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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

 

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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

 

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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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8 Virginia Waterfalls for Your Fall Weekends

by Casey | Posted on October 7th, 2013

The colors of fall are coming through, but still patchy on the Blue Ridge mountains. That means you still have time to get out, catch the peak colors, and visit amazing waterfalls this season!

Falling Spring

Falling Spring

In Millboro, Douthat State Park is home to the Blue Suck Falls Trail, a three-mile moderate to difficult hike that includes a nice waterfall. One hiker proclaims, “Your long climb up the Blue Suck Falls is rewarded by one glorious vista after another.” Download the Trail Map

Falling Spring in Alleghany County is visible from the road, and an overlook provides information and a great view for photos. The spring waters keep this fall going year ’round, and its 80-foot drop is quite spectacular.

If you enjoy fall camping, reserve a space at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona before they close for the season in early November. They have their own on-site waterfall that pours into Middle River – a summer destination for tubing.

Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson has a waterfall along the Cabin Creek Trail. It’s a 1.8-mile hike  from the Massie Gap area of the park. Download the Trail Map

The Blue Ridge Parkway has its share of waterfalls. Try these two in Virginia.

1. Apple Orchard Falls is accessed from MP 78.4 at Sunset Fields Overlook, just north of Peaks of Otter. The trail is considered strenuous at a steep 1.4 miles downhill hike (uphill on the way back!), but the 200′ falls are calling …

2. Fallingwater Cascades can be accessed from MP 83.1 and is a moderate 1.6-mile out-and-back trail. It’s also designated a National Recreation Trail - a designation given to existing trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States.

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is a 1,200′ cascade and the highest vertical-drop cascade east of the Mississippi River. The lower falls is accessible to elderly and differently abled sightseers, making it an enjoyable outdoor experience for all. Over the course of the three-mile trail past the lower falls is a series of five major cascades and smaller ones. Access the trail from a fee-based lot at 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA 24464. And the view? Get a good glimpse from the top of the trail, or you can enjoy it from Crabtree Falls Highway up to/down from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

In the same vicinity of Crabtree Falls is the Campbell’s Creek Waterfall on the Mau-Har Trail. A hand-built swinging bridge delivers you across the Tye River, where the 1.5-mile hike will yield the 40′ waterfall. From Route 56 at Crabtree Falls, drive east for 3-4 miles; watch for the Appalachian Trail crossing and a parking lot on the left.

For more ways to enjoy this fall in Virginia, check out Virginia.org/Fall.

 

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230 Wineries and Counting

by Casey | Posted on October 1st, 2013

There is no shortage of great wine in Virginia with more than 230 wineries. Here are a few ideas to help you kick off your Virginia Wine Month adventure.

Jefferson Vineyards

Jefferson Vineyards

Sip the signature Virginia Viognier and Cabernet Franc from the leaders in its production – Barboursville, Keswick, Jefferson, Pollak, and Veritas – all in the greater Charlottesville area. Within easy driving distance of one another, you can easily make it a two-day excursion or spread it out to three. MAP

Why not pay a visit to recent recipients of the “Best of Readers’ Choice Awards” by Virginia Wine Lover Magazine to see which wines and wineries Virginians love most?

Best of … Central Virginia

  • Best Winery – Gray Ghost Vineyards, Amissville
  • Best Dessert Wine - 
  • Peaks of Otter – Pumpkin Pie
  • Best Fruit Wine – Peaks of Otter – Light Sweet Peach
  • Best Red Wine – Gray Ghost – Cabernet Franc 2011
  • Best Sparkling Wine – Barboursville – Brut
  • Best White Wine – Veritas – Viognier

Best of … Eastern Virginia

  • Best Winery – Chatham Vineyards
  • Best Dessert Wine – Williamsburg – Late Harvest Vidal Blanc 2009
  • Best Fruit Wine – Williamsburg – Raspberry Merlot
  • Best Red Wine – Chatham – Cabernet Franc 2009/2010 blend
  • Best Sparkling Wine – Ingleside – Virginia Brut
  • Best White Wine – Chatham – Church Creek Steel (unoaked) Chardonnay 2010

Best of … Northern Virginia

  • Best Winery – Sunset Hills Vineyard, Purcellville
  • Best Dessert Wine – Breaux – Nebbiolo Ice 2011
  • Best Fruit Wine – Mattaponi – Pow Wow Chocolate-Covered Strawberry
  • Best Red Wine – Barrel Oak – BOW Norton 2011
  • Best Sparkling Wine – Paradise Springs – Apres Sparkling Viognier
  • Best White Wine – Sunset Hills – Viognier 2011

Best of … Shenandoah Virginia

  • Best Winery – Cave Ridge Vineyard, Mount Jackson
  • Best Dessert Wine – Cave Ridge – Fandango 2010
  • Best Fruit Wine – Shenandoah – Raspberry Serenade
  • Best Red Wine – Cave Ridge – Red Silk 2007
  • Best White Wine – Bluestone – Beau

Virginia Wine MapBest of … Southern Virginia

  • Best Winery – Rosemont Vineyards and Winery, La Crosse
  • Best Dessert Wine – Rosemont – Lake Country Sunset
  • Best Fruit Wine – Bright Meadows Farm – BAG Wine (Blackberry, Apple, Grape [Concord])
  • Best Red Wine – Annefield – Cabernet Franc 2010
  • Best White Wine – Annefield – Viognier 2011

Best of … Western Virginia

  • Best Winery – Chateau Morrisette, Floyd
  • Best Dessert Wine – Chateau Morrisette – Frosty Dog
  • Best Fruit Wine – Attimo – Sweet Berry Sunset
  • Best Red Wine – Attimo – A.D. 325 2011
  • Best Sparkling Wine – Chateau Morrisette – Star Dog 2008
  • Best White Wine – Chateau Morrisette – Our Dog Blue

Finally, stretch your legs for a few days with a Virginia 48-Hour Fall Getaway that is riddled with wineries and great food.  Our two examples include wineries in Northern Virginia (Berryville to Delaplane) and Coastal Virginia (Eastern Shore to Williamsburg and beyond).

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but we have a handy-dandy wine map that might generate a few more ideas. Check it out, and use our other friendly tool, the Trip Planner, to make your own custom weekend complete with driving directions.

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