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    #Grape harvesting has begun in some parts of #Virginia and will continue through October, Virginia's #Wine Month. @orecul13 gathered this bounty for #canning purposes. Anyone for some locally made juice or jelly? #loveva #vawine #waynesboro #countryliving #photooftheday #jelly #vafood
    Is everyone excited for the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion next month? Some of the performances will be taking place here, at the Paramount Center for The Arts on State Street. This #theater was built in 1931 and restored to its original splendor in 1991. #oldschoolva #loveva #virginia #vatravel #theatre #photooftheday
    Testing out Instagram's new #hyperlapse app at Lewis Ginter #Botanical #Garden in Richmond. What do you think? #loveva #virginia #rva #lewisginter #orchid #vatravel #vaoutdoors @lewisginter @visitrichmondva
    If you haven't notice, fields of #sunflowers are in bloom throughout the state. This one calls Lickinghole Creek Craft #Brewery it's home in Goochland. This is both an awesome photo and tasting op. ūüėČ #loveva #virginia #vabeer #vacraftbeermonth #sunflower #photooftheday #drinklocal #craftbeer Photo creds to @lickingholecreekcraftbrewery
  • Archive for September, 2011

    Vote Today and Bring LOVE to a Virginia Winery this October

    by Dave | Posted on September 21st, 2011

    Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

    Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

    Update: Congratulations to Blenheim Vineyards – winner of the Bring LOVE to Your Winery vote. Thank you to all the wineries who nominated their business as part of this fun promotion. Facebook friends be sure to show these folks the LOVE and visit their wineries for October Virginia Wine Month and throughout the year.

    More details on www.Virginia.org/wine. Look for the LOVE at Blenheim in October!

    See the results below.


    The Virginia Tourism Corporation is out to prove that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation especially during October Virginia Wine Month.

    Twenty-three Virginia wineries self-nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event, where VTC will display our giant LOVE artwork at one winery during October. Which winery is up to you so vote TODAY!

    Visitors will be encouraged to take a picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.

    See the list below of the wineries who nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event. Vote for your favorite but hurry ‚Äď the vote closes at 5 pm. VTC will install the artwork at the winning winery where it will be on display throughout October Virginia Wine Month. Go to Virginia.org to learn more about Virginia’s nearly 200 wineries and wine travel in Virginia.

    Update: Poll Closed at 5:00pm Sept 21, 2011


    Poll Results:

    King Family Vineyards: 32 votes

    West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery: 397

    Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery: 5

    Sans Soucy Vineyards: 384

    Philip Carter Winery: 12

    Jefferson Vineyards: 18

    Hickory Hill Vineyards: 23

    Attimo Winery: 5

    Doukenie Winery: 23

    Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery: 26

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery: 181

    Lost Creek Winery: 7

    Zephaniah Farm Vineyard: 4

    DuCard Vineyards: 140

    29 Vines: 58

    White Rock Vineyards & Winery: 11

    Saude Creek Vineyards: 71

    Rebec Winery: 42

    Pearmund Cellars: 28

    Bluemont Vineyard: 37

    Chatham Vineyards: 275

    Blenheim Vineyards: 3,134

    CrossKeys Vineyards: 8

    Plan a visit to one of these wineries and other great Virginia wineries at Virginia.org/wine or try our interactive map to find a winery nearby any desitnation in Virginia at Virginia.org/fallmap



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    Try an Autumn Shore Getaway

    by Casey | Posted on September 20th, 2011

    Kayaking the Eastern Shore

    Kayaking the Eastern Shore

    What do you enjoy in a vacation? Great food? Quaint B and Bs?¬† Walks to remember? When you spend time on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, those things are exactly what you’ll find.

    Dig in to what the Shore offers in a vacation by sneaking a peek at these ready-made getaways:

    Call 1-800-Visit-VA to request your free Travel Guide or click here to order online.



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    Canadians Love Virginia AND Their Free Trips

    by Guest | Posted on September 19th, 2011

    Pilot Yourself to Virginia Winners

    Pilot Yourself to Virginia Winners

    We are¬†sometimes asked if there are ever winners to the free vacation sweepstakes we run. The answer is, “Of course there are!”

    During the past year we gave away three trips to lucky sweepstakes winners from Canada. They enjoyed their Virginia holidays so much that we have to share what they had to say.

    “Just would like to let you know that I am back from my trip to Williamsburg, Virginia and to tell you that everything was absolutely wonderful. Everything went smoothly and we (my husband and I) enjoyed the whole experience from the fabulous shopping spree at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, complimentary dining to the golfing at the Williamsburg National Golf Club. The accommodations at King’s Creek Plantation were beautiful and certainly very spacious. The only thing I would change would be to have another day or two there because it is a long drive from Toronto. We had no idea of the rich history in the area. We took a “ghost tour” of Colonial Williamsburg and went to several of the wineries, one of which has the largest production in the state … Williamsburg Winery. Now that we are back we have told a lot of our friends and relatives about the area and all it has to offer and that we would return again soon.”
    -¬†Susan A. of Toronto, Girlfriend’s Getaway Vacation Prize Winner

    “Virginia Beach is absolutely wonderful!! …and before this I didn’t know Virginia even had a beach!!¬†We have had so much fun in the water.¬† I would rather come here than go all the way to Daytona or Myrtle Beach.”
    - Grant L., Canada’s Wonderland/Virginia Contest winner.

    ‚ÄúWe have arrived safely in Lexington, VA at the Hampton Inn Col Alto. My goodness what a beautiful hotel.¬†So far everything is proceeding perfectly. The skyline drive was spectacular. Skyland Resort was awesome. The only fly in the ointment was the weather. A big storm blew through over night and all horseback riding was cancelled. I don’t know who was more disappointed, me or my granddaughter.¬†The Luray Caverns were truly spectacular. The whole state is very beautiful and I have enjoyed driving here very much. The people are very friendly and even in Virginia our Honda Pilot vehicle with the Virginia logos is attracting a lot of attention.¬†Thanks again for everything, we will definitely visit your lovely state again.
    - Steve & Elizabeth W., Pilot Yourself to Virginia Grand Prize winner

    Whether it’s a free vacation because of a prize, or a vacation¬†paid out of pocket, you will find testimonials like these that fully support the notion that Virginia is for Lovers. Or should I say, “L’amour est au cŇďur de chaque instant en Virginie.” Come see for yourself!

    Jane Govoruhk is the Assistant International Marketing Manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation, avid Hokie and Steelers fan, NASCAR enthusiast, music junkie, and author of this post.

    Related: Kentucky Family Wins Virginia is for Racing Lovers Ultimate Fan Sweeps, Oct 8, 2010



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    Can You Conquer the Maze?

    by Casey | Posted on September 16th, 2011

    Cornfields across Virginia have been meticulously carved into elaborate labyrinths and many are now open. Do you have what it takes to meander the maze?

    Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze, 2011

    Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze, 2011. Photo by Bruce Southall

    ¬†Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset (70 miles northwest of Richmond and 95 miles southwest of Washington, DC) boasts a 20-acre, fun-filled maze. Actually, it’s three mazes in one, titled “Conceived in Liberty,” and featuring Mt. Rushmore, the Liberty Mills Farm logo, and the University of Virginia¬†sabre logo. You can traverse the entire¬†six-mile maze of three, or tackle just one. Along the way you’ll encounter puzzles, trivia, and even opportunities to win¬†UVA football tickets. Once¬†you’ve conquered¬†the maze, take to the ¬†8-acre pumpkin patch to choose your favorite pumpkin. Liberty Mills Farm is open Tuesday-Saturday through the end of October.

    The Corn Maze in The Plains (105 miles northwest of Richmond and about 45 miles¬†southwest of¬†Washington, DC) is more than a maze. At¬†five acres it may not¬†take you as long to beat “Farm Scene Investigation” as it might the aforementioned “Conceived in Liberty,” but there’s loads to do once you have. The kids will love Barnyard of Fun with the petting zoo, haybale maze, tractor tire playland, pumpkin sling shot, and more. Plus, there will be face painting and craft workshops¬†each weekend in October. Looking for a teen-sized thrill? Bring a flashlight and traverse the maze at night. The farm calls it “Moon Light Maze” and it’s available Friday and Saturday nights until 10 p.m. The Corn Maze in The Plains is open weekends, September 24 through November 6.

    Corn Acoustics Corn Maze Days is an event hosted by Mountain Meadow Farm in¬†Meadows of Dan (220 miles southwest of Richmond, 70 miles south of Roanoke, and about 300 miles southwest of Washington, DC). The draw? A¬†musically-themed maze¬†located just off¬† The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. This year’s corn maze is called “Staying in Tune,” and encompasses¬†four acres. The farm also includes a children’s haybale maze, and a smaller version of the corn maze for little adventurers. Corn Acoustics Corn Maze Days occur weekends, September 17 through October 30.

    The Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake (about 100 miles southeast of Richmond and 200 miles south of Washington, DC) continues to grow and is now in its third year of corn maze creations on five acres. Enjoy the hayrides, games, and delicious treats from the family-run bakery Friday through Saturday, September 16 through October 29, and Thursdays in October.

    Explore to find more corn mazes at Virginia.org.



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    Travel Green this Fall

    by Casey | Posted on September 15th, 2011

    Green EventIf you love the showy foliage of fall and stunning blooms of spring, consider ways that your travel plans might make a difference in keeping beautiful the views we treasure.

    If you aren’t familiar with Virginia Green, it’s a program that¬†recognizes travel and tourism related businesses¬†embracing sustainable practices. If you choose wisely when you travel in Virginia, you can create an abundantly green vacation, and reward the businesses for going above and beyond.

    Get started!

     

    Learn more about how your tourism related business can become Virginia Green certified: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen/homepage.html



    Uncategorized | 2 Comments