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Support Local with Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week!

Support Local with Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week!

With the closure of restaurant dining rooms, many Virginia restaurants have switched to takeout and delivery, allowing you to enjoy some of Virginia’s finest fare while also following Governor Northam’s mandates for the COVID-19 state of emergency

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The Bakehouse at Chelsea, Norfolk

If you are able to participate, you can support Virginia’s restaurants by ordering takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from your favorite local dining establishments during Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week, happening March 30th-April 5th. Afterwards, share your takeout stories with us on social media with #VirginiaEatsLocal!

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The Bee & The Biscuit, Virginia Beach

Looking for restaurants offering takeout or delivery near you? We’ve rounded up the restaurants providing these services from many Virginia cities, towns, and counties to help you find all the restaurants that are currently open near you. Be sure to check back with your local list of restaurants periodically, as these openings are changing daily! 

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If you want to pair your meals with award-winning Virginia wines, craft beers, ciders, or spirits, consider ordering a few bottles from your local businesses if they are offering pickup or delivery alternatives.

Takeout, Delivery, & Curbside Pickup Information for Virginia Localities:

Arlington

Alexandria

Loudoun County

Stafford County

Fairfax County

Spotsylvania

Richmond

Charlottesville & Albemarle County

Nelson County

Harrisonburg

Lynchburg

Roanoke, Salem, & Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Hopewell

Dinwiddie County

Colonial Heights

Abingdon

Bristol 

Patrick County

Giles County

Dickenson County

Tazewell 

Wytheville

Town of Pennington Gap 

Mecklenburg County

Virginia Beach

Hampton Roads

Norfolk

Williamsburg

Smithfield

West Point

Eastern Shore of Virginia

Know of other Virginia restaurants open for takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup? Share them with us in the comments below! And don’t forget to share your takeout stories with us on social media with #VirginiaEatsLocal!

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Where to Catch Live Music Digitally in Virginia

Where to Catch Live Music Digitally in Virginia

With the international crisis regarding COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, live music venues have had to cancel or postpone many concerts for people to increase social distancing.

Although venues are closed, many music venues, festivals and local Virginia musicians are offering virtual options for visitors to listen and enjoy live music.

Explore some unique Virginia locations paired with local artists in the Virginia is for Lovers / Overcoast Sessions. The video series includes Dharma Bombs at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Inter Arma at the Byrd Park Pumphouse in Richmond, Mighty Joshua in the NEON District in Norfolk and Sherman Holmes at the Marshall Drug Store in Urbanna.

 

Friday Night Jamboree: Home Edition

The Friday Night Jamboree: Home Edition! We miss y’all, but hope you enjoy some good old time tunes from The New Macedon Rangers. Live at Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA, Dance at home! Make a donation HERE: https://tinyurl.com/so2tsfw

Posted by The Floyd Country Store on Friday, March 20, 2020

The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an outstanding and authentic experience shared by old-timers and new visitors alike. During this time, the Floyd Country Store will be live streaming on Facebook at 6:30 p.m. every Friday night with a link to tip the band and venue.

FloydFest will be hosting the “Virtual Road to FloydFest” series on the FloydFest and FloydFest Family Facebook pages with artists that have been such a huge part of FloydFest through the years. Performances include sets from Travers Brothership, 49 Winchester, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens and more. Every show will have options to donate directly to the musicians and every donor is automatically entered to win a 5-Day GA ticket to FloydFest 2020 – Vision Quest.

 

Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges is partnering with Blue Ridge PBS to put together eight audience-free live concerts to benefit downtown Roanoke businesses and their employees. Each concert will premiere on Blue Ridge PBS’ streaming YouTube channel in the middle of the week. The concert will replay nightly at 7 p.m. until the next premiere. All concerts will be free, but viewers are encouraged to donate to the fundraiser.  The OddFellows kick off the series Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

 

The Border Bash concert series, usually held on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, moves its venue to online with Facebook live streaming concerts every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of April with options to donate directly to the musicians performing at every show.

 

Photo credit: Richmond Grid

Richmond Grid is hosting a Virtual Happy Hour House Show series on its Facebook and Instagram accounts with some of Richmond’s favorite local artists including Saw Black, Prabir, Marcus Tenney of Butcher Brown, Kenneka Cook, Eddie Prendergast of Mikrowaves, Regan Sprenkle, Paulo Franco, Høly River and more.

 

Central Virginia independent radio station WNRN is connecting listeners to Virginia musicians in a very personal way with its Home Studio Sessions. Artists will play live from home and talk about what they’re doing to stay happy, healthy, and inspired while they are off the road. The station is asking Virginia musicians to post their live streams to Facebook, tag WNRN and use the hashtag #homestudiosessionsWNRN.

The Front Porch, a Charlottesville music venue and music school, is launching a live streamed concert series that will take place Tuesdays and Fridays in April. The Front Porch will be live-streaming the concerts on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. WTJU (91.1 FM) will also be broadcasting the performances at wtju.net/fplive. All proceeds raised during each of the concerts benefit the artists and The Front Porch. The schedule can be found at frontporchcville.org/save-the-music.

 

Local band Kendall Street Company will be streaming performances live from The Looking Glass at IX Art Park in Charlottesville through a series called “Containment Entertainment.” The next live-streamed show will be Thursday, March 26.

 

The Heifetz Institute in Staunton was scheduled to present a 12-hour concert marking J.S. Bach’s birthday on March 21. With the cancellation of the event, the Institute instead presented a virtual 12-hour marathon, with Bach performances posted every hour on the hour from sunup to sundown, featuring superb string soloists, renowned organists, pianists, choirs, and brilliant ensembles consisting of Heifetz students, faculty, and special guests. Some new content which premiered exclusively for the event included and Bach 2020: Prelude & Fugue No. 15; Capriccio BWV 992 | Andrew Rosenblum, harpsichord and Bach 2020: Prelude to Cello Suite No 1 in G, BWV 1007 | Coleman Itzkoff, cello.

 

Posted by Parkway Brewing Company on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Parkway Brewing Company in Salem is hosting weekly live streaming concerts on its Facebook page. Artists include Jared Stout, Mark Nicholson & the Social Distance and more to be announced.

 

Local Stafford artist Ian Logan has created a live stream music festival called the Starving Artist Festival that will feature local and national artists that will be held on March 28. Artists will be streaming all day on the site’s “main stage” from around the world and it will also provide the opportunity for people to donate to Feeding America.

 

Virginia artists live streaming shows

Tyler Meacham
Sincerely, Iris
Landon Elliott
Dori Freeman
Erin Lunsford
Mike Mitchell Band
Robert McNabb and the Flying Doves
Heart of the Child Music Education
Woody Woodworth and the Piners
Paulo Franco
49 Winchester
Ryan Hearn
Good Shot Judy
Moonshine Society

What other Virginia artists or venues are hosting live streaming music events? Let us know in the comments below.

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10 Activities to Stave Off Boredom While You’re Practicing Social Distancing

10 Activities to Stave Off Boredom While You’re Practicing Social Distancing

 

In light of the COVID-19 national emergency, experts are now recommending that Americans practice social distancing, or deliberately increase the physical space between themselves and other people during this critical time to avoid the spread of illness. While you’re doing your part to help #flattenthecurve, you may be experiencing a bit of cabin fever. We want to help you stave off the boredom and prevent stir-craziness from setting in, so try these ten activities to keep yourself entertained while you’re stuck indoors!

Binge-Watch Movies & Shows Filmed in Virginia 

From series like HOMELAND to blockbuster hits such as Harriet and Dirty Dancing, Virginia is featured in many prominent films and television shows.  Now is a great time to binge-watch these titles through your streaming services; for instance, Homeland can be found on Hulu and TURN: Washington’s Spies is available on Netflix. You can find Harriet and Dirty Dancing for rental through Amazon Prime, among other services.

 

Take a Virtual Tour of Virginia’s Iconic Museums & Historic Places 

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Many of Virginia’s most famous sites and historic destinations are now offering virtual tours, providing online alternatives to their standard tours. You may not get in your daily steps while doing these virtual tours, but it will help to keep the boredom at bay. 

Take a Hike! (or Bike)

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Photo Credit: Divergent Travelers

Even if you can’t venture out into public spaces, a quick hike or bike ride will keep you from getting too stir-crazy. Whether this means journeying through a nearby park or neighborhood or heading to a beautiful Virginia hiking trail, getting a little exercise will aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while you’re avoiding the gym and other active locations that draw larger crowds. Just be sure to maintain the recommended six feet distance between you and others.

 

Read a Book by a Virginia Author

Numerous talented writers have called Virginia home over the years, and what better time than now to discover some of their celebrated works? If local libraries are not open, consider ordering a copy through an online retailer, or check to see if your local library offers ebooks or audiobooks. For the kids, download some Virginia-inspired coloring book pages to provide a creative activity away from the television.

 

Follow Virginia Aquariums & Zoos on Facebook to Catch Live Stories

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Photo Credit: Steven McBride

Places like the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Zoo are giving their Facebook followers an up-close view of some of their favorite residents on a daily basis. For instance, the aquarium introduced their resident American Crow, Russell Crow, on their Facebook live stream, while the zoo did a video featuring their giraffes, ostriches, and even a hornbill. Stay tuned to your local zoos and aquariums for virtual tours that let you learn more about these gorgeous animals! 

 

Shop Local

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Support your favorite small local businesses, such as Virginia’s restaurants, wineries, and breweries, by ordering takeout or delivery. Buying a gift card is another great alternative; you can send them some much-needed revenue now, then come back later to cash it in. Plus, many businesses in Virginia are currently offering deals and discounts on these types of purchases, making it a win-win for all involved! 

In addition to restaurants, wineries, and breweries, check out the websites and social channels for local boutiques and artisan shops; many of these businesses offer some sort of online shopping alternatives since customers can’t shop in person.

 

Create a Virginia Music Playlist

From Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz to Pharrell and Missy Elliot, Virginia has produced some of the best music around! Spend an afternoon compiling all your favorite Virginia-born artists into one incredible playlist that you can listen to for years to come. Don’t want to make your own? We’ve put together a Virginia artist’s playlist, too!

 

Try Your Hand at Mixing Seasonal Cocktails With Your Virginia Spirits

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Forgo the standard vodka tonics or bourbon & cokes for now and get creative with your cocktails! Many Virginia distilleries, including Virginia Distillery Company, Cirrus Vodka, Catoctin Creek Distilling, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and Belle Isle Moonshine even feature recipes online! 

Attend a Virtual Tasting at a Virginia Winery

Can’t visit the tasting room in person? No problem! Some wineries, like Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards & Winery, are offering Winemaker Wednesday Virtual Tastings. You’ll hear directly from the winemaker and have the opportunity to ask questions during Facebook Live sessions.

Start a Travel Bucket List of All the Virginia Places You Want to Visit

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Photo Credit: Katie Yarborough, IG account: @katiey22

Just because you can’t yet leave the house doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about your top travel destinations to visit around Virginia! Use the Virginia is for Lovers Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube channels to find inspiration for your next getaway to Virginia. 

Tell us, how are you keeping the boredom at bay during these weeks of social distancing? 

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Incredible Virtual Tours to Explore Virginia From Home

Incredible Virtual Tours to Explore Virginia From Home

With the international crisis regarding COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, visitors may be cancelling or rescheduling upcoming travel plans and staying home.

While people are self-isolating and social distancing, many museums, historic sites and other tourism destinations are offering virtual options for visitors to explore and learn.

 

Mount Vernon will continue its mission to educate people around the world through its robust digital presence. The historic site will provide digital tours of the mansion through mountvernon.org/virtualtour. The Washington Library has also prepared digital resources for students and their parents will be working with its network of teachers nationwide to support their educational efforts. These resources can be accessed at mountvernon.org/digital. Mount Vernon’s YouTube channel also features a livestream of the estate’s newborn lambs.

 

James Madison’s Montpelier has publicly accessible blog posts, websites, podcasts, and social media posts for visitors to enjoy. Access to podcasts and video series can be found on the site’s YouTube page. Those interested in the research, history, archaeology, and collecting at Montpelier can visit the Digital Doorway for a wealth of information at digitaldoorway.montpelier.org.

 

Colonial Williamsburg is adding content to its Explore From Home website from the people who bring history to life. Resources include guides for teachers, quizzes and puzzles for students, interactive timeline, pages for exploring art collections, and printable coloring sheets from The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world.

 

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond will be offering free online video content, webinars, student learning resources, and virtual tours at VirginiaHistory.org/AtHome.

 

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle has a virtual tour and numerous  distance learning opportunities. The rich, interactive virtual environment will serve as the gateway for Marines and visitors to see the museum from the comfort of their homes. The museum’s online distance learning programs engage audiences with the history of the United States Marine Corps.  Programs include a plethora of virtual learning experiences and subject matter for people to learn important and interesting topics related to the Marine Corps. Take the virtual tour at virtualusmcmuseum.com and access the distance learning programs at usmcmuseum.com/distance-learning.html.

 

The Chrysler Museum of Art located in Norfolk’s NEON Arts District features 50 galleries, 30,000 objects and a world-renowned glass collection. Viewers can take a virtual tour through the galleries as well as explore the museum’s Digital Collections featuring European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts and works from African, ancient Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures.

 

Join the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk for a Virtual Voyage every day at 2 p.m. (March 16 – 30, 2020) on its Facebook page. Visitors can go behind the scenes, tour the zoo, and check in on their favorite animals. The zoo’s Virtual Voyage website also offers augmented reality tours, printable activity sheets, a YouTube video series, and more.

 

Take a virtual walking tour of historic Fincastle in Botetourt County with over 50 individual “stops,” each complete with a picture and background about the location.

 

The Kids Square Children’s Museum in Roanoke will go live on Facebook at least once a day during the week until reopening. They’ll be doing everything from science experiments to book reading. Visitors joining the livestream have the chance to win one of the items that Kids Square is playing with that day.

 

The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum offers the following online exhibits for individuals to learn more about folk heritage in the Blue Ridge region.

  • Full Throttle: Racing and Rodding in Southwest and Central Virginia
  • Moonshine: Blue Ridge Style
  • Deathly Lyrics: Songs of Virginia Tragedies
  • Earthenware Along the Great Road in Virginia and Tennessee

 

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The Virginia Museum of Transportation houses antique cars and trucks and an extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rail cars and model trains.

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The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon will be broadcasting live via Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Videos will include tours of the galleries, insider looks at collections, family-friendly art projects, and live art demos.

 

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach will provide entertaining, educational content to fans including live streams, video footage, crafts for kids, and behind the scenes peeks on its website and social media channels.

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond is sharing  “Virtual Visits” on its Facebook page as well as putting resources for learning (including activities for kids) and ideas for relaxation and mental health on its website lewisginter.org.

 

Take a virtual tour around Virginia Beach’s cultural enclave by using this Google Mural Map to explore the ViBe Creative District on a virtual, self-guided mural tour. Click on the map icons to find information about the artists, artworks and locations, along with multiple images of the artwork and video links of murals created during the last two years of the ViBe Mural Festival.

 

The Barter Theatre in Abingdon is working to offer its patrons the ability to stream productions from home. The production of “Peter Pan” that was originally scheduled to open on April 7 will be online to patrons as well as access special bonus features. The theatre will also be providing coordinating educator resources, including lesson plans and a study guide. More information can be found here: bartertheatre.com/barter-theatre-on-demand

 

The City of Alexandria created a new web hub called ALX at Home, which brings residents and nearby visitors their favorite Alexandria restaurants, shops and attractions to the comfort of their own home. Features include:

  • 50+ restaurant and 15 retail deals and offerings
  • Attraction offerings such as virtual tours and a “Ride it Out” bike rental program from Unlimited Biking.
  • Cocktail Corner for Happy Hour at home with instructional videos from The Hour boutique.
  • Puppy Love, bringing a daily dose of cuteness from Alexandria’s four-legged friends.

 

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Surrounded by the splendor of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, The Omni Homestead Resort offers travelers acres of incomparable panoramic views, luxurious suites, dining outlets, shopping boutiques, and outdoor activities.

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For those interested in historic moments of Virginia, listen to the Following Harriet podcast. Following Harriet takes a closer look at the life of one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country’s history. It also puts Harriet in a broader context, examining the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia.

 

Do you know of any other online options that attractions are providing? Let us know in the comments below.

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Healthy Travel Tips & FAQs About COVID-19

Healthy Travel Tips & FAQs About COVID-19

With the international crisis regarding COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, you may be cancelling or rescheduling your upcoming travel plans. But if you absolutely must travel during this time, we want to help you stay healthy and safe. Here are a few tips for safeguarding yourself against COVID-19 while you travel, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the virus.

1. Increase Frequency & Duration of Handwashing

Wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds frequently, not just after using the restroom, but after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or touching things in a public space. If you aren’t able to wash your hands as frequently as you would like, carry hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol to use in between washing. 

2. Avoid Crowds & Limit Close Contact in Public Spaces

While you may want to venture out of your home to stave off the boredom, try to limit your exposure to large crowds and close contact in public spaces (the CDC recommends at least six feet apart when possible, and not to gather in groups of 50 people or more until further notice). For instance, consider taking a scenic drive through Virginia  instead of going to a crowded attraction. And while it may seem rude, it’s best to opt for a friendly (albeit awkward) elbow bump or verbal greeting rather than a handshake for the time being. 

3. Skip Nonessential Travel

Cruises and airlines have been hit particularly hard with COVID-19, and many of the cases contracted were brought via cruise or airplane. During this time, opt for driving to your travel destinations rather than risking high exposure and larger crowds that come with airports and cruise lines. If your travel plans have options to postpone to a later date, consider staying at home during this crucial time and saving your vacation for later in the year.

4. Avoid Touching Your Face

We know it’s nearly impossible to stop touching your face entirely, as it is often an unconscious gesture, but start making an effort to notice when you are touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and limit those motions unless you’ve thoroughly washed your hands beforehand.  

5. Evaluate Your Health Continuously & Stay Home If You’re Sick

Another thing that is easier said than done with many employer’s sick leave policies, but staying home when you’re sick will help COVID-19 from spreading. While test kits are still not easy to come by, be on the lookout for common COVID-19 symptoms; fever, coughing, and shortness of breath are among the first symptoms of COVID-19, but these can also be signs of the flu, so upon noticing these symptoms and if you think you may have been exposed to the virus, talk to your healthcare provider on how to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. 

6. Disinfect Surfaces

Clean and disinfect the frequently-touched surfaces in your house on a regular basis (daily is good, but the more often you can at least wipe things down, the better!), including doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, bathroom surfaces like toilets, faucets, and sinks, drawer handles, and tables. Clean with soap and water, then disinfect following CDC recommendations.

7. Only Wear a Face Mask If You Are Ill

Wearing a face mask when you’re sick will aid in preventing the spread of your illness, so when going out in public spaces or to your healthcare provider’s office, be sure to purchase face masks and wear them at all times while out and about. If you aren’t able to wear a face mask for any medical reasons, do your best to avoid going out in public and cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading germs. If you are NOT sick, do not wear a face mask unless you’re caring for someone who is sick. Face masks are currently in short supply and as most are not airtight, they have not been proven to effectively stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Frequently-Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a form of coronavirus and is a viral respiratory illness that spreads by person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets transferred in close range of an infected person, typically within six feet. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The initial symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. More extreme symptoms include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish tint to the lips or face, and if you experience any of these symptoms, get medical attention immediately.

Who are the most vulnerable when it comes to contracting the virus? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health risk to the average American is thought to be low at this time. Older people and people with chronic diseases such as heart and lung diseases or diabetes are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19. These people should avoid travel whenever possible and follow all precautionary measures to prevent contracting the virus. 

What should I do if I do need to travel abroad?

Travel abroad for Americans is not currently banned, but international travel is not recommended, especially for those at high risk from COVID-19 or those traveling to and from high-risk countries. Additionally, if you do decide to keep existing travel plans, you should take every precaution to prevent exposure to the virus. Air travel and cruise travel are not suggested at this time. 

How will COVID-19 affect my existing travel plans to Virginia?

The response to COVID-19 varies widely for businesses, attractions, restaurants, hotels, and events throughout the Commonwealth, so you should check individual social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, as well as websites, to get the latest news on closures, postponements, or changes in regular business hours. 

For more FAQs and information, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 informational webpage. 

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9 of Virginia’s Most Pet-Friendly Hotels

9 of Virginia’s Most Pet-Friendly Hotels

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While you’ve probably started making Virginia travel plans with your family for the upcoming year, you may not have considered travel plans with those four-legged family members. Virginia has plenty of pet-friendly lodging options, but if you really want to go above and beyond for your pets, consider staying at one of these nine over-the-top, pet-loving hotels that feature extra amenities like homemade dog treats, toys for any visiting pooch, and lots of wide open spaces for you and your pup to explore!  

SALAMANDER RESORT—MIDDLEBURG

Set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Salamander Resort is a truly dog-friendly property, catering to your dogs with the same level of personalized service that they provide to every guest staying at the resort. There are miles of trails throughout the property open to you and your pet, and their terrace-level pet-friendly rooms allow easy access to the grounds. At Salamander Resort, you’ll get in-room amenities like a comfy dog bed, food and water bowls, organic treats made daily by the resort’s pastry team, a special toy, and waste bags. Before leaving the resort, be sure to stop by their pet step-and-repeat, complete with a “dog walk”, for a photo opp to remember your visit. 

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Let Salamander Resort know you’ll be travelling with your pet ahead of time to ensure they can roll out the “turf carpet” for your pet. Learn more about the resort’s pet-friendly policies. 

CRADDOCK TERRY HOTEL—LYNCHBURG

The Craddock Terry Hotel & Conference Center is a pet-friendly hotel in historic downtown Lynchburg that actually has their own on-site pup: Penny Loafer is the hotel’s tail-wagging mascot whose official duties include greeting and cuddling with guests. The hotel has a special package for visitors traveling with their pets, Penny Loafer’s Pampered Pet Package, which includes a night of deluxe or premium accommodations, a pet spa day at nearby Fur Kidz Pet Boutique, welcome treats for your pup, two bike rentals with a pet-carry attachment to explore downtown Lynchburg, and breakfast for two delivered to your room.

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Pets are welcome in any of the guest rooms at Craddock Terry with a one-time, non-refundable pet cleaning fee of $50 per stay. 

GRADUATE HOTEL—RICHMOND & CHARLOTTESVILLE

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The Graduate Hotel has two separate Virginia locations in Charlottesville and Richmond, but both are known as pet-pampering lodging options. Bring your four-legged friends along to the Graduate and at check-in, provide some basic information about your pet. Head to your room and the hotel staff will deliver a custom BarkBox to your door filled with Graduate-themed toys, treats, and bones, as well as a water bowl and blanket for you to use during your stay. If your pet happens to love the bowl or blanket, you can purchase them from the front desk before you check out. 

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Add a pet to your booking for $25 per night.

SUNSET BEACH RESORT—CAPE CHARLES

Is your pup a beach lover? Take that good boy (or girl!) to Sunset Beach Resort Hotel, located just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In addition to pet-friendly rooms, the hotel offers the Sandy Paws Dog Beach, where your pets can doggy paddle their hearts out! This is one of the few places in Virginia that allows dogs to be off-leash, giving them the chance to splash around in the surf and frolic in the sand. The resort grounds also include the Beach Bark Dog Park, an off-leash area with plenty of space for your dogs to run around and enjoy the great outdoors.  

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times. Guests are responsible for cleaning up after their pets on the grounds and the beach, and will be held fully responsible for their pets during their stay at Sunset Beach Resort. 

PEAKS OF OTTER LODGE—BEDFORD

Book the “Pampered Pooch” package at Peaks of Otter Lodge for a Virginia vacation that your dog will remember forever (or at least until he sees the next squirrel!). The pet-friendly package includes your overnight accommodations, a dog bowl, tasty bone, and a stylish bandana for your sidekick. Dogs are also welcome in the nearby Peaks of Otter Winery tasting room, and if you’re both outdoorsy types, take your pal for a hike up one of the three mountains comprising the Peaks of Otter: Sharp Top, Flat Top, & Harkening Hill

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: No weight or size restrictions, but no more than two dogs per room. Dogs are not allowed in the public buildings and must be leashed at all times on the grounds. $30 per pet per night. 

FOX HILL BED & BREAKFAST—FAIRFIELD

Located on 38 acres with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast received 5 bones on BringFido in recognition of their pet-friendly efforts. The B&B gives your dog a welcome kit upon arrival that is filled with all-natural treats, clean-up bags, and paw wipes and towels to help keep your pup clean during his or her stay. Additionally, the B&B owners are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to other pet-friendly restaurants and businesses in the area, ensuring your stay is enjoyable for all guests, whether they be two-legged of four-legged. The grounds of the bed and breakfast have a large play area for throwing the frisbee or tennis balls, and there are also well-tended trails on the property through meadows that look out onto the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: All house-trained dogs over 6 months old are welcome, regardless of size or breed, with advance notice and a fee of $24 per dog per night. The owners also have two friendly dogs onsite willing to play with other dogs their size. 

SHERATON NORFOLK WATERSIDE—NORFOLK

Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, gives guests traveling with pets a welcome box that includes a doggie bed and food dish for their furry friends. Plus, the Sheraton Norfolk is one of the few hotels that explicitly allow both dogs AND cats, so if you prefer to bring your feline friend, you’re good to go! The hotel is walking distance to the waterfront, the Elizabeth River Trail, and nearly 20 pet-friendly restaurant patios in the downtown area. 

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Maximum of two pets per room. Dogs up to 40 pounds. Nonrefundable fee of $150 per stay. Well-behaved pets may be left in the room unattended.

THE BLACKBURN INN—STAUNTON

The Blackburn Inn in Staunton has special pet-friendly rooms located on their first floor that feature an exterior door opening directly to the grounds so that you can conveniently take your pet outside. All four-legged friends visiting the Blackburn Inn receive complimentary dog treats, waste bags, a water bowl, and a dog bed. Explore the nearly 80 acres of beautifully-maintained grounds during your stay, including numerous dog walking trails. The town of Staunton is also very pet friendly, with many attractions, restaurants, and businesses welcoming leashed pets. 

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: An additional fee of $50 per stay is required for pets. 

LANSDOWNE RESORT & SPA—LEESBURG

When traveling through Northern Virginia with your furry family, stay at Lansdowne Resort and Spa, a dog friendly property surrounded by lush grounds perfect for exploring with your pup. At check-in, dogs are welcomed by the staff with a treat, and the rooms are outfitted with dog beds made locally, extra dog treats, and a water bowl. Head outside to the resort grounds to their Bark Park, where they can play and do their “business”. Follow the Heritage Trail along the Potomac River and discover the beauty of Virginia’s waterfront landscapes without ever leaving the resort.

Additional Pet-Friendly Booking Details: Dogs are the only pets permitted at Lansdowne Resort. A maximum of two pets are allowed per room, with a weight restriction of 75 pounds. Dogs must be crated if left alone in the room. $150 nonrefundable fee per room for one dog up to six nights or $225 for two dogs; additional deep-cleaning fee charged for longer stays. 

Take your dog along for some memorable adventures this year and stay at one of these nine hotels and bed & breakfasts that go above and beyond for their furry guests! 

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Disconnect to Reconnect: 5 Phone-Free Virginia Vacation Ideas

Disconnect to Reconnect: 5 Phone-Free Virginia Vacation Ideas

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Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort Glamping Tipis

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With everyday life revolving more and more around your smartphone, the need to unplug and unwind away from the screens is at an all-time high. Families that used to bond over board games and outdoor getaways now find themselves glued to their individual devices, leaving less time for connecting in a real, authentic way. To combat this unsettling trend towards unlimited technology, Virginia is for Lovers wants to challenge you to sign out of all the social media accounts for a few days and instead focus on the ones that mean the most to you: your friends and family! Use these trip ideas to inspire your next “unplugged” vacation, then comment below to share your stories of how disconnecting helped you reconnect with each other. 

 

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Shenandoah National Park

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Shenandoah National Park is known as one of the most iconic National Parks in the United States, so it’s a no-brainer as a phone-free Virginia travel destination. Bordered by the Shenandoah Valley on the west, the park offers practically unlimited outdoor excursions, from 500 miles of pristine hiking and biking trails to dozens of scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Venture out onto one of the popular hiking trails within the park, such as Stony Man, White Oak Canyon, or Dark Hollow Falls, a 1.5-mile hike that features a 70-foot cascading waterfall.Twilight hikes are also a popular activity within Shenandoah; offered during select dates, these guided hikes give you a rare view of the open night skies free of light pollution. <img data-attachment-id="58287" data-permalink="https://blog.virginia.org/2020/02/phone-free-vacations/big-meadows-stargazing/" data-orig-file="https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/27105416/SV16092703V_328.jpg" data-orig-size="1300,1085" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.8","credit":"John Plashal, Virginia Tourism C","camera":"NIKON D750","caption":"Big Meadows is a recreational area of Shenandoah National Park located on the Skyline Drive. A select number of days each year are designated "Night Skies" evenings in Big Meadows where visitors can join amateur astronomers as they give presentations on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the stars through telescopes.rrVirginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org","created_timestamp":"1467417865","copyright":"u00a9John Plashal","focal_length":"14","iso":"5000","shutter_speed":"20","title":"Big Meadows Stargazing","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Big Meadows Stargazing" data-image-description="

Big Meadows is a recreational area of Shenandoah National Park located on the Skyline Drive. A select number of days each year are designated “Night Skies” evenings in Big Meadows where visitors can join amateur astronomers as they give presentations on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the stars through telescopes.

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If your family is seeking even bigger thrills, conquer the mountain bike trails at Massanutten Resort, located just a few miles west of Shenandoah National Park. For more adrenaline, Massanutten has ziplines and rock climbing adventures that will keep their hands away from the phones. 

Discover Virginia’s beautiful scenery on horseback at one of the stables in or around Shenandoah National Park, such as Fort Valley Ranch, Jordan Hollow Stables, or Skyland Stables. Your family will forget all about their cell phones as they hold the reins and learn about their natural surroundings. 

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Another great way to lose cell service around Shenandoah National Park? Go underground! Take the family to Luray Caverns, the largest cavern system in the eastern United States. Included in admission to the caverns are three additional kid-friendly museums, all just steps away from the caverns. 

Finally, spend an afternoon with the family at a you-pick farm or orchard, where you can select your own peaches, raspberries, blackberries, apples, strawberries, and many more fruits and veggies available seasonally straight from the source. A few options near Shenandoah National Park include Marker-Miller Orchards in Winchester, White Oak Lavender Farm outside of Harrisonburg, Graves Mountain Farm in Syria, and Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet.

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—Exploring Beautiful Bath County—

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Located on the western border of Virginia, Bath County is a mountainous outdoor paradise, with everything from fishing and boating to hiking and biking, all set in an undeveloped landscape that encourages visitors to keep the phones off.

For a totally off-the-grid experience, book a stay at Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm, a country escape set on a 3,365-acre property in the mountains of Virginia with 21 unique cabins, lodge rooms, and private homes. The retreat is surrounded by national forests and is far from any town or city, with miles of hiking trails, bikes and helmets available for your use, and three miles of private river access for boating, swimming, tubing, or fly fishing. In the evenings, dine on a farm-fresh meal served in the on-site Lewis Mill restaurant, then spend some time basking by a fire under a blanket of stars. The retreat is surrounded by national forests and is miles from any town or city, and while some cell phone service and WiFi are available, you’ll more than likely forget about your phone as you explore the beauty of the “Great Outdoors” at Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm. 

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Surrounded by the splendor of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, The Omni Homestead Resort offers travelers acres of incomparable panoramic views, luxurious suites, dining outlets, shopping boutiques, and outdoor activities.

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Want a more luxurious Bath County vacation sans cell phones? Opt for the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, a National Historic Landmark that has been welcoming guests to western Virginia since 1766 (fun fact: the Homestead was the first resort in the United States, a luxury lodging option in the mountains of Virginia ten years before America even became a country!). The 23,000-acre resort has all sorts of amenities, including golf courses, a shooting range, a falconry program, horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, and ziplining. An on-site spa offers ultimate relaxation options, allowing you to unwind in a soothing space without your phone. 

Lake Moomaw, close to either of these lodging options, is a well known spot for fishing and boating, and is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, bass, pan, and crappie. The lake is encircled by hiking and biking trails, offering a full day of phone-free activities. 

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—A Rugged Mountain Escape to Breaks Interstate Park—

Discover the rugged mountains, valley landscapes, and rich culture of the Heart of Appalachia with a trip to Breaks Interstate Park in Southwest Virginia. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”, Breaks is one of the only interstate parks in the United States, straddling the borders of Kentucky and Virginia. Within the park, you’ll have access to hiking trails, rafting, kayaking, fishing, and boating spots on the river, and campsites that will get your family back to nature and away from their electronic devices. Book one of the park’s seasonal elk viewing tours to get a closer look at the animals in their recently restored habitat, or visit a public wildlife viewing shelter on your own for an opportunity to see these majestic animals at any time of day. Add more adrenaline to your Breaks Interstate Park vacation and get a bird’s eye view of the canyon from the park’s ziplines, which run above the Russell Fork River Gorge. <img data-attachment-id="58286" data-permalink="https://blog.virginia.org/2020/02/phone-free-vacations/spearhead-trails-10/" data-orig-file="https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/27105114/HA15092103V_023.jpg" data-orig-size="1300,730" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.8","credit":"Sam Dean","camera":"FC300X","caption":"Spearhead Trails","created_timestamp":"1440618635","copyright":"u00a9Sam Dean","focal_length":"0","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"0.008695652173913","title":"Spearhead Trails","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Spearhead Trails" data-image-description="

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While Breaks Interstate Park has lots of outdoor activities, this part of the Commonwealth is packed with things to help your family disconnect from the phones. Nearby St. Paul is an outdoor lover’s dream, offering fishing, canoeing, and tubing on the Clinch River, as well as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV riding on hundreds of miles of trails that crisscross the Appalachian Mountains. Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure rents their ATVs at the trailhead of the Spearhead Trails’ Coal Canyon route, a multi-use trail system also open to mountain bikes, dirt bikes, and hikers. With an unobstructed view of the night sky and low levels of surrounding light pollution, Southern Gap is a remarkable location from which to stargaze. Rent one of their cabins or campsites for the weekend and spend the evenings searching for your favorite constellations and other cosmic wonders as you take in the clear night skies. 

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—Waterfront Fun on the Eastern Shore’s Chincoteague & Assateague Islands—

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With miles of sandy shorelines, most of them federally protected from development, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is the ideal place for an “unplugged” beach vacation. Head to the northeastern town of Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore to experience the allure of Virginia’s beaches in a laid-back coastal community. 

Just east of Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge provides sanctuary to a wide array of wildlife and native species, with 15,000 acres of protected land stretching along the coastline. Visitors can bike and hike along the refuge trails, or purchase passes at the Visitor’s Center for a guided tour that takes you through the refuge to catch a glimpse of the famous wild ponies. To see the ponies from the water, consider booking a pony watching wildlife cruise through Assateague Explorer. Before leaving the refuge, stop by the Assateague Lighthouse, an historic lighthouse that was built on Assateague Island in 1867. The beachfront section of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island National Seashore, has designated kayak and canoe launch points where you can set out on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Biking trails are also found within Assateague Island National Seashore, allowing you to ride along sandy beaches, maritime forests, and quiet bay waterways. <img data-attachment-id="58283" data-permalink="https://blog.virginia.org/2020/02/phone-free-vacations/chincoteague-pony-swim-7/" data-orig-file="https://d2y0su6ixv655t.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/27104330/ES15082809V_170.jpg" data-orig-size="1300,867" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"6.3","credit":"Todd Wright","camera":"NIKON D810","caption":"Chincoteague Pony Swim","created_timestamp":"1438128000","copyright":"Todd Wright Photo 2015","focal_length":"220","iso":"1000","shutter_speed":"0.001","title":"Chincoteague Pony Swim","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Chincoteague Pony Swim" data-image-description="

Chincoteague Pony Swim

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Back on Chincoteague Island, opt to leave the four-wheeled, fast-paced life behind and rent bikes or scooters to get around town. If you’re bringing along the kids on this phone-less vacation, don’t miss a visit to Maui Jack’s Waterpark, a family-friendly waterpark complete with epic slides, several pool areas, and a lazy river. 

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High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The majestic bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad.

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About an hour southwest of Richmond, Farmville is one of Central Virginia’s most charming small towns. Stay at the Hotel Weyanoke, just across the street from the Longwood University campus in downtown Farmville, for a vacation that puts you steps away from countless technology-free activities. Rent bikes from The Outdoor Adventure Store and set out on High Bridge Trail, a multi-use trail that runs 31 miles from downtown Farmville. The highlight of the trail is the high bridge for which it is named; the bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia (and one of the longest in the U.S.) and sit 125 feet about the Appomattox River, affording picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. Book kayaks or canoes from a local outfitter and explore Farmville’s outdoor beauty from the water. Adults looking for some home decor should stop by a few of Green Front Furniture Company’s twelve massive warehouses, which total almost a million square feet of sales space and showcase everything from Oriental rugs and one-of-a-kind home accents to leather couches and dining room sets. If you’re looking for historic sites in Farmville, visit the Robert Russa Moton Museum to learn about Prince Edward County’s significant role in the nationwide fight for Civil Rights in Education.

If you’re looking to stay outside of town, check out Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort. In addition to a challenging treetop obstacle and zipline course that will guarantee phones stay on the ground, the 23-acre resort has a family-owned and operated farm where you can greet the animals, pick veggies from their garden, and collect eggs from the resident hens, all without leaving the grounds. The on-site accommodations include log cabins and luxury glamping tipis that sleep up to seven people and feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, and a full kitchen. Just outside the tipis are fire pits where you can relax at the end of the day and roast hot dogs and s’mores with your friends and family. With minimal light pollution, the resort also offers prime stargazing on clear nights, ending your days with incredibly vivid and uninterrupted views of the stars. 

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Tell us, where in Virginia do you like to “unplug” from technology and enjoy the natural beauty of the Commonwealth? Share your phone-free vacation suggestions with us in the comments below!

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Explore These 5 Notable Civil Rights Sites in Virginia

Explore These 5 Notable Civil Rights Sites in Virginia

 

Civil Rights history in Virginia has a complicated legacy. As the home of the capital of the Confederacy, it’s arguable that Virginia was the center of some of the hardest fought battles during the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, it was in Virginia that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed more lawsuits than in any other state, hence many of the most important legal landmarks of the civil rights movement originated here. Irene Morgan brought the suit that desegregated interstate bus travel in 1946. The case of Dorothy Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward became part of the foundation for the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case. Southern juries were desegregated as a result of Johnson v. Virginia in 1963, and Richard Perry Loving’s case resulted in the overturning of seventeen states’ laws banning interracial marriage.

While some of these history-making and culture-shifting moments are honored on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, we’ve found a few more sites to explore on your next journey through Virginia’s quest for racial equality and justice.

Robert Russa Moton Museum – Farmville, Virginia

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Built in 1939, Robert Russa Moton High School was one of the few all-black schools in Prince Edward County Virginia. The one-story brick building was immensely overpopulated, and lacked a gym, cafeteria and even a single microscope for science classes. Inequalities between the facilities at Moton High School and white schools in the county were so stark that in April 1951, one student decided to take action. 16-year-old Barbara Johns convinced her fellow students to walk out in protest of the schools ’ poor conditions, and eventually they teamed up with the NAACP to work to integrate Price Edward County schools through the courts.

Although the Virginia state court rejected the lawsuit, the verdict was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court where it was combined with the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case that declared racial segregation in public schools as unconstitutional. In response, the Commonwealth of Virginia led the “massive resistance” movement against the Supreme Court decision by threatening to close its public schools. Schools in Prince Edward County closed from 1959 to 1964, making it the only county in the United States to close its public schools for an extended period to avoid integration. Finally by 1964, the Supreme Court in Griffin v. Prince Edward ordered schools to reopen. Today, Moton High School is a National Historic Landmark and museum, and a civil rights training ground.

Admission is free to the Robert Russa Moton Museum, which is open 12-4pm Monday through Saturday as well as by appointment. 

Find More To Do While Visiting Farmville

St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall – Blacksburg

Built in 1905, The St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is the only building remaining from New Town, a historic African-American community in Blacksburg that thrived until the late 1960s. As the only place African Americans were allowed to congregate outside of local churches, St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall was the centerpiece of social gatherings, including dinners, dances, fashion shows, bingo parties, mock weddings, Easter egg hunts, ball games, and a host of other weekly activities. Now a museum, the lodge highlights the significant contributions of African Americans to the town of Blacksburg through an exhibit titled “From Civil War to Civil Rights”.

The museum is free and open to the public by appointment, and in 2005 the hall was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Find More To Do While Visiting Blacksburg

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial – Richmond

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On July 21, 2008, Governor Timothy M. Kaine unveiled the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol. Created by internationally known artist, Stanley Bleifeld, the memorial spotlights the African-American students and activists that led the fight for public school integration in Virginia, with 16-year-old Barbara Johns at the center.

She and John Arthur Stokes led a school strike in 1951 to protest poor conditions at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, and her statement that the fight for integration was “like reaching for the moon” is portrayed in the memorial. Also in the memorial is Oliver W. Hill Sr., holding a rumpled legal brief over his head as he stands next to law partner Spottswood W. Robinson III; the two men filed the lawsuit against segregation in Prince Edward County public schools.  Reverend L. Francis Griffin , a Prince Edward County civil rights activist known as the “Fighting Preacher”, who supported and encouraged the students and their parents, is also featured.

The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial is on public grounds and can be visited free of charge during the hours of 6am-11pm. 

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Tinner Hill Monument – Falls Church

Erected by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation in 1999, a fifteen-foot pink granite Roman archway honors the men and women of the historic Tinner Hill neighborhood, founders of the Falls Church  chapter of the NAACP and the organization’s first rural chapter in the United States. African-American couple Charles and Mary Tinner purchased land in the area in the late 1800s, and their son Joseph Tinner was a skilled stonemason and a member of the Washington NAACP. In 1915, Joseph Tinner and Dr. Edwin B Henderson organized the Colored Citizens Protective League in response to a Falls Church town ordinance mandating residential racial segregation. Henderson, Tinner, and seven other African-American citizens began a letter-writing campaign and filed a lawsuit against the city, successfully blocking the enforcement of the ordinance. As a result of their work, Dr. Henderson requested a charter for a Falls Church branch of the NAACP, where Joseph Tinner served as the first president and Henderson as the secretary. The Falls Church chapter fought for public utilities (1928), a larger, more modern elementary school (1947), door-to-door postal service (1949), public sanitary sewers and water (1955), and street lights (1968). The Falls Church NAACP also helped organized other rural branches in Arlington, Fauquier, Prince William, and Loudoun counties.

The design of the monument by local artist John Ballou honors Joseph Tinner’s stone masonry and the pink granite he mined at the base of the hill on his family’s farm on Tinner Hill. Surrounding the arch are original uncut Tinner quarry stones. A plaque is placed on each stone that tells the story of the civil rights struggle and the makers of the arch.

The Tinner Hill Monument is on public grounds and can be visited free of charge at any time. 

Find More To Do While Visiting Northern Virginia

Looking for more notable Civil Rights’ destinations in Virginia to visit? There are dozens of historic sites located in every corner of the Commonwealth that tell the stories of incredible black Virginians; learn more and make plans to visit them today!

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Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in March 2020

Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in March 2020

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So many new live music shows are coming to Virginia in March 2020. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, celebrate the season with your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.

NOTE: This is not a complete list of shows and certain schedules may change. Please check with the individual venues for the most up to date details.

 

—CHARLOTTESVILLE—

At the John Paul Jones Arena

  • March 13 – Dan + Shay
  • March 14 – DaBaby

At the Jefferson Theater

  • March 7 – Cody Purvis
  • March 8 – O.A.R.
  • March 20 – Brent Cobb Duo
  • March 24 – Colony House
  • March 25 – Tauk

At the Paramount Theater

  • March 3 – Renée Fleming
  • March 20 – Chris Janson
  • March 22 – Steven Isserlis

 

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On May 5th, 2016, the Virginia Is For Music Lovers campaign was launched with a premiere at The Broadberry in Richmond.

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The National will be bringing several big-name artists throughout the month, including:

  • March 3 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters
  • March 17 – Melvin Seals & JGB
  • March 21 – Circa Survive
  • March 28 – Band of Horses
  • March 30 – In This Moment + Black Veil Brides

At The Broadberry

  • March 1 – Of Montreal
  • March 5 – Wye Oak
  • March 13 – Southern Culture on the Skids
  • March 15 – Papadosio
  • March 19 – Against Me!
  • March 23 – Porches

At the Altria Theater

  • March 15 – Celtic Woman
  • March 28 – An Intimate Evening with David Foster featuring Special Guest Katharine McPhee

At the Dominion Energy Center

  • March 3 – Ms. Lauryn Hill
  • March 7 & 8 – Richmond Symphony: Valentina Peleggi and Angela Cheng
  • March 27-29 – Virginia Opera – Aida

At the Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond

  • March 14 – Aoife O’Donovan

 

—HOPEWELL—

At the Beacon Theatre

  • March 5 – Colt Ford
  • March 6 – Journey Beyond (A Tribute to Journey) featuring Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna
  • March 7 – MJ LIVE (A Tribute to Michael Jackson)
  • March 14 – Marty Stuart
  • March 21 – The 5th Dimension
  • March 27 – The Nighthawks
  • March 28 – Sara Evans

 

—HAMPTON ROADS—

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At the Hampton Coliseum

  • March 13 – Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers
  • March 14 – The Millennium Tour featuring Omarion, Bow Wow, Pretty Ricky, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Sammie, Soulja Boy and Ashanti
  • March 20-21 – Excision 2020 Tour featuring The Evolution

At the NorVa in Norfolk

  • March 10 – Dead Kennedys
  • March 14 – Skillet
  • March 18 – The Revivalists
  • March 24 – Steve Aoki
  • March 26 – The Expendables
  • March 31 – Dance Gavin Dance

At the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk

  • March 13 – Celtic Woman
  • March 21 – Virginia Symphony Orchestra: The Streisand Songbook

At the Chartway Arena in Norfolk

  • March 13 – Roddy Ricch

At Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach

  • March 12 – Southern Culture on the Skids
  • March 19 – Drivin’ and Cryin’
  • March 20 – Mark Chesnutt
  • March 24 – The Get Up Kids
  • March 26 – Adam Doleac
  • March 27 – EOTO

 

—VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS—

At the Berglund Center in Roanoke

  • March 26 – Blue Man Group
  • March 28 – Boosie Bad A** and T-Rell

At 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke

  • March 23 – EOTO
  • March 26 – Ghost-Note

At the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount

  • March 1 – Indigo Girls
  • March 6 – Pop Chubby
  • March 7 – Jackyl
  • March 13 – Phil Vassar
  • March 15 – Perpetual Groove
  • March 21 – Hackensaw Boys
  • March 27 – Sara Evans
  • March 28 – Rodriguez
  • March 30 – Black Violin

 

—NORTHERN VIRGINIA—

At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna

  • March 5 – Liv Warfield
  • March 11 – Enter the Haggis
  • March 13 – Aoife O’Donovan
  • March 16 & 17 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • March 20 – The 5th Dimension

At The Birchmere in Alexandria

  • March 1 – Hayes Carll
  • March 5 – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • March 6 – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • March 8 – Todd Snider
  • March 20 – 10,000 Maniacs
  • March 31 – Rosanne Cash

At the State Theatre in Falls Church

  • March 6 – Almost Queen
  • March 8 – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • March 13 – Broken Arrow (A Tribute to Neil Young)
  • March 24 – A Bowie Celebration

At the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg

  • March 13 – Ballyhoo!
  • March 14 – Several Species: The Pink Floyd Experience
  • March 21 – Boat House Row
  • March 28 – Live Wire: The Ultimate AC/DC Experience

At EagleBank Arena in Fairfax

  • March 8 – The Millennium Tour featuring Omarion, Bow Wow, Pretty Ricky, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Sammie, Soulja Boy and Ashanti
  • March 22 – Ricardo Montaner
  • March 28 – Thom Yorke

 

 

Are we missing any big concerts? Let us know in the comments below. For more big names coming to Virginia this month, go to virginia.org/music.
At a Virginia concert this month? Share your photos with @VisitVirginia on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #vamusic and #vaisformusiclovers.

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Virginia Travel on a Budget: 12 Affordable Family-Friendly Activities

Virginia Travel on a Budget: 12 Affordable Family-Friendly Activities

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From rainy-day activities to spring break vacations, there are tons of family-friendly activities to discover throughout Virginia. However, sometimes it can be a balancing act of sticking to a tight budget while keeping the kids entertained. To help you keep costs low and spirits high, we’ve put together a list of ideas that are both budget-friendly and family-friendly. Make plans to do a few of these kid-centric activities, all $25 per person or less! 

1. Learn About Animals at a Working Farm, Aquarium, or Zoo

Get an up-close look at wildlife, farm animals, and aquatic creatures when you visit a zoo, working farm, or aquarium

  • Fort Chiswell Animal Park in Wytheville: Adults $12, children 3-12 $10, children 2 & under free.
  • Metro Richmond Zoo: Adults $17.75, children 2-11 $11.75, children 1 & under free.
  • Virginia Zoo in Norfolk: Adults $17.95, children 2-11 $14.95, children 2 & under free.
  • Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke: Adults $10, children 3-11 $8, children 2 & under free.
  • Luray Zoo: Adults 13 and up $12, children ages 3-12 $6.
  • Caromont Farm in Scottsville: This working goat cheese farm hosts frequent goat snuggle sessions where you and your kids can cuddle adorable baby goats, learn about goat farms and the cheese-making process, and take home fresh goat cheese. Tickets are $13.93 each and children 4 & under are free; they tend to sell out fast, so buying well in advance is recommended!
  • Wilson’s Animal Park in Winchester:  General Admission $9, children 3 & under are free.
  • Virginia Aquarium: Adults $24.95, Kids 3-11 $19.95. Dolphins boat trip is $22.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids. 

2. Ride Along One of Virginia’s Family-Friendly Paved Bike Trails

 Take the bikes out on a trail day with your family. You can ride many trails for free if you bring your own bikes, but some parks may require a small entry or shuttle fee. 

  • Virginia Creeper Trail in Southwest Virginia: Stretches 34.3 miles through the trail town of Damascus and up to the North Carolina State Line near Whitetop. The trail itself is free, but shuttles from outfitters like The Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop cost $17.00 for adults and $13 for children ages 12 & under. 
  • Blackwater Creek Trail in Lynchburg: Eight miles of paved and dirt-packed hiking and biking trails along the Blackwater Creek. Entry is free, and you can rent bikes from Bikes Unlimited starting at just $12 an hour. 
  • Virginia Capital Trail: Paved trail runs 52 miles from Richmond to Williamsburg. Bike rentals from Bike the Burg in Williamsburg start at $25 per day and from Adventures in RVA in Richmond starting at $6 per hour for kids and $8 per hour for adults. 

3. Practice Your Putting at a Miniature Golf Course

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You don’t need to swing like the pros to enjoy a game of putt-putt with your family!

  • Harbortown Miniature Golf in Moneta: Wild West-themed miniature golf course overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. Adults are $9.50, children 12 & under are $7.50, and children under 3 are free. 
  • Bethpage Miniature Golf in Urbanna: Cow-themed miniature golf course with an ice cream shop next door. Contact the campsite for current prices. 
  • Wilderness Presidential Mini-Golf in Spotsylvania: Rates are $2 per person for non-members and $1 per person for members and resort guests. All kids 5 & under are free.
  • Pirates Paradise Mini Golf in Virginia Beach: 18-hole pirate-themed miniature golf course. Rates are $12 for adults, $10 for kids 5-12 years old, and free for children 4 & under playing with adults. 

4. Blend Education & Fun at a History, Science, or Art Museum

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There are dozens of kid-friendly museums around the Commonwealth, many with hands-on activities that allow kids to learn and play at the same time.

  • The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News: Museum about the ocean and the people that have traveled it. Sits on a 550-acre park that is free and open to the public. Admission to the museum is only $1 per person and free for children 3 and under. Add a 3D movie to the visit for just $6 ($2 for children 3 & under).  
  • Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond: Contains experiential exhibits, interactive technologies, hands-on makerspace projects, and lab demonstrations. Exhibits Only: Adults $15.50, children  ages 6-12 $13.50, ages 3-5 $10. For Exhibits+Dome Theater Entry: Adults $19.50, children ages 6-12 $17,50, ages 3-5 $14.
  • Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth: Largest children’s museum in Virginia with fun, interactive, and hands-on things to keep kids entertained for hours. Adults $11, children and youth 2-17 $10, children 2 & under are free. 
  • National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly: Companion facility of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. Free admission, parking $15
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville: Adults $10, children and youth 3-17 $5, free for children 3 & under. 

5. Get Outdoors at a Virginia State Park or National Park

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In addition to gorgeous natural scenery, many state and national parks contain beginner-level hiking trails suitable for the whole family.

6. Pick Your Own Produce at a Berry Farm or Orchard

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Bring the kids to a you-pick farm or orchard, where they can learn about farming practices while gathering fresh fruits and veggies. Bonus points if you bring it home and teach them how to turn delicious Virginia produce into a home-cooked meal or dessert!

  • Swover Creek Farms in Edinburg: Has an indoor children’s play area and an outdoor dog park. Free admission, pay per pound for seasonally picked fruit, including blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. 
  • Great Country Farms in Bluemont: Pick your own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries, plums, apples, and pumpkins (check seasonal calendar for current availability). Farm also has mazes, giant slides, farm animals, rope swings, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children. 
  • Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset: Farm that grows sunflowers, strawberries, and pumpkins. In the fall, they also have the largest corn maze in Virginia. Hay rides are $2 per person. 
  • Chesterfield Berry Farm in Chesterfield: Grows over 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables that are sold in their on-site Farm Market. Pick-your-own produce includes strawberries (mid-April through May), blackberries (mid-June through July), and pumpkins (mid-September through October). $2 entry fee for pick-your-own. 

7. Explore Virginia’s Caverns

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There are eight different caverns in Virginia, all found within the Southwest and Shenandoah Valley regions of the Commonwealth. 

  • Gap Caverns in Ewing: Adults $8, children 5-12 are $4. No children under 5 are admitted.
  • Dixie Caverns in Salem: Adults 13 and over $14, children 5-12 $6, children 5 & under are free.
  • Endless Caverns in New Market: Adults 13 and over $20/tour, children 4-12 $9, ages 3 & under are free.
  • Luray Caverns in Luray: While adult admission is $30, admission for children 6-12 is only $15, and children under 6 are free. 

8. Soar Through the Treetops on a Zipline at an Outdoor Adventure Park

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Conquer great heights and speeds on the ziplines at a Virginia Outdoor Adventure Park

  • Bear Mountain Zipline in Luray: The Baby Bear High Ropes Course at Bear Mountain Ziplines is only $20 for two trips and is for ages 5 and up, at least 36” tall, and 40-250 pounds. They also have a rock climbing wall that is $15 per half hour. 
  • Massanutten Resort Zip Line in McGaheysville: At Massanutten, the zip line is $15 per ride and the Kid’s Adventure Course is $15 for two trips. 
  • Danville Zip Line in Danville: Danville Zip Line offers summer programs and most are only $12 per person.
  • The Rope Adventure Park in Luray: $7 for kids under 48” and $11 for 48” and taller. 

9. Play a Round of Disc Golf

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Disc golf combines the precision of golf with the easygoing sport of Frisbee, resulting in an affordable and fun sport that players of any age can enjoy. 

  • The Tides Inn in Irvington: Disc golf course on the resort grounds with nine holes. Free to guests.
  • Jim Barnett Park Disc Golf Course in Winchester: 18-hole course that is free to play, with disc rentals for $2 each rented at the War Memorial Building near the first hole. 
  • Westover Park Disc Golf Course in Harrisonburg: 21-hole disc golf course that is free to play. Discs can be checked out from the front desk of the park. 
  • Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach: 18-hole course that is free to play. The park also has playgrounds, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, and a fishing area. 

10. Float Down a River on a Tubing Excursion

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Spend an afternoon with the family leisurely floating down a Virginia waterway. Pro Tip: In addition to being relaxing and affordable, this option also forces the kids to leave the phones behind! 

  • Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville: A 4-mile tubing trip on the James River is $25 per person and includes transportation to the river’s entrance point. Must be 6 years and older. 
  • Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray: 4-5 hour tubing trip down the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. $22 per person and includes transportation to the river’s entrance point. Must be 5 years and older. 
  • Roanoke Mountain Adventures in Roanoke: A 3-4 hour tubing trip down the Roanoke River. Half day tube rentals are $15 for adults and $12 for under 14 years old; Full day is $20 for adults and $15 for under 14 years old. Shuttle rate is $15 per group (2-12 people).
  • Riverside Outfitters in Richmond: A 3-4 hour tubing trip down the James River. Costs $41 per person for tube and shuttle, but you can bring your own tube and pay just $9 for the shuttle. 

11. Bond Over a Family Camping Trip

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Create beautiful memories with an overnight family camping trip. Don’t forget the s’mores! 

  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray: While campsites at this camping resort tend to run $50 & up, that includes a campsite that fits the whole family (including your four-legged family members!). And your camping fee doesn’t just cover the campsite; it also includes a wide array of on-site activities, including a playground, basketball court, soccer field, fishing pond, pedal boats, petting zoo, nature trails, mini golf course, outdoor movie theater, and a water park complete with swimming pools, water slides, and a spray fun zone. Plus, they currently have a deal to add a Thursday or Sunday to your weekend stay during non-peak season for just $25 extra.
  • Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles: Summer rates begin at $40 per night, but like Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, your entry fee covers much more than just your campsite; it includes five swimming pools, games like cornhole, horseshoes, and shuffleboard, a game lounge, mini golf, and three playgrounds. 
  • Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Greenwood: Campsites start at just $28 per night and are pet-friendly. Camp resort amenities include a jump pad, two playgrounds, a stocked fishing pond, games like cornhole and horseshoes, a splash park, and a pool.

12. Experience Hands-On History at an Iconic Virginia Site

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Put the history books away and instead visit some of Virginia’s most incredible historic sites, where the kids can learn through interactive exhibits and activities. 

  • Mount Vernon: Adults $20, ages 6-11 are $12, children 5 & under are free. Stop by the Pioneer Farm, where you can watch 18th-century demonstrations like wheat harvesting, sheep shearing, and cooking over and open fire. 
  • Monticello: Gardens and Grounds are free to tour, house tours start at $29 for adults, $10 for children ages 12-18, and are free for children under $12. Monticello’s Griffin Discovery Room has activities like writing on a polygraph machine, creating secret codes on a wheel cipher that is based off of Jefferson’s own design, and playing games that were popular during Jefferson’s lifetime. 
  • Jamestown Settlement: Adults 13 and up are $17.50,  ages 6-12 are $8.25, children 5 & under are free. Kids can participate in navigation and piloting demonstrations aboard the Jamestown Settlement Ships, where they will learn what life was like aboard a 17th century ocean voyage. 
  • American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Adults 13 and up $15.25, ages 6-12 $7.75 children 5 & under are free. The Continental Army encampment offers vivid portrayals of a soldier’s life during the Revolutionary War, such as musket and artillery firing, daily routines, and 18th century surgical and medical practices. 

Need more suggestions for affordable family activities? We’ve got ideas for the $10 & under budget, $15 & under budget, or $20 & under budget, too! 

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But Did You Know…The Cavalier, Virginia Beach’s Opulent Seaside Escape

But Did You Know…The Cavalier, Virginia Beach’s Opulent Seaside Escape

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When you think of Virginia Beach, you probably think of summer vacations with the family. But did you know about the coastal city’s history as a retreat for Hollywood celebrities, presidents, and the rich and famous? 

A Small Beach Town Embraces The Finer Things

It all started in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as Virginia Beach’s local leaders began dreaming up plans for an extravagant waterfront hotel property. Back then, Virginia Beach was considered a popular vacation destination, but most of the guests came from nearby towns, and out-of-state visitors were less common, as interstate travel was expensive and time-consuming. The city’s existing upscale resort, the Princess Anne Hotel, was ravaged by fire in 1907, and the city leaders wanted to replace it with something bigger and better; however, it would take them almost twenty years to make these plans a reality. 

The Historic Cavalier Hotel Opens

After two decades of rumors swirling concerning the construction of a world-class beach resort, the Historic Cavalier Hotel was officially completed in 1927, reflecting the prosperity and extravagance of the Roaring Twenties. The hotel utilized design elements from notable Virginia sites; the ornate plaster columns that flanked the entryway were inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, while the expansive grass hills were a nod to The Lawn at the University of Virginia. 

Photo Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

The original grounds covered 350 acres along the Virginia Beach waterfront, and included a 290-acre golf course with holes modeled after the historic Scottish golf courses of St. Andrews and North Berwick. The grounds were also used by guests hunting for native fowl, and after returning from the hunt, guests could have their game prepared by the on-site chef, who would cook the meal according to the guest’s specific tastes, then serve it up in front of a roaring fire in the Hunt Room. 

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When it came to interior choices, the hotel was even more impressive. Every hotel room had its own private bathroom, a big deal at the time, and these bathrooms had their own impressive features. Bathtubs had an extra faucet handle that brought in water from the Atlantic Ocean for a saltwater bath, a spa practice that was popular with the upper class at the time, while the sinks had an ice water faucet that drew from a large wooden ice-filled tub located on the hotel roof, providing guests with chilled water even on the hottest days of summer (unfortunately, you’ll have to stick with plain old hot and cold taps nowadays). 

The hotel amenities were also extravagant; the indoor swimming pool was filled with filtered ocean water and outfitted with a diving board, and there were on-site offices for a variety of staff positions, including a doctor, photographer, radio broadcast center, and even a stockbroker, with a live ticker tape bringing updates straight from the New York Stock Exchange. Boutique stores allowed guests to shop without ever leaving the hotel, and a hair salon in the lower lobby was an added luxury. A private train depot, with a nonstop route from Chicago, among other central locations, allowed guests to travel directly to the hotel, while guests arriving by steamer ship or at other rail stations were met with a limousine from the hotel’s personal fleet, ensuring a luxury experience from departure to arrival. 

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Although the hotel was already considered one of the finest in the world, they topped the opulence off with the grand opening of the Cavalier Beach Club on Memorial Day weekend in 1929 (shortly before the infamous stock market crash). The lively club drew big performers like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, and between 1930 and 1950, the Cavalier would become the largest contractor of big bands in the world. The beach club was an icon of its time, and none that followed could ever take its place. 

Who’s Who: The Cavalier’s Numerous Celebrity Guests 

As one of the premiere luxury resorts on the East Coast, the Cavalier welcomed countless movie stars, business tycoons, and celebrities over the next few decades. American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda often took extended vacations at the Cavalier, and Fitzgerald was even said to have been inspired to pen “The Great Gatsby” during one of his stays. Icons like Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Muhammad Ali, Will Rogers, Jean Harlow, and Bette Davis came to stay at the Cavalier, as well as ten U.S. Presidents: Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. The exclusive hotel would remain synonymous with wealth and privilege until the early 1940s. 

Today, the newly-renovated Cavalier Hotel is back to drawing the biggest names from around the country. Although it has only been open since 2018, the hotel has already had stars such as Pharrell, Jimmy Buffett, Pusha T, P Diddy, Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Trey Songz come for an overnight stay. With celebrities returning to the historic luxury hotel, it’s safe to say that the upcoming era may be yet another opulent “Roaring Twenties” decade for the Cavalier Hotel. 

The Golden Years – World War II

As the United States entered World War II at the end of 1941, the Cavalier Hotel was commandeered by the United States Navy, turning the exclusive resort into a radar training center. The pool was drained and used for conducting classes, and when the hotel ran out of room for soldiers, they used the on-site stables as extra accommodations. While the lodging may have been a bit cramped, the soldiers considered themselves some of the luckiest enlisted men in the American military; the hotel chef stayed on after the Navy moved in, and many of the soldiers would write home with tales of the exemplary meals served during their stay. 

Post-War Problems & Intermittent Closures

The Cavalier was returned to its former owners in 1945, but the years of military occupation were not kind to the hotel, and much of the regular clientele did not return to the summer vacation destination after the war. It was converted into a private club for much of the 1950s and 1960s, then reopened to the public for a few years. In 1973, the Cavalier opened a sister hotel, the Cavalier Oceanfront, just across the street, and the original was renamed the Cavalier on the Hill. With brand new rooms outfitted with the latest in comfort and amenities in the Cavalier Oceanfront, the historic Cavalier Hotel was shuttered, but the modern luxury hotel could not replace the splendor of the original; it was once again reopened to guests in 1976. For the next 25 years, the two Cavalier Hotels would be mainstays for the Virginia Beach community and vacationing guests. 

Luxury Reimagined: The Cavalier Reopens

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In 2002, both the Cavalier on the Hill and the Cavalier Oceanfront underwent massive multi-million dollar renovations, but the upgrades were short-lived; in 2014, both hotels were closed, and the Cavalier Oceanfront and Beach Club were completely demolished. The Cavalier on the Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places during this time to protect the priceless property from a similar fate, and after an $85 million restoration, it was reopened in 2018 with the original name: The Cavalier Hotel. Due to the historic status, the renovations were painstaking and meticulous. Windows on the first floor were removed from their frames and repaired by hand. The decor was designed to reflect the Gilded era in which the resort was opened, with elegantly modern twists throughout. 

The hotel retains 21 of the original 350 acres, with the land surrounding the original structure used for an exclusive townhouse community. They are currently building a second hotel across Atlantic Avenue to replace the Cavalier Oceanfront, and are planning to eventually add a third hotel to the complex. 

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The Beach Club has also been rebuilt, with semi-private beach access, an infinity pool that looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a poolside bar and grill, all only available to guests of the Cavalier Hotel or residents in their private community. The hotel’s indoor pool is another iconic feature that underwent renovations; it now features poolside service, private cabana rentals, and stylish lounge areas. 

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Today, the Hunt Room retains its historic floor plan, and guests can enjoy a specially-curated menu paired with libations containing spirits distilled just steps away: Tarnished Truth Distilling Company is the first craft distillery to be located inside a hotel in the entire U.S. 

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Becca, the Cavalier’s on-site fine dining option, is a nod to the Cavalier’s original signature restaurant, The Pocahontas, named for the famous Native American woman that resided near the Jamestown Colonial settlement and would later Anglicize her name to Rebecca. The restaurant’s menu features seasonal farm to fork dishes that reflect many Virginia products. 

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More Notable Virginia Beach History

The Cavalier Hotel has an uncommonly distinct history, but it is far from the only historic site in Virginia Beach. As the landing site for the first colonial settlers arriving in Virginia, Virginia Beach is a trove of history. Visit First Landing State Park to walk where the original English settlers made landfall in 1607, and stop by the Cape Henry Lighthouse, which was the first federally funded public works project initiated by the United States Government under George Washington. 

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Walk along the Boardwalk and stop at the Norwegian Lady Statue, a tribute to the 1891 shipwreck of the Norwegian ship Dictator along the coast of Virginia and the community members that worked tirelessly after the wreck to save many of the passengers. 

An identical sculpture stands Virginia Beach’s sister city of Moss, Norway.

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Looking for even more Virginia Beach history? Experience it all at the local museums and historic sites, such as the Military Aviation Museum, the Adam Thoroughgood House, and the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum.

Virginia Beach Today

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As a go-to vacation destination among the most famous artists, musicians, and other innovative thinkers in the 20th century, the Cavalier Hotel helped put Virginia Beach on the map as a mecca for creativity. That influence is evident today in the city’s impressive arts and music scene. The ViBe Creative District, just off the oceanfront strip, is a hub for both local and nationally-renowned artists. Murals adorn the walls of over a dozen businesses in the area, adding colorful and artistic touches, and sculptures, creative crosswalk art, and special installations are constantly being added to the vibrant community. Another artistic center within the oceanfront destination is the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, known for their vast array of contemporary art from leading international, national, and regional artists. Each year, the museum hosts the Annual Boardwalk Art Show, which has been running since 1952.

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When it  comes to music, Virginia Beach is a prime spot for live shows. The American Music Festival, one of the nation’s largest and longest-running waterfront music events, brings together an impressive lineup of musicians each year to perform right on the beach. Past performers include Sheryl Crow, Heart, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Boyz II Men, and ZZ Top. While much newer, Something in the Water is another can’t-miss music festival for the Virginia Beach area. The brainchild of famous Virginia artist Pharrell, this music festival/cultural experience draws thousands of people to the shore to see some of the biggest names in rap, hip hop, rock, and more.   

If you need more inspiration for a Virginia Beach vacation that involves more than just surf and sand, use our three day vacation itinerary and dining guide to start planning an incredible coastal Virginia getaway. 

Stay tuned for more But Did You Know… history articles to learn about some of Virginia’s most amazing untold stories! 

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Where to Catch the Best Live Music in Richmond

Where to Catch the Best Live Music in Richmond

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Richmond is home to a diverse local music scene and is filled with musical talent – from both local bands and nationally recognized artists – on any given night.

For the music traveler, Richmond is the place to visit to catch your favorites artists and discover a new favorite at any of its numerous live music venues.

 

The National historic theater was built in 1923 and was part of a city block once known as Theatre Row. In 1968, it was converted into a cinema, which closed in 1983. Restored and reopened in 2008, The National is now used as a performing arts and music venue and hosts numerous national acts throughout the year.

 

The Broadberry is Richmond’s mid-sized venue that brings in everything from local Richmond musicians to touring regional acts. The Broadberry’s location has historically been a place for music. In the 1980s, the space was home to Much More and The Cellar Door, which hosted acts such as The Ramones, John Prine and Pat Benatar.

 

Historic theaters in Richmond, like the Altria Theater and the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center, once hosted famous musicians such as Elvis Presley, Iggy Pop and Diana Ross, and now bring in big name acts throughout the year as well as being the homes for the Richmond Symphony and the Broadway in Richmond theater season.

 

Other Richmond music venues include:

  • The Camel, which hosts all genres of music from punk to bluegrass to electronic
  • The Canal Club, which features metal, hip hop and electronic acts on a weekly basis
  • Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House, the downtown beer destination that hosts indie rock, country, blues and bluegrass artists regularly.
  • Gallery5, an art gallery and community space that has regular indie rock performances.
  • Cary Street Café, which caters to mostly jam bands
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, which hosts a variety of local indie rock and folk artists.
  • The Tin Pan, located in Richmond’s West End, is a sit-down dinner atmosphere featuring big national shows along with local and regional talent.
  • The Dark Room at the Hofheimer, which hosts a variety of local artists.
  • Wonderland and Banditos, which both cater to underground rock, heavy metal, thrash, punk, and more.
  • Vagabond, which hosts mostly jazz artists and DJ dance parties.
  • Many more of Richmond’s restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses will also hold the occasional live music.

 

For larger outdoor shows, music lovers in Richmond can head to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway for major arena-level artists. In the summer, Brown’s Island hosts the popular Friday night summer music series Friday Cheers.

 

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Richmond band GWAR, known for its bloody stage show, irreverent humor and metal/punk music opened GWAR Bar for the music lover looking for a late night watering hole to grab a bite to eat or drink after a show. The restaurant features plenty of band memorabilia on display and a GWAR-focused menu that features vegan and vegetarian options, along with craft cocktails.

 

And no music trip would be complete with a visit to one of Richmond’s many independent record shops, including Plan 9, Deep Groove, Steady Sounds, Records & Relics and Vinyl Conflict.

 

For more information or to plan your music trip to Virginia, visit virginia.org/music.

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Great Small Towns to Explore in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Great Small Towns to Explore in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

There’s never been a better time to explore the small towns of Virginia’s Blue Ridge than 2020, the year that brings great destinations into clear view. A focused travel plan can be essential for some while others look for simple inspiration.

We’re happy to provide a mix of the two and are hopeful that however you choose to experience our small towns, this will be the year you’re able to travel well and often in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.


Rocky Mount

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

The beginning of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Rocky Mount is home to one of Virginia’s best music venues, great food and art, and a moonshine destination. Perhaps you’ve heard that Franklin County is the Wettest County in the World? Here’s where to go…

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Floyd

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

The hippiest of Virginia’s communities, Floyd is all music and art all the time. It’s also one of Virginia’s friendliest communities. Everyone has an open invitation to bring an instrument and join in a jam session at the Floyd Country Store, and their Friday Night Jamboree is legendary. The party overflows into the street with music inside and out, and plenty of dancing everywhere you look.

Upcoming Events at The Floyd Country Store >

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Buchanan

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Buchanan is a river town and launch point for outdoor excursions. It’s also a nostalgic stop along Route 11 with iconic architecture like the swinging bridge and the neon marquee of the Buchanan Theatre. Visit both of those sites and plan to do a bit more, too.

Learn the history of the Town of Buchanan >

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Fincastle

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Historic Fincastle is walkable town and has a self-guided walking tour map, how about that? Dating to 1770 (incorporated in 1772), there are several historic buildings to admire. Find help with additional interpretation of the sites and learn about the town’s Lewis & Clark connection you visit the Botetourt County Historical Museum.

​Town of Fincastle Tour Guide Brochure >

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Vinton

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Vinton is a small town with pretty sweet amenities. Finding what’s fresh and local is a snap at the Vinton Farmers’ Market, open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Continue the trend of good, fresh eats with a meal at FarmBurguesa. Their claim to fame is hamburgers, but they’re not so plain or simple. A diverse menu offers a bit of something for most everyone. Consider their one-of-a-kind Toston, a farm-fresh burger on twice-fried plantain patties rather than bread. It’s a nod to their Colombian heritage. See the FarmBurguesa Menu >

Wash down your excellent meal with a craft beer from Twin Creeks Brewing Company. Maybe their new Wooden Tipsy Canoe? It’s a Barrel Aged Scotch Ale coming in at 7.9% ABV. Beer on Tap at Twin Creeks >

Head to the Vinton War Memorial where you’ll find the LOVE Letters and High Ground Veterans Monument. Set the timer on your camera and pose with a letter, then check out the monument honoring veterans and current members of the armed forces from Botetourt and Roanoke Counties.

Download the Vinton Visitor’s Guide >

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Salem

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Home of Roanoke College, Salem is as busy as any college town (it’s technically a city, but you’ll love the small town feel!), and offers dining and shopping for those coming, going, and living. Visitors will want to take their time to appreciate a few of the finer points, however, and we’d like to point them out:

  • The Salem Museum & Historical Society is located in the historic William-Brown House of Longwood Park. Peruse the exhibits, appreciate the grounds, and then spend time enjoying the park. The kids will love the chance to burn off energy at the playground. Museum Exhibits >
  • Olde Salem Brewing Company is serving their handcraft beer in one of Salem’s oldest buildings. If it’s on tap, try a Coal Tattoo. It’s their commemorative 100th batch, a BA English Barleywine at 10.3% ABV. One’ll probably do ya. Olde Salem Beer Menu >
  • The Salem Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through March and then Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through December. Farmers Market Vendors >
  • For the best understanding of Salem’s history, take a self-guided Historic Walking Tour. Along the way you’ll meander through Roanoke College and see Monterey (1840), a one-time hotel with a grand two-story entrance. Walking Tour Digital Guide >
  • As Virginia’s Championship City, Salem is a great spot for sports fans. The city hosts numerous NCAA Championships throughout the year at its many first-class facilities, and you can also see future MLB stars when you check out the Salem Red Sox. Salem Championships Website >

​Salem Tourism Website >

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Bedford

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge

With its close proximity to Smith Mountain Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford is a small town full of history and character that’s framed by beautiful scenery. Consider a visit to Bedford during your road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and include the following stops:

  • The Bedford Area Welcome Center serves as the perfect introduction to the town and is full of information and resources to learn more about nearby things to do, as well as offering its own collection of Bedford-related artifacts, memorabilia, and antiques.
  • The National D-Day Memorial is the country’s official memorial that honors American D-Day veterans. It’s location is especially significant as Bedford suffered the greatest loss of life proportionately of any community in the United States as part of the D-Day campaign. D-Day Memorial Tickets & Tours >
  • Virginia’s Blue Ridge is America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, so make some time to enjoy the network of trails at Bedford’s Falling Creek Park, which also make for fun hiking & trail running. Falling Creek Park Trail Map >
  • We know you’ve worked up on appetite, so head to Beale’s for some amazing BBQ and craft beer. You can also learn about the legend of Thomas Beale and the rumor of treasure buried in the nearby mountains! Beale’s Menu >

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Cheers to your year of fresh, new adventure! Share your travels through Virginia’s Blue Ridge socially with the hashtag #Trailsetter to showcase your favorite eats, drinks, stays, and ways to play.

 

 

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Three Memorable Vacations in Virginia for 2020

Three Memorable Vacations in Virginia for 2020

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Visit Some of the 200+ LOVEworks

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As a single mother balancing work, school and family, Latisha Boone wanted a budget-friendly getaway with her daughter. What better way to explore Virginia than with a LOVEworks journey for quality family fun and adventure? Latisha and Jai have now “Love Toured” the entire state three times, visiting more than 200 LOVEworks! We sat down with the mother/daughter duo to ask them about their Virginia travels. Read More…

Unplug & Unwind During a Relaxing Retreat

Virginia has long been acclaimed for its history and outdoor beauty. But tucked among these iconic sites and sweeping vistas is a lesser-known wellness scene where visitors and Virginians alike can unplug and unwind. Follow this guide for your ideal getaway to relax, re-center, and reconnect. Read More…

Take A Trip With Your Four-Legged Friends

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Traveling with your pet has become more and more acceptable, and Virginia has tons of pet-friendly spots that are fun for both you and your four-legged friend! Check out a few of the most dog-loving locations in the Commonwealth to plan your next getaway with your pet. Read More…

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Following a LOVEworks Family Tour

Following a LOVEworks Family Tour

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As a single mother balancing work, school and family, Latisha Boone wanted a budget-friendly getaway with her daughter. What better way to explore Virginia than with a LOVEworks journey for quality family fun and adventure? Latisha and Jai have now “Love Toured” the entire state three times, visiting more than 200 LOVEworks! We sat down with the mother/daughter duo to ask them about their Virginia travels.

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Q. What prompted you to start visiting the LOVEworks?

A. Our #LoveVA journey started in February 2017. Valentine’s Day was approaching and I recalled always wanting to stop to take pictures with the LOVEwork at the East Coast Gateway Welcome Center in New Kent; we’d driven past it several times in our travels, but never had time to stop. I looked up its address for a future visit and discovered there were many other LOVEworks all over the state. Our first LOVEwork road trip, nicknamed “Love Tours,” started with a local tour of several LOVEs near our home in Hampton Roads. From there, we visited each region until we eventually explored the entire state.

 

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A. Meeting locals has been our favorite part of this journey because they’ve taught us so much about their communities. Everyone we’ve encountered along the way has been welcoming and intrigued by our journey. We’ve met fellow LOVE travelers through social media who have been part of our journey from the start and become like family to us, sharing a love of our beautiful state.

 

Q. Have you discovered anything unexpected while visiting a LOVE?

A. Visiting LOVEworks has uncovered many hidden gems around the state. As a “Mountain Lover,” my favorite is Powell Valley Overlook. It is one of the most beautiful mountain overlooks – and doesn’t require a hike or driving up a mountain! I always plan a stop there when I’m in Southwest Virginia. Jai’s favorite is definitely the delicious popcorn at Northern Neck Popcorn in Kilmarnock. She’s the “Food Lover” in our family.

 

Q. What are your three favorite LOVEs?

A. Beagle Ridge Herb Farm (Wytheville), Silver Hearth Lodge (Bent Mountain) and Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset) will always be our favorite LOVEworks. We cherish our time spent at these LOVEworks the most because of their amazing owners. We were welcomed with open arms and spent hours chatting with them. Each owner made our visit memorable and we will always appreciate their kindness. We left those visits feeling as if we have friends for life in Ellen, Bob and Farmer Kent. Not only did we find LOVE at their locations, but we also experienced it through them.

 

 Q. How have you and Jai grown as a result of your travels?

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The LOVEwork was designed by well-known Roanoke artist Eric Fitzpatrick and was inspired by Roanoke’s rail heritage.

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A. Jai and I developed a stronger bond over the past two years as a result of our #LoveVA journey. We’ve discovered more of each other’s interests and aspirations through our explorations of Virginia. LOVE encouraged us to take risks and be adventurous. Now we feel we can take on any challenge that comes our way!   Q. Last summer, you took a week-long trip to visit more than 30 LOVEs. What were some highlights from this trip? A. The scenic mountain views, friendly and welcoming locals, stunning lodging accommodations and kindness of LOVEwork owners! I highly recommend taking a week or more of vacation to Love Tour in Southwest Virginia. Every visit to a LOVEwork there will inspire you to experience more of that well-known Virginia charm.

 

 

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Good Nature is Only a Step Away in Waynesboro

Good Nature is Only a Step Away in Waynesboro

Recreation is a way of life in Waynesboro, Virginia. Residents and visitors to this beautiful Appalachian Trail Community have countless options for enjoying nature year-round. And Waynesboro is proactive in expanding its Outdoor Recreation Network to provide easy, interconnected access to the hundreds of miles of trails, routes, and waterways running through and around the city. Whether you like to walk, bike, run, or paddle, you’re only a step away in Waynesboro!

 

Walk the Greenway

Waynesboro’s South River Greenway gives walkers a beautiful 1.2 mile stretch along the river from the YMCA near Rife Park, north through Constitution Park and on to the Port Republic Road Historic District.

Get walking with this route that will guide you from the Waynesboro Public Library to Constitution Park and back. If you’d prefer a loop, take the Waynesboro Walkabout, a 2-mile route that includes both a long section of the South River Greenway and parts of the Historic Downtown District. The city is currently expanding the Greenway to extend to North Park with plans to later add connections to Ridgeview Park, Basic Park, the future Sunset Park, and the Crozet Tunnel.

Bike the Valley

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There’s nothing quite like exploring Waynesboro and the Shenandoah Valley by bike. Historic neighborhoods, unique points of interest, rolling landscapes, and tasty watering holes make every ride a fresh adventure.

Bike the Valley lists over 40 on-road and off-road routes to start you off. And whether you prefer to tour and rack up the miles or are more interested in a family ride, Waynesboro can be your hub. A newly rebuilt Main Street Bridge includes two 6-foot bicycle lanes and sidewalks to improve access to the downtown district and park network, making it that much easier to shop the farmers’ market, catch a festival, or explore the city’s historic districts. And if all your adventuring requires some bicycle repairs or a tune-up just pop over to Rockfish Gap Outfitters.

Run the Valley

Running in the Shenandoah Valley
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Waynesboro Parks & Recreation is a driving force in destination races. Their Run the Valley Race Series brings runners from near and far to compete in challenging and fun events throughout the year, from February’s Mad Anthony Mud Run to October’s Fall Foliage Race.

And Waynesboro Parks & Recreation’s course maps are available online so you can get out there and hit the pavement today, no matter the season. Two of our favorite courses are the Summer Extravaganza 5K route that begins and ends at Ridgeview, and the Fall Foliage 5K that begins at Constitution Park, runs past Rife Park, and loops back to Constitution Park via the South River Greenway.

Paddle the Waynesboro Water Trail

Paddle the Waynesboro Water Trail
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With the South River flowing through Downtown Waynesboro, it’s no surprise that the city has become a destination for anglers, water enthusiasts, and paddlers. And with the Waynesboro Water Trail, it’s never been easier to get out on the water!

With access points at Ridgeview Park, Rife Park, Constitution Park, and Basic Park, the Waynesboro Water Trail gives paddlers 4 miles of scenic waterway. The full trip takes about 2-3 hours. Kayaking alone or have only one transport car? No problem. Waynesboro Parks & Recreation offers some suggestions on how to tackle the water trail.

If you want to extend your paddle, simply continue north along the South River to Port Republic and then merge onto the South Fork of the Shenandoah River towards Front Royal.

If you didn’t pack your kayak, have no fear. Rockfish Gap Outfitters offers kayak rentals (shuttle service not included). They also carry over 7,000 square feet of gear for the outdoor enthusiast and are a great source for suggestions on places to explore in the area.

 

 

UPCOMING EXPANSIONS

The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel
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After current restoration is complete, the Crozet Tunnel at Rockfish Gap will serve as a recreational gateway through Afton Mountain, connecting the Shenandoah Valley and the Virginia Piedmont. A universal access trail through the 4,264-foot-long tunnel will link to existing trail systems, providing hikers, walkers, and bicyclists easier access to Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and U. S. Bicycle Route 76.

Sunset Park

Plans are underway to develop a public park at the tallest point in Waynesboro. Visitors to Sunset Park will be able to enjoy a 360 degree view of the Shenandoah Valley. Land that was once an active municipal landfill will be transformed with miles of forested hiking and mountain biking trails and a scenic overlook. Virginia Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center has developed a conceptual design that includes possible connections to the Crozet Tunnel and a pedestrian trail that would link proposed mountain biking trails.

 

6 public parks. 4 miles of water trail. 2 National Parks. 1 super-charged Parks & Rec. Hundreds of miles of trails on our doorstep. The only piece that’s missing in Waynesboro’s Outdoor Recreation Network is… YOU! Take that step and plan your getaway today!

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Small Towns, Big Character: Virginia’s Vibrant Communities

Small Towns, Big Character: Virginia’s Vibrant Communities

Written by Mary & Bill Burnham for the Virginia Travel Guide

This story is part of the 2020 Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide. Order your FREE COPY today!

The phrase “small town” evokes nostalgia, authenticity and heartfelt warmth in many of us. What’s not to love? They are authentic, accessible, friendly and stocked with locally-owned businesses. These are communities where you can get off the crowded highway, park the car and walk, ride a bike or even kayak through downtown. Small, family-run businesses offer one-of a-kind handmade items, from jewelry and art to craft beers and wine. Farmers markets offer locally-grown produce and seafood spring through fall.  With almost 200 incorporated towns, dozens more villages and hamlets, plus nearly 30 designated Virginia Main Street Communities, the hard part is deciding which Virginia towns to visit. 

Here are some of our favorites, starting in southwest Virginia, and ending with a shameless plug for our hometown on the Eastern Shore.

—BIG STONE GAP—

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Southwest Virginia’s coal-mining history comes to life in the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” Virginia’s longest-running outdoor drama, performed Thursday through Saturday nights, late June through August. Before you go, be sure to read the Big Stone Gap novels by Adriana Trigiani, or watch the Hollywood film by the same name starring Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Upon arrival, you can visit places featured in the film, such as Mutual Pharmacy, the Book Mobile, the Farmers Market, as well as the outdoor drama. Fine, well-preserved period homes house The John Fox Jr. Museum, the Southwest Virginia Museum and the June Tolliver House. Cozy B&Bs, cafes and a variety of antique and curio shops round out this small town gem.

Fun Festival:  100th annual Tri State Singing Convention, June

—LURAY—

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Luray is known as “Cabin Capital of Virginia” due to hundreds of cabins and home rentals in the area. Luray is home to the spectacular Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in the East, and is a gateway town into Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. Spend a week in a cabin and have your pick of day trip options with more than 500 miles of National Park hiking trails, local paddling outfitters along the Shenandoah River, and underground wonders at Luray Caverns. Enjoy leisurely biking around town on the Hawksbill Greenway. If you’re looking for a more luxurious overnight stay, book a room at the historic Mimslyn Inn, and if you’re interested in Virginia’s wine, spirits, and craft beer industry, follow the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop.

—FARMVILLE—

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This formerly industrial town has been reinvented for recreation, craft beverage and shopping lovers. The Appomattox River that once carried tobacco barges is now a designated Scenic River carrying paddlers in search of whitewater or the calmer four-mile Farmville Blueway. The railroad that once carried coal now carries hikers, bikers and equestrians on the 30-mile-long High Bridge Trail State Park. Repurposed tobacco packing houses and lumber warehouses are reincarnated to house Appomattox River Company, Green Front Furniture and the Third Street Brewing Company, serving up local beer, live music, games for the kids and a pet-friendly beer garden. Together with the Virginia Tasting Cellar and the soon-to-open second location of James River Brewing, Farmville is fast becoming a destination for craft beverage lovers.  

Fun Festival: Heart of Virginia Festival, May/June

—HARRISONBURG—

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Set amidst the vast playground of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has been called “one of the best mountain bike towns in America” by National Geographic. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs and artisans have blended the past with the present to create a lively melting pot that is distinctive to this college town. Named Virginia’s first Culinary District in 2014, Harrisonburg’s cultural diversity serves up fare from around the world, while taking advantage of locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. Food. Bar.Food features “global comfort food,” while a mother-daughter team creates soul-soothing pastries at Heritage Bakery & Café.  The arts scene is equally diverse, epitomized by the Agora Downtown Market, a community of small businesses under one roof in an historic building. Named for James Madison, fourth president and the “Father of the Constitution,” are the stunning Hotel Madison and James Madison University (JMU), where nearly 20,000 students lend a youthful vitality to this historic town.  

 Fun Festival: Harrisonburg International Festival, September

—CLARKSVILLE—

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With more than 50,000 acres of freshwater and over 800 miles of beautiful shoreline, Buggs Island Lake is VirginiaÕs largest manmade lake. It is home to many fishing tournaments, and with the addition of lights on the local bridge, is a premier location for nighttime fishing activities.

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Immerse yourself in Virginia’s Lake Country at Virginia’s only lakeside town. Buggs Island Lake, also known as Kerr Reservoir, draws anglers to dozens of fishing tournaments yearly, and the annual Hydroplane Challenge fast boat race. Stay in style at Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern, or a bit more rustic in a lakefront cabin at Occoneechee State Park. The craft beverage scene is brewing with Buggs Island Brewing Company. At Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Vineyard, the three Powell sisters are reviving Native American grape-growing such as Muscadine and Scuppernong. (Open Saturdays only and by appointment other days.)  

Fun Festival: Virginia Lake Festival, July

—FLOYD—

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The 100 year old Floyd Country Store is an authentic country store filled with barrels of old-fashioned candy, hand-dipped ice cream, hard-wearing bib overalls, and a great collection of hard-to-find Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs and music accessories. It is a stop on the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

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Back-to-the-earth bohemian blends with traditional bluegrass in this town of less than 500, but with so much to offer. Along Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Trail, The Floyd Country Store hosts jam sessions and performances. Just like in days gone by, the Country Store is the heart of town, hosting Friday Night Jamborees and clogging sessions and selling all the things you’d expect from a country store (and some that you wouldn’t!), from local preserves to suspenders. Surrounding town is the expanse of the Blue Ridge Plateau where hiking, biking and scenic drives await along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

Fun Festival: Floydfest, July

—ONANCOCK—

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With five miles of sheltered waterway leading to the Chesapeake Bay, it’s no wonder Onancock has been an active port on the Eastern Shore since 1680. Today you can take a sailing or motorboat excursion, rent a kayak or paddleboard or hop on the ferry to Tangier Island, 12 miles out in the Bay. With just 1,200 people and shaded streets lined with shops and galleries, Onancock is the perfect walking or biking town. Slow down with lunch at The Wharf or an outdoor patio café, or sit on the

Liar’s Bench to watch  the fishing boats come and go and the osprey and great blue heron feed. Visit the artist studios at the Historic Onancock School, the Federal-period Ker Place House Museum or the newly opened Samuel Outlaw Blacksmith Shop.

Elegant B&Bs housed in Victorian beauties, an eclectic dining scene, from Irish pub fare to Thai fusion, live theatre and an old-fashioned movie house showing first-run films promise that Onancock will not disappoint.

Fun Festival: Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Band Concert, July

BONUS: Notable Neighborhoods

Within Virginia’s larger cities, find pockets of uniqueness that make you feel like you’re in a small town!

—ROANOKE’S HISTORIC GRANDIN VILLAGE—

This walkable urban village is eclectic and family-friendly at the same time. Spend Saturday morning at the Community Market, dine on an outdoor patio, shop independently owned boutiques and take in a first-run or classic film at the 1930s Grandin Theatre.

—ARLINGTON’S SHIRLINGTON—

A running trail and dog park, summer concert series and live theater, an Irish pub and a cheese and wine shop, all within walking distance to a Hilton Garden Inn. Shop charming Campbell Avenue, an eclectic pedestrian friendly area packed with local shops and eateries. 

—RICHMOND’S SCOTT’S ADDITION—

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One of the hottest, newly revitalized neighborhoods in the state capital. Warehouses converted to breweries, cideries and distilleries, bold street murals, a cinema and a retro bowling alley make this a happening night scene.

—NORFOLK’S GHENT DISTRICT—

Arguably Virginia’s quintessential historic neighborhood within Virginia’s port city, Ghent boasts an amazing span of architecture from Colonial to Victorian to Frank Lloyd Wright-era homes. Antiquing, eclectic dining and the arts galore can be found in this waterfront community along the Hague.

—OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA—

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Shopping in Old Town Alexandria.

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Just across the river from the nation’s capital, American history comes alive as you walk in patriots’ footsteps on cobblestone streets to trendy boutiques and international eateries. Four-legged travelers will find Alexandria truly is for the dogs, with water dishes outside the shops, upscale pet boutiques and restaurants that allow pups to dine with their masters.

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Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in February 2020

Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in February 2020

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NOTE: This is not a complete list of shows and certain schedules may change. Please check with the individual venues for the most up to date details.

 

—RICHMOND—

The National will be bringing several big-name artists throughout the month, including:

  • Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 – Lotus
  • Feb. 7 – Cold War Kids
  • Feb. 12 – The Wood Brothers
  • Feb. 14 – Falling in Reverse
  • Feb. 21 – The Legwarmers: The Ultimate 80s Experience

At The Broadberry

  • Feb. 1 – Beach Fossils
  • Feb. 9 – Big Something
  • Feb. 15 – Rockn’ to Lockn’ – four Virginia bands will battle it out for a chance to play the Lockn’ Music Festival in June.
  • Feb. 18 – flor
  • Feb. 20 & 21 – Hot Water Music
  • Feb. 25 – Garza (featuring Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation)

At the Altria Theater

  • Feb. 15 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert featuring the Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Feb. 18 – Tedeschi Trucks Band

At the Dominion Energy Center

  • Feb. 1 – Richmond Symphony: Laura Jackson and Julian Schwarz
  • Feb. 7 – National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  • Feb. 8 – Legends on Grace: The Magical Music of Burt Bacharach starring Susan Greenbaum
  • Feb. 29 – Richmond Symphony: The Apollo Hall of Fame

At the Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond

  • Feb. 8 – The Steeldrivers
  • Feb. 28 – Takács Quartet

—HOPEWELL—

At the Beacon Theatre

  • Feb. 1 – Masters of Metal 4: Tribute Series featuring Creeping Deth (Metallica), Metal Priest (Judas Priest), For Those About To Rock (AC/DC) and PoisonousCrue (Motley Crue)
  • Feb. 7 – Lonestar
  • Feb. 8 – Don Felder – Formerly of the Eagles
  • Feb. 13 – Arrival From Sweden (The Music of ABBA)
  • Feb. 26 – Arlo Guthrie
  • Feb. 28 – Todd Snider
  • Feb. 29 – The Ultimate Queen Celebration

—CHARLOTTESVILLE—

At the John Paul Jones Arena

  • Feb. 7 – KISS
  • Feb. 16 – The Lumineers
  • Feb. 21 – Jason Aldean
  • Feb. 22 – MercyMe

At the Jefferson Theater

  • Feb. 12 – The Wailers
  • Feb. 15 – Amanda Shires
  • Feb. 16 – Galactic
  • Feb. 19 – Drive-By Truckers

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In the 7,000 to 12,999-seat category, the Hampton Coliseum is one of the three largest convention facilities in Virginia. From the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus to an evening with James Taylor, the venue offers an impressive year-round entertainment roster.

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At the Hampton Coliseum

  • Feb. 8 – Big Jam 2020 featuring DaBaby, Gunna and Pop Smoke
  • Feb. 14 – Hampton Roads Valentine’s Jam featuring Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Rahsaan Patterson and Vivian Green
  • Feb. 28 – 7 City Blues Festival featuring TUCKA, Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Theodis Ealey

At the NorVa in Norfolk

  • Feb. 7 – Raphael Saadiq
  • Feb. 13 – Thrice
  • Feb. 18 – Kamasi Washington
  • Feb. 19 – The Allman Betts Band
  • Feb. 22 – The Legwarmers: The Ultimate 80s Experience
  • Feb. 29 – Old Crow Medicine Show

At the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk

  • Feb. 25 – Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No. 4

At the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk

  • Feb. 7 – Black Jacket Symphony presents Led Zeppelin

At Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach

  • Feb. 1 – Nighttrain (The Guns N’ Roses Experience)
  • Feb. 6 – A Tribute to Bob Marley featuring Mighty Joshua
  • Feb. 7 – The Nighthawks
  • Feb. 12 – Jason Boland and the Stragglers
  • Feb. 13 – Kendell Marvel
  • Feb. 20 – Summer Salt
  • Feb. 22 – Carbon Leaf

—VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS—

At the Berglund Center in Roanoke

  • Feb. 4 – The Simon & Garfunkel Story – Using huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.
  • Feb. 8 – Black Jacket Symphony presents Led Zeppelin
  • Feb. 28 – The Temptations and The Four Tops

At 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke

  • Feb. 14 – Eric Gales
  • Feb. 21 – Rockn’ to Lockn’ – four Virginia bands will battle it out for a chance to play the Lockn’ Music Festival in June.

At the Salem Civic Center in Salem

  • Feb. 1 – Brantley Gilbert
  • Feb. 19 – Railroad Earth

At the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount

  • Feb. 10 – Joan Osborne
  • Feb. 11 – Art Garfunkel
  • Feb. 21 – The Seldom Scene
  • Feb. 22 – Mike Doughty
  • Feb. 23 – Trampled By Turtles

—NORTHERN VIRGINIA—

At Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna

  • Feb. 5 – Tanya Tucker
  • Feb. 7-9 – Art Garfunkel
  • Feb. 22 – The Last Bandoleros
  • Feb. 25 & 26 – Cherish The Ladies
  • Feb. 29 – Kiran Ahluwalia

At The Birchmere in Alexandria

  • Feb. 7 – Three Dog Night
  • Feb. 9 – Blue Öyster Cult
  • Feb. 20 – Drew & Ellie Holcomb
  • Feb. 23 – Jeffrey Osborne
  • Feb. 27 – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • Feb. 28 & 29 – Arlo Guthrie

At the State Theatre in Falls Church

  • Feb. 14 – The Stranger: A Tribute to Billy Joel
  • Feb. 21 – Hollywood Nights: A Tribute To Bob Seger

At the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg

  • Feb. 1 – Cowboy Mouth
  • Feb. 7 – Cris Jacobs
  • Feb. 8 – Trial By Fire (Journey Tribute)
  • Feb. 13 – The Wailers
  • Feb. 14 & 15 – Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band
  • Feb. 21 – UFO 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour
  • Feb. 22 – Soul Asylum
  • Feb. 28 – Uncle Cracker
  • Feb. 29 – Carbon Leaf

At EagleBank Arena in Fairfax

  • Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Love Jam featuring Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, En Vogue and Be’la Dona

 

 

Are we missing any big concerts? Let us know in the comments below. For more big names coming to Virginia this month, go to virginia.org/music.

At a Virginia concert this month? Share your photos with @VisitVirginia on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #vamusic and #vaisformusiclovers.

 

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