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Virginia vacation

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Virginia vacation

We are going to Famville soon to check out the deals. We will have a few extra days in VA. We thought about driving a little closer to DC and getting on a tour bus but have no idea the best way to do this. If anyone has any ideas please let us know. We would greatly appreciate your info. I am sure there are places in VA we shouldn't miss. Thanks!!!

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Farmville will be fun....if you peruse those warehouses carefully and the shops in town you'll get good bargains and be occupied for hours, at least. Stop at Charley's Waterfront Cafe on the little riverfront in another restored historic building for lunch near an entrance to Greenfront. You can eat in or out on the deck. Very restful, we always feel.

If you have enough time you may head up to Alexandria and do a tour of that historic city and going out to Mt. Vernon.

Personally, I feel DC needs to be its own dedicated trip, allotting several days since there's just so much to do and see in history, architecture, museums, gardens, cconcerts, etc. But we have taken many people who swung into town for the one night on nighttime drives around the capital sites, where some offered evening tours. So anything is possible.

From Farmville, facing north, Richmond will be on the right. How far? An hour? Richmond has many wonderful things to offer. History, culture, gardens. Wonderful old estates along the James River one after the other open for tours; Maymont Gardens; historic districts; the lobby of the Jefferson Hotel is a fabulous site.

You could continue to the coast and check out the bay area of Virginia and go down to the beach. Virginia Beach is the fastest growing city in Va. so it's a city with a newer Town Center, upbeat, upscale things to do and still you have the beach with its own beauty and crowds or quiet, depending on where you go. In the search box just on top of the comments type in Virginia Beach or whatever you need and look at those comments. Va. Beach beach area has street performances all summer but I don't know how early in June they start. There are nightly groups that perform on small stages here and there on the concrete boardwalk. I would think they'd be doing that at least on weekends in early June. You can check on much of that at vbfun.com. There are also sporting events at the lower end of the beachfront.

From Farmville, going left, are the mountains. They are fabulous! From Farmville, it's maybe 1 1/2 hours to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

You pass through the town of Bedford - quaint, historic, some wonderful mansions - and continue up the mts. You might like to spend the night at Peaks of Otter Lodge (peaksofotter.com). Very rustic and basic accommodations with the most fabulous, fantastic views. It's not very expensive. All the rooms in the two level buildings look out on a lake and the still higher Peaks of Otter. You can sit out on the balcony and enjoy the air and view. The Lodge has a bar area, an enormous restaurant with all glass on one side with the lake and mt. view...two levels with fireplaces here and there and a couple of gift shop areas. You need to book them early though. The ranger station is just a few yards away on the other side of the road. The highest point in Va. is not far. There are several areas along the Parkway where you can park and enjoy magnificent views. You can take the bus up to Sharp Top Mt. , which is the view across the lake right in front of the Lodge rooms. From the Ranger Station you can get booklets and flyers and hiking trail info. Be sure to bring bug spray for summer, no matter where you are, and also binoculars for all the views, whether beach or mt.

On your way back to Richmond you might stop at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. It was built in Bedford because Bedford lost the most men per capita in the country in the D-Day Invasion. There is also a delightful train station where the depot was made into a wondeful restaurant...Olde Liberty Station. The train still goes by a few times a day, which we love to watch, but it no longer stops there. Drive the streets and see the countryside and the town's large homes, some with magnificent views.

You can take the road that will take you through Forest, Va. and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, his getaway from the very busy Monticello. It's an interesting tour of the home, grounds, archeological digs, etc. There are a few bargain antique shops and other interesting shops along the way too I can tell you about if you're interested. If you eat at Benjamin's on the way on Rt. 221 you can have a mt. view as well.

You might want to pass through Lynchburg Va. During parts of the 1800s, Lynchburg was the second richest city in the country....after New Bedford, Mass. It built up business using the flat bottom boats powered by men and boys using loooong 'sticks' to sort of push it along in the shallow spots on the way to Richmond. Since it was so wealthy, many mansions were built and many remain. Diamond Hill is one of the...I think it's 6 historic districts there.

If you like wine, there are several vineyards both east and west of Lynchburg...so, in the mts. and just east of Lynchburg.

You would probably really enjoy Charlottesville too. There is a street that is closed to traffic and pedestrians can enjoy going around to wonderful shops in the historic buildings, movie theater...and even an indoor ice skating rink. The Omni Hotel there used to have good Sunday brunches but I haven't been to them for a while so you might check on that.

Many people will be happy to give you more specifics as you fine tune your trip. How exciting to have a few free days!

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