|Chincoteague's wild ponies.|
Coastal VirginiaHow can you go wrong with American history, wild ponies, great seafood and beautiful beaches and bays? You can't so head to Coastal Virginia, which takes in the southern end of Chesapeake Bay. Here's a brief description of destinations to consider.
Tiny towns and welcoming natives, memorable ice cream and seafood, nature preserves and wild ponies, in short, perfect for families. Chincoteague especially. The annual pony swimming, penning and auction attract 40,000 visitors; great if you don't mind mobs.
This year, the dates are July 29 pony swim, July 30 auction of foals. The carnival dates are July 3-4, 1--11, 17-18, 24-25, 27-August1, 2015. It's all for a good cause, to keep the volunteer fire station in equipment.
Cape Charles has an enticing free beach but it is more for adults, with charming B&Bs and my fave, Hotel St. Charles, a small, very contemporary hotel downtown.
Note: Find links and more details at www.goodgirlsinthebadlands.blogspot.com
|Chrysler Museum glass studio.|
Between its Busch Gardens and down to the tiniest tankard Colonial town, Williamsburg is a family and adult must-do. Two days are not too many to devote to Colonial Williamsburg, even with kids. Tip: Leave your car at the Visitor Center and take the the free shuttle buses that take you all around the area. Adults, while there, don't miss the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
Note: Find links and more details at www.goodgirlsinthebadlands.blogspot.com.
Jamestown is America's 2nd oldest continuously occupied - and first British - settlement and nearby Yorktown, where scrappy patriots with considerable help from the French defeated the British in the Revolutionary War, sum up America's creation. Don't miss both Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne or the Yorktown Victory Center.
Happy Birthday, St. Augustine.Speaking of oldest cities, St. Augustine will celebrate its big 4-5-0 Sept. 4-8, 2015. Keep track of all the events at www.staugustine-450.com.
Deals and Specials
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Example,the 11-day Origin of the Species tour - 2 nights in Quito or Guayaquil, overnight on Santa Cruz Island with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and 8 days, 7 nights aboard the 141-foot yacht Integrity - is now $5,795 per person, double occupancy.
For details and booking, www.inca1.com.
Details and booking, http://www.hubporteno.com.