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Where to Get Some of the Best Barbecue in Virginia

 

If you haven’t already started a barbecue bucket list for your travels around Virginia, then you’re in luck; we’ve got a few suggestions for the best barbecue in Virginia, from the best-kept secrets to award-winning spots that you need to try. Add these 20+ barbecue destinations to your travel itineraries for a little extra flavor during upcoming Virginia visits.

 

Buz and Ned’s—Richmond

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Since 1992, Buz & Ned’s has been serving up their barbecue to their loyal fans in the capital city. After steadily growing in popularity, the restaurant gained national acclaim when owner Buz Grossberg appeared on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” (which he won!), followed by “Man vs. Food”. The menu features BBQ pork, pulled BBQ chicken, beef brisket, smoked wings, and several different types of ribs, all smoked on-site with 100% hardwood. With a wide array of sides, appetizers, drinks, and desserts, Buz and Ned’s has an impressive southern style menu that will guarantee you don’t leave hungry.

 

Risin’ Smoke BBQ—South Hill

South Hill’s Risin’ Smoke BBQ cooks all their meat low and slow, using hickory wood to infuse flavor into their barbecue. Before smoking their pork shoulder, beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, beef bologna, turkey, and other meats, they cover it in a thick layer of their homemade rub. Pick your meat and add a few sides to complete your meal, like the macaroni and cheese or the onion rings, both fan favorites. Try the barbecue with their three homemade sauces, a classic vinegar-based red sauce, the sweet sauce made with Hungry Hill Farms honey, or the habanero hot sauce. If you’ve got room, order one of the desserts, all made in-house by a mother/son duo. We recommend the cheesecakes, which come in a variety of flavors like cookies and cream, peanut butter chocolate chip, and cinnamon roll.

 

Checkered Pig Barbecue—Martinsville

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Checkered Pig Barbecue is well known by both locals and barbecue aficionados from all over the country. In addition to winning several notable awards for their ribs, barbecue, and sauces, this small town barbecue joint has been featured on both the Food Network and Destination America. Every day, the meats are pit cooked over real hardwood, infusing the barbecue with lots of flavor and tenderness. Checkered Pig is known for being affordable, fast, and delicious, making it an ideal pit stop for any road trip through southern Virginia.

 

The Bone BBQ—Gainesville

The incredible flavors that you’ll find at The Bone BBQ are not based on some secret recipe the family has been using for five generations. Instead, the owners of this barbecue restaurant depend on using quality ingredients to craft their fine barbecue. Every ingredient is carefully selected to reflect the restaurant’s high standards, from the Certified Angus Beef Brisket and fresh produce to the hickory logs used in the smoking process. You can’t go wrong with any of the barbecue offerings at the Bone BBQ, but the award-winning ribs are definitely worth a try.

 

Woody’s Beach Barbecue—Chincoteague

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Woody’s Beach Barbecue in Chincoteague is all about serving excellent barbecue in a casual beach environment. The barbecue options include traditional pulled pork, ribs, and smoked chicken, with sides like coleslaw, hand-cut French fries, baked beans, and onion rings. You can even combine your meat and sides by ordering your pulled pork topped with slaw and fries or onion rings. After dining at this beach-town barbecue stand, stay a while and play a few of the lawn games, or relax in the hammocks or Adirondack chairs for an authentic beach and barbecue experience.

 

Yummy Pig BBQ—Leesburg

YummyPig BBQ does it all when it comes to smoking, serving a wide range of meats including pork, chicken, brisket, ribs, rib tips, bratwursts, and chicken apple sausages. Add a healthy dose of their homemade sauces, such as the Sweet Bourbon, Tequila Mustard, Four-Pepper Vinegar, or Chipotle sauce. Start with one of their delicious appetizers, like the Pig Pen Nachos, made with crispy kettle chips layered with a cheesy mornay sauce, smoked pork and chicken, salsa, kale, slaw, an avocado-lime crema, and pico de gallo, for a filling but fantastic barbecue experience.

 

Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ Company—Culpeper

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Dine at Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ Company to try some of the juiciest house-smoked meats in all of Virginia. In addition to their brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and wings, ribs, and burnt ends, they concoct all of their sauces and sides in-house. If you find yourself envious of their smoking skills after your meal, you can sign up for Shawn’s BBQ School, a full day of hands-on barbecue training that teaches you everything you need to know to become a barbecue master.

 

Poke-E-Joe’s—Lynchburg

Pulled pork, beef brisket, Angus chopped beef brisket in “Q” sauce, and smoked turkey breast are all slow smoked over seasoned oak and hickory woods at Poke-E-Joe’s in Lynchburg. How slow? They spend anywhere from 12 to 16 hours cooking meats over low heats between 190 and 210 degrees. The spice rub used to season the meat ends up curing into a sealed crust over the meat, preserving the tenderness inside. The resulting meats are rich, smoky, and full of flavor.

 

The Apple House—Linden

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The Apple House in Linden is a family-run barbecue restaurant that has been a staple in the community for over 50 years. Specialties such as pulled pork barbeque, half-pound Bully burgers, and beef brisket are served with your choice of sides, including seven-bean baked beans, cornbread salad, coleslaw, and homemade candied jalapenos. Top your heaping of barbecue with a generous serving of the secret sauce, a slightly sweet vinegar-based recipe that pairs perfectly with the hickory-smoked meats. After the meal, stop into the restaurant’s gift shop to browse an extensive selection of Virginia-themed products and gifts.

 

Something Different—Urbanna

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Ranked as the #1 Restaurant in Urbanna by Trip Advisor and featured in Southern Living’s Off the Eaten Path “Second Helpings” book, Something Different specializes in what they call “Fine Neanderthal Cuisine”. The restaurant uses their own unique blends of seasonings and rubs before pit smoking several types of meats, like pulled pork barbecue, Texas-style beef brisket, and tri tip, and finally serving them with homemade sauces for a mouthwatering finish. The down-South food is complemented by regular live local music, a full bar with creative cocktails and craft beers, and a boutique shop that sells everything from homemade pies and ice creams to freshly baked breads and roasted peanuts.

 

Bonefire Smokehouse—Abingdon

Located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Abingdon, The Bonefire Smokehouse specializes in ribs, barbeque, and southern cuisine. While the restaurant is passionate about their barbecue, they are also dedicated to preserving the music of Southwest Virginia, hosting performances from regional and national musicians every Thursday through Sunday. The smoked meats at Bonefire Smokehouse are a purists’ dream, with no sauces added to the barbecue before they reach your plate. But if you’re a barbecue aficionado who doesn’t mind a little (or a lot of) sauce, they provide a handful of original recipe sauces for you to top your barbecue at the table. In 2016, the restaurant was named the regional winner of the Best BBQ by Virginia Living Magazine, and they were also awarded “Best Ribs in America” by the Regis and Kelly Show in 2009.

 

 

More of the best barbecue spots in Virginia:

 

 

Looking for even more places that smoke incredible barbecue? Check out these previous articles for Virginia barbecue fans and share your favorite places with us in the comments below!

13 Virginia Restaurants that Serve Up Unbeatable Barbecue

18 Virginia BBQ Joints You’re Going to LOVE

 

 

 

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Crush Friday: Your Mini-Vacation Guide to Farmville & Appomattox

 

 

The work culture in America is getting out of hand, with a total of 662 million paid vacation days going unused in 2016. We are effectively turning into the worst kind of work martyrs, sacrificing our own well-being (and let’s face it, sanity) to seem like more productive employees. However, the tide may finally be turning!

The latest Project Time Off survey performed in 2017 shows that American employees are using more vacation days, trending in a positive direction for the first time in 15 years. We like to think that our monthly treks around Virginia have something to do with those results, but don’t let this good news fool you; you still need to make an effort to plan and implement your paid vacation days.

 

We’ve heard all the excuses for wasting paid vacation days, and we are here to tell you that they are 100% wrong. Here are the real facts:

Common Excuse: “My boss will think I’m lazy”

Actually, the opposite is true. Employers typically notice that their employees come back well-rested and ready to work, leading to better overall performance. What does that mean for you? A potential raise in your future!

Common Excuse: “No one else can do my job.”

If that’s the case, then how can you ever expect to use your PTO? Plan ahead to ensure that your coworkers and your boss understand that you will be in vacation mode and you won’t be answering emails.

Common Excuse: “I’ll return to a pile of work that I won’t be able to catch up on.”

You know what happens when you take a Friday off? You allow that workplace burn-out to fade, and return on Monday as a more productive worker. Try it out…you’ll notice that when you Crush a Friday in Virginia, you’ll crush that stack of work on your desk Monday, no problem.

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So now that we are done with the excuses, let’s move on to this month’s solution; hit the road to Farmville and Appomattox, located about an hour and 1.5 hours from Richmond, respectively. Follow the detailed itinerary that our Virginia is for Lovers team traveled for an easy (and of course super fun!) three-day getaway to this charming region in Central Virginia.

 

—TRIP PLANNING OVERVIEW—

Stay at: Weyanoke Hotel, starting at $149 per night

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Recently opened across from the Longwood University campus in downtown Farmville, the Weyanoke Hotel is within walking distance of much of the Crush Friday Farmville itinerary. The rooms are upscale and spacious, and many even have their own private balconies with patio furniture. Luxuriously comfortable bath robes, massive walk-in showers, and plush mattresses made exclusively for the Weyanoke are just a few of the small touches that make the hotel an excellent choice for guests staying in Farmville. Additionally, there is a coffee shop, rooftop bar, and two on-site restaurants all located within the hotel. The staff are helpful and friendly, and go above and beyond to make certain that every guest is having the best stay possible.

If you’re looking for an outdoor-focused overnight option, consider staying at the Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort for at least one of the nights during your stay. They have a cottage and log cabins available that range from $119 per night to $249 and sleep anywhere from one to eight people, but we recommend checking out the luxury tipis. These unique glamping accommodations look fairly simplistic (albeit large) from the outside, but as soon as you walk through the door, it is safe to say your expectations will be shattered. The tipis each have a different setup, holding up to six people in the largest glamping tipi, and range in price from $169 to $239 per night. Inside, you’ll find separate bedrooms, full bathrooms with showers, kitchens, and even living room areas complete with TVs and couches. While you’ll have a campfire area right outside your tipi, you’re definitely not “roughing it” when staying at these swanky structures.

Suggested Prior Reservations: Lodging at both Weyanoke Hotel and Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort, Sandy River Adventure Park

 

—FRIDAY—

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Head into downtown Appomattox early Friday morning (around 9am if possible. Noon is not early, people). We stopped by the Appomattox Visitor’s Center to get some information on the sites we were planning to see in the area, and then headed across the street to Baine’s Books and Coffee at the recommendation of a Visitor’s Center employee.

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A quaint but cute spot on Appomattox’s Main Street, you could spend hours flipping through vintage records, perusing their selection of used books, and just generally soaking in the relaxed atmosphere of the coffee shop. However, bear in mind that you have a pretty full morning, so unless you manage to come the night before (and stay at the Appomattox Inn and Suites just down the road), order an extra-caffeinated beverage, walk through the magnificent shop for a few souvenirs, and be on your way.

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Get back on the road and travel to Appomattox Court House and National Historical Park, where you’ll count license plates from a variety of states in the parking lot. During our visit, Alaska, California, Arkansas, Maine, and Iowa were just a few of the plates in attendance. This tranquil park contains the village where Confederate General Robert E. Lee met with Union General Ulysses S. Grant to discuss terms of surrender, eventually leading to the end of the American Civil War. Start your tour with a short video on the history of the property and the significance of the surrender that occurred on the grounds. After finishing the video, chat with the Visitor’s Center staff to see what special exhibits are available, such as living history experts that tell the stories of local figures from 1865. Stop to hear their stories if these actors are around, as their attention to detail make the iconic history of the park come alive. Finally, take a tour of the McLean House, where the Generals sat together and finalized the terms of surrender from the Confederate Army.

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The next destination on our itinerary is the American Civil War Museum, where General Lee’s sword and uniform are on display. While major figures like Lee are discussed, the museum also shares the history of the average soldiers, telling individual stories and their ultimate fates. Some are soberly heartbreaking, such as a torn uniform on display next to a picture of the soldier, complete with the bullet that ended his life. With these painstakingly detained stories in front of you, it is easy to imagine the turmoil and hardships that both sides faced during the Civil War. Before leaving, drop by the gift shop to browse locally made pottery, Civil War reproduction items, and books that cover every aspect of the war, from true historic accounts to late 19th century cookbooks.

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Drive back into town for lunch at the Babcock House, a charming bed and breakfast and restaurant that utilizes local, seasonal ingredients to craft fresh Southern fare. Delicious and hearty offerings such as the Shrimp N’ Grits, cornmeal-fried catfish, and a wide array of sandwiches and salads make it hard to choose, but be sure to leave room for dessert, as their sweets are overwhelmingly praised by the local residents.

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After lunch, get back on the road towards Farmville and head to Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Zipline Park. The course takes up to three hours to complete, and will definitely work off any extra calories from your lunch, so be prepared to expend some energy on the course. When you arrive, staff will explain the course and walk you through the gear that you will need for your climb. Once you’ve mastered your harness and safety equipment, it’s time to take to the trees. The park offers several different courses for you to explore, each made up of different obstacles and zip line sections and ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. Test your skills on the varying courses, but don’t miss out on the thrill of the longest zip line, which runs above an expansive meadow and moves at surprisingly swift speeds.

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Make your way into downtown Farmville and check into the Weyanoke Hotel. Take a few minutes to admire your spacious, beautifully decorated room and even lounge around in the comfy bathrobe for a bit. Open the balcony doors and enjoy the view from your private patio. Check out the massive walk-in showers…you’ll never want to leave your ultra-lux room, but you still have a few more activities left in the day, so soak it all in before heading out again.

A few miles up the road, the Robert Russa Moton Museum is an iconic site for Civil Rights history buffs. This preserved schoolhouse holds exhibits that tell the story of the Prince Edward County school district and how a few brave African American students stood up for their right to a quality education. Many of these students would become plaintiffs in the historic Brown vs. Education case that would lead to the integration of American school systems. Walk through the museum to learn about the conditions that the students faced and the hardships they would endure before emerging as the victors in a long and difficult struggle.

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Finish your Friday with dinner at Effingham’s inside the Weyanoke Hotel lobby. The restaurant specializes in coal-fired pizzas made to order. Stick with one of the specialty pizzas on the menu, or build your own from their unique list of toppings, including foraged mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, Surryano ham, and chili oil. Pair your meal with a glass of the House Sangria or a refreshing Ballad’s craft beer from the draft list.

 

 

—SATURDAY—

To start off Day 2 of your Farmville adventures, rent a bike from The Outdoor Adventure Shop located at the downtown trailhead of High Bridge Trail State Park. Owned by the same couple that runs Sandy River Adventure Park, the shop rents bicycles and sells all sorts of outdoor gear, from rock climbing accessories to lightweight hammocks and clothing from some of the most popular outdoor brands.

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Before hitting the trail, snap a picture in front of the LOVEwork right across the street from the shop. Made from wooden beams previously used in the railroad that was removed to create High Bridge Trail, the massive LOVEwork sets the scene for a great Instagram pic.

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While the High Bridge Trail runs for about 31 miles, it is only a 4.5 mile bike to the most scenic part of the trail, the bridge for which the trail is named. Towering 125 feet above the Appomattox River, the nearly half-mile long bridge affords stunning views of the countryside surrounding the trail.

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After returning to downtown Farmville, walk across the bridge to Appomattox River Company, the largest kayak and canoe outfitter on the East Coast. Whether you’re in the market to buy new paddling equipment or just browse their selection of over 3,000 kayaks, this is the place to go to learn more about outdoor water sports. Take a photo of Farmville’s second LOVEwork before leaving; on the outer wall of the shop, this creative LOVEwork is made from used kayaks.

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If you’ve worked up an appetite, walk back into downtown and stop by Uptown Coffee Café for lunch. The small-town restaurant serves up huge sandwiches and salads that will tide you over until dinner. Check out their selection of bottled sodas and made-to-order smoothies, and top off your meal with a few scoops of ice cream or a freshly-baked cronut, a sweet croissant/donut creation cooked in-house daily.

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Do a little shopping at a few of the local antique shops along Main Street in Farmville’s Historic District. The largest and most impressive of these is Green Front Furniture Company. Housed within 16 shops and warehouses in downtown Farmville, the furniture company has something for every taste and budget. Love modern furniture? There are several buildings devoted to just that style. You’ll find eclectic accents, Oriental rugs in all sizes, and handsomely handcrafted furniture sets as you tour the different stores. And with the Green Front stores totaling almost 1 million square feet, you’ll work off your lunch in no time. Snag a map before exploring the shops and find furniture within your price point. We found 4×6 Oriental rugs for less than $100, handwoven throw pillows made in Turkey starting around $30, and many other great deals that were unexpected at such a fashionable furniture shop, but you can definitely find warehouses filled with the more pricey items if that’s in your budget. Even if you aren’t looking to buy, the staff at Green Front are helpful without hovering, giving you space to browse without pressuring you to purchase.

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Wrap up your shopping and walk behind Green Front’s Building 7 to visit The Virginia Tasting Cellar. For just $12, this Virginia-only wine tasting bar lets you try any ten wines. They work with Virginia wineries to serve their products at one of the twelve tasting bar stations, pouring over 40 wines from these wineries at any given time. After sampling your chosen wines, pick your favorite for a full pour and wander out to the gorgeous outdoor patio, an open deck space that overlooks the Appomattox River.

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Around the corner from the Virginia Tasting Cellar is Third Street Brewing, Farmville’s first craft brewery. On most Saturday evenings, the brewery hosts local musical acts and food trucks, providing entertainment and snacks while you try a flight of the latest craft beer offerings. If the weather allows, order a pint and take a seat in the outdoor patio space.

After your brews, have dinner at the Weyanoke Hotel’s upscale Italian restaurant, Campagna. Full disclosure, it was not yet open during our visit as the hotel had just reopened a week prior, but if the other dining options at the Weyanoke are any indication, Campagna is sure to be one of the best restaurants in town.

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Finish the evening with a nightcap at Catbird, the Weyanoke’s rooftop bar. We managed to catch a sunset before anyone else had arrived, and the memorable moment was the perfect way to end our second night in Farmville.

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Stay another night at the Weyanoke, or if you have a clear evening, consider booking one of the luxury glamping tipis at Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort, where you can light a campfire and sit out under a bright expanse of stars free from city lights before bed.

 

 

—SUNDAY—

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Sleep in a bit on Sunday before getting breakfast at Sassafras Coffee Bar inside the Weyanoke. In addition to specialty coffees and teas, the hotel bistro bakes fresh breakfast treats, including some truly tasty cinnamon rolls.

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Grab a quick bite before strolling across the street to check out the Longwood University campus. Although right in the downtown area of Farmville, the campus is quiet and charming, with plenty of lush green landscapes encompassing the classic architecture of the college buildings.

A few miles outside of Farmville, Hampden-Sydney College is an all-male private college with another beautiful campus worth seeing. Walk the school’s idyllic property or just take a quick drive through the campus to get a peek at the pastoral grounds.

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Before wrapping up your three-day getaway, stop at The Fishin’ Pig right outside of Hampden-Sydney’s campus for lunch. Known for their smoked meats, the restaurant is a must for any fans of Virginia barbecue. Top with their homemade barbecue sauces and add a few of their Southern-style sides for a fantastic last meal in Farmville, at least for this trip.

 

Keep an eye out for the next Crush Friday trip, where we’ll ditch work on a Friday and spend a three-day exploring the Great Outdoors around Roanoke!

 

Previous Crush Friday Virginia Destinations: 

 

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Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in June 2018

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—Virginia Music Festivals—

Richmond’s summer concert series, Friday Cheers, brings some of the nation’s hottest touring acts, along with some regional favorites to Brown’s Island every Friday night in June. Thousands of people will come to relax after the work week to meet friends and hear music from Tyler Childers (June 1), Rhiannon Giddens (June 8), Parquet Courts (June 15), Knower (June 22), and Turnpike Troubadours (June 29).

Over in Abingdon, the Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place June 1-3 at Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Catch Southern Culture on the Skids, Annabelle’s Curse, If Birds Could Fly, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, and more. The Thursday Jams concert series in Abingdon will feature music from The Steel Wheels (June 7), Cris Jacobs (June 14), Heather Gills Band (June 21), and Acoustic Syndicate (June 28).

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The Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival celebrates the military at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront June 1-3 and features performances from Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, and Cole Swindell.

On June 7-9, it’s three days of beach music with on-site camping for the Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Festival in Stuart, Virginia.

HoustonFest in Galax is June 8-9 and features the bluegrass music of The Church Sisters, Flatt Lonesome, HogSlop String Band, and many more.

Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms, and Sugar Ray will headline Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, on June 8-10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Taking place June 9-17, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia from the traditional music to the many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in over 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region.

The Columbia Pike Blues Festival returns to Arlington on June 16 with live music from Three Man Soul Machine, Caz Gardiner, King Soul Band, Niki Hill, and Don Bryant.

Bruce Hornsby hosts Funhouse Fest in Williamsburg June 22-23 along with performances from Alison Krauss, Amos Lee, the Wood Brothers, and Deva Mahal.

The Hampton Jazz Festival will be June 22-24 at the Hampton Coliseum with performances from Charlie Wilson, Maze, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Xscap3, and many more.

The Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival takes place June 30 and July 1 in Mill Point Park in Hampton featuring regional reggae artists performing.

 

—Over at Virginia’s Live Music Venues—

The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Dirty Heads (June 1), Cold War Kids (June 14), American Aquarium (June 16), and more.

Elsewhere in Richmond, Jason Mraz will be hosting SPARC’s LIVE ART at the Altria Theater on June 11. 200 SPARC students will join Mraz artists Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Michael McDonald, Rayvon Owen, René Marie, and more. Trey Songz, Brandy, Trina, and more will perform at the Classic Amphitheater at Richmond Raceway Complex on June 9 and Robert Plant will perform there on June 10.

Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host X Ambassadors (June 8), Hank Williams Jr. (June 9), XL102 Big Field Day with AWOLNATION, Dashboard Confessional, Manchester Orchestra, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Moon Taxi (June 23), and Ludacris (June 30).

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In Charlottesville, the Paramount Theater will be hosting Smokey Robinson on June 3. Sprint Pavilion will host Blackberry Smoke and JJ Grey & Mofro on June 16 and Alison Krauss on June 21.

The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Houndmouth (June 15), Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime (June 21), Bad Wolves (June 22), and more.

The Portsmouth Pavilion in Portsmouth will have performances from Blackberry Smoke and JJ Grey & Mofro (June 15) and Rebelution (June 30).

The Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach brings in Slayer on June 12, Kenny Chesney on June 14, and Rascal Flatts on June 28.

Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including the Bacon Brothers (June 1), Pure Prairie League (June 8), American Aquarium (June 14), and may more.

The Black Jacket Symphony will perform thew music of the Eagles at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on June 16. Jamey Johnson will be at the Salem Civic Center on June 22.

The Blue Ridge Summer Concert Series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax will host Bill and the Belles and Dori Freeman on June 2, Sierra Hull and ShadowGrass on June 23, and The Kruger Brothers and Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones on June 30.

At Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts in Vienna, shows will include John Prine and Margo Price (June 1), Jake Owen (June 3), Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Chaka Khan (June 5), Alison Krauss (June 6), Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors (June 7), Barry Manilow (June 8), Roger Daltrey (June 10 & 12), Harry Connick Jr. (June 14), Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band (June 21), Dr. Dog and Manchester Orchestra (June 22), Tony Bennett (June 23), Charlie Wilson (June 24) and Bruce Hornsby (June 29).

Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker on June 1, Def Leppard on June 8, Dave Matthews Band on June 9, Slayer on June 10, Kenny Chesney on June 15, Poison and Cheap Trick on June 17, Thirty Seconds to Mars on June 26, Foreigner on June 29, and Rascal Flatts on June 30.

Shows at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere include Three Dog Night on June 10, Matthew Sweet on June 13, Gordon Lightfoot on June 18, Robert Earl Keen on June 19, and many more.

 

For more big names coming to Virginia this month, go to virginia.org/music. At a Virginia concert this month? Share your photos with @VisitVirginia on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #vamusic and #vaisformusiclovers.

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Delicious Foodie Events at Virginia’s Theme Parks

 

Virginia’s two largest theme parks, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, are hosting food festivals that welcome visitors to try the most incredible flavors from Virginia and around the world. Snag your tickets to these upcoming events to get your fill of exceptional culinary creations.

 

Taste of Virginia at Kings Dominion—Doswell

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When: Friday through Sunday, May 18 – May 20, 2018

The culinary team of Kings Dominion cooks up recipes inspired by the regions of Virginia, from the coastal seafood flavors to the fresh produce from the Shenandoah Valley, during the Taste of Virginia festival. The festival also features Virginia spirits, craft beers, and wines, as well as live local entertainment and music. If you’re feeling brave, be sure to ride Kings Dominion’s newest coaster, Twisted Timbers, during your visit to the park. Taste of Virginia is included with the price of park admission, while the food and drinks are an additional cost. Purchase a Wine or Food Tasting Card for $25 to get six wine or food samples from any Taste of Virginia location within the park.

 

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival—Williamsburg

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When: Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 25 – July 1, 2018

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival features over 60 specialty food dishes, 30 wines, 25 craft beers, and 20 cocktails for guests to sample. The dishes represent regions all around the world, including India, Germany, Japan, France, and of course, Virginia, showcasing local flavors with dishes using Smithfield Ham, Apple Pie Moonshine, and more. Special entertainment such as chef demonstrations and beverage tastings occur throughout the festival and Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, and other big name headliners take the stage on Saturday evenings for live concerts. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings are available for purchase, or you can save up to 45% by purchasing the $62 Food & Beverage Sampler, which allows you to pick 15 items from over 60 entrees and desserts along with more than 30 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, or choose 10 items for just $49.

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52 Places Pairing Virginia Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie

 

If you missed Virginia Vineyard Month in April, we have another reason to get outside and sip in exultation as the green landscapes continue to bloom. We’ve compiled a pro-list of wineries, restaurants and shops offering the best of Virginia Wine paired with mouthwatering cheese and charcuterie plates. If we missed one of your favorite spots offering this epicurean combo, let us know in the comments below!

– CENTRAL VIRGINIA –

Barboursville Vineyards – Gordonsville

Barboursville Vineyards, Virginia’s oldest vineyard established in 1976, is Italian-owned and operated by only two winemakers since its inception. Not-surprisingly Palladio, the onsite restaurant, will make you feel like you’ve stepped right into Tuscany with their Italian labeled dishes that deliver on every promise.

Try the Piatto Di Salumi e Pate’ Nostrani – selection of house made charcuterie, house cured sausages, pâtés & condiments.

View the full menu here.

Early Mountain Vineyards – Madison

Early Mountain proudly pairs its wines with the best seasonal produce from local farms, artisanal cheeses from craft cheese mongers and charcuterie made in-house. They also offer an ever-changing “Best of Virginia” selection of wines allowing guests to sample the finest wines from all over the state. Try these menu items:

  • Artisanal Cheese Board – cheeses, creamed honey, seasonal mostarda, marcona almonds
  • Artisanal Charcuterie Board – cured meats, spicy mustard, housemade pickles

View the full menu here.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards – Albemarle

The tasting room at Pippin Hill features artisan cuisine that complements their wine and reflects their vineyard-to-table philosophy. As part of the Wine Pairing menu you’ll find their wines paired with seasonally inspired dishes, highlighting the freshest ingredients from local farms and their very own Kitchen Garden. Try these menu items:

  • Charcuterie – three local & international cured meats, marinated olives, arugula pesto. Pairs with Cannon Red or Rosé.
  • The PHF Board – chef’s choice of two cheeses, two cured meats, traditional accoutrements. Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot Reserve.

View the Wine Pairing Menu here.

Union Market – Richmond

Union Market is a neighborhood staple in Union Hill, next to Church Hill, offering fresh locally baked bread, a seasonal menu of salads and sandwiches, and a grocery packed with local fare and brews. Create your own charcuterie board from their chalkboard list of meats and cheeses then grab a bottle of Virginia wine to enjoy on the string lit outdoor patio when the weather warms up.

View the full menu here.

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– COASTAL VIRGINIA, CHESAPEAKE BAY & THE EASTERN SHORE –

Upper Shirley Vineyards – Charles City

Experience the magic of Upper Shirley Vineyards, a one-of-a-kind estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue perched above one of the most scenic bends on the James River. The Winery is 30 minutes from downtown Richmond and 35 minutes from Williamsburg, located just off Route 5 and the Capital Bike Trail. The estate boasts history and scenic beauty on an epic scale and with an abundance of culinary riches—bottomland produce, fresh-caught seafood—and world-class wines made from their own estate-grown grapes. Try these menu items:

  • Vineyard Board – Selection of Artisan Salami & Meats Manchego De La Mancha, House-made Pimento Cheese, House-made Conserva, Creole Mustard, Pickled Vegetables & Baguette
  • Cheeses From Here & There – Three Virginia & International Cheeses Paired with AR’s Southern Hot Honey, Fruits, Nuts & House-Made Crackers

View the full menu here.

Mermaid Winery – Norfolk & Virginia Beach

Mermaid Winery is Virginia’s first urban winery located in the charming Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk with a second location in Virginia Beach. You’ll find many familiar wines as well as Virginia varietals at the tasting bar where you can also view their winemaking process. Try the Cheese & Charcuterie Board – choose three or four from a list of meats and cheeses.

View the full menu here.

The Cheese Shop – Williamsburg

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Since 1971, The Cheese Shop has been promoting great cheese from all over the world. Belly-up to the cheese counter and sample your way to a perfect selection of cheeses. Their expert staff will help craft a platter for you to enjoy on their front patio or to take home for snacking or entertaining. You’ll find Virginia cheese from Caramont Farm, Goats R Us, Lovers Retreat Dairy, and Meadow Creek Dairy.

With their extensive selection of cheeses, there’s also no shortage of wine and accoutrements for pairing.

Eat: An American Bistro – Virginia Beach

Eat: An American Bistro is an eclectic restaurant with creative renditions of seafood, steaks, burgers & vegetarian fare. Grab a cocktail or craft beer on the outdoor patio located just off the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. Try these items on the menu:

  • Artisan Cheeses – handcrafted cheeses, house-made pickles, truffle acacia honey, everything crackers
  • Deluxe Charcuterie – house-made assorted fresh and dry cured meats, grain mustard, pickles, hand selected cheeses

View the full menu here.

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– SOUTHWEST & SOUTHERN VIRGINIA –

The River & Rail – Roanoke

The River & Rail serves up rustic and regional cuisine with many items made from scratch, like house-cured meats, house-made condiments and pickled vegetables. The wine list features Virginia favorites from Chrysalis Vineyards, Veritas Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, and Michael Shaps. Try these menu items:

  • Farmstead Cheese selection – three Cheeses, rye crackers, and accoutrements
  • Salumi Board – bourbon mustard, house pickles, and grilled bread

View the full menu here.

Chateau Morrissette – Floyd

Chateau Morrissette Winery is perched right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy their rustic farm to table fare by the fireside during cooler months or outside on the terrace during warmer months. They also offer seasonal events such as summer “Black Dog Concerts” and “Winemaker’s Dinners” all in an elegant, old world atmosphere. Try these menu items:

  • Cheese Platter – Meadowcreek Appalachian Cheese (Galax, VA), house-made marmalade, pickles, bread. Pair with Chardonnay Reserve.
  • Winemaker’s Platter – cured meats, local cheeses, roasted grapes, pickles, preserves, mustard, and bread. Pair with Our Dog Blue®.

View the full menu here.

Whitebarrel Winery – Christiansburg & Blacksburg

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Whitebarrel Winery, rebranded from Attimo Winery in 2015, is nestled in the New River Valley and practices ancient wine making techniques where production is exclusively done by hand. Whitebarrel recently opened a satellite wine and tapas bar in Blacksburg and is soon to open additional locations in Richmond, Northern Virginia, as well as a new east coast “Wine Truck.” Each location serves a full tapas-style menu with small plates that complement their wines, many of which are from Virginia.

Try the Charcuterie Board – Choose 3 or 6 meats and cheeses, served with homemade pâté & artisan crackers, olives, & fruit; with mustard and local jams.

View the full menu here.

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– NORTHERN VIRGINIA –

Potomac Point Winery – Stafford

Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery is an old-world, Tuscan-styled vineyard and winery located just outside of Washington, DC in Stafford, Virginia. Potomac Point specializes in wine tastings, tours, weddings, catering and events. Bring your own picnic to pair with Potomac Point’s award-winning wines on their beautiful courtyard. Or pick from the full bistro menu including these artisan cheese platters:

  • White Wine Cheese Platter – Belletoile Brie, Truffle Honey Goat Cheese, Aged Gouda
  • Red Wine Cheese Platter – Manchego, Peppered Pecorino, Merlot Bellavitano
  • Le Grand Cru Platter – Peppered Pecorino, Merlot Bellavitano, Truffle Honey Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Calabrese

View the full menu here.

868 Estate Vineyards – Loudoun

Visit 868 Estate Vineyards’ onsite restaurant, Grandale’s Viniter’s Table, for a local upscale menu in a relaxed winery setting. Enjoy the seasonally selected menu featuring wines from 868 Estate Vineyards as well as thoughtfully chosen wines from other regions of Virginia and the world. Try these menu items:

  • Cheese & Olive Board – handcrafted artisan cheeses, marinated blend of olives
  • Antipasto Plank – mix of house made, local, and European sliced charcuterie with seasonal pickles
  • Cheese, Meat & Olive Board – Two chef’s choice cheese, marinated blend of olives, two chef’s choice charcuterie

View the full menu here.

Jackson 20 – Alexandria

Located in the Alexandrian hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria on King Street, Jackson 20 is a top-tier restaurant offering hearty drinks and inventive American tavern fare. Try these menu items:

  • Artisanal Cheese Selection – Local Honey, Red Onion Marmalade, Raisin Walnut Toast
  • Charcuterie Board – Pork & Rabbit Terrine, Foie Gras, Cured Meats, Whole Grain Mustard, Baguette

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Greenhill Winery & Vineyards – Middleburg

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Experience Virginia wine in an authentic farm winery setting. Greenhill is a lovely boutique destination winery in Loudoun County with a friendly and professional staff delivering quality wine in a breathtaking Virginia Wine Country environment. The tasting menu includes these cheese boards and more:

    • Cheese Board – A selection of imported & domestic cheeses served with a warm baguette
    • Cheese & Charcuterie Board – Imported & domestic cheeses served with a variety of aged meets & a warm baguette

 

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– VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS & SHENANDOAH VALLEY –

CrossKeys Vineyards – Rockingham

CrossKeys Vineyards is located ten miles south of Harrisonburg in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley delivering gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family-owned vineyard specializes in exquisite wine and delicious food as well as offering a wonderful venue for weddings, parties, and corporate events. Visit the bistro and try these menu items:

  • Cheese Flight – A montage of domestic and international cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, olives, and nuts. Pair with Meritage.
  • CrossKeys Sampler – a combination of charcuterie, cheeses, olives, nuts, and fruit. Pair with Cabernet Sauvignon.

View the full menu here.

Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza – Harrisonburg

Bella Luna features hand-crafted, farm-fresh food in a warm and inviting environment. Located in the historic Livery Building in downtown Harrisonburg, Bella Luna offers wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, fresh seasonal salads and sandwiches, and delectable desserts. The bar boasts a wide selection of local microbrews and hard ciders on tap, hand-selected wines and artisan cocktails.

Try the Antipasto Platter – cured meats, artisan cheese, seasonal vegetables, and hearth bread.

View the full menu here.

Local Chop & Grill House – Harrisonburg

Local Chop & Grill House is located in a historic produce exchange warehouse in Downtown Harrisonburg. Their dedication to supporting local artists, craftsmen, and family farms is shown through the fresh and seasonal menu. Enjoy local flavors with dishes of high quality steaks and chops, poultry, house-made charcuterie, organically grown produce and fresh baked goods.

Try the Chef’s Artisanal Plate – an assortment of salt cured meats and local cheese served with grilled baguette, various pickles, mustard and seasonal compote.

View the full menu here.

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Between Two Buns: 17 of the Best Burgers in Virginia

 

Everyone has that one restaurant that they are absolutely sure has the best burgers in Virginia, so we asked around and local residents in the following towns shared their secret spots with us. Visit a few of these 17 burger joints and let us know which restaurant tops your list for the best burgers in Virginia.

 

Grafton Street Restaurant & Irish Pub—Gainesville

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Grafton Street Restaurant & Irish Pub, named for the popular street in Dublin, serves a wide array of Irish fare (and drinks to match), but their “G Street” Burger has become a go-to order for regulars. They start with a toasted Brioche bun and a delicious thick burger, and then pile on tons of Applewood bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese, crispy fried onions, and a healthy topping of their secret burger sauce. Pair it with a draft beer for a satisfying (and filling!) burger experience.

 

Jake’s Bar & Grill—Waynesboro

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Using 100% locally raised USDA ground beef, Jake’s Bar & Grill in Waynesboro takes pride in every single burger that comes out of their kitchen. They also make every one of their tasty sauces in house, topping their 10 specialty burgers with concoctions like a lime-infused Avocado-Poblano or a tart and tangy Citrus Chipotle sauce. While all the burgers command respect at Jake’s Bar & Grill, we recommend the award-winning Tumbleweed, a brioche-bun burger featuring breaded jalapeño nuggets, cream cheese, apple jelly, and crunchy fried onion strips.

 

Boulevard Burger and Brew—Richmond

Located on the Boulevard and on the outskirts of Richmond’s craft beer-centric Scott’s Addition neighborhood, Boulevard Burgers and Brew has become a burger mecca for the capital city. The old-school diner cooks up the patties to your preference of either “pink” or “no pink”, resulting in a perfectly juicy burger. Go with a specialty order like the Chuck Norris Black and Blue (blackened spice, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion) or the Fatty D (spicy Asian dry rub topped with cilantro, tomato, pickled ginger, Nori, and wasabi Kim Kim aioli), or build your own burger from their “add-ons” menu. And make sure to add a side of the fries…you won’t be disappointed. Pair your burger with a draft beer or one of their adult boozy shakes and floats. We like the Belle Isle Brew shake, made with Belle Isle Bold Brew Coffee Moonshine, Bailey’s, and vanilla ice cream.

 

Grill 309—Culpeper

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Culpeper’s Grill 309 is a favorite spot for locals, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and incredible burgers that will keep you coming back again and again. For a sweet and savory pairing, try the Doughnut Burger, a ½ pound Virginia Black Angus beef burger with cheddar cheese, grilled onions, an over easy egg, and bacon, all served on a freshly glazed doughnut bun. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, go for the Burger Sliders, three mini Virginia Black Angus Beef burgers with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles.

 

The Shack—Staunton

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The Shack is a must-visit when it comes to dining in Staunton. Under Chef Ian Boden, the restaurant’s menu reflects the abundance of fresh produce and ingredients found in the Shenandoah Valley. While it’s tough to choose a favorite dish, the burger is definitely a front runner, topped with a black garlic mayo, cheddar cheese, marrow roasted onions, dill pickles, and thick slabs of crisp bacon. Go crazy and top it all off with an egg for the full burger experience at The Shack.

 

Burger in the Square—Roanoke

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Since 1985, Burger in the Square has been a favorite in the Roanoke community. They use fresh ground beef to create a menu of over 20 different juicy burgers, from the most basic, no-frill burger on a bun to favorite specialty burger combinations like the Blazing Saddle (a burger made with ghost pepper cheese, grilled serrano peppers, sautéed onions, srirachi slaw, lettuce, and tomato) or the Oinker Burger (burger with hand-pulled sweet or vinegar barbecue on top and optional house slaw).

 

Maw & Paw’s Diner—Eagle Rock

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Located north of Roanoke near the Virginia border, Maw & Paw’s Diner is a small, family-owned restaurant that knows how to make a fantastic burger. The diner is known for their Super Bacon Cheeseburger, built on a handmade patty, and at only $4.99, the burger is both delicious and affordable. If you’ve spent the day working up an appetite exploring the nearby mountain trails, add an order of the Bacon & Cheese Fries, but plan for a nap afterwards.

 

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Owned by a mother/daughter duo, Me’s Burgers & Brews ties the family’s love of literature into the menu, with their ever-changing selection of burgers named for their favorite writers, including C.S. Lewis (a beef patty with pesto, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, basil mayo, and swiss cheese), Alexander Dumas (the “Three Musketeers” of meats—ham, bacon, and grilled chicken breast—topped with lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, and ranch dressing), and Jane Austen (a beef patty with bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, jalapeño aioli, and Pepper Jack cheese). If you prefer to be the “author” of your burger, start with a beef, veggie, chicken, bison, lamb, or tuna patty and then choose from the 30+ toppings to craft your own original masterpiece.

 

{Ra}Bistro—Lynchburg

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{Ra}Bistro has a full menu with salads, starters, and a wide array of entrees, but the menu also features over 15 specialty burgers made with fresh-ground meats like Angus beef, turkey, bison, and chopped sirloin. The most unique offerings include the Funnel Cake Burger (a cheeseburger rolled in funnel cake batter, flash-fried, dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry melba sauce) and the Bayou Burger (Angus beef topped with flash-fried crawfish, Andouille sausage, melted provolone, and remoulade).

 

Viking Burger—Newport News

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If you’re in Coastal Virginia and looking for a fantastic burger, head to Viking Burger in Newport News. Since 2014, the restaurant has been redefining the art of the burger. While you can order a basic cheeseburger or one of their unique signature creations, we recommend Viking’s “Valhalla” burgers, made with two sirloin patties stuffed with different types of cheese, like the Valkyrie, a double burger stuffed with Pepper Jack, Muenster, grilled jalapeños, and spicy brown mustard, and then finished with even more Pepper Jack, grilled bell peppers, and lettuce. These behemoth burgers often conquer even the most voracious eaters, so don’t feel too bad if you leave with leftovers.

 

This isn’t the first roundup of restaurants that know how to make the perfect burger. Read about eight more great burger joints around the Commonwealth, find the best places for burger and beer pairings, or visit one of the honorable “best burger” mentions below!

 

 

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America’s First Lighthouse

“The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

Not one alone; from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean’s verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o’er the restless surge.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Lighthouse

When you look at a lighthouse, what do you see? Perhaps to you, lighthouses spark memories of a family vacation to the shore or elicit seafaring imagery that could be ripped from the pages of a Herman Melville novel. Maybe you just see a big flashlight. In the age of electronic navigation and two-way radios, this is understandable. While lighthouses are still utilized in many capes and inlets across the world, they have turned into somewhat of a novelty for many – a relic of days past. But, as is often true with historical structures, these lighthouses hold within them more than steel, brick and glass. Each flame that flickered through the thick windows broke through the panoptic blanket of night and signalled something different to everyone who saw it. Safe passage into harbor. A new beginning. The end of a journey. Home.

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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Each stair leads to a story and the 191 steps leading to the top of Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, at the corner of the Chicks Beach District and the North End Oceanfront District, are no exception. This story begins, surprisingly enough, not on the shores where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, but in New York City’s Federal Hall, in 1789. The newly formed United States of America, still recovering from the destruction of revolution, was holding its first session of the First United States Congress, which is still regarded as the most important meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives ever held. It was at this session that the US Treasury was formed, the rules of the House, Senate and officers were established, and George Washington was inaugurated as the nation’s first President.

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It was also during this historic session that Jacob Wray, the collector of customs at Hampton, made a plea to the newly-appointed Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, that the unlit shores of Cape Henry, which had claimed 57 maritime vessels, needed to be promptly addressed. With many Congressional leaders feeling a pressing need to answer the public’s demand for safe and navigable waterways, Hamilton contracted the project with John McComb, Jr., the designer of the planned residence of the President. Using the Aquia stone that remained on-site from a failed attempt to build a lighthouse during the war, as well as Rappahannock freestone, McCombs plans called for an octagonal structure with three windows in the east and four in the west, that would stand 90 feet above the water table, and cost $17,700, roughly $435,000 in today’s money. As the tower neared completion, President Washington requested a list of applications for the new lighthouse keeper to be selected by him personally. In late October, 1792, Laban Goffigan of Norfolk lit the fish oil-burning lamps of the new Cape Henry Lighthouse for the first time.

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The completion of the Cape Henry Lighthouse marked the first federal work project of the new United States government to be fulfilled and it quickly became an important fixture for our region’s maritime enterprises and military. Though a new lighthouse, which is still in use, was built adjacent to it in 1881, the old Cape Henry Lighthouse still stands as a reminder of Virginia Beach’s historic past. Today, you can gain access to the lighthouse, which sits on the active Fort Story Military Base, and climb the winding metal staircase all the way to the top, adding to the revered legend’s story, one step at a time.

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7 Places that Highlight Then & Now in Virginia

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Virginia has been welcoming visitors for centuries, but only in the past hundred years or so could we finally begin documenting these travelers with photography. Check out seven of Virginia’s most visited destinations in contrasting images that span several decades and plan your trip to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week!

 

THEN: Kings Dominion—Doswell

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The Eiffel Tower still stands where it was first built upon the park’s opening in 1975, but many other aspects of King’s Dominion have changed over the years. The Virginia theme park has continued to renovate and expand, adding epic coasters like the Dominator, Hypersonic XLC, Delirium, the Intimidator 305, and Volcano. In the fall, the park hosts Halloween Haunt during evening hours, a Halloween-themed event with special musical performances, terrifying haunted houses, and scary characters wandering the grounds. This year, they will add WinterFest and transform the park into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.

 

THEN: The Virginia State Capitol—Richmond
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Designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia’s State Capitol in Richmond has been hosting Virginia’s General Assembly since 1788. While they still meet there occasionally today, the buildings underwent multimillion-dollar restorations and expansions from 2004-2007, reopening with a gift shop, exhibit space, café, meeting rooms, and public restrooms. The Capitol is open daily for tours to the general public.

 

THEN: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate—Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s historic home outside of Alexandria, has been carefully preserved in the centuries since the first president occupied the home. But the estate was once much larger, and the property’s preservation society has since worked to restore previous outlying buildings. In 2007, Mount Vernon restored George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill on the original grounds, welcoming guests to tour both the historically accurate distillery, where you can sample the resulting whiskey, and the functioning gristmill, which produces flour and cornmeal.

 

THEN: Skyline Drive
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Not much has changed along Skyline Drive, the National Scenic Byway that runs through Shenandoah National Park. The 105-mile roadway along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been carefully preserved and maintained as one of Virginia’s most stunning natural treasures. Stop along one of the 75 overlooks for impressive views of the mountains and valleys that border Skyline Drive.

 

THEN: Busch Gardens—Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens has been entertaining Virginians and travelers to the Commonwealth since 1975. Although the Big Bad Wolf, the coaster shown in the THEN picture, closed in 2009 after 25 years of thrilling rides, the park replaced it in 2012 with Verbolten, a steel roller coaster that is designed to reflect the Authobahn roadways of Germany. Many other new rides and attractions have been added to Busch Gardens, including Apollo’s Chariot, Mäch Tower, Griffon, InvadR, and Tempesto (shown). During the month leading up to Halloween, the park transforms at night into Howl-O-Scream, and from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, the park is fully decorated for Christmas Town.

 

THEN: Jamestown Settlement—Williamsburg
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A living history museum, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of the first colonists in America with films, gallery exhibits, and living history experiences. The museum expanded significantly in the early 21st century as part of the 400 year anniversary of neighboring Historic Jamestowne, the original site of the settlement. New permanent exhibits and a new introductory film were presented to highlight the history of Jamestown and the experiences of America’s first Colonial residents.

 

THEN: Luray Caverns—Luray

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Like Skyline Drive, not much has changed at Luray Caverns in the past few decades (although thankfully fashion has improved). Discovered in 1878, the caverns are a U.S. Natural Landmark, open to visitors to explore the vast chambers decorated by nature with stalactites and stalagmites throughout. Make sure you stop by the Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s only organ that uses the natural stone formations of the caverns to create symphonic melodies.

 

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7 Places that Highlight Then & Now in Virginia

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Virginia has been welcoming visitors for centuries, but only in the past hundred years or so could we finally begin documenting these travelers with photography. Check out seven of Virginia’s most visited destinations in contrasting images that span several decades and plan your trip to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week!

 

THEN: Kings Dominion—Doswell

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The Eiffel Tower still stands where it was first built upon the park’s opening in 1975, but many other aspects of King’s Dominion have changed over the years. The Virginia theme park has continued to renovate and expand, adding epic coasters like the Dominator, Hypersonic XLC, Delirium, the Intimidator 305, and Volcano. In the fall, the park hosts Halloween Haunt during evening hours, a Halloween-themed event with special musical performances, terrifying haunted houses, and scary characters wandering the grounds. This year, they will add WinterFest and transform the park into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.

 

THEN: The Virginia State Capitol—Richmond
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Designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia’s State Capitol in Richmond has been hosting Virginia’s General Assembly since 1788. While they still meet there occasionally today, the buildings underwent multimillion-dollar restorations and expansions from 2004-2007, reopening with a gift shop, exhibit space, café, meeting rooms, and public restrooms. The Capitol is open daily for tours to the general public.

 

THEN: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate—Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s historic home outside of Alexandria, has been carefully preserved in the centuries since the first president occupied the home. But the estate was once much larger, and the property’s preservation society has since worked to restore previous outlying buildings. In 2007, Mount Vernon restored George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill on the original grounds, welcoming guests to tour both the historically accurate distillery, where you can sample the resulting whiskey, and the functioning gristmill, which produces flour and cornmeal.

 

THEN: Skyline Drive
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Not much has changed along Skyline Drive, the National Scenic Byway that runs through Shenandoah National Park. The 105-mile roadway along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been carefully preserved and maintained as one of Virginia’s most stunning natural treasures. Stop along one of the 75 overlooks for impressive views of the mountains and valleys that border Skyline Drive.

 

THEN: Busch Gardens—Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens has been entertaining Virginians and travelers to the Commonwealth since 1975. Although the Big Bad Wolf, the coaster shown in the THEN picture, closed in 2009 after 25 years of thrilling rides, the park replaced it in 2012 with Verbolten, a steel roller coaster that is designed to reflect the Authobahn roadways of Germany. Many other new rides and attractions have been added to Busch Gardens, including Apollo’s Chariot, Mäch Tower, Griffon, InvadR, and Tempesto (shown). During the month leading up to Halloween, the park transforms at night into Howl-O-Scream, and from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, the park is fully decorated for Christmas Town.

 

THEN: Jamestown Settlement—Williamsburg
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A living history museum, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of the first colonists in America with films, gallery exhibits, and living history experiences. The museum expanded significantly in the early 21st century as part of the 400 year anniversary of neighboring Historic Jamestowne, the original site of the settlement. New permanent exhibits and a new introductory film were presented to highlight the history of Jamestown and the experiences of America’s first Colonial residents.

 

THEN: Luray Caverns—Luray

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Like Skyline Drive, not much has changed at Luray Caverns in the past few decades (although thankfully fashion has improved). Discovered in 1878, the caverns are a U.S. Natural Landmark, open to visitors to explore the vast chambers decorated by nature with stalactites and stalagmites throughout. Make sure you stop by the Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s only organ that uses the natural stone formations of the caverns to create symphonic melodies.

 

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4 Virginia State Parks with Incredible Mountain Biking Trails

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Virginia has plenty of trail systems for mountain bikers eager to conquer new heights, but some of the most exciting and beautiful trails are found within Virginia’s State Parks. Mountain biking trails of every experience level wind through these four state parks, giving bikers the chance to get back to the pristine natural wilderness of Virginia while challenging themselves on miles of intense trails.

 

DOUTHAT STATE PARK—MILLBORO

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Containing over 40 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails within the park boundaries, Douthat State Park in Virginia’s Western Highlands has some of the most outstanding scenic viewpoints in all of Virginia. The 22 biking trails ascend 3,500 feet up the mountainous landscape, and range from easy to difficult. Flat Run is the easiest of the trails, winding 2.5 miles through the park. There are nine moderate-level trails totaling about 15 miles, and 12 difficult trails totaling about 24 miles. Although one of the most difficult trails, the three-mile Blue Suck Falls Trails has one of the best payoffs, finishing with a stunning view of a waterfall. Continue further along the trail to the Tuscarora Overlook for another scenic view of the surrounding mountains.

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POCAHONTAS STATE PARK—CHESTERFIELD

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Pocahontas State Park has over 25 miles of mountain biking trails, including traditional singletrack trails, machine-built flow trails, and hand-cycle friendly trails. The trails are part of both the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the Richmond Regional Ride Center, providing easy to moderate level trails through the woodlands of Central Virginia (although a few of the moderate trails are more technical, leaning to difficult). Three main trail systems curve through the park. The Morgan Trail System contains three trail loops totaling about 9.4 miles, and is known for tight turns over rocky, root-filled tread. The Lakeview Trail System is made up of another 9.5 miles of trails, with a combination of rake and ride and hand-built sections. The Lakeview Trails contain moderately tight turns, rough tread, and continuously rolling terrain. The Swift Creek Trail System totals about seven miles, with four separate machine-cut trails designed for hand-cyclists ranging from beginner to professional level.

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YORK RIVER STATE PARK—WILLIAMSBURG

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If you’re looking for mountain biking trails in Coastal Virginia, head to York River State Park. There are 11 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails within the park, including five trails specifically for mountain biking and nine multi-use trails where mountain bikers are welcome permitting they yield to hikers or horseback riders. The mountain biking trails within York River State Park range from easy to difficult, with a variety of terrain and elevation changes through the hardwood forests. Start with an easier trail, like Black Bear Run, a short .38-mile trail through the woods and the fields. The moderate trails include 3.12-mile Bobcat Run Trail, John Blair Trail, a 12-mile double track ride, and Laurel Glen Trail, a 1.26-mile moderate trail lined with vast mountain laurel bushes. Advanced riders will enjoy Marl Ravine Trail, a six-mile narrow singletrack trail that follows steep ravines throughout.

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HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK—MARION

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Southwest Virginia’s Hungry Mother State Park contains more than 12 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. There is a short half-mile trail for beginners, five moderate trails totaling roughly ten miles, and four difficult trails adding another seven miles to the trail system. Parts of the trail follows the scenic Hungry Mother Lake, with other trails curving through the forests and colorful fields of rhododendron. Ride Molly’s Knob Trail for outstanding views of the park from the summit; on a clear day, you’ll even be able to see Mount Rogers.

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