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    Get your outdoor #zen on with #yoga in the #stables at Salamander #Resort. You might even be joined by the #barn #cat, Pumpkin! #loveva #virginia #earthday #vaoutdoors #repost #photooftheday#pet #stable @salamanderresort
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    Adieu #FallinVA – 7 Final Fall Instagrams of 2013

    by Casey | Posted on November 13th, 2013

    It’s been great watching fall progress via your Instagram photos. Thank you for sharing them with the #FallinVA hashtag, and enjoy these final seven that have been taken over the past three days in Virginia.

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    Lake Merriweather from View Rock at Goshen Pass by @lynchburgexplorer

    Lake Merriweather from View Rock at Goshen Pass by @lynchburgexplorer

    Wythe County by @lynzy30

    Wythe County by @lynzy30

    The Appalachian Trail by @bestetson

    The Appalachian Trail by @bestetson

    Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway by @racin_camerabug.

    Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway by @racin_camerabug

    The James River near Jamestown by @jlochoa

    The James River near Jamestown by @jlochoa

    Hiking the backcountry in Shenandoah National Park by @danielleemerson

    Hiking the backcountry in Shenandoah National Park by @danielleemerson

    Follow us on Instagram (@VisitVirginia) and tag your images #LOVEVA to show off the places you’re visiting and enjoying in Virginia.

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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.

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    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 Lakes to Visit this Fall

    by Casey | Posted on October 17th, 2013

    Fall’s colors reflect beautifully on the water of Virginia’s lakes. Head out on a clear day and you’ll have a stunning blue sky competing for attention. Who wins? You win. Love your fall in Virginia.

    Clarksville - Kerr Lake is Virginia’s largest lake at more than 50,000 acres and 800+ miles of shoreline. Both Occoneechee State Park and Staunton River State Park provide access points. In-Fisherman magazine called it the number one Crappie fishing lake, and both state and national fishing tournaments have been hosted here.

    Bassett - Philphott Lake - Three thousand acres, 100 miles of shoreline, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, and six beaches invite you to this lake that calls two counties home. How’s that for numbers? The trails along the lake are the perfect place for photos, birdwatching, and simply appreciating the beauty.

    Lake Moomaw

    Lake Moomaw

    South Hill - Lake Gaston - This lake straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and at 20,000 acres, you can understand why. Whether you choose to drop a line and fish or just skim along in a boat, the colors of autumn are a great backdrop.

    Covington - Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam - Launch your boat from multiple access points (water level permitting), including Warm Springs, and enjoy this 2,530-acre lake. Camping and plenty of recreational opportunities are available within this National Forest area.

    Lyndhurst - Sherando Lake is located in the George Washington National Forest,  just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s 24 acres of great fishing. An on-site campground invites you to stay for more than a day.

    Smith Mountain Lake - This freshwater lake is second in size to Kerr Lake, and still has an amazing 500 miles of shoreline. With many access points, you can choose how to approach this “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” – from Bedford County and Smith Mountain Lake State Park on the north shores, Franklin County on the southwest, or Pittsylvania County on the southeast. Whichever route you choose, the views are going to take your breath away.

    Claytor Lake State Park

    Claytor Lake State Park

    Louisa - Lake Anna - Virginia’s third largest lake, Lake Anna welcomes you to enjoy 13,000 acres of water surface and 200 miles of shoreline. Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania is the perfect public access point.

    Abingdon - South Holston Lake - Set within Washington County Park, the lake is available for fishing, swimming, and boating. Pull in your camper or pitch a tent to stay longer and enjoy the nearby fun, like the Virginia Creeper Trail!

    Dublin – Claytor Lake State Park – The lake at the center of this state park is 4,500 acres, and it’s a sport fisherman’s haven. Not into fishing? No worries. Choose one of the 12 cabins overlooking the lake and just enjoy the view.

    Reston - Lake Fairfax Park - This 18-acre lake is the key attraction to a park full of fun! Rent pedal boats, hop on a tour boat ride, or go fishin’. On-site camping.

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    #FallinVA Faves of the Week

    by | Posted on October 17th, 2013

    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 blog, our Facebook page, and even in our Fall Foliage Reports. Show off!

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    James Madison's Montpelier by @merchcolony_cville

    James Madison’s Montpelier by @merchcolony_cville

    Yorktown by @thedirtytez

    Yorktown by @thedirtytez

    Carter Mountain Orchard by @traveling_savvy

    Carter Mountain Orchard by @traveling_savvy

    College Landing Park in Williamsburg by @beciminlove

    College Landing Park in Williamsburg by @beciminlove

    Lynchburg by @akpink

    Lynchburg by @akpink

    Rinker Orchards' Apple Cider by @daisyjars

    Rinker Orchards’ Apple Cider by @daisyjars

    Rockbridge County by @kgphotog

    Rockbridge County by @kgphotog

     

    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.

    Virginia is for Lovers.
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    Sail Through Foliage on a Zip Line

    by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2013

    Seeking a more adventurous way to enjoy the colors of fall? Get tethered to a zip line and soar like an eagle through a kaleidoscope canopy. You might just find yourself breathless.

     

    Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

    Sandy River Retreat

    Adventure Park at Sand River Retreat – Rice
    13 lines across four obstacle courses rated by age
    Weight Restriction: 60 to 265 lbs.
    Age: 7 and older
    Fee: $40/child; $50/adult
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    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort

    Bryce Resort Zip Line Adventure - Basye
    10 lines worth 3500′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-230 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $45
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    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain

    Bear Mountain Ziplines – Luray
    7 lines worth 2700′; up to 35 mph
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $75
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    Go Ape!

    Go Ape!

    Go Ape! Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior – Williamsburg
    5 lines in Adventure; 2 lines in Junior (ages 6-9; at least 3’3″ tall)
    Weight Restriction: up to 285 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $35/child; $55/adult
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    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort

    Massanutten Resort Zip Line and Canopy Tours – McGaheysville
    4 lines from 90 to 450′; NEW Mega Zip Line is 750′ long (first-come, first served. $12 a run); Kids’ Course includes a 100′ line (2 runs for $12. Ages 5-12 and at least 40 lbs.)
    Weight Restriction: 70-250 lbs.
    Age: 10 and older
    Fee: $39

     

     

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort’s The Zip – Wintergreen
    900′; up to 40 mph
    Weight Restriction: 75-250 lbs.
    Age: 8 and older
    Fee: $10/trip or two for $15

     

     

     

    Where will you let the fall season lead you? Find more great ideas for outdoor fun at Virginia.org/Fall.

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