3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Could be better,
This review is from: Frommer's Virginia (Frommer's Complete Guides) (Paperback)
In contrast to all the glossy guides available for the New England states, Virginia isn't well served by tourist material. This book is a case in point - it certainly lacks the photographs you usually find in guide books these days.
The maps are also a weakness. The main one, inside the cover, uses a hard-to-read typeface and the ones inside are often quite small. Unless you know the state already it's hard to find information you want, as the chapters are assigned according to a rather arbitary division not reflected on the map.
On the plus side, the author has an interesting way of describing things and obviously has in-depth personal knowledge of Virginia. He has an especial relish for describing restaurant fare - I picture him as quite a rotund chap - though perhaps recommendations for fluffy biscuits with sausage gravy may bemuse Europeans.
Until the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide people catch up, this is probably the most up-to-date guidebook you can find, although it doesn't really do justice to Virginia. The unnamed civic building on the front doesn't help either.