- Last Updated on 08:04 AM 09/25/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Never let it be said that we live in a place where there’s nothing to do.
Virginia Tourism Corporation is getting the message out that there is much to do and see in our fair state this fall.
Virginia’s fall season, with its sensational weather and brilliant foliage, is traditionally a perfect time for peaceful scenic drives on meandering back roads, chilling out on the porch of a mountainside cabin and delighting in the glory of the season. The relaxing, tranquil beauty is one of the reasons Virginia is chosen by so many as a top-of-mind autumn destination.
But Virginia is also a favorite fall place for those who favor an active pace. Wineries and craft breweries are buzzing with activity. Paddlers and pedalers are thick along rivers and woodland trails awash in the orange and yellow hues of autumn. And fairs and festivals are everywhere accented by the music and food of Virginia. It’s even a great time to go to the beach.
Even though there are nearly-limitless activities to choose from in Virginia, planning an active getaway is easy with a visit to the Virginia Tourism Corporation fall web site www.Virginia.org/fall. It contains concise, easy-to-use information on everything from where to rent a canoe or cabin to how to find (and get lost in) a corn maze.
Regional leaf color gauges and up-to-date foliage reports are great tools for those looking for peak foliage times. It’s a one-stop-shopping place for those on the go this fall.
Here is just a small sampling of the things that can be enjoyed in Virginia in the upcoming weeks:
• Find a Fall Festival: Virginia’s fall festivals aren’t just about pumpkins and pretty leaves. Music and food seem to be everywhere. Just follow your ears and taste buds, and you’ll find a festival that is alive with fun and cool things to do.
• Get blissfully lost in a corn maze: Find your way to the center of a corn maze, thinking of it as a journey through a labyrinth, bringing peace and centeredness. Or just go ahead and panic when you have trouble finding your way back out. It’s all part of the fun. And don’t worry – no one has been lost yet.
• Hit the beach: Fall is a great time to go to one of Virginia’s fabulous Atlantic or Chesapeake beaches. The weather is perfect for all kinds of activities such as kayaking, biking along the boardwalk and watching for whales, dolphins and birds.
• Make a splash: Hop in a kayak, canoe, raft or tube and hit the waters to explore scenic rivers, lakes, marshlands and coastal areas. Bring your own craft or easily rent one here.
• Hike or Bike: Ready-made hiking and biking getaways are a great way to take the work out of planning and set your compass to enjoying the outdoors on Virginia’s scenic hiking and biking trails.
• Seek out your new favorite winery: Fall and wine go together in Virginia. It’s the time of the grape harvest and celebrations abound at Virginia’s wineries. Look for wine events all around Virginia this fall or pick a group of wineries to visit over a weekend.
• Find autumn glory in a glass: Craft breweries are booming in Virginia and can be found in every part of the state. Just a little research goes a long way to putting together a fun itinerary of multiple breweries in a region, some of which also serve great food.
• Old School: Small towns, Mom and Pop cafes, drive-in movies, funky country stores, roadside attractions - that’s what we call Old School in Virginia. It’s easy to plot a course to find these out-of-the-way and sometimes odd but always interesting places that although from earlier generations somehow seem endearingly familiar.
• Go looking for LOVE in all the right places: Giant LOVE artworks have popped up all around Virginia reminding us that, after all, Virginia is for Lovers. See how many you can find and don’t forget to snap a picture and send it to friends and family.
• Leaf Peep: Oh, go ahead. You know you can’t resist it. Autumn is in its full glory here in Virginia, and whether you are afoot, afloat or on wheels you’ll want to soak in the beauty of fall foliage. Virginia has 15 million acres of it to share this fall, so there’s plenty to go around.
Plan a getaway now for beautiful good times this fall in Virginia. Go online and visit www.Virginia.org/fall for complete trip-planning resources or call toll-free 1-800-VISITVA and ask for a free Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide.