Virginia on list of best places to visit in 2019
Frommer’s includes travel hot spots such as France, Brazil
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.