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    Budget-Friendly Winter Travel Packages

    by Casey | Posted on January 23rd, 2013

    Find yourself looking for a quick winter escape that won’t break the bank? Virginia is a great choice for an affordable mountain retreat, historic escape or full-of-fun family excursion.

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    The Natural Bridge in Winter

    Wintergreen Resort is offering a great skiing deal for you – $79 per person gets you a night of stay and an eight-hour lift ticket, not to mention unlimited use of the Aquatics & Fitness Center and the resort shuttle. Available through March 17. BOOK NOW

    The Natural Bridge should be on everyone’s bucket list, and here’s a great opportunity to see it as many times as you like for a year. Book one night and visit the Bridge, Cedar Creek Nature Trail, Monacan Indian Village, Drama of Creation, Butterfly Garden, Caverns and Wax Museum for just $99 per couple. Bring the kids for an extra $25-$30 (rates based on age). The annual pass will have you back to see the Natural Bridge in every season and then some! Available through March 7. BOOK NOW

    Couples will enjoy a stay at the 1920s General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion. The package for two includes an award-winning “Song of the Mountains” performance at The Lincoln Theatre and a dinner voucher for the boutique hotel’s The Black Rooster restaurant. $145 for two. Available January 31-February 5 and February 28-March 5. BOOK NOW

    Now paging a party of six for a weekend of fun in Roanoke! Stay at Best Western PLUS Inn at Valley View and enjoy a one-night stay, bowling for six with shoe rental, pizza and soda included, private swimming from 10 to 11pm in the indoor pool and breakfast the next morning. It’s a great value for just $152.36 (taxes included). Available through March 1. BOOK NOW: 540-362-2400 x402

    Richmond is a historical destination ripe with culture. Stay at the luxurious Jefferson Hotel (presidents have stayed there, you know) and enjoy a Southern breakfast and valet parking for just $245 for two. The hotel’s location puts you in the center of art, entertainment and tremendous history. Available weekends through March 3.  BOOK NOW

    Waterparks in January. Yes, you read right. Head to Massanutten Resort to enjoy two nights in a two-bedroom condo and eight one-day waterpark passes for just $600. You’ll also receive $18 off your food and beverage purchases at the waterpark. It’s a fun, wet time in January! BOOK NOW

    A family of four can getaway to America’s Historic Triangle for four nights and five days for just $659 through March 31. The price includes accommodations at Embassy Suites Williamsburg, breakfast and complimentary manager’s reception each day, and the American Historic Triangle Pass for each family member. The pass provides entrance for up to seven consecutive days to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Jamestowne Island, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center. Don’t have a family of four? The price adjusts down to $599 for two. BOOK NOW

    Discover more great packages at Virginia.org to help you plan your next affordable getaway.

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    Virginia Slope Reports

    by Casey | Posted on January 16th, 2013

    With potential snow in the forecast this week, it’s a great time to think about hitting the slopes on skis, boards or tubes. All of Virginia’s ski resorts make snow, so even if the beautiful white stuff doesn’t fall naturally, you’ll have powder to play in.

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Bryce Resort is located in Basye, atop Bryce Mountain and northwest of Harrisonburg. If you’re driving Interstate 81 at night, you’ll see the mountain lit up for night skiing. The seven-day forecast shows snow Thursday night and again on Monday. As of today, four of the eight trails are open and the average snow depth is 22″. Snowmaking will resume tonight and some forecasters have predicted 9-12″ will fall on Bryce Thursday and Friday.
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    You’ll find The Homestead in Hot Springs, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. Conde Nast Traveler recently named The Homestead one of the Top 50 Ski Hotels in the United States and Canada. Pack the bags and head out now to see why! The area forecast shows snow tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, and due to their higher climate, the snow often comes heavier and stays longer. Two trails are open and the base is 16-30″.
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    Just east of Harrisonburg at a peak elevation of 2,925′ is Massanutten Resort. Six of the 12 trails are open with an average depth of 18″, and 10 snow tube lanes are open. Massanutten boasts the longest vertical slope in Virginia, Maryland or Pennsylvania at 1,110′. If the forecasts prove accurate, that long, fast lane may have an additional 5-10″ on it soon.
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    Wintergreen Resort sits on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Waynesboro. The forecast is looking good for another 6-12″ of snow Thursday and snowmaking will resume tonight to enhance the natural powder. More snow may be in the forecast for Tuesday. Currently seven of the 26 trails are open, as is The Plunge Tubing Park.
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    Bundle up and see what fun you can have at Virginia’s mountain resorts this weekend.

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    Make January Your Dine Around Month

    by Casey | Posted on January 9th, 2012

    Old Town Alexandria

    Old Town Alexandria

    If the blahs of winter have gotten you down, fear not. A good dinner out will always raise your spirits!

    Virginia is chock full of great dining and five areas are polishing their silver and perfecting their pairings for their annual restaurant week events. Which one do you plan to partake of?

    January 9-15: The Northern Virginia / DC Restaurant Week is an occasion of fine dining that stretches across the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Clifton, Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean, Reston, and Vienna. Choose a prix fixe three-course lunch or five-course dinner at one of the 52 participating Virginia restaurants. Lunch is $20.12 per person and dinner is $35.12 per person.

    January 13-22: Alexandria Restaurant Week boasts 56 participating restaurants and $35 can buy you either a single three-course dinner OR a dinner for two at a range of atmospheres. Choose from formal dining to comfortably casual.

    January 15-22: Virginia Beach Restaurant Week is in its 7th year and now has 70 restaurants on board! Go out for a three-course lunch for $11.12 or do dinner at your choice of two price rates – either $20.12 or $27.12.

    January 22-29: Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week has 22 restaurants offering three-course dinners for either $20 or $30, depending on your choices. Eight of those participants also have a $10 two-course lunch menu exclusive to this week.

    January 23-29: Charlottesville Restaurant Week welcomes you to choose from 20 restaurants offering $26 three-course dinners.

    For all of these restaurant week events, reservations are strongly recommended. Click the links above to begin the online reservation process or locate phone numbers. We hope you find tastebud LOVE at the end of your fork this January in Virginia!



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    Williamsburg Aglow for the Holidays

    by Casey | Posted on November 18th, 2011

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

    Yesterday I gave you the scoop on Richmond’s amazing lights for the 100 Miles of Lights event that covers multiple cities every year. Today, Williamsburg’s up!

    Kick off the festivities in Colonial Williamsburg on December 4 with the Grand Illumination event. First, it’s free – no ticket or reservation is required – and second, there are THREE fireworks displays and multiple stages of musical performances. The show starts at 5:15 p.m. Arrive early for good parking.

    If you care to stay the night, there are enticing travel packages to be had, and they cover more than what you might think.

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is entering its second year. If you’re imagining just a few lights to decorate BG, think again. There are now FIVE MILLION lights (up from a mere two million last year), a 50′ Christmas tree with animated lights, and I hear the park even smells like Christmas with the scent of warm sugar cookies and pine wafting in the wind.

    If you “do” Christmas Town, know these things in advance:

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    1. You must buy the peppermint fudge hot chocolate. It’s mandatory and you won’t be sorry. (Really it’s not mandatory, but let’s pretend it is.)
    2.  There are real penguins. You will fall in love, no questions asked.
    3.  Santa is there, and he’s a good Santa, too. Not a mall Santa at all. And he’s building toys.
    4. Elmo and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun gang are in on the Christmas action, too.
    5. The shows are heartwarming, traditional, and just what you expect at Christmas time.
    6. While not all of the rides are available in the winter, plenty are, and the one you mustn’t miss is Flight of Lights.
    7. The dining menus change to reflect a traditional Christmas meal.
    8. Christmas Town is not open daily. The schedule:
    - Begins November 25
    - Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m.
    - Daily from December 16 through 31, 3 to 10 p.m. Exceptions: Close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
    9. Christmas Town is an affordable gift (and will no doubt be very much appreciated). A single evening ticket is $24.99. If you can and want to go three consecutive nights, I suggest the Discovery Ticket for $32.99.

    Back to those travel packages …

     A Williamsburg Christmas Experience * Three days of unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens * Choose your own accommodation * from $119.99/person for two nights

    Christmas in Williamsburg from Country Inn & Suites * Two tickets to Busch Gardens for one day * $20 restaurant gift certificate valid at over 60 area restaurants * Christmas gift * breakfast * from $139/night

    Decked Out with All the Trimmings * Three-day Discovery Ticket to Busch Gardens * Two Busch Gardens Parking Vouchers * Dining certificate for a traditional meal and hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug * Choose your own accommodation * rates dependent upon number of guests and lodging choice 

    Hungry for more 100 Miles of Lights info? Go to Virginia.org/100MilesofLights/.



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    A Winter Family Vacation Giveaway

    by Casey | Posted on November 15th, 2011

    Do you love to ski or snowboard and want to instill that love in your children? Or maybe these are sports you’d like to learn as a family? If so, this winter sweepstakes will make you want to get into motion … SNOWMOTION!

    Enter to Win the Snowmotion Sweepstakes!

    This prize trip includes a three-night, four-day stay at Wintergreen Resort for a family of four in a luxurious, two-bedroom condo.   The family will spend their time at Wintergreen learning the ropes of the slopes with a free ski or snowboard lesson, as well as complimentary rental equipment and lift tickets for the entire stay.  Add in a $200 gift card which can be used for dining at any of Wintergreen’s three restaurants, and it’s the perfect winter getaway.  The trip prize winner will receive round trip airfare for four and a rental car to explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby destinations in and around Wintergreen Resort.

    Travel must be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Lodging is subject to availability.  Blackout dates apply for January 13-16, 2012; February 17-20, 2012; and December 24-31, 2012.

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