Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains
Ahhh…summertime in Northern Virginia. You know what that means: cannon balls in the pool, running barefoot through grass, and camping out in the backyard. Err…wait. We’re adults now. It means trying not to punch the dashboard as you sit in a sweltering car going nowhere on 95—road construction and out of state plates on either side. It means all your TV shows are in reruns. It means your productivity at work has decreased by 50%; you spend your days looking anxiously between the clock and the window. Luckily, however, being an adult has its rewards, too: Wine. Wine tasting. Wine touring. Wine drinking. Wine sipping. Wine smelling. Wine gulping? (*gasp* never! You’re sophisticated). Yes, being an adult is A-ok. Especially when it means getting away from the traffic, the TV, the clock and indulging in not just great wine, but also hiking, boutiques, fresh food and local ingredients, wildlife, fishing, and some of the most beautiful scenery our country has to offer. Where is this mystical place of which I speak? The Blue Ridge Mountains.
Where to stay:
Beliveau Estate Located in beautiful Blacksburg, VA Beliveau Estate was voted by the readers of Virginia Wine Lovers Magazine as the “BEST Bed and Breakfast for a Wine Weekend” At the inn at Beliveau Estate, previously known as Maison Beliveau, you’ll find the serenity of 165 acres, coziness by an in-room fireplace, hiking trails with views that soothe the soul, and an on-site winery that serves award-winning wines. The five spacious guest rooms each have a private bath, fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD player, mini fridge, hair dryer, private entrance option, and exquisitely comfortable mattresses and linens. The Chocolat, Fleur de Lis, and Whimsical rooms include air jet tubs . Want to have fresh flowers, a birthday cake, a gift basket, or a bottle of Beliveau Estate Wine awaiting in your room? Just let them know – they’ll do whatever possible to make it a special experience for you!
Where to taste: The following wineries will offer you, and your guest, a great deal when you present your Virginia Wine Pass in their tasting room. So, pick a designated driver and enjoy the amazing scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway along the tour!
AmRhein’s Wine Cellars: AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a Virginia family owned and operated, estate-grown winery, specializing in wines with a German influence. AmRhein’s wines have won numerous awards, and are considered to be some of the finest on the East Coast. With over 15 wines in classic styles of both reds and whites and in our own exclusive blends, AmRhein’s tempts every palate! Virginia Wine Pass members and guest receive: Buy three bottles, get one free (free bottle must be of equal or lesser value). Savings: $19 (avg)
White Barrel Winery: White Barrel Winery, is an award winning winery located in Christiansburg, VA offers special seated tastings in a relaxed atmosphere. The goal of Attimo is to put the customer’s experience first and to promote an engaging experience in food and wine. Virginia Wine Pass members and guest receive: The experience of being Attimo Wine club members for the day! Perks include unlimited complementary tastings, 10% off bottle purchases, and 15% off case purchases. Savings: $10 + avg $2/ bottle purchased + avg $36 / case
Beliveau Estate Winery Virginia Wine Pass members receive: A buy one get one tasting. Savings: $5
Chateau Morrisette Chateau Morrisette Winery hand-crafts internationally award winning wines and is situated in the beautiful Floyd, Virginia. They offer elegant dining and first-class southern hospitality among panoramic vistas. This dog-friendly venue is one of Virginia’s oldest and they currently offer 20 varieties of wine. Virginia Wine Pass members receive: A buy one get one tasting. Savings: $8
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