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Virginia Tourism May Travel Guide

BLUE RIDGE

M A G A Z I N E


Meadows of Dan, VA

Dirt. Rocks. Mud. Get on the trail to a vacation you’ll love. Find 17 great outdoor adventures at Virginia.org/BRO


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Paddle the waters of Virginia at the Chespeake Annual KayaXpedition! Experience Chesapeake’s historic waterways the way they were meant to be – with paddles in hand! Enjoy complimentary admittance to Chesapeake’s annual KayaXpedition, a kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle-boarding festival along the waterways in Chesapeake. There’s something for everyone this year from a beginner paddler, an experienced racer, and families that want to have an adventure together.

GRAND PRIZE presented by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier • Two tickets to Chesapeake’s Annual KayaXpedition, a kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle-boarding festival along the waterways in Chesapeake. • One room at the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier for Saturday, June 21st. • Complimentary breakfast and two boxed lunches for Sunday. • Exclusive discounts at local restaurants within walking distance to the hotel.

FIRST PRIZE from Appomattox River Company • Ocean Kayak Malibu Two • Two Extrasport Livery Lifejackets • Two Carlisle Daytripper Paddles

ENTER TO WIN: BLUERIDGEOUTDOORS.COM

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VIRGINIA.ORG

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ISN’T IT TIME FOR A LITTLE

U.O.U.

For outdoor enthusiasts “You Owe You” is the antidote to everyday routine. And Chesapeake is a great place to get a big dose of nature. Located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, there are miles of waterways for kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing. Acres of woodlands to explore. Parks for camping. Trails for hiking and biking. And options galore for eating and sleeping when you need to recharge. Fill your U.O.U.—in Chesapeake.

www.visitchesapeake.com Toll free (888) 889-5551


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www.gohalifaxva.com Halifax County VIRGINIA

Rich in History. Rich in Culture. Rich with Adventures. Blessed with Good People. We have so many surprising adventures, you won’t know where to begin. Let us help! Request a brochure at www.gohalifaxva.com or call 434.572.2543 • toll free: 1.866.464.2543

Four rivers. Two lakes. Two state parks. We have so many surprising adventures, you won’t know where to begin. Let us help! Request a brochure at www.gohalifax.com or call 434.572.2543 • toll free: 1.866.464.2543

Float on to summer at VisitVirginiaBeach.com.


BIG DEMO DAY • JUNE 14 WILCK’S LAKE, FARMVILLE, VA | 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Mark your calendar! Rally your friends! Why?! Because this is the one day of the year you can demo any kayak, use any paddle, and test any SUP. Talk to the Pro Staff who use these products every day! We stock 2,500+ kayaks, canoes, and SUPs from the 20+ different manufacturers, and they will all be here. Plus Big Demo Day Discounts! Visit facebook.com/paddleva or the Events page at blog.paddleva.com for more info.

PADDLEVA.COM | 800.442.4837


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More ways to discover, protect, and enjoy river.

Join the James River Association thejamesriver.org


Come Hang Out in...

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Kayaking

Hiking Biking

888.367.3965 ShenandoahTravel.org

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Fire Up Your Senses! OCTOBER 18

Saturday, May 10th Shenandoah Co Fairgrounds Woodstock, VA Sample the Valley’s best wines and experience the rush of harness racing!

540.459.3867 • ShenCoFair.com

Your destination for great BBQ, Wine, Family Fun and Local Traditions

Summer at Bryce Resort is right around the corner.

Shenandoah County Fairgrounds Woodstock, VA shenandoahautumnfest.com

Unleash the Excitement of Soaring High Above the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soar high over the trees and slopes of Bryce Resort on our recently re-designed two-hour Zipline Adenture. Criss-crossing the mountainside on 10 different lines, our Zipline Adventure cruises over chairlifts at over 80 feet off the ground. Try to enjoy the view as you fly by at almost 40 miles per hour. Bryce Resort’s Zipline Adventure is uniquely different than other ziplines.

Saturday, June 28th Frontier Culture Museum Staunton, VA Come out for a day of live jazz music, Virginia wine, and local vendors! Hosted by the Frontier Culture Museum and the wineries of the Shendandoah Valley Wine Trail.

Don’t forget to check out our other summer actitivies at Bryce Resort: Golf • Mountain Bike Park • Summer Tubing• Grass Skiing & Boarding • Beach & Boating 800.821.1444 | BryceResort.com | Basye, VA

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR DATES, RATES AND TIMES

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FrontierMuseum.org shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com


foods for local trails

YOUR TRULY LOCAL GROCERY

150 E. Wolfe St. downtown Harrisonburg (540) 801-8882 www.friendlycity.coop www.facebook.com/FriendlyCity Open 8am-9pm daily EVERYONE WELCOME

HARRISONBURG VIRGINIA’S OWN

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Sept. 28, 2014 8:00 am Start Harrisonburg The Cycling Capital of Virginia!

“Mountains worthy of a grand tour, with the grit and character of a classic!”

104-Mile “Alpine Loop” | Over 11,000 Feet of Climbing Featuring a diabolical climb up the “Dark Side” of Reddish Knob! 75-Mile Shenandoah Mountain Adventure 35-Mile Valley View Challenge Winding Climbs | Mountain Top Meadows | Magnificent Scenery | EuropeanStyle Rest Stations | Chip-Timed 5-Year Agre Group KOM Competitions | Premium Finisher Tokens | Finish Line Festival

NOW AVAILABLE ON DRAFT AND IN SIX PACKS

HOPTIMIZATION A BIG, AMERICAN IPA WITH CITRUSY AROMA AND SERIOUS BITE. Hoptimization’s striking aroma is the prelude to a crisp American-style IPA. This beer forgoes the common, unrestrained bitterness, using perfect amounts of malt to balance the hoppy bite. Our rotating blends of new and diverse hop varieties creates an evolving drinking experience that will continually surprise and satisfy.

Three Brothers Brewing is located in downtown Harrisonburg, VA: The heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Come see us sometime!

TAPROOM HOURS: Porsche of Charlottesville

Discounted Early Registration Pricing Ends June 1! AlpineLoopGranFondo.com

Monday 6-10pm Thursday -Friday: 4-11pm

Saturday-12-11pm Sunday-12:30-8pm

800 NORTH MAIN STREET HARRISONBURG, VA 22802 • THREEBROSBREW.COM

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Tradition

treks a new path through old mountains. Blue Ridge Parkway

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, only a couple of hours from Northern VA and DC, Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VA are perfect for your next excursion. Visit nearby Shenandoah National Park for 500 miles of hiking trails, or kayak, canoe or fish on the James River. And with 30+ wineries, numerous breweries and cideries, you’ll discover why one day just won’t be enough. Plan your next trip and request a

visitor guide at visitcharlottesville.org/BROguide.

Where tradition is always new.


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Experience the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge. From milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the mighty James. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries and eateries, then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast. Learn how to

relax. nelson style.

nelson county VIRGINIA

Register to win a weekend getaway! Nelson County Visitors Center

nelsoncounty.com 800.282.8223

See everything in

Orange.

Skydiving. Hiking. Horseback riding. Festivals. UPCOMING EVENTS • 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Wilderness • Montpelier Wine Festival • Fried Chicken Festival • Trashy Ribs & Blues Festival • Bull Riding Rodeo & more!

2014 When: May 24, reen Resort g r e t in W : e r e h W Join us for our second annual Cliffhanger Mountain Bike Challenge at Wintergreen Resort. Part of the Virginia Off Road Series. Three experience levels will be offered. The course will travel through Wintergreen’s ski terrain from Acorn to Highlands providing plenty of challenging elevation changes.

register online! bikereg.com .com

Memorial Weekend

May 24 - 25

Featuring the best local brews, blues bands, and BBQ!

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Lynchburg Batteau Festival

Saturday, June 14 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 11:00

Watch the launch of replica batteau as they begin their journey down the river. • Traditional Music • Educational activities • Historic Games • Crafts & T-shirt painting for children • Traditional crafts • Demonstrations • Conservation of the James River • Art • History

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June 14, 2014

LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT FAMILY FUN THIS WEEKEND? Come out to Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre! Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, as well as the Barrick-Falwell Lodge. www.Liberty.edu/Snowflex /LMSnowflex @LMSnowflex

Lyn c h b u Rg , VA For more information visit: www.jamesriverbatteaufestival.com

Blue Ridge Outdoors

Spring 2014

It’s what makes festivals a little more festive in Lexington, Virginia. A lot of places do festivals. But Lexington does them a little better. Maybe it’s because we mix in a little of the famous hospitality that made us one of the 20 Small Towns to Visit according to Smithsonian.com. Or maybe it’s the backdrop of a growing food and art scene and a growing list of downtown boutique accommodations. Or the fact that just a few minutes away you can find world-class attractions like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Natural Bridge and Caverns, and Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery. Find out how we transform a festival into a Lextival at www.lexingtonvirginia.com.

For your free travel guide call toll-free, 877-453-9822, or visit lexingtonvirginia.com/outdoors.


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Part of the Virginia Triathlon Series

June 21, 2014 in Bath County, VA • 750 meter open water swim • 20k bike loop on closed roads • 5k run on closed roads

Teams Welcome • Prizes and Awards Post Race Meal Kids Activities and Entertainment Music by Southern Rail Express

Discover our natural charm, by land or water Outdoor adventure abounds in Franklin County. Wind along scenic bike trails, take a picturesque hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway or reel in trophy bass at Smith Mountain and Philpott Lakes – all amid the beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. VisitFranklinCountyVa.org (540) 483-3040

Follow us on Facebook at Bath County TriathlonMoomaw Madness

Pre-Registration: www.SetupEvents.com For Lodging Info & Things To Do During Your Stay: www.DiscoverBath.com

Genuine small town personality even in the midst of a big festival. Charming downtowns, beautiful mountain views & friendly people who love to celebrate, all add up to great festivals featuring everything from railroad heritage to classic cars. It’s uniquely Alleghany.

FestIvAls & specIAl events In the AlleGhAny hIGhlAnds: Douthat Lake Run Car Show: May 17-18 C&O Railway Heritage Festival & George Washington’s Train Show: June 7-8 Covington Cork & Pork BBQ Festival: June 27-28 36th Annual Street Scene Car Show: August 9

See a complete list of events at www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com

The National D-Day Memorial Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Blue Ridge Parkway-Peaks of Otter Smith Mountain Lake & State Park The Bedford Wine Trail & Historic Centertown Over 25 Hiking, Biking & Other Trails... And Much More! www.VisitBedford.com . 1-877-447-3257

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540-962-2178 · 888-430-5786 Like us on


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Visit Damascus, Virginia What’s more fun than running, biking, swimming and paddling in the Alleghany Highlands?

In the heart of the Creeper Trail, stay in one of our 50+ cabins, campgrounds, inns and more. Damascus, Stay a While! 276.475.3831 • damascus.org

Trail Town, USA

Testing your skills in a head-to-head competition.

You’re invited to get competitive in the Alleghany Highlands. Whether you’re an athlete looking for a challenge or a spectator who enjoys great events, don’t miss out on the fun. It’s uniquely Alleghany.

May 4, 2014

Middle Mountain Momma Bicycle Race

May 17, 2014

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon Bass Tournament

June 28, 2014

Half Marathon, 10k and 1Mile Fun Run

July 12, 2014 www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com 540-962-2178 · 888-430-5786 Like us on

Alleghany Gran Fondo

August 2, 2014

Lake Moomaw 1Mile Open Water Swim

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www.visitgilescountyva.org

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The Blue Ridge Mountains are 400 million years old. It’s OK if you make time stand still for a moment.

The opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless in the Roanoke Valley. There are hundreds of miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding. The famous Appalachian Trail follows a mountain ridge through the region, while a beautiful urban greenway winds through the heart of the valley. Follow a trail to happiness in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

visitvablueridge.com | 800.635.5535 #BlueRidgeDay

RegisteR online to win a Blue Ridge Mountains getaway


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Saturday, July 5th

This is a challenging course on rocky, mountain-top terrain including fern line singletrack trail and gravel forest road.

first annual

Awards during our Independence celebration LIVE MUSIC by Big Daddy Love FIREWORKS over the lake

Single Racer $75 Team (2) Racer $125 - one biker, one runner Lodging packages start at $600 Includes entry fee, three nights accomodations, breakfast, s’more kt and recreation for two 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136, 540-626-7121 mtnlakelodge.com

Elevation Addiction?

GoRunGoHike Pedal Paddle Bark GoFest

Choose your adventure.

October 17, 18, 19

Whether it’s ascending Mill Mountain on a demo bike or freefalling onto the Big Air Bag Drop at our Go Outside Festival, Roanoke is the place for elevation and outdoor junkies. Mark your calendar and visit the East’s best mountain and trail town this fall to fuel your addiction! Upcoming Events Trail Nut 10K, May 3

Off the Rails Sprint Tri, May 31

Disco MTn. Bike Race, May 7

Floyd Fest, July 23-27

Sea Kayaking on Philpott Reservoir, May 17

For more events, maps and outfitters, visit

ROANOKE OUTSIDE.COM

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There’s so much to Love in Salem, Virginia this Summer! SHRIMP FEST May 31

June 7

June 16-21

www.summerinsalem.com

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The curtain rises on another day

in historic Abingdon.

How will you spend iT? Catch a performance at

bArter theAtre. stop at wolf Hills Brewing for

delicious crAft beer. pedal along the scenic

VirginiA creeper trAil.

888.489.4144 · www.abingdon.com

BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION SEPTEMBER 19 - 21, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion “Best Fesitval” - Southeast Fesitval & Event Association, 2014

Live Music Events Year Around

Bristol Tennessee/Virginia

www.MyBristolVisit.com 423.989.4850 facebook.com/MyBristolVisit


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