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    Behind-the-scenes on today's photo shoot in #VirginiaBeach with photographer @meatkinson. We're #paddleboarding in front of the Cape Henry Lighthouse with Tula Adventure Sports. @tulasports #loveva #photoshoot #behindthescenes #photooftheday @visitvabeach
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    Do you recognize one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US? This beauty has been included on several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, was surveyed by George Washington in 1750 and was once owned by Thomas Jefferson as a personal retreat. While you're visiting don't forget to swing by the legendary Foamhenge, explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and get your photo taken with a baby tiger at the Natural Bridge Zoo. Photo credit: @takeiteasybee #loveva #virginia #vaoutdoors #naturalwonder #naturalbridge #howisummer #vatravel #virginiaisforlovers #photooftheday #fatherson
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  • Archive for July, 2011

    Drive-Ins: Remember What You’ve Been Missing?

    by Casey | Posted on July 29th, 2011

    Drive-in movie theaters are few and far between, and gosh, they’re so much fun! If you forgot about these old-school hot spots, refresh your memory and get to one soon for new memory-making.

    Hull's Drive-In, LexingtonVirginia’s oldest operating drive-in dates to 1949 – Moonlite Drive-In in Abingdon – and is registered with both the state and nationally as a historic location. The flicks are still showing every weekend seasonally.

    Revamped and featuring tons of family fun is the Park Place Drive-In in Marion. The original theater dated to 1954, but this “new and improved” venue includes a mini golf course, batting cages, an arcade, and yummy ice cream shop.

    Missing the memories they made in their younger days and seeking reasonable entertainment for their young family, a couple in Hadensville built and opened their own theater only a year or two ago. Goochland Drive-In includes a concession stand and does it like the old days – double features on the cheap.

    My own hometown drive-in, Hull’s in Lexington, is the only community-owned non-profit theater in the country and dates to 1950. The popcorn is still as good as it was when I was neckin’ in the back row (and when my parents were neckin’ in the back row in the late ’70s)! Take your dinner with you, and your pet, too, for a great night out.

    Get back to wholesome fun when you treat the family to a drive-in night. It’s affordable, it’s togetherness, and if we’re not careful, it will be a lost pastime. Learn more about Virginia’s ten drive-ins on Virginia.org.



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    Get ready for a Tax-Free weekend!

    by Mary | Posted on July 28th, 2011

    It’s that time of year again when children trade in their water balloons for art supplies and pack away their swim suits for school uniforms. Usually, the thought of returning to school in September is dreaded by the youngsters and the price tag that accompanies becomes the burden of the parents. Thankfully, our great state of Virginia offers a special Tax Free Holiday to help shoppers save money statewide.

    Tax-Free ShoppingAugust 5-7 is 2011’s designated three-day weekend for tax-free savings at hundreds retailers across Virginia. However, there are a few exceptions to the tax exemption so get all the details here.

    Get the best deals on school uniforms and be sure to find matching shoes for great prices!  Individual businesses have begun lowering prices on school supplies and clothing in preparation for this anticipated retail holiday, so get those sales ads and supply lists ready to make the most of Virginia’s Tax Free weekend!



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    History & Wine: A Match Made in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on July 27th, 2011

    The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and Emancipation has officially begun now that the 150th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas has been reenacted. Where does that leave us? With plenty of history left to dive into and a few special bottles of wine to sweeten the deal.

    2nd Corps Reenactors

    2nd Corps Reenactors

    If you’re not familiar with the General’s Wine & History Trail, you’ll want to sip your way through the stories along the way as you become acquainted. The trail meanders a small section of Northern Virginia.

    In Central Virginia, DuCard Vineyards is set to release their 2nd Corps wine complete with a “march on DuCard” with Stonewall Jackson and his men on August 6. The soldiers will camp overnight.

    It’s no secret that Thomas Jefferson tried winemaking. Learn more about his endeavors and those of James Monroe when you attend “Wine and the Founding Fathers,” a lecture and wine tasting at the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg on August 19.

    Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and also the venue of the Chesapeake Bay Wine & Harvest Festival to be held September 24 and 25. It’s not only a great event of food and wine, but an excellent chance for history buffs to tour the Great House.

    Find more wine events and check out Virginia’s historic sites, too.



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    End of Summer Deals

    by Casey | Posted on July 26th, 2011

    Shenandoah River Outfiiters, LuraySummer has flown by and if you’ve just realized that you have yet to take a vacation, fear not. Sometimes it pays to wait.

    Check out our deals to see what suits your fancy. From beach elopements to mountain escapes complete with water adventures, we’ve got quite a selection. Don’t overlook the Blue Star Museum programs (can you say “free admission”?), and the excellent military discounts just waiting to be utilized.

    VIRGINIA DEALS



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    Virginia is for Racing Lovers at Martinsville Speedway® Sweepstakes

    by Casey | Posted on July 20th, 2011

    Ready to get your vroom on?

    Martinsville RacingNASCAR enthusiasts will converge on Martinsville Speedway® October 29-30, 2011 for the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) race and the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race. If you’re a fan of NASCAR, prizes like this are what dreams are made of.

    Enter now to win an exclusive Virginia is for Racing Lovers prize that includes:

    • Two fan suite tickets for both the CWTS and NSCS races (Oct. 29 & 30)
    • Three nights’ lodging at Hotel Roanoke
    • Two economy round-trip airline tickets
    • Four days of rental car use
    • Reserved parking pass good for Oct. 28-30
    • Two general admission grandstand tickets for Oct. 28 (fan suites are not open for race practice viewing)
    • Two passes for a Guided Pit Tour that includes Hot Passes, Pre-Race Passes, and Victory Lane Access Passes
    • Two passes for a guided tour of Arrington Engines
    • Meet-and-Greet with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler on Oct. 29.

    One First Prize Winner will receive four one-day tickets to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 race at Martinsville Speedway® on October 9, 2011.

    Enter to Win

    Learn more about Virginia Motorsports

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    There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. To participate log on to www.virginia.org/racesweeps and access the entry form. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter the required participant information. Sweepstakes ends September 16, 2011. Official Rules



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