I often get asked what my inspirations are for my stories. More often than not, they come from actual places I’ve been to and things I’ve seen. Living in the very center of Virginia, it seems as if most of the inspiration I’m looking for is only a car ride away. One of my favorite spots, and the closest, is Lynchburg, Virginia’s Riverwalk Trail. It’s over three miles of paved trails that let you take in the Lynchburg’s riverfront area, its historic Point of Honor home and the natural beauty of the James River while you cross over to nearby Amherst County. There’s also Amazement Square for the kids nearby and plenty of local restaurants to pick from just a street above the trail.
Charlottesville, Virginia is a nice day trip for the family. The town is not only known for being home to the University Of Virginia, but, Monticello, the home of the third President of the United States and founder of UVA, is a favorite tourist spot. After taking the tour of the home, be sure to stop by Mitchie’s Tavern, which offers visitors colonial style fare. (We often stop at the Colleen Drive-In in Lovingston on our way back.
It’s hard to miss, with a giant ice cream cone sign in front!)
Another fun day trip is just up the road to Staunton. While Gypsy Hill Park is a family friendly place with tons of things to do, one of my daughter’s favorites is the Frontier Culture Museum that features exhibits of American, English, Irish, German and West African farms and homes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Be prepared to do some walking and to see plenty of chickens and cows!
While Williamsburg is a personal favorite for a trip, I often prefer to spend a few days there just to have enough time to get everything done. Not only does it offer the infamous amusement park, Busch Gardens, there’s also Colonial Williamsburg which is like stepping back in time to the 18th century! While you’re in the area, you might as well venture to nearby Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, and Yorktown, the last battle and surrender grounds of the Revolutionary War.
There’s plenty more the great Commonwealth of Virginia has to offer. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay (and everything in between), there are plenty of fun and exciting adventures to take.
Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and still lives in the same small town she grew up in. She developed a love of writing at an early age, is “old school” when it comes to writing and is a hoarder of more pens, post-it notes and writing journals than she’ll ever need. Isla likes to write different types of stories from romance to mystery and loves a “happy for now but there could be some bad things coming” feel.
When Isla’s not writing, she spends her time being called “Mom, Mama, Mommy” (well, you get the picture) by her daughter. She’s also a “pet human” to a plethora of cats and enjoys reading a good biography or ghost story, traveling even though“there’s no place like home”, good music played loud and walking.
Isla loves movies and is the movie mistakes editor at Bellaonline.com where she talks about…well…movies. Her book, “Asylum Harbor”, and novella, “A Voice in the Dark”, is available now. She’s offering a hard copy of that novel if you’ll just leave a comment for entry to win. Leave contact info so she can contact you if you win.
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