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    #Grape harvesting has begun in some parts of #Virginia and will continue through October, Virginia's #Wine Month. @orecul13 gathered this bounty for #canning purposes. Anyone for some locally made juice or jelly? #loveva #vawine #waynesboro #countryliving #photooftheday #jelly #vafood
    Is everyone excited for the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion next month? Some of the performances will be taking place here, at the Paramount Center for The Arts on State Street. This #theater was built in 1931 and restored to its original splendor in 1991. #oldschoolva #loveva #virginia #vatravel #theatre #photooftheday
    Testing out Instagram's new #hyperlapse app at Lewis Ginter #Botanical #Garden in Richmond. What do you think? #loveva #virginia #rva #lewisginter #orchid #vatravel #vaoutdoors @lewisginter @visitrichmondva
    If you haven't notice, fields of #sunflowers are in bloom throughout the state. This one calls Lickinghole Creek Craft #Brewery it's home in Goochland. This is both an awesome photo and tasting op. ūüėČ #loveva #virginia #vabeer #vacraftbeermonth #sunflower #photooftheday #drinklocal #craftbeer Photo creds to @lickingholecreekcraftbrewery
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    Richmond Folk Festival

    by Dave | Posted on October 14th, 2011

    Richmond Folk Festival Logo

    Richmond Folk Festival - October 14-16, 2011

    The Richmond Folk Festival continues celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food.

    The Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.

    The FREE three-day festival is expected to be one of the largest events in Virginia, drawing visitors from across the country. The Richmond Folk Festival is produced Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA).

    More details at

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    Vote Today and Bring LOVE to a Virginia Winery this October

    by Dave | Posted on September 21st, 2011

    Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

    Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

    Update: Congratulations to Blenheim Vineyards – winner of the Bring LOVE to Your Winery vote. Thank you to all the wineries who nominated their business as part of this fun promotion. Facebook friends be sure to show these folks the LOVE and visit their wineries for October Virginia Wine Month and throughout the year.

    More details on Look for the LOVE at Blenheim in October!

    See the results below.

    The Virginia Tourism Corporation is out to prove that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation especially during October Virginia Wine Month.

    Twenty-three Virginia wineries self-nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event, where VTC will display our giant LOVE artwork at one winery during October. Which winery is up to you so vote TODAY!

    Visitors will be encouraged to take a picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.

    See the list below of the wineries who nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event. Vote for your favorite but hurry ‚Äď the vote closes at 5 pm. VTC will install the artwork at the winning winery where it will be on display throughout October Virginia Wine Month. Go to to learn more about Virginia’s nearly 200 wineries and wine travel in Virginia.

    Update: Poll Closed at 5:00pm Sept 21, 2011

    Poll Results:

    King Family Vineyards: 32 votes

    West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery: 397

    Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery: 5

    Sans Soucy Vineyards: 384

    Philip Carter Winery: 12

    Jefferson Vineyards: 18

    Hickory Hill Vineyards: 23

    Attimo Winery: 5

    Doukenie Winery: 23

    Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery: 26

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery: 181

    Lost Creek Winery: 7

    Zephaniah Farm Vineyard: 4

    DuCard Vineyards: 140

    29 Vines: 58

    White Rock Vineyards & Winery: 11

    Saude Creek Vineyards: 71

    Rebec Winery: 42

    Pearmund Cellars: 28

    Bluemont Vineyard: 37

    Chatham Vineyards: 275

    Blenheim Vineyards: 3,134

    CrossKeys Vineyards: 8

    Plan a visit to one of these wineries and other great Virginia wineries at or try our interactive map to find a winery nearby any desitnation in Virginia at

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    Bring Love To Your Town

    by Dave | Posted on August 17th, 2011

    LOVE Sign - Virginia is for Lovers

    LOVE Sign - Virginia is for Lovers

    The Virginia Tourism Corporation is out to prove that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation – in a big way!

    21 Virginia towns nominated themselves for the VTC Bring Love To Your Town event. Fans of the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page will decide which town will get the LOVE artwork – a 16 feet wide eight feet tall installation to promote family vacations in Virginia.

    Vote for your favorite but hurry – the vote closes at 5 pm on August 18. VTC will install the artwork on August 31 in the winning locality where it will be on display through September.


    Thank you to all who voted in the Bring Love to Your Town event.  We appreciate your LOVE of Virginia’s travel destinations.  Out of the 21 towns who nominated themselves, Abingdon received the most votes and will display the LOVE artwork in September at the Barter Green.

    Thanks to all the towns who nominated themselves to showcase that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.

    Waynesboro РConstitution Park              481
    Kilmarnock РTown of Kilmarnock Town Centre              572
    South Hill РIn front of the Norfolk & Western Caboose next to the Depot          1,096
    Bedford Area Welcome Center              324
    Norfolk Visitor Information Center              236
    Lynchburg РBlackwater Creek Trail          1,031
    Virginia Beach Visitor Center              453
    Lexington/Buena Vista РFirst Catch Fish Market              451
    Fredericksburg РRiverfront Park          1,535
    Bath County РThe Jefferson Pools and Visitor Gazebo in Warm Springs              220
    Abingdon РBarter Theatre Green          5,665
    Franklin & Southampton РParking lot of EVB Bank              501
    Newport News Visitor Center              251
    Gloucester County Visitor Center, Roane Building                61
    Mathews County РMathews Court Green                47
    Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau РGreat Bridge Lock Park          1,267
    Fauquier County РBarrel Oak Winery              469
    Alleghany Highlands РHumpback Bridge          4,944
    Smithfield & Isle of Wight РWindsor Castle Park              129
    Rappahannock County Visitors Center                92
    Roanoke РGateway to Downtown          3,590

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    Road Trip to VA Beach!

    by Dave | Posted on July 27th, 2010

     If you love the beach and great cuisine, then a trip to Virginia Beach is a must this summer. On my recent trip there with some friends, we stayed at the beautiful Sheraton Oceanfront. It had great accommodations and even better views of the beach. The beds were so comfortable and the linens were luxurious. So much so that I asked where they buy them, and I am going to order some for myself. With two relaxing pools and beach front access, what more could you ask for?

    A walk along the boardwalk allows you to get exercise and people watch while checking out the scene.  You never know what you will stumble upon. There is something that will interest even the most discriminating travelers. The trolley is also a fun and unique way to get around at the beach. It has tons of stops for your convenience.

    To top off a fun day in the sun, nothing can beat a great meal, and Virginia Beach has plenty of options. For lunch, Taste Unlimited offers amazing sandwiches as well as other gourmet foods and unique gift baskets.  We couldn’t get enough of it, considering we went back every day! If you are interested in a restaurant for the night scene, Catch 31 is the place for you. Whether you go for drinks, appetizers, or a full meal, the energy at the restaurant is electric. Whatever time of day you go you will be guaranteed a good time.  The staff is friendly and attentive and willing to offer suggestions that will heighten your experience. Catch 31 features live music during the summer and cozy outdoor fire pits, so no matter what the season, they can always accommodate you.

    After all the amazing experiences I had there, I’m definitely planning another trip to Virginia Beach soon!

    Plan your Virginia vacation at or call 1-800-VISIT-VA to order a Virginia is for Lovers¬ģ Travel Guide.

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    Holiday Parades and Tree Lighting Ceremonies

    by Dave | Posted on November 30th, 2009

    Celebrate the holiday season by spending time together at a parade or tree lighting ceremony in Virginia.

    Over 45 events to choose from across the Commonwealth. From the 26th annual Ukrops’s Christmas Parade in Richmond to an Old Fashioned Christmas Parade in Chincoteague.

    Find the perfect event here

    Leave a comment telling us about your favorite Holiday season happening in Virginia!


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