Located a little over two hours from Richmond and Charlottesville is the small town of Bluemont, VA. You may have heard of this town because it is home to Bluemont Vineyard, but there is even more to do than visit this gorgeous winery. We had the pleasure of visiting Bluemont a few weeks ago for a mid-week getaway. It was the perfect way to get away and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.
We drove up Tuesday morning after breakfast to start our visit at Bluemont Vineyard. I had visited Bluemont in fall of 2019 as part of a birthday winery day and fallen in love with the beautiful mountain views, delicious food and great wine. Therefore I was so excited to return!
When we arrived, we sat down for some food and wine on their patio overlooking the vineyards. Each dish was paired with a different wine. Bluemont went above and beyond to accommodate our dietary needs and we were impressed by the freshness of each dish. My favorite wines that I tasted were their Cabernet Franc, Petit Manseng and Sparkling Signature White.
Following our meal and walking around the vineyard area, we checked into our cottage. Bluemont has several cottages that are right on their property for you to rent out. Each cottage is a different size so be sure to check out their website to see what works for you. We had the pleasure of staying at the Brewer’s Cottage. As you can see in the picture below, the views are absolutely GORGEOUS from the porch! This was my favorite part about the cottage and I sat outside for hours just reading and looking out at the view. You are also steps away from Dirt Farm Brewing. This cottage is two bedrooms with one bathroom and has a full kitchen and large living room. It would be perfect for one or two couples!
After checking in, we adventured down the hill to Great Country Farms. They have lots of animals and even have fruit picking depending on the season. It’s a great place to take kids and they have a farm stand with lots of local goodies. The highlight of our visit here was cuddling baby goats. Big shoutout to Carly for showing us around and introducing us to her goat friend!
Of course we had to start our day with a delicious breakfast on the porch. We had some local granola, fresh strawberries from the farm stand and yogurt and oh my goodness was it delicious. I even snuck in a workout before we began our activities for the day. Then we headed back to Bluemont Vineyard to check out their new Wine Hiking Trail that they just launched! This is a hiking trail around their property where you can learn more about the winery through a video at each of the stops. We enjoyed learning about the vineyard itself, the family who owns the vineyards and the wine making process. You can even bring a glass of wine to enjoy along your walk or you can enjoy it after as the hike comes with a glass of wine. It was so hot the day we went so we rewarded ourself following the hike with a glass of rosé!
Then we headed on a drive around the vineyard by Kubota! This was definitely the highlight of our visit! It was such a cool way to see the expansive property. You can see some of the vineyards from the tasting room and then there are even more located above the vineyard higher on the mountain. If you haven’t heard about the cicada invasion around Northern Virginia, there were SO many cicadas on the vines on the upper vineyards. It was also crazy how many were around as we don’t have this occurring in the Richmond area!
We finished the day heading down the mountain to Henway Hard Cider which is right next to Great Country Farms. We tried a flight of their ciders and grabbed some bites before driving home. Their veggie flatbread was so yummy! I would say my favorite cider was their Strawberry Cider made from fresh strawberries and that was exactly what it tasted like!
I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to the Bluemont team for hosting us and specifically Becca for going above and beyond to answer all of our questions and show us around.
If you are looking for the perfect weekend or mid-week getaway, Bluemont is sure to provide the oasis you need! There are so many things to do in this beautiful part of the state and we loved that there are cottages right on the property to retire to at the end of your day's adventures. Middleburg and Purcelleville are also very close for you to grab dinner or a bite to eat!
I'm already counting down the days until I can make plans to return!
Sarah, wine enthusiastic and globetrotter, currently exploring Virginia one winery at a time.