This summer, try some of Virginia’s finest!


Summer is here and it’s vacation time! Although it may seem like the only thing to do in Virginia is head to the beach, I would like to remind you that Virginia has a lot more to offer if you are planning to stay a little closer to home this year.

Whether you are going for a last minute vacation, a weekend escape or a week or two get-away, Virginia can take you to a wide open adventure. Take a drive through the state and it is plain to see: Virginia is one of the most beautiful places—and it is right in our own backyard. To truly experience this natural beauty you have to get out and explore. Whether it’s an activity-filled family vacation, a quiet couples’ getaway, a girlfriends’ spa week, a golfers’ buddy competition or a solo trip to just enjoy some alone time, every square inch of our great Commonwealth provides an opportunity for a memorable vacation no matter what your interests are!

Let’s explore some of Virginia’s finest resorts! Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel is situated in the heart of Virginia wine country. The luxury resort’s beautiful natural setting in Leesburg sprawls nearly 500 acres overlooking the Potomac River. Washington D.C., with all its sights and historic monuments, is less than an hour away and makes for a perfect day trip from the resort. The resort is home to 45 holes of championship golf with three unique courses. It is surrounded by 45 wineries, 20 breweries, Civil War battlefields, historical landmarks, national parks and quality outlet shopping. The Potomac Heritage Trail, a great place to hike, bike or walk, offers amazing views of the Potomac River. For a little more adventure, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing and tubing are all nearby. And this pet-friendly resort allows you to bring your canine or feline family member along with you to enjoy the trip.

The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs is a luxury resort and spa surrounded by the splendor of the Allegheny Mountains. A vacation at the Omni Homestead provides historic ambience, rich traditions and a seemingly endless array of indoor and outdoor activities. Two championship golf courses, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, archery and mountain biking are available to add plenty of variety to your stay. Allegheny Springs, a two-acre family-friendly water area, features two 100-foot water slides, a 400-foot lazy river, along with a family pool for all to enjoy.

The Tides Inn in Irvington is another great destination for a Virginia getaway. Tucked away on a prime waterfront location in Virginia’s Northern Neck on its own private peninsula, this country inn and marina sits on a small picturesque Chesapeake Bay harbor. Dotted with sailboats and lined with green woods in a lesser-known pocket of Virginia, this resort feels far away from the rest of the world. The area is brimming with history; yet somehow empty of tourists. The Tides Inn is bound by the Chesapeake Bay to the east, the Potomac River to the north and the Rappahannock River to the south, and the Inn sits on a bluff overlooking Carters Creek, surrounded by spectacular scenery. When you travel, one of the best ways to experience a place is through the food, and the Tides Inn is a perfect example of fabulous Tides to table cuisine. The Inn has nearly a half mile of waterfront and offers an endless number of activities for your enjoyment. Tee off on the Golden Eagle golf course, pick up a sailing course or take off in a canoe or paddleboard. A journey to this Chesapeake region will leave you with a true taste of bay-like atmosphere and a newfound definition of country charm.

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Donna Croushore is owner/manager of Creative Travel & Cruise, located in Port Warwick. She can be reached at 757-898-4006 or visit the website at

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