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Adventures in the Air

by Casey | Posted on June 18th, 2013

Many people love a beach sunrise, sand between their toes and a refreshing ocean breeze. It’s a beautiful thing, for sure, but have you experienced Virginia’s beaches from the air? Imagine what that looks and feels like. Better yet, find out!

Adventure Parasail

Adventure Parasail

Parasailing

Parasailing is an activity whereby a person is harnessed to a boat and the boat accelerates to allow the sail to open and the person to be lifted in the air.

Q: Why parasail?

A1: Dolphins. They’re plentiful and playful, and you’ve never seen them like this before.

A2: You don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to.

A3: You can try it with a friend if you’re a little nervous.

A4: You don’t need any experience.

The view and the ride are exhilarating and it’s doubtful that you’ll be sorry you did it. Consider it a #BucketList item and give it a whirl, just so you can say that you did!

Adventure Parasail can fly you and a friend or two, if you want, as high as 1,200 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and Virginia Beach oceanfront.  The captains at Adventure are United State Coast Guard certified and they have a perfect safety record.  Reservations

Hang Gliding

Hang gliding  can be performed several ways. Sometimes one jumps from a cliff while harnessed to a non-motorized aircraft (the hang glider). Another way to hang glide is to be harnessed in to the glider and then be towed by a small specialty aircraft. This is known as aerotowing.

Q: Why hang glide?

A1: The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a pretty magical place. It’s an important stopover on the Atlantic Flyway, so birds are incredibly abundant.

A2: You’ll fly with a partner, so no need to be nervous. It’s called tandem flight.

A3: You don’t need any experience.

The diversity of the Eastern Shore is incredible – open fields, wooded areas, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. At heights of 2,500 feet to a mile, it’s an experience and views like you’ve never had before. Each flight is 12 to 15 minutes long and ages four and older are eligible for flight. Contact the Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center in Weirwood to get gliding. Call 914-772-6242 to further inquire or make a reservation.

Plan your adventure in the air this summer! Comment below to suggest other awesome Virginia adventures.

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Gentlemen of the Road: The Crooked Road to Bristol Sweepstakes

by Casey | Posted on June 28th, 2012

Follow Virginia’s Crooked Road for a once-in-a lifetime chance to see Mumford & Sons perform in the heart of downtown Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music.

Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

Mumford & Sons. Credit Kyle Dean Reinford.

Mumford & Sons have chosen Bristol as one of only four small towns in the country for their Gentlemen of the Road Tour. This is your chance to be a VIP at this SOLD OUT concert which will fill the streets of Bristol with amazing music inspired by the old-time mountain music style found throughout Southwest Virginia.

The history and culture of Appalachia is celebrated in Southwest Virginia along The Crooked Road, a 350-mile driving route that connects some of the most poignant and authentic traditional country and mountain music venues together on an unforgettable road trip.

Enter for your chance to see Mumford & Sons in concert on August 11, 2012.

Bristol Stop OverOne Winner Will Receive:

~ Two tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road Concert
~ Two nights lodging
~ Access to a VIP party bus to enjoy all day long on August 11
~ A 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions Box Set
~ A $500 gas card

If you share with your friends after entering, you can have extra chances to win!

>> ENTER TO WIN <<

Official Rules

Sweepstakes begins 12 a.m. June 28, 2012 and ends 11:59 p.m. July 18, 2012.
Open to U.S. residents only. Entrants will receive a Virginia Travel Guide. 



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Everyone Loves a Baby

by Casey | Posted on June 25th, 2012

Admit it. You love baby animals and your kids do, too. So where can you go to see baby animals? In addition to the zoos in Virginia, there are other places to spot new sweet faces.

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton

At the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton you’ll visit working farms each with buildings moved from its country of origin and reconstructed on site. “Visit” 1600s England, 1700s Ireland, Germany and West Africa, and America from the 1700s through the 1850s, including rare breeds grazing along with their new young ones.

Visitors to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg will find more than great roller coasters and performances. Beautiful animals call the park home, like the Gray Wolves of Wolf Valley, or the Black Clydesdales and Scottish Blackface Sheep of Highland Stables.

The Stables welcomed a new member to the Clydesdale family in April. Aidan was born to mother Panola and father Dakota on April 20.  At just over a month old Aidan weighed in at 250 lbs. Once fully grown, he will weigh up to 2,000 lbs.

Also born this spring at Busch Gardens were five Scottish Blackface lambs – Lia, Coara, Bryce, Lily, and Rhosyn. See the clip below from the¬†Inside Busch Gardens blog¬†of the lambs at play. Additionally,¬†two African Pygmy Hedgehogs were born at BG this spring, and good golly are they cute (pic)! If there could be anything cuter, it’s that baby hedgehogs are called hoglets!

Baby animals in the wild are not hard to find in Virginia. Any day trip across Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway will yield families of wildlife living their lives.

Bears on Skyline Drive and Deer at Peaks of Otter

Bears on Skyline Drive and Deer at Peaks of Otter

To the right are a bear and her three cubs on Skyline Drive, as well as a doe and her fawn at Peaks of Otter.

You’ve heard about the wild ponies in Virginia, yes? You can see them on¬†Chincoteague Island,¬†Assateague Island, and even on¬†Mount Rogers¬†in southwest Virginia.

The annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction in July is unique to Virginia and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps you’ll want to take one home with you.

REMINDER: Do not disturb, feed, or try to approach any wild animals you may see, but feel free to photograph from your car.

- 95 Places to Find Wildlife in Virginia

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150th Anniversary of “Taps”

by Casey | Posted on June 21st, 2012

You know it when you hear it, even if you don’t know its name. It’s a somber bugle cry of a mere 24 notes customary at military funerals and remembrance ceremonies. The somber song is called “Taps” and it was composed in 1862 at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

Taps by Sidney King. Original on display at Berkeley.

Taps by Sidney King. Original on display at Berkeley.

General George McClellan’s Union troops occupied Berkeley Plantation during the Civil War, and it was in July 1862 that General Daniel Butterfield composed “Taps” as a “lights out” call to the soldiers. The first bugler of “Taps” was Oliver Willcox Norton.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composition, Berkeley Plantation is hosting a weekend-long event beginning this Friday, June 22 and concluding Sunday, June 24.

This weekend, visitors to Berkeley can expect to walk into a living history environment, including a re-creation of the aftermath of the Seven Days’ Battles, President Abraham Lincoln reviewing the troops, a re-creation of the birth of “Taps”, and a rededication of the “Taps” monument.

The “Taps” commemoration event is free, but visitors who wish to tour the 1726 mansion will pay $11/adult, $6/child aged 6-12, and $7.50/student aged 13-16. Also be sure to visit and tour the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile which will be on site for the duration of the event.

Berkeley Plantation is Virginia’s most historic plantation. Its legacy includes being the site of the first official Thanksgiving in 1619. Berkeley is also the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and fifth Governor of Virginia, and William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States whose grandson, Benjamin, became the 23rd President of the United States.

To learn more about Virginia’s rich history visit Virginia.org/HistoricSites.

 

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How About an Old School Road Trip?

by Casey | Posted on May 23rd, 2012

You remember those places you loved¬†back in the day? You know – that¬†diner that’s been serving the best BBQ since your¬†grandma was a teenager, piling up into the bed of the truck to watch a flick or two at the drive-in movie theater, or the handmade ice cream cones that the franchises still can’t beat? Yeah. Those were the days …

Doumar's, 1957

Doumar's, 1957

Why let those awesome memories stay memories? Make some new ones and share those experiences with your kids. I certainly am!

To get you in the spirit and officially launch this idea of revisiting our “old school” treasures for new memory making, join the Virginia is for Lovers staff at Doumar’s Cones¬†& Barbecue¬†in Norfolk tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Doumar’s is a legendary drive-in restaurant named for the family that INVENTED the ice cream cone. Yep. Invented.

Why come out?

Because you know you love a little nostalgia.

Because Guy Fieri’s been there and he loved it.

Because you love¬†ice cream and we’re giving away 100 FREE ICE CREAM CONES.

And because you love Virginia is for Lovers and we’re giving away vintage swag.

Doumar’s – 1919 Monticello Avenue * Norfolk, VA 23517 – 2 p.m.

The 100 free ice cream cones are available until 3 p.m. or until all 100 or gone, so don’t be late!



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