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48 Hour Fall Getaways in Virginia, Part 8 of 8

by Casey | Posted on September 26th, 2013

Absorb the rich history and heritage of Virginia this fall while being surrounded by flashes of orange and yellow. Most assuredly, a walk along cobblestone streets brings a piece of Virginia’s patriotic past to your present. Huzzah! These 48-hour getaways are made for those who thrive in beautiful surroundings with a story to tell.

In Richmond, History is Always in Season

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Architecture takes center stage in the capital city, and fall foliage makes it all the more breathtaking. Among your must-sees are Agecroft Hall, a 15th-century English Tudor-style home rebuilt in Richmond in 1925;  Virginia House, a 12th-century house transported from England to Richmond in 1925, redesigned and rebuilt with gardens by Charles Gillette; and Maymont, a Victorian estate and mansion furnished with rare, shiny things, and surrounded by lush gardens and stately trees.

As you admire the town, dine around and enjoy the tastes, too. The Dairy Bar is a milkshake hot-spot while Can Can Brasserie is a fine place for dinner in bustling Carytown. Just on the outskirts of downtown proper and on the banks of the James is The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. Sunsets from the deck are breathtaking.

Rest for a while at Linden Row Inn, The Jefferson Hotel, or perhaps Grace Manor Inn. All have their own unique story to tell, and you’ll feel right at home.

The rest of your hours can be spent traversing beautiful places in greater Richmond, like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Meadow Farm Museum. Or, take a trip down plantation lane, or Route 5, as it’s more commonly known. Along the James River are the James River Plantations – Belle Air, Berkeley, Edgewood, North Bend, Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation, Shirley, Sherwood Forest, and Westover. Some are open to the public and others are not. Please call ahead if you’d like to make a visit.

Fredericksburg Fall Haunts

FoodE Courtyard

FoodE Courtyard

Loaded with Civil War history, as well as presidential history, the Fredericksburg area has fall fun in store with historic haunts. Touting several farm-to-table restaurants, you’ll have no trouble finding a great place to eat. It’s the decision that’s tough. Will it be Bistro Bethem, FoodE, or  maybe Poppy Hill Tuscan Kitchen?

Get down to serious shenanigans of a historic kind with the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tour. It’s a 90-minute, leisurely paced walking tour complete with a costumed guide wielding a lantern.

Rest comfortably at Hampton Inn and Suites or Wytestone Suites, where the mulit-room accommodations allow the family to spread out. Shut-eye will be key for what lies ahead …

Hit the history hard, but in the daylight this time. In your midst is Fredericksburg Battlefield and National Cemetery, the Confederate Cemetery, St. George’s Church, and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop. Sprinkle in stops along the way, like lunch at Virginia Barbeque and a sweet treat at Goolrick’s Pharmacy.

Looking to skirt around some history and add a dash of adrenaline-burning fun for the kids? Belvedere Plantation is your place. Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, visit with the animals at the petting zoo, and even take a turn in the Maize Maze.

Heart of Appalachia Driving Tour

Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park

Get in touch with coal mining heritage, mountain music heritage, and the beautiful natural wonders of Southwest Virginia when you spend 48 hours driving through autumn’s color.

The Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum in Tazewell County was an operational mine from 1882 to 1955 and is the only exhibition coal mine designated a National Historic Landmark. Swing through for photos or call to arrange a tour if you’re with 11 or more people.

Nearby, the Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park shares their 14 log cabins to display life from the 1800s – when this area was considered the “wild, wild west.” Speaking of “the west” being here in Southwest Virginia, don’t miss Breaks Interstate Park, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the South.” It’s right on the Virginia/Kentucky border and the overlooks will absolutely, unequivocally take. your. breath. away. In fact, settle in for the night in one of their luxury cabins, and enjoy dinner at the Rhododendron Restaurant on-site.

Tap into the music and arts heritage of the area with stops at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, the John Fox Jr. Museum (author of Trail of the Lonesome Pine and other novels), and the June Tolliver House & Folk Art Center in Big Stone Gap.

If you want to further extend your stay or add in some outdoor sites, consider Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Gap Caverns, Wilderness Road State Park, or Natural Tunnel State Park. Each is an immensely beautiful and important stop.

LOVE's a Trip - 48 Hour Fall Getaways

 

If you’re looking for more suggestions on places to spend 48 hours of your time this fall in Virginia, see these previous posts from our series of eight:

Part 7 - Part 6 - Part 5 - Part 4 - Part 3 - Part 2 - Part 1

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It’s All Fun and Games

by Casey | Posted on May 20th, 2011

As the weather warms, families and couples alike are looking for opportunities to soak up the Vitamin D and let the breeze blow through their locks. Perhaps one of these events will knock your socks off …

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

  • May 19-22: The Chesapeake Jubilee boasts big entertainment on three stages as well as crafts, 4-H shows, a Barbecue Cook-Off, and amazing fireworks the night of the 21st. Admission is a mere $2!
  • May 27-29: Roanoke Festival in the Park is celebrating its 42nd year with a 5K/10K race, arts and crafts shows, four stages of live performances, an antique car show, and tons of fun for kids. Admission is $10 at the gate.
  • May 28: The Coal Heritage Day Celebration in Pocahontas is a special day of touring the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum for FREE … with lunch provided for FREE! Share in the history of coal mining.
  • June 2-4: Have a hankerin’ for authentic Greek food? Check out the Newport News Greek Festival, now in 44th year! Free on-site parking.
  • June 3-5: Celebrate American heroes in Virginia Beach, just miles from the USA’s largest military bases, during the Patriotic Festival. Sit back and enjoy three days of national recording artists, military displays and demos, not to mention the Air and Sea Show! Free admission; VIP available through Ticketmaster.
  • June 5: If you want to sample the best of Richmond’s cuisine, Broad Appétit is the place to be. From $3/sample ($5/sample gets you dessert, too), you can taste the signature dishes from more than 50 Richmond hot spots.
  • June 9-12: Land ho! You’ve never seen so many vessels as Norfolk Harborfest® yields. From battleships to tall ships, and even PIRATES, this is the place to celebrate seafaring.

For more festivalin’ ideas, check out the directory of events.



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Final. Four.

by Casey | Posted on March 28th, 2011

VCU RamsVirginia Commonwealth University is making its first NCAA Final Four berth. Ever. And the city of Richmond is not alone in its celebration. The entire state of Virginia is on a Kansas upset hangover.

VCU’s Siegel Center erupted last night as more than 5,000 fans hosted a midnight welcome home party, and sang “Happy Birthday” to the night’s 12-point earner, Brandon Rozzell.

See the final seconds of the game, the trophy being awarded, and the game ball presentation in the locker room.

The Final Four showdown with the Butler Bulldogs takes place Saturday, April 2 in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Tip-off is at 6:09 p.m. EST. We’re behind you all the way, Rams, and Coach Shaka Smart, ”we’re not done yet!”



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