Thanksgiving Celebrations across the State
From mountainscapes to cityscapes, Thanksgiving celebrations across Virginia offer something for everyone. Here are a few to consider:
• Nov. 6, 2011 - Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation, the site of the First Official Thanksgiving. Enjoy tribal dancers, Brunswick Stew, and living history programs. Visit www.berkeleyplantation.com or call 804-820-6018 for more info.
• Nov. 24, 2011 - Feast like a king at The Jefferson Hotel. Choose between a Sunday Thanksgiving Brunch buffet or a four-course prix fixe holiday meal at Lemaire with traditional Virginia specialties from noon to 4 p.m. Also, a tempting three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner offered at TJ’s from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit www.jeffersonhotel.com or call 804-788-8000 for info.
• Nov. 24-27, 2011 - Traditional Feast, Grand Illumination and Ski Swap at Wintergreen Resort. Enjoy a weekend filled with traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, gingerbread house workshop, ski equipment bargains, and more. Visit www.wintergreenresort.com or call 800-266-2444 for information.
Visit www.virginia.org for more fall travel ideas here in Virginia.
Historic Cape Charles
Just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, enjoy the charm of historic Cape Charles, a seaport that is restoring its 19th century beauty while offering modern enticements, from signature golf and boating, beaches, beautiful natural landscapes, shops and boutiques, nearby winery and eco-tours, sunset dining, and more. A furnished vacation home at Bay Creek Resort Rentals (www.baycreekresort.com) offers a hospitable base camp for travelers’ Eastern Shore getaways with 10 percent off the rental rate on all vacation rentals throughout the resort in November. Visit www.esvatourism.org for more ideas on Eastern Shore escapes.
Christmas at Biltmore ~ Nov. 4-Jan. 1
Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, offers an insider’s look at the home and lifestyle of the Vanderbilts. Among the offerings are Candlelight Christmas tours; Christmas displays within the house, gardens, and grounds; Santa visits in Antler Hall Village; musical ensembles; carriage rides; and holiday-themed dinners at Biltmore’s restaurants. For information about packages and a schedule of events, visit www.biltmore.com.
Christmas on the Creek ~ Dec. 2-4
Nestled on the Eastern Shore, the Town of Oxford, Maryland is tiny, family-friendly, oh-so-serene ... and picturesque as a postcard come the winter holidays. For the fifth year running, Oxford will celebrate the season with its annual “Christmas on the Creek” weekend, this year from December 2 to 4 . The theme? Lights, lights, lights everywhere, from the “dock trees” lining Town Creek (the masts of the many boats that make their homes here) to window candles and blazing hearths in the homes that line Oxford’s historic streets. Visitors will also enjoy caroling, a Christmas bazaar, special holiday tea, and much more. For information, visit www.portofoxford.com and www.tourtalbot.org. Call 410-770-8000 for more information.
Virginia’s State Parks
Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Virginia State Parks have a lot to offer budget-conscious travelers. Their 35 parks have thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, more than 500 miles of trails and convenient access to Virginia’s major waterways. Beaches, picnic shelters, family lodges, meeting facilities, festivals, concerts, nature programs, cultural happenings… the list goes on and on. From Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, there’s something for everyone at Virginia State Parks. Whether you’re after a relaxing picnic or a two-week vacation, leave life’s daily pressures behind and reconnect with nature and your family at a nearby state park. For more information, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.