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DISCOVERING VIRGINIA: CAVERNS & WINE

Hosted by the Consul of the Washington, D.C. Wanderlust Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 3 weeks 5 days ago
Sun 29 Oct 08:00 - 18:30

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Hello Friends,

This is to plan a little Fall outing in the Shenandoah area.
The plan is to visit the LURAY caverns and a vineyard in the area.

Please see relevant information and proposals below:

1. LURAY CAVERNS
Attractions: Caverns (According to literature, they are bigger than the Shenandoah ones) + Stalacpipe organ
Guided tour of caverns: $27/$23
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While there are a restaurant and a wine tasting on the grounds, Reviews on Tripadvisor are not encouraging
RECOMMENDATIONS: Light jacket and comfortable shoes. There is apparently a steep natural staircase so come prepared.

2. LUNCH
A few options in the area:
_BBQ: Triple Crown BBQ - $$
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_Rancho Viejo Mexican Grill - $
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_Moonshadow Restaurants - $$
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3. WINE TASTING
There are many vineyards along I-81 on the way to the caverns. See map: Protected content

Most are open on Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.
Please see below suggestions:
_The Winery at Kindred Pointe: Protected content
(Chambourcing, Malbec, Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, etc...)

_The Muse Vineyards:
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(Chardonnay, Grenache, etc...)

_The Cave Ridge Vineyard
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(Traminette, Riesling, Viognier, Chambourcin)

_The North Mountain Vineyard:
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(Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Traminette, and German-Austrian varietals Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt)

Since this is a full day activity as well as a group trip, we will have to:
_RIDE SHARE: If possible, members who can volunteer to drive and pick up other members are really welcome. Members are expected to share the cost for gas and toll fees.
_BE ON TIME: Travel to Shenandoah caverns is between 1h30-2h00 (each way) so to we should depart at 8:00am in order to make the best of the day.

PROPOSED SCHEDULE (Tentative)

DEPARTURE FOR CAVERNS: 8:00AM
ARRIVAL: 9AM/9:30AM
TOUR OF CAVERNS + GROUNDS: 10AM - 1PM
LUNCH BREAK: 1PM - 2PM
DEPARTURE FOR VINEYARD: 2PM
VINEYARD VISIT: 3PM - 5PM
DEPARTURE FOR DC: 5PM