While visiting our daughter in Washington DC, my husband and I wanted to explore the countryside with her. The 3 of us stayed at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, booking the Gallery cottage for two nights, and enjoyed every moment. Neil and Barry, the proprietors, were charming, going out of their way to make us feel welcome. At their recommendation, we visited the Valerie Hill Winery, a short drive on the gravel roads surrounding the Inn, and our California wine snob palates were pleasantly surprised by quality of the wine, which we sipped while listening to wonderful live music in the back garden of the winery. The Chef's Dinner Saturday night was delightful, from the signature "Fall in a Glass" cocktail shared with other guests in the parlor to the 6 courses of the superb, locally sourced meal paired with wine. We stumbled down the hill to our two level cottage, where we took full advantage of both the wood-burning and gas fireplaces. The rural setting is perfect for exploring Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian Trail and the many local apple orchard farmstands. It was well worth our frantic drive back to the District just in time to escape the wrath of Sandy!