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    In 1881, both the VA and TN sides of Bristol designated the center of the city's main thoroughfare, State Street, as the VA/TN state line. Tomorrow, thousands of people will fill these #downtown streets with music, food, dancing and crafts in celebration of Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music! #Virginia #stateline #countrymusic #loveva #vatravel #Tennessee #mainstreet #musicfestival @bristolrhythm #rhythmandroots
    #Downtown #Staunton is filled with amazing #architecture including the Romanesque-Revival Marquis Building seen here. It was designed by T.J. Collins in 1895 (he designed nearly 200 buildings throughout the city in various styles during the #Victorian Era). Note the large umbrella fixed to the corner of the turret! #loveva #virginia #vatravel #mainstreet #vais4lovers #oldschoolva
    Check out this awesome #aerial of the CSX A-Line #Train #Bridge (circa 1919) you've probably seen when driving on the Powhite Parkway crossing #JamesRiver! Props to @vintage_rva for the incredible capture. Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVa for a chance to be featured here! #trainbridge #drone #flyinghigh #rva
    Sip away the end of #summer at North Gate #Vineyard in Pucellville before the crush begins! They have live music every Friday evening (TGIF: Thank Grape It's Friday), making it an ideal time to stop by for a taste. Next month is #Virginia #Wine Month, when a lot of vineyards across the state will be harvesting their #grapes. Photo props to @emkittie! #VAwine #howisummer #winetime Tag your #VA photos with #LoveVA for a chance to get featured here.
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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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    Waterside Vacation Homes

    by Casey | Posted on March 6th, 2013

    Though the calendar says we’re still a couple of weeks away from the official start of spring, now is the time to start thinking about booking your waterside Virginia vacation home.

    Just steps away from lapping waves, sand or the calm reflection of a lake, Virginia’s vacation rental properties that include a waterfront view book up months in advance of the summer travel season. Check into these attractive bungalows and book now.

    Along the Chesapeake Bay

    Bayvon Beachfront Cottage is a comfortable accommodation right on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews. Bring your own linens for this three bed/two bath house that sleeps six. It’s a quiet property perfect for families. No smoking; no pets. $1500/week

    Chesapeake Bay view from Cameron's Landing in Reedville.

    Bay view from Cameron’s Landing in Reedville.

    Vacation with the entire family when you book Cameron’s Landing in Reedville. The Bay views are commanding the private beach area is a protected place with gentle waters for the littlest vacationers. Just bring what you need to eat and wear; the rest is provided. Main house and guesthouse sleep 14 total. No smoking; no pets. $2400-$3700/week (without guesthouse or with). Book Now

    Boaters, crabbers and fisherfolk will fall in love with James Ross River Plantation in Urbanna. This expansive four acre estate includes a boathouse, heated indoor pool, dock and accommodations for 14. $3900/week. HURRY! Only one week left in August; three in June! Book Now

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    On the Eastern Shore

    Corratock is a two-story historic home sits waterfront on Craddock Creek with a private pier and no neighbors. The birdwatching is excellent! A canoe, crab nets, traps, and fishing gear are all available for you and your five guests to use. No smoking; no pets. $1200/week.

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    Virginia Beach Resort Area

    Don’t mind a short walk to the sand? The Coastal Charm Beach House is just a block and a half back. It’s a cozy bungalow that boasts a sun deck and accommodations for up to 8. $2200-$2300/week. No smoking; no pets. Book Now

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    Lakeside

    The Dome Home in Huddleston is situated on a quiet cove of Smith Mountain Lake and includes a private dock. Want to bring a pet? Just ask! The home sleeps six and has large party decks on two levels. $1400/week. Book Now

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    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

    Lake Anna Glass House is located in Spotsylvania on Lake Anna and boasts 4,200 square feet of vacation space. Private dock, enormous windows with grand views, game and media room, and a well-equipped gourmet kitchen makes this a special reprieve for a family of 12. $2415-$3465/week. HURRY! One remaining week for August and two in June! Book Now

    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove is also a Lake Anna waterfront home. Decks, two boat slips, jet ski lift, child’s slide into the water and beach area welcome families for summer fun. Sleeps up to 8 and has a wide range of amenities. $2347/week. Book Now

    More Lake Anna Homes

    If you’re ready to start planning your summer vacation waterside in Virginia, act fast. They’re going fast! See more vacation home options at Virginia.org.

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    12 Classic Virginia Experiences

    by Casey | Posted on December 12th, 2012

    In honor of 12/12/12 we’ve put together a list of 12 classic, not to miss experiences in Virginia. If you’re following the Mayan calendar, you’ll need to fit them in by December 21. Good luck!

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    1. Hike the Appalachian Trail. No, not the whole thing, but a chunk of it would make you feel good. Start in Shenandoah National Park or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hey, did you know Virginia has more miles of the AT than any other state? Trivia and exercise. You’re welcome.

    2. Find your way through the Triangle. Not the spooky Bermuda Triangle, but America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All of America is rooted in the happenings of this area, from the 1607 landing at Jamestowne to the new nation ideas bred at Williamsburg and the conclusion of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. That’s a lot of historical action in a pretty tight radius.

    3. If seeing sites that include words like biggest, endless, deepest or tallest are on your bucket list, we can help you mark them off. Virginia has eight caverns, including the largest in the eastern United States (Luray), one that has no end (New Market), the deepest (Natural Bridge) and one that has the tallest stalagmite in the world (Middlesboro).

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

    4. For one key annual event, you’re welcome to drive the longest boardwalk in the country - the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. It’s the McDonald’s Holiday Lights on the Beach, part of Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights connecting seven twinkling cities.

    5. Walk on cobblestones! There’s nothing neater than cobblestone streets and you can still find them across Virginia. Check out Virginia’s Main Streets and then look in places you wouldn’t suspect, like Richmond‘s Shockoe Slip, the Freemason District of Norfolk and Old Town Alexandria.

    6. Have a whale of a time on board a boat bound for winter wildlife viewing off the coast of Virginia. The team at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach is happy to take you into the Atlantic for a chance to see the fin and humpback whales migrating this time of year. Of course, no one controls the whales and where they swim, so don’t get too upset if you don’t happen to spot one.

    7. Visit the Mother of Presidents when you visit Virginia. Eight United States Presidents have hailed from the Commonwealth and you can visit their homes and libraries as well as the places they dined, studied and enjoyed the social scene.

    8. Drink life in at your choice of more than 200 wineries, more than 40 craft breweries or a quickly growing number of cideries and distilleries. Designated drivers are mandatory, we said so.

    9. Strike a chord in the birthplace of country music – Bristol - and travel The Crooked Road to see and hear music history and tradition at places like Carter Family Fold and the Ralph Stanley Museum.

    F. Chan, Luray

    Luray, VA

    10. Walk in Steven Spielberg’s footsteps when you check out Lincoln – The Movie Trail. The cast and crew were on set in Virginia for 53 days filming the new movie LINCOLN. Go eat where they ate, see the film sites and enter for a chance to win a three-night Lincoln-themed vacation.

    11. Zip line through a snowy winter wonderland at Wintergreen Resort. It’s 900 feet at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Don’t forget to wear a ski mask. Brrr!

    12. At the end of everything, what really matters? We’d argue and bet many would agree that LOVE is the answer. Find the LOVEworks location nearest you and take a family photo for posterity’s sake.

    So, what would be your 12 Virginia travel experiences not to miss before the end of the world?

    We wish you the best and when the end doesn’t come on December 21, 2012, well, you’ll still be able to put LOVE at the heart of every Virginia vacation you ever take!  Go ahead and order a Virginia Travel Guide just in case we do make it to New Year’s Day.



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    Coastal Cottages for Fall

    by Casey | Posted on October 19th, 2012

    Fall is a great time to escape to Virginia’s shores. The crowds are gone, the air is crisp and the coast is as beautiful as summer.

    Wake up a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Wake up to a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Clear your mind any weekend this fall with a cottage rental in Virginia Beach, on the Eastern Shore or along the Chesapeake Bay.

    Atlantic Breeze is a luxurious four-story town home just a quick 3 1/2 block walk to the oceanfront, Boardwalk, dining, shops, live entertainment, and more. Sleeps up to 12.

    The Dunes is a sweet cottage just two blocks from the center of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A comfortable four-bedroom, fully equipped home with all the amenities for a relaxing beach vacation, The Dunes sleeps up to 10 people.

    James River Beach Cottage sits right on the James River in Surry, with Jamestown Island just across the river. The dock and private beach welcome you. Three bedrooms, one bath. Sleeps four but best for two.

    Eagle’s View is a four-bedroom waterfront home near Assateague Lighthouse on Chincoteague Island. It’s a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Soak in the midst of the Wildlife Refuge with over 300 species of birds and wild ponies. The property has a private dock for your use, as well as two master suites – great for multi-generation vacationing. Sleeps 11.

    In Grimstead, Gwynn’s Island Cottage overlooks several bodies of water with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and a private beach. Sleeps three.

    The Crab Shack at Grandview in Mathews overlooks the East River. It’s a brand new accommodation with a rooftop deck and gourmet kitchen. You just might want to stay a while longer. Sleeps two comfortably, but air mattresses are available for additional guests. Dog-friendly.

    Discover more coastal cottages at www.virginia.org/BeachVacationRentals/.

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    LOVE on Display at Neptune Festival

    by Casey | Posted on September 20th, 2012

    UPDATE – 9/27/12:

    The LOVE sand sculpture is complete and on display.  Go check it out this weekend at Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival.   Wonder how it was built?  Check out this video – 24 hours of sandcastle building compressed into two minutes!

    Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. For those who have traveled Virginia seeking LOVE artworks for photo opportunities, here’s a new artwork and perhaps our most unique yet.

    Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

    Sandsculpture at a previous Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.

    On Monday, September 24, master sand sculptors will bring LOVE to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in the form of a giant wave crashing and leaving the word LOVE behind. See the LOVE sand sculpture in progress from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk between 7th and 8th Streets and in its completed form for the duration of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend  (September 28-30) through October 7.

    Beginning September 28, visitors can get close to the 5′ x 14′ sculpture with a $3 admission ticket to Neptune’s Kingdom of Sand (children 12 and under are free). Pose for a photo and then share it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LOVEVA, or post it on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page.

    The highlight of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend is the signature, world-renowned North American Sandsculpting Championship, where more than 275 artisans showcase their talents along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk. It’s the largest event of its kind. Additionally, visitors will enjoy a variety of live music, a Grand Parade, Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic, volleyball tournament, surfing classic, Atlantic Sailing Regatta, and 8K and 5K runs. The entire weekend is a memorable family fun experience, one that truly puts LOVE at the heart of a Virginia vacation.

    The Neptune Festival LOVE artwork is part of a statewide effort which began with the Virginia is for Lovers oversized LOVE artwork. The artwork has made stops at Virginia Welcome Centers, attractions and localities throughout Virginia.  It has become a favorite photo opportunity for visitors as well as local residents wherever it has gone. Photos taken by visitors from across the country can be seen at Virginia.org/LOVE.

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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    Beaches, Events, Fall in Virginia, Festivals | 1 Comment