With only five days left for your Christmas shopping, here are great ideas. Plus taking a drive thru the Shenandoah Valley is always relaxing and fun!. Get out of the stress mode, and make your shopping a great adventure for you the shopper. Stay away from the malls and big stores and off of Interstate 81. Instead take the beautiful scenic side roads and have a great weekend.
Starting in Loudoun County, two must see vineyards are:
Bluemont Vineyard is just over the mountain on Route 7 in Loudoun County. Not only can you select great wines but they have a delightful gift shop as well. 951 feet up the mountain, the view is worth the drive. While at Bluemont, ask about Great Country Farm’s Fan of the Farm Membership past for the entire family (up to six people) – a great gift idea which includes tastings at Bluemont Vineyard.
You could also cut across to Hillsboro Route 9 and visit the 868 Estate Vineyards. This weekend they are offering 2 for 1 tastings and 20% discounts off case purchases. Chef Author serves up steamy, satisfying soup in the Tasting Room which can be paired with a bottle of Meritage. A delightful afternoon with friends.
West Virginia Surprises – leave 868 Estate Vineyards and take Route 671 to Route 340.
A real surprise would be purchasing a bottle of Limoncello. The lemons are grown locally here in West Virginia. Just off of Route 340, is the Bloomery Plantation Distillery has won many awards including two international from Spirits International Prestige Awards.
Black Dog Coffee is a company right here in Charles Town West Virginia off of Route 9 Bypass. Specializing in the freshest roasted coffee in the area, Black Dog has working a decade to achieve the best cup of coffee you can buy. Offering gift packages with local products, you can find their coffee in the finest restaurants in our region. Plus if you live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Black Dog Coffee will deliver to your home.
Stepping out of the box at Christmas is fun, so think about giving a gift certificate toward one of the special packages that Hillbrook Inn has like “Make Me Her Hero” or the “Pamper Package”. A great place for lunch or dinner, reservations are required so call 800.304.4223.
You can also visit the village of Shepherdstown which is known for its small unique shoppes here in Jefferson County.
South on Route 11 – Southern Shenandoah Valley
Another great direction to go is south on Route 11 or the quick Interstate 81. The village of Woodstock in Shenandoah County will surprise you. Not only can you purchase plants and holiday decor, but Fort Valley Nursery has a wonderful gift shop as well. Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes offers one of the best wine selections in the valley voted Best Wine Shoppe in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine. Both Fort Valley Nursery and Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes offer lunch. Plus there are many other unique shoppes in “the Other Woodstock”.
Beautiful countryside, the village of the Plains, Virginia also offers you unique shoppes. If you stay on Route 50, have lunch at The Ashby Inn and Restaurant in Paris, Virginia. Again reservations are suggested. A real supporter of the farmers and artisans, their menus reflect seasonal products available locally.“ A gift certificate to the Inn is a great gift to consider. The follow Route 17 to the Plains, Virginia off of Interstate 66 and Route 55. The Plains Virginia is a great small village with unique shoppes. For great artisan finds, visit Live An Artful Lifegallery. One of the finest galleries supporting USA fine quality artisans, a stop here is a must.
No time to travel, then call Cupcake Novelties in Stephens City offers great sweet options again can be easily shipped and there is still time even if they arrive prior to New Year’s, the freshness of the product is what makes this stand out from Harry and David’s.
If you cannot get away, then take a look at giving a gift certificate to one of our wonderful country inns like Stone Manor Bed and Breakfast in Lovettsville or the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast in Middleburg. The internet makes your shopping easy – go to Go Blue Ridge Travel and select the accommodations in the region of your choice.