In April 2015, after a period of sea trials and training, the recreation of Lafayette's frigate Hermione will set sail for the USA. The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before making landfall at Yorktown, Virginia. As the Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities.
Virginia’s rich history, culture and spectacular scenery, from beautiful beaches to mountains, make it a perfect holiday playground. Don’t miss its award-winning wines.
From soaring mountains to scenic Atlantic Coast beaches, the Commonwealth of Virginia is diverse enough to feed every passion. You'll discover outdoor adventures, historic sites, compelling museums, unique restaurants and 22 winding wine trails to explore.
Founded in 1853, The Upperville Colt & Horse Show is the oldest horse show in the United States. Over 2,000 horse and rider combinations from young children on ponies to leading Olympic and World Cup riders and horses compete at the magnificent and prestigious Grafton and Salem Farms. The show features pony rides, exhibits, children's games, a variety of food, a Basset Hound demonstration, terrier races, and the Pedigree Country Fair.
The second full weekend in October, a Rebec Vineyards in Amherst County hosts the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival which embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic! There are five stages with music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic King, Queen and Jr. Queen Contests.
Every October, the City of Suffolk celebrates its peanut history with a four-day family-oriented Suffolk Peanut Festival. The popular event offers a wide range of activities including fireworks, a shrimp feast, demolition derby, peanut butter sculpture contest and carnival rides.
Enjoy an autumn weekend celebrating the apple harvest in the Shenandoah Valley. Watch apple butter making, apple pie judging and many more apple flavoured foods, exhibits and crafts. The festival features live entertainment, a kids zone and over 100 artisans displaying and selling their crafts.
The field at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club will consist of 120 top PGA TOUR professionals from around the world, competing for their share of a $6.5 million purse. The National has grown into one of the premier stops on the PGA TOUR, boasting an impressive list of champions -- K.J. Choi, Anthony Kim, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Nick Watney and Bill Haas. The event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and pays tribute to our armed forces.
The Virginia Pork Festival is the East Coast’s largest outdoor barbecue. The festival combines outstanding pork dishes with continuous live music from five stages to make this one of the region's favorite festivals.
Featuring the best local restaurants Richmond has to offer and all at $3 a plate! Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street. There will be plenty of Virginia wines and beers to wash down the delicious offerings with, as well as great vendors to visit and music to please your ears.