Fairfax County and Washington, DC will soon be even more accessible than ever as Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail extension is set to open in July 2020. This extension will finally connect Washington Dulles International Airport and several new stations in Herndon and Reston with the existing Washington Metrorail service, which feeds Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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.
Seaquest is now open! One of only 10 locations in the US, the new attraction brings the majestic wonders of our planet, ranging from rainforests and deserts to exotic marine life, to Lynchburg. Age-specific Field Trip adventures and Science Labs are available for student groups.
The Kirkley Hotel in Lynchburg has begun a multi year renovation of its 163 room property, upgrading its rooms, facade and restaurant.
Canopy Adventure Park is a new ropes course that opened October 2019. It has four courses ranging from easy to difficult, 10 ziplines and are already looking at expansion opportunities to include a lower-level course for younger groups.
The American Civil War Museum debuted its new expanded space on May 4, 2019 in the renovated historic Tredegar Iron Works site. The 28,500 sq. ft. space includes increased gallery space and a new permanent exhibit, ‘A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America.’
In spring 2020, the Richmond Marriott Downtown will be unveiling renovated guest rooms, a redesigned lobby and brand-new destination dining in the heart of Downtown Richmond.
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 Starwood Hotel and Resort's Element Hotel at Peninsula Town Center is now open. The hotel offers 100 guest rooms and 27 suites as well as 1,040 sq. ft. of meeting space
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium recently opened their newest location in Hampton, bringing thrilling gaming experiences to coastal Virginia visitors. Rosie’s is located in the Power Plant shopping district of Hampton Roads.
The Marriott Oceanfront Hotel will open March 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 July 2020 and offers over 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
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.
Busch Gardens' newest coaster, Pantheon, will be opening in 2020. The coaster will be the fastest multi-launch roller coaster in the United States and will reach a top speed of 72 mph and features a 95 degree drop.
The Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria is now open with 124 guest rooms and a French, southern inspired restaurant.
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.
Opening June 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.
The Hyatt Regency Dulles has begun a top to bottom multi-million-dollar renovation on its rooms, restaurant and meeting space, aiming to finish by February/March 2020.
The Tysons Corner Marriott began a major renovation of its rooms and meeting space (replacing the pool with space) in late winter 2019 with a completion goal of early spring 2020.
The Sheraton Reston has begun work on an exterior facelift, plus will be renovating rooms and meeting space (also turning its outdoor pool into outdoor event function space for weddings/receptions/etc) with a completion date of mid-2020.
The Westin Tysons Corner is doing a major renovation of its meeting space with a completion goal of mid-2020.
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. 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!
The Springston Regals at Massanutten Resort, 140 new luxury two bedroom duplex units, will be available in late 2020.
The Miller’s House Museum, dedicated to interpreting the industrial and transportation history of the Lexington area, is adding a 2.5 x 8 ft. working model of a canal lock complete with gates, canal boat and running water.
Opening March 2020, the Stonewall Jackson House Museum’s new orientation center will be showcasing artifacts owned by the Jackson family and rarely seen by the public.
Two new hotels have come on board! The Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites and a Tru by Hilton are open.
The next project at The Blackburn Inn will be the renovation of a large historic building behind the Inn into a Wellness and Conference Center. When finished the Center, which is just over 20,000 sq.-ft, will consist of one 6,000 sq.-ft. meeting and banquet space, plus several other private spaces of various sizes. The anticipated uses as Wellness include yoga, Pilates, meditation, massage, and nutrition. In addition, as a Conference or Event Center it will be used for board meetings, banquets, weddings, conferences and lectures. Opening in late 2020.
Brunswick County launches the Brunswick Stew Tour in early 2020, which will provide the history as well as fresh samples of the popular Virginia dish.
The historic Jefferson Pools, owned by The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, are undergoing renovations and scheduled to re-open late summer 2020.
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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.
The highly anticipated Sessions Hotel will open April 2, 2020 as a Tribute Hotel by Marriott in Bristol on State Street. The 70-room, $20 million project includes Southern Craft BBQ Restaurant, indoor and outdoor music venues, rooftop space and a luxury spa.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Bristol Motor Speedway just announced a Rhythm and Racing Super Ticket, which will give music and race fans the opportunity to experience three-day weekend festival pass and three-day ticket to all the races.