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27 Reasons Living In Virginia Spoils You For Life

Gorgeous state parks, pristine beaches, fresh seafood, tasty wine…no, Virginians aren’t spoiled at all.

Cassie Sheets

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1. You Get To Search For The Perfect Personalized Plate

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Will you profess your love of Abba, promote a political cause, or come up with a clever pun in seven characters? When it’s as cheap as it is in Virginia, these are things you have to consider.

2. Supermarket Apples Will Forever Taste Gross

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You’ve picked and eaten the good stuff, right off the tree, and you’re not about to go back now.

3. No Other Apple Cider Donuts Can Compare

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It’s the only and best way to end a perfect day of Virginia apple picking.

4. Your Flag Has Made You Way More Mature Than Most Men Twice Your Age

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It’s just a normal body part, State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. If a grade school student can look at it without giggling, then everyone else should be able to handle it.

5. You Have An Open Invite To A Bunch Of President’s Houses

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Virginia was home to eight (that’s right, count ‘em, eight) presidents, and you’re used to just being able to waltz up to Mount Vernon (George Washington’s house), or Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s house), or Montpelier (James Madison’s house), any time you please.

What can we say? We just breed leaders here.

6. If People Get US History Facts Wrong You’re Compelled To Correct Them

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Even if you’re not an American history buff, you’re… still an American history buff. All those grade school trips to Colonial Williamsburg are forever seared in your brain.

7. You’ve Learned To Expect Free Sugar Cookies When You Grocery Shop

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You’ve never had to break the “don’t shop while you’re hungry” rule, because Harry the Happy Dragon always had your back.

8. Even If You Weren’t A Harris Teeter Shopper, Your Grocery Had An Equally Cute Mascot

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Rhyming piggly and wiggly is just undeniably cute, and the selection of fresh local produce doesn’t hurt either.

9. You Get The Best Of Both Worlds

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Southern hospitality and a relaxed pace with easy access to East Coast amenities? Yes, please.

10. All The Best Vacation Spots Are Just A Day Trip Away

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Historic monuments, a giant national park, beaches, small towns with quaint B&Bs, and major East Coast cities are all just a drive away.

11. You’ll Never Look At A Pineapple The Same Way Again

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Delicious fruit or cute Christmas decoration that will make you feel as crafty Martha Stewart? The possibilities are endless.

12. Staying Active Never Has To Mean Sweating In A Stinky Gym

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Gyms are functional, not fun (unless you’re one of those people), but with multiple state parks and beaches in their backyards, Virginians don’t have to pay a membership fee to stay fit.

Plus, fictional studies conducted by the Department of Common Sense show your kids will totally hate gyms, but will love exploring in nature with you.

13. You REALLY Know Your Way Around A Peanut

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Boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts, peanut soup, jumbo raw peanuts in the shell….you could go on.

14. You’ll Never Top Your Childhood Trips To Busch Gardens

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Is there a better or prettier theme park in the world? That question is rhetorical, because the answer is obviously no.

15. All Those Northern Virginia Wineries Turned You Into A Total Wine Snob

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Virginia wine country may not have all the prestige, but anyone who tries to knock it should just try to find a better Chardonnay, Merlot, or Cabernet Franc before they talk.

16. You Might As Well Hand Your Paychecks Directly To Tysons Corner

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Sometimes you wonder what terrible thing you did to deserve one of the top five malls in the nation in your state, but then you go shopping and buy something amazing and cute and functional, and you don’t care anymore.

17. Living In A Cave Was Your Childhood Dream

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Of course, you’ll never fulfill that dream, since there aren’t exactly units up for rent at Luray Caverns.

18. The Words “New Construction” Send You Running The Other Direction

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Thanks, but no thanks. Not when there are this many gorgeous historic houses to choose from.

19. Panic Ensues If Apple Butter Is Not In Your Pantry

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“Why? It’s only apple butter?” That’s right. It’s only the most important condiment in the entire world.

20. After All The Fresh Blue Crab, You Just Can’t Settle For Less

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Not for lesser crabs or, God forbid, “crab-like” products that don’t have an ounce of crab in them. You know you deserve better.

21. And That Goes For Oysters Too

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Virginians know if it wasn’t squirming this morning, it’s no good. We know what fresh means.

22. Your Fondest Memories Involve Sitting In Traffic

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Because it meant you were going on an awesome family or school sponsored trip to D.C. and it was totally worth it.

23. Virginia Fall Colors Are The Best Thing Ever

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If you walk outside during fall in Virginia and aren’t totally awestruck by everything around you, you would have to be an angsty eighth grader who isn’t impressed by anything.

24. Late Night Sheetz Tripz Never Let You Down

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Food that tastes good…at a convenience store. Sheetz is more than a convenience. It’s a symbol of hope. Sheetz makes the impossible possible.

25. You’ve Lost Faith In Humankind’s Ability To Decipher Maps

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Seriously, how hard is it to understand that West Virginia and Virginia are two different states?

26. You Have A Serious Fried Pie Addiction

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They’re portable, delicious, homemade, and almost always available at a convenience store or farmers market. How could you not be addicted?

27. Virginia Feels Like One Big Family

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Granted, a family with that previously mentioned sibling rivalry. Still, few places compare to the kind of close-knit community Virginians in small towns and big cities alike have.

Did we miss anything? Tell us how Virginia spoiled you for your life in the comments below!

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posted on: March 17, 2015
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