There are many reasons we are so fortunate to live in rural America, in such a beautiful and fertile part of the world, in the midst of such a rich agricultural community. One of those reasons is our access to so many fresh off the vine fruits, from berries in the spring and into the summer, to autumn apples and pumpkins, and even Christmas trees at winter's brink. Some of my earliest and favorite memories involve picking blackberries with my great grandparents on their rural Virginia farm. What is about picking fresh berries that we love? Is it the feeling of warmth so early in the year, sunshine on our cheeks and necks, the strangely sweet and earthy smell of freshly plowed fields? Maybe it is the instant gratification of enjoying the literal fruits of your labor. Maybe it is the sweet strawberries themselves. For me, it is all those things, plus the faces of my children studying each berry to make sure it is ripe enough, carefully making their selections, and the looks of delight on their smiling faces as they fill up each berry basket, sweet as strawberry pie.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced that Halifax County Department of Tourism in partnership with Mecklenburg County and Virginia State Parks has been awarded $10,000 through the state’s Virginia is for Lovers Marketing Leverage Grant Program for their blueway project.
The proposed Halifax-Mecklenburg Blueway is to be comprised of four rivers and one lake spanning the two counties with access points in the counties’ three Virginia State Parks. The goal of the blueway project is to create a water-based trail system that will link the diﬀerent assets found on the rivers and lake in an effort improve, enhance and preserve the environmental, historic and recreational opportunities on the rivers and lake. Funding was granted for identity development, branding, and marketing of this endeavor, to include logo design, brochures publication, website design and development, and marketing campaigns designed to promote one of the greatest tourism assets of Southern Virginia-outdoor recreation. The blueway, which will include launch points, camping locations, and points of interest, will target a fast growing segment of tourism targeting and provide a more cohesive recreational experience for those visiting.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! At the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, it is also the Most Wine-Tastic Time of the Year! For the month of December, we are offering a special opportunity for our local wine lovers and gift givers. Purchase 3 bottles of wine and receive a 10% discount, or purchase 6 bottles of wine or more, and receive a 15% discount. Currently available in the Visitor Center's gift shop are wines from Halifax County's own Bright Meadows, Greenwood, Hunting Creek, and Molliver Vineyards, as well as neighboring Rosemont, Sans Soucy, The Homeplace, and Annefield Vineyards and Wineries, all of which are part of the greater Southern Virginia Wine Trail.
Are you looking for fresh and fun gift giving ideas? Do you want to be prepared for the unexpected and handle last minute holiday stress with grace and style? Do you want to support your local friends and neighbors? If you answered "Yes!" to any of these, I present to you my "Top Ten Wine-Tastic Gift Giving Ideas for 2013."
Whenever travelers make an unplanned stop at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center, operated by the Halifax County tourism Department, they often ask with a smile and a question mark on their face, “What is there to do in…South Boston, Virginia?” Without hesitation, I confidently answer that for a county and town as small as we are, one would be surprised at how much there is to do here!
One way for locals and visitors, alike, to find out what is happening in our community is to view the community calendar at the Halifax County Tourism Department’s website at www.gohalifaxva.com. My goal at work today was to add ten events to our calendar for the remainder of November and upcoming December 2013. Within two hours, I had easily surpassed my goal, adding 13 events to the items already on the calendar. Whether you are a local looking for something fun to do or ways to support your local neighbors, or you are visiting the area and in search of local flavor, you might be interested in the following:
As I pulled up the website for the Virginia International Raceway this afternoon, I saw there on the home page information about the VIR Club Member Driving Days with a link to find out how one can join VIR and enjoy personal driving days for themselves at the world renowned road course here in Halifax County, Virginia. VIR is well known for its high end road course racing, karting, and race events that they play host to throughout the year, but did you know that as an individual that you can become a member of this prestigious club resort?
My husband and I, along with our two children and their friend, were recently invited to attend a Club Day at VIR for members and their guests, during which time members are invited to drive the track in their own cars, race others for good spirited fun, socialize, network, and enjoy the culinary fare, lodging, and many other amenities that the resort has to offer. It would take a month of Sundays to write about each amenity and aspect of VIR, and I plan to do so in a series of future blogs…
Welcome to our community, and welcome to the South Boston and Halifax County Tourism Blog. Feel free to make yourself at home.
From behind the desk of the South Boston-Halifax Visitor Center, a gift shop full of local history books, local wines, and local arts and jewelry is to my left, brochures for restaurants, lodging, attractions and events are to my right, and iconic agriculture, racing, and state park memorabilia are all around. On the other side of the glass front double doors, cars of locals and visitors cross the intersection of Highway 58 and Route 360. It is from this point of view that I witness a kaleidoscope of who and what makes up South Boston and Halifax County in this region we call Southside Virginia: the residents, visitors, passersby, the stories, history, families, and, of course, the friendships.