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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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  • Archive for February, 2011

    Follow Your Heart to Overlook the Valley

    by Casey | Posted on February 28th, 2011

    Virginia is the perfect four-season destination. Why not win a vacation that allows you to explore some of the best family fun the mountains over the Shenandoah Valley has to offer?

    Prize #2: Follow Your Heart to a Valley for All Seasons
    Drawing Date: March 11, 2011

    Massanutten Resort WaterPark

    Massanutten Resort WaterPark

    One winner will score five nights of mountain-top stays at Massanutten Resort, Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park, and Chestnut Oak Lodge at Bryce Resort. The fun our winner will have includes horseback riding in the mountains, museum and natural wonder hopping in the Valley below, waterpark and zip line fun, and on and on and on!

    If you entered to win the previous prize but didn’t win it, you’re still eligible and entered to win this one! No sweat!

    This prize is good for┬áone winner plus three. It’s family fun at it’s best! See more prize details.

    Enter to Win!

    You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who is 21 years of age or older to enter. All sweepstakes entrants will receive the official 2011 Virginia Travel Guide. For more information and prize drawing dates please read the Official Rules and Prize Details. Sweepstakes ends August 25, 2011.



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    Be a VIP at Richmond International Raceway®

    by Casey | Posted on February 22nd, 2011

    If fast cars and intense competition get your heart pumpin’, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    Richmond International RacewayYou and your guest could be our VIPs at┬áRichmond International Raceway┬« on April 30, 2011 for the┬áCrown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400. NASCAR’s top drivers take to the 3/4-mile “D”-shaped oval under the lights and you could be watching from plush suite seats!

    Twenty Grand Prize Winners of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers Sweepstakes will be given the VIP treatment to include exclusive parking, two weekend-long pre-race pit passes, two VIP passes for the Friday night Nationwide Series race – the Bubba Burger 250 – and two suite tickets for the Saturday night main event, not to mention all-you-care-to-eat suite food and the envy of your friends.

    Should you fall short of Grand Prize Winner, we’re also showering ten First Prize Winners with some pretty nice “Adrenaline Junkie” swag, too. How do four tickets to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Late Model race┬áand four tickets to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race┬áat Martinsville Speedway┬«┬ásound? Sounds like upwards of 800 horses to me. What’s more? Take four tickets to a variety of other Virginia motorsports facilities to enjoy racing throughout the year (arena racing, dragstrips, dirt tracks, road courses, etc.).

    And we’re still not done!

    Twenty more Second Prize Winners will score four tickets to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway®.

    I tell you, folks, this is the racing giveaway to beat all racing giveaways. Good luck and “let’s go racin’, boys!”

    ENTER NOW
    Official Rules & Prize Descriptions



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    Spring Fever

    by Casey | Posted on February 15th, 2011

    Pocahontas State Park

    Wait. Do you have Spring Fever, too?

    When a warm day like yesterday comes along, it only makes us long for more of them. Be prepared for the next glorious day with these warm-weather suggestions.

    • Take a hike in the nearest Virginia State Park. With 35 to choose from, you’ll find one close by. All said, there are more than 500 miles of trails and in this 75th Anniversary year, there is no time like the present to enjoy a few of them.
    • Dust off the clubs and hit the greens along the brand new Virginia Golf Trail. While ever-growing, current courses on the Trail include the likes of Cannon Ridge in Stafford, Keswick near Charlottesville, and Heritage Oaks in Harrisonburg.
    • Pump up the tires for a mountain bike ride. Trails are plentiful across the Commonwealth. From the inspiring (and breathtaking – literally) Mount Rogers Loop near Damascus and the notable 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail to the trails of Dirty Dancing famed Mountain Lake Hotel, your choice will be hard to make!

    For more ideas on ways to enjoy the Outdoors in Virginia, see Virginia.org.



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    A Special Day for Your Someone Special

    by Casey | Posted on February 8th, 2011

    ATTENTION: Valentine’s Day is Monday, February 14! What have you planned for your significant other? Here are a few suggestions to get your creativity flowing.

    Passion on the Plantation at Shirley Plantation in Charles City explores “the 18th century art of courting which depended on tender prose to woo that special someone.” Anxious to learn how? Stop by any day through February 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to take up a quill and craft your own love letter.

    Couple DiningMake it a Valentine’s weekend at Natural Bridge with special buffets and live entertainment. Special room rates available!

    Brahms’ “Lullaby” makes for a romantic Saturday night date. Enjoy the orchestra in McLean at Oakcrest School.

    A gourmet dinner, dancing and silent auction are what you can expect from the 9th Annual Valentine Gala at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg this Saturday.

    Indulge with a three- or four-course dinner at BISTRO 1888 in South Boston, followed by live Big Band entertainment and dancing at The Prizery Saturday night.

    Go ahead and make reservations (since they’re required) for Prince Michel’s Winemaker’s Dinner Saturday night. It’s an exclusive sit-down with the winemaker to discuss the year’s harvest and what’s on the horizon for this year.

    Hop aboard the Spirit of Norfolk for their special Valentine’s Cruise. The sea voyage includes dinner, entertainment, dancing, and of course, moonlight strolls on the deck. Proposal opportunity, perhaps? Cruises are Saturday and Monday; call ahead to secure your spot!

    As you can probably imagine, these few suggestions are just a tip of the iceberg of weekend events. See more!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!



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    Celebrate Black History

    by Casey | Posted on February 3rd, 2011

    “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
    -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

     

    Virginia celebrates Black History Month with events honoring┬á”creative dedicated minority” such as the Tuskegee Airmen, astronaut and former NFL player Leland Melvin, “Big 6″ Freedom Rider Dr. James Farmer Jr.┬áand fellow Freedom Rider, U.S. Congressman Bob Filner.

    1865 Exhibit and Canal Walk in Richmond

    Take the time to realize where the country was versus where it is today when you visit sites like Hampton University Museum, the oldest African-American museum in the United States; the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe, “Freedom’s Fort” for thousands of runaway slaves during the Civil War; Maggie Walker National Historic Site, the home of the country’s first female African-American bank president; the┬áRobert Russa┬áMoton Museum, where a student strike in 1951 spurred the lawsuit of Brown v. The Board of Education in 1954; and Anne Spencer House and Gardens, the home of┬á the internationally acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet.

    All of Virginia has been touched by African-American influence – from the beginning in Jamestown to today’s actions┬áat the State Capitol and Virginia’s colleges and universities. Learn more┬áthrough Black History Month events and historic sites.

    “In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”
    -Booker T. Washington

     



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