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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Vacation on Wheels . . . a mobile Airbnb

It’s hard being new parents. You bring home your new acquisition, stare at it incredulously with doe-eyed wonder, with equal parts joy and intimidation. “We got it home and said, ‘What have we done?! We don’t even know how to use it!'” Laureen Blakemore of Blacksburg offers, thinking back to the days when they hadn’t

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Brick Road Drama Camp . . . day camp for special needs kids

You know the not-so-old saw now: There’s an app for that! In the old days, kids went to summer day camp for swimming, crafts and assorted activities. Now there are day camps for dance, cheerleading, technology, bugs,...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Exploring Virginia’s section of the Appalachian Trail

In order to assay the grandiosity that is the Appalachian Trail, one need look no further than the inspired words of author and novice hiker Bill Bryson (“A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

All the Comforts of Camping

Perhaps we all have that friend. That friend who enthusiastically seizes any opportunity to publicly brandish the joy of zipping into a sleeping bag to slumber under the stars. Maybe we are that friend. With the onset...

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Friday, November 13th, 2020

Mickey Mouse Goes to Town

‘Twas about three weeks before Christmas, and Michael* (nickname Mickey) and Minerva* (nickname Minnie) Vole* sought an adventure away from home. But alas, packages might be delivered. What to do? Ah, those pesky, jolly, amusing neighbors, the...

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Friday, November 13th, 2020

10 Colorful Hikes in the New River Valley

Can you feel the change in the air? The trails beckon with technicolored foliage against bright blue skies of autumn in the New River Valley. Are you in need of hike ideas? Read on for the top...

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Thursday, November 5th, 2020

10 Colorful Hikes in the NRV

Can you feel the change in the air? The trails beckon with technicolored foliage against bright blue skies of autumn in the New River Valley. Are you in need of hike ideas? Read on for the top...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Experience the transition from summer to fall, NRV-style

How fortunate we are in Southwest Virginia to boast a well-rounded calendar year. We mark winter for snowfall (seemingly less these days, but still a treat), and spring for flowers, rushing creeks and the tease of consistently...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Soaring for a Sense of Accomplishment

One day recently Robert Nickell sat in a rocking chair on the front porch of the business he and his wife, Joanna, run, Buffalo Mountain Ziplines. Located in Floyd near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the zipline course...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Paddling through the NRV

For those looking for a new perspective to enjoy the New River Valley, on the water may be your best bet. Traversing the landscape with the flow of water takes the visitor on a new journey with...

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