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Three-Day Culinary Trip with Accommodations and Some Meals from Epitourean

Virginia Wine Country

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Culinary vacation delves into southern cuisine and Virginian wines through a winery tour, a five-course dinner, and classes with a chef

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Expires Mar 8th, 2013. Book by 3/08/2013 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 12/31/13. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. All cancellations subject to $75 fee. 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies. Must be 18 or older to check in. Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to Epitourean. Redemption occurs upon booking with Epitourean; no refunds will be processed by Groupon after redemption. Single traveler supplement of $350 and 12% tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Virginian Wines, Southern Flavors, and Regional Seafood at 19th-Century Mansion

The culinary-travel specialists at Epitourean create food-focused itineraries for adventurous eaters, highlighting authentic regional cuisine in its own setting through tours, cooking classes, and gourmet meals. This deal takes you on a culinary adventure through central Virginia, an area known for its rolling wineries, southern seasonings, and seafood fresh out of Chesapeake Bay.

Chef’s tasting menu at Civil War–era mansion: The retreat takes place at The Lafayette Inn, an 1840s-era Federalist mansion that has served as both a saloon and a Civil War hospital. Its guest rooms feature four-poster beds, crocheted quilts, and locally produced bath products, and some feature fireplaces.

The culinary adventure begins with a chef's tasting menu of five or more courses, each paired with a vintage from the wine list. Although dishes frequently vary to showcase seasonal ingredients, chefs often draw from the main menu, which includes lump crab in garlic cream, fried green tomatoes, and Southern Comfort shrimp and grits. Each morning at the inn, you’ll enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast that includes omelets and french toast.

Cooking class and sous-chef apprenticeship with the inn’s executive chef: Alan—who doubles as the inn's executive chef—will lead you in an intimate, hands-on cooking class at the onsite restaurant. Later on, you’ll join the chef to prep ingredients and meals for the restaurant as he teaches culinary tricks of the trade, showing you the best ways to use certain kitchen gadgets and recipes.

Wine tasting: You’ll join a private wine tasting at Stone Mountain Vineyards, where you can take a self-guided tour of its gorgeous countryside.


  • “It was fabulous - Estela and Jon are great hosts. The accommodations were comfortable and beautiful and the food was great.”

  • “Epitourean ha ben very pleasant and helpful to work with so far.”

  • “We haven't gone yet but I am very excited about it and think/hope it will be wonderful. ”

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    Virginia Wine Country

    146 Main Street

    Stanardsville, VA 22973

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