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5 New #FallinVA Instagrams

by | Posted on October 30th, 2013

Here are five new Instagrams that show off a variety of  what’s to love this #FallinVA. Show us what fall in Virginia looks like through your eyes with a real-time Instagram that includes the #FallinVA hashtag. We’re sharing our favorites each week via our blogour Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports.

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Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage

Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage by @beciminlove

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Afton Mountain Vineyards by @sirbacknahan

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins in Pittsylvania County #miss_lizanne

Apple in a hand

Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard @irresistibleicing

High Bridge State Park Bridge

High Bridge State Park by @bestetson

Sarah is your friendly neighborhood Virginia Tourism photographer. You just might see her out and about capturing our next wave of beautiful images, and she’s the gal behind the @VisitVirginia Instagram account. Give us a follow and don’t forget to tag your shots #FallinVA for fall and #LOVEVA for everything else Virginia beautiful.

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Halloween at Virginia Theme Parks

by Casey | Posted on October 25th, 2013

If you have yet to experience the haunted parks of Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion this month, you need to go this weekend. It’s your last chance! Eeek!

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is in its 15th year and spookier than ever with four themed Terror-tories™ and killer food and drink options:

  • Ripper Row® in England
  • Vampire Point™ in Germany features Blood Banquet™
  • Demon Street™ in France features Demon Drinks
  • Ports of Skull™ in Italy features Pirate Baarrrgh™
  • Cut Throat Cove™ in Festa Italia features Buccaneer Galley

Buy Now | $62-$72

 

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion has more than 450 monsters roaming the park as shrieks and screams fill the night.

  • 10 haunted mazes including to new ones – Miner’s Revenge and Zombie High
  • 5 spooky shows
  • 6 scare zones
  • Planet Snoopy transforms to Planet Spooky for daytime family fun – treasure map adventure, hay maze, pumpkin painting and more.

Buy Now | $38.99-$64.99

 

Find more Halloween fun!

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18 Virginia Wineries Go Green

by Casey | Posted on October 23rd, 2013

Cheers to sustainability! Virginia’s winery owners are naturally committed to preserving and protecting the environment, and they realize their customers really care about the environment, too. Here are some of the ways 18 Virginia wineries have included “green” alongside their reds and whites.

DuCard Vineyards' new tasting room is fully powered by solar, and all food waste is composted.

DuCard Vineyards’ new tasting room is solar powered, and all food waste is composted.

  • Each winery has committed to voluntarily minimize the environmental impacts of their operations – including:
    • Provide recycling and implement waste reduction practices
    • Minimize the use of fertilizers and chemicals
    • Reduce water and energy consumption over time
    • Strive to host and promote green events and festivals
  • Many wineries are also engaged in other sustainable practices such as:
    • Solar power (two wineries are now producing more energy than they use)
    • Two winery tasting rooms are certified by the US Green Building Council
    • Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems
    • Composting all food waste and disposables from tasting rooms and certain festivals
    • Stormwater collection systems that reuse water for flushing toilets and irrigation
    • Innovative wastewater treatment designs that use wetland plants to purify water prior to discharge
    • Winemaking techniques that dramatically minimize waste, water use, and energy needs for stabilization
    • Recycling corks and using bottles, corks, and packaging that minimize material uses and waste

Guests can expect to see recycling and many other green practices in place at every Virginia Green certified winery. Include one of these 18 wineries in your vacation plans by planning a trip at VirginiaGreenTravel.org. Look for the Virginia Green logo!

Cooper Vineyards' tasting room is certified LEED platinum and uses solar power, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Cooper Vineyards’ tasting room is certified LEED platinum and uses solar power, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Learn more about Virginia Green certification for wineries.

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6 Great #FallinVA Instagrams

by | Posted on October 23rd, 2013

Hey! Here are six awesome Instagrams that show off a variety of  what’s to love this #FallinVA. But we want MORE! Show us what fall in Virginia looks like through your eyes with a real-time Instagram that includes the #FallinVA hashtag. We’re sharing our favorites each week via our blogour Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports. Show off!

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Chrysalis Vineyards by @jennnnnn7

Chrysalis Vineyards by @jennnnnn7

Cahas Mountain by @Melissa_Durham

Cahas Mountain by @Melissa_Durham

View from the Appalachian Trail by @aponyrider

View from the Appalachian Trail by @aponyrider

UVA Rotunda by @Ashleylynngreene

UVA Rotunda by @Ashleylynngreene

Stinson Vineyards by @monicalverastegui

Stinson Vineyards by @monicalverastegui

The Virginia Creeper Trail by @visitabingdonva

The Virginia Creeper Trail by @visitabingdonva

 

Sarah is your friendly neighborhood Virginia Tourism photographer. You just might see her out and about capturing our next wave of beautiful images, and she’s the gal behind the @VisitVirginia Instagram account. Give us a follow and don’t forget to tag your shots #FallinVA for fall and #LOVEVA for everything else Virginia beautiful.

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10 Virginia Lakes to Visit this Fall

by Casey | Posted on October 17th, 2013

Fall’s colors reflect beautifully on the water of Virginia’s lakes. Head out on a clear day and you’ll have a stunning blue sky competing for attention. Who wins? You win. Love your fall in Virginia.

Clarksville - Kerr Lake is Virginia’s largest lake at more than 50,000 acres and 800+ miles of shoreline. Both Occoneechee State Park and Staunton River State Park provide access points. In-Fisherman magazine called it the number one Crappie fishing lake, and both state and national fishing tournaments have been hosted here.

Bassett - Philphott Lake - Three thousand acres, 100 miles of shoreline, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, and six beaches invite you to this lake that calls two counties home. How’s that for numbers? The trails along the lake are the perfect place for photos, birdwatching, and simply appreciating the beauty.

Lake Moomaw

Lake Moomaw

South Hill - Lake Gaston - This lake straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and at 20,000 acres, you can understand why. Whether you choose to drop a line and fish or just skim along in a boat, the colors of autumn are a great backdrop.

Covington - Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam - Launch your boat from multiple access points (water level permitting), including Warm Springs, and enjoy this 2,530-acre lake. Camping and plenty of recreational opportunities are available within this National Forest area.

Lyndhurst - Sherando Lake is located in the George Washington National Forest,  just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s 24 acres of great fishing. An on-site campground invites you to stay for more than a day.

Smith Mountain Lake - This freshwater lake is second in size to Kerr Lake, and still has an amazing 500 miles of shoreline. With many access points, you can choose how to approach this “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” – from Bedford County and Smith Mountain Lake State Park on the north shores, Franklin County on the southwest, or Pittsylvania County on the southeast. Whichever route you choose, the views are going to take your breath away.

Claytor Lake State Park

Claytor Lake State Park

Louisa - Lake Anna - Virginia’s third largest lake, Lake Anna welcomes you to enjoy 13,000 acres of water surface and 200 miles of shoreline. Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania is the perfect public access point.

Abingdon - South Holston Lake - Set within Washington County Park, the lake is available for fishing, swimming, and boating. Pull in your camper or pitch a tent to stay longer and enjoy the nearby fun, like the Virginia Creeper Trail!

Dublin – Claytor Lake State Park – The lake at the center of this state park is 4,500 acres, and it’s a sport fisherman’s haven. Not into fishing? No worries. Choose one of the 12 cabins overlooking the lake and just enjoy the view.

Reston - Lake Fairfax Park - This 18-acre lake is the key attraction to a park full of fun! Rent pedal boats, hop on a tour boat ride, or go fishin’. On-site camping.

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