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    Took a walk through #Maymont in #Richmond this afternoon. The flowers are in full #bloom and the weather was perfect! If you haven't made it to a local #garden this #spring, you should consider attending Historic Garden Week starting this weekend. It runs the 26th through the 3rd statewide. Check out www.Virginia.org/historicgardenqeek for more info #loveva #flower #rva #visitvirginia #tulip #photooftheday @rvanews @rvais4lovers @maymontrva
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    Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

    by Casey | Posted on July 8th, 2010

    If the roar of Late Model engines gets your heart pumping, then you need to be at the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway, October 1-3, 2010!

    Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

    Practice, time trials and heat races set the stage for what will be an intense main event. Make a weekend of it! Twenty-two drivers will secure their starting positions through time trials on October 2nd. The remainder of the field will be set through four 25-lap heat races on October 3rd … think of it as racing before the race!

    To the victor goes the sweet spoil of a $25,000 payday - by far the largest purse to be had in Late Model Stock racing.

    Image Courtesy Martinsville Speedway

    Who can you expect to see vie for the dough? Virginia’s best and then some! Regulars from South Boston, Motor Mile, Langley, Soutside, Lonesome Pine, Franklin County, and even nearby North Carolina drivers will race for the big bucks. Even teams from as far away as Georgia, Texas and New Jersey have made the trip for famous Martinsville rubbing!

    Ready for racin’? Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are free! Secure yours by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or order online at www.MartinsvilleSpeedway.com.

    Learn more about Virginia Motorsports and see other upcoming racing events at Virginia.org.



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    In Fieri’s Footsteps

    by Casey | Posted on July 6th, 2010

    Photo Courtesy Dot's Back Inn

    If you like to visit the places you see highlighted on TV, we have the hook-up to Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Take a Food Network-inspired tour from Richmond to Hampton Roads, Virginia …

    • From the “Something Different” episode, pull up a booth at Dots Back Inn in Richmond. Having dined there myself, I can vouch for the true diner feel. The blackened chicken breast sandwich with fresh pesto is top-notch! See the episode.
    • A good local hang-out in Richmond? The Village Cafe, as featured on the ”Neighborhood Joints” episode, is famous with the Virginia Commonwealth University students. See Cafe’s shining moment of scratch-made calzones, strombolis and lots more here.
    • Heading toward the coast from Richmond, swing through Wakefield for a ham biscuit at Virginia Diner, the place for great peanuts and southern food lovin’. You won’t believe how they make their collard greens. Virginia Diner was highlighted on the “Regional Favorites” episode, which you can sneak a peek of here.
    • Just a hop, skip and a jump farther in Carrollton is Captain Chuck-A-Mucks, featured on the “Where the Locals Eat” episode. Fresh seafood - crab cakes, in particular – are reason enough for a visit. Like she-crab soup? Shrimp? Hushpuppies? See the rest of the seafood fixin’s here!
    • Finally, it’s time for dessert in Norfolk. As seen on the “Brain Freeze” episode, Doumar’s is the place for the original ice cream cone. Seriously. Pull up to this real drive-in with carhops to order a shake, cone, or authentic diner food like burgers, barbecue, or their signature limeaid.  See Mr. Doumar himself roll out the homemade cones here. They even make their own syrups!

    Wow. I’m a little hungry now and this sounds like an awesome weekend roadtrip. Thanks, Guy, for showing off the hidden foodie gems of Virginia!



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    Favorite Places to Take a Dip

    by Casey | Posted on July 2nd, 2010

    Lake Moomaw

    Cascades National Recreation Trail

    While much of the Commonwealth is relatively cool, it’s about to heat up again! Here are a few places to take a dip and chill out …

    • Have boat, will float at Lake Moomaw‘s 2,530 acres of refreshing Jackson River-fed waters. The beach area (if you’re minus the boat) offers a bath house, and you’re encouraged to bring a picnic lunch for a wonderful day by the lake. Want to stay the night? Camping is available, too. Lake Moomaw is located in Covington.
    • Wise County’s Cave Springs is refreshing mountain water! Literally fed from a cave spring, this swimming lake will beat the heat in no time. Rest rooms, camping and hiking trails are available, too.
    • How does a chilly pool at the base of a waterfall sound? Enticing, right? Take a dip at Cascades National Recreation Trail. After the two-mile hike in, you’ll be ready to at least dip your feet in. Go ahead and pack a lunch – there are 15 tables and grills ready to accommodate you. Note that Little Stony Creek is popular for native trout fishing, so be sure to wear sandals if you wade in the water.
    • Virginia State Parks are great water destinations. Fairy Stone in Patrick County offers a 168-acre lake with a beach area and camping. Lake Anna is one of Virginia’s most popular swimming lakes and also offers pontoon boat rides. Lake Anna is also noteworthy for its handicap accessible fishing pond.

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



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