Travel and Tourism

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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Economics & Economy
7:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley?

Credit Photo by Ivan Morozov.

What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?

Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the NRV is complete and ready to be acted upon.  

More than 3,000 people from all over the New River Valley weighed in on which issues they’re most concerned about for the future of this region; including housing, transportation, energy, environment, and cultural assets which define this part of south western Virginia. 

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Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission
2:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Monumental Women

Credit http://womensmonumentcom.virginia.gov/

After scouring four centuries of Virginia history—a dozen women have been selected to be memorialized with a bronze monument on Richmond’s Capitol Square.

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Protecting Nearby Land
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The New River Trail

Recently Bulldozed

The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax.  It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.

Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.

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