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    Great Virginia Patio Dining

    by Casey | Posted on May 17th, 2013

    Warm Virginia evenings are perfect for a number of things, but patio dining is one of the best. Find a place that has just what you want to eat along with a good view, and you’ve got a pretty nice thing going. Check out these hot spots, then comment below with a few recommendations of your own.

    Sunset at Bubba's

    Sunset at Bubba’s

    A favorite of my colleagues and myself is Bubba’s Marina and Seafood Restaurant on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. It’s a 20-something-year mainstay that promises and delivers the freshest seafood in Virginia Beach. Besides that, you’ll love their double-decker on-the-water patios, and the sunsets are unreal.

    If you’ve never been to Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, you’re not only missing out on great dining, but a very interesting attraction, too. Clyde’s is an amazing collection of Americana housed in four 1700s-1800s buildings from Vermont and Virginia. After you’ve glanced around, head to the garden where your seat will be just as amazing. The pond and waterfall are super relaxing.

    The pastoral countryside of Neersville in Loudoun County is your scenic beauty for outdoor dining at Grandale Farm Restaurant. Twice this special place has been mentioned in Travel + Leisure, so there’s pretty much all you need to know. Just go.

    Note: Nine more Loudoun County dining establishments with outdoor seating are included at VisitLoudounBlog.com.

    Härth

    Härth

    Dine outside 365 days a year at Tysons Corner’s hottest new restaurant, Härth, which features cozy fireside dining. Traditional American comfort foods are prepared with the farm-to-table philosophy top-of-mind.

    You’ll find Cafe Deluxe in McLean to be a charming neighborhood tavern atmosphere that bustles with the energy of a European bistro. Check out the eclectic menu that includes items like Grilled Meatloaf with Creole sauce.

    The Local Chop & Grill House in Harrisonburg is a farm-to-table restaurant situated in the old City Produce Exchange building. You’ll find the covered patio a delightful place to dine on locally sourced foods.

    Also in Harrisonburg is the Joshua Wilton House, an upscale experience in a beautiful Victorian. Dinner on the patio is quite fitting, given the in-season menu.

    The Boathouse

    The Boathouse

    Waterfront view? Try oceanfront. Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach is a family owned restaurant with oceanfront patio dining and a boardwalk bar. Choose a nice lunch or dinner of seafood, salads, steak, ribs, chicken, burgers or pasta.

    The Boathouse in Midlothian overlooks a 1,700-acre lake in a quiet residential community. Terraced decks provide ample seating and the sunset on the lake is something to see. The menu includes raw bar items, flame-kissed meats, Wood Stone fired pizzas and fresh seafood.

    If you’re dining with kids and those kids happen to love railroads, head to Depot Grille in Lynchburg. The large patio overlooks the train track and the James River is just beyond that. The American menu will suit any eater and Amazement Square is just a block away – perfect for a family day out.

    Rappahannock County’s own Chef Jim McCullough is at the helm at The Blue Rock Inn in Washington. You won’t be disappointed in his eclectic menu of farm-fresh entrees. Take to the patio at the restaurant’s Blue Horse Pub with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as a fine backdrop.

    Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant

    Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant

    In Downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Slip sitting perfectly on one-half block is Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant. The outdoor seating area is every bit as big as the first floor inside. Descend from the deck to market umbrella seating for some sunshine.

    An incredibly extensive list of Richmond area patio dining can be found at Richmond.com.

    A few seats are available in front of Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery in Staunton. Enjoy a world-class espresso or fresh-squeezed juice with your choice of entree off their very accommodating menu (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meats served here!).

    The gang’s all here at The Luna in Callao! The covered veranda overlooking golf course vistas seats 70, so come one, come all. Enjoy the menu of steak and seafood served with an Italian flare.

    Tell us your favorite patio dining location in the comments below or find more fantastic dining options at Virginia.org.

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    Mmm! Food Festivals!

    by Casey | Posted on May 10th, 2013

    If you’ve been looking for a tasty way to spend a Saturday, look no further. It’s strawberry season and that’s just the beginning of the deliciousness that awaits you in Virginia.

    St. Stephen's Strawberry Festival

    St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival

    Love to try various types of barbecue or do you already have a favorite? If you’re a taster at heart, be sure to add these events to your calendar.

    Greek flavors are right at home in Virginia. Here’s where you can enjoy souvlaki, dolmades and spanakopita in a festival environment.

    Sweet strawberries! It’s that time of year and here’s where you can get the fresh-picked goodness. Take some home, but definitely find a strawberry shortcake for immediate gratification.

    Southern comfort foods abound in Virginia, and you can certainly expect to find some at a festival near you.

    Festivals sure are a scrumptious way to spend your summer! Find more at Virginia.org.

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    Virginia Food Tours

    by Casey | Posted on March 21st, 2013

    Does your love of food lead you to new destinations? Several Virginia cities offer food tours that highlight the best flavors and most memorable dining experiences to be had.

    Arcadia

    Arcadia

    Real Richmond Food Tours are two and a half hours of culinary goodness. Hear from the chefs and owners as you dine and walk the town. Inquire about Lincoln Legs: Brunch & Brushes with History. It’s their latest tour that includes brunch at Arcadia (where Daniel Day-Lewis was photographed dining in full make-up for LINCOLN), as well as a tour of historic sites and filming locations.

    DC Metro Food Tours integrate history with great tastes from restaurants, markets and distilleries. Inquire for a wide range of tour locations, including Manassas, Old Town Alexandria and Leesburg. Tickets are $60 or less per person and tours last three to three and a half hours.

    Norfolk’s maritime history is incorporated into three days of food exploration. Visit a battleship, enjoy a homemade ice cream cone from the people who invented the ice cream cone, check out a bakery highlighted by Food Network and adored by Paula Deen … the list goes on and on. The “tour” is simply a list of suggestions to sample on your own, so do as much or as little as you like.

    Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria

    Have a group of friends who would love to spend the weekend touring history and food? Maybe the Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria is up your alley. Site include George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Distillery, a waterfront dining experience, a chocolate appreciation class and more. Customize it however you like.

    When in Roanoke, take the southern food route. Included in this suggested tour is The Regency Room at Hotel Roanoke, The Roanoker, Texas Tavern and chocolatepaper.

    Your tastebuds will thank you for touring Virginia’s foodie hot spots. Check out more dining options.

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    10 Southern Comfort Dining Experiences

    by Guest | Posted on March 7th, 2013

    Treat your taste buds to some of Virginia’s local cuisine. The Commonwealth has a range of restaurants to experience, but make sure you do not miss out on one of the things Virginia does best – southern food. Many dishes featured in these southern comfort food restaurants are inspired from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Make the most out of your Virginia dining experience with these sophisticated, down-home southern comfort food dining selections.

    Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

    Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

    Whistlepig BistroGlade Springs
    This restaurant stands by a great name with an even greater philosophy – “Real Food, Ya’ll.” The Whistlepig Bistro offers a variety of dishes with a southern twist. Many have enjoyed the juicy burgers and outstanding cornbread, to name a few of their southern delights.

    The Virginia DinerWakefield
    You may have tried the Virginia Diner’s gourmet peanuts, but have you tried their warm peanut pie? This restaurant has much more to offer than just peanuts, however. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Virginia Diner has a wide range of southern delicacies to choose from.

    ComfortRichmond
    This restaurant’s name tells all. Comfort is a place to enjoy traditional southern comfort food prepared from local farm-grown produce and made-from-scratch cooking. Pair any of the southern dishes with an all-American beverage from the fully stocked bar.

    Wood Chicks BBQ - Chesapeake – CLOSED

    Lynne’s Family RestaurantMathews
    Lynne’s Family Restaurant offers down-home cooking in a casual atmosphere. This is a perfect place for the whole family with many homemade dining options. Not only is lunch and dinner prepared, but Lynne’s also provides a wonderful country breakfast spread.

    Smithfield Inn Restaurant and TavernSmithfield
    Offering southern hospitality for over 250 years, Smithfield Inn has been serving up southern dishes to dedicated locals and repeat visitors to the area for years. Not only are the good-eats attractive, but the location is as well. The restaurant provides casual, al fresco, and formal dining experiences.

    Mountain Art WorksHaysi
    Not only does Mountain Art Works serve as a restaurant, but as a gallery as well. Enjoy the homey décor with antiques and memorabilia on display while dining on hand-patted burgers, homemade gravy and biscuits, or your choice of many more southern comfort delights.

    Bistro BethemFredericksburg
    Bistro Bethem has not only been praised for its delicious dishes, but for its dining experience as well. The menu provides seasonal and daily specials, offering an upscale twist on southern comfort foods. The atmosphere is one for the fine diner who desires tastes from the south.

    Local RootsRoanoke
    Local Roots prides itself on having S.O.L.E.—Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical products. This restaurant provides its customers with farm-to-table cuisine, serving dishes created from the best products from the best farms.

    Molasses GrillHalifax
    A blend of southern traditions and modern tastes, Molasses Grill serves up amazing dishes to its satisfied customers. The menu consists of fresh dishes from the sea and land, with many options for vegetarians too. The daily specials, homemade baguettes, and freshly made desserts make this a culinary hot spot.

    There are many more Virginia restaurants that feature southern delicacies. Find them at www.virignia.org.

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    Frances Bradshaw is a Public Relations intern at Virginia Tourism Corporation and a senior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.



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    Bite-Sized Fun at Virginia Food Festivals

    by Casey | Posted on January 17th, 2013

    Virginia is well known for its peanuts and ham, but what about tomatoes, strawberries and even oysters? Come taste the great Virginia flavors you’ve been missing out on.

    Highland Maple Festival

    Highland Maple Festival

    The food festivals of 2013 kick off in Highland County (Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”) with the Maple Festival. Take a tour and see the trees tapped with buckets collecting the sweet goodness. Pancake breakfasts and much more make this a memorable trip and it all happens March 9, 10, 16 and 17.

    Virginia’s oyster industry is experiencing a re-birth. On the Eastern Shore in Machipongo, the Barrier Islands Center is hosting an oyster roast on February 23. It’s fresh-from-the-sea goodness with live music, wine and beer. Later, travel to the little town of Urbanna the first weekend in November and you’ll be treated to oyster shucking contests and this succulent of the sea itself, cooked (or uncooked) anyway you like it.

    Tour the town by your taste buds when Blacksburg rolls out its annual Fork and Cork festival April 27. More than 20 wineries and delicious foods from local restaurants will make this a one-day smorgasbord.

    Sweet strawberries are the highlight of the Delaplane Strawberry Festival May 25-26. It’s a day of fun for the entire family with kids’ games, hay rides, fantastic food and delicious strawberries.

    Hanover tomatoes ripen with the warm Virginia summer sun, and on July 13, you’re invited to enjoy the season’s yield and watch cooks compete with their tomato recipes. 35 years and still going strong.

    August is peach season in Virginia and the Peach Festival at Marker Miller Orchard in Winchester promises the cream of the crop. Live music, a cow train for the kids and plenty of peaches in pie, ice cream or cobbler form await you on August 10.

    You can’t be in two places at once, so October 10-12 will be a hard time for those who love Brunswick stew and shrimp. Go with the one you love the most – Suffolk on October 10 for shrimp or Alberta on October 12 for stew. Either choice is a win.

    Dig into our calendar to find more food festivals to fill up on.

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