Abingdon: A town of artists, outdoor wonders and food

Visitors wander around Abingdon in spandex or their Sunday best, ready to roll a smooth 34 miles downhill on the Creeper Trail or to spend an evening mesmerized by a stage show at Barter Theatre. Whether by chance or design, this little mountain town of 8,000, nestled in the southwest corner of the state, has become…

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Vineyard dogs: Meet the canine guardians of the vine

The vineyard dog is often as glamorized as the winemakers themselves, but really these animals are typically blue-collar farm dogs: loyal to their tasks and their humans, the bane of foraging creatures, the beloved heroes of the vines. SyrahGerman shepherd, 6Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville I want grapes. All the grapes. But the humans say no. They…

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Visit Virginia | Shockoe Bottom, Richmond

Once the site of bondage and commerce, Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom is now home to high-end eats and shopping. Turn your back on the shiny high rises and gleaming white Capitol building in downtown Richmond. Head downhill instead, toward the river, toward a section of town with cobblestone streets, where enslaved people once trudged in coffles…

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Visit Virginia | Roanoke, Star City of the South

Virginia’s largest city west of Richmond has grown into a destination for food, art and the outdoors. The man bellies up to the dimpled counter at Roanoke’s Texas Tavern, under a sign that reads, “We seat 1,000 people, 10 at a time,” and orders his meal in a code familiar to locals. “I’ll take a…

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Brian Boggs, Master of The Chair

A lifetime of tinkering has led Brian Boggs to create a line of innovative woodworking tools, and some of the world’s finest chairs. “I’ve always been kind of intense,” Boggs says, “but if I’m going to do something, especially for this long, I want to know it inside and out.” Brian Boggs made what some…

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