Vintage Piedmont unites a grandiose group of family wineries, each cozily sprawled within a 15-mile distance of the others. Ernest oenophiles can mosey among them at their own pace, ensuring no one exhausts their seeing-eye elephant. Barrel Oak Winery boasts a pastoral setting, 20 acres of vines, and a BowHaus white that blends vidal blanc, sauvignon, viognier, and more for a bright flavor ($24). At Philip Carter Winery, the 2009 chardonnay intermixes lemon zest, a vanilla bouquet, and pear notes ($24). Desert Rose Ranch & Winery sustains an unpretentious atmosphere, unlike snobbish grape groups for third cousins of royalty. Varietals include the Hitch Hollow chardonnay aged in French oak barrels, or the Sparky, a European-style rosé. Rappahannock Cellars and Hume Vineyards regale taste buds with delectable drinks from locally grown grapes. At each libation station, take home two commemorative wine glasses and receive 10% off bottles of wine.
Virtual Training Company operates on the principle that anybody should be able to learn valuable computer and technology skills anywhere, on their own time. Designed with this concept in mind, the online library of easy-to-follow courses instructs and certifies students in a wide variety of software, networking, and multimedia skills. Individual users train themselves from hundreds of videos, while business and universities monitor student progress with built-in tracking tools and multi-user accounts. Over a thousand different courses instruct pupils in everything from 3D animation and website design, to programming and database management, helping users add impressive sections to resumes and earn valuable promotions in the ever-evolving job market.
Founded in 2010, the Winchester Storm strives to give fans a family-friendly activity and to give ambitious basketball players an opportunity to continue playing at a high level. The Storm square off against fellow squads in the American Professional Basketball League, a conglomerate of minor league teams committed to creating careers that support their communities. The Storm advocate for community groups, including the Boys & Girls Club, the NAACP Youth Chapter, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, by hosting benefit events, raising awareness during games, and arranging readings of The Tempest by their canine mascot.
À la Carte Catering and Event Design shoulders the entire burden of event planning, from the food and wait staff to flowers and decorations to entertainment and lighting. Hosts just meet with an event specialist to describe the basics behind their dream party, and À la Carte hammers out the kinks to make it a reality. The company's executive chef draws on his training in France, New Orleans, and the Caribbean to craft elegant and casual menus, and partner vendors manage other accoutrements, such as coat checks, valet parking, or live musicians. Civilians get a glimpse inside the trade at cooking classes with À la Carte’s chefs during interactive demonstrations that cover professional techniques for butchering meat, cooking pasta, or licking brownie batter off of a spatula.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
JNJ Battlequest gives kids a chance to unleash their excess energy inside a facility that features more than 5,200 square feet of adventure. The indoor play-scape is an ideal setting for families to take in a game of laser tag. Using the latest laser tag technology, a group of up to 30 players can zip and zoom around an interactive arena that shoots back. The fun doesn't stop there: JNJ Battlequest also has 22 different games, with walk-in games offered every hour. They also host all-you-can-play nights, fundraisers, and birthday parties in one of their five party rooms.