A coalition of nine different wineries founded Southern Virginia Wine Fest in 2009, and it continues to introduce visitors to the finest vintages crafted by local residents. Although the festival has expanded to include 12 growers, it still provides the opportunity to chat personally with winemakers and vineyard owners about the process behind making their bottled beverages. The participants peruse more than 60 different wines, complementing the libations with specialty foods and live music throughout the day. The festival even offers a specialty passport tour, which includes visits to all 12 vineyards and stops at notable sites, local eateries, and Dionysian temples along the way.
What We Wish For Stables is an equestrian mecca, devoting its expansive facility to the needs of horse owners, buyers, and riders. For those looking to board their steeds, the stables provide self-care pasture options, as well as training wherein horses are ridden every other day. For those looking to learn the ropes of riding, lessons and summer camps teach western and English-style riding. Horse leasing, on the other hand, allows guests to bond with a specific horse of their choosing, be it Bubbles, an overo paint mare, or Skamper, a tobiano paint gelding. Miles of trail surround the farm at What We Wish For Stables, which also includes a 60 ft. round pen, an outdoor grass riding ring, and enough hay stacks to confound even the most devoted needle seekers.
Stately loblolly pines line the fairways at Caswell Pines Golf Club, towering over streams and lakes, bent-grass greens, and bermuda fairways. The picturesque, Gene Hamm–designed course measures 6,900 yards and offers plenty of surprises and twists, including paved cart paths that make getting around a breeze.