Heart of Appalachia

5 Small Towns in Southwest Virginia You Need to Visit

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Feb 20, 2018 | Updated: Feb 4, 2019

  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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Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia’s Historic Train Depots: Part 1

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Oct 5, 2017 | Updated: Apr 18, 2019

**This is Part 1 of a series, focusing on the Western part of Virginia.** Find Part 2 Here. Before thousands of miles of highways stretched . . .

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Blue Ridge Mountains

Can’t-Miss Mountain Destinations

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 | Updated: Nov 26, 2018

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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fariss farms cabins

13 Cozy Cabins for a Cool Weather Getaway

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 | Updated: Jan 24, 2019

  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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