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    Do you recognize one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US? This beauty has been included on several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, was surveyed by George Washington in 1750 and was once owned by Thomas Jefferson as a personal retreat. While you're visiting don't forget to swing by the legendary Foamhenge, explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and get your photo taken with a baby tiger at the Natural Bridge Zoo. Photo credit: @takeiteasybee #loveva #virginia #vaoutdoors #naturalwonder #naturalbridge #howisummer #vatravel #virginiaisforlovers #photooftheday #fatherson
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  • Archive for July 15th, 2010

    Ultimate Fan Giveaway!

    by Casey | Posted on July 15th, 2010

    Families who love NASCAR will love our latest vacation sweepstakes!  Beginning today, race fans can enter to win the Virginia is for Racing Lovers® Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes – an over-the-top race inspired vacation to Martinsville for the October 24 Sprint Cup race – TUMS Fast Relief 500. U.S. residents 21 and older can enter online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes.  The contest runs through September 17, 2010.  

    You can't get a better seat than an RV overlooking the track!

    The grand prize winner and three guests will fly to Virginia for VIP treatment at the TUMS Fast Relief 500.  The grand prize puts the winners at the edge of the action, literally, with the use of a 30-foot luxury recreational vehicle parked trackside at Martinsville Speedway’s Champions Overlook.  The RV, courtesy of McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter, will be filled with groceries provided by Kroger and decked out in Virginia is for Lovers® apparel and prizes.   As part of the package, the winning family will have a VIP meet and greet with a Sprint Cup driver and be treated to sights and destinations in and around Martinsville.  Virginia is for Racing Lovers Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes prize details are as follows, with complete rules and entry form at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes.One grand prize winner will receive:

    • Economy roundtrip airfare for four from the major airport nearest winner’s location to Roanoke, Virginia
    • A rental car for duration of stay
    • Use of one RV, courtesy of McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter, including a stocked kitchen provided by Kroger, for four nights in the Champions Overlook area at Martinsville Speedway® including admission for four to the racing events scheduled for October 22 – 24, 2010 at Martinsville Speedway®; and Meet and Greet with a Sprint Cup Series driver.
    • Virginia is for Lovers® apparel for four
    • Lodging for two nights at the Comfort Inn Martinsville
    • Complimentary admission for four to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and VIP Behind the Scenes Tour
    • Complimentary admission for four to Baseball Heaven: Indoor Batting Cages and Driving Range
    • VIP boat tour for four of Philpott Lake and guided tour of the museum at Philpott Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Complimentary dinner for four at Wild Magnolia
    • Ultimate Fan Gift Basket from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Division

    What are you waiting for? Enter now at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes!



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    Vienna in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on July 15th, 2010

    Wintergreen Performing Arts’ Summer Music Festival and Academy - Vienna – has already kicked off, but it’s not too late to experience four centuries’ worth of amazing Viennese music and art!

    The standard works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and others will waft through the mountains from Wintergreen through August 1, 2010. Special activities include cooking classes, seminars, a film festival, wine tastings, and of course, the Academy classes.

    Events of Note:

    • Saturdays, July 17, 24 and 31
      • 11:00 – Build-an-Instrument Workshop
      • 11:30 – An Austrian Heuriger … Wintergreen Style
      • 4:00 – Austiran Wine and Beer Tasting (also scheduled for July 31st)
      • 8:15 – Imaginary Letters: Mozart Remembered
    • Monday, July 19
      • 5:00 – Film Festival Opening – Quadruple Bill – Wine Reception to Follow
    • Wednesday, July 21
      • 7:30 – Pops Concert: Elisabeth von Trapp and The Blue Train
    • Thursdays, July 22 and 29
      • 6:00 – Dinner at Monticello followed by Mozart at Monticello at 7:30
    • Wednesday, July 28
      • 7:30 – Pops Concert: Viennese Pops

    For a full schedule of events, click here. Tickets are available online, but some events are sold out (noted through the link). It’s amazing music in the most amazing settings.



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