Where to Stay in Virginia 2022
- The Keswick Hall resort went through an extensive, multi-year renovation, that included adding additional guest rooms, a new restaurant (Marigold) featuring world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and other luxurious amenities. The property officially re-opened its doors to the public in fall of 2021.
- The Archer Tysons is a 178-room boutique hotel in Tysons, and only the seventh property for the award-winning boutique brand that places major emphasis on local discoveries, with a distinct nod to the destination each property calls home. The Archer Tysons greets guests with a spirit of casual elegance – lofted ceilings, exposed brick, and industrial-chic design – and hones in on the “Virginia is for Lovers” brand featuring an impressive variety of Virginia-focused art and products. Nestled in Tysons’ up-and-coming neighborhood, Scotts Run, and adjacent to the new Capital One Center complex, The Archer Tysons also features a buzzy hotel bar called AKB, stylish event space, and unique design palettes.
- Key West Cottages at Chincoteague Bay this summer are adding 33 additional cottages, a pool, a waterfront beach on the bay and a lobby / reception location. There will be opportunities for boat docking, paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga and event options such as retreats and weddings.
- Orlesa Farms, previously a top ranked Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Venue, this historic property was vacated in early 2020, had new owners mid 2021, underwent a restructuring process to be Shenandoah Valley’s newest wedding – event venue & luxury lodging, and fully opened November 2021.
- The Liberty Trust, originally constructed as a bank headquarters in 1910 in downtown Roanoke, underwent a full historic restoration as part of its transformation into a 54-room luxury lifestyle hotel which opened in March
- Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards in Bristol opened the Nicewonder Inn in April. This 28-room luxury boutique inn boasts inviting common areas, a world-class culinary and wine program, and beautifully appointed rooms ranging from 325ft to 650ft, highlighted by a 1200 sq. ft. “presidential” suite, all overlooking some of the most beautiful scenery on property.
Where to Eat & Drink in Virginia 2022
- Southern Revere Cellars in Louisa opened in late 2021 offering craft beer, cider and wine. In addition, they have an onsite “farm to table” style business on location.
- Hatch Local Food Hall is a curated collection of local food vendors opened in March on the ground floors of The Current building in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. The food hall contains seven local vendors, two bars, a market, private event spaces and outdoor patio and courtyard.
- Flying Ace Farm Brewery opened in 2021 but will continue to expand in 2022. Located on a 55-acre working farm of a former Air Force pilot, Flying Ace is the Loudoun’s first farm brewery and distillery. In 2022, a restored barn on the premises is set to serve as an outpost of Purcellville-based Monk’s BBQ.
- Chiswell Farm & Winery has opened its doors to the public in late 2021. The Monticello Wine Trail now has 40+ wineries associated with it.
- A new, elevated, dining experience made its debut in Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront. Oscar’s Oceanside ignites all your senses with its refined décor, impressive contemporary cuisine, which includes steaks, pastas and the freshest local seafood and dazzling waterfront views.
- Newly opened in fall 2021, Seed to Tail Kitchen & Market is a gourmet sandwich shop and fresh market filled with the local farm’s bounty as well as delicious and cool products from Staunton and the surrounding area. The menus are inspired by the seasons and the regional cuisine of the Mid-Atlantic.
- Barrel Chest Wine & Beer opened their new 2,000-sq. ft. location in October 2021 and debuted Roanoke’s first self-pour system for beer and wine. The new location is closer to Downtown Roanoke and features a sitting space, and full deli case for their cheese and charcuterie program.
- 404 Cafe & Creamery, serving hand dipped ice cream, coffee, baked goods, and light lunch fare opened in Big Stone Gap in early 2022.
What to Do in Virginia 2022
- Iron Pony Adventure Park, Chincoteague Island’s newest attraction for family fun, recently opened to the public. Guests can climb to new heights & experience the thrill of 30+ aerial obstacles on 2 full levels. Take yourself to the edge and try the pony plunge, a 26-foot-high leap of faith.
- Kings Dominion debuted Virginia’s first 4D Spin Coaster in March. Tumbili suspends riders on either side of the track as the cars flip continuously throughout the ride. Featuring state-of-the-art magnetic technology that induces and controls spinning, this 4D Spin Coaster gives riders the feeling of weightlessness as they cruise along the track tumbling and spinning head over heels in the rainforest tree canopy.
- Capital One Center, a vibrant, mixed-use entertainment epicenter has arrived in Tysons. Features include a new performing arts center called Capital One Hall and a 1.2-acre skypark that brings an amphitheater and biergarten anchored by Starr Hill Brewery, a dog park, a sculpture garden, a pop-up food truck experience, and mini-golf to Fairfax County.
- Harrisonburg has just added a new African-American Heritage Tour called Roots Run Deep. It highlights significant sites associated with Harrisonburg’s African-American residents and history. The tour is available through a printed brochure and the TRAIPSE app.
- Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Zoo will celebrate their 70th anniversary/birthday on July 4, 2022.
- The Back of the Dragon, Virginia’s only designated motorcycle route and the premier riding road on the East Coast, has new improvements, including new, motorcycle-friendly lodging on the Smyth County side, new scenic overlook at Hungry Mother State Park completed fall 2021, and new Back of the Dragon Welcome Center in Tazewell.