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Virginia’s Most Beautiful Hotel Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:33:29 +0000 Travelers and locals alike flock to certain Virginia hotels every year at Christmastime. Why? These hotels go above and beyond to deliver a magical experience inside. The decorations are stunning, professional creations that stop you, and leave you standing with your mouth gaping wide open.

Don’t believe me?

To quote Disney’s Brave,

“feast your eyes …”

— The Jefferson, Richmond —

The Jefferson has had elaborate gingerbread artworks – pieces far taller than my 5’6″ stature, and while these arts change annually, the breadth of the rest of the grand hotel remain. Enter and find a stunning 28′ tree decorated by Rick Lunsford of Blooms at The Jefferson (it has its own illumination ceremony, by the way), sweeping staircases wrapped in garland, ribbon and bows, and hundreds of beautiful poinsettias delicately situated about.

Richmonders spend time at The Jefferson for dining, intimate meetings, and after hours drinks. There aren’t many other hotels that can claim the local love that this place can.

— Primland, Meadows of Dan —

Come see the festive decorations during December at Primland Resort and book the Winter Savor Package for a great deal on one of Virginia’s most beautiful resorts. The package includes your overnight stay, free breakfast, afternoon tea, and a dinner from your choice of the resort’s restaurants (Elements, the 19th Pub, the Stables Saloon, or in-room service). Additionally, guests booking the package on the weekends are welcomed with a Manager’s Reception.

— The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs —

A near-national treasure, this Virginia mainstay always delivers the quintessential Southern hospitality experience, and if possible, the holidays seem to take that experience up a notch.

Peruse the halls and spaces of The Omni Homestead Resort to find the more than 30 decorated trees. The Great Hall Fraser fir was more than 23′ tall and 15′ wide when it was cut. It now twinkles with more than 2,000 multi-colored lights. Look for its 17′ sibling tree in the Grand Ballroom, decked in satin and white lights.

— Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville —

Boar’s Head is a AAA Four Diamond destination known for its superb Old Mill Room dining. The entire estate glistens with the twinkling lights of the season, but it’s the themed, decorated trees you’ll want to seek out.

— Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg —

Kingsmill Resort is a gem of a stay not far from Colonial Williamsburg, giving visitors an over-the-top Christmas treat outside, inside, and even in their room. When you stay at Kingsmill, you can truly spend the Christmas weekend, as your stockings, tree, trimmings, milk and cookies … it’s all taken care of! Just ask for the Holiday Traditions package when you call.


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3 Secret Beaches in Europe Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:17:55 +0000 Not sure where your next beach getaway should be? Check out this list of hidden treasures to help you get ready for some summer fun!

Cold, wet and miserable are just some of the descriptions of winter weather. Often, in the midst of this dreary season, our minds are flooded with dreams of laying on the beach or basking in the sun. However, once the time comes, we often find ourselves lingering over the same old question:

WHERE DO WE GO? Of course, everyone has their favorite beach bum locations, but if you’re looking for a little more adventure – this list is for you. Kick your beach day excursion up a notch and discover these secret beaches in Europe that are bound to give you some sun and relaxation, without the crowds. These destinations will be sure to help you create some memories and fulfill the fix for sun and sand that’s been nagging you since that first snowfall.

1. Cleopatra Beach (Turkey)

The vast coastline of Turkey offers some fantastic beaches. It is home to 258 Blue Flag beaches, as well as an array of hidden coves and intimate spots to get your beach on.  Nightlife, history, sun and sea are all prominent aspects of the area, and once you’re there you’ll never be bored. Getting there is pretty easy too, especially with current flight deals at some of their lowest points of the year! The Turkish Riviera, located in the area of Antalya, offers 400 miles of sandy beaches, and for those travelers looking for more than just a day trip, the resort town of Alanya is about an hour from the international airport. This beautiful destination spreads along the Mediterranean and is accompanied by the beautiful backdrop of the Taurus mountains (which are only a 20 minutes drive away). Alanya is also home to Damlatas, one of the most sought-after local locations in Turkey for a beach getaway. Also known as Cleopatra Beach, it is usually a busy spot full of people, cafes, and fun. But if this bustling scene isn’t for you, don’t worry! Take a ride on a dolmus (local transport) a little further east towards the smaller towns of Oba and Mahmutlar, and you will find quieter less commercialized stretches of beaches. The town of Gazipasa has an especially lovely sandy beach I would highly recommend. It would be quite the hike from town, but local buses make it an easy option for out-of-towners.

2. Slanchev Bryag (Bulgaria)

While Bulgaria is renowned for its winter sports, the summer beach weather makes the Black Sea coastline a great place to visit. Popular with Eastern European visitors for many years, Western Europeans are now beginning to discover the area, especially Slanchev Bryag. Translated to “Sunny Beach”, this stretch of sand has no shortage of life and color. There is a vibrancy, and ‘spring-break’ feel to the area with plenty of low-cost accommodation available among the proliferation of hotels now residing along the coastline. For the history lovers out there, this area also has the unique characteristic of being right down the coast from Nessebar. This ancient town has been referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, and is basically considered a city-museum. Built by the Thracians in the 6th century B.C., this culture filled spot could add an element of intrigue to any beach day adventure.

3. Makarska (Croatia)

For those of you who don’t know which bathing suit to wear, leave it in the closet and head to Croatia! Home to clothing-optional beaches since the thirties, naturism is very popular here. Large nudist resorts are scattered throughout the country, including Koversada of Istria – one of the oldest naturist centers in Europe. Although, the Adriatic coastline does offer many commercial beaches like Koversada, there is a long list of hidden treasures that can only be found by a boat or a trek by foot. Makarska Riviera, south of Split, is most definitely on that list, offering an ideal location for those of you who would rather take on the ‘au natural’ in private. Makarska is a gorgeous haven of white sands and scenice views- perfect for anyone looking for a summertime escape.

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Feast For Shopping Lovers? Black Friday, Of Course! Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:01:02 +0000 Each November is a special month for shopping darlings. For everybody who is wild about shopping – Black Friday 2018 is coming!

Consistently on that one exceptional Friday individuals from the entire world fall into a shopping craze. Numerous sit tight for that exceptional minute since past November. Thanksgiving is only an opportunity to rest and get quiet before the show. Indeed, Black Friday is relatively here! Set yourself up for this insane day and crazy deals all over. Prepare yourself for the greatest occasion of customers!

The shopping extravaganza following Thanksgiving is a yearly occasion known wherever on the planet. The possibility of pre-Christmas deals was conceived in United States. On this day shops are open sooner than regular and offers to its customers special deals. Perhaps it is the perfect time to consider makeovers in our homes and general changes in our storage rooms .

For some is additionally affection to purchase phenomenal things and search for some extravagant things for insides. To be completely forthright, it is an extraordinary day which ought to be commended. Festivity requires the most elevated quality and everything what is the best. On Friday how about we search only for the finest.

The Day After Thanksgiving» is ideal time for change of stylistic theme in our home. In on the web and stationary shops you can discover an assortment of items offering with extraordinary markdown. There are additionally numerous motivations which can enable you to make mystical mood in your insides

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