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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
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  • Archive for June 18th, 2013

    Adventures in the Air

    by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2013

    Many people love a beach sunrise, sand between their toes and a refreshing ocean breeze. It’s a beautiful thing, for sure, but have you experienced Virginia’s beaches from the air? Imagine what that looks and feels like. Better yet, find out!

    Adventure Parasail

    Adventure Parasail

    Parasailing

    Parasailing is an activity whereby a person is harnessed to a boat and the boat accelerates to allow the sail to open and the person to be lifted in the air.

    Q: Why parasail?

    A1: Dolphins. They’re plentiful and playful, and you’ve never seen them like this before.

    A2: You don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to.

    A3: You can try it with a friend if you’re a little nervous.

    A4: You don’t need any experience.

    The view and the ride are exhilarating and it’s doubtful that you’ll be sorry you did it. Consider it a #BucketList item and give it a whirl, just so you can say that you did!

    Adventure Parasail can fly you and a friend or two, if you want, as high as 1,200 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and Virginia Beach oceanfront.  The captains at Adventure are United State Coast Guard certified and they have a perfect safety record.  Reservations

    Hang Gliding

    Hang gliding  can be performed several ways. Sometimes one jumps from a cliff while harnessed to a non-motorized aircraft (the hang glider). Another way to hang glide is to be harnessed in to the glider and then be towed by a small specialty aircraft. This is known as aerotowing.

    Q: Why hang glide?

    A1: The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a pretty magical place. It’s an important stopover on the Atlantic Flyway, so birds are incredibly abundant.

    A2: You’ll fly with a partner, so no need to be nervous. It’s called tandem flight.

    A3: You don’t need any experience.

    The diversity of the Eastern Shore is incredible – open fields, wooded areas, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. At heights of 2,500 feet to a mile, it’s an experience and views like you’ve never had before. Each flight is 12 to 15 minutes long and ages four and older are eligible for flight. Contact the Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center in Weirwood to get gliding. Call 914-772-6242 to further inquire or make a reservation.

    Plan your adventure in the air this summer! Comment below to suggest other awesome Virginia adventures.

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    8 Virginia Caverns to LOVE

    by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2013

    Connect the dots down the Shenandoah Valley this summer when you visit all eight Virginia caverns. Each has very unique features and its own story to tell.

    Luray Caverns

    Stalacpipe Organ at Luray Caverns

    A constant 50-something-degree temperature makes each cavern a welcome reprieve on a hot summer day. Set your course from north to south along US Route 11 or Interstate 81 to hit these in order.

    1. Skyline Caverns * Front Royal – Skyline is famous for its rare Anthrodites which radiate spike formations resembling flowers. They’re called the Orchids of the Mineral Kingdom. Other cool formations here are The Shrine and Fairyland Lake.

    2. Shenandoah Caverns * Quicksburg – Shenandoah is the only cavern system in Virginia with elevator service to its 17 underground rooms. A can’t-miss is Rainbow Lake with iridescent drip formations of bright colors. Other cool formations are Diamond Cascade, Beyond the Veil and Grotto of the Gods.

    Diamond Cascade at Shenandoah Caverns

    Diamond Cascade at Shenandoah Caverns

    3. Luray Caverns * Luray – Luray is the largest cavern on the East Coast and includes a Stalacpipe Organ. The organ pipes are stalactites stretching 3.5 underground acres. The most impressive structure at Luray is Giant’s Hall – expansive chambers decorated by golden, 10-story-high columns. Other cool formations of Endless are Titania’s Veil, Frozen Fountain and Empress Column.

    4. Endless Caverns * New Market – Endless is called endless for a reason. Numerous expeditions have failed to find the end of this cave system, which is already mapped at more than five miles. Another awesome claim to fame? A fossilized woolly mammoth’s tooth resides here. Cool formations here include Fairy Land, the Lodge Room, and Fresh Bacon Slices.

    5. Grand Caverns * Grottoes – Grand is indeed grand with breathtaking panoramic subterranean beauty. It is also the oldest show cave in the United States, having originally opened in 1806 as Weyers Cave. Parade ranked Grand Caverns number two in the nation based on physical aspects like room size, paths, ratio of growth formations to dormant formations, and overall beauty. Don’t miss the Rainbow Room.

    Anthrodites at Skyline Caverns

    Anthrodites at Skyline Caverns

    6. Natural Bridge Caverns * Natural Bridge – This cavern is the deepest on the East Coast at 34 stories down. Collosal Dome is the prize formation here, but also look for Flowstone Cascade and Wishing Well.

    7. Dixie Caverns * Salem – Dixie was discovered in 1920 by a boy and his dog, just as Endless Caverns were found by boys and a dog in 1879. Dogs have a knack for sniffing out big caves, huh? The Magic Mirror Room is where the magic happens at Dixie. Other cool formation here include the Wedding Bell, Turkey Wing and Fairy Land (fairies sure are popular in the underground world).

    8. Gap Caverns * Ewing – Located in Cumberland Gap National Park and west of Interstate 81, Gap Caverns is home to one of the tallest stalagmites in the world – Pillar of Hercules. Tours are given by lantern light here, so expect  a very pioneering, adventurous feel when you enjoy Gap Caverns.

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