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    Check out this awesome #aerial of the CSX A-Line #Train #Bridge (circa 1919) you've probably seen when driving on the Powhite Parkway crossing #JamesRiver! Props to @vintage_rva for the incredible capture. Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVa for a chance to be featured here! #trainbridge #drone #flyinghigh #rva
    Sip away the end of #summer at North Gate #Vineyard in Pucellville before the crush begins! They have live music every Friday evening (TGIF: Thank Grape It's Friday), making it an ideal time to stop by for a taste. Next month is #Virginia #Wine Month, when a lot of vineyards across the state will be harvesting their #grapes. Photo props to @emkittie! #VAwine #howisummer #winetime Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVA for a chance to get featured here.
    Here's a beautiful shot of @castlehillcider in Keswick posted by @merchcolony_cville. This is currently the only #cidery in the world to be fermenting and aging in buried terra cotta amphorae called kvevri. Plan a trip to try some of the world's finest right here in #Virginia. #loveva #vacider #drinklocal #cville #vatravel #castlehillcider #vaweddings
    A #bushel of #bluecrabs for the pot! @aklshnkovj and her #Virginia self-caught #seatotable meal courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay. ūüĎć #loveva #seafood #crabs #vafood #eatlocal #vacrabs
  • Archive for June, 2012

    Caverns: More to LOVE Than Meets the Eye

    by Casey | Posted on June 19th, 2012

    Virginia boasts eight caverns- all dotted down the Shenandoah Valley – each with unique features telling a different story.

    Luray Caverns

    Luray Caverns

    The constant 50-some degree temperature of each cavern is quite welcoming on a hot, humid day, and the old-fashioned soda fountain you’ll find in one cavern gift shop just adds to the summertime pleasure.

    Luray Caverns are the largest caverns on the East Coast and even include a little music. If you’ve never seen or heard the Stalcpipe Organ, put this attraction on your bucket list. The organ pipes are stalactites stretching 3.5 underground acres. I told you Luray Caverns is the largest on the East Coast, right?

    Additionally, Luray Caverns has a few other attractions for families to enjoy, not the least of which is the brand new LOVE artwork crafted in a log cabin style!

    Not to be left out in the heat is Shenandoah Caverns just down the road from Luray Caverns. June 29th they’re unveiling one of our original oversized LOVE artwork pieces that will be on display through the July 5th. It’s their way of showing appreciation to military families.

    Luray Logs of Love

    Luray Logs of Love

    Along with LOVE and the caverns, see American Celebration on Parade and the other attractions at Shenandoah Caverns.

    For more cool cavern explorations, check these:

    Don’t forget to share your LOVE artwork photos on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #LOVEVA. We LOVE to see you LOVING the LOVE!



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    Fireworks and Fun!

    by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2012

    June is flying by which means that July 4th is approaching quickly. Do you have your Independence Day planned?

    Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

    Yorktown Independence Day Celebration

    Nearly every small town and city in Virginia has a fireworks display, parade, or festival in celebration of our freedom, but here are a few interesting (and FREE) events that you might check out.

    You know the Revolutionary War was won in Yorktown, yes? Why not celebrate our independence there? At 9 AM on the 4th you’ll be treated to a parade. Spend the day at the beach and then get ready for the bell-ringing at 7 PM, patriotic entertainment at 8 PM and fabulous fireworks at 9:15 PM.

    If you love a picnic, you’ll especially love the 30th Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks in Norfolk. The picnic is free and you don’t have to make the¬†potato salad! Pick a spot at Town Point Park for your family to spread a blanket and then kick back for a great fireworks display. 5 to 10 PM on July 4.

    Patriotism will surely bubble up in you as you hear the 1812 Overture performed by the City of Fairfax Band¬†with the fireworks¬†to follow. Spend the¬†evening relaxing on blankets or in chairs; vendors will have food and drinks, and kids’ activities will be plentiful. 7-10 PM on July 4.

    Carnival rides attract the kids, but it’s the stars on stage that will attract their parents at the Martinsville Speedway Celebration for the 4th. Country music stars Darryl Worley, Bo Bice and David Lee Murphy will deliver an awesome show prior to the area’s largest fireworks display. And it’s all free!

    Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

    Balloon Rally & 4th of July Celebration in Lexington

    Balloon glows are somehow very romantic. Lounge on the VMI parade ground while the giant hot air balloons glow over the course of two nights in Lexington during the 16th Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration. Book a morning or evening ride or take a tethered ride, too. The fireworks will captivate around 9 PM on the 4th.

     

     

     

    Find more 4th of July events near you:
    Fireworks Locator Map * Festivals * Parades * Winery Events

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    Covered Bridges for Father’s Day

    by Casey | Posted on June 13th, 2012

    Woolwine in Patrick County is the site of the official Virginia Covered Bridge Festival that occurs every year at the Bob White and Jack’s Creek covered bridges. The festival is this Saturday, June 16, and includes horse and wagon rides, antique car show, a duck race on the river, arts, crafts, great music at both bridge locations, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and delicious food vendors. It’s a free day of family fun that kicks off at 8 AM with the Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk.

    A great day for family.

    A great day for family.

    The 5K benefits a variety of local charities including the Patrick County Food Bank, Patrick County Adult Developmental Center, and the Caring Hearts Free Clinic. The route begins near the Bob White Covered Bridge in Woolwine and ends near the Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge. Entrance fee is $25. Register.

    If you get into town early and are looking for a cool way to relax, the Reynolds Homestead at Fairy Stone State Park (just a little over 9 miles away from Woolwine) is hosting “Free Range Possums,” a Blacksburg band that has been described as a “musical conundrum” playing everything from Bach on banjo to swing. Friday night at 7:30 PM. $4 park admission.

    After the festival winds down and before you depart for home, Chateau Morrisette Winery is hosting a Father’s Day Luncheon on Sunday at 11 AM. Chateau Morrisette is located in Floyd, about 9 miles from Woolwine. Reservations are recommended, but regular tours and tastings will be available at noon, 2 and 4 PM if the luncheon is already booked.

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    Virginia by Motorcycle

    by Casey | Posted on June 12th, 2012

    Motorcycles are the epitome of freedom. Wide open roads full of sun, wind, and nothing holding you down or back. Go where you want to go, see what you want to see. Yesterday’s cares are in that tiny rear view mirror, if only for a short while.

    Back of the Dragon

    Back of the Dragon

    Scenic drives through Virginia are so rewarding. The views are quite literally breathtaking, the serenity of being away from interstates and major thoroughfares is unequaled, and besides needing a stretch once in a while, you might not want to stop riding. Here are a few suggestions for a weekend ride through the countryside.

    Back of the Dragon is Route 16 between Marion and Tazewell. The route courses over three mountains for a total of about 33 miles. For a taste of what the ride is like, see this clip of a Harley-Davidson V-ROD laying through the turns.

    A winding route that delivers up great river and mountain views is Route 39. Begin in Lexington, traversing through Goshen Pass and working your way to Warm Springs. Along the way you’ll have stop over points like¬†Dan Ingalls Overlook. Eventually you’ll find yourself passing the historic sites at the base of Warm Springs Mountain – Jefferson Pools¬†and The Milk House Market and Old Dairy Barn. Take 220 over into Hot Springs and check out The Homestead Resort. Sam Snead’s Tavern is the perfect place to dine and have a cold beer.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is undeniably the most beautiful route for drivers and riders alike. Ride it for a while and then hop off to see the other sites along the way on the 50-mile Nelson Scenic Loop. The Loop winds along the BRP, Route 56, Route 151 and Route 664, and includes unique attractions like the Montebello Fish Hatchery, Crabtree Falls and Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

    The Route 611 Cumberland Mountain Scenic Drive is a mountain course in Clintwood with incredible overlooks and an abundance of wildlife. If you find yourself looking for a great place to stay, this route is just a few miles from Breaks Interstate Park on the VA/KY border. You can have a true outdoors weekend in the Heart of Appalachia.

    For more ride ideas, check out our Scenic Drives & Places directory.

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway

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    New Water Park Action for 2012

    by Casey | Posted on June 11th, 2012

    As summer heats up the natural thought is to cool off. Fortunately, there are quite a few water parks in Virginia and several have new fun additions you’ll want to check out.

    Vanish Point at Water Country USA

    Vanish Point at Water Country USA

    Water Country USA in Williamsburg is pure H2O fun (more than 30 rides and attractions’ worth) and now has Vanish Point – your choice of two “liquid adrenaline” ways to drop out of sight from 75 feet up. Choose from a slide where you “drop down as soon as you flop down” (no easing up to the edge) or a skybox where you never know when the floor will drop out from under you. My stomach’s in my throat just thinking about that free-fall. Whoah.

    Alexandria’s talk of the town is Paradise Play at Great Waves. Kids are already enjoying this 30-foot-high tower of climbing fun, and it’s the largest water play feature of its kind east of the Mississippi!

    Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach just opened their brand new Adventure River on a 3 1/2 acre expansion. It’s more than 1,000 feet long and ends and begins at a shallow lagoon. The whole family can float for a relaxing ten minutes.

    Adventure River at Ocean Breeze Waterpark

    Adventure River at Ocean Breeze Waterpark

    Even when there’s no snow on the ground, there’s a great reason to visit Massanutten Resort – the Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark. Not only can you get your surf on with Pipeline, take a float down the Blue Ridge Rapids, or enjoy the White Caps wave pool, but now you can do it with a live band every Monday and Friday night. With the nighttime entertainment also comes extended hours. Play until 9 PM rather than 7 on those two days each week.

    The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs is undergoing a major transformation and it’s to the water lovers’ benefit! Allegheny Springs is opening in stages. As a guest of the resort you can enjoy the brand new pool,¬†children’s¬†pool, sandy beach area, and whirlpool¬†areas now, but¬†in August the lazy river, fun slides and cabanas will be available.¬†It’s two acres of mountain resort bliss.

    Learn more about Virginia’s waterparks.

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