Ditch the hassle of fixing a turkey dinner and plan a romantic Blue Ridge Thanksgiving weekend. Make one of these hotels or inns your “home base” and come out for Root to Table’s Night of Fire & Ice on November 30 at West Oaks Farm in Winchester.
Romantic Blue Ridge Thanksgiving Weekend
Whatever your interests, from wine tours and hiking to holiday shopping and fine dining, these accommodations will put you right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Build your romantic Blue Ridge Thanksgiving weekend with a stay at one of these properties. We’ve come up with some nearby activities for each one, but be sure to ask the concierge for more suggestions.
The George Washington Hotel
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A stay at the historic George Washington Hotel will put you right in the heart of downtown Winchester. The hotel, built in 1924, still retains much of its charm with marble floors, ornate woodwork, soaring ceilings and the original front desk.
The GW Hotel features 90 rooms and guest suites with upscale amenities. Take a refreshing dip in the indoor salt water pool modeled after a Roman bath house. Get a couples massage at the Sumaj Health Spa located inside the hotel. George’s Food & Spirits is a full service restaurant while the Half Note Lounge features live entertainment. And be sure to make plans for the hotel’s Thanksgiving buffet.
Just steps away you’ll find downtown Winchester’s pedestrian mall with its eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. Love history? Then take a self-guided walking tour of Revolutionary and Civil War sites, including George Washington’s office and the headquarters of Stonewall Jackson. If you’re a fan of country music, put a tour of Patsy Cline’s home on the itinerary. And nature is close by with the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.
Country Inn and Suites Kernstown
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Just minutes south of Winchester you’ll find the Country Inn and Suites. Partnering with nearby neighbor Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, this Radisson brand hotel has put together a great Thanksgiving weekend package. Book an overnight stay for two and receive two tickets to a movie, a $40 voucher for food and beverages at the Alamo, and a large popcorn.
Relax in the hotel’s heated indoor pool and take your time checking out – you have until 1pm. And before you leave, stop by McD’s with your two vouchers for McCafe beverages. The hotel is only 10 minutes away from West Oaks Farm, site of the Fire & Ice.
Besides the Saturday night gala, you’ll want to add these activities to your Thanksgiving weekend to-do list. Less than five miles from the hotel you’ll find Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery, part of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. And the Kernstown Battlefield is just minutes away. This is a must-see for history buffs. Walk through the battlefields and visit the 1854 Pritchard House. You’ll also want to check out Belle Grove Plantation, the manor house once home to President James Madison’s sister.
Holiday Inn Front Royal/Blue Ridge Shadows
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Do you and your sweetie enjoy golf? You might just catch a weather break Thanksgiving weekend, so bring your clubs and plan a stay at the Holiday Inn Front Royal, located next door to nationally recognized Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club.
After a round, grab a bite to eat or a cold one at Houlihan’s, the hotel’s restaurant, or swim in the indoor pool. With convenient access to I-81 and I-66, it’s an easy drive to nearby wineries and breweries, as well as the Skyline Drive. And antique hunters will find great browsing in the stores of quaint downtown Front Royal.
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If you’re looking for a really romantic Blue Ridge Thanksgiving weekend, you should definitely put Hillbrook Inn, located in Charles Town WV, on your list. Schedule a couple’s massage at the inn’s Gatehouse Spa and savor a delicious gourmet meal at the Redbook Restaurant. Hillbrook also offers private, chauffeur driven wine tours.
While you’re in the area, take advantage of hiking the Appalachian Trail or biking along the C&O Canal. Plan a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Be sure to make time for the natural beauty of Shenandoah University’s River Campus at Cool Spring. And if you’re feeling lucky, head over to nearby Hollywood Casino.
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Old World charm just an hour away from Washington, DC – that’s the Bavarian Inn found in historic Shepherdstown WV. Experience European elegance in one of their 72 rooms featuring fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Many of them have stunning views of the Potomac River.
Bavarian Inn will be serving a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. And in addition to the inn’s fine dining, you’ll find more casual fare in the brew pub. It’s part of the inn’s Bavarian Brothers Brewery. Ask about a tour and a beer flight.
After all this food and drink, you’ll want to walk off those calories. Shepherdstown is famous for its ghost tours and the historic village is a great place to do some holiday shopping. You’ll also find championship golf, historic sites, and hiking/biking nearby.
The Weekend’s Highlight – Fire & Ice
Make the Root to Table Night of Fire & Ice on Saturday, November 30, the highlight of your romantic Blue Ridge Thanksgiving weekend. Experience the largest culinary celebration in the Shenandoah Valley with over 15 chefs, led by Erik Foxx-Nettnin of Magnolia’s at the Mill .
The menu’s star is Virginia Barbacoa cooked outdoors and onsite. There will be a tasty assortment of appetizers, followed by three food stations, a plated dinner main course, and a dessert collaboration by four chefs. Specially brewed beer and one-off whiskey as well as Virginia wines and cider will also be available for purchase.
To complete the gala, talented chefs will carve amazing ice sculptures outdoors while you enjoy a stunning sunset at West Oaks Farm. And what’s a gala without musical entertainment? Be prepared for top notch bluegrass from Springfield Exit, a group of award winning Shenandoah Valley musicians.
Night of Fire & Ice is the final dining experience of the 2019 Root to Table Culinary Series produced by Taste of Blue Ridge. Root to Table is no ordinary “farm to fork” dinner. These fine dining events bring together countryside venues, regionally recognized chefs, and local farmers as well as folks who are passionate about food. This event is sure to be a sellout, so click here to purchase your tickets.
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