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5 New #FallinVA Instagrams

by | Posted on October 30th, 2013

Here are five new Instagrams that show off a variety of  what’s to love this #FallinVA. Show us what fall in Virginia looks like through your eyes with a real-time Instagram that includes the #FallinVA hashtag. We’re sharing our favorites each week via our blogour Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports.

Click the image to learn more about the location.

Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage

Colonial Parkway Fall Foliage by @beciminlove

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Afton Mountain Vineyards by @sirbacknahan

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins in Pittsylvania County #miss_lizanne

Apple in a hand

Apple Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard @irresistibleicing

High Bridge State Park Bridge

High Bridge State Park by @bestetson

Sarah is your friendly neighborhood Virginia Tourism photographer. You just might see her out and about capturing our next wave of beautiful images, and she’s the gal behind the @VisitVirginia Instagram account. Give us a follow and don’t forget to tag your shots #FallinVA for fall and #LOVEVA for everything else Virginia beautiful.

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10 Virginia Races for 2013

by Casey | Posted on February 19th, 2013

Virginia’s scenery, history, climate and geography all make each running opportunity unique. With those qualifiers in mind, check out these great runs for 2013.

1. Lush and mysterious, the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half-Marathon & Children’s 1/2-Mile Cub Run in Chesapeake runs parallel to the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Runners can expect their paved pathway to be highlighted by the forested wetlands and be anything but ‘dismal’. Every participant that crosses the finish line will take home a finisher’s medal. April 13, 2013. $70 registration fee.

2. Elevation change can present a real challenge to runners. Are you game for the more than 7,000 total feet of elevation change the Blue Ridge Marathon has in store? Kicking off in downtown Roanoke, the event also includes five-person relays, a half-marathon option and a YMCA kids’ marathon. April 20, 2013. $75-$85 registration fee for the marathon.

Miller Lite Filthy 5K Mud Run at Dominion Riverrock, Richmond

Miller Lite Filthy 5K Mud Run at Dominion Riverrock, Richmond

3. The Miller Lite Filthy 5K Mud Run is one of the first events of weekend-long Dominion Riverrock, the East Coast’s premier outdoor lifestyle festival held annually in Richmond. Those who have endured mud runs will likely find this one to be among – if not THE – toughest. Expect to trudge through the James River, rock hop and be thrown more natural obstacles than just a few roots and branches. The massive mud pit at the end is all that stands between you and an ice cold frothy beverage. May 17, 2013. $40-$55 registration fee.

4. Beautifully rolling fields, historic farms and canopied country lanes are the scenery you can expect when you run the Virginia Wine Country Half-Marathon from Doukenie Winery in Hillsboro. The post-race activities include a full-blown Wine & Music Festival with great food, entertainment and wine, of course. June 1, 2013. $115 registration fee.

5. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon is centered on the breezy Virginia Beach oceanfront. It’s flat and fast, an appealing feature to any runner, which must be why more than 20,000 show up each year. Or maybe it’s due to the largest half-marathon prize purse in the United States that awaits the fastest one at the end. September 1, 2013. $85-$150 registration fee.

6. Up for an evening run? The Harvest Moon Run is a 10K  in Martinsville with a 7 p.m. start. Run your race and then enjoy the TGIF after-party. September 6, 2013. Fees have not yet been announced.

Fall Foliage 5K & 10K in Waynesboro

Fall Foliage 5K & 10K in Waynesboro

7. Who doesn’t love amazing fall foliage? You might find yourself day dreaming instead of focusing on your run when you register for the Fall Foliage 5K or 10K in Waynesboro. The races are a part of the Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, so be sure to meet the dedicated artisans after your run. October 12, 2013. $25-$40 registration fee.

8. March 27 should be circled on your calendar if you’re anxious to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington. That’s registration day and this race was full in under three hours last year. It’s a memorable run because it begins and ends at the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) and affords views of the Pentagon, Capitol, and Lincoln, Jefferson, Korean and Vietnam Memorials. This marathon is the 5th largest in the nation and the 8th largest in the world. Don’t miss out! October 27, 2013. Fees have not yet been announced.

9. Which race is “America’s Friendliest Marathon”? It’s the Anthem Richmond Marathon, according to Runner’s World. Take to the historic streets of Richmond, traversing the diverse neighborhoods and enjoying the unique stops along the way. Hot pizza and a massage await you at the finish line. November 16, 2013. $80-$130 registration fee.

10. Skip the big Thanksgiving dinner and go for a Thanksgiving run instead. The Turkey Day 5K and Family Fun Run through Martinsville typically features Thanksgiving-themed costumes and fabulous prizes, too (aka turkey basters and whatnot). November 28, 2013. $20-$25 registration fee.

There are many more where these came from, so check out Virginia.org/RunVirginia to complete your run calendar for 2013.

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Share Your LOVE for Fall

by Casey | Posted on September 13th, 2012

Who doesn’t love fall in Virginia? With two of the country’s most legendary scenic drives (the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive), 15 million total acres of brilliant foliage, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, more than 200 wineries, a budding craft beer industry and festivals galore, there’s no better place to spend your fall days.

Autumn Morning Fog. Tom Lussier Photography. November 3, 2011. Submitted through the Virginia Flickr Group.

Autumn Morning Fog. Tom Lussier Photography. November 3, 2011. Submitted through the Virginia Flickr Group.

While you’re out and about enjoying all of the aforementioned and then some, take photos and connect with us in various ways. We want to see you having fun, doing what you love to do with those you love the most.

We enjoy sharing images, so we hope you’ll follow along on these various social media channels for a chance to see yours pop up.

In addition, subscribe to receive our Fall Foliage Report where we highlight our favorite fall photos. The Report will begin arriving to inboxes on or about September 19, 2012.

 

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Celebrate the 75 Days of Summer!

by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2011

75 Days of Summer logoIn honor of the 75th anniversary of Virginia State Parks, you’re invited to enter the 75 Days of Summer contest.

Beginning June 15, prize-seekers can enter to win the daily giveaway at www.VirginiaOutdoors.com. Additionally, you can visit one of Virginia’s 35″>http://www.virginia.org/stateparks/”>35 State Parks for a chance at other exclusive prizes, including the grand prize – a pop-up trailer from Coastal RV.

Online prizes include season tickets to Pocahontas Premieres in Pocahontas State Park; NASCAR race tickets with a stay at Natural Tunnel State Park; baseball with the Norfolk Tides and a stay at First Landing State Park; Virginia Tech vs. Appalachian State tickets and a stay at Claytor Lake State Park; and many, many more! (They’re very cool prizes, trust me.)

The sweepstakes runs June 15-September 5, 2011.

See the complete list of online and in-park prizes here.

Official”>http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/documents/75daysgdines.pdf”>Official Rules



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Golfing Legacies Grace Virginia

by Casey | Posted on May 25th, 2011

Golden Horseshoe Golfing

Golden Horseshoe Golfing

Beautifully rolling greens await you at golf courses across Virginia, and they include big names like Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones. Are you ready to go a round or two?

The Golden Horseshoe – Colonial Williamsburg

  • 45 holes
  • Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary recognition
    • Gold Course
      • 18 holes * Opened in 1963 * Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
    • Green Course
      • 18 holes * Opened in 1991 * Designed by Rees Jones
    • Spotswood Course
      • 9 holes * Originally opened in 1947; updated by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1963.
  • “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” Gold Course, Golf Digest (2009, ’07, ’05, ’03)
  • “Top 100 Resort Courses,” Gold Course, Golfweek (2007) … More Acclaim
  • Open 365 days a year, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Champions Golf Experience in Williamsburg Travel Package: $399 to play both The Golden Horseshoe and Kingsmill.
  • Bring a group of 16 to secure a stay and play package from Best Western Williamsburg at $89/person.

Golden Eagle Golf Club at The Tides Inn in Irvington

  • 18 holes * Opened in 1976 * Designed by George W. Cobb
    • Three major water hazards (5, 9 and 18)
  • Golden Eagle Golf Travel Package: $358/couple gets you unlimited golfing, cart, club storage, driving range balls, deluxe Tides Inn accommodations, one round at either Tartan Golf Course or King Carter Golf Course, and unlimited use of Little Eagle practice facilities.
Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

Lansdowne's Shark Bite Course

The Golf Club at Lansdowne

  • 45 holes
    • The Robert Trent Jones, II (RTJII) Course * 18 holes
      • Strategically uses natural stone outcroppings and centuries-old rock walls.
    • The Norman Course (Greg Norman) * 18 holes
      • Uses Norman’s “Least Disturbance Approach,” incorporating natural undulations of the Potomac River Valley.
      • Norman calls the last four holes (1,706 yards or one mile apart) “the hardest mile in golf.”
    • Shark Bite 9 * 9 holes
      • A par-32, Shark Bite is longer and more challenging than most 9′s you’ll encounter.
  • Family Shark Bite Golf Package: $389/night for a family of four in deluxe Lansdowne Resort accommodations, buffet breakfast, unlimited golf on Shark Bite, and two sets of rental clubs.

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