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My Virginia Beach Family Vacation Blog is your source for daily deals and breaking news on travel and ticket discounts in Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Washington, DC, and beyond.

I'll give you the latest deals-- from hotel stays for 1 cent per night, to free admission days at Virginia attractions-- as well as secrets for visiting the top spots for less.

Plus, I'll give you insider reviews of the best restaurants and free or cheap places to visit. 

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Barrels, Bottles and Casks Event

If you like wine or beer tasting but want something unique consider visiting the Autumn Barrels, Bottles and Casks event at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate Oct. 14 and 15.

While enjoying a tour of Thomas Jefferson's private getaway (and the first octagonal house in America) you can sample wine and beer, enjoy a whiskey sampling by Virginia Distillery Company, as well as special tours highlighting drinks and foods of Jefferson's time.

Tours will be at 6 pm and 7 pm each night. Reservations are required and tickets cost $25. For more information, call (434) 525-1806 or go to www.poplarforest.org.

Wondering what you'll see on the tour? Check out Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate here.

Howl-O-Scream Haunts Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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International Spy Museum Discount

If "My name is Bond. James Bond" is a saying that makes your heart beat faster, but you want to get your kicks for less, take advantage of this International Spy Museum discount.

Groupon is offering a deal that will save you $7 off admission for one, nearly $16 off admission for two, and nearly $33 off off admission for four to the International Spy Museum, one of my favorite museums in Washington DC. Last time I was there I spent 3-1/2 hours at the museum (and would've spent more if my legs hadn't given out) exploring their fascinating exhibits, videos, and real artifacts of spycraft, as well as an entire floor dedicated to the James Bond movies.

But the museum is not cheap (nearly $22 a head), and discounts are rare, so jump on this limited time International Spy Museum Groupon deal before time runs out. (Remember to type in "International Spy Museum" into the search bar to find the deal.)

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Deals

With the park opening for the Halloween season tomorrow (Sept. 23) I'd hoped to start finding Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream deals. And although it's early yet to spot them, I did find one which will save you $15 off the regular ticket price of $80.

To get that code, plus details on the park's fall operating schedule and hours, Howl-O-Scream sights and shows, and more, go to my dedicated Howl-O-Scream page.

Hampton Roads Events for Sept. 10

Looking for something to do in the Hampton Roads area this weekend? Check out these options:

- Oceana Air Show featuring the Blue Angels and Beach Blast. The event opens at 8 am both Saturday and Sunday, with air shows running from 10:30 am to 4 pm (the Blue Angels show begins at 3 pm). Location: Oceana Air Base. Find details at www.oceanaairshow.com.
- The Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival will begin at noon on Saturday at the Portsmouth Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle. For details, all 800-745-3000.
- The 11th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held Saturday from noon-4 pm at Town Point Park in Norfolk. For details, call 757-441-2345 or go to www.festevents.org.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg Bier Fest

Celebrate Oktoberfest early this year at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Bier Fest Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Over 100 beers will be represented at the park during the event, along with authentic German music and food and the usual coasters, shops, shows and attractions.

To plan your visit, check out the park's hours here.

Final Kings Dominion Summer Promo Codes

Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt attraction doesn't open until Sept. 30, but if you want to enjoy the park's regular summer fun I have a few promo codes and dates you can still take advantage of.

The park will be open Sept. 11, 24, and 25 with some pretty great ticket prices, including deals and promo codes as low as $29.99 per ticket. For details, look for my "Best Bets" deals here.

First Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Deals

I just found the first Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream deals of the 2016 season. Just in time too, since they just jacked up the single-day ticket price to $80!

With this promo code you'll be able to shave off $15 off that price. You'll even be able to shave off another $7 per ticket if you can get a group together. Here's the details on the deals, plus the latest on Howl-O-Scream attractions, dates, and hours.

Wish I could offer the same info for Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt, but I haven't found any similar deals for that attraction yet, although I do have details on the new Halloween Haunt attractions and hours here.

Fall Fun in Virginia

Fall Fun in Virginia - Howl-O-Scream & Halloween Haunt Discount Tickets, Fall Foliage Guide & Itineraries, Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Free Museum & Parks Days

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Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

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Kings Dominion Bring a Friend Tickets for $27

Just two days left to enjoy Pass Holder Appreciation Week at Kings Dominion, featuring double discounts on select food and merchandise, half-price go-karts, and more.

If you're not a pass-holder but know someone who is, now is the time to ask them to help you out since they can purchase "Bring a Friend" tickets for $27 through Sept. 5.

Free Kings Dominion Pass for Preschoolers

Taking a page from Busch Gardens Williamsburg, which has offered a free preschool pass for years, Kings Dominion is now offering its own version for 2017. The Pre-K Pass provides free unlimited visits for 2017 to kids ages 3-5.

This limited time offer can be redeemed by registering online or at the park between Sept. 3 and April 30. To register, go to Kings Dominion.

Busch Gardens Hours & 2016 Operating Schedule

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

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Top Cheap Virginia Beach Restaurants

Cheap Virginia Beach Restaurants - Try This Nifty, Cheap 50's Drive-In Where They Invented the Ice Cream cone...

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Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral: From Darth Vader to Moon Rocks, Why This National Icon is Worth the Admission - How to Visit & Park for Free, Plus Hours & Best Spots to Eat Nearby

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Washington Monument Tips

Washington Monument Tips - What You MUST Know...Beat the Lines With This Tip...The History They WON'T Tell You...

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Henricus Historical Park for 50% Off

If you're feeling like "been there, done that" with Virginia attractions, here's a deal you'll want to take advantage of: Groupon is offering 50% off admission to Henricus Historical Park. Billed as the "second successful English settlement in the new world," this Richmond area living history park boasts costumed interpreters guiding you around 12 recreated colonial structures (including a fort and an Indian village) and period demonstrations.

Plus, thanks to this limited time Groupon deal, you can get admission for two for just $9, or for four for just $16. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do" or type in "Henricus Historical Park" in the search bar.

And for more inexpensive attractions and things to do, check this list.

While you're at the Groupon site, use the promo code "TAKEOFF" to get $5 off $30, $10 off $50, and $15 off $60 on select deals.



Michie Tavern Deal for August

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For the month of August, residents of Virginia can enjoy delicious, historic tavern fare at Charlottesville's Michie Tavern for less by getting $4 off lunch on weekdays and $2 off lunch on weekends.

The deal is good for up to four Virginia adult residents. You must show proof of residency.

Historic Michie Tavern is a fun place to take the whole family for authentic, colonial-style food including fried chicken, pulled pork, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and amazing, flaky biscuits at their lunch buffet.

The Tavern also offers other summer discounts, including a UVA employee and student discount, a youth lunch discount, and an early-bird discount. Here's how to learn more about the discounts.

Kings Dominion 50% Off Groupon Deal

If you act fast, you can grab Groupon's latest Kings Dominion deal, which offers 50% off single-day tickets for $33. Best of all, by buying your ticket through Groupon, you'll skip the shipping and handling fees tacked on at the Kings Dominion website, so that $33 is your out the door price.

The deal ends in five days (or less, if they sell out early, which often happens with these days), so go straight to Groupon now if you want this deal. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do" or type in "Kings Dominion" in the search bar.

If you miss that deal, I can still offer you single-day ticket deals for just a few dollars more here.

Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $32.99!

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Today's Travel Deals

Here's a snapshot of some travel deals trending today:

- Get a Sandals Resorts $500 wedding package for free! Just go to Sandals or go to @SandalsResorts on Twitter.
- Get 20% off hotels on Trip Adviser when you use the promo code BOOKTOSAVE
- Great article on how to get the best currency exchange rates: Just click here.
- Get 15% off hotels on Orbitz when you use the code BYEBYE.

And for a sweet way to end your day, go to Twitter and search this hastag:

#NationalMilkChocolateDay


$1 Admission at the Mariners Museum All August

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It's not a typo: Get $1 admission at Newport News' Mariners Museum everyday in August.

The museum's drive behind this deal comes from this observation: "Across our nation and the world, we see daily reminders of the forces at work pulling communities apart." They hope that this deal serves to remind people that "through our maritime heritage – we are one city, one region, one nation, and one world."

Good to know that they are some benefits to recent divisive events in the world!

Kings Dominion "Beat the Heat" One-Day Deal

Today (July 27) only, Kings Dominion is offering a deal to get single-day tickets for just $29.99-- definitely the lowest price of the season. This "Beat the Heat" deal is good for visits July 30-Sept. 5 and is good for up to 10 tickets.

But the sale ends July 27, so act fast and go to the Kings Dominion website. If you miss that deal, I can still offer you single-day ticket deals for just a few dollars more here.

The "Traf-EZ' Way to Make More Money Online

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Don't you love the word "easy"? Everyone does. Who wouldn't like the easy way to do the dishes? Or pay bills? Or make money?

And what could be easier than making money out of your own home...using knowledge you already have? Making money online (even while you sleep!) is everyone's dream.

But what if you'd like to make more money? What if you're not satisfied with how much your online business is earning?

If that describes you, keep reading, so I can introduce you to the Uber of online entrepreneurship.

Trafeze: The Uber of making money online

Okay, making money online is not easy, as every online entrepreneur (or solopreneur) already knows. You have to do everything, whether it's writing your own copy, or managing your own site. BUT having your own website can be VERY rewarding, especially if you can develop significant traffic (i.e., lots of visitors to your site). Once you have the traffic, you need to monetize it (ie, turn that traffic into cold, hard cash that comes in month after month).

Maybe you're just starting out and want to know how to increase your earnings. Maybe you're like me, who started a travel site years ago, made gobs of money through Google Adsense, then watched my monthly income fall as Google gobbled up more and more of the profits.

What if there was a way to increase your profits while still retaining the "solo" in your solopreneur online business?

Trafeze is the answer

The solution can be found in one word: Trafeze. This FREE service is the easy way to narrow that traffic/monetization gap. Trafeze matches product sellers with site owners (think of it as a no-risk dating site with happy results!).

Trafeze is a new and unique approach to figuring out how to monetize a site (or sell a product) that frees you from the problems solopreneurs face: not enough of time or resources. Trafeze allows you to leverage your traffic in a way that will substantially increase your earnings simply and without risk.

The bottom line:

Trafeze helps you make more money online by 1) connecting solopreneurs with a great quality, high traffic niche site to 2) other solopreneurs with fantastic products that match your site’s niche. It’s a win-win situation: They sell more product and you get the opportunity to grow your income without a middleman!

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. No fee either. You create a free listing for your business describing your site. Pass the traffic algorithm, and you’ll be invited to join an exclusive group of solopreneurs.

Think of it as an online version of Uber, only instead of underused cars being used to transport passengers looking for a cheaper ride, you have under-monetized websites helping sellers get cheaper, more targeted advertising for their products.

It’s the “Uber of Monetization”

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What's Up With US Flight Attendants These Days?

I recently got off a flight from California on United Airlines and I have to ask: What the heck is going on with US flight attendants these days?

Having traveled to 46 different countries and flown dozens of airlines, I've had my share of good and bad experiences with flight attendants. (Actually, I feel a little kinship with them since my mom is a former TWA flight attendant from the days when they were called “stewardesses" and couldn’t fly if they weren’t wearing girdles!)

But nothing prepared me for the sheer rudeness of the United Airlines flight attendants on my recent flight.

I've never felt more like a head of cattle as a passenger. All the flight attendants seemed to think of us, the passengers, as seat numbers, as annoying cows to be herded on and off the plane and barely tolerated in between. During the nearly 5 hour flight, I never saw a single flight attendant crack a smile, make eye contact, or attempt to hide their irritation in being stuck with us.

The worst point was when I went to use the lavatory. When I got out, a young mom was standing in the passageway walking her baby. We looked down the aisle to see a very large man making his way down the aisle. Neither of us would be able to get past him in the aisle, so we moved to the side, trying to squeeze ourselves up against the wall to make room.

But with the baby strapped to her chest, the young mom realized it was a lost cause so she quickly stepped back through the closed curtain where the flight attendants were sitting. To my shock, she quickly stepped back out again, all the while trying to explain to the flight attendants--who had obviously told her to leave immediately--that she was just trying to get out of the way of a passenger. The young mom caught my eye and immediately rolled hers, while I smiled in sympathy, feeling so sorry that they obviously hadn't even given her a chance to explain before banishing her like a criminal. But why should they? We were just numbers to them.

In all fairness, I have to admit that the flight attendants on our Virgin America flight going out to California weren't much friendlier. Which brings me back to my point: what is wrong with US flight attendants these days? I realize that being a flight attendant isn't the prestigious job that it used to be, but geez, why take it out on the passengers?

One final word: The rudeness of these flight attendants wouldn't have stood out so much if we hadn't had such a wonderful experience with the attendants on two flights on Canada's Porter Airlines last month. Friendly, funny, accommodating, sweet, they were everything you could hope for in a flight attendant.

We weren't just numbers. We were people. And we mattered.

US flight attendants could learn a thing or two from their example.

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