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Eight Top Culinary Destinations for New Years

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Eight Top Culinary Destinations for New Years
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Culinary Trail, Events, Go Blue Ridge Travel
New Years

Taste of Blue Ridge  Taste of Blue Ridge has picked eight foodie destinations for you to visit in 2019. A community of local chefs, restaurant owners, farmers, and beverage masters here in the northern Shenandoah Valley who are passionate about food and beverage. These food professionals are dedicated to serving the best food quality possible using local resources.

The year of 2019 will see six unique food experiences launched – “Blue Ridge Root to Table” by the community of passionate foodies here at Taste of Blue Ridge.

Start your New Year out at one of these top culinary destinations. Meet the people behind the food. We have attached links where you can learn more about the people behind the food scene here in the valley.

Meet the chefs

For New Years Eve – reservations are highly suggested and may be required.

Massanutten Resort, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has tons of exciting fun planned for New Years Eve! Start at Campfire Grill with their exclusive New Years Eve menu. Campfire’s executive Chef Michael Ritenour has been with the resort for over 20 years and creates delicious meals. Campfire Grill serves many southern dishes, which change seasonally. Camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, campfire pouches, and skillets are just a few favorites served at the scenic mountain setting. Just make sure to save room for the very popular S’mores skillet dessert! Once you’re full, you can head over to Hideaway Lounge for some karaoke until the ball drops or to Live at the Lodge for live music and a champagne toast at midnight. If you’re feeling super adventurous, try ‘Northern Lights Tubing’ – snow tubing mixed with neon lights and music!

George’s Food and Spirits is featuring a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner. Chef John Lawrence is the Head Chef at the George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Winchester, Virginia. “I want people to see George’s Food and Spirits as a wonderful place to get good seafood.” The George Washington Hotel won the 2015 – 2016 Boutique Hotel of the Year from Wyndham Hotels. Seatings at 6 pm & 9 pm. Reservations are required so please call (540) 771-2727.

Bavarian Inn New YearsThe Bavarian Inn of Shepherdstown, WV, is ideal for those looking for options. Choose between a family-friendly chicken and prime rib buffet or live music and a cash bar with a midnight toast! Those who take the family route can look forward to dance music, photo-op chances with Willy the Dragon and a delicious breakfast and dinner buffet. Those who choose the adult route can look forward to party favors, dinner, entertainment, dancing, wine, and a champagne toast and soup buffet at midnight! If you aren’t familiar with the Bavarian Inn’s menu, prepare to be amazed by their German flare.

Hillbrook Inn and Spa offers you an isolated private retreat in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Chef Steven Ferrell will be featuring a six-course Dinner for New Year’s Eve. “My style has steadily changed over the years beginning with exploring different cultures’ cuisine. Mexican was my first interest, then I moved into several different Asian cuisines. Now I like to focus more on treating great products with respect and simplicity.”  Owners, Chris and Carissa welcome you to their award winning country inn. Make reservations at 800-304-4223.

One of Loudoun county’s finest resorts, Lansdowne Resort has an incredible New Years Eve package happening right now. Ready to ring in 2019? Kiss 2018 goodbye and ring in the New Year at Lansdowne Resort and Spa! Join them for a New Year’s Eve Vintner Dinner in Terrace Ballroom or bring the entire family to welcome 2019 with the Riverside Hearth Buffet. Following dinner, enjoy their New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Lansdowne Ballroom for adults, Silent Disco for teens and Kids Club for the children. For a tavern scene, Coton & Rye will also have entertainment for resort guests and the local community.

Magnolias at the MillMagnolia’s at the Mill is a popular drive for both Virginia and West Virginia back yard neighbors. Located in the small town of Purcellville, Virginia in Loudoun County, Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin brings regional food to the valley. “Here at Magnolias we get in whole animals and fabricate them down. What I’ve brought to every kitchen is how to properly and respectfully handle the food that you govern.” New Year’s Eve we will feature a three course dinner with lots of choices sure to satisfy everyone in your group! Make your reservations at 540-338-9800.

Located in Winchester, VA, Schenck Foods Co. brings a unique service to the Shenandoah Valley. For over 90 years, Schenck Foods Co. has made it their mission to not only deliver the highest quality products, but to also provide excellent service to their customers.  Schenck’s is a wholesale distributor to a plethora of restaurants, businesses, and customers on the east coast.  Schenck Foods knows that the way to the community’s heart is through their local businesses and farmers, of which are vitally important to Northern Virginia’s agricultural and food scene. Schenck Foods is proud to work with each farmer, owner, and customer, big or small, on a personal level to ensure quality products and services. While they aren’t within the realm of throwing New Years Eve celebrations, they are one of the best places to get the ingredients you need for your New Years Eve dinner!

Bryce Resort is a beautiful location in Bayse, Virginia. From here you can see a full 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. If you love a guaranteed snowy experience and buffets that feed the whole family, Bryce Resort if where you want to go for New Years. The resort will have a New Years Eve buffet beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a Copper Kettle party at 9, to include: music, snacks, party favors and fireworks!

Make a New Year resolution to meet these foodies and expand your love of food!