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George Washington’s Childhood Home- Ferry Farm

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in Travel Blog

George Washington Slept Here – A Lot Other than Mount Vernon there is probably no place where George Washington laid his head down to rest more often than at the site of his boyhood home, Ferry Farm. Located just across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, Ferry Farm is a true place of discovery, a vibrant archaeological site, and contains some outside-the-box experiences for groups.  You probably already know how we feel about Fredericksburg. It’s one of America’s most historic towns and has seen the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Monroe and even Lincoln walk its historic streets....

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To Visit Richmond’s Gardens – Start in England

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 in Travel Blog

We love our home city of Richmond and one of the reasons is its abundance of gorgeous public gardens. Folks started planting ornamental gardens as soon as Richmond was founded (1742) and – oh, my – how gardening has grown in our beautiful town. There’s plenty of gardens to be seen but to tie it all to its beginning start at Agecroft Hall. Imagine visiting an authentic 500-year-old English manor house without traveling across the Atlantic. How? Come to Agecroft Hall. This isn’t a reproduction – it’s the real thing. Here’s the story. The home traces its roots to the English county of...

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Featured Tours for the Holidays

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 in Travel Blog

It’s July. Let’s think about … Christmas! Hello, friends. It’s 95 degrees here in Richmond today and the humidity is at Louisiana swamp levels. I feel like I’m going to grow gills or something. Well, one way to beat the unusual heat today is to think about something cooler, like Christmas! Right now is a good time to start planning a group excursion into Virginia for Christmas 2016 or 2017, and we’ve got some lovely packages designed to bring out the Christmas cheer in even the Scroogiest person. Let’s have a look at Christmas in Virginia this year and find the very best destinations that...

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Going to Pot – Fredericksburg Art Tour

Posted on May 10, 2016 in Travel Blog

Leonardo da Vinci I am not. You won’t find my name listed alongside that of Georgia O’Keefe or John Singer Sargent among great American artists. I can paint a room, sort of, but certainly have no real artistic ability. So it was with some trepidation that I first walked into Fredericksburg’s Pots and Palettes. It’s one of those “paint your own pot” places, and friends of mine who had been there came back raving. So, I thought, what the heck. I need to check it out for my groups and if I can be helped to create something not offensive to the eye, anyone can do it.    The staff there is great....

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Real Experiences That Entertain, Enrich and Enhance

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in Travel Blog, What's New in Virginia

Real Experiences That Entertain, Enrich and Enhance

Heart of Virginia Tours offers something delightfully fresh and different for groups: real experiences that are designed not only to entertain but to enrich and enhance. Conventional tours put the emphasis on “seeing.” After an HOV tour, your guests will tell their friends, “You’ll never believe what we DID!” And in Virginia there is so much to DO, so why not do it right??? We have worked closely with talented people in our localities to create “HOV-only” experiences. From glassblowing to chocolate making to marching on a Civil War battlefield, HOV Tours has custom-created...

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Meet Heart Of Virginia Tours

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in Travel Blog, What's New in Virginia

Meet Heart Of Virginia Tours

The heart and soul of Heart of Virginia Tours is Mary Prince Lewis, a veteran of more than 30 years in Virginia’s tourism industry. From lead group tour salesperson for Colonial Williamsburg to successful Virginia DMO Mary has spent a career as one of Virginia’s best-known and most well-respected tourism professionals. Mary now brings her expertise to creating Virginia’s most exciting group tour itineraries with experiences ranging from fine dining to digging in a historic garden. Her contacts and professional relationships enable her to create innovative itineraries for groups, filling each...

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