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Foliage from On High: Hot Air Balloons Take You There

by Casey | Posted on October 14th, 2011

Historic Long Branch. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com

Historic Long Branch. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com

“It’s like watercolors and a paintbrush,” commented Teri Fabian on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page. We agree, Teri! After trekking on foot to waterfall destinations, the next great way to experience Virginia’s amazing autumn hues is from the basket of a hot air balloon.

The Historic Long Branch Hot Air Balloon, Wine & Music Festival in Millwood is a weekend of family fun. The events begin at 4 p.m. today and run through Sunday at 4 p.m. It’s one of those events that you need to see to believe, and the good news is that you can and will see these balloons even if you can’t make it to the festival. They’ll be floating across the Shenandoah Valley all weekend.

What an adventure ballooning promises to be. Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons in Front Royal reminds us, “you always know where you will take off, but you never know where you’ll land.” Float just out of reach of the stunning waves of gold and orange. It’s nearly the peak of the foliage peeping season, you know!

Forest Winds, Inc.

Forest Winds, Inc.

Glide away with Forest Winds, Inc. out of Forest. It should be a no-brainer, but they’ve caused my light bulb to blink on. “No two flights are ever the same, so you will enjoy an experience unique only to you.” And isn’t that what we all want? To see or do something in a way that no one else has? To discover? Yes! I do!

Hard as I try, I’m not sure that I could say it better than Balloons Over Virginia, Inc. of Ashland: “Gradually the grass sinks silently away and the earth kaleidoscopes into a masterful mosaic of color and texture … You have been launched on a magical voyage.” Compelling, no? I’m ready to float away.

If you’re ready to hop aboard the basket ride of a lifetime, book a travel package.

Mayhurst Inn Adventure Vacation Package  *  Orange, VA  *  $915-$958
Two nights’ lodging, breakfast, snacks and wine tray, horseback riding, and either hot air ballooning or a biplane ride. Give 10 days’ notice on reservation. 888.672.5597

The Boar’s Head Bed, Breakfast & Balloon Package  *  Charlottesville, VA  *  From $360/guest
One night’s lodging, breakfast, one-hour hot air balloon ride, and champagne celebration. 800.476.1988

Plan your own grand hot air balloon adventure with these balloonists and others at Virginia.org.



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Richmond Folk Festival

by Dave | Posted on October 14th, 2011

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Richmond Folk Festival - October 14-16, 2011

The Richmond Folk Festival continues celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food.

The Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.

The FREE three-day festival is expected to be one of the largest events in Virginia, drawing visitors from across the country. The Richmond Folk Festival is produced Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA).

More details at http://www.virginia.org/Listings/EventsAndExhibits/RichmondFolkFestival/



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