Daily deal: A culinary coup in wine country
Stroll through the gardens or sip afternoon tea on the back porches of Locust Dale, Virginia.
As a foodie at heart and a chef in the making, it's hard for you to dine without deconstructing what's on your plate.
This indulgent wine country escape will serve you (and your sous chef in crime) well in both the dining room and the kitchen: enjoy two weeknights of relaxation and culinary discovery at The Inn at Meander Plantation ($376).
Your stay at this historic plantation will be seasoned with luxury. Sink into your bed's sumptuous linens as you look out on gardens and fountains from a charmingly decorated room filled with antique furniture. In the morning, follow the scent of freshly ground coffee to the classic country inn dining room for the first of two included gourmet breakfasts — sit beneath sunlit, palatial windows and dig into a three-course morning meal graced with fare like ricotta pancakes with raspberry syrup, or salmon Benedict in a pastry with asparagus.
After a restorative day spent unwinding in this quiet refuge or strolling the shops of downtown Culpeper, learn to cook with true Southern style with one of the inn's seasonally changing cooking classes, which include recipes to keep. The first course is included as part of the class, then you'll move to the stately dining room to complete your dinner for two, each course paired with a glass of Virginia wine.
Sip and swirl your way through dinner at the property Virginia Wine Lover magazine readers named Overall Best Virginia Restaurant Wine List and Best Virginia Wine Tasting/Dinners/Special Events.
But your exploration doesn't have to end in the kitchen. Wander the gardens to spy grazing horses or bluebirds in flight, visit the nearby Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winery, or immerse yourself in the rich historical legacy of the area: you'll find Montpelier and Monticello close at hand, and a host of Civil War battlefields and other landmarks nearby.
Whether you crave the secrets of savoury sauces or a taste of Southern elegance, this escape serves up a feast you won't soon forget.
For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes. Then, read our article on Commemorating the US Civil War's 150th anniversary for more inspiration on what to do.
- A two-night weekday stay for two
- Daily gourmet breakfast
- Cooking class for two with recipes and first course of dinner, then dinner for two in the dining room with Virginia wine pairings
- Tasting discounts, maps, and info about local wineries
- Book by 28 June