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For information on tourism in Virginia you can contact the State tourist board at:

Virginia Tourism Corporation
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219 Telephone: +1-804-786-4484
Telephone: 800-VISIT-VA (248-4833) toll-free in USA

Website: http://www.virginia.org/

 

 

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Star for Vacation Rentals Black Badger Inn - Williamsburg The Black Badger Inn, Williamsburg's newest bed and breakfast, is an easy 8-minute walk to the west entrance of the Colonial village from the front door. The charming red brick Colonial Inn captures the quality and essence of both the Old World and new. International in flavor, it is stylish, romantic and majestic, yet cozy and extremely comfortable.

Star for Vacation Rentals North River Inn Bed and Breakfast - Gloucester Surrounded on three sides by salt water, the North River Inn spreads luxuriously across one hundred acres of Virginia countryside in the historic Tidewater region off the Chesapeake Bay. An avenue of towering red maples serves as your welcoming committee at the North River Inn. Standing tall and stately, these silent sentinels guide you up the lane to the place you'll call home during your stay. Out here, where the land meets the water and the present meets the past, you'll have a rare glimpse of life as it once was in rural Virginia.

Star for Vacation RentalsIslands Pride Cottages - Chincoteague Island Islands Pride Cottages is a charming group of quaint island cottages offering exceptional accommodations! It offer 1 & 2 bedroom cottages for nightly and weekly rentals. Reservations are recommended, however not necessary. Walk-ins are very welcome. Stop by for a visit on your next trip to Chincoteague Island!

Star for Vacation Rentals Mountain Lake Hotel - Pembroke Welcome to Mountain Lake, Southwestern Virginia's most comfortable getaway resort with a gorgeous 2, 600 acres. Virginia mountaintop resort is where you can Do it all, or do nothing at all. Mountain Lake is simply the best family or romantic vacation option in the Southeast for the last 150 years. In short, welcome home. At the historic Mountain Lake Getaway Resort, you and your loved one(s) will find land and water activities, entertainment and adventure.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there. The geography and climate of the state are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city and Fairfax County the most populous political subdivision. The state population is over eight million.

Culture

Virginia's historic culture was popularized and spread across America and the South by figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. Their homes in Virginia represent the birthplace of America and the South. Modern Virginia culture has many sources, and is part of the culture of the Southern United States. The Smithsonian Institution divides Virginia into nine cultural regions. The Piedmont region is one of the most famous for its dialect's strong influence on Southern American English. While a more homogenized American English is found in urban areas, various accents are also used, including the Tidewater accent, the Old Virginia accent, and the anachronistic Elizabethan of Tangier Island.

Literature in Virginia often deals with the state's extensive and sometimes troubled past. The works of Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Glasgow often dealt with social inequalities and the role of women in her culture. Glasgow's peer and close friend James Branch Cabell wrote extensively about the changing position of gentry in the Reconstruction era, and challenged its moral code with Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice. William Styron approached history in works such as The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Tom Wolfe has occasionally dealt with his southern heritage in bestsellers like I Am Charlotte Simmons. Virginia also names a state Poet Laureate, currently Kelly Cherry of Halifax County, who will serve until 2012.

Besides the general cuisine of the Southern United States, Virginia maintains its own particular traditions. Virginia wine is made in many parts of the state. Smithfield ham, sometimes called "Virginia ham", is a type of country ham which is protected by state law, and can only be produced in the town of Smithfield.[164] Virginia furniture and architecture are typical of American colonial architecture. Thomas Jefferson and many of the state's early leaders favored the Neoclassical architecture style, leading to its use for important state buildings. The Pennsylvania Dutch and their style can also be found in parts of the state.

Fine and performing arts

Though rich in cultural heritage, Virginia ranks near the bottom of U.S. states in terms of public spending on the arts, at nearly half of the national average. The state does fund institutions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Science Museum of Virginia. Other museums include the popular Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Besides these sites, many open-air museums are located in the state, such as Colonial Williamsburg, the Frontier Culture Museum, and various historic battlefields. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities works to improve the Commonwealth's civic, cultural, and intellectual life.

Theaters and venues in the state are found both in the cities and suburbs. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is located in Vienna and is the only national park intended for use as a performing arts center. The Harrison Opera House, in Norfolk, is the official Virginia Opera. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra operates around Hampton Roads. Resident and touring theater troupes operate from the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. The Barter Theatre in Abingdon won the first ever Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1948, while the Signature Theatre in Arlington won it in 2009. There's also a Children's Theater of Virginia, Theatre IV, which is the second largest touring troupe nationwide. Virginia has launched many award-winning traditional musical artists and internationally successful popular music acts, as well as Hollywood actors. Notable performance venues include The Birchmere, the Landmark Theater, and Jiffy Lube Live.

Festivals

Many counties and localities host county fairs and festivals. The Virginia State Fair is held at the Meadow Event Park every September. Also in September is the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, which celebrates the city, the waterfront, and regional artists. Norfolk's Harborfest, in June, features boat racing and air shows. Fairfax County also sponsors Celebrate Fairfax! with popular and traditional music performances. The Virginia Lake Festival is held during the third weekend in July in Clarksville. Wolf Trap hosts the Wolf Trap Opera Company, which produces an opera festival every summer.

On the Eastern Shore island of Chincoteague the annual Pony Swim & Auction of feral Chincoteague ponies at the end of July is a unique local tradition expanded into a week-long carnival. The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a six-day festival held annually in Winchester that includes parades and bluegrass concerts. The Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, begun in 1935, is one of the oldest and largest such events worldwide. Two important film festivals, the Virginia Film Festival and the VCU French Film Festival, are held annually in Charlottesville and Richmond, respectively.

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