It’s that time of year again, when we deck out in red, white and blue to celebrate our nation’s independence. Virginia is indisputably the birthplace of our country: it’s home to the first permanent colony of settlers at Jamestown and played a leading role in the American Revolution. Nicknamed the “mother of presidents,” Virginia was also the birthplace of eight of our leaders, including George Washington, our first president, and Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president—who not only played a role in the birth of our country, he helped give birth to modern American cuisine.
A picnic is a small pleasure. Even if you just grab a blanket and head for your own backyard, there's a simple joy in eating in the fresh air. Some destinations take outdoor dining to another level of scene-setting and memory-making. Whether you pick up local sandwiches or burritos, or just tote some fresh bread, cheese and wine from home, don't miss the chance to picnic at these five spectacular spots.