Viewing: Virginia

Greater Charlottesville VA: Art and Culture in the Land of Jefferson

WHY GO: First and foremost, Charlottesville VA is a college town: home to the Thomas Jefferson designed University of Virginia. But it’s also part of a region rich in the arts, spirit making, and full of creative entrepreneurs and chefs with diverse backgrounds. Contrary to the tiki-torch-toting Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville in the summer […] Read More

The Graduate Hotel, Charlottesville VA

Nearly abutting college campuses, the well-located, “thoughtfully crafted” Graduate Hotels are sprouting up in many University towns throughout the USA, and offer a quirky, fun, boutique alternative to other stuffy, corporate competitors. To whit, Charlottesville: where The Graduate Charlottesville, across from UVA campus and a 10 minute walk from the Downtown Mall, has a 40’s-era […] Read More

Southwestern VA Towns, Abingdon and Bristol

WHY GO: With the demise of “extractive industries” (coal and timber), 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, a renaissance led by the small but worldly towns of Abingdon […] Read More

The Bristol Hotel, Bristol VA: New Boutique in The Birthplace of Country Music

Next door to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, The Bristol Hotel, a brand new chic boutique hotel (opened Oct. 2018) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, has a winning formula for high-end travelers seeking an upscale and stylish overnight stay. If you’re a fan of country music, and want to learn about its […] Read More

Lexington VA: VMI, Washington & Lee, and Thomas Jefferson’s Favorite Attraction

WHY GO: Virginia Military Institute (VMI) dominates Lexington Virginia like a fortress. Right next door, Washington & Lee University, a Liberal Arts College founded by George Washington and presided over by Robert E. Lee after the Civil War, draws students from all over the country and the world. There is so much USA History in […] Read More

Middleburg VA: Tiny Enclave, Huge Appeal in Virginia Horse Country

WHY GO: Fox Hunting and Wine rule the day in Middleburg VA, a small well-to-do hamlet in Loudoun County outside Washington DC: so much so that you can stay in a 250+ year old Inn called the Red Fox, or in a new posh country estate centered on equestrian activities, and visit some fantastic wineries […] Read More

Red Fox Inn and Tavern, Middleburg VA: Fox Hunting Chic

The Red Fox Inn and Tavern in Middleburg VA is one of the oldest and finest inns in the country – established in 1728 – so it’s not hard to imagine Bold Faced Names like Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy  overnighting here during fox-hunting seasons of yore. While the restaurant and several rooms are located […] Read More

The Commonwealth Hotel, Richmond VA: As Close to the VA State House As You Can Get

Once the hotel of choice for government officials, The Commonwealth Hotel, Richmond VA, within steps (and with great views) of the Virginia State Capitol, has been newly renovated and updated as a cute artsy boutique for trendy travelers as well.   Joining the growing number of boutique hotels in Richmond VA (Quirk, Graduate Richmond, and […] Read More

Richmond VA: Founding Fathers, Finding Poe And Feasting Finely In This North/South Border City

WHY GO: A few years ago, Richmond was named one of the top Ten River Cities in the country for Class IV whitewater kayaking. When Patrick Henry bellowed the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, when George Washington planned out the 1.25 mile Canal Walk, when Thomas Jefferson designed the State House, […] Read More

Getaway Mavens Best Lesser Known Art Institutions in the Northeast USA

Think “World Class Art Museums in the Northeast USA” and big city “majors” come to mind: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to start. Of course, all of these institutions are worthy of note, and are covered extensively by the press. But there […] Read More

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