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Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region- The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Central Virginia Travel Region- Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Northern Virginia Travel Region- In the shadow our nation's capitol, Virginia is home to many American bald eagles and other abundant wildlife. This rapidly expanding area still offers an oasis for the refreshment of the mind, body and spirit.
Shenandoah Valley Travel Region- The Shenandoah Valley Travel Region is home to two State Parks, one National Park, the Appalachian Trail, several natural area preserves, several large lakes and the lovely Skyline Drive.
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region- Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.

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Description - Virginia's five travel regions include Blue Ridge Highlands, Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia and the Tidewater / Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore region. Rolling mountains, sandy beaches, quiet estuaries, historic properties, scenic byways and more bring millions of tourists to the state each year.

Recreation - Recreation in the state varies per region. The coastal area offers the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay which is a haven for water-oriented activities such as sailing, fishing, swimming and crabbing. Viewing historic sites, fresh water fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking are popular in Central Virginia. The western area offers opportunities for cold and warm water fishing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater boating and scenic driving.

Climate - Virginia, as a whole, experiences high humidity throughout the year. Summers promise high heat and humidity, which can make rigorous activities uncomfortable and difficult. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the area to avoid the heat. The mountains to the coast receive high rainfall during these seasons, so rain gear is recommended. Winter precipitation levels vary from year to year. The humidity makes temperatures feel colder during the winter as it makes the summer temperatures feel hotter. Weather on the coast is generally more mild than that in the piedmont.

Location - Virginia has five travel regions that span the state.


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Filed By: J Bogaty (Berryville, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Wine Country (SWX) Oh Shenandoah! Virginia’s Shenandoah Wine Country (SWX) welcomes visitors with exciting things to see and do: Wine Tours & Tasting, Civil War battlefields, Caverns, antiques, Antebellum Plantations with unique Inns, B&B’s and Restaurants. This historic valley is tucked between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west from the West Virginia line in the north to the James River in the south. About an hour's drive west of the nations Capital Washington DC just past Leesburg, Virginia lie the Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia best of wineries. To compliment the wine, superior dining can be found along the Shenandoah Valley wine trail (SWX). A romantic outing in any season, the wine region is a wonderful place to picnic and take life at a leisurely pace. On your trip, plan a diversion to a Historic Plantation or Civil War battlefields. It has been said by many that the Shenandoah Valley is one of the country's most exciting wine producing regions today, with positive critical reviews being found in major food and wine publications nationwide. As the praise and awards continue to accumulate, Shenandoah Valley (AVA) wines have become sought-after products in fine restaurants and wine shops from coast to coast and internationally. The Shenandoah Valley has clearly emerged as the regional wine leader in the eastern United States. A tour of the Valleys vineyards and wineries offers a special experience, with rural scenery, entertainment, quality restaurants and award winning wines. Shenandoah Valley Wineries Virginia Shenandoah Valley Wine Country SWX Tour 1 Veramar Vineyard - Berryville, VA Deer Meadow Vineyard - Winchester, VA North Mountain Vineyard & Winery - Maurertown, VA Shenandoah Vineyards, Inc. - Edinburg, VA Cave Ridge Vineyard (opening spring 2006) The Shenandoah Wine Country (SWX) Trail from the north begins at Veramar Vineyard, and then meanders to Deer Meadows, North Mountain and Shenandoah Vineyards most within a half hour of each other along interstate 81. En route, you'll pass by thoroughbred horse farms, dairies, orchards, woodlands, Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and along the Shenandoah River that will transport you to an earlier, simpler time. In addition, there is Civil War Battlefields, Berryville, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Cool Springs, New Market, as well as the fabled Sky Line Drive and Caverns. With many fine restaurants, country inns, bed & breakfasts and antique shops along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Country Trail (SWX) or just minutes away, you will find ample opportunity to relax in rural splendor and enjoy the country life. In the early eighteenth century it was the raw frontier, where a young Colonel George Washington commanded Virginia troops during the French and Indian War. In the Civil War, it became the breadbasket of the Confederacy, feeding General Robert E. Lee’s troops until almost the end. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Lee’s valued lieutenant, earned his first laurels defending the valley. Both are buried in Lexington, a pretty Shenandoah Valley college town near VMI and Washington & Lee that today is something of a Southern Civil War shrine. At the lovely wineries, friendly staff welcomes you and you will be sampling a medley of European and American wine varieties The favorites are dry to semi-dry table wines and late harvest dessert wines that have won their share of Gold Medals in both National and International Competitions as well as the praise of wine critics across the country. If you are visiting from out of the area you can fly into one of the Washington, D.C., area’s three airports. Generally, the best fares are available into Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) in suburban Maryland. However, the most convenient airport is Washington Dulles International (IAD) in suburban Virginia. Washington’s third airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA), just minutes from the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Well-organized trails through the Shenandoah Valley Wine Country (SWX) are distinctly different. The Shenandoah Valley (SWX) trail winds in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River. Most of the wineries are smaller, family run, and relatively close together. The trail is more quaint than rugged. These wineries are rather close together and make for a wonderful weekend project. Picturesque Veramar Vineyard is on the midst of them all, providing a wonderful place to shop. The vineyards in this group are quite varied, but many produce wonderful Chardonnay’s, Chambourcin & Cabernet, which they usually taste daily in their tasting rooms. One tip - if you do plan on visiting many of the wineries, the tasting room guides offered me a bit of advice. Swirl the wine, smell the wine, taste the wine, then dump it out. It's not considered bad etiquette and you will be able to visit more wineries in a given day. Throughout its long history, the Shenandoah Valley has been revered as one of the most bountiful and beautiful regions of North America, bounded by lovely mountain ranges and nourished by the Shenandoah River. Shenandoah is a Native American word whose translation "daughter of the stars" still holds true today. Travel with us via the SWX as we take you through this beautiful valley and over her mountains to the rolling piedmont in Clarke, Warren, Page, Fredrick and Shenandoah County. So come, visit our wineries in the Shenandoah Valley County (SWX) and sample our wines, each a taste of seasons past: The snows of winter, April showers, summer sunshine and crisp fall nights. Come for the wine- stay for the experience. It's all there in the bottle, waiting for...YOU. For additional information please contact: The Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association Veramar Vineyard 540-955-5510 or www.veramar.com ###

Filed By: J Bogaty (Berryville, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A Virginia Golden Triangle Wine Tour. Want to spend an afternoon in Virginia’s wine country and select wines from three of the most unique Virginia wine regions during that single afternoon trip? Here is one tour that will give you variety in wine, scenery and vista’s. Taste Virginia's most prestigious wine. Learn about Virginia wine with experts all in a single afternoon in Virginia’s wine country golden triangle. Enter the world of Virginia wine as an insider. Travel the northern Virginia wine tour to the best Virginia wine businesses via the Virginia Wine Golden Triangle tour route. You can get an exclusive insider's view that other tours cannot offer Gain privileged access to the best Virginia Vineyards. From the prestigious classified growths to exclusive "boutique" producers, you will receive a warm welcome and a personalized tour and tasting. Each site visit is unique and fascinating, as you meet the passionate men and women who make some of the greatest Virginia wines. THE Virginia Golden Triangle Wine Tour- quality wines from here just disappear; it would be easy to pass over this wine region, suspecting that it’s just a bit of plank fun. And that would be a grave mistake as this is a cracker jack Virginia golden triangle region for some of the best Virginia wineries. Lip smacking, rich and intensely full flavored, it’s a fruit driven wine style supported by subtle American and French oak. Excellent food friendly wines that are already drinking well and a list of International award winning wines. This tour covers the Shenandoah (SWX) and Loudoun Valley as well as Blue Ridge Wineway wine regions. This is the one tour that focuses on high-end boutique wineries. This tour is known for being insightful, and memorable. Here is the ONE tour route that brings you all three regions in one afternoon tour - The Virginia Golden Triangle Wine Tour. "We are more than a wine tour route location, we are wine geeks," boasts Jim Bogaty, Founder, Veramar Vineyard. Both first time visitors and regular wine country patrons have delighted in this tour. Some have even gone so far as to say, "This tour far exceeded my expectations. It was like having a private wine class in wine country. Not only was the wine we tasted beyond words, the scenery on this trip was so extraordinary that it rivaled our experiences in Tuscany." This wine tour will create for you a unique and lasting experience. The Virginia Golden Triangle Wine Tour is closer then you think. Begin at noon at Veramar Vineyard with a box lunch. THE VIRGINIA GOLDEN TRIANGLE WINE TOUR ROUTE Stop 1- Veramar Vineyard Veramar Vineyard is situated on a private, 100-acre estate in the heart of Virginia Hunt County at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Shenandoah River. A small, family-run winery dedicated to producing naturally dry, full-bodied wines. Around Veramar Vineyard are a great number of bed-and breakfasts, championship golf courses and antique shops as well as some of the finest restaurants in Virginia. So, if you are in the mood for romance, or to enjoy fine wines, or simply want a picnic outing in the country, hike the Blue Ridge Mountain trails, come and be our guest as you experience Veramar Vineyard. Wines: Cabernet Franc, Rooster Red, Norton, Chardonnay, Tres Blanc, Seyval Blanc & D’Ora. Hours: Year round. 11:30a.m. -5p.m. Thursday- Monday, LIMO Tasting Fees: $5 person. Food: Light fare, i.e. cheese & crackers (Catering available for groups of 50 guests or more). 540-955-5510 www.veramar.com Stop 2- Breaux Vineyards You're invited to come and enjoy the internationally acclaimed wines of Breaux Vineyards. Our "Napa meets Mediterranean" style tasting room offers views of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountains. Enjoy light gourmet fare, or bring your own picnic to savor on our umbrella-covered tables at Patio Madeleine. Our winery and grounds, part of a magnificent 400-acre estate, are surrounded by 43 acres of vineyards including the original 16-year-old vines. Wines: Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier. Hours: 11a.m.-5p.m. daily. Closed major holidays. Tours & tasting: May-Oct. daily, 11a.m.-6p.m.; Nov.-April: daily, 11a.m.-5p.m. Closed major holidays. Groups please call ahead. LIMO Tasting Fees: $15/person. Reservations required for group of 8 or more - LIMO tasting fee$7/person. Food: Light fare, i.e. cheese & crackers. Stop 3 -Piedmont Vineyards Virginia's first commercial vinifera vineyard, located on the pre-revolutionary farm of Waverly in the heart of Virginia's Hunt Country. Picnic area, private parties, wedding and reception facilities. Wines: Hunt Country Chardonnay, Special Reserve and Native Yeast Chardonnays, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon. Hours: Apr.-Oct., daily, 11a.m.-6p.m.; Nov.-Mar., daily, 11a.m.-5p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, 25, 31 & New Year's. Limo Tasting Fees: $7/person. Food: Light fare, i.e. cheese & crackers. So come, visit wineries in the Virginia Wine County (VWX) and sample our wines, each a taste of seasons past: The snows of winter, April showers, summer sunshine and crisp fall nights. It's all there in the bottle, waiting for...YOU. Contact Veramar Vineyard www.veramar.com or 540-955-5510

Filed By: J Bogaty (Berryville, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 10 things to do in …….Clarke County, VA Enter the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley and Step back into Berryville, VA a Brigadoon 1950ish town -- Berryville, playground of the horsey set, ladies and gentlemen abound -- it's no wonder that Clarke County, in the Shenandoah Valley Virginia about 55 minuets west of D.C., is truly the gentry’s hidden secret and a large diamond to be found by the true elite traveler. From Revolution war hero Daniel Morgan’s Plantation Saratoga and other King Carter legacy of beautiful plantations, historic mills and chapels, Civil war battles by General Early at Cool Spring to award winning winery, 5 star restaurant and those humbling Blue Ridge views. Here are ten ideas to fill a B’Ville weekend. For more, contact Veramar Vineyard at 540-955-5510 or www.veramar.com 1 Bears Den - Start at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains Route 7, Byrd Highway and 601 at Bears Den with a short hike up the hill to look in the great Shenandoah Valley that is Clarke County and beyond. Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, lies historical Bears Den Lodge. Once a summer home for Washington physician Huron Lawson and his wife, opera singer, Francesca Kaspar, Bears Den is an enchanting stone lodge reminiscent of a European castle. Built in 1933 by local stonemasons, this 20-bed hostel is complete with turrets and tower. Once used as Francesca's recital hall, a magnificent stone fireplace graces the large common room. 2 Veramar Vineyard - Take route 7, Byrd Highway, west over the mountain and a crossed the river and turn Left on Rt 612, Quarry Road to 905 Veramar Vineyard. Sit on Veramar’s Fountain Courtyard; drink in the views and the wine of your choice. Veramar Vineyard is situated on a private 100-acre estate in the heart of Virginia hunt county, less than one hour from the Washington D.C., at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains along the Shenandoah River. A small, family-run vineyard dedicated to producing naturally dry, full-bodied wines. www.veramar.com 3 Historic Downtown Berryville - Leave Veramar Vineyard continue on Route 7 west to 7 business via Downtown Berryville to Rose Hill Park and sit on the park benches for a snack or lunch while viewing the colorful trees in town. Berryville's downtown is characterized by a sense of community shared by its many proprietors. Walk along Main Street and do your banking, get a haircut, pick up the local newspaper, grab a delicious lunch, and take home a bouquet of flowers...all while enjoying the friendly hometown atmosphere. Next at the center of Berryville, turn south on route 340 Lord Fairfax Highway continue to route 255, Bishop Mead Highway, to a Historic Stone Chapel. 4 Carter Hall Project Hope - On toward Millwood, and the stunning foliage at Carter Hall home of Project Hope, as you approach Millwood. Since the late 1970’s, Project HOPE has been headquartered on the grounds of what was once the Carter Hall plantation, now comprised of over 200 acres of beautiful countryside in the small town of Millwood, Virginia. Though the property is the site of HOPE’s day-to-day business activities, it is also a treasured, historic landmark of 18th century America, consisting of a manor home built in 1792 and its dependencies. 5 The Burwell-Morgan Mill - Moving in to Millwood . The Burwell-Morgan Mill, established in 1785, is the oldest operable merchant mill in the Shenandoah Valley. In the mid-nineteenth century the mill operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, processing more than sixty thousand bushels of wheat per year. The community of Millwood grew around this commercial center as related businesses were established, and by way of the seaports at Alexandria and Baltimore, mill products were shipped abroad. 6 Historic Long Branch - Continue on route 255, Bishop Mead Highway, Cross over route 50, Highway continue to Route 624, Red Gate Road and proceed 1/2 mile to Long Branch Lane at Historic Long Branch. Long Branch was built around 1805 by Robert Carter Burwell, a member of a group of descendants of Tidewater tobacco planters who moved to the Shenandoah Valley at the end of the eighteenth century. Settling on land granted to them in 1730 by an ancestor, Robert 'King" Carter, they built large and well-appointed houses and raised tobacco and wheat with slave labor. This new plantation society revolved around the village of Millwood, with its store, blacksmith's shop and gristmill. At Long Branch for more than six decades, Sheila Macqueen has possessed a passion for flowers - - and more importantly, she has been able to teach and inspire others to appreciate and utilize flowers to beautify homes, inside and out, around the world. In an effort to honor Mrs. Macqueen's remarkable contributions to the field of horticulture and flower arranging, her legion of fans have banded together to install a permanent tribute at Long Branch - - the only living tribute to Sheila Macqneen that has ever been created 7 State Arboretum of Virginia At Blandy Experimental Farm - Return down Long Branch Lane and Red Gate road to Route 50. Turn left West on Route 50 to Next on to State Arboretum of Virginia. At Blandy Experimental Farm about a ½ mile on your left. The 170-acre State Arboretum of Virginia is part of the 700-acre Blandy Experimental Farm. Graham Blandy left the property to the University of Virginia in 1926, stipulating that it be named "Blandy Experimental Farm" and that it be used "to teach boys about farming." Orland E. White was hired in 1927 as the first director of Blandy Experimental Farm. Upon his retirement in 1955, the property was named the Orland E. White Arboretum. Today, Blandy Experimental Farm is a research facility for UVA, and women as well as men learn about environmental science. Graduate and undergraduate students stay in the Quarters and assist faculty with ongoing research into habitat fragmentation, small mammal population dynamics, insect herbivory, and plant pollination systems. 8 L'Auberge Provençale - Travel west on route 50 about one mike, turn left on 340 south toward White Post. Discover the feeling of a true inn of the South of France, at L'Auberge Provençale in White Post, Virginia. While at 5 star restaurant and Inn L'Auberge Provençale, travel the backroads of beautiful Clarke County, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley framed by the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy Visiting Vineyards like Veramar Vineyard in Clarke County or antiquing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golfing, canoeing, or ballooning, or simply wile away the day on a spacious porch with a glass of wine, enjoying the simpler pleasures: respite from the otherwise hectic world. 9 Holly Cross Abbey – Turn north on route 340 back toward Berryville. Continue on route 340 Lord Fairfax Highway back to Berryville. At Route 7 turn right heading back east past Veramar Vineyard. Before you cross Smiley Bridge at the Shenandoah River, turn left on Route 603 (Castleman's Rd) to 901 Cool Spring Lane. Holy Cross Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappists) sheltered by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Cistercians dedicate their lives to seeking God according to the sixth-century Rule of Saint Benedict, living the vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life in the monastic School for the Lord's Service. Take a Fruit Cake with you. Fruitcake from the Trappist Monks for those who appreciate quality products, made from an old fashioned recipe, using choice fruits and nut meats in a brandy-laced batter. 10 Virginia National Golf Club - Back to route 7, cross the bridge and turn left on private entrance 1400 Parker Lane to gulf course. The property has it all—incredible mountain scenery, wildlife, the river, and a pretty nice golf course. Virginia National Golf Club at the Battleground of Cool Springs is one of Virginia's premier golf courses. This extraordinary course is set between the scenic Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its three miles of unobstructed river vistas and great golf.


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Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 East Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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Virginia - The Old Dominion is the Mother of Presidents and the home of more Civil War battles than any other state in the nation. Her geography includes the the oldest mountain range in the country, the Atlantic Ocean and the world's largest estuary.

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