Weekends

Middleton Getaway

Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the event, Belle Grove Historic Plantation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation are highlighting the seminal battle of this campaign—the Second Battle of Bull Run. On…

Lexington Getaway

Do you find yourself reading ’Twas the Night Before Christmas during the summer? Are your neighbors mad at you because your Christmas lights are still up? There’s no need to be ashamed! This Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28,…

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Family Adventure Package

Kite? Check. Camera? Check. S‘mores? You bet. Intent on capturing the final months of summer, the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has put together their Family Adventure package, offering items such as kites, a disposable camera and a s‘mores kit…

Beaches off the Beaten Path

The Hampton Roads region is a mecca for beachgoers. Every summer, tourists flock to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to enjoy the waves and soak up the sun. While the Oceanfront always provides a terrific time, here are several Hampton Roads…

Hot Dates at Cool Prices

As the weather heats up, it’'s a great time to hit the town with your significant other. Yet, the current economic climate may make it hard to justify blowing too much cash. Here are several suggestions for fun summer affordable…

Underground Town

We have stopped on the walking path of the Organ Cave near Ronceverte, W.Va., and, strangely, we hear voices. It sounds like both boys and men, chattering above the sounds of rushing waters— like they’re working, telling each other what…

OBX Taste of the Beach Weekend 2012

Many people from Hampton Roads think of an Outer Banks trip as a way to quickly escape and find some serenity in the sun, sand and maybe an elaborate beach house. But when they visit during Taste of the Beach…

Locks, Logs and Lingering

The Pasquotank River churns and foams as the South Mills, N.C. lockmaster calls down to us and then opens the gate to allow our small boat inside. The Dismal Swamp Canal and another world await eight feet higher on the…

Women Take Wintergreen

When my husband and I set out for the 11,000-acre Wintergreen Resort early last November for me to participate in its Inspirations Weekend, I anticipated the great food, wine and spa treatments for which the resort has come to be…

Falling for St. Michael's

Packing the car early on a Friday afternoon and driving north on Route 13 through the rural and rustic small towns of the Eastern Shore almost always indicates I am venturing to the Northeast to visit my New Jersey family…

Bridge to the Banks

We propose to build a bridge.” With those six words from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement, decision makers have taken the first measurable steps towards alleviating one of the worst vacation traffic jams in the…

Hampton Roads' Love For The OBX: From Leisure to Business

With its pristine beaches, breathtaking beauty and weather moderated by ocean currents, the Outer Banks has lured visitors since the earliest times. Even before the first Europeans set foot on Roanoke Island, there is evidence that neighboring tribes visited the…

OBX: Taste of the Beach

Wine pools on the slick, sticky floor in Sanctuary Vineyard's barrel room. It dribbles off the edge of the tables and trickles up my forearm. My team and I scramble to add just the right amounts of chardonnay, muscadine and…

The Bay Creek Way

I crouched down on the pier behind Chatham Vineyards and dangled my legs off the edge, letting my feet bathe in the calm waters of Church Creek and dance around the occasional jellyfish. Two plastic cups filled with crisp, stainless…

Saddle Up

I’'ve loved horses for as long as I can remember—and yet, as a child, I rarely encountered them. The seeds of my passion were planted by television shows, movies and books. I longed to ride like Roy Rogers—or better yet,…

Just Breathe

If the onslaught of tourist season in Hampton Roads—and all the vehicular immobilization that goes along with it—makes you want to go running for the hills, take heart. Our fair state happens to be home to some of the most…

Eco Excursions

Holding steaming mugs of morning coffee, we walked down from our campsite to the white sand beach that stretched as far as the eye can see. A wild pony nosed around beach scrub, looking for breakfast. Our eyes focused some…

Inn Love

The fire crackled, popped and cast a soft amber glow on a dining room filled with dark woods and age-old timber beams. A flickering candle at a table in our cozy corner shed some light on our toughest decision that…

Parkway Pleasures

Dubbed America’s Favorite Drive and the most-visited national park in the nation, the Blue Ridge Parkway is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. But tourism to this region dates much further back—to Thomas Jefferson, who became enamored with the Peaks…