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Sunday, May 10, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

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We've been living in Virginia for five years now, but except for Charlottesville and the Shenandoah area, we haven't explored it. Any suggestions for a day or overnight trip in the next couple of weeks?

At the risk of sounding like a shill for the Virginia tourism folks, the Old Dominion has scads of options, and spring is a good time to explore. A few favorites: For arts, culture and shopping, try Richmond (hip bar and restaurant scene, great museums) or Fredericksburg (Civil War lore, cute college town).

For a more B&B-ish, wine-soaked weekend, there's the Blue Ridge WineWay, with eight wineries offering tastings and tours (three a day would be doable).

Roots music fan? Check out the mountain town of Floyd in the Blue Ridge Highlands, home to old-time fiddlers, banjo pickers, blues guitarists and more. And if, in the end, you're just looking for peace and quiet, the laid-back peninsula known as the Northern Neck is good for what ails you.

For details on all: Virginia Tourism, http://www.virginia.org.

-- K.C.S.


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