Virginia has over 500 miles of Appalachian Trail, bustling boardwalks at Virginia Beach and a wealth of well-preserved historical sites. In Leesburg you can visit Balls Bluff Battlefield, Oatlands Plantation, or Dodona Manor, the home of General George C. Marshall. The beautiful Shenandoah Valley offers history and heritage at the Frontier Culture Museum and Cyrus McCormick’s Farm, where the inventor of the reaper revolutionized agricultural practices forever. Virginia’s vibrant musical traditions are celebrated along the 300 mile long Crooked Road, a heritage trail that marks notable spots like the Carter Family Fold, a rustic music shed that seats 1000 people each Saturday for performances of traditional Appalachian music. But Virginia isn’t all backwoods charm and antiquated tradition, it lives very much in contemporary times and exemplifies this in the open concept design of such places as Luminhaus, a modern mountain retreat in Amherst, and Aloft Chesapeake, a sleek hotel in the Hampton Roads region. Wineries and breweries such as the Albermarle CiderWorks and the Artisinal Wineries of Rappahannock invite visitors to imbibe in uniquely Virginian beverages. In Arlington, medical excellence is demonstrated by the many accolades and commendations received by the Virginia Hospital Center, a teaching hospital associated with Georgetown University.