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the Beauty of the by Cara Ellen Modisett About the Writer Cara Ellen Modisett, a native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, is a graduate of James Madison University in English and music. She is editor at large of Blue Ridge Country magazine, has written essays for three books on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has reported and hosted for WVTF public radio. She tweets at @CaraModisett. This is one of the things I love about Virginia: on any road trip, I head around a bend in the road, or skip the interstate to meander down the mostly two lanes of historic Route 11, wander the hills of northern Virginia or the valleys of Shenandoah, Roanoke and the New River, and I find myself somewhere between the lights of the urban highway and the quiet of off-the-beaten-path. Take Floyd, for instance: It's just a short trip up the mountain from the city where I've lived for 16 years, a journey with views over the mountains and farmland. I visit Floyd for the artists, sometimes to visit potters' studios in the galleries or on the 16 Hands Tour, to play music with a fiddler friend, RANDALL ROSE Small Town have dinner at Oddfella's Cantina or pick up chocolates from Nancy's Homemade Fudge. Each town reflects the landscape and the history of its surroundings. Luray, a small town known as the Cabin Capital of Virginia; Washington's nearmanicured hills and sense of age and dignified tradition; Clarksville's easygoing lakeside community; and Tangier's unique voices. Virginia's small towns are far from sleepy. They're home to artists' communities, outstanding restaurants, live music venues, unique festivals and the friendly people who live in them. Book a B&B or a boutique hotel room and stroll shops and museums on Main Streets, soak in the ` Tangier Island relaxed pace and explore the adventures just outside of town, too. FLOYD POPULATION: 429 Floyd, up in the mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway, blends hip and rural, agricultural and artistic. It only gained its second stoplight in the last few years. You may have heard of FloydFest, the summer music celebration named for the town and the county - it's not far down the parkway from town - but you don't have to wait for summer: bluegrass and old-time music is playing on the sidewalks of Floyd weekends all year round, and in spots including the Floyd Country Store, 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virginia Travel Guide 2015

Welcome To Virginia
Virginia Travel Information & State Map
Great Scenic Drives
The Beauty of the Small Town
Eat Like a Local
The New Virginia Cuisine
Local Foodie Fun
Wine & Oysters: Perfect Virginia Pair
Craft Ciders and Other Sips
Love on Tap: Craft Brews
Music to the Ear
Resorts and Sweet Dreams
Golf Virginia!
The Sporting Life
Civil War & Emancipation
Tracking “Turn” in Virginia
Walking with Speilberg and Lincoln
Natural Outdoors
Virginia Water Adventures
Coastal Virginia
Coastal Virginia / Eastern Shore
Chesapeake Bay
Northern Virginia
Central Virginia
Southern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Blue Ridge Highlands
Heart of Appalachia
Virginia Accommodations
Virginia Events 2015

Virginia Travel Guide 2015