Patsy Cline & The Bottling Line
Discover all that Virginia has to offer on a tour of four great destinations - Winchester, Fredericksburg, Prince William and Manassas. Visit the hometown of a country music legend, uncover the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley, enjoy locally inspired cuisine and libations, take in nature’s beauty and explore quaint American towns.
Enjoy lunch in Old Town Winchester with dozens of restaurants and cafes that line the walking mall. Taste authentic British dishes like traditional shepherd’s pie and enjoy the laidback atmosphere at Union Jack’s Pub & Restaurant. Or, choose something a little more upscale, such as One Block West where you can enjoy a fresh, ever-changing locally sourced menu. Before you leave, be sure to grab an expert cup of coffee from one of the four local coffee shops on or near the walking mall. Discover the life of local Virginian turned country music star while on the Crazy for Patsy Cline Tour. This tour details the life and career of Patsy Cline, highlighting local spots with connections to her journey to fame. From the radio station where her songs first aired to her home and the drug store where she used to work, your group will enjoy uncovering the life of this local legend. Explore the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and view artifacts which bring the Valley’s past to life. Enjoy the galleries that house collections of locally made artwork, furniture, textiles and more. Stroll through the intimate gardens that surround the Glen Bernie home and enjoy six-acres of beautiful views. Head to Prince William to dine at Grafton Street, an authentic, locally owned Irish pub & restaurant. With its friendly staff and atmosphere, as well as the delicious Irish cuisine, dining here is always an enjoyable experience.
This morning, meet the former mayor, Earnie Porta, to explore the riverside town of Historic Occoquan on a private tour. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan River while cruising aboard the Miss Rivershore. Sip on wine while listening to the narration from your captain as he highlights intriguing facts of the local history, real estate deals and other vessels along the river. After disembarking, take some time to explore Historic Occoquan. There are many unique local shops, such as Glory Be which sells vintage antique and hand-painted furniture, stained glass, and Polish pottery! Stop for lunch at one of the locally owned restaurants in town, such as Madigan’s Waterfront. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood while overlooking the river before embarking on the rest of your journey.
After arriving in Fredericksburg, tour the historic A. Smith Bowman Distillery. As a small, family-owned company, the distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits, distilled from the finest ingredients. Walk among hundreds of barrels of aging spirits where you will take in the heavenly fragrance called “the Angel’s Share” and learn about the unique copper still called “Mary”. Complete the tour with a tasting and visit to the gift shop.
Venture to Historic Kenmore Plantation next, which was built by George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fielding Lewis. This beautiful, Georgian-style, brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Lewis family. The elegant interior rooms are adorned with some of the most decorative plaster ceilings in America. Tour the home and explore the Crowninshield Museum, which houses art and furniture from the 18th century. For dinner, enjoy a delicious meal and a show at Riverside Dinner Theater. As Virginia’s newest and largest dinner theater, Riverside’s professional actors and its commitment to classic Broadway musicals continue to electrify audiences of all ages. Shows feature tableside service with seasonal menus, so you can see and try something new every visit!
Start your morning at Ben Lomond Historic Site, an old plantation used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tour the home, hear the stories of the soldiers who stayed here and experience what medicine during the war was like through live demonstrations. Head over to Historic Downtown Manassas to explore another quaint American town. On an Architectural Walking Tour, your group will see some of Manassas’s most unique buildings and uncover the stories behind the people who occupied them. Stop at sites such as the Hopkins Candy Factory, which produced and distributed candy to general stores throughout the region in the early 1900s. The restored building is now a center catering to children and adults who are passionate about the arts. Hop by 2 Silos Brewing Company to taste of some of the local beers and ales. This brewery is a destination brewery featuring live music and from-scratch food. The brewery got its name from the former grain barn with its two iconic silos. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in Gainesville at the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center. If you’re in the mood for over the top flavor, Out of the Blue Seafood and Grafton Street are great lunch options!