Viewing: Virginia

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

Winchester VA And Environs: Patsy Cline, Civil War Chaos, Farm Markets and Great Eats

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 […] Read More

Staunton VA: Shakespeare and Diverse Architecture in a Small Virginia Town

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 […] Read More

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), […] Read More

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 – […] Read More

Alexandria VA: Making Life Happy for Dogs, Presidents, and Visitors Alike

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 […] Read More

Shenandoah County, VA: The South Begins Here

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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