Rappahannock Romance Second Saturday February 8

Hearts and roses, love notes and all! In February, romance is a siren’s call. Romeo and Juliet, Johnny and June, A-Rod and J Lo, Grace and the Prince, Blondie and Dagwood, Will and Jada, Elizabeth and Richard, Frida and Rivera, Mildred and Richard, John and Yoko – in every culture legendary romances abound! Start your own legend with a Romantic Rappahannock Rendezvous!

Before and After  – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740

WINE AND ROSES.  Before & After will celebrate with a wine evening from 5-7 pm including wines from local vineyards, a FREE wine tasting, red roses, and heart-shaped treats.  Stop in – after hiking one of the Sperryville 7 or strolling down the Sperryville River Walk – to meet friends and family under our big chandelier.  

Dida’s Distillery at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Join us for the Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow where tickets include all samples of artisan spirits as well as craft cocktails from numerous Virginia distilleries. Guests may mix, mingle and engage with Virginia distillers firsthand (and even sample some beer.) Purchase bottles of distilled spirits to take home. Save by purchasing advance tickets. Designated driver tickets are complimentary.   https://www.facebook.com/events/434710250532778/

Gadino Cellars– 92 School House Rd., Washington, VA 22747

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Enjoy a special library wine tasting (available all weekends in February). In addition to our regular tasting, we will be offering a tasting of our 2012 library vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. You may also indulge in a dark chocolate truffle flight from Birnn Chocolates in Vermont and have the option to purchase a glass or bottle(s) of the library selection

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the most popular Valentine winery event in Virginia! Treat your sweet tooth to a decadent array of chocolate desserts while sipping Gray Ghost’s Gold-medal red wines. Admission includes unlimited chocolate dessert buffet, red and white wine tasting, glass of wine of your choice and collectible Valentine glass. Live music by Valerie Von Fange from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. (Come back Sunday to hear Tess Miller.)  Entry to event from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; winery open until 5:00 pm.  $30 per person. No reservations necessary. Snow, rain or shine!  Feel free to bring ‘real food.’ Gray Ghost is serving the dessert!

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Hypnotic Willie ambles in to deliver a truckload of music. Bring your honey out to dance for a “pre-Valentine Day evening ” and get rootsy and romantic with this rock, country, Americana band.

Kevin Adams  – at Gay Street Gallery 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Glass artist Candi Durusu, who looks for the stories and humor that glass wants to express in the new items that come out of her hands, joins resident artist and realist Kevin Adams in an exclusive exhibition.  Making it a trio is painter Joe de Feo, who is inspired by biology, chemistry, math, Old Masters, abstract expressionism, horror movies, puzzles, mysteries, and overlooked things.  The three artists are featured by Gay Street Gallery. What says romance better than an art getaway?

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Wine Tasting and Cork Crafts. Help upcycle our corks by creating your own Valentine cork heart, complementary with a tasting or glass of wine. Tastings are paired with gourmet cheeses and chocolates for just $10 and enjoyed in our spacious but cozy new winery.

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Ben Mason and Kimberly Engel sing their way through the winter afternoon! Listen to selections from four of Ben’s albums, as well as songs from a new album coming out this spring. Kimberly will be joining him with her wonderful piano stylings all afternoon! 2 – 5 pm

River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Play with Clay.  Make a textured dish. Workshop will take 1-2 hours. $30 per adult and $20 per child to produce a dish. Potter Sara Adams provides materials and guidance. 11 am – 3 pm.

For questions email riverdistrictpotters@comcast.net or text: 202 256-7005

Warmglass Designsat Hazel River Arts and Antiques-12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747

Create a heart-shaped fused glass ornament or suncatcher in a workshop with artist Jennifer Webb. Children must be accompanied by adult..  All materials provided.  $25.00  Call 571-278-3196 to reserve your spot

The Inn at Little Washington– Middle and Main Sts., Washington, VA 22747

For a Really Romantic Rappahannock dinner, take advantage of a special invitation for locals to enjoy a 7 course tasting menu for $186 per person (normally $248 per person). The Friends and Neighbors program is available in February to residents of Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren counties on Sunday through Thursday, excluding the week of Feb. 14. For reservations phone 540-675-3800 and mention Friends and Neighbors. (Proof of residency is required.)