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    Halloween at Virginia Theme Parks

    by Casey | Posted on October 25th, 2013

    If you have yet to experience the haunted parks of Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion this month, you need to go this weekend. It’s your last chance! Eeek!

    Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

    Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

    Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is in its 15th year and spookier than ever with four themed Terror-tories™ and killer food and drink options:

    • Ripper Row® in England
    • Vampire Point™ in Germany features Blood Banquet™
    • Demon Street™ in France features Demon Drinks
    • Ports of Skull™ in Italy features Pirate Baarrrgh™
    • Cut Throat Cove™ in Festa Italia features Buccaneer Galley

    Buy Now | $62-$72

     

    Halloween Haunt

    Halloween Haunt

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion has more than 450 monsters roaming the park as shrieks and screams fill the night.

    • 10 haunted mazes including to new ones – Miner’s Revenge and Zombie High
    • 5 spooky shows
    • 6 scare zones
    • Planet Snoopy transforms to Planet Spooky for daytime family fun – treasure map adventure, hay maze, pumpkin painting and more.

    Buy Now | $38.99-$64.99

     

    Find more Halloween fun!

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    Sail Through Foliage on a Zip Line

    by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2013

    Seeking a more adventurous way to enjoy the colors of fall? Get tethered to a zip line and soar like an eagle through a kaleidoscope canopy. You might just find yourself breathless.

     

    Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

    Sandy River Retreat

    Adventure Park at Sand River Retreat – Rice
    13 lines across four obstacle courses rated by age
    Weight Restriction: 60 to 265 lbs.
    Age: 7 and older
    Fee: $40/child; $50/adult
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    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort Zip Line Adventure - Basye
    10 lines worth 3500′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-230 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $45
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    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain Ziplines – Luray
    7 lines worth 2700′; up to 35 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $75
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    Go Ape!

    Go Ape!

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior – Williamsburg
    5 lines in Adventure; 2 lines in Junior (ages 6-9; at least 3’3″ tall)
    Weight Restriction: up to 285 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $35/child; $55/adult
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    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort Zip Line and Canopy Tours – McGaheysville
    4 lines from 90 to 450′; NEW Mega Zip Line is 750′ long (first-come, first served. $12 a run); Kids’ Course includes a 100′ line (2 runs for $12. Ages 5-12 and at least 40 lbs.)
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $39

     

     

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort’s The Zip – Wintergreen
    900′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 75-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $10/trip or two for $15

     

     

     

    Where will you let the fall season lead you? Find more great ideas for outdoor fun at Virginia.org/Fall.

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