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    This is the #sunset from the #dock at #Merroir restaurant in Topping, VA last Friday evening. #Tranquility on #Virginia's #ChesapeakeBay. Swing by this weekend and get some #VAoysters in your belly! And tag your VA #oyster photos with #LoveVA for a chance to be featured here. #photooftheday #latergram #eatlocal
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    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!
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    Follow Your Heart to the Tune of Heritage

    by Casey | Posted on April 27th, 2011

    Free vacation, anyone? The next prize in the Follow Your Heart to Virginia Sweepstakes is to the Heart of Appalachia, Virginia’s western most region, where you’ll find rich mountain heritage, outdoor recreation, and beautiful vistas.

    Prize #5: Follow Your Heart to the Tune of Heritage
    Drawing Date: May 13, 2011

    Natural Tunnel State Park chairliftOur winner will begin his or her vacation in Pounding Mill with a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express. Explore 14 log cabins built during the 1880s to learn what life was like in the “wild west” of Virginia while at the Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park.  Take a guided tour of the nearby Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum, where 44,000,000 tons of coal were mined while “coal was king.”

    Then it’s three nights at Natural Tunnel State Park, one of Virginia’s award-winning state parks celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2011. The tunnel, naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years, is more than 850 feet long and as high as a 10-story building. Take the chair lift to the tunnel floor for spectacular views. Enjoy the park’s swimming pool, cave tours, a canoe trip on the Clinch River and special nature programs.

    The Heart of Appalachia is home to many artisans of Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Trail. The Appalachian Arts Center in Richlands is a great spot to see works from many of the artisans. At the Sandy Head Ostrich Farm, located in Tazewell, our winner will learn about and interact with the world’s largest bird!

    Take in a live performance at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, to watch, or join, audience members who clog at each performance. Visit the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center in Clintwood. The state-of-the art museum tells the story of this music legend and the history of mountain music through interactive displays.

    If you entered to win a previous prize but didn’t win, you’re still eligible and entered to win this one! No sweat!

    This prize is good for one winner plus three. It’s family fun at it’s best! See more prize details.

    Enter to Win!

    You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who is 21 years of age or older to enter. All sweepstakes entrants will receive the official 2011 Virginia Travel Guide. For more information and prize drawing dates please read the Official Rules and Prize Details. Sweepstakes ends August 25, 2011.



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    2011 Vacation Plans Start NOW!

    by Casey | Posted on December 27th, 2010

    Virginia Travel Guide CoverThe Virginia is for Lovers 2011 Travel Guide is now available. It’s 200 pages jam-packed with getaway suggestions wrapped around amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure. Family fun and small town discoveries will let you dive in a little deeper to make plans for places you have yet to experience.

    Expect to see Virginia’s timeless icons as well as new attractions and destinations where loved ones can completely connect on a memorable vacation. Four different cover designs – beach fun, history and heritage, wine travel and kayaking, showcase the diverse beauty of Virginia.

    Virginia Travel Guide Cover2011 major milestones including the 75th anniversaries of Shenandoah National Park and Virginia State Parks are an opportunity for families to reconnect in Virginia’s great outdoors. The new Virginia travel guide also marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation, with commemorative events and new exhibits planned throughout Virginia.

    Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org for more information or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

    Connect with Virginia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VisitVirginia.



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    Fall Cycling Adventures

    by Casey | Posted on September 22nd, 2010

    Whether you’re the casual rider or the adrenaline junkie cyclist, Virginia has awesome bicycling opportunities.

    Cyclists Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    For you junkies:

    • Mountain bikers thrive on the 1,000′+ vertical climb from Sherando Lake toward Bald Mountain Overlook.
    • Advanced riders can take to the four trails of Massanutten Resort to pair scenic beauty with a relaxing resort weekend.
    • If you’ve never heard of Mount Rogers, you’re missing out on 5,729′ of bliss and 400+ miles of trails! The Damascus area is sure to have some of Virginia’s best foliage this year.
    • Cyclists who happen to be movie buffs will love the 20 miles of trails at Mountain Lake Hotel – home of Dirty Dancing. Make it as hard or easy as you like with GPS-traced topo maps.

    Virginia Creeper Trail

    For the casual, paved road cyclists:

    • How can you say no to the Blue Ridge Parkway? Perfect views, stunning foliage, and a slow speed limit to keep you from being plowed over. 2010 is also the 75th Anniversary of the Parkway, so what better time to go for a spin?
    • How many days does it take to peddle 128 miles? Find out when you start at “God’s Thumbprint” of Burke’s Garden and wheel your way to Guest River Gorge on The Heart of Appalachia Bike Route and Scenic Drive.
    • The famed Virginia Creeper Trail winds 35 miles along gorges and mountain streams. Photo ops abound!
    • Try a portion of the Virginia Capital Trail, a trail connecting Virginia’s first capital to its current capital (Williamsburg to Richmond). Currently open are .5-mile to 7.5-mile stretches. Click through this link for more information.

    What’s holding you back? Check the tires, grab a water bottle and helmet, and get going!

    For more assistance in planning your Virginia getaway, call 1-800-Visit-VA, visit www.Virginia.org, or request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide.



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