Wineries, Plantations, Caverns, Parade Floats, Blue Ridge Parkway
Train Ride, Civil War Medicine Museum, Museum of the Shenandoah.
Day One Monday June 2
Round Hill VA … Bogato Winery
Veramar Vineyard, the Bogaty family’s first winery, opened to the public in 2000, and Justin Bogaty came on as winemaker the next year. From the earliest days of the business, each decision and each project has been done with the goal of creating a sustainable family business that can be passed down from generation to generation. The family believe strongly in investing in the future of their family’s passion and avoiding trends and fads that can distract from their mission of creating world-class, enduring wines.
Middletown VA…Belle Grove Plantation
in the Shenandoah Valley, is an 18th-century grain and livestock farm, which, in its prime (circa 1815), encompassed about 7500 acres of land. The unique limestone house was completed in 1797 for Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly, sister of future President James Madison. The house has remained virtually unchanged through the years, offering visitors an experience of the life and times of the people who lived there in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Today, the plantation includes the main house and gardens, original outbuildings, a classic 1918 barn, an overseer’s house, the slave cemetery, a heritage apple orchard, fields and meadows, and scenic mountain views.
Middletown VA…Wayside Inn
is where your dinner is included. Since 1797, they have been serving the public for over 200 years. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, at the foot of the Massanutten Mountains, this distinctive Inn gracefully blends its 18th century ambiance with 20th century comfort. Dining at the Inn features fresh regional American cuisine. Meals are served in seven delightful dining rooms by servers in authentic Colonial costumes. The inn, is a truly unique experience, boasting as the oldest and longest continuously run inn, in the United States. The oldest part “Summer Kitchen” was built as a way station & stagecoach stop built in 1742. (D).
Holiday Inn Front Royal VA..
Is our home for this entire tour as we do a hub an spoke of the area.
Day Two Tuesday June 3
Mt Jackson VA…Route 11 Potato Chips
formerly of Middletown VA…where you can enjoy some of the best potato chips on the market. They felt that their only purpose in that moment and many after, was that they produce the best potato chips on the planet. Everything they make is hand-cooked. Surprise…some even taste like vegetables!
Quicksburg VA…Shenandoah Caverns
consists of a one mile, one hour walk through around 17 spectacular rooms and passageways. All tours are personally guided by a knowledgeable guide who will show you all the wonders of this underground world. You’ll see a variety of unique, intricate and unexpected formations like the Capitol Dome, Rainbow Lake and Beyond the Veil. Our famous “Breakfast Bacon” formations were featured in National Geographic Magazine. From soaring rooms like Long View Hall to the extraordinary crystalline formations of Diamond Cascade, there’s a new wonder around every bend. The caverns remains a constant 56 degrees year-round. The elevator takes you into and out of the caverns, but the cave is not considered ADA accessible.
Quicksburg VA…American Celebration
at Shenandoah Caverns offers an up close look at a unique collection of stunning parade floats, props, and stage settings from America’s entertainment and political history. This collection includes parade floats from the Rose Parade, Presidential Inaugurals, and other national celebrations. Check out the massive floats you’ve only seen on TV.
The Blue Ridge Parkway…is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions, in the southern and central Appalachians. It is a very pleasant relaxing drive with fantastic views. You will encounter unsurpassed diversity of climate, vegetation, wildlife and geological features. (B,D).
Day 3 Wednesday June 4
Winchester-Frederick Visitor Center
Where we start the day with a orientation video and the Patsy Cline Exhibit. Then we board the bus for a Patsy Cline House and Driving tour. Winding up at Old Town Winchester for a tour of George Washington’s Office Museum. Then there will be free time on the Old Town Walking Mall where you can shop the quaint shops and have lunch on your own at the many places to eat.
Museum of the Shenandoah
(MSV) Winchester VA. Is our next stop and this museum interprets the art, history, and culture of the great valley for which it is named. This regional museum complex in Winchester Virginia includes, six acres of spectacular gardens, and a museum designed by internationally recognized architect Michael Graves. Be sure to visit the Museum Store during your visit.
The Winchester Cider Works and Homestead Farm at Fruit Hill Orchard is where we will have a tour and tasting. A home cooked dinner is included along with a Blue Grass Mini Concert. (B,D).
Day Four Thursday Jun 5
The Frederick Visitor Center
Will Welcome us with refreshments, a welcome bag, interpretive exhibits and a 14 minute film abut the area.
Frederick MD…Where a stop at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will allow us to follow in the footsteps of soldiers and surgeons to discover the harsh conditions, personal sacrifices, and brilliant innovations of Civil War medicine, innovations that continue to save lives today.
Walkersville MD…Walkersville Southern Railroad…where we will take the train on a nostalgic excursion The excursion runs through the Walkersville Community Park past Fountain Rock a 100 year old lime kiln. Remnants of the old railroad operation there are still visible. The ride continues south through the woods, and out to the picturesque farm country. On a clear day you can see the Catoctin Mountains west of Frederick. On the return you will cross beautiful Monocracy River on the recently reconstructed railroad bridge. .The railroad station is a “Turn of the Century” small town railroad station built in the 1800’s. The ticket office is located in the station and there is a small tool house built during the same period, where tools, baggage and freight would have been stored. You can imagine what life was like during the heyday of the railroad as you look at these structures.
Now it’s time to head home with rest and food stops as needed along the way. (B)
Meal selection choose when you book
- Pan Roasted Chicken
- Seasonal Veggie Entre
- Pan Roasted Salmon
- Mignonettes of Beef
- Executive Coach 6:30 am rt 6:00 pm
- Limestone Church 8:00 am rt 7:30 pm
Cost Per Person
$ 595 Dbl, $535 Tpl, 499 Qd, $759 Sgl