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    Back in May we highlighted awesome waterways for kayaking and canoeing. Tubing isn’t a far stretch from those two water-loving pastimes, other than the pace is quite a bit more relaxed and you probably don’t want the big rapids to throw you off your game. James River Float Company, we noted, is a leader in [...]

    James River Float CompanyTangent OutfittersJames River Float CompanyTangent Outfitters

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  • 07/03/12--09:01: Fireworks!
  • Tomorrow is the big day – the day we celebrate our Independence – but today actually has a few surprises of its own. If you love fireworks, here are a few destinations to get your fix in advance. Richmond Genworth Financial 29th Annual Celebrate Freedom Independence Day Concert – This free event starts at 6:30 [...]

    Genworth FinancialClick for an Interactive Map for July 4thGenworth FinancialClick for an Interactive Map for July 4th

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    Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and [...]

    Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans CenterGisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

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    When the temps get too hot to handle, find your family fun indoors at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Their latest exhibit, Dinosaurs!, features a roaring robotic T-Rex who reinforces his dominance while a Corythorsaurus tends her nest of eggs and a Pteranodon soars above. With the Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Mosasaurus and Elasmosaurus nearby, you’ll likely feel like [...]

    T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living MuseumAlbino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living MuseumAlbino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.

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    Escape the heat of August with a weekend in Virginia’s cool Allegheny Mountains. August 4 is the 4th annual Wings and Wheels Car and Acrobatic Air Show in Hot Springs, Virginia. The Ingalls Field Airport will host a display of cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors – all competing for the coveted Peoples’ Choice Award. In addition, airplane rides and two flight simulators [...]

    Wings & Wheels logoThe HomesteadWings & Wheels logoThe Homestead

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  • 07/23/12--07:57: The Wild Pony Round-Up
  • An annual event that occurs only in Virginia is the Chincoteague Pony Swim – a family friendly experience that creates memories for a lifetime. On the last Wednesday of July (July 25 this year) the wild ponies from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island make the annual swim over to Chincoteague as part of [...]

    Eastern Shore PoniesEastern Shore PonyEastern Shore PoniesEastern Shore Pony

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    Staunton, Virginia is quickly garnering attention as a performing arts and cultural hot spot, and here are two more reasons why: Heifietz International Music Institute and Staunton Music Festival. Heifetz International Music Institute is a unique program found only in Virginia. The Institute brings 62 advanced students of the violin, viola and cello to Staunton [...]

    Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. Heifetz International Music Institute. Staunton Music FestivalCellist Ralph Kirshbaum. Heifetz International Music Institute. Staunton Music Festival

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    Fresh is the word and this – Virginia’s Farmers’ Market Week - is the time to celebrate the best eats of summer. As the demand for locally grown foods has increased, so has the number of farmers’ markets, increasing from 88 available statewide in 2005 to more than 210 in 2012. What does this mean for you? More [...]

    Alexandria Farmers' MarketSouth of the James Farmers Market, RichmondAlexandria Farmers' MarketSouth of the James Farmers Market, Richmond

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  • 03/06/13--11:14: Waterside Vacation Homes
  • Though the calendar says we’re still a couple of weeks away from the official start of spring, now is the time to start thinking about booking your waterside Virginia vacation home. Just steps away from lapping waves, sand or the calm reflection of a lake, Virginia’s vacation rental properties that include a waterfront view book [...]

    Chesapeake Bay view from Cameron's Landing in Reedville.Kindred Spirits at Childs CoveChesapeake Bay view from Cameron's Landing in Reedville.Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

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    Teens are the toughest crowd to please, but when you’re armed with these nuggets of fun, it’s quite possible you’ll see a smile sneak through. The obvious top contenders for teen fun are theme parks and Virginia has two major players in that arena: Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and Kings Dominion in Doswell. Which to [...]

    Intimidator305 at Kings DominionSummer Tubing at Wintergreen ResortAdventure Park at Sandy River RetreatBear Mountain ZiplinesSouthEast Expeditions Hang GlidingIntimidator305 at Kings DominionSummer Tubing at Wintergreen ResortAdventure Park at Sandy River RetreatBear Mountain ZiplinesSouthEast Expeditions Hang Gliding

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  • 06/26/13--07:58: Favorite Virginia Ice Cream
  • It’s summertime and that means, well, quite a few things, but today it means ICE CREAM! We asked our Virginia travel and tourism partners to name their favorite ice cream parlor (for the benefit of our readers, of course), and nearly 40 recommendations rolled in. To get you started on your summer brain freeze tour, [...]

    Kline's Dairy BarCarl's Frozen CustardPop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream CompanyKline's Dairy BarCarl's Frozen CustardPop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Company

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    The excellent thing about art is that it comes in so many forms. Dance, drama, music, oil on canvas … and chalk. Another excellent thing about art is that Virginia has festivals dedicated to its many forms. Here are seven for your calendar consideration. Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion takes over three blocks of the Virginia [...]

    Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion, Virginia BeachVirginia Lake Festival, ClarksvilleChalk the Walk ARTsplosion, Virginia BeachVirginia Lake Festival, Clarksville

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    When the temps climb higher, head for a fantastic new exhibit at a Virginia museum. They’re perfect destinations to beat the heat. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting and toying around the new Boost! exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. Boost! is a test for all of us. A test of [...]

    Sally Field wearing wardrobe designed by Joanna Johnston for Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN.Sally Field wearing wardrobe designed by Joanna Johnston for Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN.

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    Every corner of Virginia offers an experience that you might be surprised to find. Don’t be caught off guard! Here’s your list of 14 things to bring with you on vacation in Virginia. 1. Cork Screw – Virginia has more than 230 wineries and quite a few wine trails. You’re sure to come across more [...]

    The Barns at Hamilton Station VineyardsPierce’s Bar-B-Que PittHiking the Passamaquaddy Trail on Little Stony Man MountainNew RiverThe Barns at Hamilton Station VineyardsPierce’s Bar-B-Que PittHiking the Passamaquaddy Trail on Little Stony Man MountainNew River

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    No need to grab the passport for tours of the Seven Wonders of the World. We’ve got you covered. Virginia is home to many of the most well-known and sought-after outdoor landmarks in the country. So pack up the car and discover some of the Commonwealth’s eight  natural wonders. LURAY CAVERNS – Luray, Va. Looking [...]

    The Natural BridgeLake DrummondThe Natural BridgeLake Drummond

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    It’s hot and getting hotter, so where can you find the best milkshakes in Virginia to help you cool off? Our trusty locals have come through again, this time with 26 appealing shake spots across Virginia. Have an affection for peanut butter? So do our locals, it seems. When evaluating the favorite flavors and specialty [...]

    FenderzDoumar’s Cones and BarbequeSweet Things Ice Cream ShoppeFenderzDoumar’s Cones and BarbequeSweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe

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    Virginia’s vineyards are beautiful, especially this time of year when the vines are heavy with luscious grapes. Savor the view while you also savor the vintage at these wineries boasting impeccable views. Their patios and decks are perfect for summer evening unwinding. Virginia Tourism staff were asked their favorite wine tasting room and tasting experience, [...]

    Early Mountain VineyardsPippin Hill Farm & VineyardsWest Wind Farm Vineyard & WineryLittle Washington WineryEarly Mountain VineyardsPippin Hill Farm & VineyardsWest Wind Farm Vineyard & WineryLittle Washington Winery

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    Fresh fruits and vegetables are the staples of summer in Virginia, as are signature, summer-only, craft beer. Why not pair the best of summer’s bounties? With the idea of great summer flavors colliding, we reached out to Virginia’s craft brewers to see what’s on tap this season and with which local foods they’d most likely [...]

    Blue Mountain BreweryRusty Beaver “Top Down Summer Ale”Devil's Backbone Brewing CompanyClick here for a map of Virginia craft breweries.Blue Mountain BreweryRusty Beaver “Top Down Summer Ale”Devil's Backbone Brewing CompanyClick here for a map of Virginia craft breweries.

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  • 07/14/14--07:28: 30 Freshwater Swimming Holes
  • Summer calls for a dip in the water, and we have fresh mountain streams and rivers that you’ll find most refreshing on a hot day. Our list has been compiled through various avenues of research, including tips from local residents. If they love these swimming holes, you’re sure to as well! If you are unfamiliar [...]

    Dismal FallsDunlap Creek flows beneath Humpback Bridge.Dismal FallsDunlap Creek flows beneath Humpback Bridge.

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    Virginia’s lakes are excellent summer destinations for families, couples, friends, reunions … you name it! Take a few-day getaway to enjoy everything lakes have to offer. Tuck away into a private cove in a rental home, hit the water on jet skis, or swing the hours away in a waterside hammock. It’s your playground, find [...]

    Bridgewater Marina, MonetaSmith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Smith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Smith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Cooper's Landing Inn, ClarksvilleWaterskiing Kerr Lake. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.Occoneechee State Park. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.Night Fishing is unique to Kerr Lake. Photo by Scott K. Brown.Kindred Spirits, SpotsylvaniaBridgewater Marina, MonetaSmith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Smith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Smith Mountain Lake. Photo by Casey Higgins.Cooper's Landing Inn, ClarksvilleWaterskiing Kerr Lake. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.Occoneechee State Park. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.Night Fishing is unique to Kerr Lake. Photo by Scott K. Brown.Kindred Spirits, Spotsylvania