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Make money off honeybees without touching a hive and help agriculture

Make money off honeybees without touching a hive and help agriculture

A local group are starting a large apiary (a place where bees are kept and nurtured) and you can be a part of it.

Own from a fraction of a hive to a complete hive and receive a check once a year for the profits it produces.  These come from leasing the hives to farmers, honey collection and wax collection.

Check out their indiegogo campaign and support them today,

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atlantic-bee-cooperative/x/10931451#/story

News From Facebook April 02, 2015 at 06:43AM

News From Facebook April 02, 2015 at 06:43AM


Can you guess what may have caused this Eagle’s injuries? The same type of wound is present on the top of his skull, over his right hock, inside his left leg and throughout the length of his left leg. The answer will be revealed at the end of the day.

He is stable and doing well. We started him on antibiotics, an anti-inflammatory, pain meds and rehydrated him. We opted to send him to a different facility than we have sent Eagles previously and will be working closely with their veterinary team should this Eagle qualify for a procedure utilizing Vetrix. We have supplied the team with one sheet of the cellular matrix and may be reaching out to you, our Facebook followers, for financial support should we need additional sheets to get this big guy better. Thank you Dr. Poutous and his rehab team at Sacred Friend – Wildlife Rehabilitation in Norfolk for working with us and giving this guy a shot.

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Mallard 15-0047 Undergoes Surgery For Wing Fracture

Mallard 15-0047 Undergoes Surgery For Wing Fracture

24 hours after surgery, Mallard 15-0047 is doing well. Hit by a car and then attacked by a colony of feral cats, he underwent surgery to pin a wing fracture. The external fixator is visible in the left wing. We will begin light physical therapy with him tomorrow and in 4- 6 weeks the pins will be removed.

Barring any unforeseen complications, we expect him to make a full recovery.

We could not assist the general public who find these animals in need of help or our patients without your financial support. Please consider sponsoring this duck’s care. Donations can be made here.

Thank you for supporting the Richmond Wildlife Center .

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A Wild Fiesta – Our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

A Wild Fiesta – Our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

The Richmond Wildlife Center will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary on April 1st.

Join us on Saturday, April 11th at Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill to help us celebrate.

From lunch time at 12pm until 11pm that evening Richmond Wildlife Center volunteers will be present to help celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. Many animals will be making appearances throughout the day, so be sure to stop in and meet some of our education animals as well as animals available for adoption.

Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill will be donating 10% off all their restaurant sales this day to our wildlife center, so be sure to bring all of your friends and family to enjoy some great Mexican food!

Make a family day out of it! Lalo’s is located across the street from the Science Museum of Virginia and the Children’s Museum. Come see us after your family day at the museum.

Parking is available behind Lalo’s as well as on street. Lalo’s Cocina is locate at 2617 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.

We hope to see you there to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone for our center!

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Wildlife Week at Pet Supplies Plus

Wildlife Week at Pet Supplies Plus


Join us tomorrow, March 21, 2015 from 10am – 4pm as we wrap up Wildlife Week at Pet Supplies Plus. Richmond Wildlife Center volunteers will be present to help point you in the direction of items we need to help care for our patients. Please consider stopping by to purchase an item for a wild patient in need. Thank you for your support!

Pet Supplies Plus is located at: 11400 W Huguenot Rd, Unit #118, Midlothian, VA 23113

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“Promise” The Swan

“Promise” The Swan

IMG_20150106_104444125FOLLOW ALL UPDATES ON “PROMISE” THE SWAN BY VISITING THIS POST.

** All new updates will be in Blue. Old Updates will be in Black. Follow this post routinely for updates. Thank you!


1/9/2015 – Please be patient with us. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has granted us additional time. We now have until January 21st to identify a permanent placement for Promise the Swan. We are confident we can locate such a home. The Richmond Wildlife Center is hosting a continuing education raptor workshop tomorrow for licensed veterinarians in which DGIF is also participating. We also have 30 patients to care for, provide husbandry and medical care to each morning and evening. Patient treatments start between 8-9am and evening treatments begin at 4pm. Today, 1/9/2015, we only have two volunteers in our center; a licensed veterinarian and a veterinary assistant/wildlife care assistant. We ask for your patience today as we have many patients to care for and we must also prepare to execute our raptor workshop tomorrow which is critical to training more veterinarians in saving the the lives of our Hawks, Owls, Eagles, Falcons, Osprey, Vultures and other Birds of Prey.

We hope to send out our permanent placement survey today to all those who have expressed interest in providing a captive home for Promise. However, it may not be until Sunday before we can execute this. We are doing the best we can given we have no paid staff and limited volunteer staffing. Again please be patient with us. We WILL find a home for Promise.

In the interim, here is how you can help.

  1. Please continue to share Promise’s story. Of the 150 parties who have expressed interest in adopting Promise, the majority of those individuals reside out of state. One stipulation imposed by DGIF is that Promise the Mute Swan cannot leave Virginia. We need more Virginia contacts who may be willing to give Promise a home. Some stipulations that will be mandated may be a financial burden for many. Again, we need more contacts. Please contact your local Virginia newspapers, news stations, bloggers, friends, co-workers and family members. Ask them to share Promise’s story to help us find more Virginia property/landowners owners who may be interested in providing a captive home for Promise the Mute Swan. The property owner/landowner must contact us directly via email to provide us with their information. Please do not provide referrals.
  2. Help us raise the funding we need to provide the medical, surgical, tracking, reproductive, blood testing and monitoring requirements in order to ensure we can place Promise and meet all required stipulations. Promise’s needs were NOT in our small nonprofit’s budget for this year. Individuals who would like to support our center’s efforts can make a donation here.
  3. Please be patient with us. We will all work together to make this happen for Promise! All contact should be done through email. Please do not utilize social media (Facebook) or phone to reach us. We can be contacted through our contact form.

All interested parties should send the following information to us to be added to our list of possible homes. Please utilize our contact form to send the below information.

  • First & Last Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

We would like to send put our permanent placement survey to interested parties today, however realistically it may not be until Sunday before this occurs. PLEASE BE PATIENT! WE WILL ALL WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE PROMISE. Now please share Promise’s story below to help us get more Virginia contacts who may be able to provide a permanent captive home and help us to raise the funding we need to save Promise. Thank you for helping us Save Promise!

You can share Promise’s story directly from NBC12/Kelly Avellino – Thank you NBC12 and Kelly Avellino for helping us save Promise the Mute Swan!

http://www.nbc12.com/clip/11010986/state-gives-injured-swan-10-days-to-find-captive-home


1/8/2015 5:11pm – We have just received general stipulations from DGIF in regards to the conditions of the permanent placement of Promise the Mute Swan. If you have not already done so please submit your name, phone number and email address if you are an interested party here. DO NOT LEAVE THIS INFO ON FACEBOOK, IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED. DO NOT CALL OUR CENTER. PLEASE EMAIL US.

We will be emailing an initial questionnaire to prospective permanent placement individuals to help us quickly identify those individuals who meet the general stipulations provided by DGIF. We will then work from that list of individuals to determine which individuals meeting the general guidelines will also meet additional specific stipulations. All contact information from interested parties needs to be received by 9AM EST, 1/11/2014. We have until January 21, 2015 to find Promise a home or Promise will be euthanized.

We are not permitted to assist, possess or provide veterinary care to any Mute Swan in the future. Those swans found sick, injured, or feral in our state must be destroyed.

DGIF has issued us a special possession permit for us to be in possession of the Swan until January 21st. This swan cannot be transferred to anyone else for veterinary or rehabilitative care. To meet all of the surgical, reproductive, tracking, and monitoring stipulations required of the permanent placement we need your financial assistance to ensure we can meet these requirements. This was not in our small nonprofit’s budget for this year. The permitting fee (adoption fee) will be paid to DGIF. So please donate so we can ensure we can provide the services needed to properly place Promise. Donation information and a paypal button for donations is available here.

Thank you all for helping us save Promise the Mute Swan. AS A REMINDER PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CONTACT INFO ON FACEBOOK. DO NOT CALL OUR CENTER WITH CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION HERE.


1/7/2015 4:45pm – We have not yet received the stipulations from DGIF in regards to the permanent placement of Promise the Swan. We do not know if the 10 days began yesterday or if our 10 day window begins when DGIF provides us with the stipulations. We are worried we may have lost 2 days of our 10 day window. We are collecting names, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals interested in adopting the swan. Once we receive the stipulations from DGIF we will email all those interested to identify a suitable captive and permanent home for the swan. If you are interested please provide your contact information here.

**Please note our telephone only has one line. If we are on the line, no voice-mail will pick-up, and it will just ring. (We are a poor nonprofit and our priority is our patients medical and nutritional needs and not voice-mail for our call waiting at this time.) Please limit phone calls as this prohibits callers needing emergency veterinary care for injured wildlife and non-native feral exotics.We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you all for working so hard to help us find a home for Promise the Swan.


1/7/2015 8am- We are working diligently to save “Promise” the Swan. We would like to pause to thank NBC12 and Kelly Avellino as well as Secretary of Natural Resources, Molly Ward, and her staff in the Governor’s office. Secretary Ward’s office negotiated for us at our request with Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Through those efforts we received a 10 day stay of euthanasia. We have 10 days to find a suitable and responsible captive home for the swan. We do not know all the stipulations to the agreement yet and will learn those today. What we do know is that we may be prohibited from exporting the Swan out of state and it cannot be free roaming where it could potentially escape into the wild again. We will keep you posted as we learn the details and frantically search for a suitable captive home.

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Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co.announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opening a year or two after that. Ultimately, the company will employ more than 288 people.

“The search for our location east of the Mississippi River was no easy endeavor,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We received and reviewed hundreds of proposals, visited more than 40 sites, and received quite a bit of attention from communities and craft beer fans. The three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, however, we decided to begin next-step negotiations with Richmond because of their ability to meet our extensive site requirements, subject to the city’s approval. We also feel that Richmond’s vibrant energy and impressive craft beer culture, along with the uniqueness of the property, will allow us to create a truly memorable Stone experience for our fans. We are honored by the amount of time and effort all the communities that submitted proposals put forth, and we want to specifically thank Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for welcoming us.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “A facility on the East Coast will allow us to meet demand for our beer, ensure we are providing our fans with the freshest beer possible and also serve as a distribution hub for states located east of the Mississippi. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the lively craft beer community in Richmond, the state of Virginia and the entire eastern U.S.”

Stone anticipates building a 200,000 square-foot production brewery and distribution facility on 14 acres of land. Equipped with a 250-barrel brewhouse, the brewery will produce year-round and special-release beers to be bottled, kegged and distributed, as well as enjoyed on-site. The company also plans to renovate a two-story, 30,000 square-foot building, transforming it into a destination restaurant spanning four acres and highlighting locally grown organic food, complementing the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. The restaurant will feature beautifully landscaped gardens where visitors will be able to enjoy craft beer, dine and relax in an inviting atmosphere.

“Today’s announcement marks the fruition of months of partnership and aggressive efforts to show Stone Brewing Co. that Virginia is the best state for its new craft beer production and hospitality facility,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The company received submissions from more than 20 states, and the Commonwealth of Virginia was selected. This competitive, high-profile project really puts Virginia on the map and cements our standing as a serious player in the craft beer industry. In addition to Stone’s significant investment and more than 288 new jobs, the far-reaching economic benefits of this operation are innumerable. The City of Richmond offers the infrastructure, available site and building, and natural resources that will allow the company to thrive and grow, and we are confident that Stone will benefit from the Commonwealth’s excellent business environment for years to come. Today is an achievement of great magnitude, and we are excited to welcome Stone Brewing Co. to Virginia.”

“We are thrilled about Stone’s decision to choose Richmond as its East Coast production and distribution facility location,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “After competing with 20 other states, we are so pleased that Stone has discovered those attributes that make Richmond a great place to do business. The fact that they have chosen a site in the Greater Fulton Community underscores their understanding of the rich history and natural assets that we have to offer. As they bring their unique craft beer and visionary business model here, I look forward to the many opportunities that lay ahead with Stone.”

This is the second expansion announcement Stone has made this year. In July, the company unveiled it will become the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe with the opening of Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin.

Local Actor to appear in Olive Kitteridge on HBO.

Local Actor to appear in Olive Kitteridge on HBO.

Local talent Devin Druid will appear in the upcoming miniseries on HBO Olive Kitteridge.

Devin plays Christopher Kitteridge, son of Olive and Henry Kitteridge (played by Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, respectively).

Devin’s web site cam be found at DevinDruid.com

Olive Kitteridge Official Site: http://www.hbo.com/olive-kitteridge

 

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Amy Lacey of WRIC TV – Channel 8 News Stops In

Amy Lacey of WRIC TV – Channel 8 News Stops In

News Anchor, Amy Lacey of WRIC TV – Channel 8, stopped in to help raise awareness of our wildlife veterinary facility. We would like to thank Amy and Channel 8 for their support of our wildlife patients and center. The complete story can be found here.

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Stone Brewing’s Tale of Three Cities (edit now two)

Stone Brewing’s Tale of Three Cities (edit now two)

Update- I wrote this a week ago and never published it.  There is more I wanted to add.  I am publishing it now because a few friends wanted to see it.  Norfolk is now out of contention.  I don’t know what perks Ohio and Virginia are offering.  Below is just raw data without perks.

 

I have been watching the press releases roll out of Google News Feed ever since Stone Brewing announced expansion to the East Coast.  Then I watch people on news and beer forums start talking about each other’s cities, creating facebook like pages etc etc.  So I sat down last night, had a nice Stone beer, lit a cigar and started making the below spreadsheet.  Probably 1/1000 the size the one Stone is making, but I skim the surface and don’t get paid for this.

Shipping

One of Stone’s biggest expenses is going to be shipping all those kegs and bottles.

Trains– The easiest and cheapest way is by rail, if you have a rail yard.  The location in Richmond could have a rail running through the brewery.  CSX cuts across the back of the property.  But lets look at whats already there: Columbus and Richmond have major rail yards.  Columbus has the only Intermodal Terminal (transfer from truck to train and visa versa).  Maybe trains aren’t an option.

Trucks– Richmond has I81 and I64 cutting through it and is located within a days drive to the entire east of the Mississippi population.  Norfolk and Columbus start getting into two day transit times to various cities.  This adds a major expense to the shipping.  Norfolk’s trucks will be stymied by the Bridge/Tunnels and horrible traffic across the Chesapeake Bay.

Deep Sea Ports are another factor to look into.  Some shipments may be too large for a truck, and may be best floated south to Florida.  Trucking companies charge a lot of money to go into Florida, because they often come back up empty.  But trains solve this problem too.

State Laws

Ohio is one of the states with ABV restrictions.  No beer can be brewed over 12%.  Virginia has no legislation like that.  Stone likes high ABV beers.

On the flip side, the State Excise tax is $.18 in Ohio vs $.26 in Virginia.  Stone’s RFP said they initially will produce 120,000 barrels and then ramp up to 500,000.  The difference between the Excise Taxes are around $300,000 to start and $1,240,000 a year when fully scaled.  Ohio loses on the types of beers brewed, but wins on the Excise Tax.

However, Richmond’s business taxes on equipment and property are far less.  I think this is a carry over from the tobacco days, but RVA does well with low business taxes.  When spending $10s of millions in a production facility, this is a huge savings.

Cost of Living

All of us that live here, love Richmond.  While our cost of living is below the national average, we aren’t as cheap as Columbus.  We are cheaper than Norfolk. However, Columbus loses in property taxes, having some of the highest in the country.

Utilities were hard to peg.  Columbus electricity is run by the government, so seemed kind of a flat rate.  Here in Virginia, Dominion Power has sliding scales for different times of the day and amount used.  Stone will do best to run it’s high electricity machines like bottling lines at night to save money in Virginia.  Of course, it will probably incorporate solar to offset this.

Water was all over the map.   Richmond has good prices on water, but high on waste water.  Stone will have to pay the waste water fee on water not put into it’s beers. Trust me, breweries use a lot of water to clean and sanitize.  There may be a commercial rate I am sure the city could dig up for them.

While talking quality of water, Richmond wins.  Our water is some of the best in the country (probably related to the high waste fees) and the James River flows much cleaner through the state.  If you compare natural minerals in the water, our water fits brewers perfectly as not much tweaking needs to be done to match recipes.  In fact, our water is very similar to the ancient city of Plzen (Pilsen).

Tourism

I think it is agreed that Richmond wins on tourism.  Norfolk may draw a few tourists to make the 40 minute drive away from Virginia Beach, but it is not an easy destination spot.

I honestly don’t remember much about Columbus.  I drove there once to see Ray Charles during my college years.  We went to Papa Joes afterwards and drank beer from a plastic sand bucket.  But unless your child goes to Ohio State, or you are from there, I never hear of anyone marking Columbus as their summer vacation.  It is a lovely city from what I remember.

I think one thing I really want to see in RVA, is Stone Brewing versus Mekong Restaurant in the annual Dragon Boat Race.  I think that would be epic.  Who knows, maybe some of the plans are to put a dock behind the brewery and you can boat to the restaurant/garden.  Why no one has done this in Richmond, I don’t know.  Outdoor Magazine loves RVA, hopefully Stone sees our natural beauty as well.

What did I miss?

As Richmond, Norfolk, Columbus, Ohio and Virginia scramble to make adjustments to laws, zoning, taxes and what not, Stone sits patiently enjoying it’s new brewery in Europe.  All three cities are great in their own way.  I am sure we will not be privy to the tax credits being offered until the deal is inked.

While the taxes are slightly higher in Richmond, the utilities are less and business equipment taxes are lower.  Richmond wins on shipping and closeness to the major cities.  This is important as you ship seasonal products and need quick delivery.  It is a close race on my small spreadsheet.  It will be interesting if Stone discloses what pushed them to their final choice.

A comparison Columbus Norfolk Richmond
Transit
Major Rail Yard 1 0 2
Intermodal Terminal 1 0 0
Number of Interstates 1 1 2
Deep Sea Ports 0 1 1
Distance to Major Cities in hours by truck, with no traffic….
Chicago 5.5 14 12.5
New York City 8.5 6.5 5.75
Washington DC 6.75 3.5 2
Atlanta 8.5 8.75 8
Savannah 10.5 7.25 6.75
Miami 17.5 14 13.5
Nashville 5.75 10.75 9.25
Philadelphia 7.75 5.25 4.25
Boston 12 10.25 9.5
Raleigh Durham 7.75 3 2.5
Charlotte 7 5.25 4.5
Detroit 3.5 11.25 9.75
Richmond 7.5 0 0
VA Beach 9.25 0.5 1.5
Columbus 0 7.5 7.5
State Laws
Max ABV allowed 12% none none
State Excise Tax per Gal 0.18 0.26 0.26
Cost of Living Based against Richmond 14% Cheaper Housing %3 more expensive
Based Against Norfolk 20% Cheaper 3% Cheaper
Based against Columbus 14% More expensive 20% more expensive
Taxes and Utilities Machine/tool tax $3.50/$100 $4.25/$100 $2.30/$100
Water $3.11-$1.70 $4.45 $3.40
Waste water $4.09 $3.83 $6.17
Electricity (Comm KWH) $0.042 $0.042 $0.042
Quality of water Based on purity 2nd 3rd 1st
Based on natural minerals for brewing 2nd 3rd 1st

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Richmond Breweries Best IPA

Richmond Breweries Best IPA

Richmond Breweries Best IPA

Richmond Breweries Best IPA

Richmond Breweries Best IPA

Here at FunRVA we love beer. The city has grown so much in the last few years with quality breweries.  There are just so many tasty options!

We want to here from you!  This is for the true beer geeks!  If you have tried all of these, give us your vote!  If you haven’t tried them all, you have some homework to do!  This poll will last Until Sept 9th, so get out there!

Best Richmond Brewery IPA

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11 Award-Winning Virginia Craft Breweries

11 Award-Winning Virginia Craft Breweries

Virginia is brewing some really tasty craft beer and the nation is noticing. The craft beer industry in Virginia has boomed very quickly from just a handful of breweries a couple of years ago to more than 80 as of this writing. It appears that Virginians and visitors passing through our beautiful Commonwealth are enjoying the liquid love on tap.

Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant

If 80+ breweries seems overwhelming, let this be a quick-start guide. Go where the big awards are (World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, for starters) and then launch your flight tastings from there. Here are 11 award-winning craft breweries you should try now in Virginia.

1. Devils Backbone Craft Brewery in Roseland is a solid craft beer starter experience. DBB has certainly made a mark for itself in the world of craft beer since its 2008 opening. In 2013 alone DBB brought home six Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medals, plus two World Beer Cup (WBC) medals this year! Such acclaim boosts you to statuses like Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year (2012 and 2013 Great American Beer Festival) and Champion Brewery and Brewmaster (2010 World Beer Cup).

  • Old Virginia Dark American-Style Dark Lager – 2014 WBC Gold Medal, 2013 GABF Gold Medal
  • Vienna Lager – 2014 WBC Silver Medal (Outpost in Lexington)
  • Danzig Baltic-Style Porter – 2010 WBC  Gold Medal and 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
  • Morning Bear Coffee Flavored Beer – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
  • Schwartz Bier German-Style Schwarzbier – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
  • Kollaborator Traditional German-Style Bock – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
  • Azreal Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 2013 GABF Gold Medal (Outpost)
  • Gold Leaf Lager American-Style or International-Style Pilsener – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
  • Berliner Metro Weiss German-Style Sour Ale – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
  • Ale of Fergus English-Style Mid Ale – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
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Starr Hill Brewery

Starr Hill Brewery

2. Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet near Charlottesville is one of Virginia’s oldest craft breweries (1999). Starr Hill’s eight core brews, four seasonal brews and select limited edition brews have together garnered 21 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup over the years. Here are the most recent accolades:

  • Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA – 2014 WBC Gold Medal
  • Dark Starr Stout Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 2008 WBC Silver Medal
  • Amber Ale Irish Red Ale – 2002 WBC Bronze Medal
  • Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal
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3. Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest proclaims, “the end of bad beer is here!” and they invite you to try what championship judges have loved.

  • Heavy Red Horseman Scottish-Style Ale – 2014 WBC Gold Medal
  • Red Hoppocalypse Imperial Red Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
  • Lustful Maiden Belgian Abbey Ale – Dubbel – 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal
Blue Mountain Brewery

Blue Mountain Brewery

4. Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton is Virginia’s first countryside brewery, hop farm and tasting room, not to mention, they have a farm-to-table restaurant on-site. Ten brews are on tap daily. Here are their latest accolades:

  • Blue Reserve American- Belgian-Style Ale – 2012 WBC Silver Medal
  • Rockfish Wheat American-Style Wheat – 2010 WBC Silver Medal

5. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond operates a sustainable operation, with their energy being charged by wind and other renewable sources. If that doesn’t make you feel good about a visit, maybe a World Beer Cup acknowledgement will. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout won a 2012 WBC Bronze Medal in the Herb and Spice category.

6. Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria is just a hop, skip and a jump from Washington, DC, making it a favorite reprieve from Capital life. Their recent acclaims include …

  • Optimal Wit Belgian-Style Witbier – 2013 GABF Gold Medal
  • Oktoberfest Vienna-Style Lager – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
  • Colossal One Aged Beer – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
  • Colossal Two Smoke Beer – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
Three Brothers Brewing

Three Brothers Brewing

7. Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn pairs locally-sourced eats with their gently handcrafted brews. Try the Rhino’fest Märzen, just released for the season today! It was awarded a gold medal in the German-Style Märzen category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.

8. Smartmouth Brewing Co. in Norfolk claims to “geek out to the science of brewing,” which is becoming evident when the judges of the Great American Beer Festival award them a bronze medal in 2013 for their Notch 9 Double IPA. Great effort sometimes equals great reward.

9. Three Brothers Brewing in Harrisonburg is actually comprised of three brothers a’brewin’. The brothers and their brewery are homegrown and loyal to their local roots, which makes a bronze medal for their Rum Barrel Belgium Dubbel Style IPA all the sweeter (2013 Great American Beer Festival).

10. Wolf Hills Brewing Co. in Abingdon only distributes locally to ensure optimum freshness and flavor. That being said, more than the region is taking notice of their brews.

  • White IPA Out of Bounds IPA – 2014 U. S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal
  • White Blaze Honey Cream Ale American Cream Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
  • Ordinary Bitter – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal

11. South Street Brewery in Charlottesville was founded in 1998, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for the grand re-opening of this local brewpub. Here’s to hoping their award-winning beverages are still on tap!

  • South Street Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale – 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal and 2011 Bronze Medal
  • Anastasia’s Chocolate Stout – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
  • Satan’s Pony Scottish Ale – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal and Judges’ Award for one of the Most Creative Names
  • South Street Dubbel – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal

Without a doubt there are tons more medals hanging around bottles in Virginia’s brewpubs. Explore and taste for yourself, especially during August Virginia Craft Beer Month, and let us know via the comments section about your favorite award-winning Virginia craft beer.

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Richmond Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours

Richmond Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours

Richmond Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours

We are happy to show an interactive map showing Richmond’s Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours.

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RVA Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours

RVA Weekly Food Specials and Happy Hours

We are always looking for more, and readers can submit their favorite places by clicking here.

We love the diverse selection of restaurants offering delicious food and beverages.

It you are visiting RVA, we hope this map helps you find something you like near where you are staying.  Or give you an idea of what part of RVA to go visit.

We are always on the lookout for more.  The VA ABC forbids restaurants to list what their happy hours consist of, but we can list RVA Happy Hours here.  You as a consumer are able to list them with us.

We will be working on new features as time goes on, so please leave your feedback and ideas below.

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Oz Clarke is a Fan of Virginia

Oz Clarke is a Fan of Virginia

“What do I like about Virginia? The countryside. It’s magnificent,” said Robert “Oz” Clarke. Clarke recently sat down to discuss his 2013 trip to Virginia, at which time he was the keynote speaker at the Virginia Wine Summit.

Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyards

Before Clarke discussed Virginia’s ability to grow great Viognier, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, however, he gushed over Virginia’s Southern hospitality, history, and music. Check out the video.

Mr. Clarke is a well-known international wine connoisseur, with his own website stating, his “formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach.” In short, Oz knows his stuff and he isn’t shy about sharing his opinion. To back it up, Mr. Clarke is a decorated writer on the subject, garnering awards from the Glenfiddich and Wine Guild multiple times each, André Simon, James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson, among numerous others. Clarke is a bestselling author and has appeared in several BBC series, including his most recent ‘Oz and Hugh’s Last Orders.’ Harpers hails, “Oz Clarke is the nearest thing to genius in the world of wine writing.”

“It took me a long time to get to Virginia. I thought it was absolutely smashing.” – Oz Clarke

Learn more about visiting Virginia’s wineries at Virginia.org/wine.

© Casey for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2014

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Secrets of the Brewmasters

Secrets of the Brewmasters

Virginia has had a long love affair with beer; it’s been enjoyed here since 1607 and we even have a recipe from George Washington for his brew.

From Ales to Vienna Lagers and everything in between, dozens of breweries across the state help quench our thirst for quality quaffs.

If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, here is another: August is officially Virginia Craft Beer Month, and many breweries, restaurants and bars have special events and other offerings to raise a glass to.

It’s no secret that it’s a great time now – as well as the whole year through – to enjoy a Virginia craft beer, but there are a few insider tips for making the most of the sips, and we spoke with five brewmasters to learn a few.

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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Dr., Goochland
804-314-4380

Farris Loutfi of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Farris Loutfi of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Brewery Opened: 2013

Brewery Offers: 6 regular beers; 10 seasonal beers

Signature Brew: Three Chopt Tripel is a non-stopped-hopped version of a European Classic.  What I like about it is the fantastic combination of citrus, spice and honey notes the beer has.  It is also remarkably refreshing and drinkable despite it’s high ABV of 9.3 percent.

Tours/Tastings Offered: Open Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to sunset and Saturday and Sunday, noon to sunset.

From Sean-Thomas Pumphrey, Chief Beer Officer:

What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

The quality of Virginia craft beer is second to none, [and the] breweries themselves are fantastic destinations to visit and bring out of town guests. Craft beer gives a sense of regional identity to a place and gives those who live in the area something they can take personal pride in.

What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

Virginia craft breweries focus on quality in every aspect of their business.  We create unique beers and serve them in a fantastic setting.

How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

The best way is to try and have a clean palate between tastings and to take notes [that includes the] brewery name, beer name, beer type, general descriptors and some type of rating system.

What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

Batchleors Delight Rum Barrel Aged Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale paired with roasted lamb and Three Chopt Tripel with fresh scallops.

How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

Two beer releases: Creator German-Style Doppelbock on Aug. 9 and Rosemary Saison, made from rosemary on the farm, on Aug. 16.

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Lost Rhino Brewing Co.
21730 Red Rum Dr. #142, Ashburn
571-291-2083

Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Brewery Opened: 2011

Brewery Offers: 5 year-round beers; 4 seasonal beers; up to 12 beers on tap in tasting room

Signature Brew: Face Plant IPA, a strong malty backbone, pleasant grapefruit bitterness, great herbal hop flavor and delicate floral hop aroma

Tours/Tastings Offered: The tasting room is open Tuesday-Sunday afternoons; tours are on Saturdays

From Favio Garcia, co-founder and Director of Brewing Operations:

What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

Overall there is a growing appreciation of small business and local craft. In our increasing homogenized world many are looking for a unique experience, be it food, drink or art.

What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

Without a doubt the variety of styles. Virginia breweries are producing a wide array of different styles from crisp lager to wild ales and doing them well.

How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

If you have the time and inclination start up a conversation with a regular, they will steer you to the must try of week.

What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

Face Plant IPA – I think our India Pale Ale goes great with any grilled foods, especially seafood.

Woody Stout- This bourbon barrel-aged stout as you can imagine goes very well a chocolate desert, but it very fun to pair strong cheeses with this roasty sweet beauty.

How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

Lost Rhino will be releasing Native Son, our all-Virginia Beer. Every ingredient in this beer is from the commonwealth.

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Redbeard Brewing Company
129 S. Lewis St., Staunton
804-641-9340

Brewery Opened:  2013

Brewery Offers:  3-4 flagship beers, 3-4 seasonal beers; 6-8 beers usually on tap

Signature Brew: Black Rye IPA – it combines the roastiness and body of a dry stout with the hop-forward aroma and finish of an IPA.

Tours/Tastings Offered:  The taproom is open Fridays, 4-11 p.m., Saturdays, noon-11 p.m., and Sundays, 1-11 p.m.

From Jonathan Wright, founder and brewer:

What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

[It] is due primarily to the passage of [a bill allowing] breweries to sell their product in an on-site tasting/taproom. Small breweries such as Redbeard [can] focus on clientele and [create] a solid portfolio of quality offerings without the need to distribute all of our product to wholesalers at low margins.

What are some craft beer trends you see?

The revival and Americanization of Old World styles like sour beers, and the expansion of the lower ABV (Alcohol By Volume) “session” segment of the market.

Sour beers of various type are extremely en vogue, [ranging] from a light tartness [to] the sourest thing on earth.

The lower ABV beers that are in fashion are a great way to enjoy the act of drinking, without getting drunk.

How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

Know what you’re getting into, do your homework, make sure they’re open the day you will visit, make sure the beer styles they typically offer are up your alley.

What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

Drink what you think you’ll like, eat what you think you’ll like.  Be adventurous once you’ve had your fill of those to expand and educate your palate.

How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

There’s a new beer to try and new friends to make any time you visit, any time of the year.

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Roanoke Railhouse Brewing Co.
3106 Franklin Rd., Roanoke
540-293-2423

Brewery Opened: 2009

Brewery Offers: 3 regular beers; 4 seasonal beers

Signature Brew: Track 1 Amber Lager was created to produce the flavor profile identified by the focus group research conducted for us by Martin Research. Track 1 is robust in a subtle manor with the emphases on malt.  It is a true,” Session” beer with low after taste and a silky smooth mouth feel.

Tours/Tastings Offered: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday, 2-7:30 p.m., Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

From Steve Davidson, president:

What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

Recent [laws] allowing breweries [that permit] on premise sales.

What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

The craft beer industry is not just about alcohol sales. We are creating jobs that spread throughout the commonwealth. Transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and one of the most important aspects of the state economy, tourism are all positively affected by craft beer

How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

We hope to celebrate by reopening [in our new location.]

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The St. George Brewing Co.
204 Challenger Way, Hampton
757-865-7781

The St. George Brewing Company

The St. George Brewing Company

Brewery Opened: 1996

Brewery Offers:  11 regular: 5 traditional ales and lagers, 4 imperial styles and 2 hybrids; 6 seasonal

Signature Brew: St. George IPA, a classic, English-style India Pale Ale full-flavored beer, easy drinking without overwhelming the taste palate.

Tours/Tastings Offered:  Retail sales are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From Andy Rathmann, brewmaster:

What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

Virginia has seen quite a few microbreweries since they came on the scene in the late 1970′s. The Chesapeake Brewing Co in Norfolk was the first in Virginia and Legends Brewing Co in Richmond being the oldest existing microbrewery.

The recent spurt follows a trend that has been taking the whole country by storm and has been helped in no small part by the passage of a new Virginia law which allows brewery tasting rooms to sell for on-site consumption of their beer.

What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

The bigger difference, I believe, is really brewery to brewery, regardless of what part of the country they are located.

How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

[In general] start with beers that won’t ruin your taste buds too quickly and then work your way, brewery to brewery, up to the more extreme types.

[At a festival] pick a specific style and them sample each breweries offerings of that style for comparison. Get in the longest line you find because they will be the most trending and most likely run out soonest.

Oh yeah, and bring a designated driver

What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

St George Golden Ale has a tart citrus note that tends to cut thru any spicy greasy food, think wings or pizza

St George Porter with it’s rich chocolate and coffee notes goes with any type of chocolate.

How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

Personally I’m celebrating by having a different Virginia beer every day. The brewery has several events on tap.

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Patrick Evans-HyltonPatrick Evans-Hylton, a Johnson & Wales University trained chef, is a Norfolk, Va.-based food journalist, historian and educator. His work has appeared in print, television, radio and social media since 1995. Evans-Hylton calls his cookbook, Dishing Up Virginia, his love letter to the state’s foods and foodways. He blogs at PatrickEvansHylton.com.

 

 

© PEvansHylton for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2014

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Late Summer Travel Packages

Late Summer Travel Packages

Don’t start pulling out the sweaters yet! We have quite a while until we’ll need those, but before the cool air starts coming in, these vacation hot spots are great for your late summer escape.

 

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Bunk and Bridle 4-night Package, Reba Farm Inn – Aug. 17-20 
Virginia has its own “dude ranch” located in Bedford County, with 75 horses on 300 acres near the Peaks of Otter. Become an East Coast Cowboy at Reba Farm Inn/Saddle Soar Equitainment with the “Bunk and Bridle” package. This travel package is for the true horse lover who wants to learn more and/or improve their horsemanship; or the novice, a great introduction to common sense horsemanship, and includes:

  • Four nights of lodging at the Inn
  • Meals (some meals will be served at the Inn, others at the barn and one out on the trail)
  • Hands on activities with horses and lots of riding

 

Hokie Football Overnight Stay Package, Blacksburg – dates are for all home Va. Tech games
Stay with the Holiday Inn University Blacksburg & Lane Stadium for one of Virginia Tech’s home football games and receive:

  • Free shuttle to and from the football field (9am-2am)
  • Free tailgate near the stadium
  • Free parking
  • A special, unique gift for each game

 

Virginia Golf Package at the Tides Inn – Thru Aug. 31 
Located on a private peninsula in the Northern Neck, near Chesapeake Bay, Tides Inn is home to the Golden Eagle Golf Course designed by George W. Cobb. Surrounded by woodlands, the course features exciting elevation changes, well-placed bunkers, signature holes, and water elements that all levels of golfers can enjoy.  Golden Eagle at the Tides Inn is the perfect getaway for golf with a group, as a romantic escape, or a trip with the whole family. Package includes:

  • Deluxe room accommodations
  • Full breakfast daily, per person, at the restaurant or room service
  • Unlimited daily golf at the Golden Eagle course, with cart, club storage and range balls
  • Unlimited use of the practice facility at the Little Eagle course
  • Golden Eagle souvenirs

 

Maury River Kayaking

Maury River Kayaking

Twin River Rafting Adventure Package, Natural Bridge – Thru Aug. 31 
Stay at the Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel and enjoy a river excursion with friends and family in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Enjoy all the benefits of a Natural Bridge Family Hotel Package including:

  • Natural Bridge and Caverns tickets
  • Standard room for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Served, hot breakfast
  • A single trip each for the River Paddle or Tubing Adventure

 

Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package, Williamsburg Plantation Resort – Thru Sept. 1

A great end of summer vacation for the family! The Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package includes:

  • 2 bedroom/2 bath condo, equipped with a kitchen, living and dining area
  • Unlimited visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and more

 

American Music Festival, Virginia Beach – Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Enjoy 3 days of rock, jazz, country, R&B and more at the 2014 American Music Festival, presented by Chevrolet. Featured artists include Three Dog Night, Barenaked Ladies, Daughtry, Third Eye Blind, just to name a few. Package includes:

  • 3-night stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Oceanfront
  • 2 Passport Pins for the festival

 

Yoga at Primland Resort

Yoga at Primland Resort

Summer Hydration, Primland – Thru Sept. 21
Having one of those summers? Plan a relaxing trip to Primland Resort and enjoy the Summer Hydration package. This is the season of warm summer winds with the sun at its zenith. Abundant warmth and light beam confidence and strength. experience summer through its element – nourishing water as it opens us to our natural resources. The Summer Hydration package treatments have been especially selected to represent the nourishment and replenishment of the summer season. Package includes:

  • 3-day, 2-night stay at the resort
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Yoga sea salt scrub
  • Stone of eternal youth facial
  • Harmony massage

 

Civil War Experience, Fredericksburg – Thru 2014
Travel back in history and walk in the footsteps of Grant, Lee and the thousands of Americans affected by the Civil War. This historic package includes:

  • 2-night stay at a Fredericksburg-area hotel (selected upon booking)
  • Admission to the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center and the White Oak Civil War Museum
  • Admission to all National Military Park Battlefields, a VIP dining card and more

 

For the Birders Travel Package, Mountain Rose Inn
Experience birding in luxury with this package at the Mountain Rose Inn that is just for bird lovers who might want to also be guests at our Inn. Experience birds of many varieties on the Inn’s property. You can even get face-to-face with a ruby-throated hummingbird during the summer months as you sip a glass of sherry & enjoy an afternoon snack on the Inn’s front porch. Package includes:

  • 3-night stay
  • Breakfast of choice and picnic lunches.

 

Fishing at Cornerstone Farm, Red Oak
Whether you are young or young-at-heart, fishing is a relaxing pastime. You’ll discover the fishing is great sport on Cornerstone’s large private stocked pond. Cast a line for largemouth bass, crappies, catfish and more in our spring-fed pond for early morning or late afternoon fun. After dinner, enjoy the warmth of a evening bonfire while sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. This package includes a

  • 2-night stay
  • Snack tray and beverages
  • Country breakfasts, light lunch, full evening meals
  • 1 evening bonfire roasting marshmallows
  • On-site pond fishing (bait and tackle included)

 

Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

A Winelover’s Retreat, Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy a weekend in the country, sipping on Virginia’s finest wines. Package includes:

  • 2-night accommodations
  • 1 bottle of local Virginia wine and cheese platter
  • Full country breakfast each morning
  • Complementary soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Complementary snack basket in room
  • Self-guided tours of local wineries and breweries

 

Creeper Trail Bike Shuttle Package, Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast 
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile long Rails-to-Trails footpath and recreational trail used for hiking, birding and cycling. The Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast package includes:

  • 2-night accommodations
  • 1/2 day bicycle rental for 2
  • Gourmet breakfast

 

Family Fun Package at Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
Have a complete vacation experience with the Hilton Garden Inn Family Fun Package. Enjoy a family outing on the beach during the day and then have a night out on the town! Along with the breathtaking views of the Atlantic, this package also includes:

  • Tickets to Beach Movie Bistro (enjoy a full menu of dining options while you watch a movie!)
  • $50 dining card to be used at any of the hotel’s 5 Virginia Beach Boardwalk restaurants

 

 

 

© Stefanie for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2014

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Peach Time: Festivals and Pick-Your-Own Orchards

Peach Time: Festivals and Pick-Your-Own Orchards

It’s peach time! We’re in primetime peach-picking season, which means festivals, pick-your-own days at orchards and plenty of peach goodies to go around.

Peach Ice Cream Days at Chiles Peach Orchard – Aug. 3-4
Spend a day (or two) in Crozet at Chiles Peach Orchard’s Peach Ice Cream Days. Fresh, homemade peach ice cream is available at the orchard these dates only! Made by the Crozet Lions Club, this event is a fundraiser for their community service activities. Enjoy this special treat after picking your own peaches (or choosing from their fresh-picked selections). Peaches, nectarines, and local produce are also available.

Winchester Peach Festival – Aug. 9
Come to Marker Miller Orchards with an empty stomach and enjoy a day of sweets: peach cobbler, peach pie, peach turnovers, peach ice cream and of course, fresh peaches galore! Enjoy music from 1-3 p.m. while sitting on the front porch or in the picnic pavilion.  A variety of food will be available at the food building. Don’t forget to let the kids enjoy the cow train and the peaceful scenery during the wagon ride around the farm.

Dog Days Peach Festival – Aug. 9-10
Spend a weekend of peaches and pooches at the Dog Days Peach Festival at Great Country Farms in Bluemont. It may be the hottest part of the summer, but the Dog Days at Great Country are all about fun with the family and canine companions! Bring the whole family for a romp in the play area and to u-pick peaches in the orchard at the peak of perfection. Enjoy the Doggie Olympic Games and demonstrations that will keep tails a-waggin’!

Richard’s Fruit Market Peach Festival – Aug. 17
Peaches, peaches everywhere! Bring the family out to Richard’s Fruit Market Peach Festival in Middletown for a day of peachy fun. Haywagon rides, barrel train rides and all the jumps you can handle on the bouncy-bounce, plus music and a petting zoo, and peaches, of course! Peach ice cream, milk shakes, sparkling cider, smoothies, pies, muffins and more! Fresh from the farm food for sale includes our own burgers and plenty of tasty treats!

The Peach Way, Delaplane
The largest concentration of peach orchards in Northern Virginia, The Peach Way features five orchards within five miles: Virginia Perfection/Valley View Farm, Hollin Farms, Hartland Orchards, and Stribling Orchard. The Peach Way is near several wineries, Sky Meadows State Park and more—perfect for a day or weekend trip.

Freestone Peaches at Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River
In response to market demands, Saunders Brothers started growing super tree-ripened peaches; including sub-acid white-fleshed peaches, many of which get great size, color, and flavor. These peaches complement the yellow-fleshed varieties and extend the season from June 15 until late September. The Farm Market offers a fun place for the whole family to enjoy. Not only can you find a variety of peaches, apples and vegetables from May through November, they also offer ciders, jams, relishes, and salsas. Be sure to try out the amazing peach ice cream and check out the on-site museum; one of the largest privately-owned collections of farm antiques in the state of Virginia.

Ayers Orchard, Cana
Ayers Orchard is located at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and offers pick-your-own peaches, as well as cherries, apples, nectarines and plums. The orchard also offers fresh-picked and picked-to-order. Hiking and picnicking are encouraged; all ages are welcome at the orchard.

Additional Orchards and Markets for Peaches:

© Stefanie for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2014

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