Travel and Tourism

The New River Trail

Sep 3, 2013

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.

Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has taken a small investment and not only won a national award, but turned it into what could potentially be a HUGE boost to the state—especially the most economically distressed communities. 

The Best Advertising Mercury Award from U.S. Travel was awarded for the Commonwealth’s unique "Old School Virginia" campaign.

No English Allowed!

Aug 20, 2013
Washington & Lee University

For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun,  but  for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work. 

They  gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take  part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.  

Virginia Craft Beer Month

Aug 5, 2013

August is here—and that has some of us thinking about beer.

This is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, celebrating the more than 60 craft breweries in the state.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is calling it “Love on Tap”— a nod to the state’s famous Virginia is for Lovers slogan.

The centerpiece of Craft Beer Month is the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County August 24.

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