Follow Your Heart to the Tune of Heritage

by Casey Higgins | Posted on April 27th, 2011

Free vacation, anyone? The next prize in the Follow Your Heart to Virginia Sweepstakes is to the Heart of Appalachia, Virginia’s western most region, where you’ll find rich mountain heritage, outdoor recreation, and beautiful vistas.

Prize #5: Follow Your Heart to the Tune of Heritage
Drawing Date: May 13, 2011

Natural Tunnel State Park chairliftOur winner will begin his or her vacation in Pounding Mill with a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express. Explore 14 log cabins built during the 1880s to learn what life was like in the “wild west” of Virginia while at the Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park.  Take a guided tour of the nearby Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum, where 44,000,000 tons of coal were mined while “coal was king.”

Then it’s three nights at Natural Tunnel State Park, one of Virginia’s award-winning state parks celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2011. The tunnel, naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years, is more than 850 feet long and as high as a 10-story building. Take the chair lift to the tunnel floor for spectacular views. Enjoy the park’s swimming pool, cave tours, a canoe trip on the Clinch River and special nature programs.

The Heart of Appalachia is home to many artisans of Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Trail. The Appalachian Arts Center in Richlands is a great spot to see works from many of the artisans. At the Sandy Head Ostrich Farm, located in Tazewell, our winner will learn about and interact with the world’s largest bird!

Take in a live performance at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, to watch, or join, audience members who clog at each performance. Visit the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center in Clintwood. The state-of-the art museum tells the story of this music legend and the history of mountain music through interactive displays.

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

This prize is good for one 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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