Virginia’s largest city west of Richmond has grown into a destination for food, art and the outdoors.
Once the site of bondage and commerce, Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom is now home to high-end eats and shopping.
Whether by chance or design, this little mountain town of 8,000, nestled in the southwest corner of the state, has become a center of Appalachian culture, with crafts and farm-to-table food, historic museums and mountain music.
The small town of Onancock sits 90 minutes up the Eastern Shore from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, firmly bracketed by the creek that shares its name. Kayak tours launch from its old steamboat ticket house, where travelers once began their long journey up the bay to Baltimore, picking up people and produce along the way.
Whether it’s beer and wine, horses and history, or just good old-fashioned fancy digs, Loudoun County has all you need for a good vacation.
As our boat rounded the eastern tip of the island, bouncing over choppy, sparkling blue water, a fleet of about a dozen sailboats appeared on the horizon.