Local musicians launch Kickstarter campaign to release American Train Collective album

Eight young musicians, all with ties to Hampton Roads, wrote an album during a four-day train trip across the country. They recorded their original tunes in Virginia Beach and want to inspire other musicians.

Members from the American Train Collective rehearse songs the night before they record their debut album. Photos courtesy Matt Fattal

The American Train Collective consists of eight young musicians and they are in no hurry to become recording music icons. Because what they accomplished last summer was even more rewarding than any sold-out international world tour or multi-million dollar record label deal. The whole group went on an epic four-day train trip across the country […]

In the wake of Atlanta’s bridge collapse, VDOT assures Hampton Roads’ bridges are safe

Before the summer travel season heats up in Williamsburg, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to reassure drivers that the many bridges and highways in the state are safe to drive.

James River Bridge taken from the Hampton side. (Photo courtesy VDOT)

As the the summer travel season rolls toward the horizon,  motorists living in the Historic Triangle will rely more on area bridges to get around. In the wake of Atlanta’s I-85 bridge collapse due to a fire last week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to reassure drivers that the many bridges and highways in […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center

Visitors have come to the museum from throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Many have at least heard of the Pamunkey people, thanks to one well-known member of the tribe: Pocahontas.

Pamunkey woman Kim Cook Taylor shows young visitors a collage of past and present members of the Pamunkey Tribe. Photo courtesy Ben Swenson

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.    Southeastern Virginia touts several remarkable historical sites, but […]

Spring is back in Williamsburg: Time to visit these Virginia State Parks

From collecting shark teeth at York River State Park to getting cozy inside a yurt at Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore, there is no reason not to visit any of these beautiful venues in the coming months.

There is a open beach that allows dogs and a designated swimming beach at Kiptopeke State Park. Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks

Virginia is for lovers and it’s also home to one of the greatest state park systems in the country. Virginia State Parks, which are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, are consistently rated the best in the nation. Ever since the first Virginia state park opened 81 years ago, they have been […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: National Museum of the Marine Corps

Visitors to the museum do not need a personal connection to the Marine Corps to find meaning within its walls. The dynamic galleries fill in the details of the watershed moments in American military history.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.    The fringes of Virginia’s Interstate highways are not […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Aberdeen Farm in Smithfield, VA

Colby Fairchild, a Virginia Beach native, is the executive chef and farm manager at this sprawling 1,000-acre estate, which features private beach access, hunting, hiking and even Fairchild’s famous oyster roast.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.   After Colby Fairchild graduated from Johnson & Wales […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Williamsburg Tasting Trail

The local craft beverage scene in the Historic Triangle is expanding and because the thirsty visitors from Hampton Roads are lining up, businesses are also offering guided tours that provide transportation.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.    It’s the most common question craft beverage makers […]

W&M ice hockey captain enjoys ‘cultural education’ during European tour with U.S. national team

“I had never been on a trip like this before,” said senior Julian Kell, who added five new stamps to his passport in two weeks as a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national team.

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Growing up in northern Virginia, Julian Kell got used to traveling for ice hockey tournaments. During many of these trips, there would always be a little time to also see the sights. A visit to New York City allowed his youth league team to explore the Statue Of Liberty. Then there was a trip to […]

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