Travel Ideas and Stories - Virginia's Travel Blog
ShareRSS  

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Make Mine a Double! 12 Virginia Burger Favorites

by Tom | Posted on April 14th, 2014

Virginia has all your top-of-mind hamburgers, from the billion-served chains to the newer class of corporate-run, “gourmet” burger restaurants. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll run across some of the most unique patty places in the Mid-Atlantic, combining the best of Virginia with everything an experienced meat eater has come to expect in their ground sirloin sandwich. Check out the list below (in no particular order) and plan a visit if your travels take you nearby.

1. The Station Burger, aptly named for its home at Smithfield Station, compliments Angus beef with a slice of Smithfield ham and bacon, cheddar cheese, and jumbo lump crab meat. It’s the closest you’ll get to surf and turf on one bun.

The Wagyu Burger

2. The description of the Wagyu Burger from The Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg reads like a who’s who of exotic ingredients. From Wagyu beef to house-made focaccia and truffle cheese, this masterpiece certainly wasn’t on the menu in Colonial times. Don’t forget the duck fat fries!

3. The Joel Lunchpail from George Bowers Grocery in Staunton was named for Virginia permaculture farmer Joel Salatin, and features grass-fed beef and bacon from his Polyface Farm in nearby Swoope, Virginia.

4. Crafted with local Timbercreek Organic beef and McClure Swiss cheese, The Citizen from Citizen Burger Bar in Charlottesville is topped with black onion, garlic aioli, iceberg lettuce, tomato, fried pickle, and served on house brioche.

5.From classic burger joint the Burger Bar in Bristol comes the Howlin’ at the Moon Chili Cheeseburger – a half pound slab with homemade chili and enough meat to satisfy the wolf in all of us.

6. The Apple Jack Burger at BabyCakes Unique Eats in Abingdon pairs fresh local grass-fed Angus beef with grilled Granny Smith apples, an Old Dominion staple.

7.For the adventurous burger fan, the Bison Burger at the Horseshoe Diner in South Hill might scratch that itch for something completely different. For starters, it’s locally-sourced Bison, but it’s topped with homemade pimento cheese, a house favorite at the Horseshoe.

8. If you’re near Smith Mountain Lake, stop in at Mango’s Bar and Grill in Moneta for the 8 oz cheeseburger topped with bacon, fried egg and chipotle mayonnaise. It’s an all-day burger to satisfy your breakfast, lunch and dinner cravings at one sitting.

9. The Fredericksburger from FOODE restaurant in, where else, Fredericksburg, certainly lives up to its lengthy name. It boasts local organic beef, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon aioli, and organic lettuce all on a freshly-baked Brioche bun. You’ll need a knife (or hinged jaw) for this one.

The Fredericksburger

10. The exotic sounding Wood-Grilled Teriyaki-Swiss Mushroom Burger brings together wide-ranging elements to down-home restaurant  Northern Neck Burger in Kilmarnock. Whether Italian, Swiss, or Japanese, these ingredients make for a distinctly Virginian take on a distinctly American food.

11. Harrisonburg’s Cuban Burger serves up the flavorful El Vaquero, A Burger topped with Vaca Frita (seared, crispy steak with citrus and garlic), rum-caramelized onions, swiss cheese and a house-made smokey aioli.

12. Last but not least, and in honor of all the meat-eaters who have reached the end of this list, is the Double BLT at the Barbecue Exchange in Gordonsville. This monster features bacon, pork belly and baconnaise on a homemade roll. Though this sandwich might be better suited for our 17 barbecue favorites list, it’s fair to say this is the only true ham-burger on the list (sorry – couldn’t resist).

A few of these burgers are still alive in the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Madness challenge. Go to http://www.virginia.org/culinarymadness/ and VOTE for your favorite Virginia dish.

Each entry above was suggested by a loyal local fan. Leave a comment below in support of your favorite (and its restaurant home) and we’ll compile a list of some of the best nominations during Burger month in May.

 

 



Uncategorized | 2 Comments

10 Historic Hotels with Virginia Charm

by Dave | Posted on February 8th, 2013

Experience classic elegance at one of Virginia’s Historic Hotels and Inns. Throughout the Commonwealth you will find places to stay that are steeped in history and that offer world class amenities. Each has its own distinctive charm and style with dining options sure to please the palate.

Make plans to visit and relax at one of these Virginia gems in 2013.

The Williamsburg Inn

The Williamsburg Inn during the Spring


The George Washington Hotel, Winchester
Constructed in 1924, this upscale and luxury property features 90 newly restored guest rooms and was the 2011 Wyndham Hotel of the Year. Be sure to check out the Roman-style indoor pool and Saumaj Health Spa.

The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
With amazing amenities and tremendous location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Hotel Roanoke, circa 1882, is a fully-restored Tudor-style property on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to dine at the newly renovated Regency Room.

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
Recognized as one of the finest hotels in the United States since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, elegant decor, luxurious guest rooms and friendly service. You will surely have a memorable stay at The Jefferson.

The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg
Adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg live interactive history museum, The Williamsburg Inn is decorated in an elegant English Regency style and regarded among the world’s finest hotels. Luxurious accommodations with fine dining, clay tennis courts, award-winning golf and The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg are among the numerous amenities of this resort.

The Martha

Sitting area in The Martha


The Martha, Abingdon
Originally built in 1832, the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa has served many functions and its history is undeniable. The Martha is a member of the Camberley Collection of fine historic properties. Explore all that Southwest Virginia has to offer with The Martha as your home base.

Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg
This turn of the century shoe factory is now a residential-style boutique hotel located in historic downtown Lynchburg. You will find historical artifacts from the Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation accenting the decor throughout. With 44 luxurious guest rooms and suites, many with dramatic views of the James River or the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Craddock Terry Hotel is a perfect fit.

The Homestead

The Great Hall at The Homestead


The Homestead 1766, Hot Springs
Located in the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead truly is a luxury resort with unforgettable Southern Hospitality. Welcoming 22 US presidents since the 18th century, this grand belle is thoroughly authentic and breath-taking.

Mimslyn Inn, Luray
Comfortable, inviting and ready to experience, the Mimslyn Inn‘s classic Georgian Revival architecture and location in the Shenandoah Valley will make your stay welcoming and unforgettable.

Mimslyn Inn

The Mimslyn Inn


Stonewall Jackson, Staunton
Built in 1924 and nestled in historic downtown Staunton, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel captures the spirit and charm of the old South. The hotel was also recently recognized by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. With modern guest amenities and services you will thoroughly enjoy your relaxing stay.

The Morrison House, Alexandria
Recognized by “Travel and Leisure” on the 2012 list of 50 best hotels in the world, the Morrison House offers award-winning elegance and service. Located just off King Street in Old Town Alexandria, history is everywhere. And The Morrison House is pet-friendly with no fees or restrictions!

These are just a few of the stunning historic hotels in Virginia. Tell us about your favorites and find more at www.Virginia.org



Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Valentines Weekend for Families

by Dave | Posted on February 7th, 2013

Valentine’s is all about love. Same is true for Virginia is for Lovers. This is especially true for families who are always looking for ways to spend more time together, which is exactly what a weekend trip to Virginia has to offer. So why not think about Valentine’s a little differently this year and make it a long weekend to celebrate LOVE of family. We’ve got seven ideas of things you can do and places to visit in Virginia to make Valentine’s Day weekend a true family affair:

Robert Podd, The Poddery


1. Handmade Gifts of LOVE – Visit artisan and craft centers in Virginia to pick out special Valentines gifts for each other that come from the heart. Or better yet sign up for a family class and make gifts for each other.

2. Get Together in the Great Outdoors – February can be a beautiful time for a hike in Virginia. Trails across the state offer paths from easy walking trails to more challenging for families who are experienced hikers. The leaves are off the trees, affording clear and amazing views for miles around.

3. Share your LOVE What are you most passionate about? Art? Music? History? Virginia has museums for everything and Valentine’s Weekend is a great time to share your love of music, art, history and more with your family and start building great traditions together.

4. All in one Resorts – Great for family togethering with tons of activities but also if mom and dad do want some time for just the two of you, programs to keep the kids entertained and on-site babysitting services.

Gearharts Fine Chocolates

Gearharts Fine Chocolates


5. Go Old School Take your kids to one of Virginia’s charming small towns and let them delight in the old-fashion goodness of real soda fountains, local diners, farmers markets, cool old train stations and true Americana.

6. Sweets for the sweets If chocolate is a must for your Valentine’s amusement, take pride in the sweets you buy. Visit local chocolatiers and candy shops such as Chocolate Occasions, Gearhearts, Chocolates by Kelly and others found throughout Virginia and make a day out of it by shopping for the best with the family.

7. Put LOVE at the Heart of Your Virginia Vacation Can you think of a more perfect photo opp for Valentine’s then you and your family in front of a giant LOVE sculpture? There are more than 20 to choose from in Virginia. Make a weekend out of visiting as many Virginia is for Lovers LOVEworks as you can, take your picture and share it out to send your love to your family and friends.

LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
Request a free Travel Guide.



Uncategorized | Comments Off

Great Shopping Deals in Virginia

by Casey | Posted on November 15th, 2012

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and Virginia has you covered with great outlet shopping.

Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Virginia’s Premium Outlets are located in Leesburg and Williamsburg. Sign up to be a VIP Shopper (for free) and receive access to online coupons, the VIP Coupon Book and advance notification of sales events.

In Leesburg, the outlet includes 110 high-end stores like Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Juicy Couture and Barneys New York.

In Williamsburg you’ll find 135 stores with some of the above plus Dooney & Bourke and Calvin Klein.

Both outlets will be “Black Friday” havens as several stores are opening at midnight on November 23 and will entertain extended hours all weekend. Better yet, quite a few are opening Thanksgiving night at 9 p.m.

Woodbridge is home to Potomac Mills Mall – Virginia’s largest mall with more than 200 retailers, including Bloomingdales – The Outlet Store, DKNY and The LEGO Store. When you need a break, take the bags to the car and enjoy a movie at one of the 18 AMC Theatres. Stores open at midnight on the 23rd and have extended hours all weekend.

Find more great shopping locations at Virginia.org and don’t forget “Shop Small Saturday” (November 24) for great local deals in Virginia’s charming downtowns.

LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.
Request a free Travel Guide.



Uncategorized | Comments Off

Thanksgiving Family Feasts

by Tom | Posted on October 22nd, 2012

Virginia has baskets of tradition for harvest season, but for those who crave amazing food experiences paired with a dose of history, the Thanksgiving season is an absolute bonanza.

Whether it’s an original feast at Berkeley Plantation, a meal fit for a king at the classic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, or a lavish buffet to make Santa’s belly jiggle like mad at the Homestead Resort, turkey lovers and pumpkin pie fans won’t be disappointed.

Find your feast and bring the whole family along. Traditions have to start somewhere – make one today where you don’t have to do the cooking.

 

 

 



Family, Food and Wine, The Holidays, Uncategorized | Comments Off