Vir­ginia on list of best places to visit in 2019

From­mer’s in­cludes travel hot spots such as France, Brazil

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Local News - By Robyn Sider­sky Staff writer Robyn Sider­sky, 757-222-5117, robyn.sider­[email protected]­lo­ton­line.com

From­mer’s has pub­lished its top places to visit in 2019 — a list in­clud­ing ex­otic lo­cales in Brazil, Sin­ga­pore and France. And Vir­ginia.

Next year is the 400th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Jamestown colony, which is what got the pow­er­house guide­book pub­lisher’s at­ten­tion.

“One of our Amer­i­can au­thors sug­gested Vir­ginia and we thought, it’s been such a tu­mul­tuous time po­lit­i­cally in the United States and we just came off a very hard-fought elec­tion, what bet­ter time to high­light and cel­e­brate what was the first rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment in the Amer­i­cas?” said Pauline From­mer, the com­pany’s ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor.

She said From­mer’s uses lo­cal jour­nal­ists to write its book and asks them what is hap­pen­ing in their des­ti­na­tions and des­ti­na­tions near them.

“Are there places that are go­ing to be like a fine wine, bet­ter in this year than oth­ers?” she said they ask. That can take many forms — whether a place is un­usu­ally af­ford­able, like Tahiti, or some­where com­ing back that wasn’t safe be­fore, like Egypt.

She said they were im­pressed by the events Vir­ginia has planned to high­light the an­niver­sary. The en­try men­tions Vir­ginia’s year­long Amer­i­can Evo­lu­tion pro­gram.

Events planned around the state in­clude a per­for­mance about the ar­rival of Eu­ro­pean women and African slaves that’s part of the Vir­ginia Arts Fes­ti­val in Nor­folk, an ex­hibit at the Vir­ginia mu­seum of His­tory and Cul­ture in Rich­mond and a women’s rights mon­u­ment in Capi­tol Square.

“In other words, Vir­ginia in­tends to stay woke all year long,” the 2019 list said.

From­mer said you could ar­gue that the story of Amer­ica starts in Vir­ginia. And Vir­ginia isn’t shy­ing away from its darker his­tory, like slav­ery and treat­ment of women, she said.

“We got re­ally ex­cited by Vir­ginia’s up­com­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion of its found­ing, which we felt is be­ing done in a re­ally thought­ful way,” she said. “You may be over it in Vir­ginia be­cause you’re con­stantly sur­rounded by it, but we think there will be a fresh take on Amer­i­can his­tory play­ing out this year,” she said.

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