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Give in to the Sweet Tooth

by Casey | Posted on September 30th, 2011

Old-fashioned candy, now that is the way to go this Halloween. Stock up on the good stuff!

Olde Time Lollipops Candy & Fudge Factory

Olde Time Lollipops Candy & Fudge Factory

  • Candi’s Candies in Old Town Alexandria offers free samples (yeah, you read that right), and they cater to the taffy lover with over 60 flavors. You can also scoop up chocolates and novelty candy, as well as the vintage sweets.
  • Olde Time Lollipops Candy & Fudge Factory in Fredericksburg is a fun atmosphere offering the good ol’ days of candy, like fizzies, candy buttons, and mary janes. Love fudge? Take your choice of as many as 14 flavors on any given day. Ever had pumpkin or apple pie fudge? Can you try them here!
  • Mary’s Cakery & Candy Kitchen in King George is a go-to for everything old-fashioned. From handmade chocolate and baked goods to novelty candy.
  • Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe in Dayton will spoil you with handmade peanut brittle, chocolate, fudge, truffles, and even sugar-free sweets (what an oxymoron!).
  • Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls has the coveted “penny” candy of yesteryear. Take a turn around the mill and get your sweet fix, too.
  • Natural Bridge Gift Shop is another place to have a speck of history while you give in to your candy craving. A full-fledged soda shop with fudge, ice cream and candy will dictate a walk along Cedar Creek to see the inspiring Natural Bridge.

Now that your mouth is watering, make a plan to fill a sack and have yourself a sweet little Halloween a few weeks early.



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Fall for a Virginia Bed and Breakfast

by Casey | Posted on September 29th, 2011

Be honest. You enjoy being catered to while vacationing, right? May I let you in on a little secret? There are people who LOVE to cook and care for vacationers. They are called innkeepers and you will love them!

Virginia is simply stunning in autumn as a wave of orange, yellow and gold sweeps across the state from the west. It’s the perfect season for hiking, biking, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors. It’s also the perfect season for cuddling close to the one you love the most. A Virginia bed and breakfast is an ideal accommodation for accomplishing all of those things.

Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Arcady Vineyard B&B in Charlottesville offers the Travelin’ Thru Wine Tour Package. It’s a one-night stay in a King suite with whirlpool tub, fireplace, and steam shower. Enjoy a four-hour wine tasting tour (tasting fees included), as well as a cheese platter, wine country breakfast, and a delightful port and chocolate turndown. $445-475, Sunday through Thursday

The Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford has a Romantic Getaway Package that includes two nights in your choice of a suite with jacuzzi, King deluxe, or standard room with a clawfoot tub. You’ll be welcomed with a basket of wine and snacks, gourmet chocolate, and a candlelight dinner for two. Three-course country breakfast is a given. $419-539

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange has a loaded package they call View Virginia Fall Splendor Package. It’s two nights in your choice of room, breakfast (of course), a picnic lunch, two in-room one-hour massages, wine tasting passes, homemade cookies and beverages, and they’ll even make the reservations for whichever activities you’d like to experience nearby. $559-659, and add a third night at 50% off the regular room rate.

Claiborne House Historic Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount is just 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and they invite you to enjoy their Pic-a-Nic on The Parkway Package. It’s a tw0-night stay in whichever room  you choose with cider, flowers, an “inn-credible” breakfast, and picnic lunch for two. Room Rate + $80

For more great fall packages, go to Virginia.org.



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LOVE Comes to Blenheim Vineyards

by Casey | Posted on September 28th, 2011

Join us for the official unveiling of the LOVE artwork at Blenheim Vineyards on Friday, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. 

Blenheim Vineyards' Winemaker Kirsty Harmon

Blenheim Vineyards' Winemaker Kirsty Harmon

Blenheim Vineyards beat out 22 other Virginia wineries in the Bring LOVE to Your Winery contest, earning the right to display the oversized (16 feet long by 8 feet high) Virginia is for Lovers LOVE artwork during Virginia Wine Month. This is your chance to take a photo with the LOVE letters and enjoy great Virginia wine, too.

In celebration, Blenheim Vineyards’ winemaker Kirsty Harmon will offer 10 percent off all wine purchased if the customer mentions the LOVE campaign. This discount is valid the entire month of October. Local food products will also be featured.

Blenheim Vineyards is located at 31 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Learn more about Virginia Wine Month events at Virginia.org/Wine.



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War Between the Grapes

by Tom | Posted on September 27th, 2011

If you are that special breed of traveler who is a fan of Civil War history and wine tasting, the Virginia Wine Board and 23 Virginia wineries have got a regiment-sized diversion for you.

When your metal-detector Monitor Vs Virginiastarts to get heavy, or you’re just tired of playing another battlefield casualty, stop by a participating winery and sample one of the dozens of specially-labeled wines commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation. There are themes for everyone, from James River Cellar’s Monitor Vs. Virginia red, marking the famous ironclad battles, to Democracy Vineyards’ 2010 Emancipation Merlot in celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, to Casanel Vineyards’ 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, which pays tribute to all the men and women on both sides who suffered and sacrificed so much for their cause.

Virginia Winery Passport

Virginia Sesquicentennial Winery Passport

To keep track of all the great wines and stories you’ll experience, the Virginia Wine Board has created a handy and detailed Virginia Sesquicentennial Winery Passport. This compact little book contains descriptions of all the featured vintages,  descriptions of the battles and people commemorated, and a fold-out map with the locations of nearby Civil War sites. To make your visit complete your passport also leaves space for that all-important stamp.

While you still have several years to fill your Passport (and glass), this October is Virginia Wine Month, an ideal time to get started and “Find Your Perfect Crush”. Ask for Virginia wine at your favorite restaurant or visit a wine festival; chances are good there’s a Civil War site waiting to be explored just minutes away.



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Fall Hunting and Fishing

by Casey | Posted on September 23rd, 2011

Fishing at CornerStone Farm

Fishing at CornerStone Farm

Tomorrow, September 24, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. No, it is not a day for hunting and fishing, but a day of recognition for true hunters and fishermen who are conservation minded.

About National Hunting and Fishing Day
“On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, ‘I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.’”

“National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.”  (nhfday.org)

Each year an honorary chairperson is recognized for National Hunting and Fishing Day. In 2000, Ward Burton, a NASCAR Daytona 500 winner and avid conservationist from Virginia held the chair. “Conservation is a balance between progress and taking care of our natural resources,” said Burton in a 2008 “Portrait of Passion” video for Virginia Tourism Corporation.

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, we invite you to explore Fish Virginia First, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier fishing trail encompassing the streams, lakes and rivers of 38 Virginia localities. (explore the trail)



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