The climate of West Virginia is very well-suited to growing wine grapes, particularly French hybrid varieties. There are plenty of delicious wines to sample, and touring the scenic vineyards and wineries is a great way to spend an afternoon or two while vacationing here. However, there's more than just wine on offer; many of the wineries also specialize in making mead, cider, and even hard alcohol. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Batton Hollow Winery
2.Chestnut Ridge Winery
4.Forks of Cheat Winery
5.Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead
6.Honey River Meadery
8.Moss Farms Winery LLC
9.Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine
10.Potomac Highland Winery
11.West Whitehill Winery
12 West Virginia Wineries
- Batton Hollow Winery, Photo: Batton Hollow Winery
- Chestnut Ridge Winery, Photo: poplasen/stock.adobe.com
- Daniel Vineyards, Photo: Daniel Vineyards
- Forks of Cheat Winery, Photo: Forks of Cheat Winery
- Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead, Photo: Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead
- Honey River Meadery, Photo: Nishihama/stock.adobe.com
- Kirkwood Winery, Photo: Kirkwood Winery
- Moss Farms Winery LLC, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine, Photo: Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine
- Potomac Highland Winery, Photo: Comugnero Silvana/stock.adobe.com
- West Whitehill Winery, Photo: West Whitehill Winery
- WineTree Vineyards, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: redav/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in VA: Governor’s Palace
Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Governor’s Palace is a part of the famous Colonial Williamsburg and aims to share the enduring story of American history. The Governor’s Palace is where the Governor of Colonial Virginia resided and visitors can explore the historic home while experiencing world-class entertainment and education.
History of Colonial Williamsburg:
The history of Colonial Williamsburg is vast, but its formative years were from 1699 – 1780 when the town of Williamsburg, Virginia was the cultural, educational, and political center of the American colonies. It was during this time in Williamsburg that some of the most fundamental aspects of today’s American culture and politics was established.
Colonial Williamsburg aims to tell the story of this important time in American history by immersing guests in the day-to-day life of colonists at that time. By providing a town where it feels as if visitors travel back in time, they will not only read about their history but experience it. Docents and volunteers dress in period clothing while performing daily tasks and giving guests fun and interesting facts about historic Williamsburg.
But how do the Colonial Williamsburg that guests know today become what it is? It all started in 1926, when Dr. Goodwin realized his dream of preserving and presenting the city’s historic buildings. Thanks to the help of John D. Rockefeller, the restoration of this 18th-century ghost town officially began! Through the years, Colonial Williamsburg underwent many restoration and development projects, but everything was clearly worth it since it is one of the top historic tourist destinations in the country.
The Governor’s Palace may be only a small part of the Colonial Williamsburg property, but its history is just as vast and prominent at the city itself. This palace was home to 7 Royal British Governors leading up to the Revolutionary War and two of the very first elected governors in American history.
As they enter the Governor’s Palace, visitors will be instantly transported to the years leading up to the Revolutionary War and will experience the way that the royal government lived in Virginia right before it collapsed. The palace itself was home to the first 2 elected governors as well as 7 Royal British governors before the Revolution. This palace was truly a “symbol of royal authority.”
Visitors can explore the grand rooms, filled with priceless furniture, antiques, and artwork. This grandeur will spark an instant understanding of the times – the deep tension growing between the haves and the have nots. The elegant and impressive palace is breathtaking and is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
The surrounding property is just as fascinating as the palace itself. There are formal gardens, brick pathways, sculptures, and many other elaborate decorations. Operating hours are fairly simple, the Governor’s Palace is open every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There are always exciting and entertaining events coming to Colonial Williamsburg and the Governor’s Palace. Events like period ballroom dances, feasts, and art exhibitions are hosted year-round. Be sure to check out the Colonial Williamsburg website for more information on upcoming events.
Because the mission of Colonial Williamsburg is to promote education of America’s early history, there are many educational programs and events hosted year-round. Members of the entire family are sure to find something to enjoy amongst the wide variety of events.
Some typical events include dancing, feasts, art exhibitions, butter churning, group tours, day camps, and tours giving my volunteers in period clothing. Be sure to check out the Colonial Williamsburg website for more information on educational programming and tours.
It is recommended that interested visitors subscribe to the Colonial Williamsburg newsletter to be keep informed on upcoming educational programs or events.
Governor’s Palace, 101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185, Phone: 888-965-7254
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More Ideas in VA: The Muscarelle Museum of Art
Located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Lamberson Hall, The Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg serves as a working laboratory for the College, a platform for the Museum’s collection and visiting exhibitions and as a dynamic cultural resource for the community. Situated next to the Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on Jamestown Road, The Muscarelle Museum of Art first opened its doors in 1983 with the aim of creating a dynamic environment for the exploration of art and is a thriving museum and research center for the campus today.
The Muscarelle Museum of Art features a range of exhibitions and programs that focus on the cultural landscape of the community with a permanent collection that is central to the function of the Museum as a laboratory for the study of art. The collection features more than 5,000 works acquired through generous donations.
The Muscarelle Museum of Art collection began with the donation of a portrait of the physicist, Robert Boyle from the third Earl of Burlington in 1732 and has since grown to over five thousand works of art. The collection as it stands today encompasses a diverse array of works from antiquity to the present, including both Eastern and Western art, Colonial American art, and German Expressionist works. Highlights of the collection include English portraits from the 17th and 18th century, prints and drawings from the 15th to the 20th century by American and European artists, German Expressionist works, a selection of Japanese prints, and a collection of American modern oils, watercolors, and sculptures.
The Museum has two floors on which galleries are housed – the first-floor galleries are devoted to national traveling exhibitions and loans from private collections while the second-floor galleries house the permanent collection. The Museum’s permanent collection includes American and European portraits from the 17th through the 19th centuries; Asian and Native American ceramics; original drawings, and mixed-media works from the 16th through the 20th centuries representing American, European, and Asian artists; and African art.
The first floor of the Museum also features the Herman Graphics Art Study Room in which changing exhibitions of works on paper from the collection are featured.
The Muscarelle Museum of Art offers an array of educational programs, lectures, workshops, and symposiums, in conjunction with the collections and temporary exhibitions. An ongoing series of lectures internationally recognized experts are presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Museum offers first-hand research for faculty members, including course support, guided class tours, and access to the Collections and Museum Research. For students, the Museum provides supervised access to the Collection and Museum Research, access to the galleries in the Museum for sketching, and various student events.
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in the Lamberson Hall and is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and is closed on Mondays. Free parking is available in front of the Museum with a permit, and there are a limited number of metered spaces in the lot. Docent-led tours of the Museum are available without appointment every Saturday and Sunday at 1: 00 pm. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and handicapped parking is available.
603 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185, Phone: 757-221-2700
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More Ideas in VA: L'Auberge Provencale
L'Auberge Provencale offers a slice of French country living in the heart of Virginia. This quintessential French Country Inn is owned by Innkeepers Celeste and Alain Borel, who have created an authentic and charming Provencale experience in the form of a romantic Virginia bed and breakfast. The Inn features cheerful, yet elegant accommodations in the form of bright Provencale suites and guest rooms, mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine, and gracious hospitality, and service. The bed and breakfast are home to an award-winning and nationally acclaimed restaurant – La Table Provencale – that serves a menu of modern regional cuisine with a distinctive French flair created from the freshest locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by excellent local and international wines by the bottle and glass.
The luxurious Inn offer an array of amenities for guests to enjoy, ranging from comfortable communal spaces with crackling fireplaces and open-air porches with breathtaking views, and exquisitely manicured ‘Monet-style' gardens in which to stroll and relax. A heated swimming pool at the Inn's sister property three miles away, Villa La Campagnette and other services and amenities include complimentary electric car charging stations for Tesla and other electric cars and free wireless Internet, while special activities include dining events and picnics to go.
L'Auberge Provencale features 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites in the main building of the Inn and three exceptional suites at the Inn's sister property three miles away, Villa La Campagnette.
Tucked away in the heart of Virginia's Wine Country, all guest rooms boast breathtaking views of the rolling landscapes, Blue Ridge Mountains, and spectacular Shenandoah Valley. Guest rooms and suites all feature elegant French country-style décor and furnishings in warm hues, comfortable beds plush Provencale fabrics and linens, private bathrooms with showers and baths, bathrobes and deluxe bath products, and other luxury amenities. Several guest rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, LCD flatscreen televisions, indulgent aromatherapy steam showers, and Jacuzzi soaking tubs.
Guests staying at the sister property of Villa La Campagnette are surrounded by 18 acres of stunning landscaped with manicured gardens, stables and a heated swimming pool and a lovely shaded terrace for relaxing.
Guests are also treated to a signature gourmet breakfast in the Sun Room each morning and can tuck into an array of delicious goodies including homemade granola, yogurt and fresh fruit, freshly baked scones, bread and breakfast rolls, croissants, and creative egg and meat dishes. End off with fresh coffee, tea or fruit juice.
Mid-morning and afternoon snacks are served in the sitting room with delicious treats such as home baked cookies, fresh fruit, chocolates and mixed nuts and homemade lemonade or hot mulled local organic apple cider on offer.
L'Auberge Provencale presents world class dining at their award-winning onsite restaurant, La Table Provencale. Open to guests and the public, the restaurant serves a menu of creative farm-to-table cuisine created from locally sourced ingredients, and vegetables, herbs, and fruit from the Inn's own gardens and orchards. Elegant dishes are accompanied by a curated selection of wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the bottle or the glass.
L'Auberge Provencale also has a new addition of L'Auberge Provencale Bar & Lounge, which serves a smaller bar menu of sophisticated cuisine, savory snacks and classic brasserie fare, as well as trendy cocktails, craft beers and fresh herb-infused drinks made from scratch.
L'Auberge Provencale presents a magical countryside location for special occasions, such as weddings, honeymoons, family gatherings or anniversaries. The Inn's stunning grounds provide the perfect setting for a wedding or reception from the beautiful gardens and fruit orchards to the sweeping porches and terraces that overlook them.
L'Auberge Provencale can accommodate up to 70 people for receptions with customized menus created by the expert team of chefs from the award-winning La Table Provencale, while Villa La Campagnette's stunning French Country setting with gardens, swimming pool, and beautiful brick patio can take up to 135 guests for wedding receptions and gatherings.
L'Auberge Provencale offers an array of luxury amenities, including luxury accommodations across two buildings, a heated swimming pool, shaded porches and terraces overlooking beautifully manicured gardens, complimentary electric car charging stations, an award-winning restaurant and bar, and free wireless Internet throughout.
Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, L'Auberge Provencale offers an array of things to see and do, whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure. Located in White Post, the Inn is ideally located just a short drive from a variety of activities ranging from world-class wineries and breweries, historic homes and museums, galleries and other cultural activities and the famous Skyline Drive.
13630 Lord Fairfax Way, White Post, Virginia 22620, Phone: 800-638-1702
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