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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY FOR FALL/WINTER IN VIRGINIA 2020
Hubbard Peanut Company opened its new location called The Hubs Vine, located in Franklin. The store will serve a variety of coffee drinks made with freshly roasted and ground Three Ships coffee. Hubs Virginia Peanuts and other unique items are also available in the gift shop.
The Blackburn Inn in Staunton has announced the addition of a 2,500 square foot spa. The Spa at The Blackburn, located in the Wellness and Conference Center on the hotel grounds, is Staunton’s first spa and will offer facials, massage, reflexology, and nail treatments.
River City Food Tours is now offering neighborhood scavenger hunts in Richmond. Step outside for some fresh air, stretch your legs, and learn a few neat things about the neighborhood. The in-app scavenger hunt will show a map of the neighborhood with all points of interest and provides at least 2-3 hours of outdoor entertainment. It can be played individually or as a small team, and they’re all family friendly.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is a brand new five-acre corn maze and fall festival coming to Lovingston in Nelson County.
The Barter Theatre in Abingdon is offering four socially distant family friendly productions as part of its Barter at the Moonlite Drive In series. “Mary Poppins,” an evening with singer and storyteller Eugene Wolf, “Dracula,” “Sleepy Hollow” and two live holiday productions, “Frosty” and “A Christmas Carol” will be performed live at the Moonlite and simulcast onto the big screen. Patrons relax in their extra wide parking spots and get a closer look from the simulcast projected on the big screen.
Natural Bridge State Park will unveil a new LOVEwork created by renowned artist Mark Cline in late 2020.
The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum in Gordonsvile, named one of the most haunted historic locations in Virginia, will now be hosting night tours. Visitors will be taken on a guided tour through the museum and hopefully hear from their resident spirits as they talk about the history of the Exchange Hotel.
Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement, October 23 & 24 – A Halloween-themed museum night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for young children and families features trick-or-treating, grisly games, ghostly tales, haunted houses and spooky ships. An evening ticketed event. Following new safety and social distancing protocols.
Shocktober, the Arc of Loudoun’s largest fundraising event, announces its all-virtual fall 2020 lineup, including live-streaming celebrity events, online Shocktober Haunt Classes, a “Why We Shock” fundraising campaign, and much more.
Primland, the luxury boutique resort is set on 12,000 acres of pristine Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia, will host a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving weekend, celebrating Native American month and honoring Primland’s rich Native American heritage. Guests can learn more about these and other traditions with a weekend of storytelling, dance, ceremonial dress presentations, experiential workshops, and a Thanksgiving Feast.
The town of Onancock will offer a Christmas Driving Tour on Dec. 12 with town wide decorations and a 20-tree display at historic Kerr Place. The two-mile route starts at Historic Onancock School led by the one and only Santa Claus.
Dominion Energy Garden of Lights at the Norfolk Botanical Garden offers a drive thru of more than 1 million twinkling lights within the garden.
After a wildly popular debut in 2019, Illuminights is returning to Explore Park in Roanoke for the 2020 holiday season. This “Winter Walk of Lights” is an outdoor walking tour on a half-mile wooded path through a dazzling display of over 500,000 lights.
The annual Big Lick Downtown Countdown takes place outside in Downtown Roanoke’s Market Square on New Year’s Eve. Live music, vendors, and a “Star” drop (a nod to the iconic Roanoke Star).