If there's anything that matches The Winery at Bull Run's owners' passion for wine, it might be their passion for American history. Knowing the land’s proximity to historic battles, before breaking ground on their new winery the owners teamed up with Civil War excavators to salvage hundreds of bullets, buttons, and breastplates that laid dormant underneath the winery’s Centreville soil since the 1860s.
While sipping on award-winning red and white wines in the tasting room, guests can look over display cases full of artifacts and listen to stories of the farmland's historic past. During warmer months, guests are welcome to relax on the outdoor stone ruins, whose waist-high walls and stone fireplace are all that remain from the original 19th-century estate house.
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.
Escape from the city to the quiet elegance of Veramar Vineyard, a 100-acre private estate in the heart of Virginia’s wine country.
Sip award-winning wines and listen to music on our Fountain Courtyard while surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
The winery is open year round.
The vintners at Vint Hill Winery craft nuanced wines out of ripe fruit plucked from California, Washington, and Virginia. Tint your taste buds with two flights of wine per person while lounging on the balcony, which overlooks a barn that was used to intercept messages during WWII and shelter stray cats in 1991. Vint Hill sends sommeliers on their way with a bottle of french-oak barrel-fermented 2008 chardonnay and a 2008 merlot—an herbaceous red with harmonious notes of wild fruit, tobacco, and black pepper. Adopted quaffs may be sipped from the provided, decorative wine glasses or poured down the gullet of a timid schooner before its maiden voyage.
A lovely cafe, Cafe Tu Ah will charm visitors to their core.
Cafe Tu Ah also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Seating is readily available at Cafe Tu Ah for those with large parties.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Cafe Tu Ah is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Your tab at Cafe Tu Ah will generally run you about $30 per person.
Check out Falls Church's Idylwood Grill.
Plan to indulge a bit at Idylwood Grill, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Idylwood Grill's extensive drink list.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Idylwood Grill.
Idylwood Grill provides a fun vibe with a great happy hour atmosphere.
Skip long waits and head to Idylwood Grill with your large group for easy seating.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Idylwood Grill's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Or, take your grub to go.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Idylwood Grill for catering.
Idylwood Grill offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Idylwood Grill running under $30 per person.
At Idylwood Grill, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.