Five Heartwarming Destinations for Your Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 | Updated: Nov 19, 2014

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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, La Bergerie, Waterfront Market
  • 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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* Updated Nov. 19, 2014

 

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Melissa Barrett
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Come to “A Trial Town Christmas” in lovely Damascus! December 6th in the park, 11a.m. till 7 p.m. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748836688487591

Joey McGhee
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Downtown Roanoke Va. Stay at the Hotel Roanoke, Go to Dickens of a Christmas within walking distance! Great places to eat, horse drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts. What better way to celebrate Christmas with your family!!

Granny
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Mt Vernon all decked out in its Christmas finery is a sight that everyone should see at least once. Also, the light decorations on boats along the Potomac as seen from the Parkway are lovely. While you’re in the DC area, head on up to National Cathedral for a tour and noontime organ concert. Spectacular and spiritual, no matter what faith you may, or may not, have. Great beauty that passionate artistic spirits have created.

Rebecca
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Lexington, Virginia is one of the most beautiful places at Christmas! The downtown is just beautifully decorated. There are many events and family activities, and it just feels like the holidays!

Jaye
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Um, there are much better places to eat in Old Town than those places. Ew! And Caboose isn’t even in Old Town! It’s about 3 miles away! Try Majestic, Vermilion, Hanks Oyster Bar, Vermilion, Brabo Tasting Room, La Bergerie… Restaurant Eve for $$$$

Dwight
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Culpeper? I can name about 15 places better than downtown culpeper during the holidays

Lee
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One more heartwarming place for spending a couple days /nights during holidays is…. Not sure if I should make our secret holiday place public….it may become too crowded… it is- House Mountain Inn, Lexington, VA. A Cozy house and rooms,delicious meals, cheese and wine hour, free time entertainment outdoors, special packages… everything one may wish for holiday getaway.

Clarissa Westenburger
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Why not the Homestead for a heart-warming winter vacation? If they are not sold-out, this Hotel is a palace in the Alleghany mountains of Virginia, once visited by our Founding Fathers located in Hot Springs. The gigantic fireplaces in the lobby highlight the evening piano music with open bar (fantastic) or the afternoon high tea with piano music (no cost). The dining room is spectaculular, coat and tie required. Dining with jazz band and dancing on many nights. Fixed Price menus are a great way to enjoy the gourmet dining and the Thanksgiving Day buffet is beyond belief gourmet, with… Read more »
Matt K.
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Newport News? Holiday destination? Wait, what?

dee frey
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I’m with you Matt. NN is one of the last places I’d think of or recommended to visit. We live in VaB but Norfolk is one of our favorites!

K
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Silver Diner closed two years ago, and even when it was open a chain restaurant should never have been suggested as the best place to eat in Newport News. Crab Shack is fine, but what about Circa 1918, Fin, Schlesingers, Pearl or one of the other fabulous local restaurants. Aren’t local restaurants what should be touted on the Virgina website and not closed chain restaurants?

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