That's a tough call...Virginia can get cold in the winter and when it's cold it's nice to have a sit in kayak to keep some of your body protected. But at the same time it's easier to move around on a sit in top and of course much easier ingress/egress. I've got a sit in and wish I had a sit on top, but I don't go out in the winter at all so the warmth of a sit in doesn't factor in at all for me.
If your just cruising around on flatwater I'd get a 13 ft or so sit in with built in rod holders and definitely some REAL dry storage, I'm talking a hatch with some latches to keep it watertight. If there is any whitewater in your future I'd cut it down to at least a 12 ft and ideally something around a 10.5 to 11 footer. The maneuverability is very handy when it's 40 degrees out and you do NOT want to get dumped in the water cause you couldn't shoot a tight rapid.
what I have. It's a great boat but only the front dry storage actually works, the back gets water in it no matter what I do. The Ascend kayaks from Bass Pro intrigue me, maybe you'd be interested in one of those.