Travel Ideas and Stories - Virginia's Travel Blog
ShareRSS  
  •  

    Where is the LOVE?

    Click for a map of the LOVEwork locations.

    Take a photo with LOVE.
    Tag it #LOVEVA and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

    See LOVEwork Photos

  • Create your own digital photo reel. 

  • Instagram

    Latest Posts
    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
    A #bushel of #bluecrabs for the pot! @aklshnkovj and her #Virginia self-caught #seatotable meal courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay. ūüĎć #loveva #seafood #crabs #vafood #eatlocal #vacrabs
    #Demon Street at Busch Garden's Howl O' Scream! Walk with me... #loveva #halloween #skull #demonstreet #buschgardens #howloscream #virginia #haunted #hyperlapse @buschgardensva
    Here was yesterday's breathtaking #sunrise yesterday over #JoelSalatin's #farmhouse on #PolyfaceFarm in Swoope, #Virginia. Polyface is a family-owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, organic farm open for tours and visitors. They also supply many local farm-to-table restaurants with #Shenandoah's finest. The outreach done by these loving people is truly moving and admirable. #loveva #goodmorning #photooftheday #vatravel #farmlife
  • Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

    On Stage in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 5th, 2013

    Plan now to enjoy a fantastic performance at a Virginia venue you won’t soon forget. Whether it’s Broadway, Shakespeare, opera, ballet or music that brings a smile to your face, you’ll find your favorite performing arts right here in Virginia.

    American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

    American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

    Running several titles concurrently, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton brings big drama to Blackfriars Playhouse nearly every day of the week.

    The Virginia Opera performs at a variety of venues. See something fun while you’re in one of these destinations.

    Lovers of music will find a wide variety of genres rifting across Virginia.

    Richmond Ballet

    Richmond Ballet

    Drama, comedy, tears and laughter. Experience all of it with powerful acting and dance.

    That’s not all! See our full calendar of performances to plan ahead.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
    Request a free Travel Guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.



    Arts, Events | 1 Comment

    An Art-Filled Virginia Weekend

    by Casey | Posted on February 15th, 2013

    Some art adventures are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I mean, who doesn’t want to see an authentic Michelangelo? While we can’t move the Louvre to Virginia, we can certainly bring a little bit of Louvre-level, iconic art here.

    Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, Florence, Casa Buonarroti

    Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, Florence, Casa Buonarroti

    Between now and April 14, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane is on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. It’s a rich and varied collection of 26 drawings straight from his family home in Florence, Italy, Casa Buonarroti. Several pieces of this collection are on display for the very first time in the United States; be one of the first to see the master’s work for just $15 per person.

    Of Michelangelo’s piece to the right, the Muscarelle Museum of Art writes, “Throughout his career, Michelangelo (1475-1564) alternated between interpretations of the divine and the worldly, or profane. The master‚Äôs powers to evoke the sacred are fully displayed in the large drawing “Virgin and Child,” which is one of Michelangelo‚Äôs most admired images. The statuesque figures of the child is contrasted to the expressive freedom of the Madonna‚Äôs face, which appears to see the future with foreboding.”

    ~ If You Go ~

    Lodging

    Dining

    More to See

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
    Request a free Travel Guide. 



    Arts, Travel Ideas | Comments Off

    Give the Gift of Travel

    by Casey | Posted on December 14th, 2012

    If you’re last-minute gift shopping or just now getting into the spirit of the season, we have a few unique ideas for you.

    Bed & Breakfast Getaway

    Purchase a Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia gift card. This alleviates the fuss of which B&B to book and when. The cards can be purchased in increments of $25, never lose their value and never expire. The gift card is only accepted at BBAV member B&Bs, but there are more than 200 to choose from.

    Season Passes or Just a Night

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

    Is music, performing arts or sports one of the things your recipient loves? Treat them to a ticket package, gift certificate or season pass to a venue.

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts¬†is known for the amazing artists they bring to the stage every year, as well as their Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. While the 2013 schedules continue to unfold, go ahead and give your music and art lovers a gift certificate that they can apply to the event of their choice. Available in values of $10 to $100.

    Invite the adrenaline to flow when you give the gift of racing. American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach  is offering 50% off gift cards when purchased between now and Christmas Day. Annual memberships are available, too.

    The¬†Castleton Festival¬†in Rappahannock County doesn’t kick off until July 2013, which means you can treat someone to a ticket package they can look forward to. From three opera performances (starting at $67.50) to five theatre performances (starting at $97.50), your recipient can enjoy world-class art under the direction of former New York Philharmonic Music Director, Maestro Lorin Maazel.

    SplatBrothers¬ģ Paintball, Hopewell

    SplatBrothers¬ģ Paintball, Hopewell

    Paintballers are dedicated and will hit the scenario field any time of year. Give the gift of strategy with a gift certificate to SplatBrothers¬ģ Paintball Park in Hopewell – Virginia’s largest and longest running paintball park. Available for $25, $50 and $100 and they never expire.

    The¬†American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse¬†in Staunton offers a $400 annual pass that provides 16 tickets for your choice of productions plus 25% off additional tickets. Their $198 Pick 6 package provides six tickets for your choice of productions plus 10% off additional tickets. For either package, the provided tickets are good for productions through June 16, 2013.

    The Barter Theatre in Abingdon has a few ticket packages, all including two tickets to a production of your choice and then adding on either meals at the Barter Cafe, just desserts or three-course dinners at The Martha. The prices range from $70 to $155.

    Museum Memberships

    The fun of a museum membership is that you’ll often get an advanced viewing of the newest exhibits, be invited to special members-only events and enjoy discounted museum store shopping.

    Through the Virginia Historical Society the purchaser AND the membership recipient receive a keepsake Dogwood ornament. Membership levels range from teacher ($48) to family ($72).

    Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg.

    Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg.

    Museum memberships are awesome for kids. The Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg offers weekday drop-in programs that are free to members, as well as discounts for birthday parties. Membership levels range from One Plus One (one named adult and child; $65) to Explorer (two named adults and all their children; $125).

    Kids of any age (and their parents) would enjoy membership to the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton where benefits include unlimited free visits, free and discounted IMAX tickets, special camp and party rates and quite a bit more. The list is long! Membership levels range from Commuter (one individual and a guest; $65) to Million Miler (one individual and up to 9 guests; $500).

    Hopefully this has given you some “outside-the-box” ideas for gift-giving. Make it a merry and bright season to remember with the gift of travel!

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.



    Arts, Events, Family, Outdoors, The Holidays, Travel Ideas | Comments Off

    Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

    by Casey | Posted on November 29th, 2012

    Everyone on your list deserves something special, so why not give them an original creation from one of Virginia’s talented artisans?¬†From art galleries and studios to craft shows and bazaars, beautiful baubles, sculptures, stained glass, paintings, jewelry and photography are available for purchase. Let the hunt for your perfect heartfelt gift begin!

    The Artisan Center, Martinsville

    The Artisan Center, Martinsville

    At Heartwood in Abingdon shoppers will find a wide selection of handmade gifts – all juried to be the best of the best. Soaps, quilts, instruments, pottery, glass and wood works touch the creative side of things while coffee, tea, wine, jams, jellies, apparel and CDs round out the immense gift selection.

    Not far from Breaks Interstate Park and the Virginia/Kentucky border is Haysi, where you’ll find Mountain Art Works – a treasure trove of locally made items. Woodwork, paintings, quilts, afghans, candles and even the occasional ¬†guitar, mandolin, fiddle or banjo handcrafted by one of the nearby luthiers are all available for purchase. If you’re seeking authentic Appalachian gifts, this is your place.

    The Artisan Center in Martinsville’s Historic Uptown District is the creative hub for the community, offering the works of 66 artists in their retail store as well as workshops for aspiring artisans, all thanks to Patrick Henry Community College. Should your handmade gift search lead you here, you’ll find ceramics, paintings, fabric creations, metal, wood and glass works, jewelry, furniture and quite a bit more.

    Just off Interstate 81 in the Shenandoah Valley is Crafty Hands, located inside The Shops at Dayton Farmers Market in Dayton. Here you’ll find the works of famed artist P. Buckley Moss as well as jewelry, burnt wood pieces, wind chimes and baskets.

    Buck Island Bay Decoys

    Buck Island Bay Decoys

    For the duck hunter or nature lover on your list, check out Buck Island Bay Decoys in Montebello. Richard Christy’s award-winning, authentic waterfowl carvings are known throughout the States and abroad. Each piece is carved from native white cedar and tupelo gum; no two pieces are alike. While you have Mr. Christy’s ear, ask him about his time as President Gerald Ford’s Chef and maybe even ask if his Rock-N-Creek Cabin is available for the night.

    See art in progress when you visit Alexandria and shop the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Eighty-two studios for 165 artisans give artsy shoppers a plethora of gift-buying options.

    Take a bit of the water home with you when you shop the Aft Gallery at Skipjack Nautical Wares in Portsmouth – a premier marine art gallery of original works by regional, national and international artists. Expect to find nautical jewelry, seascape paintings, carvings, decoys, ships in bottles, naval and military paintings and prints, and nearly anything else marine-art worthy you can think of. Nearly 30 artists are represented at Aft Gallery.

    Specializing in acrylic and pastel landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, Gayle N. Mandell opens her Moran Creek Studio in Weems to you for shopping Wednesday through Saturday. Commission requests are welcome!

    Hidden Treasures Craft Gallery in Parksley on Virginia’s Eastern Shore may be the home of Laughing Dog Jewelry, but shoppers will also find homemade soaps, lotions, candles and a bundle more. The artists here are members of the more than 20-strong Eastern Shore Art League. To see more artists’ work , visit the ESAL Art Gallery in Onancock.

    Which direction will you head for your perfect handcrafted gift? Find more galleries as well as a list of craft shows at Virginia.org/HandmadeHolidays.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.



    Arts | 1 Comment

    Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

    by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

    Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

    From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven¬† as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center¬†at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to¬†new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

     

    Key Events

    • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
    • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
    • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande,¬†Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
    • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
    • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
    • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White,¬†Igor Stravinsky and¬†Robert Schumann
    • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and¬†Charles Martin Loeffler
    • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
    • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
    • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
    • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
    • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
    • 7/23: Art Song and Opera -¬†Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
    • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
    • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and¬†Brahms
    • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
    • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
    • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
    • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff,¬†Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and¬†Francisco Mignone
    • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
    • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
    • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

    Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
    Request a free Virginia Travel Guide.



    Arts, Events, Festivals | Comments Off