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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.


  • 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 in English
Spoken languages: 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



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Shopping nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryers
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby


  • Car rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Cell phone rental
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board



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.


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.

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Taxes are not included in the price.

How to get there

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).

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