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    Check out this awesome #aerial of the CSX A-Line #Train #Bridge (circa 1919) you've probably seen when driving on the Powhite Parkway crossing #JamesRiver! Props to @vintage_rva for the incredible capture. Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVa for a chance to be featured here! #trainbridge #drone #flyinghigh #rva
    Sip away the end of #summer at North Gate #Vineyard in Pucellville before the crush begins! They have live music every Friday evening (TGIF: Thank Grape It's Friday), making it an ideal time to stop by for a taste. Next month is #Virginia #Wine Month, when a lot of vineyards across the state will be harvesting their #grapes. Photo props to @emkittie! #VAwine #howisummer #winetime Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVA for a chance to get featured here.
    Here's a beautiful shot of @castlehillcider in Keswick posted by @merchcolony_cville. This is currently the only #cidery in the world to be fermenting and aging in buried terra cotta amphorae called kvevri. Plan a trip to try some of the world's finest right here in #Virginia. #loveva #vacider #drinklocal #cville #vatravel #castlehillcider #vaweddings
    A #bushel of #bluecrabs for the pot! @aklshnkovj and her #Virginia self-caught #seatotable meal courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay. ūüĎć #loveva #seafood #crabs #vafood #eatlocal #vacrabs
  • Archive for March, 2011

    Final. Four.

    by Casey | Posted on March 28th, 2011

    VCU RamsVirginia Commonwealth University is making its first NCAA Final Four berth. Ever. And the city of Richmond is not alone in its celebration. The entire state of Virginia is on a Kansas upset hangover.

    VCU’s Siegel Center erupted last night¬†as more than 5,000 fans hosted a midnight welcome home party, and sang “Happy Birthday” to the night’s 12-point earner, Brandon Rozzell.

    See the final seconds of the game, the trophy being awarded, and the game ball presentation in the locker room.

    The Final Four showdown with¬†the Butler Bulldogs¬†takes place Saturday, April 2 in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Tip-off is at 6:09 p.m. EST. We’re behind you all the way, Rams, and Coach Shaka¬†Smart,¬†”we’re not done yet!”



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    Virginia is for Lovers … of BASKETBALL!

    by Casey | Posted on March 23rd, 2011

    A hearty congratulations goes out to the University of Richmond Spiders and the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams as they take to¬†the national stage¬†of play for¬†the NCAA “Sweet 16″!

    RVA: How Sweet (16) It Is!Richmonders will converge upon the Canal Walk Turning Basin to congratulate and wish well¬†both teams today,¬†Wednesday,¬†at 5 p.m. Mayor Dwight Jones,¬†UR¬†President Edward Ayers and VCU President Michael Rao will be on-hand to join in the celebration with cheerleaders, music, banners, and decorated Canal Boats. The first 500 ralliers¬†will receive a free t-shirt emblazoned with the RVA “Sweet 16″ logo.

    Follow the journey this Friday as the UR Spiders face Kansas at 7:27 p.m. and the VCU Rams take on Florida State at 9:57 p.m., both in the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

    See the Spiders return to fanfare after their win over Morehead State.
    See the Rams celebrating in the locker room just after their win over Purdue.



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    LOVE is at the heart …

    by Casey | Posted on March 14th, 2011

    Join us in Virginia where LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.

    Virginia is for Lovers' new ad campaign: LOVEGovernor Bob McDonnell unveiled a new Virginia is for Lovers television commercial today which is slated to run in eight out-of-state media markets starting in March.

    The¬†new tourism commercial, geared toward family travelers, features experiences found across the state from beaches to history to amusement parks and outdoor recreation. It is made possible by Governor McDonnell’s recent increased investment in tourism marketing as an economic development tool and¬†will return Virginia to television in key out-of-state markets for the first time in four years, reaching 15 million consumers.

    “Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia and is one of the smartest investments we can make as a Commonwealth,” said Governor McDonnell.

    Tourism generates $17.7 billion in revenue, supports more than 204,000 jobs and provides $1.24 billion in state and local taxes.

    To see the new commercial go to www.Virginia.org/LOVEtv.

    Connect with Virginia is for Lovers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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    Virginia’s Spring Festivals

    by Casey | Posted on March 10th, 2011

    Chatham Gardens, Fredericksburg

    Among the first of Virginia’s spring blooms are redbuds, dogwoods, jonquils, and crocus. What’s your favorite?

    Celebrate new beginnings with a festival and a deep breath of fragrant air.

    See More Spring Events

    Plan your spring Virginia getaway at Virginia.org or order our free Travel Guide by calling 1-800-Visit-VA.



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    Wine Week: Love by the Glass

    by Casey | Posted on March 9th, 2011

    Virginia Wine WeekWine lovers – get ready to toast the second annual Virginia Wine Week: Love by the Glass, March 18 ‚Äď 27, 2011.¬†¬†

    Enjoy Virginia wine by the glass at participating restaurants and wine shops across the state, as well as the best culinary traditions served with elegant local wines and exclusive tasting menus.  Special events throughout the week along with Love by the Glass travel packages will give you a lot to love about wine travel in Virginia.

    Select hotels, resorts and inns have created travel packages for visitors who want to make the most of Virginia Wine Week.  Love by the Glass travel packages found on Virginia.org include:

    Virginia Wine Week – Love by the Glass Package at The Jefferson – Richmond
    Celebrate Virginia Wine Week at The Jefferson in historic Richmond.  This package includes accommodations, a luxurious three-course dinner in Lemaire Restaurant including three Virginia wine pairings, traditional Southern breakfast, dinner and breakfast gratuities and valet parking. (Taxes are additional.) Starting at $350 per couple; available March 18-27, 2011.

    Celebrate Virginia Wine Week at the Carriage House Inn ‚Äď Lynchburg
    The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast Virginia Wine Week package greets guests with a glass of local Virginia wine and appetizers in the parlor upon arrival. The innkeepers will help guests plan visits to local wineries, historic sites, museums, hiking/biking trails, antique shops or make an appointment at the on-site massage and body works studio.  Guests also will receive a four-course breakfast each morning. Travelers via Amtrak will be picked up at the station.  Starting at $159 per couple; available March 18-27, 2011.

    Love by the Glass Package at the Boar’s Head РCharlottesville
    Surrounded by some of Virginia‚Äôs excellent wineries, the Boar‚Äôs Head offers a Love by the Glass package which features two night’s accommodations, a welcome gift of a bottle of Virginia wine with a fruit and cheese platter, daily breakfast in the Old Mill Room, self guided tour to a local winery including tasting passes for two, and one three-course Virginia wine dinner for two in the Old Mill Room.¬† The package starts at $175 a night per couple and is available through March 31, 2011.

    Visit www.virginiawine.org to learn more about Virginia Wine Week: Love by the Glass and to find participating businesses.



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