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    Fall Hunting and Fishing

    by Casey | Posted on September 23rd, 2011

    Fishing at CornerStone Farm

    Fishing at CornerStone Farm

    Tomorrow, September 24, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. No, it is not a day for hunting and fishing, but a day of recognition for true hunters and fishermen who are conservation minded.

    About National Hunting and Fishing Day
    “On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, ‘I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.’”

    “National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.”  (nhfday.org)

    Each year an honorary chairperson is recognized for National Hunting and Fishing Day. In 2000, Ward Burton, a NASCAR Daytona 500 winner and avid conservationist from Virginia held the chair. “Conservation is a balance between progress and taking care of our natural resources,” said Burton in a 2008 “Portrait of Passion” video for Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, we invite you to explore Fish Virginia First, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier fishing trail encompassing the streams, lakes and rivers of 38 Virginia localities. (explore the trail)



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    Welcome Center Yields Goodies

    by Casey | Posted on August 5th, 2011

    Good Earth Peanut Company display at Skippers Welcome Center

    Good Earth Peanut Company display at Skippers Welcome Center

    Should you be traveling into Virginia from North Carolina via Interstate 95, you’ll want to stop at the Virginia Welcome Center to say hi, use the facilities, and grab free peanuts from Good Earth Peanut Company.

    Good Earth has an appealing gift basket loaded with their wares. If you’re enticed, head out to their store where you can enter to win it. They’ll pick a winner September 1, 2011 and ship the basket right out.

    The Good Earth Peanut Company is located in an old general store which was also used as the local post office at one time. The building is over 200 years old. Good Earth was included in the May 2008 issue of Southern Living for their Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle.  At the store, there are over 40 types of samples to taste,  including  a wide variety of their peanut products, jellies and Virginia hams.

    All of Virginia’s Welcome Centers are supporting Virginia Farmer’s Market Month with special displays.



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    Virginia is for Racing Lovers at Martinsville Speedway® Sweepstakes

    by Casey | Posted on July 20th, 2011

    Ready to get your vroom on?

    Martinsville RacingNASCAR enthusiasts will converge on Martinsville Speedway® October 29-30, 2011 for the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) race and the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race. If you’re a fan of NASCAR, prizes like this are what dreams are made of.

    Enter now to win an exclusive Virginia is for Racing Lovers prize that includes:

    • Two fan suite tickets for both the CWTS and NSCS races (Oct. 29 & 30)
    • Three nights’ lodging at Hotel Roanoke
    • Two economy round-trip airline tickets
    • Four days of rental car use
    • Reserved parking pass good for Oct. 28-30
    • Two general admission grandstand tickets for Oct. 28 (fan suites are not open for race practice viewing)
    • Two passes for a Guided Pit Tour that includes Hot Passes, Pre-Race Passes, and Victory Lane Access Passes
    • Two passes for a guided tour of Arrington Engines
    • Meet-and-Greet with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler on Oct. 29.

    One First Prize Winner will receive four one-day tickets to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 race at Martinsville Speedway® on October 9, 2011.

    Enter to Win

    Learn more about Virginia Motorsports

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    There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. To participate log on to www.virginia.org/racesweeps and access the entry form. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter the required participant information. Sweepstakes ends September 16, 2011. Official Rules



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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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    Wine: A Winter Warmer

    by Casey | Posted on December 15th, 2010

    Trails grant easy access to a multitude of Virginia wineries, making it easy to find one (or more) to love! Beat the cold with trail tastings (chauffeured by a designated driver, of course).

    Sunset Hills Glass. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.comHop onto the Mountain Road Wine Experience in the Blue Ridge Highlands to sample the best of Villa Appalaccia and Chateau Morrisette, not to mention two of Virginia’s unique  non-winery, alcoholic concoction-making establishments: Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider!

    In the northern Shenandoah Valley you’ll find a series of ten wineries linked together on the General’s Wine & History Trail: Bluemont Vineyard, Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery, Gadino Cellars, Philip Carter Winery, Fox Meadow Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Swedenburg Estate Vineyard, Three Fox Vineyards, Winery at La Grange, and Veramar Vineyard. Stops at even half of those will definitely do you in for the day! This trail is convenient from Charlestown, West Virginia, Frederick, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

    Just north of Richmond is the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, which includes Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars Winery and Lake Anna Winery. Access these wineries easily from Fredericksburg and Charlottesville.

    Travelers south may choose to stop at one of the nine SoVA Wine Trail‘s (that’s Southern Virginia) wineries: Annefield Vineyards, Bright Meadows Farm, DeVault Family Vineyards, Greenwood Vineyards, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Hunting Creek Vineyards, Molliver Vineyards, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Spring Creek Wine Cellars, and Tomahawk Mill Winery. These stops are little more than an hour from Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina.

    These trails are just a tease of the many awaiting your travels in Virginia. Learn more at the Virginia is for Lovers wine site!



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