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Favorite VA vineyards and weekend getaways

Hello all!

I'm looking to do a long weekend of some wine tasting and good eating. I'd love to hear your thoughts on your favorite vineyards, wineries, etc. in the VA region. I'm especially interested in the Chesapeake area, but I'm open to all suggestions. Recs on great places to eat and stay near the vineyards are welcome too!

I'm looking forward to your feedback. Thanks!

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  1. Greetings. I don't know that the wine is the best, but the Williamsburg WInery has opened an upscale inn (we're going tomorrow night to taste their new menu so I can re-post on that) and it's really supposed to be nice. There are quite a few nice places to eat in our area -- Le Yaca (French), Fat Canary (Continental), Blue Talon (American French), Thai Pot ... Most people will send you to the Charlottesville area, I imagine, but since you mentioned Chesapeake, I had to offer up Williamsburg as an option. I know there's a winery on the Northern Neck but I know nothing about it. Good luck and have fun!

    1. If you're near Flint Hill be sure to have lunch at 21 Crows (they only serve lunch). Fantastic, locally sourced, food. As for vineyards, I'm a particular fan of Barboursville. It is beautiful, and they actually make very good wines.

      1. My favorite in-state weekend getaway (aside from Hokie games <g>) is going to Culpeper. They have too good restaurants, It's About Thyme and Foti's, and It's About Thyme also has three beautiful rooms and a market with gourmet and prepared foods. I know there are several vineyards within a short drive, but have never been to them.

        1. Ingleside Vineyards! There wine is amazing. It's in the Northern Neck. They have have rental cottages but there's lots of places to stay in the area. I also know there's a ferry that will take you to several wineries along the Chesapeake tributary.

          http://www.inglesidevineyards.com/

          1. I posted last night about my trip to Mathews County and a wonderful meal at Sandpiper Reef Restaurant (amazing crabcakes!). We stayed at a nice B&B in town since there are no hotels in the area.
            We visited Ingleside a few years ago but did not stay there. It's on the Northern Neck so as mentioned by other posters you are close to both Williamsburg and that winery and also the Northern Neck if you wanted. We got our information from www.visitmathews.com

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            1. re: betsykk

              Any favorite inns or B&Bs in the Ingleside/ Northern Neck area? All of these recs sound great so far! Thanks!

              1. re: agoldman

                We stayed at Buckely Hall in Mathews County. Check out www.northernneck.com for places nearer to Ingleside. Prices are starting to drop in the Williamsburg area which is an easy day drive to anywhere on the Middle Penninsula or Northern Neck.

            2. I'm a big fan of Breaux Vineyards in Hillsborough (just north of Leesburg). Whenever my wife and I drive up there, we grab lunch at Lightfoot in downtown Leesburg. We've also had dinner at La Fleur Delis, a great little French restaurant in nearby Lovettsville.

              1. We're big fans of Keswick wine, but that's the Charlottesville area. If you are out that way, though, one of our favorite restaurants is Pomme in Gordonsville. We figured out a couple weeks ago that we have eaten there more than any other restaurant since we moved to Richmond last year.

                We had a great, wine-y weekend last summer. Jefferson Vineyards did a Bastille Day wine pairing dinner. 5 course dinner, 6 wines (got to love the ratio) - it was very good. Stayed at the South Street Inn in Downtown C-ville. The next day we drove to Wintergreen for a chamber music concert, and stopped at the Dew Drop Inn in Scottsville for lunch on the way back. We were new to the area - that weekend alone made me pleased with our weekend getaway options.

                Getting back to the East, I read about this in the TD a couple months ago and bookmarked it. Looks like fun (if a little hoaky). ;-)

                http://www.baycreekrailway.com/index....

                Have fun!

                1. You should try out the vineyards in the Northern Neck/Williamsburg/Tidewater area, but the next time you're looking for a weekend getaway you should check out northern/western Fauquier County. You wind through tiny backroads, up and down hills and mountains and seriously feel transported to another country. Linden Vineyards is my favorite, along with nearby Oasis and Rappahannock Cellars (which is across the border in Rappahannock County). Also close by for overnight accomodations is L'Auberge Provencale, a great restaurant and inn. Or I'm sure you could find a B&B nearby. Washington, VA is close, as is Sperryville, Front Royal, and Warrenton. Check out www.virginiawine.org for great suggestions on self-guided wine tours and where to stay, eat, etc.

                  The Barboursville area just north and east of C-ville is another great choice. You've got Barboursville Vineyards, Horton (one of my favorites - laid back, free tastings, great selection), and a few others nearby. Plus you have all that C-ville has to offer when you're done touring the countryside. The next day you could hit the vineyards closer to town, like Jefferson and Kluge. Have fun and enjoy!

                  1. My girlfriend and I just got back from visiting her sisters' wedding in Annapolis and stopped by some vinyards on the northern neck. Unfortunately, the Chesapeake area in south hampton roads is bone dry of vinyards but the northern neck wine trail is quite nice. Six rather small vinyards but decent stuff non-the-less. For more info check out northernneckwinetrail.com, they even have a B&B section on their website. We didn't stop long enough to stay anywhere or eat anywhere but most wineries have cheese and craker trays available. Our favs were Ingleside and Oak Crest.

                    1. There is a winery on the Eastern Shore of Virginia giving tours and a unique B&B nearby that has solar and wind power and is decorated with retro themes of TV Shows from the 1960's. A wonderful place. Nearby towns have some of the best seafood in the State. www.neptuneva.com