July 4th Hot Spots: Cool Places in Southern Virginia to Celebrate Independence Day

July 4th is right around the corner, and if you're looking for fireworks or a grand celebration, Southern Virginia and surrounding area is booming with places and ways to celebrate our great nation's independence! These patriotic celebrations will have you waving Old Glory in your Red, White, and Blue before you can say Yankee Doodle Dandy! Take a look at this list, and hopefully you'll find something fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 Race and Fireworks

South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia: Get your FIREWORKS fix started this Thursday, July 3 at the South Boston Speedway! Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology Presents Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR Late Model 200 / Limited 100 / Pure Stock 50 with fireworks to follow this July 3 at the South Boston Speedway. Tickets $15, available at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center. For details, see www.southbostonspeedway.com

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Best Places for Picking Strawberries in Halifax County, Virginia


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.

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Top Ten Wine-Tastic Gift Ideas of 2013!

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."

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VIRginia International Raceway Club Member Day


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…

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Welcome to South Boston and Halifax County, Virginia! We're so glad you're here!

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.

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