My wife and I and 4 of our friends ventured out to Orchard House this weekend for a couple's wine tasting weekend. The bottom line is that I cannot imagine the weekend going any better than it did!
We were welcomed into our room (which had chocolate chip cookies waiting for us) on Friday afternoon and given a tour of the inn and plenty of helpful information about local dining options. There are a couple neat breweries in the area to check out, and we enjoyed Wild Wolf Brewing Company on this trip which was about 20 minutes from the B&B.
Saturday was the highlight of our trip! Shortly after breakfast our host Richard gave our group a short class on wine tasting, and you can tell that Richard really does know a lot about wine, to include tasting and about the local wineries. Then, we all piled into the B&B's van where Richard transported us and our friends to several local wineries. Not having to worry about driving or navigating the local area ensured we were able to focus on enjoying our day and our wine. Throughout the day, Richard took pictures of our activities and presented us with a complimentary CD the following day. He also packed a lunch for us. I cannot say enough about the chauffeured wine tour package; it was totally worth the money!
I'd like to thank Richard and Deb for the perfect weekend. I will be recommending the Orchard House to my friends, and if we ever decide to take another trip to this region I know where we'll be heading.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Orchard House B&B! An historic farmhouse built in 1874, it was once the location of a thriving apple orchard for many years. Start your visit with a glass of wine and homemade cookies on our front porch. Stroll around our picturesque 14 acres and watch for the resident bunnies scampering across the lawn. While at the Orchard House, you can choose to be as busy or as relaxed as your mood decides. Enjoy our chauffeured wine tours, hike the famous Crabtree Falls, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, tour Monticello, explore the various antique shops nearby, visit the local orchards or swimming quarries, check out the multitude of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Or choose to lay in the comfy hammocks gazing up at the endless skies, take a dip in the pool, stroll through our one-acre vineyard, relax in the new gazebo, listen to the frogs chirping from the pond, identify the beautiful birds that flit from one birdfeeder to the next, read a book in one of the many Adirondack chairs that grace the front lawn, rock on the sprawling front porch while soaking up our amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No matter what you choose to do while visiting us at the Orchard House, we guarantee your time will be rejuvenating, memorable, and filled with good food, good memories, and new friends. Relax and rejuvenate in an elegant country atmosphere. Leave feeling better than when you arrived! ... more less
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