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Beautiful Spring Experiences

by Casey | Posted on March 20th, 2012

Happy Spring! While it’s felt like the warm-up season for quite a while now in Virginia, today is the first official day of spring and we’re celebrating with great experiences. Plot your course of action and roll the windows down. These are winding, beautiful, and perfect for a day out of the office … or a Saturday excursion.

Crabtree Falls Trail

Crabtree Falls Trail

Take to the mountains and traverse four scenic byways when you pick up the Nelson Scenic Loop. Begin the Loop at Spruce Creek Gallery and then enjoy the 50 miles that include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tye River Valley, and Rockfish Valley around Nelson County. In the area are Crabtree Falls and numerous orchards, wineries, and breweries.

For those who are interested in encountering wildlife, check out one of the regional trails of the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail. No doubt, you’ll want to exit the car at some points along the way to stretch your legs and take a quick hike.

  • The Coastal Area features untouched barrier islands, cypress swamps, great stands of pine forest, and bayside salt marshes. 18 loops.
  • The Mountain Area features great vistas, endless forest trails, large inland reservoirs and a taste of the western piedmont. 34 loops.
  • The Piedmont Area features expansive grasslands, large forested tracts, pineland savannahs, several large reservoirs, and an abundance of rich history and culture. 13 loops.
Tangier Island

Tangier Island

A great coastal drive with history, natural areas, and fantastic water views is the Chesapeake Bay Driving Tour. Highlights include the Caledon Natural Area (famous for Bald Eagles), Stratford Hall (Robert E. Lee’s birthplace), and a few places to hop aboard a cruise:

  • If an day cruise sounds delightful, hop aboard a Tangier Island Cruise from Buzzard Point Marina in Reedville. The Cruise departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. $27/adult; $15/child.
  • Other cruise-goers might enjoy a jaunt with Rappahannock River Cruises aboard the Capt. Thomas. Expect to see the Bald Eagle habitat from the water as you make your way to Ingleside Vineyards for a tour, tasting, and lunch. Capt. Thomas departs Tappahannock at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. $27/adult; $15/child. Add lunch for $13/adult and $8/child.

If the mention of a winery got your attention, Virginia has more than 15 winery trails you can explore. One includes whiskey with the wine, another boasts tremendous Civil War history with the wine, and yet another includes the birthplace of winemaking in Virginia. Check out the wine events calendar to coincide your drive with something fun.

Families who forego the cruises and avoid the wineries will find their fun when they park the car and enjoy a tour. Don’t yawn – there are great tours crafted especially for you.

  • Polyface Farm in Swoope has an open barn door policy. Arrive anytime Monday through Saturday and take a look around. If you’d like a guided tour, call and reserve your family’s place on the haywagon for a Lunatic Tour (children 13 and older; offered twice each month). They promise it’s “more fun than a theme park roller coaster ride,” and being the country girl that I am, I would tend to agree.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Fredericksburg – from all periods of history – can be learned while riding along with the narrated Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg. However, what I look forward to most comes after the tour … Carl’s Frozen Custard.
  • Discover more family fun!

Whatever you choose to do this spring, do it in Virginia where you can completely connect with the ones you love. Click here to order your free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide or call 1-800-Visit-VA.



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We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

by Casey | Posted on March 14th, 2012

ShamROCK N' ROLL in Norfolk

ShamROCK N' ROLL in Norfolk

Even if your blood lacks an ounce of Irish descent, you must admit that it’s hard to fight the fun of St. Patrick’s Day!

For the Family

Roanoke’s Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and McDonald’s St. Pat’s Parade is one giant festival the whole family will love. Enjoy pipe bands, the Bonniest Knees and Classiest Lass Contests, inflatables, face painting, the Wells Fargo “Buffalo Bill” Stagecoach, Celtic dancers, cloggers, and lots of great music.

For the Athletes

Abingdon plays host to the Shamrock 4-Miler - a brand new run with a great ending – a post-race party with BBQ from Bonefire Smokehouse and beer from Wolf Hills Brewery. Go ahead and dress in your favorite green garb … they’ll be judging.

Down on the Boardwalk of Virginia Beach this weekend’s highlight is the 40th running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon. Included is the marathon, half marathon, 8K, and running events for children, too. Post-race parties will include Murphy’s Irish stew and Yuengling, of course!

For the Partiers

Block Party? The merry ol’ section of Norfolk known as Ghent brings you Shamrockin’ in Ghent 2012! Party Friday evening with traditional Irish sounds by local bands, food by Belmont House of Smoke, and various beverages. Wear your green and get your party on.

In Richmond, Shamrock the Block in Shockoe Bottom is the place to be … with 20,000 of your closest friends! It’s a free event, so enjoy the live music, purchase lots o’ food, and choose from plenty o’ frosty beverages. Noon to 6 p.m.

In Norfolk, the AT&T ShamROCK N’ ROLL event includes bagpipers, Irish fair, and all things green. Held at TowneBank Fountain Park at the waterfront, this weekend looks to be perfect for it.

For the Tasters

Nellysford is celebrating at two wineries! Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery invites you for a wine and food pairing. Wear your green and you’ll take home a free logo glass with your purchase. At Wintergreen Winery, the party is on with Irish music, dancing, mayhap a leprechaun, and of course – wine.

A buffet of Irish-inspired delights will be available for your grazing pleasure at the Natural Bridge Hotel, as will Virginia micro-brews and Irish beers. Take a walk beneath the natural wonder of the Bridge itself before the festivities kick off at 3:30 p.m. Or, stay the night for $139/couple.

In Berryville, Veramar Vineyard is breaking out the mischief AND the Blarney Stone. It’s rumored that a leprechaun may be lurking in their parts, too. Expect music, fun, wine, and yummy potato soup.

Irish dancers kick their toes to traditional music while you sip the fine wines of Potomac Point Winery in Stafford. An Irish menu will be offered all weekend long.

A special Irish food and wine pairing awaits you at Fox Meadow Winery in Linden. It’s called Pot of Gold Tasting and includes an elite array of gold medal-winning wines.

 

Find more St. Patrick’s Day events and family fun on the Virginia.org Events Calendar.



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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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Winter Wine Warm-Up: The Virginia Wine Expo

by Casey | Posted on February 21st, 2012

With right around 200 wineries in Virginia, it would take serious dedication to visit even a third of the tasting rooms for a sample of their best wines. Until you have time to make the rounds, or even if you already have, check out the Virginia Wine Expo this weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Wine Tasting

More than 400 wines from more than 70 Virginia wineries will be poured this weekend at the Virginia Wine Expo. Your ticket buys you a Riedel® crystal wine glass and allows you to sample around to find the one you love. Gourmet foods from some of Virginia’s most notable chefs will be available for sampling as well.

Friday, February 24

  • Noon-2 p.m.: Virginia Wine Lovers’ Luncheon at Acacia
  • 4-6 p.m.: Prelude to the Expo Soiree at Bistro 27
  • 5:30-10 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
  • 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: After Hours at T-Miller’s
Saturday, February 25
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Late Winter Harvest Luncheon at Lemaire
  • Noon-8 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Virginia Wine and Hors d’oeuvres at Tobacco Company
  • 1-2 p.m.: Seminar – Fresh Southern Favorites & Virginia Wine
  • 2-3 p.m.: Seminar – Your “Pleasure” Senses and Professional Wine Tasting Techniques
  • 3-4 p.m.: Seminar – Why Virginia? The State of Virginia Wine
  • 4-5 p.m.: Seminar – Modern Charcuterie & Virginia Wines
  • 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: After Hours at T-Miller’s
Sunday, February 26
  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Virginia Wine + Brunch at Selba
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
Important Event Notes
    • There is no re-entry. If you leave the event, you will not be permitted to re-enter.
    • Purchase tickets in advance. To ensure a high-quality event, tickets are limited.
    • Food and beverages are prohibited. Food samples may be available from some vendors and other foods will be available for purchase. Water will be complimentary for cleansing your palate.
    • An ID is required. No one younger than 21 will be permitted to attend Friday or Saturday events.
    • Dress for all events is “smart, chic, or comfortable casual.” No tie required for men; jacket optional. Dark colors are recommended (red wine hides well on dark colors).
    • Please refrain from strong perfumes, colognes, and lotions as their scents disrupt the bouquet of the wines.
    • Coat and wine check will be available.
    • Handicap accessible.
    • No pets.
    • Smokers will be asked to use the designated area.
    • Wine will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle.Virginia Wine Expo Logo



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Eastward, Ho!

by Casey | Posted on November 5th, 2011

New Kent Winery

New Kent Winery

The fall color palette is creeping across Virginia from the mountains to the coast, making this is an especially beautiful time to enjoy the scenery on your way to the wineries of the Chesapeake Bay, Central Virginia and Hampton Roads regions.

According to the National Park Service, “The Piedmont has approximately 50% color and is expected to peak in early November. The Coastal Plain is expected to peak in mid-November.”

If you didn’t have a chance to escape to the mountains in October, maybe you can slip away to the other side of Virginia for a few days, especially as the long Thanksgiving weekend is approaching.

Find events, lodging, and travel packages to plan your ideal Virginia getaway at www.Virginia.org.



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