Travel and Tourism

Arts & Culture
5:29 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

VA Architect Creates Costa Rican Coloring Book

Coloring books are usually for kids, and they’re rarely considered art, but a Charlottesville man has published a coloring book for all ages, with black and white drawings that took at least forty hours to create. 

Bob Anderson is an architect who likes to build green.  He’s always considered himself a conservationist, and when his son decided to host a bachelor party in the Costa Rican rainforest, Anderson was delighted. 

The Corcovado National Park was remote, lush and teeming with beautiful birds and animals.

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Agriculture and Tourism
8:22 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Agri-Tourism is a Growing Industry in Virginia

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You’ve heard of ‘Eco-Tourism’ where visitors go to learn about the local the ecology of a place.  Now there’s variation on that theme.  It’s "Agri-Tourism" and it’s a growing thing in Virginia. 

You might think the largest industry in Virginia is defense or some other government related sector, but in fact it’s Agriculture and third largest, tourism.  So it’s no surprise that the ‘Agritourism’ sector is growing.

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The Xponauts Converge
4:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Cityworks (X)po: Big Ideas for Better Places

CityWorks (X)po starts this week in downtown Roanoke.  It’s an annual event, a summit actually, for people passionate about creating vibrant and dynamic communities.

CityWorks (X)po is dubbed as a place-making event—bringing together entrepreneurs, community organizers…really, anyone interested in boosting connectivity within and between localities.

This year's speakers include new media scholars, investors, authors, a chef, experts in recreation and transportation.

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Arts & Culture
5:54 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Natural Bridge: A New Chapter Begins

Natural Bridge, the geologic wonder that captivated early America, is heading toward a revival as a Virginia state park.  That will likely bring more hiking and biking to the famous 215-foot tall formation. But that means that some of the more unique sideshows, like the wax museum, are being pushed aside.  

On a recent visit, tourist Todd Artz from Pennsylvania emerged from the Museum calling it a 3-D history book.

“It was excellent. It tells the history of everything down here. And because I just found it’s losing the lease here, it should stay here.”

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Alternative Lodging
4:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Haha House

Andrew & Laurie at the Haha House.

Summer travel can be expensive, but a Richmond man is doing his part to keep costs down – offering a unique place for visitors to sleep. 

Andrew Cauthen is a professional musician and a minimalist.  He lives modestly in a working class neighborhood called Barton Heights.  Last spring, he had an idea – to build a tiny guest house out back – just a room, really, with a sleeping loft.  The job was completed quickly.

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