Looking for wineries & scenic drive from DC to Charlottesville
We are flying into Dulles on a Wednesday in November and spending one night in DC before heading to Keswick Hall for 3 nights. I am trying to figure out a scenic drive (even if it takes a little longer) from DC to Keswick Hall where we could make a few stops at wineries, views, or some other point of interest on the way. We can't check in the hotel Thursday until 4:00 anyway, so may as well enjoy the leisurely trip there.
Also looking for a nice DC hotel that's easy to drive out of the next day.
I'd take 15/29 and stop for lunch at Pomme in Gordonsville.
I can't help with wineries on the way since I usually just wait until I get to the good ones in the C-Ville and Crozet areas (favorites are Keswick, Pollak, King Family, Jefferson, among others).
I was going to recommend The Latham in Georgetown - I stayed there before I moved here - but I see they're still closed due to water damage. But maybe somewhere in that area or Foggy Bottom for a relatively easy out to VA the next morning.
it's not food or wine but as a scenic point of interest in its own rural charm way, about halfway along 29 there's a store advertising "Antiques - Fireworks - Ammo"
There are a bunch of wineries in Purcellville which is about an hour west on Route 7 from the Washington area. Not all of them are open during the week, and most don't open until 11 AM, but here's one listing of several area wineries that will get you some names and web sites.
From there, Charlottesville is about another two hours (which, by the direct route, is only a little more than two hours from DC).
As far as hotels that are an easy drive from, I'd stay in Virginia, around Dulles. It's pretty grown up around there so you won't have trouble finding a place to eat dinner, and you'll be well out of the commuter traffic heading into DC when you take off in the morning. Natives don't know much about local hotels because we never stay in them, but just shop your price range around Dulles and you're bound to find a decent match.
On the way to Charlottesville, we always stop by the Moo Thru--local creamery that sources its dairy from farms in the area. It's on the corner of 28/29.
Prince Michel Vineyard is right on 29 and is worth a stop, nice tasting room, little shop.
A lot of restaurants in the Dulles area. For basic, Double Tree is fine. For something nice, Lansdowne in Leesburg. If you want a nice treat, try the new Salamander Resort in Middleburg. It just opened and has everything a high end resort should have. Worth checking out even if you don't stay there.
I wouldn't take 29 if you want scenic. I would recommend going to Grodonsville via 15 as suggested before then taking 22 to Keswick, that will be much more scenic and less traffic, especially if there is a UVA game or something. Although I would stop for BBQ at the Barbecue Exchange, although I have been to Pomme and it was fine too, getting some BBQ, then you could check out Barboursville, Horton and Keswick and Jefferson. Barboursville and Jefferson are two very good wineries, the other two are fine and on the way to and fro.
If you want some pics of those places, I think I probably have them on my blog katelintaylor.com