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  • Archive for June, 2010

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is Perfect for Wine Travelers

    by Casey | Posted on June 30th, 2010

    In this 75th anniversary year of “America’s Most Scenic Drive,” come along for a drive of your own. Many festivals and winery events can be found along or just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, so plan a weekend excursion of  beauty, remembrance, and wine. Travel packages and discounts are available.

    • July 3-4 – Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Festival - Mile Post 170.5 – 15 wineries and 10 microbreweries converge on the Blue Cow Pavilion!
    • July 10 – A Midsummers’ Night at Blue Ridge Vineyard - Rt. 43 South off the Parkway – Kick back for live music and wine just before dusk. Picnics are welcome.
    • July 10 – The Horse and Hound Wine Festival – Mile Post 86 to Rt. 43 South – Sample wine from eight wineries while watching an agility dog show, stick horse races, the parade of horses and muskrat racing!
    • July 10 & August 14 – Chateau Morrisette Wine & Music Festival – off Mile Post 171 – Wine and music for the benefit of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. This is a family-friendly event with blues artists on July 10th and jazz artists on August 14th.
    • July 10 & August 14 – Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyards & Winery – Rt. 250 East to Rt. 6 off the Parkway – Bring a picnic to enjoy wine and music under the stars. Want dinner too? Just call ahead for reservations.
    • July 17 – Music, Mead & Cider – off Mile Post 174.2 – Black Snake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider come together with their award-winning libations.

    It’s not too late to enter to win the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes! It’s seven nights for four that includes accommodations, Hybrid rental car and airfare. Sweepstakes closes November 1, 2010.

    Learn more about Virginia Wine Travel and request a Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide.



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    A “Virginia is for Lovers®” Bumper Sticker and More

    by Casey | Posted on June 29th, 2010

    Virginia is for Lovers Bumper StickerYou might be surprised to know that Virginia State Welcome Centers are more than a place to, ahem, use the facilities. Visit one of the twelve (yes, twelve) Welcome Centers to pick up a coveted Virginia is for Lovers® bumper sticker (for free!), as well as see demonstrations from area partners.

    Interstate 66 West in Northern Virginia: Manassas Welcome Center is hosting the following:

    • Thursday, July 1st for a free baseball and donut courtesy of the folks in the Town of Front Royal!
    • During the Independence Day weekend (July 1-4th, while supplies last) when each family will receive a free CD of computer games for kids!
    • July 16th for a free bag of popcorn thanks to the Lynchburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    Click for a map of Virginia Welcome Center locations.

    US 13 South into Virginia at the Maryland border: New Church Welcome Center invites you to stop by in July to …

    • Pick up free blueberry samples to whet your appetite for the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival! On hand July 22-25th.
    • Speak with representatives from NASA about the upcoming Spaceport and space tourism. They’ll be there July 2nd, August 6th and September 3rd.
    • Get free bottles of water and other goodies from Camp Silver Beach when they’re present July 2nd and July 23rd!

    Interstate 81 South into Virginia at the West Virginia border: the Clear Brook Welcome Center is offering refreshments courtesy of the Town of New Market on July 22nd.

    Interstate 64 East toward Williamsburg/Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach: East Coast Gateway Welcome Center is hosting …

    • Haven’t secured a room yet? Patrick Henry Inn in Williamsburg will offer discounted room rates when you stop by July 1st, 8th, 17th, 22nd, 29th, August 6, 14th, 19th, and 27th between 1 and 4 p.m.
    • July 30th, August 20th, and September 17th and 24th the folks of Williamsburg Prime Outlets, Yankee Candle, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Nautical Dog will be on hand with coupons and discount booklets.
    •  Interested in artisans and musicians? Enjoy those creative types from Mathews County on August 21st, 28th, and September 4th.

    Interstate 95 North into Virginia at the North Carolina border: Skippers Welcome Center is pleased to host The Good Earth Peanut Company and their free samples July 1st and 2nd, as well as every Tuesday through Thursday through the end of July!

    Pick up a Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide or state map to have handy as you explore the beauty of the Commonwealth. In no other state will you receive the hospitality and assistance you need like you will in Virginia.  We can’t wait to see you!



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    Dreaming of Dazzle

    by Casey | Posted on June 23rd, 2010

    Fireworks over the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth

    Virginians and Virginia tourists alike will flock to dazzling fireworks for July 4th. The question is, where are those beautiful explosions?

    Have your fingers walk on over to www.Virginia.org/July4th for a fireworks locator map of the entire Commonwealth. Let those fireworks rain over us as we celebrate freedom and democracy!

    To plan your next Virginia vacation, visit Virginia.org and request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide or call 1-800-Visit-VA.



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    Tiffany’s in Town

    by Casey | Posted on June 16th, 2010

    Angel of Resurrection

    Tiffany Studios, Angel of Resurrection. Leaded Glass. Erskine and American Church, Montreal. ca. 1904-05. Copyright 2010, VMFA

    Admire stunning Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) glasswork in the new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the only location in North America to host this exhibition. Eight of the pieces – leaded-glass windows – have never before been shown in the United States. The Tiffany collection is on display through August 15, 2010.

    Interested in seeing Tiffany’s stained glass windows in and around Richmond? Ride along “The Beauty of Tiffany Glass Bus Tour,” hosted by the Valentine Richmond History Center on July 17th. Along the way you’ll see commissioned pieces at Ginter Mausoleum in Hollywood Cemetery, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and St. James’s Episcopal Church.

    If You Go:

    • Tiffany: Color and Light Exhibition: $12/child; $15/adult; children 6 and under are free (admission is free to the permanent collection at VMFA)
    • The Beauty of Tiffany Glass Bus Tour: $20-$23; children 6 and under are free

    Stay Awhile:

    Learn more about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Tiffany related events at http://www.vmfa.museum/Tiffany.

    To plan your Virginia getaway, request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide at Virginia.org or call 1-800-Visit-VA.



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    Camping: An American Pastime

    by Casey | Posted on June 4th, 2010

    Did you ever go camping as a kid? I did. In anything from tents and slide-in pick-up truck units to pop-ups and tag-alongs. We enjoyed our summers along the north fork of the Shenandoah River in the Shenandoah Valley. It was always a carefree adventure and time seemed to stop. Having such fond memories, I’ve decided that camping is something I want my kids to experience, too.

    Bear Creek Lake State Park CampingI have not researched every Virginia campground to give you an honest “where’s the best place to camp” schpiel, but someone else has picked a few for your consideration.

    Today ReserveAmerica tapped their picks for the Top 100 Family Campgrounds and 12 Virginia sites made the cut. Not suprisingly (at least not to me), they’re all Virginia State Parks (insert shameless plug about being “America’s Best“)!

    #5: First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach
    #13: Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin
    #14: Douthat State Park in Millboro
    #16: Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles
    #24: Westmoreland State Park in Montross
    #39: Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston
    #40: James River State Park in Gladstone
    #43: Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart
    #57: Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville
    #62: Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry
    #80: Staunton River State Park in Scottsburg
    #93: New River Trail State Park in Foster Falls

    For other Virginia campgrounds, see our Go Camping and RVing feature article. There you’ll find information on KOA’s, Jellystone’s, National Parks, and many others. Plan your family getaway at Virginia.org or call 1-800-Visit-VA to request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide.



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