What could be more romantic than playing in Mother Nature's paradise, sipping wines from grapes grown nearby and kicking back on a grassy lawn to listen to live music? You want in? Head to Virginia's Loudoun county wine country!
River & Trail Outfitters has teamed with Tarara Winery, named "Best Winery in Loudoun County" for eight consecutive years, to create an ultimate fun multi-adventure day for outdoor enthusiasts with a thirst for paddling, pouring and performing.
The triathlon of sensory seducing goodness kicks off with a guided 4.5-to-7 mile mellow kayaking or canoeing tour down the gently flowing Potomac River. Known for its wealth of wildlife and water birds, there are Blue Herons, Wild Ducks and an occasional Bald Eagle spottings.
Upon arriving at Tarara winery, which parallels the Potomac, get ready to chill out lakeside swirling, sniffing and sipping six savory wines, such as Viogner, Chardonnay, Rose' and Charval that are paired with artisan cheeses. For sure, it's a good conversation-starter. The day wraps up on the winery's meticulously manicured 475-acre farm, savoring wine and live music under the starry night.
The paddle, wine and concert trip is offered most Saturday's throughout the summer and fall. Paddlers put in at 2:30pm and the live music jams from 6:00-9:30 pm. Wine and food is available for purchase and Tarara winery extends River & Trail guests a 5% discount for purchases of 3-11 bottles and 15% off for purchases of a case (12 bottles) or more. www.rivertrail.com/wine-tour-virginia.php
Landlubbers don't fear! No prior paddling experience needed and guide, gear, boat and PFD are provided. Visit: http://www.rivertrail.com/wine-dress-directions.php for a list of "things to bring" recommendations.
Stefani Jackenthal, President of NTS Wine Tasting LLC and author of WANDERLUST WINING, a fun, delicious guide to outdoor activities in wine regions across the USA. She crafts private & corporate wine tastings and teaches wine classes at 92y.org. www.stefjack.com * www.wanderlustwining.com www.facebook.com/wanderlust.wining *Twitter: @stefjackenthal