Things to Do in Virginia

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Owners Carol and Gary Konkel share 20 years experience and a discerning eye for mid-18th to mid-19th century American antiques with a specialty in... Read More

Pamper your palate tasting the award-winning wines at this winery and hotel, owned by northern Italians; then take in the views of the Blue Ridge... Read More

The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots. Read More

On summer Saturdays, take in concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. Read More

While the masses descend on the North Carolina portion of the famed 469-mile-long parkway, those in the know head to this 121-mile portion from... Read More

A dimly lit college watering hole. Read More

For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in whole... Read More

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days,... Read More

The antiques store is a warren of vintage radios, kerosene lamps, tools, and beautiful objects, where you could disappear for hours. Read More

Chrysalis Vineyards, located outside Washington, D.C. near Middleburg, Va., encompasses 71 acres on which 20 grape varieties are grown. Production... Read More

Chuck Miller turns corn into Virginia Lightning, using an old family recipe and one of the state’s only legal moonshine stills. Read More

Wander the cobbled streets of this national treasure. Try on period outfits (for a fee), learn to make cabinets or shoes, tour an old printing office,... Read More

Cross Country International, which plans deluxe horseback adventures in Ireland, Peru, and beyond, recently introduced its first trip in Virginia: the... Read More

Occasional signs read CROOKED ROAD, referring to the many historic bluegrass and country music sights that dot this lonely road, most famously the... Read More

Artisanal cheese from nearby farms Read More

The store is filled with Deco furniture at reasonable prices. Read More

Floyd might have a lunch counter, but it’s best known for its music: Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store, a “jamboree” of... Read More

Take ahalf-day ride to 2,310-foot Kennedy Peak, overlooking other Blue Ridge peaks to the east. The excursion comes with a brown-bag lunch. Read More

A network of self guided tours takes in four key Civil War battlefields. Read More

Located in Rappahannock County, Virginia, this small, family-run vineyard was founded in 2004. Owned by Bill and Aleta Saccuta Gadino, who began making... Read More

The shop spikes its ganache bonbons with ancho chile and candied ginger. Read More

Follow in George Washington’s footsteps with a visit to the grounds where his boyhood home once stood. Read More

The most festive time to visit Virginia's horse country is during Gold Cup race weekends, which happen in October and May every year. Read More

In addition to works by local craftspeople, the store also stocks vintage books on local Virginia heritage. Read More

Luxuriate in the 98-degree waters of the hot spring–fueled Jefferson Pools, established in 1761. Read More

Small children will love visiting for a 20-minute paddock ride on a friendly pony ($10). Read More

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Visit the grand plantation home of George Washington's sister Betty, just across the Rappahannock River from Ferry Farms, Washington's boyhood home. ... Read More

A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket. Read More

A horseracing tradition for almost a century, this annual steeplechase event takes place during the third weekend in April at the Glenwood Park... Read More

This 4,000-square-foot store sells horse riding supplies and specializes in English hunting tack and apparel. Clothing items for sale include frock... Read More

Slumber in good conscience at the certified-green B&B, tucked in the hills near Floyd. The homey farmhouse has views of the garden and the rolling... Read More

in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an... Read More

Mount Vernon, built in 1757 on the Potomac River, served as the home of George Washington for more than four decades. A portion of the original estate... Read More

The just-opened Mountfair Vineyards focuses on small-batch, Bordeaux-style blends. Read More

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days,... Read More

Sustainability guru Joel Salatin leads Intensive Discovery Seminars—where you’ll learn about raising poultry and eco-friendly farming. Read More

Take a guided wildlife tour on a canopied boat to see the island’s famous wild ponies—and even dolphins and bald eagles. Read More

Artful cocktails designed by expert mixologist Todd Thrasher are PX’s hallmark, like Gimme S’More (chocolaty brown and swirled white,... Read More

Join WBRF radio Friday evenings for live bluegrass broadcast from the historic theater. Read More

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days,... Read More

The outfitter has everything you need to paddle into the wilderness. For a lazier way to keep cool, try a three-to-five-hour tubing trip. Chow down on... Read More

Take a soak in the natural mineral-spring waters—renowned for their restorative qualities—at the Jefferson Pools. Read More

Park and walk this 1.8-mile round trip path, a wildlife-rich hike with educational signs along the way. Read More

Owned and tended by the same family for nearly 200 years, Stribling was one of the first PYO orchards in the Shenandoah Valley. Its striking historical... Read More

The red-roofed log-cabin store sits on the crest of a steep hill. Its porch (in the Fall) is strewn with pumpkins and features a cider press. Elsewhere... Read More

The Tarara Winery opened in 1989 and was founded by Whitie and Margaret Hubert. The winery sits on a 475-acre farm and is dedicated to promoting local... Read More

L.A. architect, Randall Stout's new building for the Art Museum of Western Virginia sits in the center of Roanoke's revitalized downtown district like a... Read More

Located on the Potomac River, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is an expansive complex comprised of the Alexandria Archeology Museum, six art galleries,... Read More

Tour this Jefferson-built institution. Read More

Experience the horseracing traditions of Middleburg’s hunt country at the annual Virginia Fall Races, held the first Saturday and Sunday in... Read More

Revel in the gorgeous countryside of the Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve and hiking the easy 2.4-mile Ingalls Overlook Trail,... Read More

Chosen by Food & Wine as one of the nation’s top five wine schools, this nonprofit organization provides professional certification... Read More

The winery makes a jammy Petit Verdot. Read More

Where wartime homesteads and fighting trenches remain intact. Read More

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