• A Tasting Dinner and Overnight: A One-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays, with an Eight- to Ten-Course Chef's Tasting Dinner for Two with Wine Pairings ($209)
• Or, a Tasting Dinner, Overnight, Chef's Demo, and Wine Tour: A One-Night Stay for Two, Any Nights of the Week, with an Eight- to Ten-Course Chef's Tasting Dinner for Two with Wine Pairings, a Hands-On Guest Chef Demo, and a Private Tasting and Tour at Stone Mountain Vineyards ($459)
• Breakfast for Two
The tiny town of Stanardsville, tucked away in the rolling hills of northwest Virginia, puts more on the table than its population—500—lets on. For starters, it sits just ten minutes from the border of Shenandoah National Park and 30 minutes from the bustling college town of Charlottesville, with a number of wineries, antique shops, and local artisans in between, not to mention historic sites like Monticello and Montpelier. But you needn't stray far from Main Street to revel in the bounty of the region. For proof, look no further than The Lafayette Inn, a six-room bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown.
Built in 1840, this three-story inn and restaurant—with a charming brick facade, picture windows, and white wooden columns—is renowned as one of the best restaurants in the region, garnering awards like "Best of the Blue Ridge" and "Virginia's Restaurant of the Year." Before the mouthwatering begins, however, check in to your suite. Each Internet-equipped room features hardwood floors, a sitting area with a fireplace and TV, and a private bathroom.
Once you've arrived, checked in, and set your bags down, guests who've purchased the chef's demo will descend to the kitchen for a four-hour hands-on cooking demonstration. Here, you'll learn the ins and outs of an eight- to ten-course meal, wine pairings and all. All purchasers will sit down to a sumptuous feast. From appetizers to entrées to desserts, this special event remains the inn's most popular experience, a nine-year tradition that hundreds of couples before you have enjoyed.
The following day, after an equally sumptuous breakfast (okay, it won't be ten courses, but it will be delicious), those who opt for the private tasting and tour will head to Stone Mountain Vineyards, about 20 minutes away through the undulating hills of the Shenandoah Mountains. There, in the beautiful brick-and-wood tasting room, you'll sample a flight of wine for two from the local appellation, then tour the vineyards and winery to learn a bit about the process.
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The Lafayette Inn
Chef Tasting near Charlottesville
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