Embracing My State: Virginia is for Lovers

While we often think of travel as going to foreign and exotic places, moving back to my home state of Virginia – whose motto is “Virginia is for Lovers” – earlier this year has made me realize that there’s a lot in my own backyard I haven’t explored.

Virginia, in the briefest terms:

  • Has mountains, farmland, cities, and beaches
  • Is smack in the middle of the United States east coast
  • Is the country’s fourth largest wine producing state, with over 250 wineries
  • Has a new brewery open every week!
  • Is a great place to learn about American history – several former presidents are from Virginia, and Jamestown, the country’s first English settlement, is here
  • Has a revitalized farm-to-table movement in large and small towns alike

Let me show you what my state is all about.

From cities like state-capital Richmond, where breweries and activities on the James River don’t disappoint.

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HI Richmond Hostel
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James River, Richmond
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Skyline view of Richmond

To Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County wine country.

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Twin Oaks Tavern Winery, Bluemont, Virginia 
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Bogati Winery, Round Hill, Virginia
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Fabbioli Cellars, Leesburg, Virginia

To the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.

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Bright colors, murals, and the message of love, along the way.

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Triple Crossing Brewing, Richmond, Virginia
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Spray painted hearts in Sperryville, Virginia
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Sea themed mural in Colonial Beach, Virginia
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Mural in Richmond, Virginia

To quaint beach towns like Colonial Beach, Virginia.

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Boats along the Potomac River
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Waterfront at Colonial Beach, Virginia

And the waterfalls of Great Falls Park.

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Waterfalls at Great Falls Park

There’s so much to see and do in Virginia – I urge you, come visit and see what we’re all about.

Have you been to Virginia? What would you most like to see?

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3 thoughts on “Embracing My State: Virginia is for Lovers

  1. Great post! I love this! Being from Maryland, I’ve been to Virginia some times, but mostly just passing through. I got my first tattoo in Winchester, VA. lol I love the mountain scenery. I was in Loudoun County last year for my cousin’s wedding.

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