Spending time away from home, no matter what the season, offers important benefits for your physical and mental health. Vacations reduce your risk of heart disease, decrease depression and anxiety, and improve productivity, according to the American Psychological Association. Fortunately, vacations don’t have to be long to offer health advantages. In fact, a short trip to one of these Virginia getaway destinations offers the perfect opportunity to recharge, reflect and relax.
Virginia beach, Virginia
Although it may be too cold for a dip in the ocean for most of us, you’ll find plenty of things to do during the off-season in Virginia Beach. Horseback riding on the beach, whale-watching trips, and tours of historic homes and museums are popular activities during the colder months of the year.
The town offers a variety of special events that may pique your interest, including:
- The 7th Annual Coastal Virginia WineFest: Held on January 25 and 26, the WineFest features wine from Virginia wineries, a grape stomp competition, craft beer and entertainment.
- Mid-Atlantic Sports & Boat Show: Whether you plan to buy a boat or just want to check out the latest models, you’ll enjoy a visit to the boat show, held on February 7-9.
- 2020 Polar Plunge: Join thousands of other brave swimmers for a dash into the chilly Atlantic during the Polar Plunge, held on February 8 this year.
The Cavalier Virginia Beach provides the perfect home base while you’re in town. The historic hotel offers 85 luxurious rooms, three restaurants, a spa and an on-site bourbon distillery.
Hot Springs, Virginia
Omni Homestead Resort
The favorite getaway of 23 U.S. presidents, the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs just may become your preferred vacation spot too. A soak in the mineral waters or a spa treatment is the ideal way to end a fun-filled day of skiing, snowboards, ice skating or tubing.
The resort’s six restaurants and bars offer a variety of dining experiences, ranging from fine dining in the Dining Room to burgers and pizza at Woody’s. You’ll find plenty to do at the resort if you prefer spending the day indoors. Tours of the historic resort, nightly movies and the daily Southern Social Hour are among the many activities offered.
Rooms and suites at the Homestead Resort feature down pillows, feather beds, luxurious linens, 42” plasma TV, WiFi service, and fireplaces or porches (in some rooms or suites).
Salamander Resort & Spa
Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the award-winning Salamander Resort & Spa is just a short drive from Northern Virginia. The luxurious resort offers colonial décor, plantation-style architecture, gourmet dining, a spa, infinity pool, riding facilities, interactive cooking classes and thoughtfully appointed rooms. The Owner’s Suite is the place to stay for ultimate resort experience. The suite includes a king-sized bed, two fireplaces, state-of-the-art-video and audio equipment, whirlpool tub and experiential shower with body sprays.
The resort is the ideal spot to ring in the new year. The Grand Salamander Party features live music, dancing, all-you-can-enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. If the kids or grandkids will be accompanying you, the New Year’s Eve Family Party may be a better option. The party offers music, dancing, games and buffet dinner.
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