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In the premier issue of Virginia Living, learn from Elizabeth Thalhimer herself about Thalhimers’ 150-year-old family business, lose yourself in the beauty of the 10 best views in the state, and sample Virginia wines. Fill up on classic home-style eggnog recipes, and visit the progressive Shenville Creamery. Relax at The Homestead Spa while enjoying its oldest treatment—“The Cure”—and listen in to Trackside, Virginia’s weekly radio horse racing talk show. Trace the return of the Virginia oyster, and gather holiday decorating tips and more in Virginia Living’s first-ever issue.

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    British Afternoon Teas in Virginia

    To point the pinkie or to not point the pinkie? The question is eternal, but if you’re a tea afficionado and enjoy sipping from a china cup, you have plenty of options to immerse yourself in a modern-yet-proper very British tea. Read more


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    National Botanic Garden

    The highest point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains is a 550-foot, man-made mountain in Chantilly at the National Botanic Garden. Its creator is nature lover, businessman, and co-owner Peter Knop, who spent 30 years creating it. Read more


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    William and Mary's Marriage

    The bride, 15-year-old Mary, cried through the ceremony, hardly swept off her feet by the groom, her first cousin William. Introduced a few days earlier, she’d
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