Arrive in Winchester at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center and Abram's Delight Museum complex. Your group can view the complimentary video and exhibits at the visitors center, browse through the brochures and gift shop, see the free exhibit at the Hollingsworth Mill, or tour Abram's Delight, the oldest home in Winchester. www.visitwinchesterva.com www.winchesterhistory.org
A step-on guide can meet you at the visitors center, and give your group a one-hour fun-and facts-filled tour of Winchester, weaving stories of lore while guiding your driver past numerous sites of historical and architectural interest.
Drive to one or more of Frederick County's many farm markets or orchards. Along the way, continue to enjoy the fall foliage and the scenic mountain views.
• At Rinker's Orchards, enjoy fresh apple cider, and pick-your-own apples. www.rinkerorchards.com
• Richard's Fruit Market offers pick-your-own apples and an open-air market. www.richardsfruitmarket.com
• Marker-Miller Farm Market has picnic areas, playgrounds, wagon rides, pick-your-own produce, rocking chairs on the front porch, and a huge bakery. www.markermillerorchards.com
Depart for Belle Grove Plantation, a Living History Working Farm Museum. Belle Grove showcases the Shenandoah Valley's breathtaking mountain views. Visitors can explore the Manor House, 1815 icehouse and smokehouse, slave cemetery, and a heritage apple orchard. www.bellegrove.org
Leave your guide at the visitors center, and depart for Coach and Horses Tea Room where everything is made of fresh ingredients and the ambience provides a relaxing and leisurely step back-in-time. of-tea-i-sing.com