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    Road trippers and warriors may recognize the Hampton Roads #Bridge Tunnel at sunset, though it looks different when you're not behind the wheel of a car. Beautiful shot by @slayerlovnhippy! Don't forget to tag your #Virginia photos with #LoveVA for a chance to be featured here. #repost #dusk #photooftheday #bridgetunnel #vatravel #moon #hamptonroads
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    10 Historic Hotels with Virginia Charm

    by Dave | Posted on February 8th, 2013

    Experience classic elegance at one of Virginia’s Historic Hotels and Inns. Throughout the Commonwealth you will find places to stay that are steeped in history and that offer world class amenities. Each has its own distinctive charm and style with dining options sure to please the palate.

    Make plans to visit and relax at one of these Virginia gems in 2013.

    The Williamsburg Inn

    The Williamsburg Inn during the Spring


    The George Washington Hotel, Winchester
    Constructed in 1924, this upscale and luxury property features 90 newly restored guest rooms and was the 2011 Wyndham Hotel of the Year. Be sure to check out the Roman-style indoor pool and Saumaj Health Spa.

    The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
    With amazing amenities and tremendous location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Hotel Roanoke, circa 1882, is a fully-restored Tudor-style property on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to dine at the newly renovated Regency Room.

    The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
    Recognized as one of the finest hotels in the United States since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, elegant decor, luxurious guest rooms and friendly service. You will surely have a memorable stay at The Jefferson.

    The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg
    Adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg live interactive history museum, The Williamsburg Inn is decorated in an elegant English Regency style and regarded among the world’s finest hotels. Luxurious accommodations with fine dining, clay tennis courts, award-winning golf and The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg are among the numerous amenities of this resort.

    The Martha

    Sitting area in The Martha


    The Martha, Abingdon
    Originally built in 1832, the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa has served many functions and its history is undeniable. The Martha is a member of the Camberley Collection of fine historic properties. Explore all that Southwest Virginia has to offer with The Martha as your home base.

    Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg
    This turn of the century shoe factory is now a residential-style boutique hotel located in historic downtown Lynchburg. You will find historical artifacts from the Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation accenting the decor throughout. With 44 luxurious guest rooms and suites, many with dramatic views of the James River or the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Craddock Terry Hotel is a perfect fit.

    The Homestead

    The Great Hall at The Homestead


    The Homestead 1766, Hot Springs
    Located in the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead truly is a luxury resort with unforgettable Southern Hospitality. Welcoming 22 US presidents since the 18th century, this grand belle is thoroughly authentic and breath-taking.

    Mimslyn Inn, Luray
    Comfortable, inviting and ready to experience, the Mimslyn Inn‘s classic Georgian Revival architecture and location in the Shenandoah Valley will make your stay welcoming and unforgettable.

    Mimslyn Inn

    The Mimslyn Inn


    Stonewall Jackson, Staunton
    Built in 1924 and nestled in historic downtown Staunton, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel captures the spirit and charm of the old South. The hotel was also recently recognized by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. With modern guest amenities and services you will thoroughly enjoy your relaxing stay.

    The Morrison House, Alexandria
    Recognized by “Travel and Leisure” on the 2012 list of 50 best hotels in the world, the Morrison House offers award-winning elegance and service. Located just off King Street in Old Town Alexandria, history is everywhere. And The Morrison House is pet-friendly with no fees or restrictions!

    These are just a few of the stunning historic hotels in Virginia. Tell us about your favorites and find more at www.Virginia.org



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    Valentines Weekend for Families

    by Dave | Posted on February 7th, 2013

    Valentine’s is all about love. Same is true for Virginia is for Lovers. This is especially true for families who are always looking for ways to spend more time together, which is exactly what a weekend trip to Virginia has to offer. So why not think about Valentine’s a little differently this year and make it a long weekend to celebrate LOVE of family. We’ve got seven ideas of things you can do and places to visit in Virginia to make Valentine’s Day weekend a true family affair:

    Robert Podd, The Poddery


    1. Handmade Gifts of LOVE – Visit artisan and craft centers in Virginia to pick out special Valentines gifts for each other that come from the heart. Or better yet sign up for a family class and make gifts for each other.

    2. Get Together in the Great Outdoors – February can be a beautiful time for a hike in Virginia. Trails across the state offer paths from easy walking trails to more challenging for families who are experienced hikers. The leaves are off the trees, affording clear and amazing views for miles around.

    3. Share your LOVE What are you most passionate about? Art? Music? History? Virginia has museums for everything and Valentine’s Weekend is a great time to share your love of music, art, history and more with your family and start building great traditions together.

    4. All in one Resorts – Great for family togethering with tons of activities but also if mom and dad do want some time for just the two of you, programs to keep the kids entertained and on-site babysitting services.

    Gearharts Fine Chocolates

    Gearharts Fine Chocolates


    5. Go Old School Take your kids to one of Virginia’s charming small towns and let them delight in the old-fashion goodness of real soda fountains, local diners, farmers markets, cool old train stations and true Americana.

    6. Sweets for the sweets If chocolate is a must for your Valentine’s amusement, take pride in the sweets you buy. Visit local chocolatiers and candy shops such as Chocolate Occasions, Gearhearts, Chocolates by Kelly and others found throughout Virginia and make a day out of it by shopping for the best with the family.

    7. Put LOVE at the Heart of Your Virginia Vacation Can you think of a more perfect photo opp for Valentine’s then you and your family in front of a giant LOVE sculpture? There are more than 20 to choose from in Virginia. Make a weekend out of visiting as many Virginia is for Lovers LOVEworks as you can, take your picture and share it out to send your love to your family and friends.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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    Black History Month in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on February 6th, 2013

    Virginia’s history is as rich and diverse as the state itself. If you are curious about what’s happening around Virginia for Black History Month, check out the events and trip ideas below:

    Virginia Civil Rights Memorial at Capitol Square

    Virginia Civil Rights Memorial at Capitol Square

    February 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 in Charlottesville: Waiting on Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s “Great House” – This is a two and a half-hour experience through selected rooms of Monticello. Not recommended for children 12 or younger. Buy Tickets

    February 9, 16 and 23 in Newport News: African American Film Fest – On these three dates a separate movie will be shown. On February 9, see The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels. February 16 Cuba Gooding, Jr. is on the big screen in Men of Honor. Later, on February 23, Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason will be shown.

    February 9 in Suffolk: “She, Called Moses” – Harriet Tubman led a journey toward freedom, just as Moses did. Hear the tales through this great interactive show built just for families. Buy Tickets

    February 11 in Martinsville: A Game Apart: Mike Wiley as Jackie Robinson – See Mike Wiley recount the life Jackie Robinson – a hero on the field but a second-class citizen off of it. This is a powerful illustration of dedication, perseverance and leadership. Buy Tickets

    February 16 at Colonial Williamsburg: Wolf by the Ear: A Play About Thomas Jefferson and Slavery - A dramatic portrayal of Thomas Jefferson awaiting the results of a pivotal debate in Congress – would Missouri be admitted to the Union as a free state, signaling a move toward the eventual abolition of slavery? The play is accented by live music from the Revolutionary period through the early Republic. Buy Tickets

    February 22 in Portsmouth: Willett Hall presents Freedom Train – The Underground Railroad had one star ‘conductor’ in Harriet Tubman. She personally led more than 300 slaves to freedom over the course of 19 dark-of-night trips. This story is told with period music still sung today, like “Wade in the Water,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and others.

    February 23 in Fredericksburg: Virginia Black History Month Gala – The 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops’ efforts are commemorated more than once a year, but on this special night, keynote speaker Roland Martin makes a presentation over dinner and entertainment is provided by Howard University’s Theater & Arts Department. Expect to also see a Broom Jumping Ceremony and youth orchestra. Book Now

    Virginia’s Black History Attractions
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    Notable African-American Virginians

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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    Gifts of LOVE

    by Casey | Posted on February 5th, 2013

    Virginia is for Lovers is about LOVE – pure and simple.

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have a few gift suggestions for the various loves of your life.

    Wine is big business in Virginia and with more than 200 wineries to visit, we have a few special Virginia is for Lovers accoutrements for your tasting excursions.

    7" stuffed bear - Virginia is for LoversOur flexi-bottle chiller is a freezable PVC bottle pouch with special cold-holding rosin pickets. We’ve added some pizzazz to it with our logo, of course. Give it to your wine lover for just $9, then add in a Virginia is for Wine Lovers 8 oz. wine glass for $9.30 more.

    Kids love a good gift from mom and dad at Valentine’s Day, and you can give them a fluffy one (our 7″ black bear), a healthy one (our heart jump rope or heart-shaped water bottle), a sweet one (our chocolate bar) or a techie one (our cordster). $2.80 to $11.90.

    Planning a surprise beach vacation in Virginia this year? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.) Help your Valentine get the hint with our water and sand resistant beach mat for just $13.90. It’s a generous 36″ x 72″.

    For the pet lover, check out our Virginia is for Dog Lovers cotton bandanna. It’s $7.40 and is made in the USA. Or, get ready for your next Virginia road trip with our collapsible pet travel food and water bowls – only $4 each.

    For those who are a little nostalgic or those who just love a good ol’ vintage look, see our “old school” variety – especially the trucker hats! They’re $11.90 each. And yes, we have those awesome retro logo t-shirts, too. See the whole collection.

     

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    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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