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2012 Easter Egg Hunts in Northern Virginia

The first day of spring brings to mind pretty flowers, Easter bunnies, fun-filled egg hunts and more. Although 2012 Easter is scheduled for April 8, you can get in the holiday spirit early by participating in the local egg hunts with your little ones. Northern Virginia has plenty of Easter fun in store for you – so check them out before it’s too late.

Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Venue: Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Sunday, April 01, 2012 (9:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Cost: To be decided
Website www.greatcountryfarms.com

Description: Join us for the first “crop” of the spring marshmallows! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. We will host multiple Easter Egg Hunts this year with over 7000 eggs! Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice the spring! Our jumping pillow, hayrides, slides, rope swings, 4 mazes, and farm animal barnyard will all be open and ready for family fun on the farm. Our Roosteraunte will be serving up BBQ, burgers, and hot dogs while our Country Store will be filled with new jams, jellies, and freshly baked pies and goodies.

 Preschool Egg Hunt
Venue: Stafford County Parks & Recreation
Address:1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554
Date: Monday, April 02, 2012 (11:00 AM)
Time: 11:00am
Admission: $3/child (ages 5 and under only)

Description: Join the Easter Bunny for a hunt just for the little ones! Don’t forget to bring a basket! Hunt will be held indoors in case of rain. You MUST pre-register for this event. RSVP by 3/26.

Eggciting Easter Crafts For Kids
Venue: Stafford County Parks & Recreation
Address:1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2012 (5:00 PM-7:00 PM) Time: 5:00-5:45pm (ages 3-5); 6:00-6:45pm (ages 6-10)
Cost: $8/Stafford child ($10/non-resident)
Website: www.staffordparks.com

Description: Celebrate Easter by having your child create some “eggciting” Easter crafts! Join your friends at Stafford Parks & Recreation for this fun-filled festive event!  RSVP by 3/30.

Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt
Venue: Herndon Community Center
Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170
Date(s)/Time: Saturday, March 31, 2012 (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)
Cost: $10 for one child and one parent

Description: Join us for our Aqua Egg Hunt where children will collect as many floating and sinking eggs as possible in the time allowed. Everyone will receive a prize. A special prize will be awarded to whomever collects the most eggs in each group.

Herndon Easter Egg Hunt
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Date: Saturday, April 07, 2012 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM)
Cost: $7 pre-register; $9 on-site
Website: www.herndon-va.gov

Description: A tisket a tasket, be sure to bring your basket for collecting eggs and other spring goodies at our old-fashioned Easter celebration. Join the Easter Bunny and his helpers for an eggstra-special event. Hands-on arts projects, baby animal petting zoo, and egg hunts by age.

Egg Hunt
Venue: Rippon Lodge Historic Site
Address:15500 Blackburn Rd.,Woodbridge, VA 22191
Date: Saturday, April 07, 2012 (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Cost: $7 per child, adults free
Website: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/oem/PressRoom/Pages/PR04012011Events.aspx

Description: Spring has sprung and colorful eggs have been hidden all over the grounds of Rippon Lodge. Children are needed to help us hunt them up. In addition to egg hunts, children can enjoy crafts, games, pony rides, a moon bounce and train rides. Bring a picnic. Bring a basket for egg collecting. Egg hunts will take place at 11am and 1pm. Advanced reservations recommended. House tour included.

Easter Egg Hunt At Leesylvania
Venue: Leesylvania State Park
Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2012 (1:30 PM-2:30 PM)
Website: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/lee.shtml

Description:Hunt for colorful, prize-filled Easter Eggs. Kids color eggs, play games and make crafts. We also take a look at the history of the Easter Egg, and why it became a tradition for this holiday.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt                
Venue:Bull Run Regional Park Soccer Fields
Address:7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121
Date:04/03/2012 10:00 AM to 04/03/2012 11:30 AM
Cost: $10 per child and open to children ages 2 to 8.
Website:http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1860

Description: Enjoy a fun filled spring morning with the Easter Bunny! Activities include crafts, games, refreshments, photos with the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt!  Parents and Grandparents are FREE! Don’t forget to bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Spring Festival Dates at Ticonderoga
Dates:March 17, 2012 – April 15, 2012 (Egg Hunts on Weekends)
Website: http//www.ticonderoga.com/calendar/
Cost: Weekdays – $7.95/person; Weekends – $11.95/person (children under 2 are FREE)

Description:Come join us and the Easter Bunny for some festive fun.  Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find those special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can get on the slides, take a hayride, visit our farm animals and roast marshmallows.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.  Please, arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the Egg Hunt and remember to bring your own basket or bag for collecting eggs.  Baskets will be available for purchase.  We request the emptied eggs to be returned at the end your visit so we can re-use (recycle) them if you do not wish to take them home.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Farm Park
Date: March 24, 2012
Time: Various time slots
Website:http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/events.htm

Description:Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes. Weather decision will be made 10am and makeup date would be Sunday, March 25 same hunt times.

Easter Bunny Brunch at the Windmill Community Center
Address:21400 Windmill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
Date: March 24-25, 2012
Time: 10am to noon
Cost:$3 per child not to exceed $9 per family
Website:http://www.ashburnfarmassociation.org/Events/easter_brunch/easter_brunch2012.pdf

Description:Remember to bring your camera if you’d like to capture your little one with our Bunny. Weather permitting, we may have an egg hunt outside, but if that is not possible we will have games, food, and prizes indoors.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Spa and Couples Massage Packages in North Virginia

 

Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? How about pampering your sweetheart with a day of indulgence at a local spa? Or even better, how about joining her for a couples’ massage? Local North Virginia day spas have it all planned for you – from chocolate infused massages to rejuvenating rose treatments, you can have it all. Amid myriad of options available, we have shortlisted some of the best day spas in North Virginia – known for their impeccable services and memorable experiences. Click on their website for additional Valentine’s Day packages, specials and to check availability and for booking details.

Fountains Day Spa

Awarded Top Day Spa by The Washington Post

422 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-1990
http://www.fountainsdayspa.com/index.html

Valentine’s Day packages

Two hearts Valentine’s Day package: 2 hoursCouples Combination Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials + Fruit & Chocolates – $418
Ultimate Indulgence : 4 hours of Ultimate Couples Combination Massage, Couples Ultra Hydradermie, Couples Reflexology + Fruit and Chocolates = $745
TLC for you and me : 2 hours of Couples 50 min Harmony Massage, Couples Hydradermie Facials, Fruit, Juice and Chocolates = $441

Couple’s massage -
50min Swedish Massage – $217
50min Combination Massage – $233
50min Deep Tissue Massage – $250
80min Swedish Massage – $323
80min Combination Massage – $350
80min Deep Tissue Massage – $375

Amenity Day Spa

Rated one of the Top 30 Favorite Spa’s in the Washingtonian Best of the Best Magazine 2011

44365 Premier Plaza, Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 703-726-8100
http://www.amenitydayspa.com/default.asp

Recommended Package: Petals from Heaven Massage
Your massage experience begins with a rose sea salt scrub rinsed with soothing steamed towels and a warm rain shower. Enjoy a revitalizing pure rose oil massage from head to toe. (Not recommended for a pregnant woman). 75 minutes/$135

Calvert Rejuvenations

Voted “NoVA’s Best Spa” for the past three years

485 Carlisle Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
(571) 323-1088
http://www.calvertrejuvenations.com/

Valentine’s Day packages

“Tea for Two” Package 
60 Minute Couples Hot Stone Massage
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments
Aromatherapy upgrade
Aromatherapy Oil or Spray to take home
$300

“Best of Everything” Package 
The Works (“NoVa’s best” Signature Facial and 60 min. Custom massage) for Two
Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy oil or spray to take home
Peppermint Foot Treatment or Citrus Herbology Hand and Foot Exfoliation
30 minutes of extra relaxation in the Oasis with refreshments
$550

Lorien Spa

Luxury boutique hotel, a Kimpton Hotel property and the only hotel spa in Alexandria.

1600 King St.
Alexandria, Va.
Phone:703-894-5130
http://www.lorienhotelandspa.com/alexandria-hotel-spa/index.html

Valentine’s Day packages

Chocolate Dream Massage – 50 minutes – $119
Chocolate Anti-oxidant facial- 50 minutes – $125

Spa Noa

Voted one of No-Va Living Magazine’s Top Day Spas.

11638 Plaza America Drive
Reston, VA 20191
P : 703-318-3223
http://www.spanoa.com/

Valentine’s Day packages

Cupid’s Arrow: Featuring Ultimate Escape Manicure & Pedicure, 90 warm shea butter massage, signature facial – $340

Other Day Spas Offering Couples’ Massage and Valentine’s Day Specials

Serendipity
8990-A Fern Park Drive
Burke, Va. 22015
Phone: 571-217-1150
http://www.serendipitywellnessstudio.com/

60 minute custom couples massages-$180
90 minute custom couples massages-$250
2 hour custom couples massages-$330

Bellezza Spa
Located inside Valon Salon
5708 Pickwick Rd. Centreville Va. 20121
Phone:703-266-7660
http://bellezzaspava.com/

Be Mine Package - Swedish massage with hot stone, pedicure and manicure – $150
Red Roses – Mini facial, eye treatment, shoulder massage – $100
True Love- Brazillian sugaring stress back relief, shoulder and neck massage – $95
Sweet Escape – Spa hair therapy treatment, haircut and blow dry – $75

Creative
14215-A Centreville Square
Centreville, Va. 20121
Phone:(703) 815-2224
http://www.creativesalonandspa.net/

60 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $160
90 min Couple’s Swedish Massage – $220

Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
9514-A Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 877-425-8801
http://www.comfortjoy.com/

90 minutes couples’ massage-$300

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Top Northern Virginia Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Specials

Preparing Thanksgiving meals can be extensive and stressful. If eating out is an option, check out the following restaurants in Northern Virginia serving Thanksgiving specials. From prix fixe menu to a la carte Thanksgiving fare, you are sure to find it all. Hurry and make your reservations.

2941

The modern French-American restaurant is dishing up a prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving. The three-course menu offerings include appetizers like butternut squash Valoute, Caesar salad, lobster bisque along with sea bass, turkey breast with chestnut and mushroom stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry jam and gravy. Complete your meal with their signature apple pie baked in a bag and served with vanilla ice cream.

Price: $ 65
Availability: 11a.m. to 7.30p.m.
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Bastille

Spend a relaxing evening at the award-winning bistro and wine bar located in Alexandria. Enjoy the classy vibe and indulge in a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu comprising of pumpkin soup, oysters, slow-cooked turkey, Sirloin roast, artisanal cheeses, pumpkin Bavaroise, molasses spice cake, fall squash and raisin compote.

Price: $78
Availability: Dinner only
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BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier

Three-course Thanksgiving dinner is on offer at Brabo, the elegant restaurant that focuses on Belgian specialties with American influences. Partake in a sumptuous meal of mixed green salad, Maine lobster ravioli, seared Chesapeake rockfish, caramel walnut tart, in addition to the ubiquitous Thanksgiving turkey served with sweet potato purée, brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, chestnut dressing and giblet gravy.

Price: $65; wine pairings add $35
Availability: 2p.m. to 7.30p.m
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