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.

HI Richmond Hostel
James River, Richmond
Skyline view of Richmond

To Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County wine country.

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

To the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.


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

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

To quaint beach towns like Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Boats along the Potomac River
Waterfront at Colonial Beach, Virginia

And the waterfalls of Great Falls Park.

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?


5 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.


  2. Thanks! Yes, Winchester and Loudoun County are really pretty. I’d love to do a similar post to this but on Maryland – lots of great places there as well. 🙂


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