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When it comes to spirits made in Virginia there is one undisputed king – bourbon. It gets all the press. Some even argue that the sweet brown liquor was born here. But the truth is fruit brandy has a longer, and possibly grander, history in the commonwealth.

To really get in touch with the earth, consider a journey to – and through – the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, an engineering marvel in Nelson County.

You needn’t navigate the Rhine for a taste of Switzerland: Just head to Ravensworth Shopping Center in Springfield. The Swiss Bakery and Pastry Shop is right at the Capital Beltway’s interchange with Braddock Road in Northern Virginia, and its European artisan breads, pastries and cakes are …

The White House, the U.S. Capitol and other historic buildings in the nation’s capital have their roots – well, their original stone – based firmly in Virginia. They initially were built with Aquia Creek sandstone that was quarried at Government Island, just a few miles north of Fredericksbu…

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