Looking for something old, sweet and pretty? Antique and trash-to-treasure shops are havens for DIYers and collectors alike.
Southern Living issued The Ultimate Antiquing Tour in their November 2011 edition and those gems are still shining brightly in Virginia. Writer Paula Disbrowe plotted her way from Maryland into Virginia, even including suggested places to eat.
You’ve found, photographed and LOVEd our LOVEworks, but have you found and also fallen in love with our quirky roadside wonders? Make it your mission to discover Virginia’s old school vibe.
The Wytheville Office Supply is found quite easily on Route 21, but in case you just don’t see the big yellow sign, there’s a giant 30′ pencil pointing the way.
A classic icon of the ’70′s and 80′s is the roller skate, and we happen to know where you can find a gigantic one. Head to Bealeton on Route 17 to Rollerworks Family Skating Center, where you’ll find the skate right out front by the road.
Here’s a great natural wonder that is also a roadside wonder AND a road-over wonder. Did you know that Route 11 crosses over the Natural Bridge? Now you know. Purchase the online ticket deal to save $6 on the Bridge and Caverns combo ticket. It’s a great way to spend a few Saturday hours with the kiddos.
The Natural Bridge
While you’re in the vicinity of the Natural Bridge, you have to stop at Foamhenge. It’s a replica of Stonehenge, only made of foam. Just go see it. It’s awesome.
The Dog and Oyster is a winery associated with the renowned Hope and Glory Inn in Irvington. Upon entering, you’re greeted by two humongous corkscrews. Wouldn’t you like to see the wine bottles those fit?
Longing for more old school goodness? Head over to Virginia.org/OldSchool. Feel free to also share your funky old school Virginia pics there, too! We’ll take Instagrams, Hipstaprints … whatever ya got that’s cool and digital. Happy Sharing!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Happy New Year! Plan now to experience the new things Virginia has to offer in 2013, as well as be a part of significant milestones for key events.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Opening August 2013
Salamander Resort & Spa makes its much-anticipated debut this summer. Set on 340 acres near Middleburg, the resort will boast 168 luxury rooms and suites, 23,000-square-foot spa, full-service equestrian center, fine dining and 12,000 square feet of conference and event facilities.
Michelangelo Sacred and Profane, the touring exhibit of drawings of the master artist and architect, makes its only American stop at The College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art from February 9th to April 13th, 2013. The exhibit includes 26 original drawings preserved in the family home in Italy, some of which have never before been seen in the U.S.
Center in the Square, the home for Mill Mountain Theater, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, will re-emerge after a $27 million do-over with refurbished exterior and redesigned interior, a 5,500-gallon living coral reef aquarium and a green rooftop facility.
The village of Waterford was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Many buildings still in use, were built before 1840.
70th Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Fair: The oldest juried crafts fair in Virginia celebrates 70 years in 2013. Talented crafters present their wares and visitors may also enjoy tours of historic homes, music and historical interpreters. The entire village of Waterford is a National Historic District.
Old Hill Cider is just one of a bushel of hard cideries recently opened or soon-to-open in Virginia in 2013. More than a dozen cideries can be found in settings from bucolic back roads to urban cityscapes. In Colonial times apple cider was allowed to turn “hard” in order to preserve it through winter. Today that tradition yields delicious ciders from Virginia’s bountiful annual apple crop.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester will host an exhibit in 2013 honoring one of its favorite citizens, Patsy Cline. Becoming Patsy Cline will focus on the early years of the legendary country singer and first female member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will run from August 2013 through February 2014. The plane crash that took her life occurred 50 years ago in March. She is buried in Winchester’s Shenandoah Memorial Park and her home is now open as a museum.
The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, a National Geographic exhibition featuring dozens of rarely seen images of recent U.S. presidents through the eyes of their official photographers, will be on display at the Virginia Historical Society from March 4 – July 8, 2013. Featuring images taken in tense times and on joyous occasions, the exhibit explores the role of the president’s photographer, documenting for history every possible aspect of presidency.
The Virginia Governor's Mansion is the oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States.
Kings Dominion will open the world’s largest Peanuts-themed children’s area Spring 2013 with its new Planet Snoopy. The 14-acre area will feature 12 new or re-themed attractions including a monorail, two live shows and an open-air marketplace.
Virginia’s Executive Mansion turns 200: Built during the War of 1812, Virginia’s Executive Mansion has set the tone for the hospitality for which Virginia is famous. The Marquis de Lafayette, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II have all been guests in America’s oldest governor’s residence still used for its original purpose. Special tours and events will mark the 200th birthday of this historic house which was also used as a film location for Steven Spielberg’s movie LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN Movie Trail is based on Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie filmed entirely in the Richmond/Petersburg area. The Trail pinpoints film locations as well as sites favored and frequented by stars such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and the producer/director himself. The real Abraham Lincoln visited both Richmond and Petersburg in the closing days of the Civil War.
50th Season Trail of the Lonesome Pine: When the curtain first came up on what is now Virginia’s official Outdoor Drama it is doubtful anyone imagined a run going on 50 years. The play shows no signs of slowing down as audiences continue to flock to the June Tolliver Amphitheater in downtown Big Stone Gap to experience a story of turn-of-the-century romance in the Appalachian Mountains.
Wine in Virginia continues to make headlines and win coveted national and world ribbons. New wineries such as The Winery at Bull Run join established vineyards totaling now more than 220 in all. Look for new experiences at Virginia wineries as well including oyster pairings, personal blendings, workshops, overnight stays, special events and festivals.
There you have it! Don’t forget to check Virginia.org for events and discounts before making your travel plans. Oh, and plan your route to include a photo opportunity at one our LOVEworks. More of those coming soon!
LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
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).
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.
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.