By Rebekah Lowe
Summer will be here in less than a month! It’s time to start planning this year’s beachy getaway, and why not get a few relaxing rounds of golf in while you’re on your trip as well? If you’re headed to the ocean this season, you’ll want to tack on an extra vacation day for golf at one of these breezy seaside courses.
Ocean City, Md.: Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links is located eight miles south of Ocean City in Berlin, Md. Seventeen of the 18 holes on this course have a view of the Sinepuxent Bay and the Assateague National Seashore Park, and at a few of the holes, experienced golfers can start the ball over the water to shorten the hole if they dare.
Gorgeous scenery coupled with Scottish-style links makes for a day of relaxation at this 4.5-star course as rated by Golf Digest. Make a day of it and enjoy on-course cart service for food and beverages or get a few quick hits in at the double-ended driving range.
Rum Pointe was designed by Pete and P.B. Dye, a father and son team, and opened in 1997. In order to keep the bent grass in pristine condition, no metal spikes are allowed on the course. The course staff members belong to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.
72 par | 7,001 yards | 122 slope | 72.6 rating
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
7000 Rum Pointe Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
Rehoboth Beach, Del.: Old Landing Golf Course
Golf alongside Rehoboth Bay for a day at Old Landing Golf Course. Seven of the 18 holes include water hazards, specifically three ponds and one stream. The second hole is a challenging 431-yard par 4, featuring a narrow tree-line fairway and a large sand bunker. The course features Bermuda grass. With reasonable prices, Old Landing gives golfers a good deal.
Russell Roberts designed Old Landing Golf Course in 1968, and in 1996, Golf Digest rated it the 5th best public course in the state.
Jim Powers, the PGA professional on staff, is available for individual or group lessons and teaches clinics throughout the year.
71 par | 6,097 yards | 108 slope | 68.2 rating
Old Landing Golf Course
20836 Old Landing Road Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Virginia Beach: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run
Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run sits on the 8,000-acre Newport News Park in Tidewater, Va., near Williamsburg and Yorktown. Just 45 minutes from Virginia Beach, a day trip for golf is totally doable as a break from the beach. Thirty-six holes of golf await you at the original Cardinal Championship Course and the Deer Run Championship Course.
The golf club opened in 1969 after the designs of Edmund B. Ault were completed. The Cardinal Championship Course’s front nine holes give you long, open fairways to test your swing, and the back nine holes test your shorter, targeting abilities. The courses feature Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens.
Take some time in between swings to look around at the park scenery and wildlife. Players often see deer, bluebirds and other animals around the courses.
Players 16 and under play for free with an adult. Take advantage of the “Learn to Play Golf Program” with the club’s PGA Professionals or consider holding a tournament event for a family reunion there while on vacation. This is a mandatory soft spike course.
Cardinal: 72 par | 6,645 yards | 118 slope | 70.9 rating
Deer Run: 72 par | 7,206 yards | 133 slope | 73.7 rating
Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run
901 Clubhouse Way, Newport News, VA 23608
Posted by Rebecca Norris / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
But that’s not all–the celebration will continue on June 20 with the Grand Opening Party featuring an in-store beauty bar, refreshments, cupcakes, giveaways, swag bags and, of course, great deals–20 percent off throughout the entire store from 6-9 p.m.
Mark your calendars!
And, as always, Happy Shopping!
Posted by Ryan Cornell / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
If running with the bulls is on your bucket list, but getting a new passport is nowhere on your to-do list, the Great Bull Run in Petersburg was created with you in mind.
Keeping the long-honored legacy of Pamplona alive, while being safer than the Spanish version — the bulls’ horns are blunted instead of sharpened — the Great Bull Run will be held in nine locations across the country with Virginia as its inaugural spot.
Participants will run down a quarter-mile track while being chased by 12 half-ton bulls. The event’s website states that each run will be organized into hourly waves of up to one thousand adrenaline junkies.
Naturally, the inherent danger of the event can be scary for non-daredevils. Tickets are also available for the Tomato Royale food fight ($25) following the run or for just spectating ($10).
And if the City Where “Lincoln” Was Filmed is still too far of a drive for you, Congress most likely has enough bull to have a run of its own.
Posted by Octavia Silva / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Forget about whatever plans you had for this Thursday evening because we’ve found something that’ll easily trump anything you might have planned. Anything. I’m talking about the Bow Wow Luau. A rhyming awesome name will only be the tip of the fun iceberg at this Hawaiian-themed animal fundraising event, a Doggie Yappy Hour sponsored by the Canine Wingman Company. The Bow Wow Luau will take place at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria and all the funds raised will be donated to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the homeless animals under their care at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. There will be dog treats and a full menu offered by Jackson 20.
Posted by Anne Elsea / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Celebrate Memorial Day early at the ninth annual Night of Heroes Gala and hear country music artist Josh Gracin, a former “American Idol” finalist and member of the United States Marine Corps, entertain guests at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C.
All Virginia Students to Use Computers for Standardized Tests; Fairfax Search and Rescue Team Ready to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims; E.W. Jackson, Lieutenant Governor Candidate, Could Be A Gift and a Curse for GOP; Substitute Teacher Charged with Assaulting 6th Grade Students; Death in Zimbabwe Results in Unusual U.S. Charge
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
All Virginia Students to Use Computers for Standardized Tests
Fairfax Search and Rescue Team Ready to Help Okla. Tornado Victims
Jackson Could Be Gift and Curse for GOP, Experts Say
Laurie Millard Charged with Assaulting 6th Grade Students
Death in Zimbabwe Results in Unusual U.S. Charge
(Compiled by Jasmine Lee)
Posted by Lindsey Jenkins / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
RGIII fans purchase kitchen goods for the quarterback’s wedding registry. [Yahoo]
Bobby’s Burger Palace opens today in Potomac Mills. [Woodbridge Patch]
A match made in food heaven: find out which chips pair well with your favorite sandwich. [Food Republic]
Five D.C. area restaurants, including NoVA’s TNT Bar, make special cocktails for fans to win a chance for tickets to The Rammy Awards‘ June 23 Gala. [NVMwire]
Andrew Zimmerman interviews Yelp Director of Affairs, Luther Lowe. [Eater]
Kellogg introduces new (low calorie) brand, Special K Nourish. [HuffPo]
For a trip to Charlottesville, you’ll need a cute yet functional overnight bag. The journey isn’t so far and long to need an over-the-top suitcase, and totes like this can be stylish, functional and easy to carry. Something light that matches your earthy surroundings should look right and fit all of the clothes you’ll need for wining, dining, beer-ing and listening to tunes all over the Monticello and Blue Ridge Wine Trails.
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By Octavia Silva
Just in our not-so-distant Northern Virginia backyard, we have breweries and vineyards galore nestled in vast open lands and in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The nature views and clear skies are a welcome and breathtaking escape from our daily grind and typically awful commutes. If perhaps you were looking for something more than just a Kodak moment, these breweries offer more entertaining options than just beer and wine tasting.
Third Thursday Music Series at Trump Winery
Located along the Monticello Wine Trail and a mere eight miles from Monticello, Trump Winery is spread out over 1300 acres in the center of Virginia Wine Country. Trump Winery specializes in French wines from the regions of Bordeaux and Champagne, but proudly carries local wines as well. If the great wine selection and comforting location weren’t enough to persuade you to visit, perhaps live music will do the trick.
Every third Thursday of the month, Trump Winery offers free live music in their tasting room from 5-7 p.m. Third Thursday Music events offer wine tastings, glass pours and bottles of wine available for purchase. You may not travel down only for the live music, but it provides just one more reason to make a trip to Charlottesville. Ahead of you lie relaxing green pastures and a blissfully boozy time all scored by a soundtrack you might have not otherwise heard.
Trump Winery; 3550 Blenheim Road, Charlottesville; trumpwinery.com; 434-984-4853, 111 miles from Fairfax.
Live Music at South Street Brewery
Despite only being open for 15 years, South Street Brewery gives the feel of a seasoned, aged brewery from the moment you step in and allow your surroundings to envelop you. South Street Brewery’s aesthetic and personality shine through its old brick walls, hardwood floors and thick timber pillars, giving it the perfect beer-tasting atmosphere to really get you in that brewery state of mind.
Just like at Trump Winery, South Street Brewery offers a weekly music night. Every Wednesday night, local musicians perform at the brewery for tourists and Charlottesvillagers alike—not a bad stop along the Charlottesville Musical Drinking Tour. South Street Brewery boasts a full food menu as well as beer tastings of all kinds for its treasured patrons. Perhaps you’d be interested in comparing musicians and libations from all of the pit stops along this journey—as if you needed more reasons to make this tour a yearly tradition.
106 South Street, Charlottesville, southstreetbrewery.com, (434) 293-6550, 101 miles from Fairfax.
Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company
If South Street Brewery satisfied the city-slicker vacationer in you, then Wild Wolf Brewing Company will satiate any hunger to spend a vacation evening in the great outdoors. They offer plenty of outdoor seating, both in their Biergartern under elm trees and on their outdoor patio. Wild Wolf is not only a brewery, but a restaurant as well–nothing too fancy, but perfect to satisfy your road-tripping hunger pains.
Similarly to South Street Brewery and Trump Winery, Wild Wolf also has live music. Wild Wolf has musicians performing every night of the weekend, so perhaps you could start your trip off at South Street Brewery for a local musical performance on Wednesday, head over to Trump Winery for music and wine tastings on Thursday and spend Friday at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, wildwolfbeer.com, 434-361-0088, 132 miles from Fairfax.