Monday, November 18, 2013

Maymont - Virginia’s True Hidden Gem for Kids

School holidays around the corner and don't know where to go? You can always book a charter bus and head over to Virginia where there is a place kids can have fun and experience all sorts of activities to their hearts content.

Maymond is an expansive 100-acre estate given as a gift to the city by James and Sallie Dooley. The couple made the estate their home from 1893 to 1925 and the state of the garden is currently maintained by supportive individuals and the state. Touring the house and its garden is absolutely blissful. No other words can describe the feeling of being free to roam the land together with family and friends who enjoyed the company of nature too. You will enjoy more than just nature and gorgeous blooms but the sight of old carriages brings you back in time during your bus charter VA visit.
There are four main stages to this beautiful Virginia attraction - Italian garden, Japanese garden, arboretum and specialty garden. If you have kids with you during your bus charter Ohio visit, all the better to get up close and personal with some endearing animals like goats, sheeps, pigs, chicken, donkeys, cows, ducks, rabbits and the occasional geese. It matters not that you have been here, fans of this popular kid-friendly space know that things are always changed up so that every visit feels like a new one. Schools, educational and religious institutions regularly organize outdoor bus charter VA visits to the farm and learn about native Virginia’s wildlife.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Are you heading over to Cape Charles in Virginia and looking forward to visiting some popular landmarks? Then we think you should include making a visit to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which is an amazing inspiring 18-mile long landmark. This landmark remains to be one of the few engineering wonders of the world. It may serve as a transportation stopover hub for some but we think it is more than just a bridge and tunnel - it offers incredible view of the bay, provides a shopping center...and of course, clean restrooms and rest areas. If you have the time for it, we think we might even be able to interest you in hitting the pier....never fails to impress the kids. So, come over to the bay bridge and tunnel with a Virginia charter bus and let us know if the view was worth the stop.
Making the connection
The bay bridge tunnel may stretch nearly eighteen mile long but it conveniently connects the East shore with mainland Virginia’s beach and Norfolk. Without the bridge, it would have taken ninety more minutes for travelers to get from Wilmington, Delaware to the East Coast or North Carolina’s Outer banks. So, for the locals, this is not just a tourist attraction, it is a convenient means of transportation.
A wonder of the engineering world
Following its official launching back in April 15, 1964, it was a well-known fact that it drew much admiration from the folks in the engineering world. Therefore, it was of no surprise at all when the folks officially included it into the list of seven engineering wonders of the modern world. Yes, there is an actual list of this kind and it included some of the most amazing structures worldwide. The American Society of Civil Engineers even named said that it was ‘the outstanding civil engineering achievement’.
To date, hundreds of millions of people and vehicles have made use of the structure.
Thrilling experience
A user once shared with us what it felt like to drive across the tunnel. ‘You pay the toll at the booth and then it was a just a matter of trying not to freak out about how amazing the ride was. Everywhere you looked, there was water. It was awesome too because it wasn’t rush hour so, we took our time, driving according to speed limit and we even captured the whole thing on video, incredible tunnel and bridge,’ shares Helen, a avid traveler.
To make the most out of that experience, stop at the visitors and gift center. There, right there, your breath will taken away from you and at the end, bring a souvenir home with you to commemorate the trip.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Touring The Massive Maymont

If you are looking for a place to go where the whole family and friends of the family can find something to do and enjoy, then you will need to charter a VA bus and head on down to Maymont – a 100-acre American estate, which was generously given by James and Sallie Dooley, who had lived there from 1893 right up to 1925.

Many VA charter bus passengers are happy to know that admission fee is not required when you visit the Maymont’s grounds, but they do require donations for their indoor exhibits, while fees are required for the Nature Center exhibits as well as the special programs and tours. When you first arrive at the grounds of Maymont’s, it is always good to start your visit at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center – which is just right at the front door of Maymont’s. The Robins Nature & Visitor Center is not just a place where you get to see exhibits of exotic creatures from the sea, but rather, visitors will be astonished to find out the variety of species living right at the Richmond’s own backyard. With its 20-foot waterfall that flows into 13 giant aquariums that are linked, visitors will be able to see creatures such as river otters, turtles and different types of fish.

After that, you can proceed to visiting the 1893 Maymont Mansion, where you can opt for a self guided tour of the below stairs of the mansion; and if you want to visit the upper floors of the mansion, you will need to sign up for a guided tour, but trust us, it is worth it. After you and your friends are through with visiting the Maymont Mansion, the next place that you should take a look before you climb back on the VA charter bus is the elaborate and unique Japanese and Italian gardens. One thing that you need to take note of before you visit the Maymont grounds is that they have different visiting or opening hours for their indoor exhibits and the outdoors. While the outdoors of the Maymont’s can be visited daily, the indoor exhibits are subjected to different hours, so be sure to find out the various exhibit hours so that you can plan your time when you are here. Picnic lunches are always something that many visitors to the Maymont grounds would do to complete their visit here, so if you like picnics, why not have your friends share in bringing something with them for a picnic lunch at Maymont’s?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where It All Comes Alive At Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum is a museum where one gets to see up close some of the wildlife and creatures of the sea that you may not be able to do so in some other museums. Yes, this is truly a cool museum to visit and an even cooler idea would be to go to the museum in a VA charter bus with your family and friends. If you are planning a family outing in the near future, this is the place to go. And if you have friends who have children too, you may want to invite them to join you and your family for a trip to the Virginia Living Museum – after all, you will be chartering a bus for the trip, why not have more people join in the fun of riding in a bus together? The kids will simply love the idea!
Virginia Living Museum is very well maintained and rather clean too, with staffs that are well trained and knowledgeable and very friendly too. They will never get tired of answering questions from the public, especially from little children who are so inquisitive and curious about the animals. Children are always very active and full of questions whenever they visit any new places, especially one with animals. They will get even more excited when they are able to get up close with the animals and touch them (well, maybe not all the animals) – and that is exactly what VA chartered bus passengers will get to do when they arrive at the Virginia Living Museum.
The Virginia Living Museum became the first living museum that combines the fundamentals of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium in 1987, making it a popular destination for families, especially those with little children. Even the older children find the museum quite irresistible. Endangered red wolves, loggerhead turtles, moon jellies, fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors – these are just some of the animals that you will see at the museum. As if this is not enough to perk the interests of the visitors to the museum, they also have a special “Touch Tank” with sea stars and horseshoe crabs – something that kids will absolutely enjoy, as well as some hands on activities for them to explore too. There’s so much to see and do at the museum that it wouldn’t be surprising if yours and your friends’ kids are pleading to return to the place again as soon as you head home in the chartered bus.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Eurasia Cafe and Wine Bar

When it comes to good wine in Virginia, it has got to be Eurasia Cafe and Wine bar! Boasting of rackful of perfectly packaged and priced good wine, the bar is set to setting the bar really high. When is the best time to come visit Eurasia - just about ANY time! But in all honesty, we think that the best time to head over would be during a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, Virginia party bus event like bachelor or bachelorette party. The cafe and wine bar provides top notch, quality and attentive customer service as their staff goes from one customer to the other, asking if they are enjoying the impeccable wine that they have been served during their visit.
Is this the right place for non wine-drinkers? Yes, of course it is! Hear it from a non-drinker - ‘I am not into the whole wine drinking, and have no interest about where the wine came from, the dates. Basically, I am here for good company and hopefully, good service. And this, I got it at Eurasia. The prices on those wine bottles are kind of scary but maybe that is because I have not explored the topic before but my wine-loving friends seems to be more than happy to pay the price for the wine that they enjoyed completely on the night that we were there.’ reviewed a loyal Virginia charter bus rental customer of ours.
Good food is also to be expected at this Virginia charter bus rental tourist attraction and some may go as far as to say that this is the place to find some of the best beach food there is on this part of the country. Eurasia, apparently, not just take their wine seriously, the chef pays special attention to bring you perfect dishes together with your drink.
Never heard of fried avocados? Here is where you get to sample THAT and also the most perfect tempura batter ever. There is a wide range of other mouth-watering dishes available on their menu too, so, give those a shot. For those of you who are unsure about what to order, do not hesitate to ask their staff. They are trained to treat every single one of their customers like royalty.
The atmosphere is clean, chic and modern which helps make customers feel comfortable sans the forced feeling of having to pretend that you are mingling with an elite group of friends. None of that. Here, you just be yourself, enjoy your food and drinks and get treated like you are a million bucks. Here’s to hoping that every single one of you had a great time during your Virginia bus charter vacation because you deserve it!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Roaming around Roanoke by Charter Bus

The city of Roanoke, Virginia, is the largest metropolitan city in the Roanoke Valley. The city sits next to the city of Salem and the town of Vinton. Roanoke, with a population of almost 100,000 people, is the commercial and cultural epicenter of the Roanoke Valley. As the center of the region, it has numerous attractions for people living in or visiting the area with a charter bus. The children’s activities in Roanoke, VA, provide educational and fun experience for kids visiting the area. Visit Roanoke with bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Bus Charter Virginia and travel through the city in style and comfort.
The Mill Mountain Zoo, which opened in 1952, is a children’s activity in Roanoke where kids on a charter bus visit can learn about animal life around the world. The zoo has 35 different species and 85 animals within these species. Among these animals, they have numerous endangered species, including the red panda, snow leopard and white-naped crane. Mill Mountain Zoo has spring and summer camps for children, where they learn about wildlife and participate in hands-on nature adventures. Children get a zoo-themed t-shirt for attending zoo camp.
Founded in 1970, the mission of the Science Museum of Western Virginia is making science and technology assessable for all, including Virginia charter bus visitors. It has numerous interactive exhibits and a planetarium in this facility located in downtown Roanoke. The Reinvention plan has developed three galleries, which are Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth, and How it Works. Healthy Bodies draws attention to nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental health, dental health and disease prevention. The goal of this exhibit encourages a healthy lifestyle at an early age. Healthy Earth focuses on preserving natural resources and how it works explores the world of chemistry, physics and technology. Children learn about the world around them by touch.
At the Virginia Museum of Transportation, charter bus visitors can view a collection of automobiles and railroad trains. The “Mud to Mobility” collections of vehicles include everything from old wagons to classic Model T’s. Children see a timeline of the history of motor vehicles. In addition to the cars exhibited in the museum, Virginia license plates dating back to 1917 are displayed. The railroad exhibit includes more than 10 locomotives, including Norfolk and Western Class J 611 and Class A-1218. Depending on when you make a charter bus visit to the museum, themed events take place, focusing on specific forms of transportation like bikes or distinct time periods.
Visit Roanoke, Virginia with a charter bus from Bus Charter Virginia. Plan your charter bus visit with a selection from Bus Charter Virginia’s fleet of fully equipped charter buses, and their friendly and efficient staff will help you organize all your charter bus transport needs to ensure that you have a memorable and fun filled charter bus trip.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Restaurants in Richmond

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and it is a huge city, so the best way to move around Richmond and see the sights is with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus from Bus Charter Virginia. Traveling around Richmond becomes so much easier, and you get to see more, experience more and taste more with a charter bus.
Richmond is one of the oldest cities in America. Founded in 1607, it served as capital to the Confederate South during the Civil War. Today, Richmond is a bustling city that wears its Confederate past with pride. Largely rebuilt after the city was burned to the ground on the approach of Union troops, Richmond may not be as cosmopolitan as some U.S. cities, but retains it down south charm and manners.
After taking your charter bus into Richmond, you and your group may want to stop at Shockoe Bottom, in Richmond’s downtown. This is where you’ll find many of Richmond’s eateries and restaurants, offering a variety of familiar favorites. For a taste of what Richmond is all about stop at the Sidewalk Cafe on Main Street. This perpetually crowded place is worth the short wait. Remember to ask for a booth, even if it means waiting a little longer. The Sidewalk Cafe serves good food at reasonable prices, and worth visiting regularly for their inventive daily specials.
For a bit of old school Americana, get in your charter bus and scoot over to Galaxy Diner. Looking like it never left the 50s, the Galaxy Diner serves good old American favorites at appropriate prices. This place is a good place for the whole family to have a meal, and is conveniently located for the nearby Carytown shopping district.
For some delicious Mediterranean fare, drop by Bistro Twenty-Seven. Located on West Broad Street, local Chef Carlos Silva prepares specials ranging from Italian-sausage-stuffed quail to black-truffle marsala filet mignon to breaded flounded with shaved almonds. If you’re attending a show at The National, Richmond’s live music and event venue, walk into Gibson’s Grill. Featuring a rock themed atmosphere, Gibson’s serves Italian and American favorites.
Taking a charter bus and visiting the historic Church Hill district, have a meal at The Roosevelt. Styling itself as a neighborhood restaurant, The Roosevelt specializes in traditional Southern and Southern inspired cooking. This place also prides itself on its all-Virginia wine list, and a hearty selection of local brews. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, The Roosevelt also serves a Sunday brunch.
When you and your group are visiting Richmond, Virginia, travel in style with a charter bus from Bus Charter Virginia. Give Bus Charter Virginia a call today to find out how we can help you arrange your charter bus with our friendly, personalized, service.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A salute to the fallen in Virginia

There are some people who make it a point to make an annual pilgrimage to Virginia every year in large groups with the help of large ground transportation like charter bus, coach charter, party bus, double-decker coaches, smaller mini bus or even a school bus. The reason many of these people, many of them who are now getting on in age do so is because they go back to visit their loved ones and fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
If you’re one of these people making your way back in a rented charter bus, we salute you and would like to help you enjoy a more comfortable means of getting to Virginia. Book your charter bus from Bus Charter VA and we’ll honor with some of the best service you’ve ever enjoyed.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, serves as a cemetery and a memorial to America's war heroes and it is visited by more than four million people from all around the world every year, all of them attending graveside services and special ceremonies to pay tribute to veterans and historical figures.
The popular tourist attraction is actually a cemetery that remains open daily from April through September from 8:00am to 7:00 pm and from October through March from 8:00am to 5:00pm. It is also open on December 25.
If you’re a first time visitor to Arlington National Cemetery, you can take a walking tour, starting from the Cemetery’s Visitors Center where you will find maps, guidebooks, exhibits, a bookstore and restrooms. You may walk the grounds on your own or take the interpretative shuttles that run from the visitor center to Arlington House, located atop the Cemetery’s highest point, and back for a small fee.
Do allocate several hours to explore the grounds and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as entry to charter buses and other motorized vehicles is only allowed for handicapped visitors, or for those issued with a special permit for attending a burial or visiting a private grave site.
More than 330,000 American servicemen as well as many famous Americans are buried at the 624 acre national cemetery, amongst them, Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Robert Kennedy.
Special memorial services are held in the Arlington National Amphitheater on Easter, Memorial Day and Veterans Day and are sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Many military organizations also conduct other annual memorial services throughout the year. This tourist hotspot is popular with people from all walks of life and from all over the world because of the sacrifice made by these heroes.
If you’re traveling on your own, the best way to get to the cemetery is to take Metro to the Arlington National Cemetery Station, take the express bus from the National Mall, or walk in across the Memorial Bridge. Alternatively, for large groups, getting in touch with your preferred VA charter bus rental service provider would simply make more sense.