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the vineyards are back ...
Just 60 miles from the DC Beltway, mountain trails and pastoral farms are budding out and turning gorgeous hues of yellow, crimson and lime green! Get up close and personal with a vineyard to learn what it takes to create your glass of wine!
Waterfalls are at their peak and really giving a show at Shenandoah National Park thanks to the extra wet weather. It's time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and come out to relax and get inspired by the natural beauty of this special place.
Itinerary Day 1
- Dress: Hiking gear and comfy shoes.
- Departure time: Leave your house at 9:30am-ish - wait for the morning rush to die down. Drive west and keep going until you get out of the city and to the top of the Blue Ridge mountains at Shenandoah National Park.
- Lunch: Skyland Resort is your destination (whatever you do don't forget to order the famous Mile High Blackberry Ice Cream Pie).
- Hike: Hawksbill Summit - a short easy hike (plan an hour and a half) that gets you to the highest point in Shenandoah National Park.
- Drive: Enjoy Skyline Drive overlooks on your descent to the Thornton Gap entrance at milepost 35. From Thornton Gap turn east toward Sperryville on Route 211 to check into your suite (about 5 miles from the Park entrance).
- Check in at Skyline Vineyard Inn: Relax at the Inn or pop down to Little Washington Winery for a tasting or a glass of wine.
- Dinner: Rappahannock County has been in the news every week lately ... being touted as Washington DC's hottest new Foodie Destination. A treasure trove of bucket-list restaurants and unique independent eateries have converged in this area. Check out our Food Page Here
Itinerary Day 2
- Big Hike - Do a bigger longer harder hike - Conquer Old Rag Mountain (6 hours), White Oak Canyon (6 hours) Little Devil Stairs (3 hours). Check out our Hike Guide Here
- Shop 'til You Drop - Antiquing, Art Gallery Hopping, Brunch. Check out our Shopping Guide Here
- Winery/Whiskey/Brewery Hopping - take one of our 14 wine classes hosted on the farm and/or go winery hopping - there are 4 wineries, 2 breweries and a whisky distillery within 2 miles of us where you can learn about Virginia's farm wineries - Check out our Winery Hopping Guide Here
Incorporate a Spring Event into the Fun
Spring Events (within an hour west of Washington DC)
April 27 - Virginia House Tours around Little Washington and a special Farmers Market in Little Washington hosted by The Inn at Little Washington 10am-2pm
April 27 - Waterpenny Farm's annual plant sale - watch for signs on 211
April 27 - Sperryfest Spring Festival in Sperryville - family fun with the annual Great Rubber Duck Race down the Mighty Thornton River, Street Fair, Wine Garden, food, arts, crafts
April 27 - Ocean Celtic Quartet at Little Washington Theatre
May 4 - Virginia Gold Cup — Horse Races & Tailgating fun
May 18 - 41st Annual Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival — a family event shopping, food entertainment.
May 19 - Piano Recital at Castleton Festival with award-winning Russian pianist Ilya Kondratiev.
May 25-26 - Delaplane Strawberry Festival — fun and first chance to get fresh Spring strawberries.
June 1 - Two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber at Little Washington Theatre.
The Ultimate Triple-Treat Gift Card
Our Triple Treat Gift Card is perfect for any occasion ... Think Birthday, Anniversary, Valentines, Mom's Day, Memorial Day, Dad's Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Autumn, Thanksgiving, the holidays, New Years or just any day for no reason at all! It's Redeemable at all 3 hot spots - Skyline Vineyard Inn, Little Washington Winery & the Wine Loves Chocolate Shop. Call us at 540-987-3300 and we will get one coming your way today!
Our Wine Ed classes happen every weekend ...
Did you know ... we teach 14 wine ed classes now?
Click the calendar to see what's coming up and come play!
5 Classes Happen Every Weekend.
Around the World in 80 Minutes
The Aromas of Wine
Virginia vs The World
Vintners Table Learning Lunch
Guess the $100 Bordeaux
How to Pair Dessert & Wine
Triple Threat - Cheese, Chocolate & Wine
World of Malbecs
The 15 Rules of Perfect Food & Wine Pairing
South African Wines
Three of our classes are now taught at Skyline Vineyard Inn ... Guess the $100 Bordeaux, Wine Blending Class and Vintners Table (Learning Lunch).
A Learning Lunch - First Saturdays Noon-1:30pm
Although sipping on award-winning wines is a delight, once you bring food into the equation the experience moves to an extraordinary level of discovery. Come learn about our farm winery products and experience how combining subtle flavors and textures can enhance the aromas of each of six wines. The wines to be tasted are exceptional in their own right having been awarded both locally and internationally. The six food pairings are, well, phenomenal!
This guided pairing class happens at Noon and includes lunch. The Vintners Table pairing features different wines and pairings every time it happens, so come and then come again to learn something new about food and wine pairing every 1st Saturday of the month.
The added bonus - our Vintners Table class is held at our Skyline Vineyard tasting room surrounded by breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Go here to get tickets - Vintners Table Tickets
WINE BLENDING CLASS
Winemaker for a Day - Every Sunday 2:00-3:30pm
Be a winemaker for a day ... learn how we mix and match single varietals to make our unique blends including "George" named the #1 red wine in Virginia. Then your own perfect masterpiece of wine. Our unique wine blending sessions let you experiment with our wines to make your own special wine blends. Our practiced Wine pros will guide you through an in-depth understanding of grape varietals and their flavor profiles so you can create your own masterpiece of wine.
Are you a fan of the soft, smooth reds, the bigger, bold reds or a crispy dry white? We'll teach you how to perfect a wine that's a perfect match to your own personality!
The added bonus - Our Wine Blending Lab is located in the basement of the hottest new tasting room in Virginia ... Skyline Vineyard - surrounded by breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge mountains.
This hands-on experience is ideal for making memories on vacation, a unique date, girls’ get-together or team building break-out sessions for your next corporate outing.
Wine Blending Class happens every Sunday - Come try our handcrafted wines and learn how we make unique blends to match your favorite foods and your own personality of wine styles!
Go here to get tickets - Wine Blending Class
The Ultimate Blue Ridge Getaway Giveaway drawing ... Are you in?
There's Still Time - our drawing happens on the 1st day of every month at 5pm. Scroll to the bottom of this page to join our mailing list and get entered for a chance to win a 1 night stay in the Bear Fence Suite at Skyline Vineyard Inn.
We're looking forward to seeing you soon out at the farm,
Click here for Culinary Classes
The Icing on the Cake ...
Skyline Vineyard Inn has the #1 Honeymoon Suite on the East Coast
Wedding Elopements & Honeymoons
Elope in the Blue Ridge Mountains
There’s nothing like eloping in the great outdoors, surrounded by the best of what nature has to offer. We’ve created mountain elopement packages that’ll bring your big day into the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Our mountain elopement package can include officiation, photography, flowers and everything you need for an amazing natural elopement.
We can help you with all the little details that make your special day perfect.
Skyline Vineyard Inn, Little Washington Winery's new boutique hotel, creates the ideal setting for your private ceremony and honeymoon. Working with our dedicated coordinators, creating your special wedding is easy. And because we know that some elopements are planned with limited lead-time, or are truly a surprise, we have created a special package which includes many of the elements you’ll need, or, we’re here to help you tailor it specifically for your dream day.
Skyline Wedding Elopement/Honeymoon Package for Two
Two nights lodging in the Skyline Vineyard Inn Honeymoon Suite
Three course candlelit dinner for two
Full breakfast each morning
Champagne and Truffles
We can add the following Extras for Your Special Day:
Massages for the two of you | Bouquet + Boutonnière
Hair + Makeup | One Hour Professional Photography
Petite Wedding Cake | Elopement Coordinator | Wedding Officiant
Every season of the year, you will find a variety of things to do at Little Washington Winery, at Skyline Vineyard Inn and nearby. Our coordinators will work with you to tailor as many, or few, activities into your schedule as you would like. From appointments in the local spa & salon to clay bird shooting, horseback riding, golf, winery, distillery & brewery tours, art gallery tours, lunch at local restaurants, dinner at the #5 restaurant in the World, a drive to the top of the mountains, carriage rides, hikes, ziplines and more. We’re here to help you craft the perfect itinerary to make magical memories of your most special day.
As us about four of our favorite spots for an epic mountain elopement.
Corporate Offsite Retreat ...
... What's your mission statement? Ours is 3 words - Fun & Interesting
We host corporate off-site retreats, strategic planning sessions and team building exercises in a destination that exceeds your expectations!
Little Washington Winery with our new Skyline Vineyard Inn - 60 miles west of Washington DC - is the ultimate spot for corporate meetings. We have great indoor space for meetings and break-out groups, and access to 60 bedrooms within 2 miles.
We have complete spy proof seclusion for your strategy planning and corporate meetings. We welcome you to use our facilities for:
- Corporate off-site retreats
- Strategic Planning sessions
- Team Building exercises
- Executive retreats
We host overnight guests at Skyline Vineyard Inn, our on-site B&B, and, with the highest concentration of B&Bs in America within 2 miles of us, we can coordinate with nearby facilities to overnight however many guests you have attending your corporate outing. Have your planner call our planner to produce your entire corporate off-site.
Off-site Team Building Activities
Every season of the year, we host a variety of experiments and problem-solving adventures that engrain a close-knit teamwork mentality at Little Washington Winery, Skyline Vineyard Inn and nearby.
With building bonds, learning compromise and solving issues as the goal, think:
- a friendly team-against-team Wine Blending competition
- a trust-building Ropes Course
- a quick 9-hole Golf Outing
- a shared Zipline adventure
- a Fun & Interesting Carriage Driving lesson
- Learning to wield cooking knives like a samurai
- a cheese-making session
We'll work with you to tailor as many, or few, activities into your schedule as you would like. We’re here to help you craft the perfect itinerary to make productive progress for you and your corporate team.
Contact us to talk about making your off-site happen in style.