Travel Ideas and Stories - Virginia's Travel Blog
ShareRSS  
  •  

    Where is the LOVE?

    Click for a map of the LOVEwork locations.

    Take a photo with LOVE.
    Tag it #LOVEVA and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

    See LOVEwork Photos

  • Create your own digital photo reel. 

  • Instagram

    Latest Posts
    Listen to this #Virginia #toad! This is a great #springtime capture by @grinbob. Cute #dog, too. #repost #loveva #visitvirginia #videooftheday #wildlife #vaoutdoors #vais4lovers #va #pet
    St. John's #Church in Church Hill, known especially for Patrick Henry's "Give me Liberty, or Give Me #Death" speech, is also the burial place of Edgar Allan Poe's mother, Elizabeth Arnold #Poe. She was a prominent stage actress in her day, and has shown to have great influence on her son's writing. #latergram #rva #edgarallanpoe #cemetery #history #grave #loveva #virginia #vais4lovers @adventuredame @rvais4lovers @vintage_rva
    #Cherryblossoms framing the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly as recently posted by @airandspacemuseum. Love the pink blossoms contrasting the bright blue sky. Great shot! #loveva #repost #virginia #museum #cherry #photooftheday #visitvirginia #spring #picoftheday
    The #love #bench is waiting for you at the #marina in Belle Haven. Has anyone been here for a selfie or portrait? Looks like a cool spot! #heart #loveva #sunset #harbor #virginia #visitvirginia #repost #photooftheday photo credit: @astralmagik
  • Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

    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.

    Virginia is for Lovers.
    FREE Virginia Travel Guide
    Fall Foliage Report Subscription

     



    Fall in Virginia, Favorite Shots, Outdoors, Outdoors, Pick-your-own | Comments Off

    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.

    Virginia is for Lovers.
    FREE Virginia Travel Guide
    Fall Foliage Report Subscription



    Fall in Virginia, Outdoors | Comments Off

    #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!

    Click the image to learn more about the location.

    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.
    FREE Virginia Travel Guide
    Fall Foliage Report Subscription



    Fall in Virginia, Favorite Shots, Outdoors | Comments Off

    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
    Book Now

     

     

     

    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
    Book Now

     

     

     

    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
    Book Now

     

     

     

    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
    Book Now

     

     

    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.

    Virginia is for Lovers.
    Free Travel Guide
    Fall Foliage Report



    Fall in Virginia, Outdoors | Comments Off

    8 Virginia Waterfalls for Your Fall Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on October 7th, 2013

    The colors of fall are coming through, but still patchy on the Blue Ridge mountains. That means you still have time to get out, catch the peak colors, and visit amazing waterfalls this season!

    Falling Spring

    Falling Spring

    In Millboro, Douthat State Park is home to the Blue Suck Falls Trail, a three-mile moderate to difficult hike that includes a nice waterfall. One hiker proclaims, “Your long climb up the Blue Suck Falls is rewarded by one glorious vista after another.” Download the Trail Map

    Falling Spring in Alleghany County is visible from the road, and an overlook provides information and a great view for photos. The spring waters keep this fall going year ’round, and its 80-foot drop is quite spectacular.

    If you enjoy fall camping, reserve a space at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona before they close for the season in early November. They have their own on-site waterfall that pours into Middle River – a summer destination for tubing.

    Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson has a waterfall along the Cabin Creek Trail. It’s a 1.8-mile hike  from the Massie Gap area of the park. Download the Trail Map

    The Blue Ridge Parkway has its share of waterfalls. Try these two in Virginia.

    1. Apple Orchard Falls is accessed from MP 78.4 at Sunset Fields Overlook, just north of Peaks of Otter. The trail is considered strenuous at a steep 1.4 miles downhill hike (uphill on the way back!), but the 200′ falls are calling …

    2. Fallingwater Cascades can be accessed from MP 83.1 and is a moderate 1.6-mile out-and-back trail. It’s also designated a National Recreation Trail - a designation given to existing trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States.

    Crabtree Falls

    Crabtree Falls

    Crabtree Falls is a 1,200′ cascade and the highest vertical-drop cascade east of the Mississippi River. The lower falls is accessible to elderly and differently abled sightseers, making it an enjoyable outdoor experience for all. Over the course of the three-mile trail past the lower falls is a series of five major cascades and smaller ones. Access the trail from a fee-based lot at 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA 24464. And the view? Get a good glimpse from the top of the trail, or you can enjoy it from Crabtree Falls Highway up to/down from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    In the same vicinity of Crabtree Falls is the Campbell’s Creek Waterfall on the Mau-Har Trail. A hand-built swinging bridge delivers you across the Tye River, where the 1.5-mile hike will yield the 40′ waterfall. From Route 56 at Crabtree Falls, drive east for 3-4 miles; watch for the Appalachian Trail crossing and a parking lot on the left.

    For more ways to enjoy this fall in Virginia, check out Virginia.org/Fall.

     

    LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.
    Virginia is for Lovers.

    FALL FOLIAGE REPORT #2 IS OUT!
    Want the next edition? SUBSCRIBE



    Fall in Virginia, Outdoors | Comments Off