Enticing Wine Experiences at Two Luxury Inns in Virginia & Ohio
Figuring out where to stay in wine country is typically an exciting experience for those who winederlust. What’s even better is that many properties located throughout wine regions also offer amenities onsite related to tasting and touring.
Virginia and Ohio are two states that the mainstream wine world typically doesn’t associate with wine tourism. Luckily, there are a number of producers here that are breaking that mold. With that thought in mind, let’s have a look at some amazing sip and stay getaways that definitely make the grade.
Where to Stay in Virginia Wine County
Iris Inn in Waynesboro, VA | Virginia Wine Country Bed and Breakfast
Nestled within the scenic Shenandoah Valley, this upscale property resides on 12 acres of a Blue Ridge Mountain top. Conveniently situated near 28 wineries, the inn also offers several special packages designed with wine lovers in mind, which range from educational and outdoor activities to culinary-focused and therapeutic.
For those looking to expand their palate and their knowledge, Wine Weekends (101, 201, 301) are a winner. Led by Marc Supsic of Wine Living, this experience features five separate wine events, which include a tasting of local wines, cheese, and chocolates; an in-depth tasting class; and a three-course pairing meal. Three levels are available that feature slight variations on the experience (some go deeper!) including a vertical tasting at a local winery and a six-course tasting menu (301).
The inn also offers Wine Therapy Packages, which are two- and three-night weekends that come complete with dinner, tasting events at premier vineyards, gourmet lunches, and attendance to an area wine festival or event, plus the complimentary “Virginia Wine in My Pocket” app ideal for on-your-own exploration. It doesn’t end there. Guests can also indulge in the Sip & Simmer Cabin Dinner (when they book one of the inn’s adult glass tree houses).
Designed to provide a master chef experience to home cooks of any level, the inn chef prepares a four-course dinner and pairs it with wine, then leaves it to guests to add the finishing touches. Recipes, chef hats, and souvenir wine glasses are included. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Sip & Slip on Your Boots hiking package, while horseback riding aficionados will trot toward Sip & Saddle Up. Both include a complimentary bottle of wine in your room upon arrival and a picnic lunch for two.
The Sip & Spa takes indulgence one step further with an in-room couples massage and evening wine tasting. You can find more details about these experiences, pricing, and the inn overall at www.irisinn.com.
Wineries in Ohio with Lodging
Lakehouse Inn & Winery, Geneva-on-the Lake, OH
Situated in the heart of Ohio Wine Country, this inn not only offers several wine specials to choose from – there’s also a winery located onsite. That makes tasting and touring easy to achieve. Lakehouse selections range from Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay, to Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Sky (a dry red). They also offer their own brands of semi-sweet whites called Apple Cider and Just Peachy, plus Boxers Blush, a semi-sweet rosé.
Because of the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant (Crosswinds Grille) and spa (The Spa at The Lakehouse Inn), gourmet wining and dining (and relaxation) is always encouraged. Winter Wine & Dine Packages include lodging for two nights, full breakfast, a $50 voucher for dinner at Crosswinds Grille, $50 voucher towards dinner at a local restaurant in Ashtabula Harbor, $20 voucher towards spa services at the facility onsite, wine tasting at The Lakehouse Inn Winery, gourmet chocolates from Marianne’s Chocolates, $10 discount per person for the Wine Shuttle at the Geneva Lodge, and over $50 in coupons for local attractions including wineries and shops.
Wine Tasting & Tour Packages are also available for guests of six or more and includes full breakfast, a wine tasting & cheese board from The Lakehouse Inn Winery, transportation by limo for three hours to your choice of Grand River Valley Wineries, and a $25 voucher per person towards dinner at Crosswinds Grille.
Winter Wine Weekend Packages offer a similar escape, featuring lodging accommodations for three nights with a full breakfast each morning, a wine tasting & cheese board from The Lakehouse Inn Winery, a bottle of Lakehouse Inn wine, two souvenir wine glasses, and a self-guided map to local wineries.
The inn also hosts special events on occasions, such as the upcoming Wine & Whiskey Weekend in February where guests can sample local whiskey and wine – complete with accommodations. They attend the Distiller’s Dinner, which includes cocktails and appetizers, a tour of Red Eagle Distillery led by the distiller, Gene Siegel, and then indulge in a three-course dinner catered by Crosswinds Grille. Guests can always add the Wine Lover’s Package as well, which includes a bottle of Lakehouse Inn wine, two souvenir wine glasses, corkscrew, and cheese tray.
You can find more details about these experiences, pricing, and info about the inn & winery at http://www.thelakehouseinn.com.