Beach to Bluegrass: Places to Brake on Virginia's Longest Road

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Following U.S. Route 58 for 500 miles across Virginia, this motoring guide promises a journey with stops at haunted hotels, covered bridges, lighthouses, waterfalls, mile-high mountains, Civil War sites, and seven state parks. The detailed directions and photos will lead travelers from sea level in the Tidewater region, through the Piedmont, to the Blue Ridge Highlands before they turn to the southwest. The paths of many famous Americans are explored along this corridor, ...
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Overview

Following U.S. Route 58 for 500 miles across Virginia, this motoring guide promises a journey with stops at haunted hotels, covered bridges, lighthouses, waterfalls, mile-high mountains, Civil War sites, and seven state parks. The detailed directions and photos will lead travelers from sea level in the Tidewater region, through the Piedmont, to the Blue Ridge Highlands before they turn to the southwest. The paths of many famous Americans are explored along this corridor, including those of Johnny Cash, Jefferson Davis, Douglas MacArthur, Gregory Peck, and George Washington, and many more odd and tempting stops beckon from listings such as "Confederate Graffiti," "The Real Mayberry," and "Fake Lake." A bibliography and list of resources are included.
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What People Are Saying

Cara Ellen Modisett
"Beach to Bluegrass captures a cross-section of Virginia's legends and the colorful characters who inspired them."--(Cara Ellen Modisett, author of "Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions")
Clifford Jeffery
"The book covers 58 points of interest along Route 58, from Virginia Beach in the east, to the Cumberland Gap in the west."--(Clifford Jeffery, Kingsport Times-News)
David McGee
"In Beach to Bluegrass, author Joe Tennis unlocks the hidden treasures of Virginia's version of Route 66."--(David McGee, author of "Bristol Dragway")
Gloria Oster
"This book will bring much delight. The work makes Route 58 accessible by couch or by car."--(Gloria Oster, A! Magazine for the Arts)
Tom Netherland
"As opposed to simply highlighting a slew of neat places to visit, Tennis includes stories with each locale."--(Tom Netherland, Bristol Herald Courier)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570723230
  • Publisher: Overmountain Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 979,584
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Tennis is an award-winning features writer, photographer, and columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier as well as a frequent contributor to Appalachian Voice, Blue Ridge Country magazineand Marquee magazine. He lives in Abingdon, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Beach to Bluegrass

    What a wonderful book!Joe Tennis inspired me to plan to travel the parts of US-58 that I have missed. A great start for a new adventure!As a lifelong resident of Virginia,it will be fun to explore the parts I've not yet traveled and I plan to take "Beach to Bluegrass" along for the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

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    'Beach to Bluegrass' captures the spirit of big cities like Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth in Hampton Roads but then ventures into the lesser-known climates of Buggs Island Lake, Whitetop and Martinsville. The result is a mix of both legend and lots of history. This book tells stories about Virginia and, uniquely, all come have something in common: proximity to Highway 58, the longest road in Virginia. The pictures in the book are large and captivating, plus there are road directions. Much of what you will find are stories with a twist - sometimes tragic, often ones that will make you laugh. You can use this book to tool around Tidewater and find such hidden gems as the Dismal Swamp or Civil War sites. But you can also simply go out to the mountains and see stuff that looks like it belongs in Ireland. And the bluegrass? Well, there are lots of charming places to hear the music. But the title, you'll find, has to do with where the book ultimate ends: at the doorway to the bluegrass of Kentucky. All in all, it's quite a journey.

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