Many Reasons to Love Virginia
Collected by Barry Brown, AFAR Staff
1236 E Washington St, Lewisburg, WV 24901, USA
My husband and I did a driving trip after Thanksgiving from Cincinnati-Wilmington, NC that included overnight stays at Shaker Village, KY, Asheville, NC, Raleigh with the last night in Lewisburg because it's about halfway from Raleigh. We were...
117 N Robinson St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Halcyon is where I go for the best vintage shopping adventures in the Fan. The shop is filled with an incredible selection of men's and women's vintage clothes from many decades and eras. It's hard not to fall in love with the exquisite,...
412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Sprawled on a bluff above the James River, Hollywood is one of the country’s most historic cemeteries. Victorian-era mausoleums and monuments include the tombs of Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler (and a host of notable Richmonders) along...
116 S Addison St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Lamplighter is a local coffee shop done right. With indoor, outdoor, and screen porch seating, a delicious menu of sandwiches, breakfasts, and creative sides, and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, it's the perfect place to get a cup o' joe....
1905 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
Located in the historic Ghent section of nearby Norfolk, Local Heroes carries a wide variety of classic comic books, graphic novels, and memorabilia. The shop will draw in anyone who likes to read—regardless of how you feel about comics. Hanging...
6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA 22932, USA
On a recent trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, the heart of Virginia’s wine growing region, we made a pilgrimage to the world famous King Family Vineyards. Located in Crozet, a quick drive from Charlottesville, King Family is a relative newcomer...
480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Hotel Monaco is charming, boutique hotel nestled in the heart of historic Old Town on a lively block of King Street, walking distance to the waterfronts and lots of shopping and restaurants. A sumptuous lobby greets guests with rich decor of...
Delaplane, VA 20144, USA
They said it was impossible. Although Virginia is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the states, it has long been known to produce red wine with a bit of a 'twang,' thereby keeping it off the radars of wine connoisseurs the world over. With...
Charlottesville, VA, VA, USA
A work in progress throughout his adult life, Monticello truly reflects Thomas Jefferson’s many passions: architecture, philosophy, science, music, literature, art, and food. Check out the excellent visitors' center first and take a shuttle...
1616, 5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959, USA
On my last trip back to Charlottesville, VA I got the chance to go to a fairly new vineyard, Pippin Hill Vineyard. Pippin Hill is situated on a hill with one of the most beautiful views (see above), so I knew it was going to be a success even...
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151, USA
See space artifacts like a Concorde, a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and the space shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center. You can also see the Washington Dulles International Airport from the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which offers a...
2250 Crystal Dr b, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Farrah Olivia offers a menu reflective of the DC-metro area: international and diverse. Chef Morou fuses seasonal American ingredients with French technique and his Ivory Coast roots to create a playful and inventive menu. This creativity is what...
1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
Smartmouth brewery is the newest addition to Virginia's craft beer scene, and is quickly drawing a local following. Offerings include their 3 flagship varieties: Murphy's Law Amber Ale, Alter Ego Saison, Rule G IPA, as well as a rotation of season...
2252 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA
Set in the bucolic farmland of Virginia Beach minutes from several beaches the Country Villa Bed and Breakfast is a great respite away from the crowds on the boardwalk. On your way to the inn you'll pass horse farms and rows of strawberries and...
227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
We popped into the Whiskey Jar on a late Thursday evening, drawn in by the bluesy tunes pouring out the door. A brick wall lined with bottles faces the bar. Over ninety brands of whiskey spanning the sublime (Jefferson Reserve bourbon) to the...
14 Campbell Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011, USA
Every time we visit family in Floyd county just south of Roanoke, we live to head into Roanoke for Sunday Brunch at Metro. This Bourbon French Toast was simply to-die-for, as was the crab cake benedict and croque madame! We've also been there for...
Old Rag Mountain, Robertson, VA 22743, USA
We leave D.C. early in hopes of beating the crowds of hikers who swarm the trail by mid morning. Old Rag may be the most popular hiking destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but for good reason. The challenging Ridge Trail starts with grueling...
101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA
The Luray Caverns are located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This US National Landmark offers a mile-long guided tour that will take you more than 300 feet underground, viewing stalagmites and stalagtites, formed by seeping...
Kaymoor Miners Trail, New Haven, WV 25840, USA
The Kaymoor Trail takes you down in to the New River Gorge to view the remnants of the old Kaymoor mine. Part-way down the gorge, you come to the shelf level with the mine entrances. From there, a very long, winding stairway takes you to the floor...
Warrenton, VA, USA
Beautiful maple and pine trees, swans at the pond, amazing weather, a big fireplace, peaceful environment and intensive solid work for five days... The project we were working on took all of our time during our retreat in Virginia and we barely...
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Teaism is a collection of D.C. restaurants that serves a variety of high-quality teas and tasty fare with an Asian twist. The menu offers dishes that cater to all types of diets: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The newest and largest...
Arlington, VA 22211, USA
The Arlington National Cemetery is a 625-acre cemetery where fallen veterans have been laid to rest since the American Civil War. The cemetery lies at the end of Memorial Bridge, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...
101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
The Jefferson Hotel has been the gold standard for discerning visitors to Richmond (including 13 U.S. presidents) since 1895. Not content to rest on their laurels, the hotel completed a renovation in 2016, restoring its landmarked public areas and...
1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
On a quiet corner of Richmond, across from a park and among hundred-year-old homes, sits Virginia's own piece of bustling Havana, Kuba Kuba. World famous for their Tres Leche cake, my favorite time to stop in is for brunch on the weekend. The...
Mt Vernon, VA, USA
Frequently visited by many tourists to the D.C. area, I wanted to come here as an adult. Having grown up in D.C., you often take for granted the historical sites that are only a short drive away. Now that I live in Florida, and with a more mature...
N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Artisan Confections is a chocolate shop in the nearby D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. It sells quality crafted chocolates made on location. I enjoyed one of its delicious monthly classes with lessons on the background of chocolate and hands-on...
309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
A pastiche of vibrant prints and Chinese porcelain decorates the dramatic guest room of this English-style manor in rural Virginia, designed by a London stage and set designer. In the dining room, Chef Patrick O’Connell serves dishes based on...
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