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Virginia’s Howlers and Growlers

by Casey | Posted on August 15th, 2013

What better time than August Virginia Craft Beer Month to create your own beer tour? Step back and evaluate the names of Virginia’s craft breweries and you see a trend or two start to emerge. The first is animals that howl, and the second … well, the second will be a second blog post. Watch for it!

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Tap travel across Virginia to hit the howlers of Virginia brews. From north to south, here’s your unofficial Virginia Howlers and Growlers Craft Beer Tour:

Manassas: BadWolf Brewing Company. Sarah Meyers, co-founder of BadWolf, first officially announced her and husband Jeremy’s plan for a nanobrewery in Manassas in September 2012. She has kept faithful craft beer lovers in the loop with licensing and legislation, the tap room build-out and much more, but there’s one thing she’s not telling. Don’t ask Sarah how she and Jeremy came up with the name BadWolf. “I’m sorry to disappoint you but we want to keep it a secret how we decided on BadWolf. That’s for you to figure out!” Guess you’d better head that way and sample one of the six brews on tap to find clues. BadWolf Brewing Company

Ruckersville: Beer Hound Brewery. Sniffing out good beer? You might fall in love with Beer Hound, a nanobrewery that opened in 2012. All of their beers are named after famous hounds of history and Hollywood. Try Archie, Duke, Kujo or Old Yella, for starters.

Nellysford: Wild Wolf Brewing Company. This brewery, restaurant, sports bar and shopping village gets its name from brewmaster Danny Wolf, who was trained at America’s oldest brewing school. Sample or take home a growler of Alpha Ale, White Wolf or Howling Pumpkin, the fall beer that blends molasses and pumpkin pie spice into a well-balanced brew.

Blue Lab Brewing Company logoLexington: Blue Lab Brewing Company. A microbrewery in historic downtown Lexington? Yes indeed. Sample the beers on tap and take home a growler or keg.

Abingdon: Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Daniel Boone trekked the mountains and valleys along the Great Road and into the Wilderness — today’s Abingdon. It was on this southern end of the Great Road that Boone’s dogs encountered a wolf pack from a nearby cave. That one sleepless night lives on in legend, and now, in name as Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Visit the Wolf Den Tasting Room from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays, affectionately dubbed “Growler Hours,” to enjoy small-batch brews.

Check out our Craft Beer Map to find more delicious Virginia beverages and to plan your own craft beer tour.



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Fall Cabins are Booking NOW

by Casey | Posted on August 13th, 2013

Looking to get away – just the two of you – to the mountains or riverside this fall? Let these few cabins show you what your weekend escape could look like, but you’d better hurry along and book soon. Cabins book quickly!

Hawksbill Retreat

Hawksbill Retreat

Blue Ridge Mountain Farm in Meadows of Dan is just minutes off the Blue Ridge Parkway near picturesque Mabry Mill. The cabin is a sweet 600 square feet with the amenities of home. You’ll love the foliage display from the deck! No smoking and no pets. Two wineries nearby. Situated on 20 acres with private, wooded trails. $150/night plus tax.

Lydia Mountain Log Cabins in Stanardsville are perched high atop, well, Lydia Mountain. The cabins include rock fireplaces, linens and towels, complete kitchens, a grill, and a hot tub on the deck. Choose a single bedroom cabin for couples’ seclusion. $165/night plus tax. Book Now

Hawksbill Retreat in Stanley is a 44-acre tract complete with incredible mountain views, stocked fishing pond and hiking trails. Choose from three one-bedroom cabins (cabins 8, 9 and 10) equipped with kitchen, laundry, private hot tub, fire pit and deck. $200/night plus tax. Book Now

Fiddler's Roost Bed & Breakfast Cabins

Fiddler’s Roost Bed & Breakfast Cabins

Six Fiddler’s Roost Bed & Breakfast Cabins in Galax are tucked into 30 wooded acres that give you peace, serenity and privacy. Equipped kitchens, fireplace, large porches with rocking chairs, and a grill make these great fall retreats. Breakfast is delivered to your cabin each morning, too! Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 213. $120-$160/night plus tax. Book Now

Shadow Mountain Escape in Luray is a romantic destination designed specifically for couples. Choose from four accommodations bordering Shenandoah National Park, each artfully decorated to enhance the exposed timber frame. $165-$210/night plus tax. Book Now

Looking for more awesome cabins? See the full directory or check out the articles below.

Five Virginia Glamping Destinations
Spring for Virginia State Park Cabins
Summer Cabin Escapes
Cozy Virginia Cabins



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10 Places for Kids to Fall in LOVE with History

by Casey | Posted on August 13th, 2013

These 10 Virginia attractions meet your kids on their level, making history fun and enjoyable.

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement

Live like it’s 1607 when you visit Jamestown Settlement, America’s first permanent English colony, located in Williamsburg. The replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607 – the Godspeed, Discovery and Susan Constant –  are on-site and ready for you to board! Other highlights include the colonial fort and galleries depicting the Powhatan, English and African cultures of the time. $16/adult and $7.50/ student aged 6 to 12. Buy Tickets

Write with quill pens, try on clothes, learn to weave and more at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville. The Griffin Discovery Room in the Smith Education Center is all hands-on for ages 6 to 12. In addition, family friendly tours are available through September 2, plus the first three weekends in October. They’re 35 mintues long and offer a hands-on opportunity in each room. $24/adult; $16/student aged 12 to 18; $8/student 6 to 11. Buy Tickets

At the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, children can toy with flight controls, consider wing walking, ride in a World War II bomber and become an air traffic controller. The Apollo 12 Command Capsule is on display along with historic planes, a Mars meteorite and a moon rock. $11.50/adult; $9.50 children 3 to 18. Buy Tickets

Take a tour of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate and Gardens by way of the Kids’ Adventure Map, a sleuth’s tool to solve nine puzzles (free with each child admission). Children aged 3 to 8 will enjoy Hands-on History, a room dedicated to creative play with 18th century clothing and more. The paddock pen is a popular place for kids, too. Meet the Ossabaw Island hogs there. $17/adult; $8/student aged 6 to 11. Buy Tickets

More than 500 years of seafaring adventure awaits at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. Kids love the cool figureheads and miniature ship models, and they can watch the conservation of real artifacts from the Civil War’s ironclad USS Monitor, brought to the surface from its watery grave in the Atlantic Ocean. The collection at The Mariners’ Museum is more than 35,000 pieces strong. $12/adult; $10 ages 13 to 18; $7 ages 6 to 12.

The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton features life on five different farms — German, Scots-Irish, English, American, and the newest – West African. Meet the farm animals and homesteaders living life in their Old World tradition just as they would have prior to coming to America. $10/adult; $9/student aged 13 through 18; $6 per child aged 6 to 12.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Rent a costume and blend into 18th century Colonial Williamsburg, a 301-acre historic area comprised of orginal and reconstructed buildings, homes and shops. Children and adults can interact with a variety of characters in an informal, intimate setting all day long, plus fill up on 18th-century style meals at one of four taverns. $41.95/adult; $20.95/child; under age 6 is free (online rates). Buy Tickets

The National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly features several flight simulators as well as an observation tower to watch flights come in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport. Above and beyond the simulations and the thrill of huge birds coming in for a landing is the collection of planes and space objects.

  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” –  This bomber dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat – Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.
  • Lockheed Vega 5B – Dubbed “Little Red Bus” but its one-time owner (Amelia Earhart), this plane sent Earhart soaring into the history books as the first woman to fly nonstop and alone across the Atlantic Ocean (May 20-21, 1932).
  • Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird – To cap off its 24 years of active U.S. Air Force service, this jet-propelled aircraft set a speed record on March 6, 1990 during its last flight – LA to DC in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery – A vehicle of firsts, Discovery was flown by the first African-American, the first female spacecraft pilot, and ushered the first non-astronaut to space. Discovery was also the longest-serving orbiter with 39 flights, spending 365 days in space.
Civil War Adventure Camp at Pamplin Historical Park

Civil War Adventure Camp at Pamplin Historical Park

Called one of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit” by the Travel Channel, Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg is your destination to live the life of a Civil War soldier. Sign up for Civil War Adventure Camp to don the clothes and experience camp life, but be prepared to leave the iPods and other technologies behind. Today’s luxuries are unknown and unwelcome in the 1800s. General Admission is $12/adult and $7/student aged 6 to 12. Camp has additional fees; book now.

In Danville, find the American Armoured Foundation, Inc., also affectionately known as The Tank Museum. The most extensive collection of tank and cavalry artifacts in the world resides here. Dating from 1509 to present day with all nations represented, the Museum has more than 100 tanks and artillery pieces, 150 mid size weapons, 1500+ tank and cavalry uniforms, and 1300 pieces of headgear, pins, patches, and other military memorabilia. Spend plenty of time acquainting yourself with these rare pieces. $10/adult; $9.50/student aged 5 to 12.

Looking for a bigger list? We’ve got that. Check out Virginia’s Cool Places for Kids for even more inspiration.



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Virginia Captured Through Instagram

by Casey | Posted on August 9th, 2013

Share your view! Virginia is beautiful and we want to see your favorite places and spaces through Instagram. Tag them #loveva so that we can easily find and share them.

Follow @VisitVirginia as we travel Virginia and capture it all on Instagram, too.

A few of our recent fan favorites …

Willoughby Spit at Ocean View Beach, Norfolk, VA. By @eye_shoot

Willoughby Spit, Ocean View Beach, Norfolk, VA. By @eye_shoot.

Monticello. By @dreamsrundeep

“205/365 #monticello with my brother today! ”
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville, VA. By @dreamsrundeep.

Sunset on Rappahannock River, Monaskon, Lancaster, Va by @mdzehner.

“Sunset on Rappahannock River, Monaskon, Lancaster, VA.”  By @mdzehner.

Marker Miller Orchards, Winchester, VA by @justin11511

“Orchard Crates.” By @justin11511
Marker Miller Orchards, Winchester, VA

Tangier Island, VA by @thephotomomma

“Crab Shanty on Tangier Island. Tangier is a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay off of the Eastern Shore of Virginia with a population of only about 800. Their primary way of living is through crabbing. The waterman have these crab shanty’s which serve as their “man cave” and dock house. Very cool place to visit, by ferry, of course!”
By @thephotomomma.

The ridiculously beautiful #delaplane #virginia by @evie_adair.

“The ridiculously beautiful #delaplane #virginia” by @evie_adair.

Took a car ride today just to get out...the boys loved crossing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal by ferry. :) White's Ferry, Leesburg, VA by @terryschulman_ru.

“Took a car ride today just to get out…the boys loved crossing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal by ferry. :)
White’s Ferry, Leesburg, VA by @terryschulman_ru.



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Five Can’t-Miss Virginia Craft Beer Events

by Casey | Posted on August 8th, 2013

Craft beer lovers are invited to converge upon several festivals and special events this month – August Virginia Craft Beer Month.

Saturday, August 10 is Microfestivus at Roanoke’s Elmwood Park. More than 100 beers from 40 Mid-Atlantic micro and craft breweries will be on tap for 4 oz. and 8 oz. tastings. The event is rain or shine and a valid ID must prove you’re 21. Admission is $5 plus the cost of tastings. Purchase tickets in advance for discounts. Virginia has 19 participating craft brewers for Microfestivus. Festival Map and Beer List

Virginia Craft Beer Week at Boar's Head Inn

Virginia Craft Beer Week at Boar’s Head Inn

Monday through Friday, August 12-16 is Craft Beer Week at Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville. Burgers are the main menu item and a different craft beer or cider will be suggested as an optimal flavor enhancement for each.

Need an example? Ask for the Boar’s Head Sirloin Burger covered in aged cheddar, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, and served with handcut fries. The suggested beverage is Starr Hill’s Jomo Lager, described by Starr Hill as “a crossover beer that appeals to the broadest spectrum of brew aficionados.” Burgers are $16 to $22 and beers are $5.75 per bottle. Available for lunch and dinner. Beer and Burger Week Menu

Saturday, August 17 is Three Brothers Brewing Co.’s Beer Month Celebration in Harrisonburg. Enjoy live music from three different bands, as well as fantastic local food from Jack Brown’s and Log Cabin BBQ, plus iced coffee from Lucas Roasting Co.

Virginia Craft Brewers FestSaturday, August 24 is the Second Annual Virginia Craft Brewers Festival hosted by Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday night camping is offered for a fee of $15 per person, $10 per car and $50 per RV.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup presented by Virginia is for Lovers will be awarded to the best overall beer as selected by certified judges. Festival-goers will enjoy live music from five different bands, craft beer from 29 Virginia craft breweries and great local food. Admission is $10 for designated drivers and non-drinking attendees ages 13 and older (soft drinks and water included in admission). Purchase a $35 tasting package in advance to save $10, or a VIP tasting package for $45 that is available in advance only. Children 12 and under are free.

Looking for the lastest brew to be tapped? It just might be Exquisitely Evil Ale, a Double IPA that will be released Thursday, August 29 at Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford. Come out at 5 p.m. for a brewery tour prior to sampling Exquisitely Evil, and stay for paired food specials until 9 p.m.

In addition, consider these opportunities:

Looking for more on Virginia Craft Beer? Look no further than Virginia.org/CraftBeer/ for a map of brewery locations and more upcoming events.



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