To taste authentic Spanish wines, you could travel to the Mediterranean-flanked European country. Or you could save yourself the hassle of pulling out your passport and head to Jacey Vineyards instead. That's because the wine haven grows seven different types of Galician grapes, which it then transforms into varietals, including the citrusy albari?o and the earthy malbec. And the wines aren't the only Spanish elements at Jacey Vineyards. The staff whips up tapas to complement the wines at its restaurant, Velas, and the grounds themselves boast multiple docks and a private cove that conjures images of the Galician coastline.
Stratford Hall is the colonial era plantation built by the Virginia Lees on the Northern Neck. It is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Tours of the grounds and Great House offer an authentic historic experience. The facility is also host to numerous educational programs and an annual wine festival in September.
For someone who spent his childhood fishing and his teenage years as a first mate, the role of captain seemed like a natural progression for L.J.K.'s Luke Koller. Now that he's steering his own way, Koller uses his expertise of southern Maryland's waters to steer groups to the best fishing spots, where they can reel in rockfish, bluefish, white perch, and trout. On his charter trips, boats are also equipped with multi-gallon fish boxes where they can store their catches or beer to give a particularly thirsty mackerel.
For a man with such golden, flowing locks, Bret Michaels has worn many hats throughout his career. As the lead singer of Poison, he gave the world monster hits such as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Nothing But a Good Time.” As a philanthropist, he’s used his celebrity powers to battle diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. As a reality-television personality, his Rock of Love series has been one of VH1’s most successful programs, and his victory on The Celebrity Apprentice proved there’s a big brain under his signature bandana.
Not a lot of kids grow up on farms anymore. So when families start flocking to working farms to get their yearly dose of fall activities, kids have a lot of questions. That’s why the Cox family decided to open up their Spider Hall Farm to kids and adults who want to know more about the day-to-day agricultural lifestyle, the importance of being a good steward of the land and water, and how to apply school lessons to real-life situations on the farm. Their education center features six lab-style classrooms where guests can learn through interactive lessons, followed by a tour of the farm’s 362 acres, which are filled with tobacco, corn, and grain.
Throughout the year, the farm sells seasonal produce, meat raised in southern Maryland, organic milk and ice cream, and seasonal plants, allowing guests to roam the farm and experience the full circle of where food comes from without moonlighting as a cafeteria lady. When the last of the crops are harvested, visitors are invited to celebrate with the Cox family at the corn maze and pumpkin patch or to come back when the weather gets chilly to pick out a Christmas tree and take a merry horse-drawn carriage ride.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.