Heart of Appalachia

5 Small Towns in Southwest Virginia You Need to Visit

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Feb 20, 2018 | Updated: Jul 16, 2018

  With dozens of critically acclaimed restaurants, nonstop entertainment, and easy transportation, the lure of Virginia’s bigger cities is obvious, but less likely are the . . .

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13 Mountain Cabin Rentals for Your Summer Vacation

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: May 5, 2017 | Updated: Apr 30, 2018

  Many people plan a getaway to the mountains during the winter for snow sport adventures, dreaming of sipping hot chocolate by a roaring fireplace . . .

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Blue Ridge Mountains

Can’t-Miss Mountain Destinations

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 | Updated: May 16, 2017

Virginia’s mountain ranges are world-famous for a number of reasons, including the challenging hiking trails, scenic winding drives, and the storied musical history of Appalachia. . . .

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Damascus Brewery

Discover the Growing Craft Brewery Scene of Southwest Virginia

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Nov 4, 2016 | Updated: Jul 27, 2017

  Southwest Virginia is beloved by outdoor enthusiasts because of rugged destinations like the St. Paul ATV Trails, the Appalachian Trail, and challenging waterways like . . .

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14 Cozy Cabins for a Cool Weather Getaway

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 | Updated: Oct 20, 2016

  During the upcoming months, you may find yourself envying our native mountain resident, the black bear, for the ability to hibernate and skip the . . .

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Virginia Creeper Trail

10 Best 2-3 Day Virginia Backpacking Trips on the Appalachian Trail

by Johnny Molloy | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 | Updated: Oct 19, 2016

  The Appalachian Trail courses 550 miles amidst Virginia’s mountains, passing through Virginia’s rich array of public wildlands, such as the Jefferson National Forest, Washington . . .

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