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Virginia Wine, Distilled Spirits, & Craft Brews
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    With the hopes of encouraging more visitors to explore and experience the exceptional craft beer, wine and spirits of Coastal Virginia, the Newport News Tourism Development Office collaborated with The Vacation Channel to create “Toast the Coast,” a promotional video that showcases Coastal Virginia’s Beer, Wine and Shine Trail. Toast the Coast Beer, Wine and Shine Trail stretches from the heart of Williamsburg to the bustling Virginia Beach Oceanfront and features 40 of the Commonwealth’s most talented wine, beer and spirit makers. The two-minute video not only promotes the beauty of several of these wineries, breweries and distilleries, but also the extraordinary care and artistry that is corked, capped and sealed into every bottle. As it’s said in the video, “Our historic shores are known for blending tradition with craftsmanship, in a sea of style all our own.” “Toast the Coast” truly captures the sense of regional identity Coastal Virginia has adopted from the recent local and national interest expressed in the region’s craft beer, wine and spirits. Newport News Tourism Director Cindy Brouillard says, “As more independent crafters continue to open in the region, we expect our Toast the Coast Beer, Wine and Shine Trail to grow.” Oaked barrels […]

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    Colonial Williamsburg is raising a glass to our forefathers every Friday during its boisterous pub crawls with specialty drinks, socializing and history lessons given from an experienced interpreter. The pub crawl begins at Shields Tavern Garden with a tasting of a Shields Tavern colonial-era punch bowl, which is an exceptionally sweet libation meant to be uniquely paired with one of the tavern’s globally-inspired dishes. Shields Tavern offers the Spring Punch Bowl with pineapple-infused rum and flavored brandy with orange and ginger as well as its Wine Punch Bowl with white wine mixed with mango, lemon, sugar and lemongrass. During the 18th century, taverns such as Shields were communal gathering places for townspeople who shared these punch bowls. Alcoholic beverages proved to be popular since they could be stored for long periods of time and wouldn’t spoil from exposure to bacteria. Continuing out on DoG Street, the crawl provides further insight into Colonial Williamsburg’s historic pubs such as King’s Arms Tavern and Wetherburn’s Tavern. King’s Arms, a tavern that was originally established in 1772, provides for a fine dining experience to enjoy with more fortified drinks, including: the Peach Brandied Punch, with peach brandy, rum, orange and peach; King’s Arms Punch […]

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    A Rural And Refreshing Respite Of Fresh Feasts—From River To Restaurant It’s Chef Win Goodier’s night to show off oysters at the stately Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester. And this waterman-turned-chef arrives with a multi-tiered display of fun and fanciful culinary creations. “What really flavors an oyster is its environment,” says Goodier, the corporate chef and director of business development for the Ward Oyster Company. “If you’ve had Rappahannock oysters, they’re going to be not as salty, because they’re further up in fresher water.” Goodier’s oyster offerings mark the highlight of my weekend stay at Warner Hall, an inn situated on the site of a Severn River plantation, dating to 1642. All around are oyster grounds—places where tasty bivalves grow in cages on the river bottoms of Gloucester, Lancaster and Middlesex counties. It takes two to three years for oysters to mature under farm-raised conditions, Goodier says. “The difference between the aquaculture oyster and the wild oyster is ours are sterile. All they want to do is eat. They don’t want to spawn.” Which shucks up another thought: Should you avoid eating oysters in the summer? “There’s nothing wrong with them—the wild oysters. But that’s when they spawn. They […]

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    We’ve put together a list of our favorite Halloween events taking place in each region throughout the state and found the booziest parties, costume contests and murder mystery dinners for wine, beer and spirit lovers alike. Before you finalize your Hallo-weekend plans, be sure to check out these fun and spooky Halloween happenings taking place at Virginia wineries, breweries and distilleries nearest to you.   Heart Of Appalachia Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Oct. 28: Join fellow wine lovers for a delicious dinner with a side of investigation. Help MountainRose Vineyard solve the hilarious murder mystery by playing along as one of the suspects. There is also a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween best. $35. 6 p.m. MountainRose Vineyard, Wise.   Blue Ridge Highlands Hallowine Oct. 28: Witches, ghosts and more are invited to Beliveau Estate Winery’s annual Halloween bash. In addition to great wine and live music there will be a costume contest, so be sure to come in your most creative getup. $10. 7–10 p.m. Beliveau Estate Winery, Blacksburg.   Shenandoah Valley Happy Hallo-Wine Halloween Bash Oct. 28: Come dressed to impress at James Charles Winery and Vineyard to win the grand prize. Sample hors d’oeuvres […]

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    Central Virginia Vineyards With On-Site Accommodations Offer The Option To Turn In After You Taste Virginia currently ranks fifth in total number of wineries in the U.S., with more than 285, and is also the fifth largest wine grape producing state. About 75 wineries are located in Central Virginia, and nearly half of the grapevines in Virginia are planted on the rolling hills of the region. Tourism is helping fuel the growth of the Virginia wine industry. More than 2.3 million people visited local tasting rooms in 2015, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. To provide a more immersive wine experience, a number of Central Virginia wineries offer charming cottages, elegant B&Bs and historic farmhouses situated amongst vineyards with stunning views. Here’s a peek at some of the well-appointed accommodations where you can retire for the evening, weekend or longer after you taste and tour. The 1804 Inn & Cottages at Barboursville Vineyards 17655 Winery Rd., Barboursville. Located about 20 miles northeast of downtown Charlottesville, Barboursville Vineyards is one of the most historically significant wineries in the commonwealth. Italian wine producer Gianni Zonin purchased the Antebellum property in 1976. Winemaker Luca Paschina, who came to Virginia from Alba, Italy in […]

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    At Middleburg’s Salamander Resort & Spa, the season of love extends far beyond February 14. Now through April, the Salamander Resort & Spa is celebrating love with the Season of Romance, an exclusive resort package that pampers vacationing couples with luxury accommodations, a daily resort credit of $100, chocolate-covered strawberries, locally crafted sparkling wine and a plethora of intimate activities. Before enjoying a five-course, candlelit dinner at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grille, lovebirds are invited to indulge in a romantic spa treatment or realign themselves with love at a couple’s yoga workshop. For couples wanting to spend a cozy night in, Market Salamander sells takeaway boxes for two filled with delicious treats. Read below to find out more about the Season of Love’s extravagant offerings.   Dining   Romantic Takeaway for Two Feb. 9–18: Market Salamander brings date-night to you with a romantic takeaway box filled with chocolate-covered strawberries, a charcuterie platter featuring local cheese and a bottle of Moet Chandon Vintage Rosé. $110 per box. Bourbon & Bacon Romance Cooking Class Feb. 10: Bacon cupcakes, bacon chocolate martinis and other salty and sweet creations await you in the Cooking Studio. Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves […]

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    A stay at the Williamsburg Inn provides an upscale experience with world-class standards in design, service and cuisine from its restaurants. Its rich history is distinguished by both the prominent guests whom have stayed at the resort hotel as well as its significant role in the revitalization of the colonial capital. At first sight in the evening, the impressive columned portico on the facade of the Williamsburg Inn provides a striking view commanding your attention towards the historic landmark. The reflection pool, a new improvement to its entrance introduced last spring, casts a mesmerizing mirror image of the illustrious Inn in its glistening water between the silhouette of trees decorated with shimmering lights. Upon a warm welcoming, visitors are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine in the lobby arcade lit by chandeliers and fireplaces and accompanied by the soft sound of music leading to its grand hallways. Reopening in 2017, an $8 million renovation is breathing new life into the resort hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond designation for providing superior accommodations. The enhancements have provided a more modernized feel yet still stay true […]

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    James Madison’s Montpelier offers visitors an experience in history, with a variety of guided tours, art exhibitions and galleries, over 8 miles of walking trails to explore and award-winning food at the Exchange Café. Learn more below about upcoming events at Montpelier and plan your visit.   James Madison’s Birthday/Wreath Laying Ceremony March 16 at 1:30 p.m. Commemorate the 267th birthday of James Madison, Father of the Constitution and fourth president of the U.S., featuring the U.S. Marine Corps’ Quantico Band, Honor Guard, Color Guard and Firing detail. The Band will begin its performance at 1:10 p.m. at the Madison Family Cemetery, and the official wreath-laying ceremony commences at 1:30 p.m. Remarks will be made by The Honorable Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia House of Delegates, 72nd District. Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes at the House all day. A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison’s role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Signature tours will be offered every 30 minutes between 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.   The ceremony is free; adult tickets for all tours are half-price. To purchase tickets for any tour, visit here.   Architecture Tour March 24 at 1 p.m. Montpelier’s new walking tours offer […]

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    While its parallel-running Shenandoah Valley counterpart, U.S. 11, gets a lot of attention, the draw of U.S. 340 is its scenic isolation. With the peaks of the Shenandoah National Park looming directly to the east, the route winds northward from Waynesboro to Front Royal, passing through some of the most beatific landscapes the state has to offer. Hugging the banks of the South River, 340 starts off hop-scotching through the tiny, former-railroad hamlets of Crimora, Harriston and Grottoes to Port Republic, where the South, Middle and North Rivers converge to form the Shenandoah River’s South Fork. Turn into any of these communities and you’ll discover clusters of beautifully restored river-fronting homes (many of them adorned with plaques offering delicious historical morsels regarding heritage and prior glories), as well as the dilapidated remains of 40s and 50s-era service stations, general stores, taverns and warehouses. The latter, unfortunately, feature no such markers. “From the 1860s into the late 1950s, this was home to the country’s biggest manganese mine,” a dark-skinned octogenarian named Lucius Simpkins tells me from his seat outside a Crimora gas station. A crucial ingredient in the steel-making process, extraction had peaked during World War I. “There was a railroad […]

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    Photos by David Uhrin If the last time you drove past Virginia Beach’s 90-year-old, down-in-the-heels Cavalier Hotel found you thinking, “I wouldn’t spend 10 minutes there,” we guarantee that, after its recent five-year and $80-plus million renovation, 48 hours won’t be long enough. But it’s a start. Since 1927, the old Cavalier has sat perched on a hill overlooking Atlantic Avenue and the ocean beyond. Designed by Norfolk-based architect Clarence Neff, the hotel was, in its day, a marriage of roaring ’20s glamour and neoclassical design. Today, as a result of the ambitious vision of the Cavalier Associates—Developer Bruce Thompson and his five partners—and the work of a team of Hanbury Architects along with legions of designers, artisans, and both business and civic leaders, this celebrated hotel is once again the belle of the debutante ball. Only this time, she curtsies both to the past and to the present, a stunning amalgamation of the finest that the early 20th and 21st centuries have to offer. The bones of the hotel’s former grandeur were all but hidden beneath layers of defects, deterioration and disrepair. As costs mounted, the partners remained resolved to repair, restore and rehabilitate this landmark with respect and […]

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    Taking in awe-inspiring treetop views as your soar through the air, wind in your hair, legs dangling and heart racing. If this sounds like the sort of excitement you’re looking for, it’s time to check out one of Virginia’s several zipline courses. The following companies offer tours that provide thrills, a sense of accomplishment and a bonding experience for your entire family, group of friends or co-workers. Plan a zip adventure as part of your next weekend getaway or as an extra exhilarating day trip this summer.   Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure Freedom Park 5537 Centerville Rd., Williamsburg  South Run Park 7550 Reservation Drive, Springfield When: Courses in South Run Park open March 24. They are typically open early spring through mid-to-late fall. On Course: Go Ape has 16 locations in the U.S. They operate Treetop Adventure and Treetop Junior courses. Currently, they have six Treetop Junior courses. The Treetop Adventure courses feature high ropes with various obstacles and zip lines. The Treetop Junior courses provide a great introduction to an aerial adventure course. On average, it takes between two and three hours to complete the Treetop Adventure course and about an hour for Treetop Junior. Before You […]

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    Just over a year has passed since our Editor-in-Chief, Angela Blue, and her husband were whisked away for a weekend at The Tides Inn. She showered the Irvington resort with compliments, holding the culinary mastery of Executive Chef, TV Flynn, in particularly high esteem, and chronicled a blissful experience along Carter’s Creek. Finally seizing the opportunity to visit the Northern Neck myself, I packed my bags and departed Virginia Beach for The Tides on a rainy Friday afternoon. Although the weather and a prolonged construction project on the two-mile bridge connecting Topping to Irvington delayed my travel plans, I soaked in my elevated view of the expansive Rappahannock River and arrived at the check-in desk just in time for happy hour. New to the resort is an evening bourbon tasting hosted in the cavalier Eagle Room. With a palate that longs to acquire a taste for distilled spirits, I was eager to give The Tides’ selection a try. The back wall of the private space is comprised entirely of rectangular walnut lockers formerly used to store liquor during Lancaster County’s mid-20th century dry spell. The discreet cases are now brimming with The Tides’ private label bourbon and strive to assert Irvington as not only a […]

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  • 07/13/18--11:15: Growth Requires Strong Roots
  • Our Story: Filibuster was founded in Washington D.C., just a few blocks from Capitol Hill, so naturally spirited conversation is in our blood. Our innovative approach to blending and finishing reflects our homage to freedom of expression – the essence of what makes this great land we call home so special. We aren’t afraid to speak up. With decades of experience in specialty spirits retail, over the years, we’ve tasted – and sold – almost everything, from super-aged single malt to wet-behind-the-ears American craft. With all that knowledge, it seemed a shame not to throw our own hat into the ring – but we knew that building a distillery is hard work, and we weren’t interested in selling white whiskey. Our solution – we took inspiration from the traditions of Scotland and the pioneering spirit of the United States and launched a creative finishing and blending program. Guided by the Dilawri Family, we’ve leveraged our longstanding connections to source the very best spirit we can find, and then age, blend and give it a new voice by finishing it in one-of-a-kind casks: California wine, sherry, port, you name it. Our approach will remain nonconventional, using new and old techniques. Not […]

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