Weekends

Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Lower Shore The Eastern Shore begins—and ends—at the famed Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at the southern tip where drivers face 20 plus miles of open water. Here, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic waters meet, waves from both washing upon each other. Fishermen,…

Taste Of the Beach 2015

Four full days of flavor await in the Outer Banks at the most anticipated culinary event of the year. On March 19, the 6th annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach kicks off, and this year’s selection of events is…

Luxury Amenities for Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

Imagine a magical place that combines the best memories of summer camp with a grown-up wish list—a place infused with a whimsical spirit that beckons you to come and play and carries you back to those carefree days of childhood.…

Falling For Wintergreen

For several years, I’ve joined in a tradition of traveling to Wintergreen Resort for New Year’s. A group of my best girlfriends and I drive the three-and-a-half hours northwest to the Blue Ridge Mountains to spend our last days of…

70 Miles of Delicious Discoveries

There is good reason the ancient adage combines eat, drink ... and be merry. Flavorful feasts and choice libations are the ingredients for a festive event. A farming and aquaculture mecca, the Eastern Shore is a bounty of tide and…

Inn-dulgence

Dinner at the storied and five-starred Inn at Little Washington is surely on every foodie’s Bucket List. Problem is, once you’ve drunk from that particular and pricey well, you thirst to go back again and again because, yes, it really…

Rolling Through Roanoke

Railroad lines weave strategically through Roanoke and help define this “Star City” of Western Virginia. Roanoke boasts a population of nearly 100,000 and takes its nickname from the 88-foot-high Mill Mountain Star, shining in lights since 1949. The star stands…

Sanderling Chic

The sprawling low-rise buildings, with their nostalgic taupe-colored cedar shake exteriors, still stretch graciously and unassumingly along both sides of Duck Road on a narrow strip of land bordered by pristine Atlantic coastline on the east and the languid shoreline…

Spring on the Shore

There is an incredible feat of engineering that connects Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In fact, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been called one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. But there is something even…

Forever Fredericksburg

Rolling down Caroline Street and reeling off dates of the Civil War, trolley driver and tour guide Kathy Quann can hardly contain her enthusiasm for Fredericksburg, as she spouts out tales of the Revolutionary War and a bit more about…

The Outer Banks Allure…

For about as long as there has been an Outer Banks—the modern form didn’t appear until about 4,000 or 5,000 years ago—visitors have been coming from Coastal Virginia. That’s how Monkey Island, a gem of an island in Currituck Sound,…

Cross-town Trek

Though the mountains always beckon, for our third annual hike, my cousin Earl and I chose to spend less time in the car and more doing what we love.  As the host, my solution was a hybrid urban hiking-state park…

The Outer Banks’ Second Season

It used to be that autumn on the Outer Banks was the shoulder season, but that’s all changed. With so much to do in the fall—especially October—suddenly the shoulder season has become the “Second Season.” There is something for everybody…

Mountains of Hops

Jason Oliver goes to work each day and drinks a little beer. He likes it. And, besides, that’s his job. He’s a brewmaster at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, where the brands include Gold Leaf Lager, an award-winning beer that tastes…

Bath County Getaway

Wander west this weekend to Bath County, Virginia  where you can stay at the historic Omni Homestead Resort in the quaint town of Hot Springs. Go hiking through the Allegheny Mountains of the Shenandoah or relax in the hot springs…

Crozet Getaway

Head north this weekend to the adorable town of Crozet. Stop in at Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery to find the perfect read during your getaway, and discover some local treasures in the process. Afterward, choose a favorite…

Lexington Getaway

Head for the hills this weekend to Lexington where the air is fresh and the scenery is beautiful. Recently named to Smithsonian Magazine's List of "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013," Lexington is rich with outdoor excursions,…

Chapel Hill Getaway

Thinking of going to the chapel sometime soon? Oh no, not that kind of chapel; we're talking about the one at the edge of the Triangle-North Carolina's Chapel Hill. Start with a visit to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, comprising…

Lake Rawlings Getaway

Continue your exotic travels at Lake Rawlings, a scuba and camping park in Brunswick County. Lake Rawlings provides surprises for those seeking something different in their adventures, and with a maximum depth of 65 feet, warm water and good visibility,…

The Brew Trail

August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and we can't think of a better way to commemorate this glorious occasion than by touring the Red, White and Brew Trail in Nelson County, which has taken the craft brewing world by storm.…

A Natural Beauty

It is impossible for the emotions arising from the sublime to be felt beyond what they are here; so beautiful an arch, so elevated, so light, and springing as it were up to heaven, the rapture of the spectator is…

Main Street

Cozy shops and amiable eateries alongside a rich colonial history make this an enticing trip down a traditional Main Street for visitors and locals alike. Wharf Hill Antiques, Inc. For more than 20 years this shop has provided the very…

Baltimore Getaway

Head north this weekend to Baltimore, Maryland, and discover the culture, personality and food that this city has to offer. Spend some time at the Baltimore Museum of Art viewing their outstanding collections, and then head to the Baltimore Poe…