March is Wine and Dine Month on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, and March 10’s Second Saturday is an especially inviting day. There are so many events planned: wining, dining, dancing and entertainment, classes, workshops, and exhibitions! Plus beautiful scenery, luxurious lodgings, and hospitality galore! Come find all the fun on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, located less than 90 minutes southwest of Washington, DC, at the base of the Shenandoah National Park.
Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via the online location map. When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.
Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, March 10, 2018:
(The featured trail sites below are listed in alphabetical order. Click the linked name to learn more about each member, their Google map location and the activities, artists, and specialties they are featuring.)
Blue Ridge Artisans – 12018 B Lee Highway, Sperryville, VA 22740
Dyeing Silk Workshop. Create two stunning silk scarves in a fun workshop! Learn dyeing techniques and the basics of hand painting silk from artist Jennifer Tepper Heverly. Must be 18 years of age or over to participate. If fewer than 3 participants register, classes are subject to cancellation with a full refund. Tickets must be purchased online at this page; none are available at the door. $160 fee covers all materials and instruction. Workshop 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
De’Danaan Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740
Fused Glass Jewelry. Artist and instructor Patricia Brennan will teach you to cut glass and design and create unique fused glass earrings and pendants. Each student will be able to create three pendants or three pairs of earrings (or a combination) and pick them up after they come out of the kiln the next day. Call 540-987-8615 or email email@example.com for a reservation or more information. $30 covers all materials and instruction. Class 1 – 3 p.m.
Gay Street Inn – 160 Gay Street, Washington, VA 22747
Escape to your perfect hideaway, steps from world-class dining at The Inn at Little Washington, as well as other fine restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and antique stores. Begin your day with a home-cooked breakfast in the sunroom. Later, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from the in-room wine list, expanded for Wine and Dine Month to include more of our favorites from local wineries. Relax and sip in the comfort of spacious guest rooms, or curl up with your glass by the fire in our library. There’s no wrong way to enjoy great Virginia wine this winter at Gay Street Inn!
Gray Ghost Vineyards – The Marriott Ranch, 5305 Marriott Lane, Hume, VA 22639
Winemaker Dinner. Executive Chef J.C. Conklin will prepare a five-course dinner perfectly paired with Gray Ghost wines. Al and Cheryl Kellert, Gray Ghost owners and winemakers, will present the five award-winning wines selected to accompany the dinner and explain the fine nuances of each selection. For reservations: 540-364-2627 $109 per person plus tax. Begins at 7 p.m.
Greenfield Inn Bed and Breakfast – 30 September Song Lane, Washington, VA 22747
Relax in Luxury. This Georgian-style 1700’s mansion sits on 83 beautiful acres amid rolling hills and woodland and with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pillared entrances welcome you into the lap of luxury where elegantly casual sitting areas and garden spaces invite you to unwind. Wine and dine with abandon because your stay includes a complimentary round-trip ride to any restaurant in Washington, VA! After a restful night, rise from plush bedding to enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast. Mention the Artisan Trail Wine and Dine Month for a 20% discount off a two-night stay in March.
Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, VA 22627
Dine and Dance. Come for the food; stay for the music. Hit the floor and shake it up to the funky Motown music of the Andre Fox Band. Order from full dining and bar menus and try the Wine of the Week especially selected from a local vineyard. Band 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Kevin Adams – Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay Street, Washington, VA 22747
Shenandoah Show. Visit the solo exhibition of Adam’s wonderful Shenandoah National Park paintings. Return Sunday, Mar. 11, for the artist’s talk on his Park Artist Residency. Show through Mar 20. Open Wed. – Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA 22747
Wine Bootcamp. Led by winemaker Carl Henrickson, this seminar is “all about wine in plain English.” Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to select and order in a restaurant and other tidbits you didn’t know to ask. The session includes sandwich and chocolate pairings and our Dirt Road Wine Tour. Book online. Class 11 a.m. – 1: p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.
Little Washington Winery at Wine Loves Chocolate, 353 Main Street, Washington, VA 22747
South Africa Wine. South Africa’s time to shine on the wine stage has definitely arrived. A significant proportion of the best South African wines today were not being made in 2000. Come take a survey of wines and varietals from a land of stunning beauty. Learn your steens from your pinotages; explore the world of emerging South Africa wines. Fee $40. Class 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – 200 Viewtown Road, Amissville, VA 20106
Organic Herbs. Savor our tasting of 7 wines, six paired with carefully selected cheeses and one with a delicious raspberry dark chocolate. While you’re here, shop family-owned Full Moon Farm’s culinary herbs, essential oils, and hydrosols. All plants are certified organic and herb products are processed on the farm. Restock your pantry now! Open 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle Street, Washington, VA 22747
Art Exhibition – Contemporary fine art by 40 local and regional artists. This exhibit by gallery members and invited artist friends is stylistically diverse and includes painting, sculpture, and photography. Exhibition Mar. 2 – Apr. 8 Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Quievremont Winery – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Road, Washington, VA 22747
Appetizers and Wine. Enjoy luscious artisan appetizers and heavy hors-d’oeuvres paired with Quièvremont wines. Tastings are $12 / person, but waived with the purchase of a bottle. Come to the winery as we celebrate Virginia Wine and Dine Month from noon to 7 p.m. with special sales on some of our signature wines!
Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Road, Huntly, VA 22640
Artful Appetizers. Caroline Mello of Waterford Run Farm and Forge will pair her complex artisanal jams with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and crostini to make exotic, yet simple and delicious appetizers. Choose your favorites and walk away with the jams to make them. 1 – 5 p.m. Open 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
River District Potters – 7 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740
Play With Clay. Potter Sara Adams will teach you to make your own pinch pot! Free and no reservation needed! Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Strike Daekins Designs – 1 Red Oak Mountain Road, Woodville, VA 22749
Renaissance Style. Welcome spring with a visit to our Open Studio Sale. Browse unique and historically-inspired clothing, satchels, and Celtic wedding accessories.
Light refreshment will be available. Studio is unheated – please dress accordingly. No public restroom. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 12 – 4 p.m.
Warmglass Designs – 12625 Lee Highway (Hazel River Arts and Antiques, formerly Ginger Hill Antiques), Washington, VA 22747
Glass Suncatcher. Design a 4” fused glass sun catcher for a sparkling gift or to keep. Your completed design will be fired offsite and may be picked up the following Thursday. Fee $20. No reservation needed. All materials and instruction are provided. Workshop 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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