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New Point Park in Norfolk

Newly opened, Town Point Park in Norfolk, VA, is a great spot for visitors to enjoy sun, fun activities and spectacular water views. Adjacent to the cruise terminal and Nauticus, the new park hosts many major events including Harborfest and Parade of Sail.

USS Monitor Center

What was it like to fight aboard one of the world’s first ironclad warships? Find out at the dazzling new USS Monitor Center at the Mariners Museum, 100 Museum Drive in Newport News

Opening March 9, exactly 145 years to the day of the historic Civil War battle between the Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the 62,000-square-foot addition to the museum displays the original turret and guns of the Monitor, which show scars from its historic battle. Call 757-596-2222 or 800-581-7245, or visit www.mariner.org.


Tasteful Traditions: Sampling Virginia's Bounty
Jamestown, VA, was the first permanent English settlement in America. Today travelers may savor traditional dishes that reflect English, native American and African culinary influences. At restaurants from Colonial Williamsburg to Alexandria, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge, visitors may chow down on Virginia ham and biscuits, oysters and peanut soup. Freelance travel writer Sharon Cavileer examines VA's cooking traditions,
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Freedom House Opens in Alexandria, VA

In Alexandria, VA, a new museum that focuses on the era of slavery has opened in the basement of a building where slaves were confined and sold in the 1800s. While Freedom House may seem an unlikely name for such a site, given the changes in American society over the decades, it's altogether fitting. Today, this former slave market site is home to the local Urban League. Join Craig Lancto, a Virginia travel writer, for a look at Freedom House.
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Horsing Around in VA's Equestrian Country

Who could forget the dramatic photos of Robert E. Lee's steed Traveler or Triple Crown winner Secretariat? For four centuries, Virginia has had a love affair with horses.

Today, you might witness thoroughbred racing, watch polo ponies, get fancied up for steeplechase action or photograph wild ponies swimming to Assateague.

Come along with freelance writer Sharon Cavileer to see what's up with the horsey set in the Old Dominion.
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Savoring the Past in Fredericksburg, VA

One hour north of Virginia's capital city, Richmond, and one hour south of the U.S. capital city, Washington D.C., lies Fredericksburg, VA. George Washington grew up here. Major Civil War battles were fought in and around the "burg."

Recently, the city has developed a cultural flair with antique shops, galleries and fun sculptures. Let's join Virginia freelance writer Ruth A. Hill as she showcases the best of Fredericksburg.
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Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria

To explore "Old Town" Alexandria, VA, is to walk the streets of history. Here the 18th century governors made a decision to tax the early colonists, fanning sentiment that led to the American Revolution. George Washington reviewed his Virginia militia here. Robert E. Lee's family attended church here.

A walking tour of Old Town is an enjoyable way to soak up the history. So let's amble along with Virginia freelance writer Craig Lancto on an eclectic walking tour that takes in the major sites of this Colonial city.
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Happy 400th Birthday Jamestown!

In 1607, 104 brave English settlers sailed across the Atlantic. Settling at Jamestowne, VA (originally spelled with an "e" as in the Queen's English), they founded America's first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Fast forward 400 years. SouthernTravelNews.comTM details what's to see and do in the Jamestown area, including Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. So come along as we do a bit of time travel to the world of 1607 America.

Happy Birthday Jamestown!
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Land Ho! New Cruise Pier and Revitalized Norfolk

Norfolk's new Half Moone cruise terminal is set to open in March. Royal Caribbean International guests embarking in April will become the first passengers sailing from the new terminal. Carnival Cruise Lines guests will also utilize this new 84,000-square-foot facility as will passengers on other lines with port calls at Norfolk.

What can you expect at the new terminal? What's downtown to see and do? The new facility certainly has "location, location, location." It's right in the heart of downtown Norfolk, adjacent to Nauticus, the National Maritime Center.

It's also just a few blocks from restaurants, shopping, museums and historic sites. Let's explore this new facility and its environs.
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Presidential Places Around Virginia

The "Old Dominion" was the birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents. That's more than any other state can boast. Consider also that Richmond was capital of the Confederate States of America during the 1860s. The result is a host of presidential-style homes and mansions that visitors can explore.

Many have period furnishings. Others have personal artifacts from the presidents. Jefferson's Monticello boasts a plethora of "modern" inventions including a dumb waiter.

Northern Virginia freelance writer Sharon Cavileer shows us places in her home state that offer the most for visitors. From George Washington's Mount Vernon to James Madison's Montpelier, from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to William Henry Harrison's birthplace along the James River at Berkeley, Cavileer outlines the best tips for home views and tours. Come along...

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A Ridge Runs Through It - A Blue One

One of the most scenic roadways within the Appalachian Mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Starting in northwestern Virginia, it rambles southward through mountainous terrain as it heads for North Carolina and Tennessee.

Beyond the spectacular vistas, visitors might spot wildlife, head out for a hike, visit nature centers or get off the parkway to enjoy interesting towns and villages along the way.

Come along with our freelance writing couple, Tom and Deborah Fletcher from West Virginia, as they explore the best of what's along the way. If you haven't taken a Blue Ridge drive, you must do it once in your lifetime. Many people come back again and again.
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Yorktown Victory Center Boasts New Exhibition

Yorktown was the scene of the most decisive battle of the Revolutionary War. Now the Yorktown Victory Center has rolled out a new long-term exhibition, "The Legacy of Yorktown: Virginia Beckons."

The new exhibition tells the story of all the people who shaped Virginia's society -- from the Powhatan Indians to Europeans and Africans who began arriving in the 1600s.

Learn more about this new exhibition....
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Virginia's Treasures - Kissing Bridges and More

Get off the beaten path in Virginia. The commonwealth delivers spectacular scenery and eclectic diversions. Judy Colbert, a writer who specializes in out-of-the-way places in several states including Virginia, has tackled the Old Dominion. The results are here.

So learn about the state's kissing bridges (also known as covered bridges), a quirky restaurant run by an ex-Marine, an odd gallery and a savory winery. Judy knows the best places to recommend. In fact, she's the author of "Virginia: Off the Beaten Path." Let's take a look at her suggestions.
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