Travel Promotional Series Travel Promotional Series It is a rare place that can offer you a visit to George Washington’s home, a stroll on the Appalachian Trail and an oceanfront resort with miles and miles of public beaches. Virginia is that sort of place. It has a little of every- thing, or, in some cases, a lot. A lot of history, a lot of beauty, a lot of variety. From the Eastern Shore to the Cumberland Gap, the Commonwealth offers beaches and mountains, pastoral countryside and vibrant cities, music and art, food and drink, all presented with a down-home hospitality complementing an uncommon authenticity. “I think that one of the things Virginia does best is surprise people,” says Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Our visitors so often come here for something familiar like our famous presidential homes or perhaps the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley and end up discovering incredible small towns, great urban shopping and boutique hotels. Virginia’s restaurant scene is just exploding right now, and you’ll find some of America’s best up-and-coming chefs in small towns as well as big cities.” Spirit of Here’s a sample of what you’ll find statewide: 130 spiRit MARCH 2011 Virg inia Check us out on spiritmag.com, facebook and twitter for more on Virginia. By Bill Lohmann MARCH 2011 spiRit 131 Travel Promotional Series ranging from Kiptopeke State Park on the Chesapeake Bay side of the Eastern Shore to New River Trail State Park, a 57-mile- long abandoned railroad bed in the moun- tains of southwestern Virginia now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. “Virginia is a place where you can go to completely connect with your loved ones by doing the things you love togeth- er,” Bailey says. “From some of America’s best Atlantic beaches to the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia is truly a premier family destination.” Let’s take a spin around the state: COASTAL The gateway to southeastern Virginia is Norfolk International Airport, which served 466,000 Southwest Airlines pas- sengers in 2010. It is adjacent to Norfolk Botanical Garden, a 155-acre nature sanc- tuary, and a mile east of Interstate 64, the state’s major east-west artery. An array of options for ground trans- portation is available from the airport, making it easy to reach downtown Norfolk Virginia Aquarium (15 minutes) or the Virginia Beach ocean- front (30 minutes). Numerous golf cours- Virginia features more than 2,500 miles of es, many featuring waterfront locations, scenic drives from the coast to the moun- are within easy reach, as is Norfolk’s Half tains and the foothills in between. The Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, best-known? Perhaps the venerable and departure point and port of call for vaca- lovely Blue Ridge Parkway. tion cruises. The center is adjacent to Enjoy a good glass of Merlot or Char- Nauticus, an interactive science and donnay? Virginia is a wine lover’s para- technology center that includes among dise with more than 180 wineries and an its exhibits the Battleship Wisconsin, emerging international reputation. Most one of the largest battleships built by of the wineries offer tastings and tours. the U.S. Navy. Photos courtesy Norfolk International Airport and Virginia Beach CVB No state was the site of more battles At Virginia Beach, visitors can “kayak during the Civil War than Virginia or, it with dolphins, charter a fishing boat, seems, felt the war more deeply. The first explore the Virginia Aquarium, hike major land battle was fought in Northern through a national wildlife refuge, surf Virginia on a hot July day in 1861 at what is the waves — or just relax with long, lazy now Manassas National Battlefield Park, days at the beach,” says Ron Kuhlman, and the sesquicentennial will be com- vice president of tourism marketing and memorated throughout 2011 at battlefields sales for the Virginia Beach Convention and museums around the state. & Visitors Bureau. The state will celebrate another mile- Virginia Beach boasts more than 35 stone of a less contentious nature: the 75th miles of waterfront property and 14 miles anniversary of the founding of Virginia of public beaches, as well as a 3-mile-long State Parks, a system born out of the work boardwalk with a separate bike path that of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the is perfect for strolling and rollerblading — Norfolk International Airport 1930s. The system is recognized among or as a route to reach restaurants, shops or the nation’s finest and features 35 parks, beachfront hotels. For more tranquil spots, 132 spiRit MARCH 2011 Travel Promotional Series Travel Promotional Series Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry. For a singular experience, take a ferry (spring through fall) from Onancock on the East- ern Shore or Reedville on Virginia’s main- land to Tangier Island, a charming speck of land in the bay that is home to 500 residents, who still speak with the lilt of the island’s long-ago English settlers. NORTHERN VIRGINIA Its proximity to Washington, D.C., makes The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Northern Virginia a good launching point for experiencing the nation’s capital, but there are many good reasons not to even cross the Potomac River. Old Town Alex- andria is an appealing mix of yesterday and today. You can enjoy drinks or din- ner at Gadsby’s Tavern, where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers enjoyed the warm hospi- tality, or at one of the numerous cutting- edge modern restaurants that have sprung up in this bustling shopping district. On the waterfront, don’t miss the Torpedo Factory Art Center with working studios Old Town Alexandria Beaches of East Norfolk Chesapeake Bay of scores of artists. you might try Chesapeake Beach (known American Sand Soccer Championships Mansion, former home of affluent planter to locals as “Chick’s Beach”) on the bay or (June 10–12) and the Boardwalk Art Show Richard Decatur Lee and one of the last the Sandbridge area on Virginia Beach’s & Festival (June 16–19). The Neptune remaining antebellum homes in the area. southern shore. Festival’s Boardwalk Weekend (Sept. 30– For an outdoor adventure, check out The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Sci- Oct. 2) is the largest annual special event Newport News Park, at 8,000 acres a ence Center, the state’s largest aquarium, in Virginia and is ranked as one of the Top spacious venue for hiking, fishing, boat- recently completed a $25 million renova- 100 events in North America. ing and biking. tion featuring “Restless Planet” with new Just west of Norfolk and Virginia In nearby Hampton, the Virginia habitats, exhibits and aquariums for thou- Beach, along I-64 across the Hampton Air & Space Center, the visitor center sands of animals such as Komodo drag- Road Bridge-Tunnel, you will find for NASA Langley Research Center and ons, cobras and spotted eagle rays. Climb Newport News, home of The Mariners’ Langley Air Force Base, features interac- Cape Henry Lighthouse, which dates to Museum, designated by Congress as the tive aviation exhibits spanning more than 1791, or visit the Old Coast Guard Station, National Maritime Museum. The USS 100 years of flight. ORF LUVs SWA an oceanfront museum that in the early Monitor Center brings to life the “Battle Heading east from Virginia Beach, you 1900s housed rescue equipment used to of the Ironclads” and offers visitors an cross the 17-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge- Photos courtesy Virginia Tourism Corporation save shipwrecked crews. up-close experience with a full-scale Tunnel, an attraction in itself with two You can travel by kayak or tram replica of the Monitor. The Virginia War mile-long tunnels. One-way tolls begin at through Back Bay National Wildlife Museum and the U.S. Army Transportation $12 for passenger cars. On the other side Refuge, or, for more civilized amusement, Museum are top-notch history museums. is the Eastern Shore, a peninsula of rich enjoy Beach Street U.S.A., with free The Virginia Living Museum introduces farmland and engaging bayside small nightly entertainment of bands, jugglers visitors to more than 250 living species towns such as Cape Charles and Onancock When Southwest Airlines opened its doors to gates at Norfolk and magicians along Atlantic Avenue from native to the state, from endangered red and miles of uninhabited barrier islands Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day wolves to loggerhead turtles. For even on the ocean side. The Assateague Island International Airport (ORF), it opened beautiful Coastal Virginia Weekend. Then there are special events such more local history, visit Endview National Seashore, near Virginia’s north- and North Carolina’s Outer Banks to fun-seekers like never before. as Beach Music Weekend (May 12–15), Pungo Plantation, a house museum once used as a ern border, is home to the wild ponies made Ten years and over 7,000,000 Southwest Airlines passengers later, Strawberry Festival (May 28–29), North Confederate hospital, and Lee Hall famous by an annual auction and Misty of the LUV is stronger than ever at the region’s major airport. Check us out on spiritmag.com, facebook and twitter for more on Virginia. 134 spiRit MARCH 2011 TAKEORF.COM Travel Promotional Series Travel Promotional Series A visit to the nearby Arlington National Madison’s Montpelier, recently reopened Cemetery is a moving experience. To avoid to the public after a major restoration, is traffic, pedal a bike along the 18-mile-long, between Washington and Charlottesville paved, multi-use Mount Vernon Trail, in Virginia’s Piedmont. which links Arlington, Alexandria and Before we had presidents, we had Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Jamestown, site of the first permanent If shopping is your aim, Tysons Corner, English colony in the New World. In 1607, just off the Capital Beltway (I-495) between a band of 104 English men and boys set- Vienna and McLean, is one of the premier tled on the banks of the James River, and places on the East Coast. Tyson’s Corner theirs was a story of great anguish and Center is the 11th largest shopping mall in hardships, but the beginnings of America the United States, and includes stores such sprung from this modest community. as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s Today, Jamestown is part of the and Lord & Taylor. The nearby Tyson’s Historic Triangle — along with Colonial Galleria offers Saks Fifth Avenue and Williamsburg and Yorktown — that traces Photos courtesy Virginia Tourism Corporation Neiman Marcus. the birth of American Democracy in a relatively small chunk of land between the James and York rivers. Those sites are HISTORY stitched together by the Colonial Parkway, Eight U.S. presidents were born in a 23-mile-long road that, in a sense, allows Virginia, and several of their homes are you to cover 400 years of American history open to the public. Washington’s Mount in a single day. Vernon is less than a half-hour south of “We like to emphasize the ‘living history’ Washington, D.C., Jefferson’s Monticello aspect of Jamestown Settlement and the Mount Vernon and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland Yorktown Victory Center and how visitors Colonial Williamsburg are just outside Charlottesville, and James of all ages are engaged through interpretive Live the Life in virginiA BeAch 9 Subject of a 34-foot 2 57 Sight at Virginia 26 Plunge Virginia Beach statue Beach’s Fisherman’s (February event 31 Mine material Wharf Marina in Virginia Beach) 2 Printers’ supplies 3 8 They’re numbered in 5 7 Idle and Bana 2 3 Suffer 3 Virginia Beach: Abbr. 8 PC troubleshooter 2 4 French cop 3 9 Partner of relaxation 5 9 Flyer at an annual 2 5 Item used on Virginia 3 Virginia Beach festival Beach’s dozens of Down 0 Beach toys for tots 3 golf courses 1 Research settings 4 They leave prints 3 6 Local Chesapeake 3 2 Club for Bay Creek on the beach Bay attraction Golf Course 6 Selected 3 0 Ending for mock 4 3 Cutlet meat 7 Virginia Beach’s 3 or trick 4 Corn unit Club Farm 41 Abandoned ship 5 “ all, folks!” 8 Thinly populated 3 2 Spots for some 4 6 Target for players 9 German “Please” 3 Virginia Beach fishing at Hell’s Point 3 Time’s 1977 Man 4 3 Bonney & 4 Golf Course of the Year Crossword puzzle by Puzzability. 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VMFA is one of only seven museums in the world and the only one on the East Coast to host the exhibit.) [ History of America ] MOUNTAINS [ Great Outdoors ] You can motor down the Shenandoah Valley, using U.S. 11, the old “Valley Road,” and encounter one fine town after another — Winchester, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington, with lots of smaller ones in between. Or drive through Shenandoah National Park on its signature roadway, the Skyline The Crooked Road Drive, which runs north from Waynes- boro, which is where the Blue Ridge Park- way begins heading south toward North such as Floyd Country Store in Floyd and Fredericksburg and Carolina. On either road, the scenery is the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. Spotsylvania County Battlefield enchanting, though you’d be well-advised If you’d rather walk, there’s always not to take your eyes off the roads for long. the Appalachian Trail, which unspools demonstrations and participatory activities,” says Debby Padgett, In the deep southwest, take a ride on the through Virginia for 544 miles, far more [ Ocean and Ships ] spokeswoman for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Crooked Road, Virginia’s 300-mile-long than any other state. Jamestown Settlement utilizes gallery exhibits, film and life- Heritage Music Trail that winds through size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village to the mountains, leading travelers on a Bill Lohmann is a columnist for the This & more! tell the story of those first colonists. Visitors can board replicas of unique tour of the state’s bluegrass, old- Richmond Times-Dispatch and author 888.493.7386 newport-news.org Plus Williamsburg & the three small ships that sailed across the ocean in 1607, a hum- time and traditional country music roots. of Backroads and Byways of Virginia Virginia Beach. bling experience more than 400 years later for people who gener- Live music is a staple along the trail at places (The Countryman Press). Live the Life Crossword Answer ally travel to the grocery store in more comfort. The British surrendered to American and French forces at Make Room for the Memories. Yorktown in 1781, and the Yorktown Victory Center offers indoor galleries and outdoor exhibits, including a re-created Continental An adventure of historic proportion is waiting for you—at two living-history museums that Army encampment where historical interpreters depict daily life explore America’s beginnings. of American soldiers. Board replicas of colonial Other stops in the Historic Triangle include Historic James- ships. Grind corn in a Powhatan Indian village. Try on English armor inside a town, the original site of the colony, administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia; the Yorktown Battle- Fun is in the air palisaded fort. Then, join Continental Army soldiers at their encampment for field and Visitor Center, a National Park Service Site; and Colo- nial Williamsburg, described as the world’s largest living history museum, a 301-acre historic area of hundreds of restored and in Norfolk. a firsthand look at the Revolution’s end. reconstructed buildings peopled with costumed interpreters who tell the story of the 18th century capital. Don’t You’d be hard-pressed to find any place in Virginia not Here you’ll discover a friendly, fun-ﬁlled forget touched by the Civil War. Battlefields are open to visitors all over waterfront city ﬁlled with great outdoor your camera. Because the the state; Richmond, Petersburg and Fredericksburg, as well as activities, nightlife, chef-owned eateries and Photos courtesy Virginia Tourism Corporation history here is the Shenandoah Valley, were particular hot spots. Appomattox, life size. And your the site of Lee’s 1865 surrender to Grant in the rural heartland of cultural attractions. Visit Norfolk today! memories will be even Southside Virginia, is a worthy destination. bigger! Richmond offers excellent overviews of the war at the Museum of the Confederacy, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Virginia Historical Society, which in 2011 is hosting a major exhibition called “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia.” (From the historical society, walk down the block to the spectacularly expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the Picasso exhibit “Master- pieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris,” which is on Save 20% on a combination ticket to both museums. 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