Orange County - where scenic beauty and history come together for an unforgettable experience.
Day One - Begin your day at Montpelier, the restored home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution and our fourth president. Tour the mansion, stroll the grounds, or visit the graves of James and Dolley. Then, take a short drive to the town of Gordonsville, a village with a distinctly European flair. Enjoy lunch at Pomme, serving unparalleled French cuisine or The Barbeque Exchange, where homemade food is served with Virginia genteelness. After browsing Main Street with its unique shops, walk a few blocks to the Civil War Museum at The Exchange Hotel. This restored railroad hotel, became a receiving hospital during the Civil War where 70,000 Confederate and Union soldiers received care.
Day Two - Today is the day to enjoy Orange County's wineries. Begin your morning at Barboursville Vineyards and the historic ruins of Governor Barbour's mansion. The ruins are a Historic Landmark which have been carefully preserved by the vineyard's owners. Then head over to the tasting room and see for yourself why Barboursville's wines are consistently ranked among the best. Picnic on the grounds or, for a special treat, dine at Palladio, offering authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Next, it's on to Horton Vineyards where over 40 wines await your palate. You will quickly see why many consider Horton to be one of the most innovative wineries in the country. Lastly, visit one the newest vineyards in Virginia and see why Reynard Florence Vineyard is a hidden gem -- the perfect place to explore a true family vineyard or just escape with an award winning glass of wine.
Day Three - Your last day in Orange County will have you reflecting on history. Begin your day at Payne's Farm, the site of the ill-fated Mine Run Campaign. Next, visit Ellwood Manor, which once served as a Union Corps Commander's headquarters, a Confederate hospital and where the amputated arm of Stonewall Jackson is buried. Lunch can be a delectable Italian meal at Bella J Cucina or a wonderfully prepared meal of American favorites at Clearwater Grill. Before leaving the county, a day of history would not be complete without a visit to the Germanna Visitor Center. The center is located near the site of the original Germanna Fort which Governor Alexander Spotswood built near the Rapidan River to house the first German immigrants that came to Virginia in 1714.
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