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    #FallinVA Faves of the Week

    by | Posted on October 17th, 2013

    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 blog, our Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports. Show off!

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    James Madison's Montpelier by @merchcolony_cville

    James Madison’s Montpelier by @merchcolony_cville

    Yorktown by @thedirtytez

    Yorktown by @thedirtytez

    Carter Mountain Orchard by @traveling_savvy

    Carter Mountain Orchard by @traveling_savvy

    College Landing Park in Williamsburg by @beciminlove

    College Landing Park in Williamsburg by @beciminlove

    Lynchburg by @akpink

    Lynchburg by @akpink

    Rinker Orchards' Apple Cider by @daisyjars

    Rinker Orchards’ Apple Cider by @daisyjars

    Rockbridge County by @kgphotog

    Rockbridge County by @kgphotog

     

    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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    #FallinVA Pics of the Week

    by | Posted on October 9th, 2013

    The colors are creeping in from west to east and you’ve given us some great images. Here are a few of our faves since our last post, and we can’t wait to see what else you spy through your Instagram eye!

    Remember to tag your photos #FallinVA for a chance to make it here, in our Fall Foliage Report, and maybe even over on our Facebook page! Please note that we’re looking for real-time images.

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    The view in Giles County by way of Mountain Lake Lodge. Photo by @dawnareee.

    The view in Giles County by way of Mountain Lake Lodge & Conservancy. Photo by @dawnareee.

    A Smithfield farm, captured by @traveling_savvy.

    A Smithfield farm, captured by @traveling_savvy.

    Colonial Williamsburg by @beciminlove.

    Colonial Williamsburg by @beciminlove.

    Claude Moore Colonial Park by @ryandunn360.

    Claude Moore Colonial Farm National Park by @ryandunn360.

    Mabry Mill is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This image captured by @kyphotoguy.

    Mabry Mill is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This image captured by @kyphotoguy.

    Fresh-picked Virginia Gold apples in Sperryville. Photo by @daisyjars.

    Fresh-picked Virginia Gold apples in Sperryville. Photo by @daisyjars.

    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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    Fall-Flavored Craft Brews

    by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2013

    Fall is for pumpkin-spiced everything, so why should Virginia’s craft breweries not get in on the action? If you have yet to sample the seasonal concoctions of the Commonwealth, consider this your invitation.

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    • Northern Virginia
      • Pumpkin Saison – BadWolf – Manassas
      • Oktoberfest Lager - Blue & Gray - Fredericksburg
      • Dr. Punkenstein - Capitol City - Arlington
      • Padawan Pumpkin Ale - Corcoran - Waterford
      • Corktoberfest – Corcoran – Waterford
      • Virginia Harvest – Corcoran – Waterford
      • FestBier - Gordon Biersch - McLean
      • Hoptoberfest - Hops Grill - Alexandria
      • RhinO’fest - Lost Rhino - Ashburn
      • Punkinator - Mad Fox - Falls Church
      • Oktoberfest - Port City - Alexandria

     

    Williamsburg Alewerks

    Williamsburg Alewerks

     

    • Central Virginia
      • Scrappy Doo – Beer Hound – Ruckersville
      • Oktoberfest - Center of the Universe - Ashland
      • Spice Must Flow - Champion - Charlottesville
      • Ichabod Crandall - Devil’s Backbone - Roseland
      • Rum Pumpkin - Hardywood - Richmond
      • Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale – Hardywood – Richmond
      • Vampire Red Ale - Legend - Richmond
      • Imperial Harvest Ale – Legend – Richmond
      • Oktoberfest – Legend – Richmond
      • Margarita’s Wrecking Ball Oktoberfest Lager - South Street - Charlottesville
      • Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter - Starr Hill - Crozet
      • Ümlaut Böktoberfest - Strangeways - Richmond
      • Howling Pumpkin Ale - Wild Wolf - Nellysford

     

     

    Click here for a map of Virginia craft breweries.

    • Blue Ridge Highlands
      • Summer Hefe – Bull and Bones – Blacksburg
      • Sunktoberfest Lager – Sunken City – Hardy
      • Oktoberfest Ale – The Damascus – Damascus
      • Punkin’ Stout – The Damascus – Damascus

     

    *Note, most craft beers are produced in small batches, so quantities are limited. Check with the brewery you intend to visit to find out what’s on tap. Please drink responsibly.

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    Sail Through Foliage on a Zip Line

    by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2013

    Seeking a more adventurous way to enjoy the colors of fall? Get tethered to a zip line and soar like an eagle through a kaleidoscope canopy. You might just find yourself breathless.

     

    Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

    Sandy River Retreat

    Adventure Park at Sand River Retreat – Rice
    13 lines across four obstacle courses rated by age
    Weight Restriction: 60 to 265 lbs.
    Age: 7 and older
    Fee: $40/child; $50/adult
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    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort Zip Line Adventure - Basye
    10 lines worth 3500′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-230 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $45
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    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain Ziplines – Luray
    7 lines worth 2700′; up to 35 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $75
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    Go Ape!

    Go Ape!

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior – Williamsburg
    5 lines in Adventure; 2 lines in Junior (ages 6-9; at least 3’3″ tall)
    Weight Restriction: up to 285 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $35/child; $55/adult
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    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort Zip Line and Canopy Tours – McGaheysville
    4 lines from 90 to 450′; NEW Mega Zip Line is 750′ long (first-come, first served. $12 a run); Kids’ Course includes a 100′ line (2 runs for $12. Ages 5-12 and at least 40 lbs.)
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $39

     

     

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort’s The Zip – Wintergreen
    900′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 75-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $10/trip or two for $15

     

     

     

    Where will you let the fall season lead you? Find more great ideas for outdoor fun at Virginia.org/Fall.

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    8 Virginia Waterfalls for Your Fall Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on October 7th, 2013

    The colors of fall are coming through, but still patchy on the Blue Ridge mountains. That means you still have time to get out, catch the peak colors, and visit amazing waterfalls this season!

    Falling Spring

    Falling Spring

    In Millboro, Douthat State Park is home to the Blue Suck Falls Trail, a three-mile moderate to difficult hike that includes a nice waterfall. One hiker proclaims, “Your long climb up the Blue Suck Falls is rewarded by one glorious vista after another.” Download the Trail Map

    Falling Spring in Alleghany County is visible from the road, and an overlook provides information and a great view for photos. The spring waters keep this fall going year ’round, and its 80-foot drop is quite spectacular.

    If you enjoy fall camping, reserve a space at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona before they close for the season in early November. They have their own on-site waterfall that pours into Middle River – a summer destination for tubing.

    Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson has a waterfall along the Cabin Creek Trail. It’s a 1.8-mile hike  from the Massie Gap area of the park. Download the Trail Map

    The Blue Ridge Parkway has its share of waterfalls. Try these two in Virginia.

    1. Apple Orchard Falls is accessed from MP 78.4 at Sunset Fields Overlook, just north of Peaks of Otter. The trail is considered strenuous at a steep 1.4 miles downhill hike (uphill on the way back!), but the 200′ falls are calling …

    2. Fallingwater Cascades can be accessed from MP 83.1 and is a moderate 1.6-mile out-and-back trail. It’s also designated a National Recreation Trail - a designation given to existing trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States.

    Crabtree Falls

    Crabtree Falls

    Crabtree Falls is a 1,200′ cascade and the highest vertical-drop cascade east of the Mississippi River. The lower falls is accessible to elderly and differently abled sightseers, making it an enjoyable outdoor experience for all. Over the course of the three-mile trail past the lower falls is a series of five major cascades and smaller ones. Access the trail from a fee-based lot at 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA 24464. And the view? Get a good glimpse from the top of the trail, or you can enjoy it from Crabtree Falls Highway up to/down from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    In the same vicinity of Crabtree Falls is the Campbell’s Creek Waterfall on the Mau-Har Trail. A hand-built swinging bridge delivers you across the Tye River, where the 1.5-mile hike will yield the 40′ waterfall. From Route 56 at Crabtree Falls, drive east for 3-4 miles; watch for the Appalachian Trail crossing and a parking lot on the left.

    For more ways to enjoy this fall in Virginia, check out Virginia.org/Fall.

     

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