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This month Inn Virginia features wonderful events for couples, families, and history lovers. You won't want to miss out on what we have in store for you in February!

Virginia is for Lovers
It's the season of love! What better place to spend Valentine's Day than in the state for lovers? Visit Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation in Williamsburg to take in the Valentine's James River Plantation Progressive Tour with your loved one. Every Saturday evening at the plantation this month will feature fireside cider and cookies, as well as elegant dining. If you feel like taking in a romantic show, why not go to Todd Ellison's "Love on Broadway" at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax? There will be a full evening of the most romantic Broadway songs, sung by some of the best Broadway vocalists. "It Had to Be You" and "The Way We Were" will be just a few of the hits featured. At the Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, stop by the Valentine's Beer Dinner for a more laid back take on the holiday, treating your Valentine to a 5-course dinner complimented by special seasonal brews. For wine lovers, drop by the Valentine's Day Wine Dinner at DelFosse Winery in Faber for a romantic evening including a 5-course dinner paired with local vintages. At Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, dine on a special couple's menu, including wine and chocolate, and listen to live music at the Valenwine Dinner and Music event. There are free gifts for newlyweds at Peaks of Otter Winery this holiday in Bedford, so come and sample delicious vintages while relaxing by a roaring fire. For a children's holiday event, stop by the Victorian Valentine Celebration and Tea at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton to enjoy a museum scavenger hunt for Victorian objects, learn ballroom dance, make Victorian crafts, and sample tea and sweets. As you can see, there's no better place to spend the holiday for lovers than Virginia.

Celebrate Black History Month
Virginia is filled with opportunities to learn about important landmarks in American history, and February in particular is a time when many locations in our state hold events honoring the history of African Americans. At Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg and Yorktown Victory Center, attend during "From Africa to Virginia" Theme Month to learn about the first known Africans in Virginia and the experience of Africans living in Virginia in the 17th century. A special Gospel Concert will be held at The Reynolds Homestead in Critz to celebrate Black History Month, and the Black Box Theatre in Martinsville will be staging "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till". "Follow the Drinking Gourd" at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News to learn about how slaves used songs and the stars to find their way to freedom. This planetarium production, suitable for all ages, will feature original artwork by Jeanette Winter and music by Lovey Williams. Take a Black History Month tour in Manassas when you visit the Liberia Plantation. Learn about the people who lived there through a full basement-to-attic guided tour. At the Dabbs House Museum in Henrico, visit "African Americans at Dabbs House: A Hidden History" to learn about the role African Americans played in local history, including the Battle of New Market Heights. Attend the Annual Black History Month Lecture at James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg to learn about the enslaved community of James Monroe from Loudon County historians Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer, followed by a reception. There is so much to do and learn about Virginia history during Black History Month.

Special Events for a Special Month
February is a month that stands out, and it boasts unique attractions that can't be found at any other time of year. The Urbanna Chili Plunge is an exciting event where participants can compete in a chili cook-off before jumping into the chilly waters of Urbanna Creek! Have fun, heat up, cool down, and relax with good music and fellowship at this one-of-a-kind celebration. At the Annual Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, commune with oenophiles from across the nation for an enormous celebration of vintages from around Virginia and this year's guest region South Africa. Meet chefs, taste, and have the opportunity to buy more than 400 Virginia wines, as well as dozens of South African wines. The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the Hampton Roads Convention Center will also feature visitors from across the nation, displaying the work of textile artists who have kept this traditional American craft alive and thriving. So be sure to come and take part in some of the special events which make February in Virginia such a unique time of year.


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