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    Blue Ridge Highlands | Central Virginia | Eastern Shore | Hampton Roads | Northern Virginia | Heart of Appalachia | Shenandoah Valley | Southern Virginia


    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Meadows of Dan
    Primland Resort Tree House: www.primland.com; Resort is adding a Tree House overlooking the Dan River Gorge for guests who want an escape with a difference; two nature trails for GEO-caching enthusiasts and a re-creation of six miles of the Old Appalachian Trail for hikers and mountain bikers.

    Geocaching at Primland: www.primland.com;Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which a GPS receiver is used to hide and seek containers. At Primland, there are 2 courses designed in a partnership with Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. The Pinnacle Loop Trail is ideal for families with young children, and The Buzzards Roost Trail is more challenging with more difficult terrain. Each trail contains caches that provide information on the history of the region and the plants and animals native to this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


    Central Virginia

    Blue Mountain Brewery: www.bluemountainbrewery.com; The beer hall and front patio, deck and porch can host up to 130 guests. Perfect for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, business events.

    Drumheller's Orchard: www.drumhellersorchard.com; Specialize in school tours. New retail farm bakery kitchen located behind packing shed. Turnovers, cakes, pies, peach and apple desserts, ice cream.

    Piney River
    Saunders Brothers Farm Market: www.saundersbrothers.com: In addition to the peaches and apples at the farm market, Saunders Brothers is now selling their own vegetables and meat. Dinner is on its way - from salad to dessert.

    Howardsville Canoe Livery:  www.howardsvillecanoe.com;  Enjoy a day on the James, Rockfish or Tye River. River adventures for the individual, family or group. Shuttle service available. Riverside camping opens Spring 2012.


    Eastern Shore

    Cape Charles
    Bay Creek Railway: www.baycreek.net; Bay Creek Resort and Club has an interesting approach to fine dining, and everyone is invited to climb on board. The Ride and Dine by Rail is the only restored Interurban Dining Service in operation today. A restored 1913 Interurban railcar that operates round-trip dining excursions from Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

    Museum of Chincoteague Island: www.chincoteaguemuseum.com; A museum dedicated to celebrating the people, culture and heritage of Chincoteague Island. Exhibits include first order and sixth order Fresnel lighthouse lenses, the historic island seafood industry and early island artifacts.


    Hampton Roads

    Chrysler Museum Glass Studio: www.chrysler.org;  The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio opens in 2011 to complement the Museum’s world-class glass collection across the street with a variety of classes in glass blowing, casting, fusing, flameworking and coldworking.

    Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin: www.nauticus.org; Tour the newly opened interior spaces of Battleship Wisconsin and explore Nauticus on the downtown Norfolk waterfront!

    Virginia Arts Festival's Flying PROMS Symphonic Airshow Spectacular: www.vafest.org;  A beloved tradition showcasing the beauty of vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra. Share this soaring symphonic celebration!

    Virginia Beach
    Ocean Breeze Water Park: www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com; The Multi-million dollar renovation includes a monster 4-slide complex and a pirate themed water play structure.

    Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure: www.virginiabeachpirateship.com; A pirate ship, the “Lost Pearl,” can be found cruising the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

    Jody’s Popcorn: www.jodyspopcorn.com;  A local favorite! Have Jody’s customize popcorn with school colors and logo for fundraising trips to Virginia Beach. 

    Student Experiential Programs: www.vbgrouptours.com;  Our new Live the Life Adventures is a great way for students to experience Virginia Beach in a whole new way. Adventures include The Sound of Freedom at Naval Air Station Oceana, Behind the Curtain at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts,  Conservation Quest at the Virginia Aquarium , The Surfman Chronicles at the Old Coast Guard Station or an Eco-Wildlife Safari in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg:  www.buschgardens.com/bgwgroup; One amazing class trip is at Busch Gardens where you’ll experience in 2012 a new physics show and a new world-class coaster experience like nothing before.

    Jamestown Settlement:  www.historyisfun.org;  "The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World" special exhibition, developed by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, explores transition from the "old" world to a new globally connected world.


    Northern Virginia

    Prince William Ice Center: www.pwice.com; Prince William Ice Center's new state of the art facility offers 1400 s/f meeting space, NHL and Olympic-sized rinks all year round.

    The Sherwood Center: www.fairfaxva.gov; Beautiful, elegant new Center ideally located in the heart of Northern Virginia. Perfect for events from smaller groups to larger wedding receptions, parties or meetings.


    Heart of Appalachia

    State Route 16 Between Tazewell County & Smyth County
    Back of the Dragon: www.backofthedragon.com; Back of the Dragon is an exciting excursion which calls to motorcyclists, sports car enthusiasts and nature lovers. Drive across the Back of the Dragon on Route 16 between Tazewell and Marion: three winding, curvy mountains, over 260 curves some 15 MPH turns, and breathtaking views.


    Shenandoah Valley

    Patsy Cline Historic House: www.celebratingpatsycline.org; PCHH will interpret Patsy Cline's life in Winchester from 1948 until her move to Nashville in 1957, historic tours will be given daily, period items of her life on display as well as personal stories about the music icon.


    Southern Virginia

    The Virginia Home Inn: www.TheVirginiaHomeInn.com; Built for Marshall Fields in 1920, The Virginia Home Inn is a 22-room home that has been restored as a Bed & Breakfast. It sits on almost 2-acres of gardens, lawn and woods and is a short walk from hiking, biking, paddling and fishing on the Smith River.

Last Updated: 9/27/2011 9:11 AM