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Travel site elevates Clarksville’s profile

SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2019


Online travel site Orbitz.com has named Clarksville one of America’s 12 most charming lake towns in a recent travel blogpost.

Despite being “under-the-radar” as popular summer beach locales, “where summer living is as easy as it is breezy,” the 12 towns listed share several qualities according to Orbitz.com: “serene settings, a plethora of water sports and programming for adults (and children).”

Orbitz writer Kelli Acciardo chose Clarksville for its “go-with-the-flow attitude and atmosphere,” access to beautiful parks, hiking, the 50,000-acre Buggs Island Lake, historic sites and popular festivals, specifically Lakefest and the Clarksville Wine Festival.

Dale Hite, owner of Hite’s Clothing Store in Clarksville, said Orbitz’s list marks the first time he can recall the town receiving this type of national recognition. He called the town’s inclusion on the Orbitz list “big news.”

Town Manager Jeff Jones thanked Orbitz for the “tremendous honor,” adding, “This recognition is the culmination of many years of hard work and cooperation between the local merchants, the volunteer organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, the Town, and the residents of our great town. Without the teamwork of the community, this honor would not be possible. Great job Clarksville!!!”

Former and current residents responded as the news was shared on social media, with some pining for the days they used to spend on the lake and others telling how happy they are to forsake the ocean for Clarksville’s lake. Realtor and head of the town’s economic development authority, Charlie Simmons, said he too was excited “to see our town continuing to grow in popularity around the country.”

Orbitz summarized why Clarksville qualifies for its top 12 list, writing:

“Located on the shore of 50,000-acre Kerr Lake, Clarksville is Virginia’s only lakeside town and their go-with-the-flow attitude (and atmosphere) makes the hamlet an ideal weekend vacation destination. Across the water from Clarksville is the beautiful Occoneechee State Park, offering great hiking and waterfront access areas, and a few minutes up the road is the 18th-century Prestwould Plantation and Grounds, which is unparalleled in its authenticity and beauty. A walk through the historic downtown area is a great way to spend an afternoon and the only difficult part of your evening will be choosing which restaurant to dine at, followed by a nightcap at one of the locals-loved bars. Clarksville is also host to a number of year-round fishing tournaments and festivals, including the famous Lakefest every July and Clarksville Wine Festival every April.”

The blog post also encourages visitors to stay at the Magnuson on the Lake due to its proximity to area attractions and activities and its “breathtaking views of Lake Kerr [Buggs Island Lake].”

Clarksville was one of only two towns in southeastern United States to earn a spot on Oribitz’s list. The other is Fontana Dam, North Carolina.

The ten other towns named to the list are: Lake Shasta, California, South Lake Tahoe, California, Fort Collins, Colorado, Lake Forest, Illinois, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Marquette, Michigan, Aurora, New York, Monticello, New York, Burlington, Vermont, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Orbitz.com is a travel fare aggregator website and travel search engine that is a subsidiary of Expedia Group, based in Chicago, IL which. It has been in operation since 2001.

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