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NEW: Rooftop of Virginia Hike and Bike

Oct. 11-14, 2013 Columbus Day Weekend
Hiking Virginia

Since the publication of our first book, "Hiking Virginia," a dozen years ago, countless people have asked us: "What's your favorite hike?" To celebrate the release of the new, full-color 3rd edition we're going to take you there!
Join us Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-14, 2013, at one of our favorite places in all of Virginia: Mount Rogers during peak foliage season. We'll hike up Virginia's tallest peak and coast by bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail, all from a cozy basecamp.

Black History Month in Virginia

Posted on Feb. 4, 2010
Buffalo Riders of Portsmouth

On Feb. 20, up to 100 African American horseback riders will take an 8-mile ride through the Hampton Roads city of Portsmouth in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers, the black Cavalry of the US Army, established in 1866. See more Black History Month events throughout Virginia at

2010 Virginia Travel Guide

Posted on Jan. 6, 2010

It is an honor and a pleasure to be writing for Virginia Tourism's official travel guide for the past 7 years. The 2010 Travel Guide is now available for free at or by calling 1-800-VISITVA. In addition to detailing the Commonwealth's nine geographic regions, this year's guide features several new and unique travel features. We love Virginia. Order you free guide and find out why!

Paddle with the Authors in the Florida Keys!

Posted on Dec. 8, 2009

This winter we're leading guided trips from the pages of our award-winning Florida Keys Paddling Atlas. Imagine a romantic weekend getaway toasting an island sunset, or spending Spring Break paddling to Key West. Details at

Five Fall Hikes

Posted on Nov. 3, 2009

A great hike can be more than a walk in the woods. These five Virginia hikes provide opportunities for clarity or contemplation—as you sit by a waterfall, watch the moon rise over the ocean, or bask in the rush of reaching a summit. Read More

Keswick Hall Pet Getaway

Posted on Oct. 1, 2009

This elegant Virginia golf resort not only takes pets no matter their breeding, but welcomes them with a Pampered Pooch Package. Read More

Williamsburg Paddle

Posted on Aug. 12, 2009

Rent a canoe or kayak at Waller Mill Park, head across the small lake in search of scallop shell fossils, evidence of an ancient inland sea. Read More

James Madison's Montpelier

Posted on July 5, 2009

Meet the new Montpelier, home of our fourth president and his wife, Dolley. The last of the founding fathers' homes to be restored to the public has undergone a renovation of historic proportions. New Excursion packages allow you to dig alongside archeologists. Read More

Seaside to Mountaintop

Posted on June 29, 2009

We’ve just updated our blog: new paddling video from Tangier Island, hiking in the Blue Ridge, Richmond Segway tour, paddling to a winery and an overnight cabin trip on the Eastern Shore. Read More

Birding on Assateague

Posted on June 11, 2009

Launch from Chincoteague Island to paddle around the edge of Assateague, where wild ponies roam and you're eye-level with myriad wading and shorebirds. Read More

Timeless Tangier

Posted on April 29, 2009

After a year's absence, the tiny watermen's community in the Chesapeake Bay is again connected by ferry service to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Read More

Green Travel

Posted on April 22, 2009

It's Earth Day and "Virginia Green Travel Month!" Celebrate with human-powered recreation and visit green-certified lodgings, restaurants and attractions in the Old Dominion. Read More

Just released!

Posted on April 2, 2009

Our latest book distills years of camping experience into an idea-packed, picture-driven full-color guide. Gives you the tools to make car camping the pleasure it is meant to be, from choosing a sleeping bag to setting up a tent. Order on Amazon.

Eastern Shore Wineries

Posted on March 21, 2009

New on our blog: We paddlers got to help Holly Grove Vineyards on Virginia's Eastern Shore bottle (and sample!) a new wine.
To read about an Eastern Shore kayak winery tour, click here.

Biking Virginia Wine Country

Posted on March 8, 2009

The Foster Harris House is the elegant base-camp for the Tour d'Epicure, a cycling adventure geared to all abilities. Four-course gourmet breakfasts fuel biking to lunch at a winery or along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read More

Great Wolf Lodge

Posted on March 2, 2009

It may be snowing in Virginia right now, but it's always a tropical 84 degrees inside the gigantic waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. The trees talk, there's a kids' ice cream spa and storytime every night. Read More

Presidential Paddle

Paddling the Potomac
Posted on February 22, 2009

Today is George's birthday! Celebrate by visiting his home at Mount Vernon, where the new 'George Washington and His Generals' exhibit just opened, or paddling on his famous river, the Potomac. Read More

Winter Wellness

Posted on February 16, 2009
Healthy cooking at Boar's Head Inn

In March, the Boar's Head Inn teams its four-diamond cuisine with exceptional Charlottesville vineyards on Vintner and Culinary Weekends. Let the Inn's fitness and spa professionals help you work off the calories on a customized weekend of wellness. Read More

Sexy Winter Getaways

Posted on February 8, 2009

Looking for a sexy getaway to spice up the cold winter? Something more than the Romance Package at the Victorian B&B with the innkeepers sleeping next door? Pack the Kama Sutra and massage oil for these very private locales. After all, Virginia is for Lovers. Read More

Finding Virginia Snow

Posted on February 4, 2009
Skiing Wintergreen

Finding some good powder can be tough in the mid-Atlantic. But it's not impossible, from a ski resort with state-of-the-art snow-making to cross-country trails in snowy West Virginia, here are our picks for getting your fix of the white stuff. Read More

Virginia is for Lovers Sweepstakes

Posted on Feb. 1, 2009

The famous slogan is turning 40 this year, and Virginia Tourism is celebrating by giving away 40 free trips over the next 40 weeks. Experiential excursions are planned throughout all regions of the state, with stays at The Ritz Carlton, Wintergreen and the Homestead, to name a few. One trip will be given away each week through November. Register here

Bill & Mary Burnham

After more than a decade exploring and writing about Virginia, we invite you down the trails and backroads, the blueways and byways of the Old Dominion.

Virginia truly is for Lovers...of mountains and waterways...of local wine and fresh food...of small towns and scenic drives...and of history spanning more than 400 years.

In penning nine books, hundreds of magazine articles, and the annual Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide, we've done the research for you! Click on a hiking trail or paddling trip, then on the nearest town to find a spa resort or a cozy inn, a winery or eatery to rest and refuel.

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