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The Virginia Tourism staff is well-traveled, traversing the state for special events, meetings and press visits. We’re always on the look-out for local favorites, new discoveries and story ideas.

Check out our blog for the latest on what’s caught our eye on our travels in Virginia to support tourism

January 14, 2010

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Win A Family Vacation for Blue Ridge 75th

The Blue Ridge Parkway turns 75 this year and what better way to celebrate than win an eco-friendly family vacation on the beautiful Parkway?

Virginia has just launched the Go Green on the Blue Ridge Parkway family vacation giveaway - seven-nights, six days along "America's Favorite Drive", complete with airfare for four, a hybrid rental car, stays at premiere Virginia Green hotels and resorts and activites galore - hiking, picnic lunches, music, and more! Visit www.Virginia.org/BRP for complete details and enter to win. Click here for news release.

December 15, 2009

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New to See and Do for 2010

Looking for what's new for Virginia in 2010? Look no further. We've compiled ideas from around the state - from the grand reopening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts coming in May to new wineries, hotels and even an new observatory at a Primland Resort. Lots for family and friends to add to their favorites and start new traditions in Virginia. See the What's New release here and of course, as we learn of more, we'll add to this throughout the year.

December 15, 2009

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New to See and Do for 2010

Looking for what's new for Virginia in 2010? Look no further. We've compiled ideas from around the state - from the grand reopening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts coming in May to new wineries, hotels and even an new observatory at a Primland Resort. Lots for family and friends to add to their favorites and start new traditions in Virginia. See the What's New release here and of course, as we learn of more, we'll add to this throughout the year.

December 15, 2009

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New to See and Do for 2010

Looking for what's new for Virginia in 2010? Look no further. We've compiled ideas from around the state - from the grand reopening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts coming in May to new wineries, hotels and even an new observatory at a Primland Resort. Lots for family and friends to add to their favorites and start new traditions in Virginia. See the What's New release here and of course, as we learn of more, we'll add to this throughout the year.

December 11, 2009

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New Holiday Tradition at The Homestead

A time-honored holiday destination for generations of guests, The Homestead, is unveiling a new tradition this year with a spectacular Holiday Lights and Ice™ show. Thousands of twinkling lights will outline the resort’s architectural details and illuminate the grounds, creating a breathtaking backdrop to the Casino Lawn – transformed for the season into a fun-filled ice skating rink from November 22, 2009 through January 16, 2010.

This new show of lights also includes themed displays along an arched outdoor walkway to delight the young and young-at-heart, with colorful highlights such as Candy Cane Lane, Victorian Village and Reindeer Lane and Toyland.

The Homestead’s Holiday Lights & Ice™ Unlimited Activity Package includes ice skating, hayrides, falconry, golf, sporting clays, gorge hikes, horseback riding, bowling and more. Click here for all the package details and be among the first to enjoy this new holiday tradition at one of the finest and most historic resorts in America.

December 11, 2009

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New Holiday Tradition at The Homestead

A time-honored holiday destination for generations of guests, The Homestead, is unveiling a new tradition this year with a spectacular Holiday Lights and Ice™ show. Thousands of twinkling lights will outline the resort’s architectural details and illuminate the grounds, creating a breathtaking backdrop to the Casino Lawn – transformed for the season into a fun-filled ice skating rink from November 22, 2009 through January 16, 2010.

This new show of lights also includes themed displays along an arched outdoor walkway to delight the young and young-at-heart, with colorful highlights such as Candy Cane Lane, Victorian Village and Reindeer Lane and Toyland.

The Homestead’s Holiday Lights & Ice™ Unlimited Activity Package includes ice skating, hayrides, falconry, golf, sporting clays, gorge hikes, horseback riding, bowling and more. Click here for all the package details and be among the first to enjoy this new holiday tradition at one of the finest and most historic resorts in America.

December 11, 2009

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New Holiday Tradition at The Homestead

A time-honored holiday destination for generations of guests, The Homestead, is unveiling a new tradition this year with a spectacular Holiday Lights and Ice™ show. Thousands of twinkling lights will outline the resort’s architectural details and illuminate the grounds, creating a breathtaking backdrop to the Casino Lawn – transformed for the season into a fun-filled ice skating rink from November 22, 2009 through January 16, 2010.

This new show of lights also includes themed displays along an arched outdoor walkway to delight the young and young-at-heart, with colorful highlights such as Candy Cane Lane, Victorian Village and Reindeer Lane and Toyland.

The Homestead’s Holiday Lights & Ice™ Unlimited Activity Package includes ice skating, hayrides, falconry, golf, sporting clays, gorge hikes, horseback riding, bowling and more. Click here for all the package details and be among the first to enjoy this new holiday tradition at one of the finest and most historic resorts in America.

December 07, 2009

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Free Saturday Night Stay - Fairfax, Va.

Saturday nights are free in Fairfax through February - that's right FREE. Take a trip to Fairfax County, Virginia this winter, and a Saturday night stay is FREE* with at least one night in one of Fairfax County's participating hotels at the regular room rate. Zero. Zilch. Nada. It's FREE!

Who wouldn't want an extra night in Fairfax, full of over the top shopping, divine culinary destinations, world-class hotels - and all in the shadow of the nation's Capitol.

Yes of course, terms and conditions apply - check their Web site for all the details.

December 07, 2009

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Free Saturday Night Stay - Fairfax, Va.

Saturday nights are free in Fairfax through February - that's right FREE. Take a trip to Fairfax County, Virginia this winter, and a Saturday night stay is FREE* with at least one night in one of Fairfax County's participating hotels at the regular room rate. Zero. Zilch. Nada. It's FREE!

Who wouldn't want an extra night in Fairfax, full of over the top shopping, divine culinary destinations, world-class hotels - and all in the shadow of the nation's Capitol.

Yes of course, terms and conditions apply - check their Web site for all the details.

December 07, 2009

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Free Saturday Night Stay - Fairfax, Va.

Saturday nights are free in Fairfax through February - that's right FREE. Take a trip to Fairfax County, Virginia this winter, and a Saturday night stay is FREE* with at least one night in one of Fairfax County's participating hotels at the regular room rate. Zero. Zilch. Nada. It's FREE!

Who wouldn't want an extra night in Fairfax, full of over the top shopping, divine culinary destinations, world-class hotels - and all in the shadow of the nation's Capitol.

Yes of course, terms and conditions apply - check their Web site for all the details.

December 04, 2009

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Smithfield Ham Gets Cover Love from Saveur

Ham lovers hold on to your hats. Saveur magazine's December issue is dedicated to the pursuit of ham and Smithfield, Virginia is front and center.

Saveur's cover story by Executive Editor Dana Bowen compares the ham making traditions of Smithfield and Parma, Italy. It's a beautiful story that will leave you craving a ham biscuit and wanting to visit Smithfield in person.

If you've never been to Smithfield, make a point of going, not just for the ham, but for the charming Main Street, which is traditional small town Virginia at its best. Find candy stores, home decor, the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shop and an outstanding pet store that is probably the only one in the country to be housed in a Victorian home.

There is more than one way to get to Smithfield, but the car ferry is a favorite. Drive to Jamestown and take the Jamestown-Surry Ferry, a free car ferry that transports you across the James River and into Surry, from there drive into downtown Smithfield where Victorian homes and Ham, History, Hospitality and HeART await.

December 04, 2009

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Smithfield Ham Gets Cover Love from Saveur

Ham lovers hold on to your hats. Saveur magazine's December issue is dedicated to the pursuit of ham and Smithfield, Virginia is front and center.

Saveur's cover story by Executive Editor Dana Bowen compares the ham making traditions of Smithfield and Parma, Italy. It's a beautiful story that will leave you craving a ham biscuit and wanting to visit Smithfield in person.

If you've never been to Smithfield, make a point of going, not just for the ham, but for the charming Main Street, which is traditional small town Virginia at its best. Find candy stores, home decor, the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shop and an outstanding pet store that is probably the only one in the country to be housed in a Victorian home.

There is more than one way to get to Smithfield, but the car ferry is a favorite. Drive to Jamestown and take the Jamestown-Surry Ferry, a free car ferry that transports you across the James River and into Surry, from there drive into downtown Smithfield where Victorian homes and Ham, History, Hospitality and HeART await.

December 04, 2009

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Smithfield Ham Gets Cover Love from Saveur

Ham lovers hold on to your hats. Saveur magazine's December issue is dedicated to the pursuit of ham and Smithfield, Virginia is front and center.

Saveur's cover story by Executive Editor Dana Bowen compares the ham making traditions of Smithfield and Parma, Italy. It's a beautiful story that will leave you craving a ham biscuit and wanting to visit Smithfield in person.

If you've never been to Smithfield, make a point of going, not just for the ham, but for the charming Main Street, which is traditional small town Virginia at its best. Find candy stores, home decor, the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shop and an outstanding pet store that is probably the only one in the country to be housed in a Victorian home.

There is more than one way to get to Smithfield, but the car ferry is a favorite. Drive to Jamestown and take the Jamestown-Surry Ferry, a free car ferry that transports you across the James River and into Surry, from there drive into downtown Smithfield where Victorian homes and Ham, History, Hospitality and HeART await.

December 03, 2009

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Newest Virginia Winery

Say hello to Narmada Winery, the newest of Virginia's 150+ wineries across the state. Narmada opened their doors with a celebration on November 20. See this article with the backstory on the wineries owners, Pandit Patil and his wife Sudha, who opened the winery in honor of his mother.

Narmada is in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Rappahannock County. Established in 2001, the estate-grown grape varieties include Traminette, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Chardonnel. This spring they plan to add Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes to the vineyard.

Cheers to the Patils and the ever-growing Virginia wine industry.

December 03, 2009

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Newest Virginia Winery

Say hello to Narmada Winery, the newest of Virginia's 150+ wineries across the state. Narmada opened their doors with a celebration on November 20. See this article with the backstory on the wineries owners, Pandit Patil and his wife Sudha, who opened the winery in honor of his mother.

Narmada is in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Rappahannock County. Established in 2001, the estate-grown grape varieties include Traminette, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Chardonnel. This spring they plan to add Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes to the vineyard.

Cheers to the Patils and the ever-growing Virginia wine industry.

December 03, 2009

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Newest Virginia Winery

Say hello to Narmada Winery, the newest of Virginia's 150+ wineries across the state. Narmada opened their doors with a celebration on November 20. See this article with the backstory on the wineries owners, Pandit Patil and his wife Sudha, who opened the winery in honor of his mother.

Narmada is in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Rappahannock County. Established in 2001, the estate-grown grape varieties include Traminette, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Chardonnel. This spring they plan to add Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes to the vineyard.

Cheers to the Patils and the ever-growing Virginia wine industry.

December 02, 2009

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40 Trips in 40 Weeks Sets Records

A big thank you to the more than 100 destinations across Virginia who help us organize and pull off Virginia's largest vacation giveaway in state history - the 40 Years of Travel Passions sweepstakes. We awarded 40 free vacations in 40 weeks to celebrate 40 years of Virginia is for Lovers. This was one for the record books, with 171,000 people from all 50 states entering for a chance to win. The contest wrapped up last week with a grand prize winner from Massachusetts. Check out the news release here: http://www.virginia.org/pressroom/release.asp?id=161

There's much more sweepstakes fun to be had in 2010 so keep watching Virginia.org for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Virginia.

December 02, 2009

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40 Trips in 40 Weeks Sets Records

A big thank you to the more than 100 destinations across Virginia who help us organize and pull off Virginia's largest vacation giveaway in state history - the 40 Years of Travel Passions sweepstakes. We awarded 40 free vacations in 40 weeks to celebrate 40 years of Virginia is for Lovers. This was one for the record books, with 171,000 people from all 50 states entering for a chance to win. The contest wrapped up last week with a grand prize winner from Massachusetts. Check out the news release here: http://www.virginia.org/pressroom/release.asp?id=161

There's much more sweepstakes fun to be had in 2010 so keep watching Virginia.org for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Virginia.

December 02, 2009

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40 Trips in 40 Weeks Sets Records

A big thank you to the more than 100 destinations across Virginia who help us organize and pull off Virginia's largest vacation giveaway in state history - the 40 Years of Travel Passions sweepstakes. We awarded 40 free vacations in 40 weeks to celebrate 40 years of Virginia is for Lovers. This was one for the record books, with 171,000 people from all 50 states entering for a chance to win. The contest wrapped up last week with a grand prize winner from Massachusetts. Check out the news release here: http://www.virginia.org/pressroom/release.asp?id=161

There's much more sweepstakes fun to be had in 2010 so keep watching Virginia.org for a chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Virginia.

November 05, 2009

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Thanking Veterans with Free Admission

National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.

Veterans Day is approaching and many of Virginia's most popular destinations are offering free admission for veterans in honor of their service. Mount Vernon, Montpelier and Colonial Williamsburg have all just announce that admission will be free of charge on Veterans Day to those who have served our country. Given Virginia's rich military history - these are likely to be the first of many museums and destinations to make this offer as a way of saying thank you. Keep watching this blog and Virginia.org for more offers and check out this page for trip ideas to some of the finest military memorials and museums in the country which are in Virginia.



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