Bluegrass at the Floyd Country Store

The town of Floyd is a quick detour off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia. Part of the famed Crooked Road musical heritage trail, Floyd is a renowned stop for music-lovers seeking their salvation in the twang-y notes of traditional Americana bluegrass. This November, I spent less than 12 hours in Floyd and [...]

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DC Road Trip to Middleburg, Virginia

Trip Overview: For this DC Road Trip, we focus on the quaint town of Middleburg, Virginia. Known as the nation’s “Horse and Hunt Capital,” Middleburg is an upscale rural escape that’s just about an hour away from the nation’s capital. Its historic district dates back to the 1700s and is listed on the National Register of [...]

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3-Day Weekend: Last Minute Travel Tips

The Christmas holiday may feel long gone, but with the upcoming President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, ’tis is the season for the 3-day weekend!  If you’re tight on vacay-days, then a 3-day holiday weekend is the perfect solution for your restless and travel-deprived soul. A 3-day weekend allows you to have a little adventure [...]

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5 Things I Love About Roanoke

This past November, I hit the road for an Old School Virginia Road Trip. My first stop was Roanoke, a city about 3 1/2 hours away from D.C. that I had heard about, but never visited before. With my limited knowledge, Roanoke was faceless with ambiguous features. But after my day and a half of [...]

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10 Places To Visit in 2014

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton Are you thinking ahead towards next year’s travels and looking for some inspiration a little closer to home? I’ve compiled my list of the [...]

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My Favorite Places of 2013

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time to reflect on some of my favorite travels from the past 365 days! 2013 marked an important shift here at Packed Suitcase. While I had started #TravelLocal adventuring in October 2012, this year I focused on it nearly exclusively. I’m determined to become the go-to [...]

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New Feature: “My Travel Map”

Today, I’m excited to share a new feature on PackedSuitcase.com designed to help you find relevant travel inspiration quickly and easily. Introducing “My Travel Map,” a handy map that both visually shows locations that are featured on this blog, as well as lists all published blogs for each location. As new places are visited and [...]

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Primland: A Five-Star Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat

As we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway deeper and deeper into the heart of south-western Virginia, we passed regional landmarks like Round Meadow Creek and the Mayberry Trading Post before turning onto Squirrel Spur Road, which snaked through the mountains on a scenic and serpentine path. Then, a sign:   It’s a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment, but [...]

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Discovering “Old School” Virginia

The first weekend of November, I packed up my car and headed out to discover the “Old School” side of Virginia. Found all over the state — from the largest city to the smallest town– Old School Virginia shares glimpses of a simpler time. A nostalgic blast from the past where the traditions of years [...]

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Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The amber sunlight came streaming through the waning trees, hitting my face with a staccato rhythm. As we drove a 60-odd mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Meadows of Dan, Virginia, the sun felt closer than normal, the shadows more defined… a reminder that autumn has nearly come to a close. This [...]

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