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Trailheads and camping near Wytheville, VA

Me and my dad are going camping this weekend in the Wytheville, VA area. It's a compromise location with which neither of us are familiar. He's driving down, I'm busing up, and we'll be camping 2 nights. Does anyone have a favorite backcountry camping spot around there, maybe by a stream? (details follow) [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I swim in open water in Fairfax County, Virginia?

I - rather foolishly perhaps - registered for an upcoming triathlon, which will include an open water swim in a local lake. Like a lot of beginning triathletes I gather, I find the swimming portion the most intimidating so I've been taking some lap classes at nearby rec centers, etc. But I'd like to get some open water experience before race day. This is turning out to be the last great taboo. Skateboarding may not be a crime, but it sure looks like swimming is. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jul 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for a very specific place to live in Northern VA/Maryland

Help this sick-to-death of NYC'er find the perfect town somewhere between Bethesda and Annapolis! [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Jul 9, 2014 - 23 answers

POA (and will) in VA

Asking for a friend who lives in Virginia: my friend's mother has had a chronic illness for many years, and over the past year her health has begun to steadily decline, and she has been phasing in and out of bouts of dementia. Lately the bad days seem to be getting more and more frequent. No one has power of attorney at the moment; I'm trying to help him get it in place ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

What to do and see between central Pennsylvania and New Orleans

I'm taking my two daughters to see my family and we're driving, from central Pennsylvania to New Orleans. Here's the basic route. Where should we eat? What should we detour to see? It'll be a two or three day drive. Help us plan it.
posted by Toekneesan on May 24, 2014 - 18 answers

Best online banking in Richmond, VA?

I am moving from the Charlottesville, VA area to the Richmond, VA area this summer, and I need a new bank. My meager business will be awarded to the bank who offers the best online banking experience, particularly in the arena of paying bills online. Richmonders of MeFi? What bank do you love? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Apr 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Nice Places to Eat in Vienna, VA

NOVA Mefites - I am looking for a reasonably-priced, non-chain place for two old friends to eat and hang out while catching up for a couple of hours. We'll eat almost anything...
posted by The Blue Olly on Jan 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Virginia weekend recommendations, please!

Some family is going to be at a conference in the Asheville area in May, and we've decided to meet up somewhere between Asheville and Washington, DC for a weekend stayover. But none of us are very familiar with the area, so we're not sure where to go. Recommendations from locals would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Jan 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Eviction/money issues

Here is the "Question" This is a two part legal/renters rights & money question. Part 1: My roommates are late on January's rent. We have just been served a Notice of Default. Caveat: the information listed on the notice is inaccurate. Part 2:How do we come up with a solid sum of money in short time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2014 - 7 answers

WVa water crisis - who came first?

Which facility was constructed first, the WVa American Water treatment plant, or the Freedom Industries chemical storage place? In other words, did WVAW "come to the nuisance," or did Freedom choose to build upstream from the water plant? what dates was each facility constructed? (and if Freedom came subsequently to WVAW, did the latter protest at the time?)
posted by mmiddle on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Mid-Atlantic summer camps

Can you recommend awesome summer sleepaway camps within some vague driving distance of Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jan 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a vacation spot in NC or Virginia, need help!

I'm planning to travel south from Massachusetts this summer's vacation, Virginia or NC (with elementary aged kids). Looking a home base with beautiful natural scenery, nice little restaurants nearby, and maybe a river to tube down. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Nov 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Anything worth stopping for on a drive from Brooklyn to Emerald Isle?

Driving from Brooklyn, NY to Emerald Isle, NC — via the NJ Turnpike, Delaware 1 and US-13, and Route 17 past Norfolk VA into NC. Anything truly worth checking out along the way, or taking a reasonable detour for? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

This is like the opposite of most DC dining questions.

Best DC-area restaurants that require a car to get to? [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Gubernatorial Race 2013 - Forgot to Update county residence; Same State.

I moved from Fairfax County (VA) to Arlington County (VA) and I've been dragging my feet with updating my voter registration card. Just now, I updated it online but it seems that it will be too late to process. My DMV license is updated to reflect my new residence in Arlington. Can I vote here in Arlington for the 2013 VA Gubernatorial Race? What are my options?
posted by driedmango on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Ad Hoc pub quiz locations in Richmond VA?

I need to organize a pub quiz in Richmond VA for next February in advance of a wedding. Can you recommend venues that might welcome the crowd? The pub quiz would be open to the public.
posted by parmanparman on Oct 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Need an alternative hike to Old Rag in VA

Because of the sequester, my plans for a birthday hike of Old Rag are out. Looking for something within a 2 or 3 hour drive of the D.C. area for Monday, October 14th. Have extensive hiking experience so would like something with a fair amount of miles and am not afraid of difficulty. No climbing, though!
posted by sparringnarwhal on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me help my neighbor avoid a hit and run charge

My neighbor (and friend) has been trying to get her drivers license and her friend has been letting her drive him around. Yesterday she was driving (with him in the car) back to her place. She clipped a car and took off the mirror. (You are not her lawyer....) [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Sep 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Fly Fishing Northern Virginia

Can anyone recommend a stream/river/lake or two within an hour of Leesburg, VA to go fly fishing this weekend? Push comes to shove I'll just drive up to Harper's Ferry and wade into the Potomac, but something a bit more secluded and slower flowing would be better.
posted by ish__ on Sep 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Quiet beaches for a day trip from Baltimore?

Do you have any secret spots within an hour or so of Baltimore that you want to share with the entirety of the internets? Unlike previous AskMes, I don't want to go swimming, or deal with a billion tourists. I just want to go read a good book near the water for a day (ideally on a quiet beach, or in a park near a beach).
posted by JannaK on Jul 12, 2013 - 7 answers

What are some fun day time activities in the DC are for kids?

I have a ten-year-old boy staying with me for the next month in a Maryland suburb of DC. I would love to hear any and all suggestions for activities in the DC area (especially if anyone knows about any kind of baseball day camp or one day programs, anything baseball related). We have been having fun exploring the area but new ideas would be awesome. Thank you.
posted by TallyH on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

SWMDJ ISO ooontzie ooontzie, bass face, & teh wubz

I'm looking for the closest EDM club scenes to my rural location in the USA along the VA-NC border. [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on May 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Moving to college town, sight unseen

Can you suggest where to live--or where to avoid living--in Blacksburg, Virginia, and its environs? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on May 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Sleep in Virginia Beach, play in Hartford, Conn

Florida to New England road trip, [more inside]
posted by misspat on Apr 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Help us avoid TacoMcBurgerbucks!

Good eats in Washington-Dulles/VA/WV area? See specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Apr 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Therapists in Northern Virginia

Can someone recommend therapists for me, my wife, and a marriage counselor in Loudon County Virginia that takes Anthem BC/BS insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2013 - 1 answer

What happened to churches that refused to hold interracial weddings?

Around the time that the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, did any churches lose their tax exempt status either due to (A) political activities related to the fight over interracial marriage or (B) due to the refusal to conduct such marriages for its members? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Mar 25, 2013 - 21 answers

I need helping identifying the era of this photograph.

I was given some photographs of old relatives that were found in a box in my great-grandfather's house after he passed away. All but one photo is someone I can identify. I have no information on that one photo, which is of an old woman standing on a path in front of a farmhouse. I'd like to at least get an idea of the era so I can begin narrowing down the identify of the woman. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I find information about a building?

I have been obsessed with this building in Alexandria, Virginia for years. I want to know more about it - who designed it, when it was built, past tenants, and so forth. Should there be public records available somewhere and if so, where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Cafés in Alexandria, VA where I can hang out and read/write?

Sometimes I just want to get out of the house and read/write by myself with a cup of tea for an hour or three. Where are some cafés in or near Alexandria, Virginia where I can do that without getting nudged to leave? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jan 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Drive or metro to DCA?

Drivers of NoVA: Starting from the intersection of 123/Ox Rd. and 286/Fairfax County Parkway, picking a friend up from DCA/National Airport, flight arriving at 7am this Wednesday. Should I drive the whole way, stop at Franconia-Springfield and take the metro, or some other plan C? What will traffic, parking at F-S, and metro crowding be like and how early should I leave? What effect will the holiday have?
posted by anaelith on Nov 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Buying doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) in or near northern VA?

Where can I find doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) for purchase in or near northern VA? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Oct 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Faber College is not on the shortlist

Help a high school senior pick a public Virginia university! [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Old Country Wedding in the New World

Looking for a rustic wedding venue in the DC/Virginia/MD (and potentially WV) region where the soon-to-be Mrs. Oneironaut and I can take over for the whole weekend, roast whole lambs, have a county fair atmosphere, and have the music and dancing go all night. We want to be able to control the space, have a house and potentially a few cabins available, and be within 30 minutes of a town with hotels. Any leads appreciated! And, this question is similar to this one, but we're anticipating more like 150 people, and don't need to be within an hour of the airport.
posted by oneironaut on Sep 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Need PTSD Help in Richmond, Virginia

This newspaper article is about me. Basically, I have I PTSD and struggle with depression. I am looking for a good therapist in Richmond, Virginia. I've tried a number of them, but have never found a good match. It occurs to me that someone here might know someone, so I thought I'd ask. I found one recommendation from 2009, but would like to find more. Thanks in advance...
posted by orsonet on Sep 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I return the call from a landlord who ignored my dispute letters?

Virginia rental dispute II: Disputed their damages bill into a giant vat of nothingness, and months later they want me to call them back. Should I call them or not? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Sep 10, 2012 - 11 answers

It's Virginia! It's hard!

How to find a trans-friendly doctor in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Lawyer now or lawyer later?

Virginia-tenant-filter: I moved out, they sent me a big bill with a short deadline. Dispute damages first, lawyer later? Or lawyer now for the dispute? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Nice town for mini sister-reunion? Eastern Virginia version.

Sisters and I want to meet somewhere in the middle, between Connecticut and eastern Tennessee. We would like something that is a reasonable drive from each state. We are looking for a quaint type town, maybe a bed and breakfast, walking to restaurants and browsing antique stores? Not spending too much money would be nice. Close to the 81. Was thinking about northeastern VA-ish. We will be going end of July for 2 nights.
posted by Vaike on Jul 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Hopefully this is Lynchburg's redeeming quality

Do the two Lynchburg, VA j. crew clearance outlets have normal hours? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Jul 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Shes finally leaving! Now what?

This question is part law, part human relations. I need to know how to handle a situation when only one person wants to break out of a lease. Are they allowed to break out without the consent of the other lessees? And if not, should we let her? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Blacksburg VA : Recommendations Beyond Va Tourism Sites?

Blacksburg VA area. Memorial Day Weekend. Where do I eat? What do I do? What's going on? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Apr 26, 2012 - 2 answers

What to do in Richmond VA?

What to do in Richmond VA? I'm in town next week and I just found out that the Flying Squirrels' opening day is still two weeks away---so no baseball for me--any recommendations for fun in the general Richmond area? I have a car at my disposal and would have loved to see a minor league baseball game. Looking for interesting things to see [or eat] during the weekdays. Preferably no overnight trips. thanks!
posted by calgirl on Mar 26, 2012 - 27 answers

4 people 1 house

What are some positives and negatives about living in Alexandria/Arlington Virginia area? [more inside]
posted by AndrewKemendo on Mar 10, 2012 - 14 answers

What to read to understand the city of Washington DC?

DC-area-history-filter! I'm about to move back to the US, where I will be either in DC or North Virginia (working in Ashburn, specifically). I like having a sense of the history that contributed to the physical environment around me. Why is this town here, who built what building, why, and what does the allegory in the decoration mean. Things like that. What books, articles, or whatever should I read to understand these qualities about my upcoming home?
posted by Schismatic on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Carpenter/Handyman in Arlington, VA

Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced carpenter/handyman in Arlington, Virginia [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Tattoo artist in NOVA or DC

I'm looking for recommendations for a tattoo artist in Northern Virginia or DC. [more inside]
posted by BigVACub on Feb 6, 2012 - 8 answers

A River in Egypt

My girlfriend moved to Northern Virginia (from DC) to attend grad school at George Mason University. She paid out-of-state rates her first two semesters, then after she had lived in the Commonwealth for a year, applied for in-state status - and was denied, because the school judged that she moved to VA specifically for in-state tuition benefits. What now? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Jan 24, 2012 - 35 answers

Need B&B in VA for BF BDAY HALP

Help me find a place within 4-5 hours driving distance from DC that I could book a swank-esque hotel/non elderly B&B room* and sweep my boyfriend off his feet for a combined Valentines/birthday funtimesfantastic weekend. *(under $400 for 2 nights) [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Jan 18, 2012 - 15 answers

A Virginia notary public in the UK?

I used to live in Virginia and now live in the UK. When I was in VA I was a state employee and paid into the Virginia Retirement System. I've recently been contacted by the VRS and it turns out I can get a refund on all my contributions. Yay! But - the form I have to fill in to authorise the refund is required to be acknowledged by a "VA notary public or other court official authorised to take acknowledgements". Does anyone know if there's a Virginia notary public in the UK? Or can you get these things done remotely - which seems to go against the idea of a notary public...
posted by cromagnon on Jan 17, 2012 - 10 answers

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