Grape and Grain tours bestow imbibers with a whirlwind six hours to sip and savor a kaleidoscope of diverse beverages. A chauffeur from Prime Transportation begins the day by whisking patrons to a brewery, distillery, and winery, each of which grants samples of their unique brews and vintages while instilling educational tidbits about their creation. At the Mediterranean-style Potomac Point Winery, patrons explore the wine cave and tour the cellar, dining on a bistro lunch and stopping at the olive oil bar to tend jaws creaky from chewing. At Blue and Gray Brewing Company, samples of seasonal beers emerge straight from the tanks to wash down a complimentary dessert, and the tour of family-owned A. Smith Bowman Distillery—a Fredericksburg mainstay since 1934—imparts tricks of the brewing trade that toe the line between tradition and innovation. Discounts on return visits and gift-shop merchandise urge tours to return, and patrons depart with souvenir glasses from each venue that will always remind them not to drink out of the brewer's tank.
As Presto Piano Studio’s main teacher, Miss Amy illuminates the joys of playing the piano for kids as young as 8 years old. She accepts students up to the age of 18, and she focuses her lessons on giving beginners a proper musical introduction, one that will reward them as a creative outlet throughout their lives. Though Miss Amy believes mastering the piano takes perseverance and practice, she also thinks it's the easiest instrument to learn, especially in her studio’s kid-friendly environment. Plus, music education makes students smarter and more likely to name their pet after obscure 19th-century Austrian composers. Every student starts off with four private lessons before moving to group lessons with students of a similar age and ability level.
If you go to a restaurant called Hamburger, it's probably best to order the hamburger. The same logic applies to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial-arts studio that specializes in the Japanese martial art budo taijutsu. Relaying the teachings of grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, the staff preaches bujinkan budo taijutsu's practical self-defense tactics, including strikes, throws, and "yo mamma" jokes. They stick to the fundamentals during youth classes and incorporate more advanced tactics such as swordsmanship during adult classes.
At Power Kix Martial Arts, 5th-degree black belt and Olympic gold medalist Arlene Limas personally trains her staff of fellow black belt instructors. Their 12,500 sq. ft. training center has plenty of space to teach taekwondo to students as young as 4 as well as for adults. Programs for them include strike-heavy disciplines such as cardio kickboxing, boxing, and krav maga, the last of which is a practical self-defense tactic used by both the Israeli Defense Forces and the Justice League.
Young Chefs Academy provides a fun, safe, and motivating environment for kids to become acquainted with the art of food and food presentation. Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters growing up in a world full of laser can-openers and sharp pasta rakes, giving children a capable handle on their surroundings as they journey into the land of food. Green gourmands can drop in 90-minute classes (normally $25 per drop-in class for kindercooks, $35 for junior and senior chef classes) tailored to educate a variety of age groups, with specially catered classes for the kindercooks and junior chefs, combining nutritional meals with basic food-prep skills that teach how to correctly follow a recipe to edible fruition. Senior chefs are offered advanced classes that dig deeper into kitchen secrets and hone specific skills and techniques that expand the parameters of cooking creativity.
Sticks and stones may break some bones, but not if they’re directed toward one of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness’s students. In a team-oriented environment, the studio’s instructors teach key mixed-martial-arts moves such as grappling, striking, and wrestling and supplement the training with classes in specific fighting styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Guests looking for a practical crash course in self-defense learn snippets from each technique in self-defense classes, learning methods for staying aware of surroundings, fending off attackers, and freeing themselves from the grip of King Kongs. Some women-only classes are also available.
The studio's CrossFit program, alternatively, boosts athleticism without combat, through a multi-faceted regimen of Olympic weightlifting, cardio exercise, and custom diets. Beyond group classes, the center offers private lessons and seminars, which allow its students—both children to adults—to learn with focused guidance.