Bring Love To Your Town

by Dave | Posted on August 17th, 2011

LOVE Sign - Virginia is for Lovers

LOVE Sign - Virginia is for Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is out to prove that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation – in a big way!

21 Virginia towns nominated themselves for the VTC Bring Love To Your Town event. Fans of the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page will decide which town will get the LOVE artwork – a 16 feet wide eight feet tall installation to promote family vacations in Virginia.

Vote for your favorite but hurry – the vote closes at 5 pm on August 18. VTC will install the artwork on August 31 in the winning locality where it will be on display through September.


Thank you to all who voted in the Bring Love to Your Town event.  We appreciate your LOVE of Virginia’s travel destinations.  Out of the 21 towns who nominated themselves, Abingdon received the most votes and will display the LOVE artwork in September at the Barter Green.

Thanks to all the towns who nominated themselves to showcase that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.

Waynesboro – Constitution Park              481
Kilmarnock – Town of Kilmarnock Town Centre              572
South Hill – In front of the Norfolk & Western Caboose next to the Depot          1,096
Bedford Area Welcome Center              324
Norfolk Visitor Information Center              236
Lynchburg – Blackwater Creek Trail          1,031
Virginia Beach Visitor Center              453
Lexington/Buena Vista – First Catch Fish Market              451
Fredericksburg – Riverfront Park          1,535
Bath County – The Jefferson Pools and Visitor Gazebo in Warm Springs              220
Abingdon – Barter Theatre Green          5,665
Franklin & Southampton – Parking lot of EVB Bank              501
Newport News Visitor Center              251
Gloucester County Visitor Center, Roane Building                61
Mathews County – Mathews Court Green                47
Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau – Great Bridge Lock Park          1,267
Fauquier County – Barrel Oak Winery              469
Alleghany Highlands – Humpback Bridge          4,944
Smithfield & Isle of Wight – Windsor Castle Park              129
Rappahannock County Visitors Center                92
Roanoke – Gateway to Downtown          3,590


Kari says:

Go Chesapeake!

Miranda says:

Let’s go Waynesboro!! This would make that area of town so much more beautiful! :)

jmatt says:


Mike says:

I say Pearisburg Va…i moved here to P-burg from Allentown Pa and met and married the most wonderful woman in the world,so Perarisburg Va is for Lovers

Free Speech says:

Anywhere but Lexington. They would rather erase history and be politically correct. Let them do it with no tourism.

Zoe Gordon says:

Barrel Oak is Awesome!!!

Sam says:

Vote for Roanoke

Jared says:

Newport News is where the LOVE belongs!

Cheri Hall says:

Vote for Norfolk! Let’s go team!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Marney Gibbs says:

Where is Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley?

Apparently not listed – come on Marney help us out in Waynesboro – we help each other. VOTE for Waynesboro. Are you going to Kiwanis DCON?

Cindy Estep says:

Vote for Fauquier County Barrel Oak Winery aka BOW. Pretty Please. :)

Trixie says:

Let’s do it for Roanoke!! We’re almost there!!

Sue T. says:

Vote for Bedford!! We have the perfect place for the LOVE!!

Bath County is the best!

Lisa Hull says:

Shoutout for Kilmarnock!

E. B. Schinlever says:

Go Kilmarnock!! Best on the Northern Neck.

Laurie says:

When you are done with it in September I’d love to have them for my wedding :) It’s LOVE themed.

Ellen Muddiman says:

Kilnmarnock is the place

Teresa Diaz says:

We’ve got nothing but LOVE in Virginia Beach!!! Let’s go VB!!!!!!!

It just came from VA beach, you missed it when it was there, one of my GF’s have a pic of it from there

Lynn says:

VOTE FOR BEDFORD!!! If you LOVE history, the mountains, lakes, hiking trails, walking trails, and biking trails. Bedford is home to the National D-Day Memorial and Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home Poplar Forest.

Mayumi says:

Come on Lexington & Buena Vista!!! Vote, vote, vote. Don’t make me come back from my honeymoon and find out that you’ve let me down!

Kevin says:

How could you go on a honeymoon at a time like this? You must be in LOVE.

Judy Orr says:

Where is Hampton? Our city is a GREAT city!

Nancy says:

Let’s go Franklin! :-)

Roanoke ROCKS! Visit us at! We are in 2nd Place behind Alleghany Highlands!!! Vote, Vote, Vote!! *o/*

Eddie says:

Checkout Rockbridge Photography on Facebook for that picture of Lexington/Buena Vista – First Catch Fish Market.

F. Hancock says:

No where else has there been a love affair more striking than between the people and their historically natural landscape — Southampton County was one of the earliest areas to be settled but has treasured its environment and remained true to its soil. This love affair is witnessed by: the vast number of VA Century Farms (4 times as many here than anywhere else in the Commonwealth. These are farms held, worked and lived on by gneration after generation of farm families.); more Remarkable Trees/champions in our area than anywhere else; the first Riverkeeper Program for VA; etc etc.

Lisa W says:

Let’s show some LOVE for The Commonwealth’s great wineries…. VOTE BARREL OAK !!!

Doesn’t matter if Waynesboro gets it or not, because we are putting up a 93 foot tall WTC memorial on a DT building for 9/11/11 anyway, thas going to be way cooler. They need to leave it till next summer.

Cathy says:

Live in Buena Vista, But Covington is where my heart is. Let’s Go Humpback Bridge!

Teresa says:

Thank you for your support! Humpback Bridge is a beautiful wayside park on old Route 60/Midland Trail and a great place for visitors to stop and take pictures!

DavidM says:

It’s the oldest covered bridge remaining in Virginia, so it’s ready for the LOVE it deserves. Vote for Humpback Bridge in the Alleghany Highlands

bill arnold says:

Roanoke has the perfect spot in front of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the O. Winston Link Museum where thousands of out-of-staters come to see what Roanoke has to offer. Virginians also come in on a cotinuing basis. Many foreign visitors are also heavy visitors too.

Frank says:

Shout out for Surry County. We have some good people here as well as pork, peanuts and pines.

Beckie says:

All you who do not see your hometown, sorry they didn’t make it but Lynchburg will gladly take your vote. We will be hosting a ‘Love Adventure in Lynchburg’ contest with the LOVE artwork during the month of September….you could win an exciting ‘Love adventure in Lynchburg’ getaway package!!! Thanx for your help!!

Jo Ann says:

Humpback Bridge in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands is the best spot to show the LOVE……

Great tourism idea! However, you should consider more than one location. We should have about a couple dozen locations scattered over the Commonwealth. Maybe even vary the colors to reflect the locale- IE VT colors or UVA colors.

Hope says:

Hey, vote for South Hill – great place to live, work, play, and you feel the love here!

Doris Jarrell says:

Go Chesapeake

Debbie Vines says:

Go Chesapeake Go! You name it…..we have it here and we love our Citizens!

Beckie says:

GO LYNCHBURG!!! Blackwater Creek Trail is such a great site for the LOVE…and it will really kick off our ‘Love adventure in Lynchburg’ fall campaign. Let’s get votin!

George Stevens says:

I think Waynesboro is headed in the right direction and can do great things
They have done many good things in the last 2 years

cathy says:

What?! Richmond, the capital of Virginia is not on here. We have too many beautiful places where this would look fabulous not to be considered on this list.

Tamra says:

HI Cathy, this was open to all local tourism offices and 21 of them nominated themselves, we did not choose destinations. Thanks for your feedbakc.

Bring the LOVE on down to South Hill, VA. We are the greatest little town in Virginia. We are in between beautiful Kerr Lake/Buggs Island Lake an equally beautiful Lake Gaston. We always love to show the love to our local citizens as well as our many visitors. We are a great little town with lots to be proud of all over.

Canidae says:

There’s a visitors center in Rappahannock County?

Maybe you could throw a bone to the little guys and make vote percentages relative to population.

Pat Bullard says:

With all of our hearts we all want to bring “LOVE” home to our town, South Hill, Virginia! Please come visit and you’ll know why it is the sweetest and most loving town in Virginia!!! Hope our dream comes true!

Cindy Kinney says:


Evie says:

Roanoke has an incredible historic district leading into the gateway of downtown. Home owners and shop keepers (such as the Wildflour 4th Street) have put a lot of LOVE into that!

Debbie Wright says:

I went in for the FIRST TIME and received a message saying that I had already voted!!!
What’s up?

Fred says:

Love Bath County, Warm Springs is a beautiful place. GO BATH COUNTY!!!

Tom says:

Barrel Oak Winery sits on a major hub that services travelers going between Northern Virginia and the Shenandoha Valley. This is the perfect place to show the L.O.V.E sign.

Stephanie Crossan says:


Connie says:

Bring LOVE to Abingdon!

Michael says:

Bring LOVE to Roanoke….a GREAT place to live and work

Cheryl Smith says:

Share the love in Lynchburg! :)

Kaylee says:

You’re right Cheryl. Lynchburg needs love. We can be thirsty for it in some aspects. We have a rich history and a beautiful decay en route. I feel as though other cities and parts of Virginia already receive so much Love. We have a gorgeous Truth still surviving here and it’s time our place is encompassed in Love and credit. (:

Brenda Robertson says:

I vote for Bath County and the Alleghany Highlands We want to Share the Love

Vote Roanoke – “The Noke”

Joe Adamo says:

Bring Love to Roanoke, atop of mill Mountain!

Tamara says:

Roanoke feels the LOVE!

Scott says:

We need to catch up Roanoke!!

Sarah says:

Send the LOVE to Kilmarnock…a BEAUTIFUL AND FUN place to live and work!!!

Wendy Pritt says:

I vote for Bath County.

Pam Conway-Brown says:

Let Roanoke feel the LOVE!

Becky Kinson says:


Michelle says:

Bring the LOVE to Fredericksburg!!! We are the BEST!!!!!

Amy says:

Roanoke!! Small city with the biggest heart!

Jamie says:

Bring it to the Noke!!

Jennifer says:

Heck yea! Roanoke needs some lovin’

DavidM says:

Virginia’s oldest covered bridge would be the perfect spot for LOVE. Vote for Humpback Bridge in the Alleghany Highlands.

Roanoke LOVE says:

Is that the Humback Bridge at the top of this page??? Seems like they have the LOVE already???

Chazz says:

Humpback Bridge has LOVE at the top of this page….

Sarah says:

Kilmarnock needs the LOVE…a BEAUTIFUL and FUN place to live and work!!!

We have to love Abingdon on this! You can’t go wrong with the Barter Theatre.

Anne says:

Sharing the LOVE in the Burg!!

Jimmy Jenkins says:

5,000 votes out of a small town in SWVA looks pretty suspicious.

Steph M says:

I’m not from the town with the 5000+ votes, but my family is there, and I have messaged all of my 700+ FB friends to vote as well — it may just be networking, not the town itself. I don’t think it’s suspicious – how many people have biked the Creeper Trail or been to the Barter? It’s an AWESOME place :-)

susan says:

So right about networking. I have FB and Emailed friends who have been here all over US to vote for Abingdon.

Jimmy Jenkins says:

Yeah, okay. Sure.

Lora says:

Not suspicious at all. It just shows how our whole region pulls together when needed – just like when Glade was devastated by the tornado! All for one and one for all!!!

Cindy Clore says:

Bring the LOVE to the Burg, there are awesome folks here!!!

Kim Marks says:

Franklin/Southampton County!!!

G.M. Foster, SR. says:

We have love to give back, so bring LOVE to Abingdon

Helen Reid says:


AmyB says:

As someone from that small town in SWVA I am proud of our get out the vote effort. We band together and spread the word and let our voices be heard. We love Abingdon so we want to bring the LOVE to Abingdon.

Catherine says:

Many thanks to everyone who voted for Roanoke!

Jennifer says:

Roanoke needs this! We are a great tourist site and love to spread the love, what better way to show it but to have a sign that proves it!

Kim says:

There are 8,000 residents in Washington Co. Virginia….Since Abingdon is representing Southwest Virginia….It could be possible for surrounding counties to vote Abingdon, and Northeast TN…..Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City is within 30-45 minutes of Abingdon… We have lots of supporters!!! Yay for Abingdon :)

mary says:

Just a note: there are about 8000 residents in Abingdon itself. Washington County’s population as of 2010 was close to 55,000.

Travis Davenport says:

Abingdon rises to the top, once again. It is hard to beat this little quaint, historic town. The views are breathtaking and the history is amazing. Gonna be looking for the “Love” as I travel past the “Martha” and the “Barter.”

Ann Cox says:

Bring the love to the lovely town of Abingdon

Sandra Andrews says:

Great job Abingdon, my home town!! Love that place.

Biff Downey says:

Congratulations to Abingdton…since Alleghany Highlands – Humpback Bridge received 4,944 votes…the near second largest, couldn’t they have the Art after Sept? Abingdon is twice the size and the Highlands had a very competitive showing.

Stephanie says:

Well that sucks. I moved to Springfield, VA and missed the Dupont Circle visit in DC and now it’s at the complete opposite side of Virginia. :( Oh well….

Krissy D. says:

Sooo excited Abingdon won! love love love my hometown! :D

Megan O says:

Three cheers for Fredericksburg!

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