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    Toeing the Line in Bristol

    Bristol is such an amazing “small town” that it takes two states to contain it. First a disclaimer for those of you who like to get technical. Bristol, Virginia isn’t a town at all. It’s an independent city. However, with a population of less than... more

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    Discovering Loudoun County's Wineries

    Loudoun County, located minutes from Dulles International Airport and a short drive from the Nation’s Capital, is quickly gaining a reputation as “D.C.’s Wine Country.” The area offers more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms, located down... more

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    A Tale of Two Towns

    “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It was the best because I was heading home…to my hometown of Boones Mill, located in Franklin County in southwestern Virginia. It really wasn’t the worst of times. I’ve just always thought... more

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    Ride the Ducks providing guests with an overview of the Branson area

    A Destination for All Ages: Branson, Missouri

    A family vacation that can keep three generations happy – is that mission impossible? Not in Branson, Missouri! With its blend of shows, shopping, natural beauty and clean family fun, Branson will please everyone. more

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    Small Town Virginia: Getting Real in Farmville

    Chances are that you’ve heard of Farmville. No, I’m not talking about a game that you play on your smart phone. I’m not talking about virtual reality. I’m talking about reality, itself, which is somewhat novel these days. I’m talking about what... more


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    You Won’t Believe the “New” Norfolk

    I was all set to do our annual May article on summer beach travel. You know, I was going to say something about there being lots of sand and sun and waves and all that. Trust me, it would have been a marvelous article. But before I could write it... more


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    “…Chincoteague Island, you’re more than just a dream. You’re more than just a vision. You’re paradise to me. I can’t wait to get there. I never want to leave, and I know the blue herons are waiting there for me.” more

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    Drive down Kilmarnock’s Main Street, and you’ll get an idea of what Small Town Virginia is all about. Besides a Main Street that looks like it could be a movie set, Kilmarnock offers virtually anything you might hope to find in a 21st-century... more

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    Photo/Doug Puffenbarger

    Small Town Virginia: Monterey

    I should know better than to take a trip into the mountains of Virginia. Every time I do, I come back to Richmond ready to pack my bags and head for the hills. Although, I had been wanting to visit Monterey, Virginia ever since I first heard about... more

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    Small Town Virginia: Beautiful and Historic Leesburg

    One thing I love about Richmond is that it sits in the center of so much of the state’s beauty and history. I can go two hours or so in any direction and be in some place that is completely different. That’s exactly what I did recently when I... more

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