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The Blue Ridge to the Bay: A Rappahannock River Odyssey

As many of you probably already know, I am very partial to rivers, and I found this great Facebook page this morning.

The Blue Ridge to the Bay: A Rappahannock River Odyssey

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In April 2015 Friends of the Rappahannock volunteer Brent Hunsinger will paddle the Rappahannock from close to the source to the mouth where it meets the Chesapeake Bay. The intent of the paddle is to raise funds for Friends of the Rappahannock and awareness of the Rappahannock Rivers past, present, and future. Along the way we will highlight the many historical, natural, and cultural aspects of the river. We will also seek to document the challenges the river faces. Stay tuned on ways you can follow along before and during the odyssey and how to donate to help protect the Rappahannock!

It looks like Brent put in close to the headwaters of the Rappahannock on Sunday. He has already posted 11 times with photos. It looks like he is planning to be out there for about 2 weeks. I am definitely following his posts! You can see his original video right before he put in and follow his journey at

The photo is the first one he posted-I’m pretty sure it’s the 647 bridge close to Orlean and Hume-been there many times. Maybe I can talk to him when he returns from his trip and see if we can feature some of his photos.

Wishing you good weather and an awesome trip, Brent! What an great time of the year to be out there on the river. Stay warm!

New Autumn Issue Available

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Pick up a copy of the Fall 2014 issue, on newsstands now! Click the following link to find the closest location to you:

Our newest issue includes our annual fall art guide with artwork from around the Piedmont.

Featured stories include Virginia’s Moonshiners, Hot Air Ballooning in the Blue Ridge, lamb recipes, two local art clubs: The Loudoun Sketch Club and Firnew Farm’s Artists’ Circle, photo contest winners and more!

Take a peak at other featured articles on our homepage:


A First Birthday Bash at Salamander

Middleburg – Salamander Resort & Spa is celebrating its first anniversary with a fun-filled Birthday Bash over Labor Day Weekend featuring numerous activities, contests and packages.


On Friday, August 29, exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors, the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person.

On Saturday, August 30, there will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, including Carriage Rides, an Ice Cream Social and a Middleburg Scavenger Hunt, while the resort’s new Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower is offering special birthday pricing of $123 per tour. The day winds down with a Family Movie on the Grand Lawn beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The resort’s birthday weekend culminates on Sunday, August 31, with an Epicurience Brunch Spectacular from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy numerous culinary selections, including bountiful breakfast choices, carving stations, a seafood display and decadent desserts. There will also be live musical entertainment, bottomless mimosas, Virginia wine tastings and classic family lawn games. Admission is $75 per adult and $18 per child; reservations are required.


Salamander Resort & Spa is also giving away a spectacular Grand Birthday Getaway to one lucky winner valued at $11,111. Everyone in the resort’s e-mail database as of Sunday, August 31 will automatically be entered to win this ultimate getaway for two that includes a two-night stay in the Owner’s Suite, a three-hour private session with Pastry Chef and Food Network Winner Jason Reaves, a horse-drawn carriage ride around the 340-acre property and a 10-course, delicious tasting menu. Both guests will receive 80-minute spa and rasul treatments, as well as a Tree Top Zip Tour and a private Equi-Spective experience. Visit to enter the contest.


Salamander is offering a two-night Birthday Bash Weekend Package that includes luxurious accommodations and two adult tickets to the Epicurience Brunch Spectacular. Package pricing starts at $600 per night, while the resort is also offering a three-day package.

Throughout the weekend, there will be additional birthday specials in the resort’s spa, restaurants and equestrian center – all of which are open to the public year round.

To make event or overnight inquiries about guest room availability and reservations, please call 866-938-7370, visit or email


Airlie’s Winemaker Dinner Series Features Marterella Winery

Airlie Culinary Director Jeff Witte has paired the bounty of the summer garden with the refreshing wine of Marterella Wineryas part of their continuing Winemaker Dinner Series. The collaboration will take place on Friday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

 The evening will start off in the picturesque Local Food Project organic garden on the grounds of Airlie and continue at the Airlie Pavilion.

 Winemaker Kate Marterella and Witte have planned an outstanding five-course meal combining several of Marterella’s favorite selections with Witte’s local farm selected courses.

The menu includes:

 House-Made and Local Charcuterie, Local Artisan Cheeses

Local Food Project organic garden inspired canapé

Rosé, Cabernet Franc 2009

Virginia Craft Beer Selections


Housemade Artisan Breads

Local fruit and vegetable preserves, Airlie honey butter

Chilled Airlie Garden Vegetable Chowder

Local mushroom and garden vegetable terrine, local quail egg, local fromage frais

Vidal Blanc 2010


Skillet Blacked Diver Scallop and Virginia Peach Study

Local peach coulis, deconstructed peach chutney,

fennel & peach salad, garden chile

Pinot Grigio 2010


Chef’s Delightful Seasonal Intermezzo

Pasture-Raised Croftburn Farm NY Strip Steak & Potatoes

Hickory kissed strip steak, dutch oven garden onion, meritage espagnole local corn-bread 7 garden potato mousse with garden green onion oil

Meritage 2009


Southern Threesome Delight

Local berry shortcake, Virginia peach cobbler, local nectarine upside-down cake

‘Grace’ Riesling-Vidal Blanc

The dinner includes a five-course chef’s dinner and paired wines for $110 per person. Airlie also offers a Vintner’s Package for $375, which includes dinner for two, overnight accommodations for two, and breakfast the next morning. Taxes and gratuities not included. For more information and reservations visit or call 540-347-1300.

 Taken from a press release.

Contact: Dianne Murphy


Farm-to-Fork Loudoun Begins with Farm, Fork & Art Event this Wednesday

Jason Lage, chef/owner of Market Table Bistro and Market Burger & Fries with Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm kneeling by one of Crush’s large, black heritage breed sows. Photo by Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm. 

On Wednesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m., Farm-to-Fork Loudoun kicks off with a Farm, Fork & Art event.

Attendees may sample dishes made by four outstanding chefs using ingredients from local farmers, meet chefs and farmers, and enjoy local art.

Chefs at the event include Kiet Ly of Garden of Eatin’, Christopher Edwards of Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill at Salamander Resort & Spa, the team trained under Chef Jason Lage of Market Table Bistro and Market Burger & Fries, and Ian Dieter of Palio Ristorante Italiano.

Farm-to-Fork Loudoun officially kicks off on Thursday, July 24th and runs through Sunday, August 3rd.

The award winning culinary celebration brings together local chefs and restaurant owners with local farmers and wineries

“Farm -to-Fork, an exciting 11-day culinary celebration, presents the lush bounty of locally-sourced foods and beverages to dozens off fine and casual dining establishments this summer,” Heidi Baumstark, contributor for the Piedmont Virginian magazine said in a current article.

This year’s Farm-to- Fork Loudoun will showcase chefs and restaurant owners from 23 restaurants, 14 farmers and eight wineries.

This event provides the opportunity for local chefs to demonstrate their culinary talents, and spotlights the locally grown products Loudoun County has to offer.

Held at the Aloft Hotel, 22390 Flagstaff Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148

For more about Farm-to-Fork Loudoun, pick up a copy of the summer issue of the Piedmont Virginian magazine:

For more information, visit:


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