Five Great Reasons to Book Your Vacation Early

Sometimes running off on a spur of the moment trip is just the ticket. However, there are so many advantages to booking your vacation in advance.  Early booking isn’t just for meticulous planners either: you can book your trip early and still maintain an air of spontaneity.

  1. All the Options You Could Want

The earlier you book your vacation the more likely it will be you get your pick of everything: flights, rental cars, activities, you name it. The closer you are to your vacation’s tee-off date, the more likely it is you will have to compete for booking space, or at least not get your first pick on every detail. But, as they say, the early bird gets the worm, and early bookers get OPTIONS.

  1. Super Savings

Early bookers get more than just options; they usually get savings, too.  Airlines and vacation companies tend to do everything they can to ensure they are booked as close to capacity as possible. To incentivize customers to book early they often have special deals for advanced tickets.  However, if you are worried about prices changing after you’ve booked, rest easy.  In the unlikely event prices decrease after you’ve booked, many companies have deals to make up the difference.  Be sure to check out price guarantee options before you finalize your booking.

  1. Less Stress

If you book your vacation months in advance, you can plan your trip at your own pace.  This means leisurely browsing activities or restaurant spots to your heart’s desire.  If you enjoy planning, you have time to work and rework your itinerary until it is perfect.  If you aren’t a planner, you can book your vacation and forget about it to keep that spontaneous magic alive.

  1. More Time to Save

When you book your trip early, you can know well in advance what kinds of activities you want to try.  You will have plenty of extra time to save for that special something.  Some companies even provide payment plans, the option to pay in advance, or the ability to put down a deposit, allowing you added financial flexibility.

  1. More Time to Anticipate

There is something about waiting for that big vacation to arrive that is just magical.

If you book a summer vacation during the cold, dark months of the winter, you can beat the wintertime blues by dreaming of your get-away. No matter what, the earlier you book, the more time you have to dream of the perfect trip.

VSA Resorts is always ready to roll out the red carpet and provide a home away from home on your next vacation to Virginia Beach.  Give us a call for the latest travel deals – 800-340-1158.

Get Away from the Crowds – at the Beach

Visiting Virginia Beach in January is a great way to vacation without the crowds.

The winter season is a little less busy, a little quieter, but by no means boring! There are still plenty of exciting things to do. January offers a host of special events and festivals that celebrate many different areas of interest.

Hampton Roads International Auto Show

Cars, cars, and more cars! Get your gear on at The Hampton Roads International Car Show, or HRADA, which will be held January 13 and 14 from 10am until 10pm and January 15 from 10 am until 6 pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The show will feature displays about new automotive technology and the future of the industry, as well as, a huge range of car and truck display models. Admission costs include:

  • Children 11 or younger- Free
  • Adults and children ages 12 and up- $10
  • Seniors and Military- $7

Advanced tickets are also available for $7 each until January 12, so get the while you can and peruse as many cars and trucks as your heart desires.

 

Winter Wildlife Festival

For nature lovers and the less mechanically minded, the Winter Wildlife Festival will be going on from January20 until the 22. Vendors and displays will be set up at the Princess Anne Recreation Center on January 21 from 11am until 2pm. The rest of the festival will be devoted to scheduled outdoor trips and special sessions. Each of the trips has an age limit and a fee, some trips like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Fisherman’s Island excursion is only for those 18 or older and costs $45. Others, like the Owls and S’mores session, are for any one 5 years or older and only costs $10. For the excursions, participants will explore different habitats in Virginia Beach and focus on particular kinds of wildlife observation like bird watching, photography, or exploration. There are a huge number of excursions and sessions to choose from so check out the festival web page to choose the best ones for you.

 

Virginia Flower and Garden Expo

Nature lovers more interested in flora than fauna should definitely check out the Flower and Garden Expo. The expo is designed to foster education on horticulture for everyone from the seasoned professional to the casual hobbyist. The expo will feature vendors, exhibits, and displays to educate and inspire gardeners of all kinds. There will be chances to shop and special children’s activates for young plant lovers. The expo will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 27 and 28 from 10am until 7pm, January 29 from 10am until 4pm, and admission is just $10 a person.

 

Naturally, while you’re in town, we’d love to have you as our guest at a VSA Resort.  Call us for special January rates, 800-340-1158.

Being on the Beach has its Perks – in the Winter

For nature lovers, beach vacations aren’t reserved just for summer.

Virginia Beach is home to nature lovers in both the cold and warm seasons. The forests, rivers, marshes, and oceans each have a place where an incredible array of wildlife and natural beauty are in abundance. Animal and nature lovers grab your cameras because winter is a great time to catch visiting wildlife and unique beach scenes.

 

Set Sail! Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours

Virginia Beach offers many opportunities for visitors to get a view of local wildlife on the open ocean.  Rudee Tours and the Virginia Aquarium Sea Adventures offer special boat rides no matter the season. In the winter months graceful humpback whales grace the shoreline and can be seen breaking the surface. Boat tours also offer a great chance to see fin whales, minke whales, right whales, which are on the critically endangered list, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, sea turtles, and a wide range of seabirds all in their natural habitat.

 

Put on your walking shoes: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

If the high seas are not for you, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can offer a more land-based method for seeing local wildlife in their natural habitat. The Refuge offers a number of hiking and biking trails, as well as guided tours. Visitors can use any of six spotting scopes that are placed throughout the refuge to get a close up look at deer, raccoons, bobcats, muskrats, river otters, birds, and more depending on the season. The Refuge is located directly south of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 4005 Sandpiper Road.

 

Take a trip to the beach – on horseback

There is no wrong way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. It can even be done from horseback! Companies such as Virginia Beach Outer Banks Horseback offer visitors the chance to saddle up and hit the sand. One-hour tours are available and offer a way to get in touch with nature without the hassle of crowds. Keep an eye out for whales and other marine life to surface closer to the shore, since there are no swimmers to scare them away in the winter.

 

Enjoy the Virginia Aquarium Walking Trails

The Virginia Aquarium is a fun, entertaining way to learn about and experience the wonder of the wildlife of Virginia Beach. It boasts two facilities with exhibits about the local ecosystem, live exhibits, and touch tanks. Visitors can get an up close look at river otters and harbor seals in special enclosures. The two buildings are connected with a beautiful walking trail with multiple wildlife outlook areas. The trail offers opportunities to see a host of sea and estuary creatures like periwinkles, crabs, sea birds, and more.

 

When visiting Virginia Beach, VSA Resorts is the perfect place to rest your head.  Give us a call to learn about our special vacation packages.  1-800-340-1158.

Celebrate your Holidays at the Oceanfront

It’s the holiday season in Virginia Beach, and December is a great time to visit. The halls are decked, the lights are lit, and everything is ready for a month-long party. Virginia Beach offers a variety of activities to get you in the holiday spirit, and of course, everything has an oceanic twist and a little bit of sand.santa-robe

  1. Holiday Lights at the Beach

Nothing evokes the holidays quite like giant light displays, and nothing says Virginia Beach like the oceanfront. The Holiday Lights at the Beach bring together the best of both and results in a bright, beautiful display that bursts with December cheer for more than 30 blocks. The lights display is open through January 1 where visitors can see giant blinking fish, crabs, Santa Clause, and so much more, right on the sand. This is a driving tour, which means you will not have to battle the wind or cold to enjoy this light display, and participants will be ushered right on to the boardwalk at 2nd Street. Each car is $15 and entrance fees must be paid in cash.

  1. Last Night on the Town

Last Night on the Town is Virginia Beach’s biggest New Year’s celebration. The party will begin at Pembroke Mall at 2 pm on New Year’s Eve. There will be family entertainment, a children’s New Years countdown, and balloon drop at 5 pm. Throughout the night the party will continue across the street at Town Center. There will be live music on multiple stages with headlining acts that include Smash Mouth, BJ Griffin & The Galaxy Groove, and Jesse Chang. There will also be fireworks, a laser light show, and the Virginia Beach Ball Drop at midnight. All of the entertainment is free, and food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.

  1. Santa’s Seaside Village

Through January 1, Santa will be at his seaside village on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Enter a world of holiday magic and wonder, conveniently located on the corner of Atlantic and 30th street. Santa’s Seaside Village has carnival rides, a petting farm, and pony rides. There will also be snacks for purchase, festive decorations, and adorable holiday shopping. Walk through special animated displays, enjoy live entertainment and meet the big man himself (Santa Clause, of course)! The village will be open every weekend, Friday through Sunday, from 2pm to 9pm. Admission is $4 for everyone over the age of two, but special family 4-pack deals are available.

Give us a call to reserve your vacation suite for the Holiday getaway you deserve!  800-340-1158

Virginia Beach Welcomes “Before I Die” Wall

The wall can be seen in more than 60 countries and will now call the Virginia Beach oceanfront home.

 

November 15, 2016 . . . VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Before I die I want to right all my wrongs.  Before I die, I want to feel comfortable in my own skin.

These are just two of the dreams scribbled on a Before I Die wall in Tampa, Florida. What started as an experiment in making a public space a shared inspirational space and grown into a global art project.

Candy Chang created the first Before I Die wall in 2011 on the side of an abandoned building in New Orleans after losing a close friend to liver cancer. The wall was gone a few months later when a developer started construction at the site. However, the movement has grown. More than 400 walls have sprung up in 60 countries from Afghanistan to Chile, and in 25 languages.

 

Carl Gress Constructing the VB Before I Die Wall at VSA Resorts

Carl Gress constructing the official Virginia Beach Before I Die Wall at VSA Resorts.

Virginia Beach will be the home of the next Before I Die wall at 17th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Thanks to the efforts of Nadine Paniccia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with VSA Resorts, the wall is currently under construction.

 

“The 17th Street location is vitally important as it truly is the gateway to the Virginia Beach oceanfront,” Paniccia said. “What better place to add inspiration – where most people enter and exit the oceanfront.”

The concept started after Lori Overholt, president and CFO of VSA Resorts, went on a family vacation to Austin and saw the wall in person. She came back and brainstormed what it would take to get a wall in Virginia Beach. Paniccia took over from there.

However, the Before I Die wall will be more than just a chalkboard fixture.  It will be a permanent part of the new resort underway at that location.

“VSA Resorts has expansion plans, and when the 17th street location came up for sale, we jumped on the opportunity,” Paniccia said. “The Before I Die wall will be a permanent art installation creatively incorporated into the design of any project we ultimately move forward with on the property.”

Until then, VSA Resorts is working on completing construction of the Before I Die wall and is planning a grand opening ceremony.

“We want to share the hopes and dreams of our local residents and the people who come from around the world to visit Virginia Beach,” Paniccia said. “What do you want to do before you die?”

 

 

Media Contact:
Nadine Paniccia
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
VSA Resorts
424 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA  23451
757-425-2200
npaniccia@vsaresorts.com

Trick or Treat the Safe Way

Safety tips for your Virginia Beach Halloween festivities

 

The haunting season has arrived! Ghost, goblins, and ghouls will take to the streets demanding candy. Not to mention, kids will be out 9269-a-beautiful-girl-in-a-halloween-witch-costume-pvtrick-or-treating. Scaring yourself silly is a great way to spend the holiday, but please make sure to keep any real monsters at bay with some holiday safety tips.

 

Light is your best friend

You never know what could be lurking in the darkness. If you are trick-or-treating or out and about, make sure you and your little goblins have flashlights or glow sticks to make you more visible to passing cars and help light your paths. It is also a good idea to stick to houses or driveways that are well lit.

Keep an eye on the kids

Make sure all children under the age of 13 are supervised and have a grownup trick-or-treat guardian. If, your teens are heading out on their own it is a good idea to make sure you know where they will be, who they will be with, and have a way to get in touch.

Do not leave your candles unsupervised

Halloween is a great night for bonfires and candlelight. Many people use candles in their jack-o-lanterns or in other decorations. Make sure any fires lit that night are well looked after and in no danger of causing trouble.

Don’t accept any unwrapped treats

Make sure to look over your children’s candy haul and remove anything with questionable or damaged packaging. In the past, some treats have been tampered with in dangerous ways. Make sure everything is properly packaged and steer clear of homemade treats unless you trust their source.

Choose costumes that are relatively visible

It is usually best to avoid costumes that only have dark colors because they can be difficult to see at night. It is important to make sure cars and other pedestrians are easily able to see you to avoid any accidents. Also, if you are taking the kids trick-or-treating, make sure they are dressed in a way that makes them easy for you to see and keep track of them.

Masks can be fun, but they make it hard to see

Masks are a classic part of Halloween. They are iconic. They are scary. They are fun. They can make it hard to see. Police and other safety experts recommend Halloween masks be avoided because they can obstruct vision and make it difficult to navigate the dark streets. However, this does not need to ruin your fun, or make your costume any less awesome. Just swap out face paint for masks and you are good to go.

Be cautious while driving

If you are going to be driving on Halloween, use extreme caution. People will be distracted, kids will be hopped up on sugar, and the roads could be treacherous. Make sure you drive slowly through neighborhoods and keep an eye out for any little monsters that might be crossing the streets.
If you’re out and about at the oceanfront on Halloween, stop in to any VSA Resort and say hello!

 

Fall in to Virginia Beach

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Virginia Beach. The summer season has come to a definite close, which means crowds and temperatures are on the decline. Entertainment, however, will be on the rise because there are amazing events and activities to choose from. Whether you’re looking to celebrate at the harvest season, explore an autumnal farmers market, or kick your Halloween off a little early, you will find what you are looking for in Virginia Beach. Here’s what to do:fall-foliage-228165_640

 

Go to the Farm: Hunt Club Farm

The Hunt Club Farm is fun for the whole family. They are open all year, but their hours fluctuate seasonally. During the fall months the farm is open daily from 9am until 5pm. The farm features an expansive petting farm where you can get up close and personal with chickens, goats, sheep, geese, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, ducks, and more. A free flight aviary has opened this year, which features over 500 parakeets. You can feed and interact with hundreds of tiny birds as you walk through the 2,000 square foot enclosure. The farm also features a farm market with seasonal goods. The farm market is free and open to the public; tickets to the petting farm are $6 for anyone over the age of two.

 

Be a part of History: Ferry plantation

If you have a taste for the historic or the paranormal, the Ferry Plantation should definitely be on your itinerary. The Ferry Plantation was built in 1830 and has been preserved as an example Virginia Beach’s rich history. The house is also very well known for paranormal activity and visitors have claimed to have encountered several different “spirits” over the years. Though the proprietors of the property do not claim it is haunted, they do have unexplainable photographs and ghost stories to share. The house is furnished in the style of the period in which it was built, and offers educational tours from 10am until 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Children under 5 can tour for free, but everyone is $10.

 

Pick Your Own Pumpkin: Henley Farms

Pumpkin season has arrived. Henley Farms offers their customers the chance to enjoy the fall weather and do some good, old-fashioned pumpkin picking. A free hayride is offered from the main grounds to the pumpkin patch so you can really get into fall spirit. At the pumpkin patch you can traipse through the field, choose your favorite, and bring it home to decorate your home for the season. Pumpkins aren’t all they have to offer. You may be able to also pick your own pecans, sweet potatoes, green beans, lima beans, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collard greens. Please keep in mind the availability of vegetables and pumpkins depends entirely on the weather and the plants themselves. They can’t be picked if they haven’t matured yet and there are no guarantees about what will be available. The farm is open every weekend in October from 10am until 6pm.

For more information on VSA reservations while in town, give us a call at 800-340-1158.

Autumn in Virginia Beach

It’s more than just a summer town.

When fall rolls around people tend to think of bright foliage, fat pumpkins, crisp apple cider. Beautiful beach towns are usually left behind with summer and not thought of again until the chill of winter makes the sun and sand that much more appealing.pumpkins_1

Don’t count out Virginia Beach. It’s time to enjoy the mild weather and get outdoors.

  1. Cape Henry Lighthouse

Southeastern Virginia is a well-known destination for history buffs. Virginia Beach is no exception. The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse offers a peak into the area’s history as a maritime city, and can be toured by the public. Tickets are $8 for adults (13 years and older) and $6 for children. However, children must be over 42 inches tall to participate, so this is not a good choice for young children or toddlers. Also, the lighthouse is located on the Fort Story military base, so a valid picture ID for everyone over 16 years and vehicle search may be required upon entry.

  1. Hunt Club Farm

The Hunt Club Farm is fun for the whole family. They are open all year but their hours fluctuate seasonally. During the fall months the farm is open daily from 9am until 5pm. The Club features an expansive petting farm where you can get up close and personal with chickens, goats, sheep, geese, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, ducks, and more. A free flight aviary houses over 500 parakeets. You can feed and interact with hundreds of tiny birds as you walk through the 2,000 square foot enclosure. The farm also features pony rides and a farmer’s market with seasonal goods. The market has no admission price, but tickets to the petting farm are $6 for anyone 2+ and pony rides are $5 for a turn around the course.

  1. First Landing State Park

Virginia Beach is home to First Landing State Park, the most visited state park in all of Virginia. The park marks the place where English settlers first landed in Virginia in 1607. It has deep historic significance, but is also bursting with modern day fun. The park features bicycle rentals, 20 miles of hiking trails, and 1.5 miles of Chesapeake Bay beach. So, whether you’re looking to admire the turning foliage, soak in the beautiful waterfront, or enjoy the mild fall weather, there is something for you. The day areas of First Landing are open from 8 am until dusk.

 

Virginia Beach is so diverse in its landscape and the kind of activities it can offer, even outside the summer months. October brings its own unique joys and weather, which allow the outdoors to be enjoyed in a special way. Go explore!

VSA offers enticing packages for those traveling in the Fall, give our friendly team a call for details on the most up-to-date promotions,  1-800-340-1158.

Plan Your August Outings

August Outings in Virginia Beach

image1We are in the thick of summer and the fun isn’t not over yet. Virginia Beach has plenty of amazing activities to offer in August. Whether you are looking for something that will entertain the whole family, hoping to have a romantic weekend, or spending some quality time alone, there is something for everyone. For a fun-filled month check out these four activities:

 

Special Events Lineup

Outdoor Movie Night

This August one of Virginia Beach’s best loved parks, Mount Trashmore, will be hosting a summer movie night series.  Friday, Aug. 12, will feature Home followed by The Peanuts Movie on Friday Aug. 26. Festivities will begin at 7 pm with games and activities for the kids, and the movie will begin at sundown. This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. Remember to bring your beach chairs, blankets or pillows or just spread out on the grass. Concession stands will be available so make sure you come hungry!

 

Ynot Wednesdays?

“Ynot Wednesdays?” is a free summer concert series sponsored by the locally owned Ynot Italian. Does it get better than free?  Every Wednesday from 5 to 9 pm all summer long, free music and fun can be found on the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza in Town Center. You will have a chance to check out fresh produce and other goods from local farmers at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market on the plaza along with Ynot pizza, sandwiches, and gelato. There will also be kid’s art activities inside the Miller Studio Theatre. This event will be held every Wednesday in August and will wrap up on the 31.

 

Neptune’s 2nd Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival

This party is perfect for beer lovers, and will be held on August 27 from 1-6 pm at Neptune’s Park on the Oceanfront. The festival will feature more than 50 different kinds of beer from 23 different breweries with exclusive cask ales and a very exclusive Neptune Festival specialty brew.

There will be live music and a smorgasbord of food trucks. Admission to this event is $30 if you purchase your passes ahead of time or $35 if you wait until the day of the festival. Each ticket includes a special souvenir tasting glass and as many tastings as you like. Keep in mind, ticket holders must be 21 years or older to participate, so you might want to find a babysitter for the youngsters.

 

Africana Virginia Beach Funkfest Beach Party

From August 26 to the 28 Virginia Beach will host the Africana Virginia Beach Funkfest Beach Party at 24th street oceanfront. The Funkfest is a celebration of all things funk with nonstop music on two stages. Everything will kick off on  Aug. 26 from 2 pm until 10:45 pm, then Saturday from 10 am until 10:45 pm, and will wrap up on Sunday with performances from 1 pm until 9 pm. The festival is free and open to the public, but preferred seating passes are available for $40 each. Music might be the focus of the festival, but there will be food, merchandise, and dance contests, too.

 

Virginia Beach is fun during any season. But, with so many options and endless fun, you can be sure to end your summer on a high note in the sand, city, or park. No matter how you like to spend your time, there is something for you.

 

For reservations at one of the beach’s best resorts, give us a call at 800-340-1158 for special package rates.

The Perfect Day at the Virginia Beach Pier

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is a true landmark on the oceanfront.

Virginia Bech Fishing PierIt’s centrally located, directly connected to the boardwalk, and within walking distance of many different options for dining, shopping and other beach-y activities. The saying goes, “there are plenty of fish in the sea” and it’s definitely true. There ARE plenty of fish in the sea and one of the best things to do in Virginia Beach and see how many of them you can catch in an afternoon. The Pier is the perfect place to spend the day fishing or crabbing (even if you’re just learning how).

Beginning on Memorial Day the Pier is open 24 hours a day for the summer season. Admission costs $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12 years, and $2 per spectator. Anglers are allowed 2 fishing rods or crab nets each. Fishing rods can be rented for $8 per rod (but you can also bring your own). There is a tackle shop right across from the Pier so between that and the rod or crab cage rentals, you can show up empty handed and still have a great day of fishing. There’s no need to search the city or take up space in your luggage with a lot of gear — everything that you could need for a full day of fishing is right at your finger tips. Anyone who fishes from the pier does not need to have a fishing license, all you have to worry about is spending a beautiful day in the sea breeze!

If you find yourself working up an appetite from your day of fishing or crabbing, just a few steps from the action you will find Ocean Eddies, the restaurant on the pier. It was first opened in the 1950s as a snack bar for tourists and locals alike. Situated right on the Pier, the restaurant boasts great views to enjoy while you eat. Daily specials can range from chicken lumpia, to fried flounder, to key lime pie. While they do focus on seafood, they also offer alternatives for those looking for less surf and more turf, like fabulous salads, burgers and sandwiches. And don’t forget the drinks! Along with classic cocktails like the Piña-Colata, Ocean Eddies proudly serves Devil’s Backbone Striped Bass Pale Ale. Every purchase of this beer helps to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which fights everyday to restore and maintain clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways.

Fishing might be the main attraction, but the pier has more to offer. Across from Ocean Eddies there is an adorable gift shop, so you can find that elusive perfect souvenir.  Goods range from live hermit crabs, to novelty shot glasses, pirate flags, tee shirts, hats, and anything that can be covered in seashells. Don’t forget to look for their famous homemade fudge; it is amazing.  The pier also offers some gorgeous views of the boardwalk, beaches and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Keep an eye out for wildlife like dolphins, brown pelicans, and sea turtles. If fishing doesn’t seem that exciting to you, it might be worth the $2 spectator fee just to take a leisurely stroll along the pier and take in the sights.

VSA Resorts has three beautiful resort properties all within a boardwalk’s stroll to the Pier.  Give us a call to reserve your stay.  800.340.1158