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Williamsburg Valentine's Elopement or Renewal Package

Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast in Williams is offering a Ruby Elopement or Renewal Package just perfect for Valentine's Day. It's available Feb. 13 and 14.

For $350, you'll receive an officiate to perform a civil or Christian ceremony, fresh flower bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the groom, 25 or more professional photographs on a CD, and a certificate suitable for framing. (If unmarried, you must bring a marriage license.)

No stay is required, but once you check out photos of the magnificent, antique-filled rooms on their website, trust me, you'll want to stay. Rooms start at $155 per night and include a fabulous, full breakfast, plus their convenient location makes them just a 5-10 minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, and outlet shopping.

For details, click here.

Nauticus Admission for $7.57

Now through Feb. 18, locals with a 757 area code can visit Norfolk's Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin for just $7.57 per person, more than 50% off the regular admission price.

You have to show proof of residency to get the deal, but since the 757 area code covers a huge geographical area, you're probably covered if you live somewhere in the greater Hampton Roads/Williamsburg area.

For details, call 757-664-1000. And for more on what you'll see at Nauticus click here.

68% Off Berkeley Plantation Tour

To entice you to think of warmer days and family getaways, Groupon is offering a rock-bottom deal on admission to historic Berkeley Plantation. Just $14 gets you admission for four (yes, that's not a typo) to plantation, including a guided tour of the house and a self-guided tour of the gardens. Normally, you'd pay $44 for this!

The deal ends today (and a similar deal for two people already sold out), so act fast by going to Groupon. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do."

Don't forget to check out my my James River Plantations page for tips on visiting these historic homes.

Best Places to Sled in Williamsburg and York Counties

If you're already planning on where to sled when Winter Storm Jonas finally dies down, the next question is "Where to sled?"

Williamsburgfamilies.com just posted a list of nearly a dozen sledding spots posted by locals for Williamsburg, York County, WJCC, and New Kent. You'll find the list here. Happy sledding!

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Vacation Rental Deal

Stuck at home in the snow dreaming of warmer days? Siebert Realty is offering a limited time 4-for-3 promotion on Virginia Beach and Sandbridge vacation rentals. Book a vacation rental for a date from now through May 20 and you'll get four nights for the price of three. Be sure to use the Promo Code 4for3 when placing your reservation.

After you have your money-saving reservation deal, find more ways to save on fun at Virginia Beach and beyond with my Cheap Family Vacation ideas.

Indoor Waterpark Sale in Williamsburg

If the snow storm has you thinking of warm, indoor waters you'll want to jump on Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg's latest deal. The 55,000 square-foot indoor waterpark/resort is offering family suites for only $149 per night (plus a $50 resort credit per night) on stays through Feb. 25 when you book by Feb. 1. Just use the promo code I have on my Great Wolf Lodge page.

And be sure to check out my tips for saving more at Great Wolf Lodge here.

Romantic Getaway Packages in Virginia

Hey guys-- Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you haven't started planning a romantic getaway for the one you love, here's how to get moving! I've updated my Romantic Weekend Getaway page to include a dozen romantic getaway packages and ideas in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and lovely Luray, plus details on spas, restaurants, and more to plan that special weekend.

I've even got a list of romantic adventure attractions, many of which will cost you absolutely nothing! Check out the details to plan your getaway here.

Luray Cavern Review, Admission Coupons, and a Stalagpipe Video!

Links to Luray Cavern Discount Coupons, a Stalagpipe Video, the Garden Maze, Gem Sluice, and What You MUST See

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Rustic Cabin Getaways in the Blue Ridge

Nothing says "get away from it all" more than staying in an adorable, rustic cabin along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, and I've found a great site to help you do that.

Cabin Capital is a great site I just came across which helps you find the perfect cabin just right for you in the Luray-Page County area. Browse the photos and details to choose from log cabins to luxury cabins complete with details on how many they sleep, whether they have mountain views or are near rivers, prices, and more. Check out the site out here.

Winter Whale Watching Deals in Virginia Beach...Here's How!

Winter Whale Watching Deals in Virginia Beach...Package Deals Including Hotel, Excursion, Virginia Aquarium & IMAX Tix and More.

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Colonial Williamsburg Closures & Winter Deals

Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area is operating on a "Limited Winter Schedule" during January in order to accommodate renovations on some of the sights and hotels. Click here for details which spots are closed and when.

As a result, some types of tickets are not valid for the rest of January, while other are. I've got the details-- as well as the latest winter ticket packages-- here.

National Parks Service Fee-Free Days

The National Parks Service has announced its fee-free days for 2016. Sure, there are about 100 national parks which are free any day, but the other 300 charge entrance fees-- except on these special fee-free days. To get the dates for 2016, go to my Parks page.

While you're there, be sure to check out the details on the National Parks Foundation's "Kid in a Park" program which is offering free admission to national parks for 4th graders for 2016.

Williamsburg Campground Spring Deals

It may seem too early to start planning a spring getaway, but with a deal like Williamsburg KOAS' Spring Deluxe Cabin Special it pays to reserve now.

Reserve your stay during the month of March through May and you can get a deluxe cabin for just $25 per night. We're talking about a really NICE cabin too (click here for details and the offer code).

Williamsburg KOA is the perfect place for a comfy but cheap way to do and overnight or more while enjoying Busch Gardens' Williamsburg, which opens for the spring season on March 19. Click here for their full operating schedule and hours.

Best Virginia Beach Parks

Best Virginia Beach Parks - 2016 Fee-Free Park Dates, Free Kids' Pass, Top Campgrounds, Ways to Save on Food & More...

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Free National Park Pass for 4th Graders

In honor of the centennial of the National Parks Service, the National Parks Foundation is offering free national park passes for all 4th graders for 2016. That means that -- with the pass-- 4th graders can get free admission to over 400 national parks for all of 2016.

Kids can go online to play a game to earn a free pass. Educators of 4th graders can also download passes for their students. For details, go to www.everykidinapark.gov.

Winter Events at Virginia Beach & Beyond

Winter Events at Virginia Beach & Beyond, from Whale Watching to Virginia Beach Restaurant Week, to the Popular (and Frigid) Polar Plunge...

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Hampton Roads International Auto Show

The biggest auto show in Virginia is coming up this weekend, as the Hampton Roads International Auto Show takes place Jan. 8-10 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. You'll be able to view the latest cars up close (buying is optional). Hours are 9 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Kids 12 and under are free, so this is a great way for little family fun at little cost! For ticket prices and more info, click here.

Kings Dominion 2016 Schedule and Updates

Now that we're into 2016, I'm passing on some breaking info about Kings Dominion dates/hours, ticket deals and special events.

Opening day will be March 28. The park has released the schedule and dates for March and April which you can find here. When they post the schedule for May and beyond that I'll let you know.

In ticket news, if you want a 2016 season pass, act fast: prices will go up after Jan. 10. I've posted this year's basic ticket price (it's a little higher than last year's).

Last bit of news: If you're an educator or parent, note that the park has posted some great educational opportunities-- like Engineering Days and coaster making contests-- for STEM marketing, and drama students. Click here for 2016 Kings Dominion Education Events.

Last Two Days for Busch Gardens' Christmas Town

If you want to keep Christmas going a bit longer, you have just two days left to experience Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town before it closes on Jan. 4.

Click here for the latest Christmas Town hours and operating schedule, plus current ways to get $10 off per ticket.

After Jan. 3, the park will close for the winter season, but it will reopen for the spring season on March 19. I've posted my at-a-glance guide to Busch Gardens' 2016 Hours and Operating Schedule here.

Busch Gardens Hours & 2016 Operating Schedule

Busch Gardens Hours & 2016 Operating Schedule Plus Discount Ticket Secrets, Coupon Codes, Howl-O-Scream & Christmas Town Info, Best Shows, and More...

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Busch Gardens' Christmas Town Hours & Operating Schedule

Far above normal temperatures make this a fantastic time to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town before or after Christmas.

But do you know what days and times the park is open? Click here for the latest Christmas Town hours and operating schedule, plus current ways to get $10 off per ticket.

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Holiday Lights at the Beach - See Dazzling Virginia Beach Boardwalk - $3 Off Coupon, Military Discount - See Surfing Santas in a Fanta-Sea of Lights...

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Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

Brave the cold on Dec. 6 for Colonial Williamsburg's annual Grand Illumination event and you'll be glad you did. You'll be able to see Colonial Williamsburg literally "light up" as the Historic Area welcomes the holiday season with candles, music, and a fantastic fireworks display. Festivities start at 5:15 pm, with fireworks at 7 pm.

Best of all it's free! Just come to Duke of Gloucester Street. For details, go to www.history.org, and for more holiday events you won't want to miss, go to my Holiday Fun page.

Shhh! Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Admission Secrets

See Colonial Williamsburg Virginia for free, Virginia Resident & Military Deals, Winter Deals, Busch Gardens Packages, Senior Deals, Places to Eat, and More Ways to Visit on a Dime...

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Colonial Williamsburg - How to See it For Less

See Colonial Williamsburg for Less: Getting in for "Free," Winter Packages and Ticket Prices, Virginia Residents & Military Discounts, Money-Saving Package Deals, Top 5 Sights

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Recent Articles

  1. Williamsburg Valentine's Elopement or Renewal Package

    Jan 25, 16 03:40 PM

    Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast in Williams is offering a Ruby Elopement or Renewal Package just perfect for Valentine's Day. It's available Feb. 13 and 14. For $350, you'll receive an officiate to p…

    Read More

  2. Nauticus Admission for $7.57

    Jan 25, 16 02:15 PM

    Now through Feb. 18, locals with a 757 area code can visit Norfolk's Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin for just $7.57 per person, more than 50% off the regular admission price. You have to show pr…

    Read More

  3. 68% Off Berkeley Plantation Tour

    Jan 25, 16 12:31 PM

    To entice you to think of warmer days and family getaways, Groupon is offering a rock-bottom deal on admission to historic Berkeley Plantation. Just $14 gets you admission for four (yes, that's not a…

    Read More

Recent Articles

  1. Williamsburg Valentine's Elopement or Renewal Package

    Jan 25, 16 03:40 PM

    Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast in Williams is offering a Ruby Elopement or Renewal Package just perfect for Valentine's Day. It's available Feb. 13 and 14. For $350, you'll receive an officiate to p…

    Read More

  2. Nauticus Admission for $7.57

    Jan 25, 16 02:15 PM

    Now through Feb. 18, locals with a 757 area code can visit Norfolk's Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin for just $7.57 per person, more than 50% off the regular admission price. You have to show pr…

    Read More

  3. 68% Off Berkeley Plantation Tour

    Jan 25, 16 12:31 PM

    To entice you to think of warmer days and family getaways, Groupon is offering a rock-bottom deal on admission to historic Berkeley Plantation. Just $14 gets you admission for four (yes, that's not a…

    Read More

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