Visit the ‘reimagined’ Boar’s Head Resort. Formerly the Boar’s Head Inn, the Charlottesville resort features its newly renovated main building as well as a fully made-over restaurant called The Mill Room, bar and lobby, all while remaining true to its original roots.
In November 2018, Kings Dominion debuted WinterFest. The theme park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer! Become immersed in the season's spirit with spectacular holiday lights and decor, world-class live entertainment, savory treats and fanciful experiences throughout.
The 1905 Academy of Music Theatre is one of Lynchburg's most notable historical treasures. The theater closed in 1958 and was silent for over 60 years. The theater has now undergone extensive restoration to return the building.to its original state and reopened its doors in December 2018.
The American Civil War Museum in Richmond opened its 29,000-square-foot institution bringing together the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Museum of the Confederacy.
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is now open in Richmond, Vinton and at Colonial Downs. Rosie’s features HHR (historical horse racing) machines, delicious dining, and a fantastic bar.
One of Virginia’s beloved coastal resorts, the Tides Inn, received a new look and restaurant. The new coastal eatery called Fish Hawk features outdoor oyster roasting, a raw bar and various seafood classics. Also, new this summer, Duffy Electric Boats can be rented from the Tides Inn.
The Marriott Oceanfront Hotel is expected to open early 2020. The 20-story, 300 room hotel will also have over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including an oceanfront terrace off the 11,000 square-foot ballroom.
Delta by Marriott, Virginia Bayfront Suites, is also opening an all-suites product with 292 rooms along the Chesapeake Bay. The property is projected to open mid-2020 and offers over 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
Opened in October 2018, Zeiders American Dream Theatre provides a unique professional venue in which upcoming artists and performers can showcase and develop their crafts in real time. Their 300-seat theater offers an intimate, interactive complement to larger venues in the area. Visitors get the opportunity to enjoy entertainment that they won’t get anywhere else.
Glass Light Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection, will open in Norfolk's historic Rail District in May 2020. The hotel will be down the street from the nationally ranked Chrysler Museum of Art and its Glass Studio. It is expected to open during Norfolk's first Mural Rail Festival, which is likely to become an annual festival.
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. The improvements included a top-to-bottom transformation of all 405 guest rooms, corridors and stairwells. The family-friendly indoor waterpark resort now features a contemporary design.
2019 Commemoration: American Evolution
Special exhibits, signature events and special performances will be occurring in the Coastal Virginia region throughout the year. The Virginia Arts Festival and the 2019 Commemoration have commissioned performances by national acts.
The Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery has reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation, and has been restored to its original 1860 appearance.
Coming in 2020, the National Museum of the United States Army will celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor our nation’s soldiers – past, present, and future - with interactive exhibits, meeting and event space, performance venues and more.
Construction is underway at George Washington’s Ferry Farm on the replica of the Washington Family homestead. This is a huge story and resource about George Washington’s childhood and how it impacted his adult life.
The most visited historic site in the U.S., George Washington’s Mount Vernon reopened its Revolutionary War Theater in early 2018. The theater features state-of-the-art 4-D effects, including: snowfall, fog and rumbling seats to tell the story of General George Washington’s major victories during the American Revolution.
The New Visitor Center at Valley Mall is a perfect stop off Interstate 81 (Exit 247A). The center offers a free meal voucher and welcome bags for motorcoaches when they call ahead as well as an indoor indoor 1/2 mile lap track and ample parking. The Valley Mall offers a plethora of shops and national brands, two full service restaurants, massage chairs, a bookstore, coffee shop, and a new local homemade waffle shop!
Two new hotels have come on board! The Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites and a Tru by Hilton are now taking reservations.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum has a new exhibit featuring Staunton's own Statler Brothers opening spring 2019.
Southwest Virginia - Blue Ridge Highlands
Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, formerly known as Heartwood, has reopened with a refreshed look and renewed focus on telling the culturally authentic story of Southwest Virginia to residents and visitors alike. An expanded visitor center, new theater and exhibits, and a reinvented restaurant are just a few of the new features.
Opened fall 2018, The Bristol Hotel re-purposes downtown Bristol’s notable Executive Plaza, which dates back to 1925 into a 65-room boutique hotel. It will feature a rooftop bar with scenic views and street-front dining serving farm-to-table style cuisine.
Southwest Virginia - Heart of Appalachia
Now open, the Western Front Hotel is a historic boutique hotel with 30 hotel rooms in downtown St. Paul situated between the Spearhead Trails and the Clinch River. The hotel features Milton's, an upscale Appalachian Cuisine restaurant. It also includes a rooftop bar, gift shop, Music Hall, outdoor lawn and stage for performances, and a billiards/pool room.