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Fredericksburg VA: One Day Is Not Enough

WHY GO: Travelers making a pit stop in Fredericksburg VA on their 3 hour drive between Washington DC and Williamsburg VA are often disappointed. Not because the town is not worthy of their time. It’s that they have not allotted enough time to this soaked-in-history place. Ask a local about the appeal of Fredericksburg VA, [...]

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Manassas VA and Prince William County

WHY GO: Like many Baby Boomers, I belted out Manassas tunes regularly while driving up to college. Manassas, Stephen Stills’ band after Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young broke up, didn’t last long, but most of us can still sing along to hits like It Doesn't Matter. Soon, I realized that Manassas VA was an actual place [...]

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Washington DC in a Day: A Travel Guide

See Washington DC In a Day - walking tour, dining, and where to stay near Georgetown and the National Mall.

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens it will be one of nineteen museums and galleries that compose the Smithsonian Institute in the District of Columbia. You could spend a lifetime getting around to all the historic attractions in our nation's capital, but here's how to visit Washington DC in a day, Maven-style. Even though [...]

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Yorktown VA: Lost In Time

WHY GO: This is where “stuff got real” for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The British General Charles Cornwallis, realizing that his opponents were better equipped and more prepared than he believed, surrendered on the field of Yorktown VA, paving the way for an American Victory. The quaint port village of Yorktown is [...]

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Southwestern VA Towns, Abingdon and Bristol: Music and Moonshine

WHY GO: With the demise of “extractive industries” – coal and timber specifically - Southwestern Virginia is reinventing itself through its cultural offerings. You’ll most likely be surprised by the caliber of theater, music, food and lodging in the corner of Virginia wedged between Tennessee and Kentucky. Come set a spell, listen to home-grown bluegrass, [...]

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Marion VA: Moonshine And Bluegrass Music Central

WHY GO: Country Music, Moonshine, The Back of the Dragon, great main street restaurants and shops: this little Southwest Virginia town of Marion, with a population of 6,000, packs a punch for tourists. Interestingly, Big Tobacco is partly responsible for establishing Marion’s unlikely Enterprise Zone. In 1998, the four largest Tobacco companies were mandated to [...]

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Roanoke VA: Blue Ridge Beauty

WHY GO: Like much of Virginia, this major city in the Blue Ridge Mountain region is stunningly beautiful. Once (and still) a significant railroad town, Roanoke is now known internationally as home to the DIY TV series, The Salvage Dawgs, the gang at Black Dog Salvage who enjoy wrecking buildings and building stuff out of [...]

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Charlottesville VA: Thomas Jefferson’s Heaven And Yours, Too

WHY GO: Yes, founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, was a gentleman farmer, an architect, a philosopher who authored the Declaration of Independence, and served as President of the United States.  But Jefferson was also an early Virginia winemaker – or at least tried to be. A visit to Charlottesville should include an outing to Jefferson’s home, [...]

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Harrisonburg VA: No Longer a Sleepy Shenandoah Valley Town

WHY GO: Harrisonburg is no longer just a sleepy little college town (James Madison University) in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Things are happening here at a brisk pace – the type of things that the Getaway Mavens love. There’s a “Harvest Your Own” Lavender Farm, a terrific and generous craft brewery, new indie-owned restaurants, and an [...]

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The Martha Hotel, Abingdon VA

Sitting right across the street from the world famous Barter Theater,  The Martha Washington Inn, a gem of a Historic Hotel of America in Southwest Virginia, was rebranded "The Martha" to reflect more modern tastes. A recent rehab has brought this old lady into the 21st century- with room wi-fi, flat screen TV's and plush bedding [...]

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