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    Road trippers and warriors may recognize the Hampton Roads #Bridge Tunnel at sunset, though it looks different when you're not behind the wheel of a car. Beautiful shot by @slayerlovnhippy! Don't forget to tag your #Virginia photos with #LoveVA for a chance to be featured here. #repost #dusk #photooftheday #bridgetunnel #vatravel #moon #hamptonroads
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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 IslandAssateague 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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    500 Places to Enjoy Virginia Wine & Dine Month

    by Casey | Posted on February 29th, 2012

    Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month is a celebration that showcases Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth. Special wine and food pairings along with wine travel packages make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia.

    Virginia Wine and Dine Month

    With more than 200 wineries Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for wineries and grape production, and the world is starting to notice …

    • One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2012 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2012
    • One of the Top Five Up-and-Coming Wine Regions – Travel + Leisure, 2007
    So how can you get in on this wining and dining action? More than 500 opportunities await. From special events, participating restaurants, and the wineries themselves, Virginia wine is yours to be had. Here is a sampling.
    Enjoy Virginia Wine with Your Meal
    Buy Virginia Wine

    Bay Creek Resort & Club

    Wine Events for March

    If you’re not convinced, please see our little video below dedicated to Virginia Wine and Dine Month. Cheers!



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    Virginia’s Theme Parks Boast New Rides for 2012

    by Casey | Posted on February 28th, 2012

    Alpengeist iat Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    Alpengeist is just one of the thrilling coasters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

    If you’re crazy for coasters and lament the loss of Busch Gardens’ Big Bad Wolf in 2009, no worries. Verbolten is a brand new thrill ride through the Black Forest of Germany that you’re sure to love.

    Busch Gardens writes …

    “A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an exciting autobahn touring experience where an unexpected detour launches riders into the verboten Black Forest. Set in the re-envisioned Oktoberfest section of the park, this all-new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster utilizes electromagnetic technology to propel riders through a high-speed thrill packed with twists, turns and plunges. This exhilarating new coaster will feature many ‘firsts’ when it debuts.”

    The last piece of Verbolten’s track was installed on January 17, 2012, completing the 2,835 feet of the ride. With special effects and thematic to-do’s left to complete, look for Verbolten to open late spring. Get a flavor for the ride by watching the clip below.

    Kings Dominion in Doswell has a couple of fun new things to show you this season as well – most notably, WindSeeker, a 301′ spinning tower of swings. Take a friend up with you to enjoy the two-person swing, and hold on tight. Kings Dominion writes …

    “WindSeeker is a ride that is fun, thrilling and relaxing at the same time, making it an attraction that families enjoy riding together.  It’s also one of the best night ride experiences around.”
    WindSeeker at Kings Dominion

    WindSeeker at Night, Kings Dominion

    At 25-30 mph, tilting at a 45-degree angle, and more than 300 feet in the air, I’m not sure that I would call WindSeeker relaxing. (If I try it out, I’ll let you know.) One thing KD claims and I feel confident in, is this …

    “A ride on WindSeeker will provide riders with a birds-eye view of the park and surrounding countryside.  On a clear day, riders will be able to see 18 miles out into the region.  Incredible!”

    The view from on-high must be epic. With an 18-mile view, you just might be able to see Richmond’s skyline.

    For information about Virginia’s theme parks, visit Virginia.org/ThemeParks.
    Be sure to see family friendly packages that include theme park visits, too!



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