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WHY GO: During the Civil War, the little Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester VA suffered from extreme Multiple Personality Disorder. Allegiance towards Union and Confederate forces alternated an alarming seventy two times over the course of the conflict. Years later, Country Music star, Patsy Cline, drove her neighbors crazy with her teenage wild-girl antics. And according [...]

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WHY GO: Though Staunton VA (pronounced like “stand ton”), is best known as hometown of President Woodrow Wilson and as the rather unlikely setting for the American Shakespeare Center, this mid-Virginia burg will also delight those with any interest in design or architecture: most of the diverse structures lining downtown streets, fashioned by the same [...]

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Lynchburg VA: Worldly From the Start

WHY GO: That a Black family, indeed a whole block of African American intellectuals would find safe harbor and thrive in a place called Lynchburg VA in the early 20th century is both testament to the town’s namesake, the Quaker, John Lynch, and its surprisingly progressive history. Over an hour from a major highway (I-64), [...]

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Fairfax County VA: George Washington’s Home Is Just the Start

WHY GO: Of course, George Washington’s Potomac Riverfront home, Mount Vernon, is the biggest draw to Fairfax County VA, but those who visit and then leave are missing out on naughty Civil War graffiti, Annie Oakley’s shotguns, milking a cow, The Shuttle Discovery, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, a prison-turned-art-center, mesmerizing waterfalls, planned communities - [...]

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WHY GO: If dogs had a Travel Bucket List, Alexandria VA would certainly be among the Top Five Towns For a Tail-Wagging Good Time. Right across the Potomac River from Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria - a boutique-studded favorite of Presidents and common folk since Colonial days - is the perfect quiet alternative to bedding down in [...]

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Shenandoah County, VA: The South Begins Here

Shenandoah County VA - The South Begins Here #roadtrip #Virginia @GetawayMavens

WHY GO: True South begins here. Cross over into Shenandoah County, Virginia, and you’ll feel it right away, especially as you drive its 30 miles from north to south through Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, New Market – all linked together on US 11 – where you’ll still find Confederate flags flying from front porches. In the [...]

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A.C. Stickley House, Strasburg VA

A.C. Stickley B&B Owners Donna and John Huntsberger raised their family in this beautifully landscaped Victorian home on a hill in Strasburg, Virginia,  and then opened it up as a luxury B&B in 2010. Almost immediately, the inn began drawing “Heritage Tourists;” folks looking for their roots in this region of the country. And it’s [...]

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Airlie, Warrenton VA: Not Just a Conference Center Anymore

There’s a reason even Virginia residents and astute travelers have never heard of one of the most exquisitely set lodgings in the state. “Airlie?” most say. “Where is that?” Until two years ago, Airlie, a 150-room resort on 300 landscaped acres in Warrenton, Virginia, was strictly a Conference Center. Recently, however, owners decided to upgrade [...]

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Loudoun County VA: Washington DC’s Rich Wine Region

WHY GO: Get into the spirits of it all! Plan a few days in Loudoun County VA to lap up some of the best wine, beer and whiskey in the land. Though this region just west of our Nation’s Capital is touted as “DC’s Wine Country” (with over 40 wineries),  breweries and distilleries have been popping [...]

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Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center, Leesburg VA

Newly added to the Destination Hotels collection, the 296-room Lansdowne Resort, bordering the Potomac River, is not your typical “boutique” or even a typical Getaway Mavens recommendation. First of all, it’s large and sprawling – with five pools – one an “adult only “Quiet Pool” - two and a half golf courses (a Greg Norman, a [...]

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