RICHMOND, Va. (November 27, 2012) - Steven Spielberg's "LINCOLN," filmed 100 percent in Virginia, is already a hit at the box office. New travel packages, tours and special menu items are sure to make Virginia's LINCOLN Movie Trail a hit with film goers and history buffs alike. LINCOLN movie fans interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at where the movie was made can walk in the footsteps of Spielberg's LINCOLN through special tours and enjoy the same hotels and restaurants reported to be favorites of the movie's star cast and crew.
The following is a sampling of special LINCOLN packages, tours and menu items, with more found on www.virginia.org/Lincoln.
Lincoln Stayed Here - The Jefferson Hotel - Richmond - Valid through March 3, 2013
Lincoln fans wishing to sleep in the same hotel as the stars can take advantage of the historic, Five-Star Jefferson Hotel's "Lincoln Stayed Here" rate of $195 per night for a superior guest room, available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. With luxurious accommodations, breathtaking architecture and first-class dining, travelers will feel like true celebrities in this grand hotel. For reservations, call 804-788-8000 or visit www.thejeffersonhotel.com and use the promotion code LINCOLN.
Historical Lincoln - The Berkeley Hotel - Richmond - Valid through March 31, 2013
The "Historical Lincoln" package is ideal for visitors interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at "LINCOLN" and some of the film's key location sites. Set in the heart of historic downtown Richmond, this hotel package includes elegant overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and two passes for The Museum of The Confederacy and The American Civil War Center at Tredegar. The recently remodeled State Capitol Building is also a short walk from the hotel, making it easy for Lincoln fans and history buffs to explore. Rates start at $195 per night, based on double occupancy. For reservations, call 804-780-1300 or visit www.berkeleyhotel.com.
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Lincoln in Richmond from River City Segs - Richmond - Through Dec. 31, 2012
There is no better way to explore the historic sites of Lincoln than by Segway. Travelers who book this tour will travel by Segway on a two-hour guided tour from River City Segs, covering Lincoln's path in Richmond. The tour discusses the making of the movie and Lincoln's impact on the city today with stops at the James River, the canal, the Virginia State Capitol, The White House of the Confederacy, Historic Tredegar Iron Works and the only statue of Lincoln in the South. All tours include a full training session on the only indoor Segway training course in Richmond. Tour cost is $59 a person. For reservations, call 804-343-6105 or visit www.rivercitysegs.com.
Travel the Path of Lincoln - Maymont Estate - Richmond - Valid through Jan. 18, 2013
Travel the path of Lincoln aboard a horse-drawn carriage from Maymont, a 100-acre American estate. Visitors who book a Maymont Lincoln ride will enjoy a leisurely private 30-minute tour along the same roadway shown in the carriage scene with the President and First Lady in the "LINCOLN" film, with stops including the Nature & Visitor Center, Maymont Mansion and Japanese gardens. Travelers receive 25 percent off a $50 tour when mentioning the "Travel the Path of Lincoln" offer. To book, call 804-358-7166 or visit www.maymont.org.
"Looking for Lincolns" at Virginia's Historic Capitol: Then and Now - Richmond - Valid through March 31, 2013
With Virginia State Capitol's new guided tour, "Looking for the Lincolns," travelers will get a glimpse into history, retracing the footsteps of the historical Lincolns in 1865 as well as the celebrity cast portraying them in Steven Spielberg's "LINCOLN," including Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Participants on this tour will explore Capitol interiors used during production and hear how parts of the Capitol were modified to simulate both the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C as well as to become convincing 1865 interiors for the film. The tour also includes a visit to one of the historic rooms where the Virginia Electoral College traditionally meets after each presidential election to officially cast Virginia's vote for president and vice president of the United States. For more information, call 804-698-1788 or visit www.virginiacapitol.gov.
Lincoln Movie Tour - Richmond - Jan. 13-Dec. 13, 2013
Richmond's award winning Hollywood meets history movie tour from Virginia Film Tours offers visitors an insider's look into Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed "LINCOLN." Fans will become educated on Virginia's rich historical past while visiting and learning more about the locations President Lincoln visited during his final days in Richmond at the close of the Civil War and where all the lights, camera and action took place. In addition, visitors will get to hear behind-the-scenes stories of the filming, cast and crew and more. For more information, call 804-744-1718 or visit www.virginiafilmtours.com.
SPECIAL MENU ITEMS
Hot Mary Toddy & Lincoln Log Cabin Apple Pie - The Brickhouse Run - Petersburg
In honor of the "LINCOLN" film, The Brickhouse Run, a British pub and restaurant in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg, is offering two Lincoln-themed menu items. Diners who want to extend their Lincoln experience past the theaters can order a Hot Mary Toddy drink to accompany their meal, followed by a delicious slice of Lincoln Log Cabin Apple Pie for dessert. For more information, call 804-862-1815 or visit www.brickhouserun.com.
The Spielberger - Dixie Restaurant - Petersburg
Paying tribute to Steven Spielberg's film "LINCOLN," the Dixie Restaurant, a Southern landmark breakfast and lunch establishment in Old Towne Petersburg, added the Spielberger to its menu. Hungry "LINCOLN" and Spielberg fans will eat up this savory cheeseburger topped with the restaurant's famous chili. For more information, call (804) 732-7425.
Oyster "Stew" and Milk Punch - Lemaire Restaurant at The Jefferson Hotel - Richmond
A favorite among "LINCOLN" cast and crew members, Lemaire Restaurant at The Jefferson Hotel has introduced two Lincoln specialty items to their menu in celebration of the President and the film. A twist on milk, one of President Lincoln's favorite beverages, customers looking for a cocktail with a kick will enjoy the freshly made Milk Punch with vanilla bean, sugar and apple brandy. Oyster lovers will devour President Lincoln's Famous Oyster "Stew" with Applewood bacon, local oyster mushrooms, creamy Byrd Mills grits and black pepper veal jus. For more information, visit http://www.lemairerestaurant.com/.
In addition, many attractions and restaurants throughout Richmond are offering discounted rates with a LINCOLN movie ticket stub, including 10 percent off the total check at the new Heritage restaurant and Strawberry Street Cafe and $2 off at the Valentine Richmond History Center.
Online visitors can also learn about historic sites in Virginia where President Lincoln himself visited during the Civil War. The online trip planner will help build a personalized itinerary complete with museums, restaurants and lodging options.
Visit www.Virginia.org/LINCOLN to learn more about The LINCOLN Movie trail and enter to win a four-day, three-night vacation sweepstakes to Virginia to tour the sites, stay at The Jefferson Hotel and dine at the same restaurants as the LINCOLN stars.
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