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
    @rbuck65 recently hiked Bearfence #Mountain off of #SkylineDrive, and this was the reward! This #hike is fairly short with a nice payoff. The trail head is near mile marker 56.4 on the Skyline Drive. #photooftheday #repost #epic #hiking #mountaintop #sunset #blueridgemountains #vaoutdoors Don't forget to tag your #Virginia photos with #LoveVA for a chance to be featured here!
    Have you hiked Roaring Run Trail in Eagle Rock, #VA? An excellent family #hike, the trail passes rock walls, cascading water, five foot bridges and even a natural water slide before ending at Roaring Run Falls. At the head of the trail is Roaring Run Furnace, ruins of a 19th century furnace operation. Roaring Run #Creek is also known for trout fishing. #VAOutdoors #waterfall #loveva #repost #roaringrun #virginia #perspective #photooftheday Kudos to @spezzaroo for the beautiful photo!
    Hot diggity dog! It's National Hot Dog Day, so we thought we'd share this beef brisket, apple jicama slaw, poblano #BBQ #footlong #hotdog from the Continental Westhampton for #lunch. Grab a hot dog at your local joint and celebrate! #loveva #vafoood #nationalhotdogday #rva #craftbeer #vabeer @rvanews
    Can you imagine waking up and walking out on the porch to find yourself amongst the trees with a sweeping view of the Dan River Gorge's Blue Ridge Mountains? That's exactly what you'll experience when staying the night at Primland #Resort's Golden Eagle #Treehouse! Photo props to @visitvbr. Don't forget to share your tree top stay with us by tagging #LoveVA! #repost #Virginia #porch #mountain #goodmorning #photooftheday #primlandresort @primlandresort
  • Posts Tagged ‘Central Virginia’

    Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

    by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

    Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

    From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven  as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

     

    Key Events

    • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
    • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
    • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande, Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
    • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
    • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
    • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White, Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann
    • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and Charles Martin Loeffler
    • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
    • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
    • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
    • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
    • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
    • 7/23: Art Song and Opera - Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
    • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
    • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Brahms
    • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
    • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
    • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
    • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Mignone
    • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
    • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
    • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

    Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

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



    Arts, Events, Festivals | Comments Off

    Happy 200th, John Jasper

    by Casey | Posted on July 2nd, 2012

    Amid the fireworks and celebrations of Independence Day, might we remember (or come to know) a leader from our past who would be 200 years old this July 4th?

    John Jasper

    John Jasper

    John Jasper was born into slavery in Fluvanna County on July 4, 1812 as the youngest of 24 children. On July 4, 1839 at the age of 25, Jasper underwent a religious transformation on the steps of Richmond’s Capitol Square. It was a day that changed his life, as he would spend the next 25 years preaching sermons at slave funerals.

    At the age of 50 Jasper was emancipated. He was a brick cleaner, repairing the Civil War-burned city of Richmond, and still serving at a high demand as a slave funeral pastor.

    On September 3, 1867, John Jasper and ten friends held services in an abandoned stable on Brown’s Island in Richmond, founding the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, a strong community of faith that is still present today. It was at the age of 66 (1878) that John Jasper reached a peak in his career, delivering “De Sun Do Move” to the Virginia General Assembly. The sermon was so well received, Jasper was requested to deliver it more than 250 times.

    In addition, Reverend John Jasper was one of only a few black ministers in Richmond who were authorized by the United States Freedmen’s Bureau to legalize ex-slave marriages, which were not legally recognized prior to early 1866* in Virginia.

    John Jasper died on March 30, 1901. His death was the noted headline of the day, overshadowing the burning of the famed Jefferson Hotel.

    Learn more about John Jasper and other influential people of his time at WalkInTheirFootsteps.com.

    * National Archives. Spring 2005, Vol. 37, No. 1



    Civil War, History | Comments Off

    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

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

     



    Family, Outdoors, Video clips | 3 Comments

    Be a VIP at the Richmond Jazz Festival

    by Casey | Posted on June 22nd, 2012

    August 10-12, 2012 marks the third year for the Richmond Jazz Festival, an event that is quickly becoming the premiere concert festival of its kind. Situated at an ever serene Maymont, the Festival’s smooth, soulful sounds blend sweetly into the laid back summer setting.

    Richmond Jazz Festival

    Richmond Jazz Festival

    Richmond Jazz Festival attendees can expect to enjoy more than 20 local, national and international artists appearing on two stages, including George Benson, Dave Koz, India Arie, Trombone Shorty, and Robert Cray. However, the lucky winner of the Richmond Jazz Festival VIP Weekend Sweepstakes can expect a great deal more.

     

    One winner will receive an exclusive VIP experience to include:

    • A two-night stay at The Jefferson Hotel or the Hilton Garden Inn
    • Four Richmond Jazz Festival tickets – two for Saturday and two for Sunday
    • Transportation to and from the Festival
    • Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday
    • Corporate Hospitality VIP Tent Access
    • VIP Artist Meet & Greet (photo and autograph opportunity)
    •  Jazz Festival Care Package

    Enter Now
    Official Rules

    Sweepstakes ends July 18, 2012 and is open to U.S. residents 21 years of age and older. Travel is required August 10-12, 2012. Each entrant will receive a Virginia Travel Guide.



    Events, Sweepstakes | Comments Off

    Summer in the Great Outdoors: Tubing

    by Casey | Posted on June 20th, 2012

    Author’s Note: This blog was updated June 23, 2014 to reflect rate and business changes.

    Back in May we highlighted awesome waterways for kayaking and canoeing. Tubing isn’t a far stretch from those two water-loving pastimes, other than the pace is quite a bit more relaxed and you probably don’t want the big rapids to throw you off your game.

    James River Reeling and Rafting

    James River Reeling and Rafting

    James River Reeling and Rafting departs from Scottsville, just 25 minutes south of Charlottesville. Trips are self-guided and cooler tubes are available for rental as well. Kick back and enjoy the slow float. Reservations are required. Shuttles leave on the hour during the week and on the half-hour Saturday and Sunday. Tube, shuttle and rope is $24/person. Groups of 25 or more are $22/person. No children under six and no pets.

    James River Float Company, we noted, is a leader in SUP (stand up paddleboarding) on the river, but as their name implies, they’re a source for a nice float, too. The “local float” is $22/person and basically keeps you in the Lynchburg vicinity. Pull your friends together for a party float – even your cooler can go downstream with you. We’re sorry to note that James River Float Company closed earlier in 2014.

    River City Rafting is centered in Virginia’s urban whitewater hub of Richmond. A whitewater guide will accompany you and five or more of your friends aged 9 and older as you leisurely while away the day. $30/person. If you’re brave enough to go it alone, ask about The Half Shuttle at $25/person. River City Rafting has closed.

    James River Float Company

    James River Float Company

    If you choose to float with Outdoor Adventure Experiences out of Dayton, you choose an awesome family day out on the water. Not only do you get your own tube, but you also get a giant tube made for group play in the deeper, slower spots on the river. Trips with OAE include (and require the use of) a safety helmet and life vest. If you’re looking for a freer, more casual float, this one might not be for you. Half-day trip $35/person; full-day trip $45/person with a trip minimum of $140 and $180, respectively.

    The Shenandoah River is one of Virginia’s top picks for a relaxing float, meaning more nearby outfitters are ready to rent you a tube.

    The headwaters of the James River are pretty tame compared to the whitewater you’ll find near the fall line downriver in Richmond. For that reason, exploring the Upper James River Water Trail might be advantageous to tubing lovers.

    Tangent Outfitters

    Tangent Outfitters

    Twin River Outfitters in Buchanan is eager to serve your Upper James River needs at an affordable rate. You can take a tube down one trip (about a 90-minute float) for $15, or you can spend the day floating the route time and again for $20. The fee includes tube, life vest, safety orientation and shuttles from the shop up to the put-in point. Want a quick run at the end of the day? “Last call” floats depart at 4 PM and only cost $10!

    The New River is the second oldest river in the world, geologically speaking, and it’s pretty unspoiled and pristine. Sounds like a peaceful, serene float, huh? Put in at Bisset Park in Radford with Tangent Outfitters. The 2-mile float (which can vary from 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on water levels) is $15/tube on weekdays or $20/tube Saturday and Sunday.

    >> More Rafting/Tubing Options
    >> Virginia’s Rivers

    Check the real-time water levels through the National Weather Service prior to getting on the river. Tubing with a guide is the safest option to enjoy your river experience.



    Family, Outdoors | 1 Comment