Finding LOVE, RV Style - from Raceways to Scenic Roads

Home to some of the nation’s most beautiful natural scenery, Virginia is the perfect destination for an RV vacation. Marc and Julie Bennett have been travelling the country for five years now in their RV, exploring all the open road has to offer. Now it’s Virginia’s turn! They’ve set out on an epic RVLOVE road trip from Richmond, Virginia’s capital city, to farms and wineries in Loudoun County and charming mountain towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’ll experience delicious food and drink, humbling history, outdoor recreation, and breathtaking scenic drives along this LOVE-filled Virginia adventure.

Day 1

Rich in history and overflowing with events and fine dining, there is plenty to LOVE about Richmond. While in the city, stop at The LOVEwork at Richmond International Raceway. This artwork represents the city’s long relationship with NASCAR. In addition to car racing, Richmond shares the long tradition of horse racing. From there, head 20 minutes north of the city to visit the LOVEwork at Meadow Event Park to learn about the legacy of Secretariat, Triple Crown winning Thoroughbred. Still feeling the LOVE? Visit Kings Dominion amusement park, just minutes away from Meadow Event Park. Enjoy a day at the park and stay next door at Kings Dominion Campground. Here you can camp, enjoy the pool and snap a picture with the Kings Dominion Campground LOVEwork.

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  • Kings Dominion Campground
    • RV - Stay on the campground in an RV. The park features full recreational vehicle hook-ups, along with water, electric and free Wi-Fi.
    • Cabin - Stay in a deluxe cabin in the campground while visiting Kings Dominion. The cabins offer a sleeping loft, two futons, three queen beds, linens, a partial kitchen and two full bathrooms. The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people.
    • Tent - Those who feel adventurous stay on an individual tent site with up to eight people. Here, pitch a tent or two in grassy, mostly shaded areas. These grounds have access to central water and welcome all furry friends.

Day 2

From Kings Dominion, head toward northern Virginia and set up camp with your RV at Lake Fairfax Park. Enjoy the park’s hiking trails and water park. After you’ve recharged, head west toward Loudoun County and experience the area coined DC’s Wine Country.

Travel via scenic Route 7 and take a pit stop in Leesburg for a bite to eat. Take a walk down Harrison Street and snap a photo at the LOVEwork of Leesburg. This LOVEwork is a metal sculpture composed of recycled bicycle parts to showcase the location along the W&OD Trail, a 45-mile long paved trail for walking, running, and bicycling which runs through Loudoun County.

Continue along scenic Route 7 to  Purcellville. Travelers can’t pass through Purcellville without exploring wine country and the beautiful backroads of Northern Virginia. Your first stop in town should be the LOVEwork in Purcellville which is designed to showcase the wine-rich region that surrounds the town. Snap a picture and share it with #LOVEVA.

Then take Route 690 north to Hillsboro to visit Doukenie Winery. Take their Vines to Wines Tour and enjoy one of Virginia’s finest crafts from start to finish. The winery offers this special tour from 11am–1pm or 2pm–4pm on the first Saturday of each month. They offer wine snacks to buy, or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy by the pond.

After you’ve had your fill of Loudoun, continue driving toward Shenandoah River State Park, along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Virginia’s popular and scenic Shenandoah Valley. Relax and spend a couple of nights, using the park as your base for more local exploring in your vehicle. Stay in your RV, a cabin, yurt, tent or lodge, surrounded by 1,600 acres and 5.2 miles of shoreline. The park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. Enjoy a picnic by the riverside, hike the trails, ride the zipline, or take a kayak/canoe on the river.

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  • Shenandoah River State Park
    • RV - Stay in the campground in an RV. The park features electric-water site hook-ups for your recreational vehicle.
    • Cabin, Yurt, or Lodge – Choose to stay in a yurt, camping cabin (bunkhouse), regular cabin, or the lodge.
    • Tent - Outdoorsy, adventurous types can pitch a tent at one of the riverfront tent sites, with access to central water, bathhouse, and laundry.

Day 3

After a busy day of outdoor activities, you’re sure to be exhausted! On day three take a relaxing drive to explore the small towns of Virginia. On your journey capture photos, eat delicious food and sip on award-winning wines.

Take Route 522 towards Sperryville, home to another LOVEwork. Sperryville is a tiny, quaint town known for its old-time charm. Here enjoy delicious brews and spirits at Pen Druid Brewing and Copper Fox Distillery. Visit the LOVEwork at Hearthstone School, which promotes the message of love and peace on a colorful trailer. Visitors are encouraged to take a picture and share it with #LOVEVA.

From Sperryville, take a quick 15 minute drive south towards Etlan, Virginia to visit DuCard Vineyards (weekends only). This beautiful mountainside winery offers a relaxing getaway destination and a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Taste flavorful wines and don’t forget to take a picture with their unique LOVEwork sculpture of beautifully welded letters and cobalt blue wine bottles. Share the LOVEwork photo on social media with the hashtag #LOVEVA.

Then hit the road once more and set off towards Culpeper. Start at the Visitor’s Center and grab a photo at the LOVEwork at Culpeper Depot right across the road. Walk the charming streets of the downtown historic district, and check out the unique shops, breweries, and restaurants. Need more LOVE? Head over to Old House Vineyards for a tasting and check out their unique LOVEwork, located outside of the distillery. During your visit to Culpeper, enjoy white tablecloth dining at Foti’s Restaurant, a staple in the Culpeper community.

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Day 4

On day four, take Route 15 and 29 from Culpeper to Warrenton. Explore the outdoors at Airlie with next-generation farm complete with hyperlocal food, guest rooms and cottages, a conference center, and indoor and outdoor activities. Participate in sporting clays, archery, tennis, volleyball and more. It’s easy to fall in LOVE with all Airlie offers its guests. Visit the LOVEwork at Airlie on the grassy hill and take a photo to share using the hashtag #LOVEVA. Ninety-five percent of this sculpture is made from recycled materials which reiterates Airlie’s message to stay environmentally friendly.

After a long morning exploring Airlie’s 300 acres, travel to Delaplane to visit Barrel Oak Winery. This beautiful winery and brewery is dog focused and family friendly with several crafted tasting rooms and a gift store. On weekends, they serve up events, entertainment and delicious food. Sit outside at a picnic table by the vineyards and enjoy live music, while sipping on award-winning wines and craft beers. Feast on wood fired pizza, oysters and cake pops, while treating your pup to dog gelato and tasty treats.

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Day 5

On day five of your journey, start your drive from Front Royal and head west towards Shenandoah National Park. Before entering the park, enjoy the wondrous underground creations of Luray Caverns. This US Natural Landmark features the world's only Stalacpipe Organ. Luray also features its own LOVEwork called “Logs of Love”. This sculpture encourages visitors to feel the LOVE at one of America’s largest and most popular caverns and share photos using the hashtag #LOVEVA

After your visit to Luray Caverns head towards Shenandoah National Park. Home to some of the nation’s most breathtaking mountain views, don’t miss Shenandoah National Park’s famous driving route Skyline Drive. Plan ahead if driving your RV to ensure you’ll fit through Mary’s Rock Tunnel.

Pull over at scenic overlooks to admire the scenery, take photos, and hike the trails. Or, if the road keeps calling, continue south through mother nature’s roads towards the south exit of the park. Exit the park and visit two of the Valley’s many small town gems, Waynesboro and Staunton.

After exiting the park you’ll come in to Waynesboro where you’ll find the river-themed LOVEwork on the banks of the South River in Constitution Park, which hosts annual events like the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival and Riverfest.

This unique town is not only a gateway to Shenandoah National Park, but also a gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway. While in Waynesboro, enjoy a peaceful walk on the South River Greenway or tour the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. Then head towards your final stop in the cozy town of Staunton.

Staunton is named “one of a dozen distinctive destinations in the United States” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Perhaps for its well-preserved main street square or wonderfully-documented historical events, Staunton is sure to charm all visitors. Take a few hours to roam the streets, dine on tasty food and explore the city. One tourist favorite is the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum. Learn about the life of the 28th president and his quest to end World War I.

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