Top Pick for 2011, Luray, Virginia

Your family’s list of must-visit destinations for 2011 just got a little longer: Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, VA has been named Camp-Resort of the Year for the Jellystone Park franchise. The Camp-Resort of the Year award is the highest honor in the franchise, recognizing one campground above all the rest as the very best of the best for management, operations, appearance and performance.

Owned by the Rust family, the picturesque Luray Jellystone Park is found at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. You’ll find Luray Caverns, world-famous Skyline Drive and the main entrance to Shenandoah National Park just a few miles away.

The park boasts lovely tent and RV sites, as well as 50 cabins. There’s even the Three Bears Lodge, which sleeps 10 and includes a gas fireplace. Activities abound for every member of the family – a twisting, turning tornado of a waterslide; Laser Tag; pedal boats; Old Faceful gem mining; two swimming pools, including one with a spray feature; kiddie pool; miniature golf; fishing; a game room; and a Jumping Pillow. The kids will have the time of their lives (while building memories to last a lifetime) and they’ll be so worn out at the end of the day, bedtime will be a snap, leaving you plenty of time to unwind by the campfire in peace.

While Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Luray is open year-round, some activities are seasonal. Planned activities and themed weekends kick off March 26 with the Wake Up the Bears/Two for One Weekend, when guests can camp two nights for the price of one (not valid on cabins and cottages.) Visit http://www.campluray.com/for a full schedule and rates.

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Celebrate and Donate Among Twinking Lights in Gloucester

A new addition to the Jellystone Park ™ family, Gloucester Point near Chesapeake Bay in Hayes, Virginia is making a marquee debut with its Christmas Holiday Light Show, held 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 2. With more than a quarter mile of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music you’ll enjoy through your radio, it’s sure to become a family tradition. Even better, proceeds benefit the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society and the Abingdon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. You can also donate canned goods for the local Humane Society and area food banks. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the spirit of the season while making an impact on local lives.

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