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    Have you hiked Roaring Run Trail in Eagle Rock, #VA? An excellent family #hike, the trail passes rock walls, cascading water, five foot bridges and even a natural water slide before ending at Roaring Run Falls. At the head of the trail is Roaring Run Furnace, ruins of a 19th century furnace operation. Roaring Run #Creek is also known for trout fishing. #VAOutdoors #waterfall #loveva #repost #roaringrun #virginia #perspective #photooftheday Kudos to @spezzaroo for the beautiful photo!
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    It’s Tax-Free Shopping Weekend in Virginia!

    by Casey | Posted on July 31st, 2013

    This weekend, August 2-4, is Virginia’s tax-free shopping weekend.  Created for back to school shopping, anyone can shop and save big on clothes, shoes and more. It’s the perfect weekend to hit the outlets, malls and Main Streets of Virginia.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

    Potomac Mills Mall, located in Woodbridge, is Virginia’s largest outlet mall with more than 200 stores, and they’ve dubbed this weekend “No Tax, Save the Max.” Expect to cash in on great outlet prices plus additional sales this weekend only. Look for the “Super Sale” signs in the windows of participating stores.

    Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg has 110 outlet stores. Williamsburg Premium Outlets in Williamsburg offers 135 outlet stores. Both are having an additional sale on top of their 25-65% off retail prices and are offering extended shopping hours. Join the VIP Lounge for free to access exclusive online coupons for even more savings.

    Some of the deals you can expect this weekend at both Leesburg Corner and Williamsburg are “Buy 1, Get One 50% Off” at Adidas, Converse, Ecco, and Stride Rite Keds Sperry. At G.H. Bass & Co. men’s and women’s footwear is “Buy 1, Get 2 Free” through August 7.

    For clusters of great shopping, look to some of Virginia’s metropolitan areas. In Richmond there are several shopping destinations including the boutiques of CarytownShort Pump Town Center, and Stony Point Fashion Park. While you won’t find the outlet prices here, you will find the biggest brand names.

    Short Pump Town Center invites you to bring your same-day receipts totaling $100 or more to Guest Services to receive a $15 gift card anytime August 2 through 4. *Offer excludes Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Apple and eateries.

    Shopping in Alexandria

    Shopping in Alexandria

    Have your kids in tow with you at Stony Point Fashion Park on Saturday? They’ll be entertained by Radio Disney between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the Pop Jet Fountain. Don’t miss your chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see Bridget  Mendler at Busch Gardens.

    If the thought of crowds makes you clam up, go Main Street. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you find – unique fashions, school supplies that will not be easily confused with those of classmates, and superb customer service. When you “shop local” you feel the appreciation of those small business owners.

    Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall – More than 120 shops and 30 restaurants on and around old Main Street.

    Downtown Roanoke and City Market – One-of-a-kind shops and galleries.

    Historic Downtown Fredericksburg – More than 100 shops, chef-owned restaurants and boutiques.

    Historic Downtown Lexington – Quaint gift shops, specialty shops, cafes and more.

    About Virginia’s tax-free weekend, from the Virginia Department of Taxation: “During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.”  List of qualifying items

    Enjoy your shopping! It’s just another way to spend time with the ones you love. Check out these shopping packages to make a weekend getaway out of your excursion.

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    Spring Wine and Beer Festivals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on April 11th, 2013

    Warm spring breezes call us to the patios and porches, but wine and beer festivals pull us out to the festivals. Take time to sample the latest vintages and meet the newest brewers at one of these upcoming events in Virginia.

    Bloomin' Wine FestDowntown Farmville is known for great home decor shopping, but Saturday, April 20 at Riverside Park, Farmville Wine Festival takes the spotlight. It’s a rain or shine event with ten Virginia wineries pouring their best bottles.

    • Day-Of Tasting: $25
    • Day-Of Non-Tasting: $20
    • Ages 10-20: $10

    Additional April 20-21 Festivals

    The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester is a long-standing tradition in Virginia and it only gets better as the years go by. Check out the Bloomin’ Wine Festival April 26-27 where unopened bottles and cases of wine will be available in addition to the tastings offered by 20 Virginia wineries. The wine festival is the kick-off for the 86th year of the Apple Blossom Festival.

    • Advance One-Day Tasting: $15
    • Advance Two-Day Tasting: $25
    • Wine Garden Non-Tasting: $5/day
    • Purchase Online

    More than 200 wines will be poured by over 20 Virginia wineries at the Great Grapes Wine Festival in Reston April 27-28. Sample wines with your souvenir wine glass and enjoy the arts and food vendors on site, including the kids’ area.

    Wine Festival at Monticello

    The BrewRidge Music & Microbrew Festival will be held in Pembroke May 4. Expect to sample from Virginia’s craft brewers and/or check out the Beer Pairing Dinner & Porch Jam on May 3.

    The Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival is back in Norfolk for the seventh year. Come enjoy two days (May 4 & 5) of tastings from 25 Virginia wineries.

    • Advance Tasting: $25-$30
    • Non-Tasting: $15-$20
    • Reserved Table: $150-$350
    • Purchase Online

    Additional May 4-5 Festivals

    Sample Virginia wine on the grounds of the man who passionately pursued its growth in the 1800s. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello hosts the Wine Festival at Monticello on May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with the wine, enjoy a sunset tour of Monticello and the restored vineyards, as well as conversation with Thomas Jefferson as portrayed by Bill Barker and renowned winemaker Gabriele Rausse.

    Additional May 11 Festivals

    Looking for a wine festival later in spring? Find them all here. Who knows, you just might find a new Virginia wine or craft beer to LOVE.

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    Good Times at Virginia State Parks

    by Casey | Posted on April 8th, 2013

    You’ll find tons of fun at Virginia State Parks this spring and summer with festivals, concerts and more.

    Pork, Peanut and Pine FestivalWilderness Road State Park will host the annual reenactment of the Raid at Martin’s Station, May 10-12. It’s your chance to see the frontier of 1776, complete with Cherokee warriors and colonial militia.

    Love a beautiful classic car? Head to Douthat State Park in Millboro on May 18-19 for the Douthat Lake Run Car Show, complete with live music.

    Pocahontas State Park, located in Chesterfield, hosts music a music series each summer. This year brings country music sensations Justin Moore (May 23), Creedence Clearwater Revisted (June 13) and Lee Brice with Josh Thompson (July 10). On July 31, catch O.A.R. and keep an eye peeled for a few more concerts to be added.

    O.A.R.

    Gathering in the Gap is an annual event held at Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap. Gathering is a celebration of Southwest Virginia’s music heritage – bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana. Don’t miss it! May 25.

    The tastiest event at any Virginia State Park is the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane. It’s held May 25-26 and includes great entertainment, fun for kids and of course, strawberry deliciousness.

    Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry hosts the annual Steam and Gas Engine Show on June 1. This 23rd annual showing will feature tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations, and a variety of “hit-and-miss” engines, and antique tractors and cars.

    Later at Chippokes, catch the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival. It will be held July 20-21 and celebrates the region’s treasured resources on one of America’s oldest continually farmed plantations.

    Wayne Henderson

    Virginia’s luthier legend, Wayne Henderson, hosts the annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson each year. This year’s date is June 15. See Wayne and many more traditional musicians perform.

    Try your hand a fairy stone hunting during the Family Summer Fun Day at Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart on June 22. Free hot dogs and sodas while supplies last, and a DJ from WZBB99.9 will keep the day rocking with a live broadcast.

    The Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival is always a big draw for Hungry Mother State Park in Marion. The juried arts and craftsmen will take their places on July 19.

    Need  a place to stay while you’re enjoying the fun? Check out Virginia State Park cabins. Book early and plan for a week-long getaway.

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    Add a Little Art or Music to Your Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on April 5th, 2013

    Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.

    Dayton Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival

    This Weekend - The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire takes over the Expo & Conference Center Saturday and Sunday to bring you any and every thing that can be classified as art or craft: jewelry, photography,  foods and sauces, candles, wood turnings, paintings,  scarves … The admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and kids 12 and under are free.

     

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    Isaac Gay, winner of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival Emerging Artist Contest 2010

    This Weekend – The 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival hit the streets of Norfolk as of yesterday and offers great music opportunities through Saturday night. From 4 p.m. to midnight music lovers can hit up a variety of venues to enjoy the performances for free. The fun kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the Emerging Artist Contest at Attucks Theatre ($10).

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    There are many more festivals this spring and summer in Virginia. Find one close to you, that appeals to you, that has a long history or is brand new. You’re sure to find one to love!

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    Spring Festivals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 29th, 2013

    Spring is officially here with the trees budding and flowers blooming. Festivals are one thing we LOVE about Spring in Virginia.

    Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom and Gloucester has them by the thousands for their 27th annual Daffodil Festival, April 6 and 7. Take a tour of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in between the parade, entertainment and vendors. It’s the perfect event to draw you out of the house and into the Spring season. There are plenty of activities for the kids – pony rides, clowns, face painting and games. The fun is from 9 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday.

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips - the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips – the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Tulip lovers will want to head to Haymarket anytime between April 10 and 28 for the Festival of Tulips: Holland in Haymarket at Burnside Farms. Walk through the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country – 90,000 blooms from 50 varieties at only $1 per stem. It’s a beautiful opportunity for kids’ portraits, so bring your camera. $3 per person to enter the tulip field. NOTE: Due to the cold weather the opening date was pushed back from April 5 to April 10. Weekday visits are suggested.

    Spring is also the time Virginia wineries pop their corks and take the fun outside of the tasting room.

    April 13 is a good day for wine lovers. Choose from two festivals – Beaverdam Wine Festival or Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest.

    The Beaverdam Wine Festival will be held at Pop’s Country Store Museum, just 30 minutes north of Richmond. The festival will include four wineries – James River Cellars, Lake Anna, Grayhaven and Mattaponi. Live music will set the atmosphere and up to 50 food, arts and crafts vendors will round out your day. Festival organizers state the fees as “$10 for designated drivers; $20 for imbibers.” Have fun and drink responsibly.

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    The Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest will be held at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield. Participating wineries include Lake Anna, Cooper, Naked Mountain, Belle Mount, Horton, Rosemont and Saudé Creek. Virginia craft breweries include O’Connor, Smartmouth, St. George, Legend, Star Hill, Williamsburg AleWerks, Bold Rock and Devil’s Backbone.

    The day is quite an extravaganza. The 2012 inaugural Wine & Brew Fest sold out and this one appears to be on its way. Tickets are $35 in advance for tasters with both wine and beer available for purchase by the glass, and Virginia wine available by the bottle. Designated drivers are $15, but tickets are available at the gate only. Ages 21 and older. Get your tickets now.

    Ready to fly a kite? March 30 through May 5 is “National Kite Month,” and several fields of green are awaiting your lift-off.

    The annual Kite Flying Festival in Stephens City is April 6. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite because free kites will be given away while supplies last. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Expect to see members of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club discussing the science of kite flying and demonstrating some awesome kite tricks.

    The Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival is held in Nellysford, just 30 miles west of Charlottesville, on April 14. This fifth annual event includes instructions, demonstrations by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, a Duck Race, games, and a free kite to the first 150 children. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from the vendors on site. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    See more upcoming festivals at Virginia.org/SpringFestivals.

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