Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
Less than an hour from Washington DC, along the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, this scenic wine trail has nine wineries offering tastings, tours, nifty shops and picnic areas. Northern Neck Gourmet on Main Street in Warsaw, Carried Away Cuisine on Main Street in Kilmarnock and Art of Coffee on King’s Highway in Montross are good choices for picking up picnic fare. Tasting rooms sprinkled along the tree-lined byways in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region, share the land with over one thousand miles of sparkly waterways including the Rappahannock River, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. This charming historic area, the birthplace of George Washington and childhood home of Robert E. Lee, is also home to Colonial Beach, a small seaport town along the Potomac River.
While the tidal creeks and estuaries near the Chesapeake Bay are becoming increasingly popular with sea kayakers, paddlers seeking sipping action can sign on with SouthEast Expeditions’ Kayak and Wine tour. Spend the splashing and sipping on a winery tour that starts with a morning paddle on coastal creeks, stopping to sips wine a locals wineries along the way. They also offer Kayak rentals, touring and instruction and are the only full-service kiteboarding school in Virginia.
Kayak Wine Touring & Kiteboarding
SouthEast Expeditions 32218 Lankford Highway, Cape Charles, VA 23310 *32218 Lankford Highway 757- 331-2680 *www.southeastexpeditions.net Offering Kayak & Wine Tours, Kayak rentals, touring and instruction and are the only full-service kiteboarding school in Virginia.
Tides Inn 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, Va.22480 * 804.438.5000 * 800.843.3746 * www.tidesinn.com Located on a peninsula, surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay to the east, the Potomac River to the north, and the Rappahannock River to the south, this luxurious hotel is a pampering and pleasing after a day of play and challenging the palate. It also has luxurious spa and 18-hole golf course.
Mooring Restaurant 363 Allen Point Lane Kinsale, VA 22488 * 804-472-4470 * http://portkinsale.com/dining.aspx Waterfront dining at the Port Kinsale Marina. This dockside restaurant serves pizza from the New York City built Pizza Oven, Tapas, and continental cuisine in the dining Virginia W Room. They have a Wine Library and Piano Bar and “Lucky Lady” deck bar.
White Stone Wine & Cheese Co. 572 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone, VA * 804-435-2000 A French-style bistro restaurant and wine shop with Friday night wine tastings and weekend specials. Also serving lunch.
Art of Coffee House and Art Gallery 15722 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 804-493-9651. Specializing in gourmet coffees, mochas, lattes, smoothies and full menu of quiches, pastries, hot soups and fresh & grilled sandwiches.
Buenos Nachos Mexican Grill Main Streetm, Kilmarnock, VA * 804-435-6262
Whipping up authentic Mexican melded with local tastes of the Chesapeake Bay. Sidewalk patio dining.
Carried Away Cuisine 10 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA * 804-435-9191 Selling coffee, cheeses, gourmet packaged foods and picnic-friendly box lunches.
Crow's Nest Cafe 15683 Historyland Highway, Warsaw * 804-333-5332. Open Monday-Friday, 11:00am-2:00pm. Homemade soups, salad bar, gourmet deli and grilled sandwiches.
Northern Neck Gourmet 115 Main Street, Warsaw, VA * 804-333-3012 * www.NorthernNeckGourmet.com A quaint “wine and cheese café,” serving specialty sandwiches, salad and homemade soups.
Heart of the Appalachia
Amongst the most rugged and remote areas of Virginia, Heart of Appalachia region at the most western tip is light on wineries, but big on outdoor adventures. The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area near Damascus, two hundred thousand acre wilderness region within the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests has more than four hundred miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, varying from easy to extreme, with some climbs to Mount Rogers at topping out at 5,729 feet. There’s great cross-country skiing here in the winter.
Russell Fork Whitewater Adventures Route 80, Big Rock, VA 24603 * firstname.lastname@example.org Leading intense whitewater rafting trips on the Russell Fork River, which has whitewater rapids of Class III-V+
Hiking & Mt. Biking
- Mount Rogers Loop This eight-mile loop through fragrant valley meadow, over rocky creeks and along some of southwest Virginia's most dynamic mountain peaks.
Virginia Creeper Trail
Sporting an insane seventeen-mile downhill ride from Whitetop to Damascus, a nearly sixteen hundred-foot drop, is on the “To Do” list for most knobby riders in the know. Peddlers take a shuttle to the top of Whitetop, at thirty-five hundred feet and spend the next two to three hours cruising down the stunning gradual decent (never more than five percent), that’s mostly firmly packed surface with a few rocky sections.
Called the "Grand Canyon of the South,” this magnificent park thirteen trails along the largest gorge east of the Mississippi.
Wilderness Road State Park – The Wilderness Trail
Once a part of the Wilderness Road Trail blazed by Daniel Boone in the 1780's and over three hundred thousand settlers who were “heading west,” this ten-mile biking, hiking and equestrian trail is popular with locals.
Adventure Damascus Damascus, VA * 276-475-6262 www.adventuredamascus.com Offers a One-day bike tour, starting in Galax and ends at Foster Falls, taking riders through tunnels, along cliffs and see wildlife, historic landmarks and the New River. Bike rentals and shuttle service to the Virginia Creeper Trail available.
The Bike Station 501 East Main Street, Damascus, VA 24236 * 276-475-3629 *www.thebike-station.com Bike rental and shuttle service for Virginia Creeper Trail.
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Wine Touring Limos
These car services offer limousine wine tours throughout much of the state.
- Virginia Wine Country Tours * www.VirginiaWineTour.com
- Harvest Limousine * 703-606-4598 * www.harvestlimo.com
- Fairfax Limo * 703-229-5057 * www.fairfax-limo.com
Parks, Forests and Trails
- James River Park System: 804-646-5733
- State Parks: 1-800-933 PARK
- National Parks: 202-208-4747
- National Forests: 202-205-1760
- Appalachian Trail: 304-535-6331
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: 202-797-5400
- Viginia Campground Association: 1-800-552-2225
- Viginia Hospitality & Travel Association: (804) 288-3065
- Virginia Department of Transportation: (804) 371-4869. Provides information on routes and bicycling packet.
- Virginia Professional Paddlesport Association: 1-888-42 FLOAT
- Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament: (757) 491-5160
- Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: 804-376-1000
- Wildlife Areas: 1-800-367-9369
- Virginia Horse Council: (540) 382-4113
- Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation: (804) 786-1712
Travel and Scenic Routes
- State Travel Info: 1-800-253-2767
- Scenic Roads Map: 804-686-0002
- Bicycle Routes: 1-800-835-1203 or 804-786-2964
- Blue Ridge Parkway: 704-271-4779
- Skyline Drive: 540-999-2266
Virginia Weather Forecasts
- Western: 1-800-221-2659
- Central/Eastern: 1-800-697-3373
- Northern: 703-260-0107