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  • Archive for December, 2010

    Wine: A Winter Warmer

    by Casey | Posted on December 15th, 2010

    Trails grant easy access to a multitude of Virginia wineries, making it easy to find one (or more) to love! Beat the cold with trail tastings (chauffeured by a designated driver, of course).

    Sunset Hills Glass. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.comHop onto the Mountain Road Wine Experience in the Blue Ridge Highlands to sample the best of Villa Appalaccia and Chateau Morrisette, not to mention two of Virginia’s unique  non-winery, alcoholic concoction-making establishments: Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider!

    In the northern Shenandoah Valley you’ll find a series of ten wineries linked together on the General’s Wine & History Trail: Bluemont Vineyard, Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery, Gadino Cellars, Philip Carter Winery, Fox Meadow Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Swedenburg Estate Vineyard, Three Fox Vineyards, Winery at La Grange, and Veramar Vineyard. Stops at even half of those will definitely do you in for the day! This trail is convenient from Charlestown, West Virginia, Frederick, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

    Just north of Richmond is the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, which includes Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars Winery and Lake Anna Winery. Access these wineries easily from Fredericksburg and Charlottesville.

    Travelers south may choose to stop at one of the nine SoVA Wine Trail‘s (that’s Southern Virginia) wineries: Annefield Vineyards, Bright Meadows Farm, DeVault Family Vineyards, Greenwood Vineyards, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Hunting Creek Vineyards, Molliver Vineyards, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Spring Creek Wine Cellars, and Tomahawk Mill Winery. These stops are little more than an hour from Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina.

    These trails are just a tease of the many awaiting your travels in Virginia. Learn more at the Virginia is for Lovers wine site!



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    Slip Slidin’ Away

    by Casey | Posted on December 14th, 2010

    Winter is definitely upon Virginia, bringing natural snow a bit earlier in the season than usual. It’s a wonderful sight for winter sports enthusiasts as well as those of us who simply admire the fluffy white blanket and sparkling trees.

    Bryce ResortShould the snow slack, the slide show on the mountains will still go on. Virginia’s mountain resorts began making snow earlier this month and the natural stuff is helping to pack it in even better. So what’s your pleasure? Cross-country, downhill, tubing, boarding … you can do it in Virginia – even at night!

    Explore Virginia’s Mountain Resorts:



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    Sleigh Bells Ring

    by Casey | Posted on December 13th, 2010

    A beautiful white blanket covers much of Virginia this morning and I can’t help but think of the classic, “Winter Wonderland.” Musician and Richmond area native, Jason Mraz, covered the tune during a performance at The National in 2008. Enjoy this fun rendition and have a happy Monday!



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    Homes for the Holidays

    by Casey | Posted on December 7th, 2010

    When you’re lacking creativity in your decorating, borrow the brilliant ideas of another, and from another century!

    Mount Vernon welcomes you to tour by candlelight this weekend and next (December 11-12 and 18-19). Sing carols by the fire, and enjoy a warming winter treat, too.

     

    Tuckahoe Plantation

    Tuckahoe Plantation

    Tour three plantation homes along the James River this Saturday and next (December 11 and 18), as they’re delightfully decorated with five generations of Christmas accoutrements.

    If those three only whet your appetite for more of the plantation life, be sure to see Berkeley December 18 and 19! Costumed guides will escort you through the 18th century decor and fresh-cut evergreen displays.

     

    The boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson is open for Christmas tours this weekend (December 10-12). Take advantage of this opportunity to stroll the buildings and grounds of Tuckahoe Plantation by candlelight and torch.

    Speaking of boyhood homes, Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and is open this Saturday, December 11, to show off their 1774 Christmas decor. In addition to the tour, visitors are invited to make a “seasonal memento” and witness living history dramas in various rooms of the home.

    For more holiday home tours across the Commonwealth, visit Virginia.org.



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