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    From late July through early August of 1927, artists such as The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and more made musical recordings in a makeshift studio in downtown Bristol. Those recordings became known as the 1927 Bristol Sessions, and they made Bristol the birthplace of #countrymusic. Tomorrow, 87 years later, a museum dedicated to the history of country music, starting with those 1927 Sessions, opens to the public in downtown #Bristol. This is a must-visit for music fanatics and connoisseurs! Photo props to @amandastrav. #bcmm #birthplaceofcountrymusic #oldschoolva #vatravel #loveva #records #virginia #musiclovers @bcmbristol
    If you're in #VirginiaBeach and looking for a killer #breakfast with local gourmet #coffee, you HAVE to check out Zeke's Beans & Bowls. Their #acai bowls, made-to-order with fresh fruit, will knock your socks off! This is their North Pole Bowl, acai topped with granola, banana, mango, blueberries, cocoanut and almonds. The cafe's eclectic, retro-beach vibe is also a #morning mood lifter. #loveva #vafood #goodmorning #wakeup #getinmybelly #freshfruit @visitvabeach @zekesvb
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    Behind-the-scenes on today's photo shoot in #VirginiaBeach with photographer @meatkinson. We're #paddleboarding in front of the Cape Henry Lighthouse with Tula Adventure Sports. @tulasports #loveva #photoshoot #behindthescenes #photooftheday @visitvabeach
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    Stand Up Paddleboarding Spots

    by Stefanie | Posted on July 10th, 2014

    You’ve heard the buzz and read the magazine articles.  Maybe you’ve even seen some stand up paddlers down at the beach or know someone who has hopped on a board.  Whatever your exposure to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), the odds are pretty good that it has piqued your interest.  So what are you waiting for?

    Stand Up Paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is the incredible combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing. Using a canoe-like paddle and standing atop a stable and balanced long board, paddlers propel themselves through the water with smooth alternating strokes. SUP offers an alternative core workout similar to swimming and cycling. In a short time you will become one with water, finding yourself living in the moment. Stand up paddleboarding offers a new perspective of Virginia’s natural surroundings and an escape from your daily stress.

    Coastal SUP Tours, Virginia Beach
    Coastal SUP Tours offers a personalized SUP experience for every group.  Take a relaxing tour of First Landing State Park for the beginners, or tour the Bay/Ocean and watch dolphins as they migrate on their daily feeding routines around Cape Henry Point. The Coastal SUP Tours staff strives to provide their customers with a safe, comfortable and relaxing experience. They also offer one-on-one lessons for a more private and focused training.

    Black Dog Paddle SUPer Sisters

    Black Dog Paddle SUPer Sisters

    Black Dog Paddle, Midlothian
    Black Dog Paddle brings the fun and excitement of stand up paddleboarding to the James River and many other surrounding waterways in Richmond. Black Dog Paddle offers SUP lessons, fitness classes, ECO-tours, ECO-trips, SUP fishing, SUP yoga and stand up paddle rentals. Black Dog tours the inland waterways, the James River, Dutch Gap, the Chickahominy River, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Mathews County, and Deltaville on their new, well-balanced (and very fun!) stand up paddleboards.

    Tula Adventure Sports, Virginia Beach
    Home of the Drifter SUP Tour, Tula Adventure Sports is the only downstream paddle in the Virginia Beach area. Paddle along the shoreline of First Landing State Park on Broad Bay and Long Creek—a side of Virginia Beach that not everyone gets to explore. You will be surrounded by beauty while paddling along friendly waters, and getting a little push from the tide. While you’re on the Drifter Tour, you’ll never see the same shoreline twice and never paddle against the current. This paddle is great for first timers and wildlife enthusiasts. Tula also offers lessons (private or group) and rentals.

    Riverside Outfitters, Richmond
    Ready to see the James River from a whole new perspective? Join Riverside Outfitters’ expert guides on a thrilling instructional trip from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek (Class I-II whitewater). In this relatively easy whitewater section of the river you will experience a fun, challenging workout among some of the prettiest urban wilderness in the U.S. Come see why Outside Magazine awarded Richmond the “2012 Best River Town in the U.S.A.” The guides provide plenty of instruction (dry land and on-the-water) so that paddleboarders not only have a great trip, but learn skills that can be applied to future paddleboard outings.

    Outdoor Adventure Experiences, Dayton
    Outdoor Adventure Experiences offers introductory expeditions, usually spanning two hours, on flat water. Half-day lessons on small, gentle rapids are also available.

    SouthEast Expeditions at Onancock Wharf

    SouthEast Expeditions at Onancock Wharf

    SouthEast Expeditions, Cape Charles
    SouthEast Expeditions offers small, introductory lessons to ensure individual attention. Each introductory lesson lasts one hour. A second class is included in the fee, where paddleboarders are able to explore the open waters on their own—perfect for families and group gatherings.

    Paddleboarding at Pohick Bay, Lorton
    Pohick Bay Regional Park has recently added SUP to their long line of rentals. As part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Park is now able to give SUP discounts to residents in the surrounding areas—Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties, City of Alexandria, and Falls Church.

    Great White Water Sports, Norfolk
    Rent a paddleboard and relax and unwind. Great White Water Sports offers tranquil paddle yoga, also known as aqua yoga.

    Fredericksburg SUP

    Fredericksburg SUP

    Fredericksburg SUP, Fredericksburg
    While you’re discovering Northern Virginia, spend at day at Fredericksburg SUP, where their paddleboarding lessons cater to people of all ages and skill levels. Various lessons are available, as well as tours and sales.



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    Nine Beautiful B&Bs for State and National Park Explorations

    by Casey | Posted on April 9th, 2014

    Outdoor adventurers and explorers who enjoy a beautiful place to rest and a delicious breakfast to start their day will want to check out these bed and breakfast options that are in close proximity to state and national parks.

    1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

    1848 Island Manor House, Chincoteague Island

    Assateague Island National Seashore is 37 miles long and considered one of the best beaches for communing with nature. Unspoiled, this windswept beach is home to wild ponies and many species of migratory birds. The Audubon Society named it a Global Important Bird Area. Relax here, taking in the rarity of it all, and then rest at one of these B&Bs less than four miles away on Chincoteague Island.

    • 1848 Island Manor House – Nine rooms available, each decorated to a high standard; most with private baths. Snack room, game room, beach gear, and concierge service available.
    • Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast – Eight rooms with private baths and sitting area are available. Well-behaved children and pets are welcome. Enjoy afternoon tea with Barbara’s “world-famous” scones.

    Just one mile from Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles is The Baywood Bed and Breakfast, a reprieve with a private beach and two beautiful bay view rooms with balconies, and one “woodview” room. Kiptopeke is another well-preserved beach destination known for its migratory bird population.

    Church Point Manor Bed and Breakfast in Virginia Beach is the closest B&B to Virginia’s most popular state park, First Landing State Park. On April 26, 1607, 100 English settlers landed and established the first elective government in English America before pushing up the James River to establish Jamestown. Church Point Manor is an 1860s farmhouse boasting European and American art and antiques. Nine beautifully appointed rooms and a suite are available. Dining is available on-site at The Cellars, an upscale, well-kept secret.

    Cooper's Landing Inn, Clarksville

    Cooper’s Landing Inn, Clarksville

    Bike or hike High Bridge Trail State Park and stay only a mile away at Longwood B&B in the heart of Farmville. Each of the six rooms has a compelling story to accompany it, such as furniture from the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, and pieces associated with Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

    Just across beautiful Kerr Lake from Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville is Cooper’s Landing Inn, a very comfortable reprieve in Virginia’s only lakeside town.  If you’d care to boat, take a trail ride on horseback or adventure around in other ways, the innkeepers are happy to oblige in making the arrangements. Their pool and hot tub are great places to unwind after a day of exploring.

    Six miles of horse trails and fourteen miles of hiking trails make the beautifully rolling 1,862-acre Sky Meadow State Park in Delaplane an attractive getaway not far from Washington, D.C. The Ashby Inn is less than two miles away in Paris. It’s an 1829 inn with six guest rooms in the main house and four suites in an on-site converted schoolhouse. The property also boasts an on-site farm-to-table restaurant.

    Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

    Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast, Moneta

    Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a family favorite for its boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. At a shade over a mile away, Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast in Moneta is a brand new timber frame accommodation that just opened in December 2013. It boasts four large guest rooms, some with a fireplace or a jetted tub. Flying in? They’re on the Smith Mountain Lake Airport (W91) and offer tie downs, too.

    The glistening Potomac River and Westmoreland State Park are less than five miles from the Inn at Montross, a 1790s Colonial Inn that has served as a tavern, hotel, restaurant, boarding house, apartments, and even as a school. You’ll find the five guestrooms to be quite comfortable and the fine dining exquisite after spending the day hunting for shark’s teeth and watching the Bald Eagles soar along the river.

     

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    Book Now! 15 Summer Travel Deals & Packages

    by Casey | Posted on July 22nd, 2013

    If you have a few days to get away and are looking to save a few bucks, too, this list is for you. Happy travels!

    Accommodation Deals

    SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

    SpringHill Suites, Virginia Beach

    Lynchburg – Care to make a deal? Email The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, pitch them an offer they can’t refuse and within 48 hours they’ll reply to say ‘deal’ or ‘no deal.’ They’re looking for a per night rate for a stay of two nights or longer. Good luck! Valid through December 29.

    Newport News – Stay at the Marriott Newport News at City Center and your kids (up to four of them, ages 12 and under) eat free – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Valid through September 8.

    Pearisburg – Book two nights at the Inn at Riverbend and take 50% off your third night. The Inn overlooks the New River and Appalachian Mountains. Don’t miss this offer! Valid through July 31. Book Now with offer code IARBSSM13.

    Stephens City – Book a stay for any Sunday through Thursday (non-holiday) between now and December 19 at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring and receive 20% off the regular rate.

    Virginia Beach – SpringHill Suites (oceanfront) invites you to stay three nights or longer and they’ll knock $25 off the daily rate. Breakfast is included. Book Now

    Warm Springs – Celebrate your birthday by going away! Stay at the Meadow Villas at Warm Springs ON your birthday and get a second night for 30% off. Call 717-951-3955 to make a reservation. Valid through December 20.

    Waynesboro – Receive 20% off your second and/or third night when you stay midweek (Tuesday-Thursday) at Tree Streets Inn. Valid through August 29.

    North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

    North Mountain Outfitters, Swoope, VA

    Attraction Deals

    Charlottesville – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello should be on everyone’s history #bucketlist. If it’s on yours, you’re going to love this. Teenagers (ages 12 to 18) receive a 33% discount on their ticket between now and September 2. Adult rate: $24; children 6 to 11: $8; children 6 and under: free.

    Manassas – Civil War enthusiasts (or those just getting started with Civil War history) will appreciate a $15 Civil War Experience Pass that gives you entrance to six historic sites. It’s a 50% savings over single admissions for each site. Valid through December 31.

    Swoope – North Mountain Outfitters is offering half-day guided trail rides for two for 50% off between now and September 30. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an accomplished rider, you’ll love what you find. Reservations required. Call 540-886-7768.

    Williamsburg – Boo! Creep along on a Spooks and Legends Original Haunted Tour of Williamsburg a bit cheaper. Tell them you saw their deal on Virginia.org and they’ll discount each ticket by $2. Note, this tour is is geared toward adults. Call 757-784-6213 to make your reservation. Valid through December 31.

    Packages: Stay and Enjoy!

    Lynchburg – August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival will be held August 24. Want to go? Need a place to stay? The Craddock Terry Hotel is offering a two-night stay for two with festival admission, tasting glasses, tasting tickets, and transportation to and from the festival. Must be 21 or older. Package starts at $249. Valid August 23-25. Book Now

    Pembroke – Stay three nights at Mountain Lake Lodge and get the fourth night free, but better than that is you’ll also receive a $100 activities credit to enjoy all of the family fun Mountain Lake has to offer. BRAND NEW: Treetop Adventures Aerial Adventure Course * Harvest Restaurant * Stony Creek Tavern * Mountain Lake Outfitters
    Valid through September 7. Book Now

    Richmond – Love jazz? Stay at The Jefferson Hotel August 9-11 and enjoy the Richmond Jazz Festival as part of your stay. Two tickets for each day of the festival, a traditional Southern breakfast for two each morning and three nights in luxury for $305/night. Book Now

    Virginia Beach – Stay at The Oceanfront Inn and receive the pin that gets you into all of the American Music Festival concerts during Labor Day weekend. A three-night stay is required. Valid August 30 through September 2.

    And these aren’t all! Find dozens more deals at Virginia.org.

     



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    4 Summer Road Trip Ideas for Families

    by Casey | Posted on June 14th, 2013

    Do you ever hit the road without a real destination and just make it all up as you go along? My family does. We have a general idea, but no real agenda. If you’re looking to freely travel in the same fashion, I’ve come up with a five summer road trip ideas for just that purpose. Travel on!

    Ocean View Fishing Pier

    Ocean View Fishing Pier

    1. The Beach. Families can enjoy a great, affordable beach vacation when they’re willing to head to a lesser-known beach like Ocean View in Norfolk. The rates are lower and vacancies are more readily available. See the Trip

    2. Roadside Wonders. Quirky little things that are probably genuine Roadside America icons are cool for any family road trip. These gems give Dad a reason to stop the car so everyone can stretch.

    Trip Idea: Going Old School in Fredericksburg
    Trip Idea: Stay, Shop, Dine and Play in Arlington
    Trip Idea: Wonders of the World
    Trip Idea: Richmond History and Comfort
    >> See more trip ideas like this.

    Cape Henry Lighthouses

    Cape Henry Lighthouses

    3. Beacons in the Night. If you have a thing for lighthouses, you’ll be happy to learn that Virginia has five. It will be quite the adventure to enjoy them all, which makes them road trip worthy. You might consider stretching out the three-day idea when smaller ones are in tow.

    4. LOVEworks for your family photo ops. Every vacation or weekend getaway should include photo opportunities. They’re great for the scrapbook and these particular photo ops are really endearing, if I do say so myself. Map the LOVEworks across Virginia and set out to find each one, take a photograph with it, and then head on to the next. Don’t forget to share socially and hashtag #loveva!

    Trip Idea: Southwest Virginia LOVEworks from Abingdon
    Trip Idea: Shenandoah Valley LOVEworks from Waynesboro
    >> See all of the LOVEworks locations and create y0ur own trip.

    Where will the road take you this summer? Build your own trip on Virginia.org.

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    5 Hidden Outdoor Gems of Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on June 11th, 2013

    Sometimes we need to get away to a place that’s kind of magical. If I were you, I’d go to one of these places on a weekday to have a better chance at solitude.

    White Rock Falls

    White Rock Falls

    Below are five hidden outdoor gems of Virginia, not that there are only five, but because five seemed like a good number to get your imagination going. Chime in through the comments below to share your favorite hidden gem (that is, if you don’t mind sharing it!).

    1. White Rock Falls should be roaring right along after the amount of rain the Blue Ridge Mountains have experienced in the past week. To get there, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to park at MP 18.5 and look for the White Falls trail marker. Blazed yellow, the trail descends to run alongside White Rock Creek, then crosses it after about 1.4 miles. If it’s a hot day, dip your feet in here! To continue on, carefully rock-hop the creek and continue on the steep switchbacks that run along the 35-foot falls. From here, you can turn back or continue up the trail. If you continue, you’ll cross the Parkway to Slacks Overlook, watching for the blue-blazed Slacks Overlook Trail. Careful, this trail is shared with mountain bikers. Be sure to turn right at White Rock Gap Trail to get back to your vehicle. Turning left will lead you to Sherando Lake Campground.

    2. The Channels Natural Area Preserve in Saltville is home to the Great Channels of Virginia, impressive formations of sandstone outcroppings. They’re large enough to play a glorious game of hide-and-seek, if you’re willing to make the trek along the 5.5-mile Channels Trail to get to them. Download the Map

    Deer Island Park

    Deer Island Park

    3. Deer Island Park is located in Philpott Lake in Franklin County. It’s only accessible by boat and you’re welcome to pitch a tent on the island for an overnight stay (first come, first served). A permit is required for camping; no more than six people and two tents per site. Download the Brochure

    4. The Devil’s Bathtub sounds ominous, doesn’t it? It’s located in Scott County and considered difficult to get to via the 7.2-mile  Devil’s Fork Loop Trail. Plan to get your feet wet as you criss-cross the water and scramble over boulders. The Devil’s Bathtub is a naturally smooth swimming hole, complete with a water slide rock. See the Map

    5. False Cape is a treasure of a Virginia State Park and only accessible by foot, bicycle, beach transporter, tram or boat. Why? It’s one of the few remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic and boasts an incredible migratory bird population and variety of wildlife. The park is bordered by Back Bay, Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina. Campers must hike, bike or boat their supplies in as the transporter and tram are not available to those guests. The pay-off is huge if you’re into complete solitude and six miles of private, pristine beach. Download the Brochure

    So where’s your hidden gem? Explore and LOVE Virginia.

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