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    Go Fish!

    by Casey | Posted on May 15th, 2013

    If you love to fish, you’re going to love Virginia. From streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and bays to all-out saltwater delights, the fish are plentiful and biting.

    Fishing with New River Trips

    Fishing with New River Trips

    Virginia has more than 2,800 miles of trout water in addition to stocked ponds, lakes and reservoirs. If you’re not handy with a rod and fly, there are fly fishing experts all over the Commonwealth who specialize in training new anglers. In fact, if you find yourself at one of Virginia’s mountain resorts, there are fishing instructors on staff who will gladly show you the ropes.

    For fishermen looking for the thrill of a big catch, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are where you want to be. A number of charter boats are available for game fishing excursions.

      • o’FISH’lly a Shoe Thing - The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg is offering a private half-day James River fishing trip with Matt Miles Fly Fishing Company. Snacks, drinks and equipment included. Rates start at $449 per nightBook Now
    Fishing with York River Charters

    Fishing with York River Charters

    • Homestead Adventure Package – The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs invites each person to choose his or her own outdoor experience, including fly fishing, for $279 per room, per night. Book Now
    • Exclusive Charter Discount – York River Charters in Yorktown has an offer available only to you as the reader of this blog post and Virginia.org. Book a Chesapeake Bay or York River fishing (or sightseeing) charter and save 5% just by mentioning Virginia.org. Call 757-645-8397 to discuss pricing and options.
    • 17% to 21% Off Youth Fishing Trips – New River Trips in Galax extends to you this special discount. Bring your son or daughter under the age of 18 to fish the Upper New River under their guidance and save big. Call 276-235-2514 to discuss pricing and options.
    • “Man-cation” – The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg welcomes you and up to 15 buddies for a men’s only getaway. Stay two nights and they’ll arrange the outfitter to take you fishing. Call 800-937-3582 to discuss pricing and options.

    In addition to the trip deals mentioned above, there are special events to introduce your children to the sport of fishing.

    • Saturdays and Sundays in June – Murray’s On the Stream Small Mouth Bass School - The fishing portion of these schools is adapted to meet the specific needs of each individual student whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced anglers.
    • August 10 – 6th Annual Smith River Fest in Axton - This event is truly a celebration of all things associated with the Smith River: paddling, hiking, biking, fishing and nature watching.

    Search for additional fishing guides, charters and sporting events at Virginia.org.

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    Mmm! Food Festivals!

    by Casey | Posted on May 10th, 2013

    If you’ve been looking for a tasty way to spend a Saturday, look no further. It’s strawberry season and that’s just the beginning of the deliciousness that awaits you in Virginia.

    St. Stephen's Strawberry Festival

    St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival

    Love to try various types of barbecue or do you already have a favorite? If you’re a taster at heart, be sure to add these events to your calendar.

    Greek flavors are right at home in Virginia. Here’s where you can enjoy souvlaki, dolmades and spanakopita in a festival environment.

    Sweet strawberries! It’s that time of year and here’s where you can get the fresh-picked goodness. Take some home, but definitely find a strawberry shortcake for immediate gratification.

    Southern comfort foods abound in Virginia, and you can certainly expect to find some at a festival near you.

    Festivals sure are a scrumptious way to spend your summer! Find more at Virginia.org.

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    May 11 is Wine Tourism Day

    by Casey | Posted on May 9th, 2013

    Every day is wine tourism day in Virginia, but May 11, 2013 is the inaugural Wine Tourism Day in North America. Let’s celebrate!

    Hickory Hill Vineyards Vineyards & Winery, Moneta

    Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Moneta

    Virginia is home to more than 200 wineries and the world has taken notice as publications repeatedly hail Virginia as a wine region to visit and enjoy. Of course, boasting award-winning vintages doesn’t hurt.

    May 11 Wine Events in Virginia

    Wine Tourism Day originated in Europe in 2009. The day is meant to highlight wineries, as well as support traveling to and vacationing in wine regions.

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    Happy National Bike Month!

    by Casey | Posted on May 7th, 2013

    May is National Bike Month and we’re happy to tell you all about casual, relaxed biking in Virginia.

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Arguably Virginia’s most well-known bicycling destination is the Virginia Creeper Trail. This rails-to-trails initiative runs 34.3 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop Mountain (the second highest summit in Virginia). Avoid the mountain climb by taking a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop and coasting all the way down. Bike Rentals

    Just re-opened last spring is the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park trail. Touching four counties and five towns, the trail is wide and mostly flat with the amazing 2,400-foot-long 1853 High Bridge as its centerpiece.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a bike path for the ages. The altitude ranges from 600 to 6,000 feet and the views are second to none. Choose  a common entry point and ride for a while (out and back) to avoid drastic elevation changes. We suggest biking between mileposts 24 and 0 where the total elevation change heading north is 1,450 feet. Avoid the first major up Note that bicyclists should expect significant distances between developed areas, so use caution regarding wildlife and be sure to bring plenty of water and high energy foods. More Tips

    The W&OD Trail

    The W&OD Trail

    Virginia’s most extensive bicycle network is found in Northern Virginia. Primarily used for transportation, the trails and paths also lend themselves to recreation and relaxation. Most noted in this network is the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park’s 45-mile paved shared-use path that connects Shirlington in Alexandria to Purcellville in Loudoun County.

    The Virginia Capital Trail will one day connect Virginia’s first settlement (Jamestown) to its first Colonial Capital (Williamsburg) to the current Capital in Richmond. At 54 miles long, the trail follows the Route 5 Virginia Byway, so cyclists can take in the beauty of the James River plantations as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields. Currently there are four sections of the trail complete – seven miles between the Chickahominy Riverfront and Greensprings, seven and one-half-mile Charles City courthouse section, and one mile of the Richmond Riverfront.

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Those looking for a more challenging ride will love the Liberty Mountain Trail System in Lynchburg. It includes more than 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads spanning about 5,000 acres. Liberty Mountain rises over 1,360 feet offering cross country and gravity-fed trails. More Mountain Biking

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    LOVE Handcrafted Art? We’ve Got Trails for That.

    by Casey | Posted on May 6th, 2013

    Virginia’s artisan trails are rich with history and beauty, and I’m not just talking about the stunning drive that gets you where you’re going. Regional flavor is highlighted in meticulously woven, painted, hammered, thrown and blown pieces. Every stained glass has a story to tell, as does every hand carved wooden treasure.

    Marty Dunn, an artisan at Cave Arts in Abingdon, VA.Virginia’s largest artisan network is ‘Round the Mountain, connecting 19 counties and four cities’ worth of studios, galleries, craft venues, farms, vineyards and other creative points of interest via 15 trails. More than 400 artisans and craftspeople are represented, with Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon serving as the primary entry point.

    In Nelson and Albemarle Counties, travel the Monticello Artisan Trail for an engaging, authentic experience with farmers and artisans of all kinds.

    The HeART and Soil of the Shenandoah Valley includes artisans preserving traditional crafts and exploring modern innovations in Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro, while the Western Highlands Artisan Trail takes you into Alleghany, Bath, Craig and Highland Counties for unique Appalachian cultural experiences.

    Enjoy these artisan trail adventures for genuinely charming interactions and a great sense of Virginia hospitality. You’re truly going to LOVE what you find. Shall we sweeten the pot? Go ahead and enter to win one of three exclusive vacations to experience Southwest Virginia’s artisan trails, unique places to stay and more.

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