Napa Valley may take more than its share of publicity about all things wine, but the Inn at Meander Plantation is doing its part to put Virginia Wine Country on the oenophile map. Located just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., this bed-and-breakfast showcases the best in wine country hospitality.
This historic property, with 10 warm and intimate suits, was frequently visited by Thomas Jefferson (a noted wine lover). But what’s most unique about this charming plantation is that it’s also a cooking school, with sessions taught by Suzie Blanchard, the executive chef and owner of the inn. Opt for a one day cooking lesson for $125 or upgrade to the Bed and Breakfast Package, which includes lodging, meals, classes and more.
Near the inn are many top wineries, including the Piedmont Vineyards and Winery, Virginia’s oldest Chardonnay producer. If wine tasting isn’t your thing, try birdwatching, croquet, hiking, skydiving or kayaking. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, is just a 35-minute drive away. The area is also notable for antiquing, not surprising given its history.
The well-manicured grounds are perfect for strolling and would also make a lovely backdrop for any event. The Inn at Meander Plantation even can help plan your wedding.
For more details about this bed-and-breakfast near DC or about the cooking classes, call 800-385-4936. Find out about other activities near the inn.
Photo courtesy of the Inn at Meander Plantation.