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VIRGINIA
4. Albemarle County (and the city
of Charlottesville)
This is the most established wine region
on the East Coast. The live music scene
is disproportionately large and diverse,
thanks in large part to the proximity to
the University of Virginia.
"Even locals find it difficult to keep
up with all the new ventures, experiences
and developments in Charlottesville and
Albemarle County," says William Dozier,
marketing coordinator of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors
Bureau. "There's always more to see and
do. Wineries and breweries, of which we
have more than 50, are popular on beautiful days."

FIVE THINGS NOT TO MISS:

* Monticello, home of President Thomas Jefferson.
* UVa's Academical Village, or "The Lawn," at the
University of Virginia.
* Downtown Mall, one of the longest pedestrian
malls in the country.
* Experience the eclectic live music scene at
Charlottesville.
* Visit the variety of wineries of Albemarle County.

BRETT VA

5. Culpeper County (Culpeper,
Rapidan)
Culpeper is well-known as a foodie town,
with rich history and modern charm.
Engage in equestrian sport, cycle scenic
byways, explore American history by visiting Civil War Battlefields, or discover
the agricultural bounty of Virginia's Piedmont.
"If I were to personify Culpeper, the top
traits that come to mind are humble, surprising and delicately refined," says Paige
Read, the director of economic development and tourism for Culpeper. "We are
a small town, filled with small businesses
that support one another. Our shops, our
chefs, our artists and producers all want
to see one another succeed. It's refreshing
and noble."

ABOVE: Downtown Culpeper is home to a rising number of shops and restaurants.
BELOW: Albemarle's King Family Vineyard gets all its grapes from the Monticello American Viticulture Area.
KING FAMILY VINEYARD

FIVE THINGS NOT
TO MISS:

* Lake Pelham Adventures,
offering canoe, kayak,
paddle board and paddle
boat rentals. Lake Pelham
is a 255-acre lake minutes
from historic downtown
Culpeper.

* Library of Congress,
Packard Theatre: Set
on a beautiful 45 acre
campus, the Packard
Campus of the National
Audio-Visual Conservation
Center is a state-of-the-art
facility where the Library
of Congress acquires,
preserves and provides
access to the world's largest
and most comprehensive
collection of films,
television programs, radio
broadcasts and sound
recordings.
* Belmont Farms: a 200-acre
site in southern Culpeper
County dedicated to the art
of Copper Pot Distilling.
* Far Gohn Brewery: This
"Tavern Brewery" celebrates
the German immigrant
contribution to the
American beer tradition but
also embraces the variety
of beer styles from all over
the world.

ARGENTINE ASADO

* La Bee Da Loca: Beekeeper
Felecia Chavez has built
a shop around her hives,
telling the story of the
honey bee, the world's
strongest pollinators and
how important they are to
food production.

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