Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you haven’t made plans for the holiday yet, it’s time to start searching. Traveling inside your RV is the perfect way to enjoy an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, and with so many events happening throughout Virginia, it’s easy to make some last minute plans. The following are some of our favorite getaways for this Valentine’s Day, and we guarantee a trip to one of them will win you some brownie points.
Cruise Along the James River
Virginia is known for its untouched natural beauty, and a road trip along the James River offers breathtaking scenery you may not even know exists. This scenic drive, following Route 5 from Richmond to Yorktown, skirts along the James River taking you and your loved one through some of America’s most enchanting natural scenery and history. The drive is just 63 miles long, so you can take it slowly and find a magical place to camp in Jamestown or continue even farther to Newport News.
Visit Historic Charlottesville
If you’re more interested in indulging in mouth-watering food and delicious cocktails this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better place to dine, shop and explore than beautiful downtown Charlottesville. A romantic evening of dinner, drinks and a stroll down the gorgeous brick-lined downtown mall will make this a Valentine’s Day you and your loved one will never forget. Find affordable and romantic camping options, including cabin rentals, at the Charlottesville KOA.
Escape to Virginia Beach
There’s nothing more romantic than a beach getaway, and believe it or not, one of the best times to visit Virginia Beach is in the winter. Colder weather makes for uncrowded beaches, low beachfront hotel prices, restaurant discounts and all kinds of other great perks. Camp at the North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort and enjoy a romantic outdoors atmosphere that’s still close to all of the action of the beach.
Start Your Adventure at Reines
Don’t let RV trouble get in the way of your romantic Valentine’s getaway. Bring your RV to Reines RV Center in Manassas before you hit the road, and our certified RV technicians will make sure your RV is ready for all of 2015’s adventures.
Whether you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day event or a fun festival to help you warm up this winter, there’s plenty going on throughout Virginia to keep the cool weather at bay. Fire up your RV and cruise to some of these February events and activities throughout our beautiful state, and you might never complain about winter again.
Valentine’s Beer Dinner
Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember at the Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Blue Mountain Brewery. This Afton brewery will present a five-course dinner paired with unique seasonal brews, and all of it will be hosted by Blue Mountain’s renowned brew master, Taylor Smack. Call (540) 456-8020 today to make your reservations for the evening of Feb. 12.
The Annual Virginia Wine Expo
The best way to warm up in February is with an extraordinary glass of local Virginia wine. The annual Virginia Wine Expo will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will feature unforgettable wines from the Richmond region. In addition to wine tastings, visitors will enjoy dozens of events, premium dinners, tours, brunches, lunches, seminars and tons more. The event begins on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 22, with events every day.
The Music of the Rolling Stones: A Rock Symphony
For one night only, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Music of the Rolling Stones: A Rock Symphony.” This unbeatable event will feature the famous Virginia Symphony Orchestra welcomed by a full rock band and vocals by Brody Dolyniuk. The show will take place on Feb. 20, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Tickets start at $20 per person and are available at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office and the Constant Center Box Office.
Stop and See Us at Reines
Kick off your February travels with a visit to Reines RV Center in Manassas. Whether you’re in search of a new or used RV, some service performed on your current RV or a few camping supplies to get you through winter, we have it all right here at our convenient location in Northern Virginia.
You may not be able to take an RV vacation to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, but you can certainly make it to Virginia. And with Oktoberfests spread throughout the state from the tail end of September through October, you can spend your fall months taking in the gorgeous Virginia weather with a dose of German culture. The following are our favorite Virginia Oktoberfest celebrations that shouldn’t be missed this fall.
This year mark’s Reedville’s fifth Oktoberfest, and it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever. Combine bratwursts with tasty German beers, homemade sauerkraut, giant soft pretzels, polka dancing, antique car rides and tons of exciting activities for the entire family, and you’ve got one of the best Oktoberfests in the state. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.
Celebrate German heritage at one of Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest Celebrations. The Richmond Oktoberfest is on its 46th year, and it has become one of the city’s most anticipated yearly events. Bavarian dancers, the crowning of the Oktoberfest queen, tasty German foods, Bavarian beers, wine and tons of other German-style treats and activities will be available for the entire family. The party starts on Friday, Oct. 17 and extends through Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 p.m.
Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest International Arts and Culture Festival in uptown Martinsville is one of Virginia’s most authentic and unique Oktoberfest celebrations. Two streets will be blocked off for everything from fine art to kid-friendly bounce houses. Tons of food vendors, crafters, artisans and craft beer sellers will flood the streets to celebrate this showcase of art and German culture. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Make Your Fall Special at Reines
Nothing makes fall more exciting than purchasing a new or used RV from Reines RV Center in Manassas. And if you’re already in the motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs.
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park offers deep American history coupled with breathtaking outdoor scenery that simply shouldn’t be missed. These national park grounds served as a home for Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers that fought in the Battle of Cedar Creek. If you haven’t visited the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Virginia yet, you’d better start planning your RV getaway today.
Things to Do at the Park
The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park serves to protect the Belle Grove Plantation, the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. Visitors can enjoy the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station, the Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Plantation Headquarters.
Rangers conduct a number of regular programs to teach visitors about the rich history of the area, and a number of movies, tours and orientation programs are open to the public. The extensive list of events for the fall of 2014 are listed on the national park’s website, so you can plan your trip according to your interests.
Park Hours and Fees
The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP does not charge any fees to its visitors, and the numerous ranger programs are open to the public as well. Non-park visitor facilities like the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Belle Grove Plantation are not part of the national park’s non-profit organization and may charge a fee for entry.
The National Historic Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but it is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation may operate on different hours than the national park, so check their individual websites before visiting.
Start Your Historic Adventure at Reines
The fall RV season is underway here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we hope you’ll stop and see us before you hit the road. We’re your one-stop shop in Virginia for all of your needs from RV sales and service, to parts, camping supplies and more.
The Thor Axis is part of an entirely new breed of class A motorhomes. Thor calls the Axis an RUV; a recreational utility vehicle that’s small enough to be maneuverable and big enough to offer the perks of other class A motorhomes. With a full bathroom and kitchen and all of the comforts a compact home on wheels, you’ll realize this small luxury Class A offers far more features than any SUV on the market.
Two Floorplan Options
The 2015 Thor Axis comes in two different RUV floorplans. The 24.1 offers a sofa sleeping area with a pedestal table in the front of the vehicle, a full kitchen, spacious bathroom with shower and two twin beds (able to convert to one king-size bed) in the rear.
The 25.1 offers a different design with the dream dinette sleeping area and a drop-down bunk above the driver and passenger seats. A large galley-style kitchen, small bathroom and a corner sofa with pedestal table in the rear make the 25.1 a comfortable and spacious RV that’s only 24-feet in length.
Top-End Interior Comfort
The Thor Axis may be a compact motorhome, but you’ll never notice its size once you’re inside. With 82-inch ceilings, nickel hardware, LED lighting in the ceiling, comfortable Leatherette furniture, an oversized kitchen sink and designer finishes in the bedroom, you’ll probably feel like you’re in a luxury home instead of an RV.
Quality Construction and Exterior
The 2015 Thor Axis is special because of its rugged, comfortable and easy-to-maneuver design. The Ford E-350 chassis is ready for all of the road time you can throw at it, and the power patio awning, slide-out room awning, patio light, outdoor shower and convenient exterior storage spaces ensure you’re enjoying your RV lifestyle outside of the vehicle as much as inside.
Come Test Drive the RUV Today
Think the RUV experience could be perfect for you? Come take the 2015 Thor Axis for a test drive here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’ve taken nearly $25,000 off the MSRP of this groundbreaking RV, so you can feel comfortable driving it off our lot today.
It may not be the most famous holiday on the calendar, but National Apple Dumpling Day is probably the tastiest. Use these easy and unique apple dumpling recipes to celebrate the upcoming holiday on September 17.
Unforgettable Apple Dumplings
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cans crescent roll dough
- 2 large Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 can Mountain Dew
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
- Cut the apples into eight wedges and set them aside.
- Unpackage the crescent rolls and separate them into triangles.
- Roll an apple wedge into one of the triangles and pinch the edges to seal it tight.
- Continue the same process with all of the remaining wedges and crescent triangles.
- Use a small saucepan to melt the butter, cinnamon and sugar together.
- Pour the butter mixture over the dumplings, then evenly pour the Mountain Dew on top.
- Bake the dumplings for roughly 45 minutes.
Apple Dumpling Pie
What You’ll Need:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 cups tart baking apples (sliced and peeled)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix the flour, sugar, milk, oil and salt together to create your pie crust, then press it into an 8-inch pie pan.
- Toss the apples in flour and sugar, then place them in the pie crust and dot with butter.
- For your topping, mix the flour and sugar together and stir in the butter until the mixture is coarse.
- Spread the topping over the apples, then lightly cover the pie with foil.
- Bake the pie covered for roughly 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes.
There’s no better place to get all of your fall RV supplies than at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re open six days a week, so stop in and see us or shop our online parts store when our doors are closed.
Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your RV travels have to end. After all, the fall camping season offers more comfortable temperatures in many regions of the country, and the snowbird winter season follows shortly after.
To help you prepare for your upcoming fall RV road trips, we’ve chosen a few of our favorite products from the Reines RV Center online parts catalog.
Freedom Box Awning
If you’re one of the many RV enthusiasts who head south for the fall and winter, you’ll have plenty more days of warm air and sunshine headed your way. The Freedom WM 3.0M by Carefree of Colorado is one of the top box awnings you can get for your van conversion or truck camper. It’s available in manual and push-button models, so you can be lounging in the shade just moments after you pull up to the campsite.
LED Light Strip
The 16-foot-long LED light strip with remote by Facteon is perfect for those warm fall evenings spent outside. You no longer need to build a fire (unless you want to) or buy expensive porch lights, this inexpensive LED light strip easily turns on and off with a remote and offers fun special effects.
Super Streak Cleaner
Fall cleaning for your RV can be just as important as spring cleaning, and the Super Streak multi-purpose cleaner is one of our favorites here at Reines. It works great to remove black streaks and grime on your engine, tools, fiberglass, grills, awnings and just about anywhere inside or outside of your RV.
Two Bike Bumper Mount
This simple bike bumper mount by Swagman/Danik is one of the easiest to use on the market. It fits on any 4-inch or 4.5-inch square bumper, and is made of heavy-duty steel, so you can tote your bikes along on journey after journey. This particular model holds two bicycles, but for a slightly higher price, Swagman/Danik produces a four bike model.
Tons of Other Great Fall Supplies
Log onto our Reines RV Center online parts store to view our huge selection of camping supplies and RV parts that will help you get the most out of your fall travels.
Life on the road just got a whole lot more comfortable with the Forest River FR3 crossover Class A motorhome. This top-quality RV offers your traveling family all of the luxuries of a residential home and plenty of interior space for a price tag that won’t cut into your fun.
The FR3 30DS Floorplan
The FR3 30DS is the larger of the two 2015 floorplans. The front of the RV is equipped with a fold-away bunk above the driver and passenger seats, a 32-inch entry way and a comfortable hide-a-bed sofa with foot rests. The kitchen and dining area houses a large galley-style kitchen and a wrap-around booth dinette that’s perfect for enjoying meals or planning adventures.
The rear of the FR3 30DS offers a spacious and private bedroom with a king bed, two wardrobes and a bathroom with separate toilet and shower spaces. The 30DS was designed with traveling families in mind, and you’ll notice it from the moment you step inside.
One of the biggest perks of the FR3 30DS is that it feels like a residential home inside. With stand-out features like wide wood plank linoleum flooring, vintage cherry cabinetry, full-extension drawer guides, LED lighting, a trash can storage area and stainless steel fixtures, you’ll always feel comfortable in your home on wheels.
The exterior of this Class A motorhome is just as comfortable and convenient as the interior with an optional outdoor entertainment center, “Super Storage” cargo compartments, a roof ladder, a power patio awning with LED lights, an exterior shower and slide room topper awnings. It doesn’t matter if you’re spending time inside or outside of your RV together, your entire family will notice the comforts and conveniences your new FR3 30DS has to offer.
The FR3 30DS at Reines RV Center
The brand new Forest River FR3 30DS is available right here on our lot at Reines RV Center in Manassas. And for a limited time only, we’re offering the FR3 30DS for nearly $30,000 less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, so stop in and take a tour of this top-quality RV before it’s gone.