Chat Plus: Vacations in Virginia

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.

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,

-- K.C.S.

View all comments that have been posted about this article.

© 2009 The Washington Post Company