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3 Days Virginia Country Special Wine Tour USA

  • The Inn at Meander Plantation, 2333 N. James Madison Hwy., Locust Dale, VA, 22, USA

Virginia Wine Vacation USA

Virginia has been proclaimed one of the worlds hottest wine destinations by numerous travel publications, and Virginia vintners are producing award-winning wines that compete on both the national and international levels. The Inn at Meander Plantation takes pride in being a major supporter of, and participant in US booming wine industry. During these romantic vacations, you will taste the best Virginia wines and enjoy an authentic surrounding of the Inn at Meander Plantation. Historic surroundings and beautiful Virginias landscape create a perfect atmosphere for a romantic picnic with a chef-prepared dinner basket.

Highlights

  • A romantic picnic
  • Wine tasting of the best Virginia wines
  • Full seasonal freshly prepared and locally sourced breakfasts
  • A special chef-prepared 3-course en suite dinner basket
  • Delicious fruits and chesees to accompany your wine
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Historic surroundings
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Just minutes away from James Madisons Montpelier, and centrally located between Washington, DC; Fredicksburg, VA and Charlottesville, VA; the Inn at Meander Plantation is an historic destination away from hectic city life. The Inn at Meander Plantation invites you to completely relax. Stroll through formal boxwood gardens or wander woods and fields where wildlife abounds. Watch bluebirds flitter from fence to fence or hummingbirds hover around the back porch gardens. Admire horses grazing on the knoll. Cool off with summertime wading in the Robinson River. Bicycle down surrounding country lanes. Stake your claim on the ever popular red Adirondack chairs that face spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Comfortable chairs and rockers line both levels of the expansive back porches, providing peaceful respites for sipping afternoon tea, reading a novel or watching breathtaking mountain sunsets. Inside the grand Colonial mansion where 9-over-9 windows look out over old Virginia boxwoods, grand and rare trees, lush gardens, and ancient brick sidewalks, you will find plenty of private nooks for reading, writing, or quiet contemplation. Or join other guests for pleasant conversation in the parlor where Thomas Jefferson and General Lafayette were frequent visitors.

The ambiance of the Virginia restaurant at the Inn at Meander Plantation, located in the historic 1766 estate manor house, is surpassed only by the exquisite cuisine. The main dining room, with its elegant proportions, state floor, colonial fireplace, fine art, hand-woven Persian rug and high ceilings, set the stage for a memorable fine dining experience. Exceptional modern American cuisine, excellent service, and carefully selected Virginia wines make dining at the Inn a fabulous culinary experience. Creating the essence of Virginia wine country hospitality, unique dcor and furnishing give each of the central Virginia Inns guestroom individual warmth, character, and panache. Whether located in the grand Manor House or in one of the updated historic exterior buildings that are only footsteps away, all rooms in the Inn are elegantly furnished with your comfort in mind. You will be provided with complimentary snacks and soda, coffee and tea available 24-hours, luxurious microfiber robes, and clock radios with CD players and assorted CDs.

During your vacation, you will visit the best local wineries and enjoy a romantic picnic with a 3-course chef-prepared meal. Dinner is served at 19:00 on Sunday to Wednesday.

The Inn at Meander Plantation is located in the heart of the Virginias picturesque Blue Ridge foothills. You will have boundless opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of central Virginia and the areas many hidden treasures. The rolling, lush Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and rich in prehistoric, Native American and Colonial history, as well as that of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In fact, numerous Civil War battles were fought very close to the Inn at Meander Plantation.

Nearby places

  • Ash Lawn, home of James Monroe
  • Brandy Station Battlefield
  • Castle Hill Cider, the home of Colonel Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson
  • Cedar Mountain Battlefield
  • Chancellorsville Battlefield and Visitors Center
  • Corner House Gallery
  • Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum
  • Four County Players Theater
  • Montpelier, President James and Dolly Madisons estate - 5-10 minutes from the inn
  • Nichols Gallery
  • Reynard Florence, Gadino Cellars, Ducard Vineyards, and other famous vineyards and cellars
  • Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • The U.S. President Thomas Jeffersons estate Monticello
  • The quaint town of Orange - 8 miles
  • Virginia artist display and gift shop
  • Wilderness Civil War Battlefield and Exhibit Shelter
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Shopping nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryers
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
Services
  • Car rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Cell phone rental
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board

Breakfast

The aromas of baking muffins and fresh-ground coffee greet you and set the stage for your choice of juices, followed by fresh fruit. Daily entrees are a choice between a sweet (such as fresh berry stuffed croissant, French toast or golden waffles with Stans fancy Vermont maple syrup) or savory entre (perhaps the bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches with French baguette, heirloom tomatoes, thick sliced bacon, and two poached eggs topped with fresh baby arugula and roasted red pepper aioli or the gust-favorite eggs Ranchero). If theres a need to leave early, the Inn at Meander Plantation will happily make a continental to-go breakfast with freshly baked muffins or house fruit bread, granola bar, fruit, and choice of juice. There are also commercial cereals and whole or skim milk for anyone who might choose to eat lighter.

Dinner

The Inn at Meander Plantations menus and graceful dining room offer the perfect setting for an elegant evening in the heart of Virginia wine country. All meals are a culinary journey prepared by the talented chef. The constantly updated menus feature the freshest of local foods and bounties of each season. Wine pairing suggestions - featuring only the best of Virginia wines - complement each menu item. The dinner offers a tasting menu of four courses that are carefully crafted and served in the candle lit historic plantation dining room. Tables are set with white cloths, crisp napkins, and fresh flowers. Each course has a choice of two or three dishes and each is paired with a Virginia wine, carefully selected from the exclusive Virginia wine list. Supporters of the Virginia wine industry since their opening, the Inn at Meander Plantations is proud of its relationship with local winemakers and vineyards, and are pleased to share their extensive knowledge of Virginia wines. Entrees usually include a red meat, a fish of seafood, and other protein meals, such as quail or duck. Dinner begins at 19:00 and typically moves at a leisurely European pace, taking about 2 hours. Additional evenings of dinner service are added from time to time, so be sure to check with the Inn when making your reservation.

Dining basket

In the nights, the Inns dining room is not open, the Inn at Meander Plantation offers their guests the choice of a three course chef-prepared hot meal all packed with dishes, silverware, and glasses in a huge basket. This dinner basket is intended to be enjoyed en suite or anywhere else on the property that might suit your mood. Typically, the chefs choice menu will be a soup or salad, an entre with 2 sides, fresh bread and butter, and a dessert. A bottle of Virginia wine can be added to complete your private dining experience.

  • 2 nights lodging in one of the Inn at Meander Plantations elegant rooms or suites
  • A beautiful fruit and cheese try and a bottle of Virginia wine on arrival
  • A special chef-prepared 3-course en suite dinner basket
  • Full seasonal freshly prepared and locally sourced breakfast each morning
  • Picnic for two on the day of your choosing
  • Tasting coupons to selected wineries
  • Virginia wine guide
  • Taxes are not included in the price.

Driving directions from Charlottesville

  • Take Route 29 North out of Charlottesville, towards Culpuper
  • Turn right on Route 230 (Exxon and VDoT station on the corners) and travel until it ends at Route 15/James Madison Highway
  • Turn left (north toward Culpuper) and travel 5 miles
  • The Inn is the first driveway on the left after crossing the Robinson River
  • Drive time without traffic: 45 minutes

Driving directions from Harrisonburg

  • Take Highway 33 east to Highway 230/East at Standardsville
  • Continue until Highway 230/East ends at Highway29
  • Turn left onto Highway 29; travel approximately one mile and turn right back onto Highway230/East
  • Follow Route 230 until it ends at Route 15/James Madison Highway
  • Turn left (north toward Culpuper) and travel 5 miles
  • The Inn is the first driveway on the left after crossing the Robinson River
  • Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Driving directions from Richmond

  • Take Interstate 64 West to Route 15 North (James Madison Highway) - Gordonsville/Orange exit
  • Travel north through Gordonsville and Orange, staying on Route 15/James Madison Highway
  • The Inn is 8 miles north of Orange on the left, just over the Robinson River
  • Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Driving directions from Washington, D.C.

  • Take Interstate 66 West to Route 29 South (Gainsville exit).
  • Follow Route 29/15 South to the Orange/Culpeper exit (where Route 15 splits from Route 29)
  • Travel south, towards Orange, on Route15/James Madison Highway, for 9 miles
  • The Inn is on you right, just pass the Crooked Run bridge and Meander Run Road
  • Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Arrival by airplane

You can arrive to Richmond international airport (RIC) or Dulles international airport (IAD).

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveller from Connecticut

    "The staff was very helpful in setting up everything we needed for an elopement with less than a week's notice. They were very friendly and accommodating to our requests when the bride's family asked if they could attend also. The inn has pet friendly rooms, and provided a bed cover and towel to wipe off our dog's feet. We had a dinner basket the first night of our stay and the food was amazing. The breakfasts were equally enjoyable. The scenery is breathtaking and the quiet country setting is perfect for a wedding. We will definitely return to spend more time and visit some wineries and the historic sites in the area."

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  • Review by Joe D. from United States

    "Special adventures that commemorate special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings or anniversaries are said to become moments of which memories are made. That was our intention when we booked a three day wedding anniversary weekend at The Inn at Meander Plantation. To our surprise this magical place, an eighty acre, two hundred fifty year old, plantation located in Locust Dale, Virginia became our special memory. It is described as a bed & breakfast, country inn, and gourmet restaurant. It is so much more. The proprietors / owners, Suzanne, who was a wonderful host and Suzi (who we never did get to meet) have created a “somewhere-in-time” place where you easily step back in history. The fireplaces, original window panes, creaky hard-wood floors and furnishings and décor all add to the charm and authenticity of the inn. "

    "We chose the Pet Welcoming Package, which is one of the inn’s specials. It included a stand-alone cottage (we chose The Groom’s Cottage), home-made doggie treats (Callie’s favorite cheddar biscuits), a water bowl, doggie linens (towels and sheets), a three course dinner basket, which we ate in our room, a gourmet picnic lunch and breakfast each morning of our stay. Everything, and I do mean everything, was perfect. Right down to the lovely note from the owners that was tucked in our dinner basket. "

    "We roamed the entire plantation, taking in the path around the river, which runs the whole length of the property; the stables, which were located right outside our cottage; the graveyard and the main house. Having coffee in our room with the fireplace roaring made the cold mornings cozy and charming. Breakfast was delicious and freshly prepared each morning. We chose to eat our breakfast outside on the back porch so that our black lab, Gracie could join us. She was even treated to more of Callie’s Cheddar Biscuits to quiet her morning tummy rumbles. From check-in to check-out, The Inn at Meander Plantation made our twelfth anniversary getaway perfect. It was a weekend worthy of a keepsake memory."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "We stayed here last weekend in the Jefferson suite. The room was very large. If you want to enjoy the charm of a 1700's era plantation, this is a place to go. It was quiet and scenic and had great outdoors seating areas to set back and enjoy God's creation. If you want to go to the Ritz Carlton for up to date furnishings and modern amenities then go there. If you want to enjoy all the things mentioned prior to the last sentence then this is the place for you"

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  • Review by Lisa from United States

    "We jus twent for dinner! We arrived a little early, so we sat on the porch and enjoyed the lovely evening. The decor is nifty and interesting without being stuffy - I enjoyed looking at their cook books, antique furniture, and beautiful dinnerware! It was so tempting to fill up on the home-made bread with butter! My filet was very flavorful and perfectly cooked. And the chocolate was divine. The service was attentive and informative."

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  • Review by a Federica from United States

    "We stayed at the Inn at Meander Plantation over 4th of July weekend. We were very impressed with the property, the owners, and the food. We stayed in the "Old Summer Kitchen" room, which I would actually describe as a small cottage. It has a nice cozy living room area downstairs and a nice large bedroom upstairs. The room has that old charm, but you can tell that it has been completely renovated. The bathroom is new and clean and has a very large and comfortable tub. We loved that the property was pet friendly, and the food at the Inn's restaurant was fresh and delicious."

    July 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited

Virginia, United States

A Virginia bed and breakfast near Montpelier and Virginia wineries, the Inn at Meander Plantation is a beautiful 1776 historic country inn and gourmet Virginia restaurant.

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