Monday, December 31, 2012

Virginia Beach Attractions wishes you a SAFE and happy New Year!

It's been a great year for our Virginia Beach tourist attractions website! We are back in the top ten search results with Google, we have a brand new Facebook page and we started a fresh and shiny Pinterest account!

Our Myrtle Beach family attractions website is doing great and we have over 600 followers on Facebook!

AND!! We have a brand new baby on the way!! It's a website about all the great live shows and theatre venues in Myrtle Beach. We'll keep you posted as soon as that website is up and running.

Jan and I would like to thank every one who has supported us and we want to wish you a SAFE and happy New Year!!

We will see you in the New Year!!

Mit Tressler

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Virginia Beach Aquarium Holiday Events

The Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center is getting into the spirit of season! Santa Claus will be making several special appearances from now until December 23rd, and each event promises to be a lot of fun for the family.

Scuba Santa 2009 by hubertk, on Flickr

Sunday with Santa - December 16th
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa and his elves will have a variety of games and activities for your kids to participate in. The event will be hosted in the Marsh Pavilion.
Cost: Free with paid admission.

Sailing with Santa - Saturday, December 22nd
11:30 am & 12:30 pm

Set sail with Santa on a 45 minute holiday cruise on Owl's Creek. His elves will be bringing refreshments, playing games and engaging the kids in plenty of activities. There will also be some unique photo ops with Kris Kringle. Reservations need to be made in advance.
Cost: $17.00 per person. Members receive a $3.00 discount. Infants up to 1 year are free.

Scuba Santa - Saturdays and Sundays thru December 23rd
11:00 am
Santa scuba dives? He sure does! Bring your kids and watch Santa Clause dive into the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium and take a swim around with all the aquatic residents.
Cost: Free with paid admission.

Get into the spirit of the Christmas season!Bring your family to the aquarium and enjoy some time with Santa and all of his friends! It's just one more of the fun
things to do in Virginia Beach, VA! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Decorating Colonial Williamsburg

Have you been to Colonial Williamsburg at Christmastime? Already picturesque, this 18th century town encompasses the spirit of Christmas and you pray that it will snow so that you can immerse yourself in the simple beauty of it all. The brisk weather, traditional holiday decorations, and shoppes filled with seasonal treats (like hot apple cider!) make the month of December an absolutely wonderful time of year to visit the Revolutionary City.

I came across a nifty little video that shows some of the work that goes on behind the scenes for the holiday decorations at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

It takes about 14 gardeners working full time to keep the fresh and dried wreaths looking lovely throughout the Christmas season. This special team manages the decorations for 88 exhibition buildings and for any other historic homes unoccupied during the month.

Twelve carpenters work to hang all of the wreaths, some weighing as much as fifty pounds.
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/ Susan Reimer

Each morning, these folks are up before the sun: checking the wreaths and other adornments for freshness and wear, making adjustments, and replacing any greenery that isn't up to their high standards.

Depending on the weather, these elegant decorations are a labor of love that are sometimes replaced several times within the month.

If you are in the Virginia Beach area during the month of December, illuminate your holiday spirit with a day-trip to this quaint, historic town. (Remember to bundle up! You'll be doing a lot of walking outdoors and the average temperatures will be around 40 degrees. Brrrrrr)

Happy Holidays! Mit