2016 is coming to an end, so we decided to take a look back at the year to see which articles were most popular with our followers. These ten posts elicited huge responses from Virginians and visitors alike, providing us with even more amazing restaurants, festivals, tea rooms, and much more to try out in 2017. Read on to get a brief glimpse of the year in review for the Virginia is for Lovers blog.
Barbecue is a serious subject for many Virginians, and after tallying up the top choices for the 2016 Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge, we had many other suggestions from enthusiastic fans. This article helps you find out where to eat some of the most mouthwatering barbecue in the state.
Virginia has countless annual festivals, and when the weather is finally warming up, many people look towards the spring events to get outside and enjoy the outdoors after a long winter. From the Daffodil Festival in Gloucester to Richmond’s Dominion Riverrock, this curated list of springtime festivals had many people excited to say goodbye to frigid temperatures and welcome the warmer days in Virginia.
If you look forward to sleeping in late on the weekends and then heading to a local eatery for a fantastic brunch experience, check out this article. It was hard to pick just a few favorite brunch spots, and in response to the article, we had several dozen suggestions from fans for even more delicious brunch destinations.
Whether you enjoy large outdoor musical celebration with tent camping in the mountains or prefer a mellower jazz event in a city center, these 15 music festivals in 2016 got people grooving throughout Virginia. The good news? Many of these events have already confirmed their presence for the 2017 music scene! Stay tuned to the blog for date and lineup announcements.
Spend an afternoon having proper tea with friends and family when you have your afternoon tea at one of these leaf-brewing locations around Virginia. These tea rooms serve up a wide variety of teas and finger sandwiches in the most elegant settings, turning a typical beverage into a tradition that you may wish to adopt for many years to come.
Fall brings to mind some memorable flavors, and apples were definitely the most popular for 2016. This September post highlighted festivals, you-pick orchards, and cideries where visitors could enjoy everything apple for fall.
As fall approaches, mountain cabin rentals become a popular alternative to the coastal vacations of the summer. Many of the lodging options are close to hiking, biking, and fishing sites, providing plenty of fun outdoor activities to fill your vacation. And while a few of these places may be considered “roughing it”, many of the cabins are outfitted with a full array of amenities, from fireplaces to hot tubs.
Shenandoah National Park is one of the most well-known outdoor regions in Virginia, but knowing where to start when it comes to hiking in this 200,000 acre refuge can cause a headache before you even begin. Find out which hikes suit your level of expertise before you head out into Shenandoah National Parks more than 500 miles of trails.
Almost every visitor to Virginia can name off the big cities like Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Alexandria, but the real charm of the Commonwealth lies in the small towns. If you’re an avid outdoorsman, plan to visit a few of these small towns that cater to the more rustic travelers with specialty outfitter shops, extensive trails, and endless outdoor entertainment.
For a truly original experience, stay at one of these unique lodging options when you plan a trip to Virginia. The accommodations range from a luxury tree house to a renovated caboose with absolutely everything in between. Make your trip unforgettable when you book a stay at these distinctive overnight destinations.
What were your favorite articles of 2016? And what are you interested in learning more about for 2017? We always like to hear from our fellow Virginia lovers!