Carson Mountain Cottage
Start planning that special long weekend for the two of you or a small family to a cozy cottage on a full wooded acre on Chester Gap less than a five minute walk from the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. Charm and comfort awaits with this 500 sq ft. studio cottage includes a full kitchen, hand painted sinks, a claw foot bathtub and heated ceramic tile floors. There is a full bed as well as a sleeper sofa, TV, DVD player, and a pellet stove. While close by, enjoy a night out at Griffin Tavern featuring pub fare with flair made from local ingredients with a $30 giftcard, and wine tastings for up to four at Philip Carter Winery in Hume and Gadino Cellars in Little Washington. Savor another meal at Regions 117 with a creative menu sourced largely within 117 mile radius using your $50 gift card.
Courtesy of: Carson Mountain Cottage, Griffin Tavern, Philip Carter Winery, Regions 117, Gadino Cellars
Get away to charming historic downtown Culpeper and relax in style for two Sat-Sun nights in a luxury suite at Suites at 249 – a boutique hotel featuring world class amenities within walking distance of quaint shops and fabulous eateries. Explore the main street charm of downtown Culpeper and partake of a farm-to-table lunch for two at Grass Rootes Kitchen and Cocktail, with creative fare that features more than 20 regional farms and producers. Stop by Moving Meadows Farm and Bakery with your gift card for some of the best cinnamon buns in VA or many other market selections of breads fresh-baked daily from stone ground organic flour, free-range meats and eggs and much more!
Courtesy of Walden Hall B & B, Grass Rootes Kitchen and Cocktail, Moving Meadows Farm
Estimated Value: $500
Savor History in Staunton
Go and explore why downtown Staunton was voted as one of the ‘best small towns in America’ from USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and Virginia Living. Enjoy a 1 night stay with a discount for the second night at the Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast. You will not be disappointed in this historic Queen Anne 8000 square foot bed and breakfast that has character and charm that is breathtaking. Included with the stay are two tickets to the American Shakespeare Blackfriars Playhouse where you will enjoy the world’s first historically accurate Shakespearean touring troupe ($110). “Eat Well. Feel GREAT” at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery ($20) before starting your day exploring history and shops throughout downtown Staunton. For the cigar lover, take a break and relax at Beverley Cigar Store ($25) before meeting up with your wife to indulge in an Italian feast dinner at Emilio’s Italian Restaurant ($50). Save room after dinner to enjoy gelato or sorbet from The Split Banana ($15).
Estimated Value: $500
Courtesy of: Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast, American Shakespeare Blackfriars Playhouse, Beverly’s Cigar Store, Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, Emilio’s Italian Restaurant, The Split Banana
Madison County Art and Culture
Plan your luxurious two night Sat – Sun stay at Walden Hall, a premier modern country estate Bed and Breakfast near Culpeper, voted best B&B by VA LIving Magazine in 2016 & 2017. While there use your gift card for a flight tasting to their Bald Top Brewery – VA’s first historic farm brewery. Walden Hall guests also enjoy free tastings at several area wineries including Barboursville Vineyards. Make an afternoon cultural excursion to the nearby studio of renowned local Artist Henry Wingate. Henry will give you a personal tour of his studio and latest endeavors. Make time to stop and enjoy the incredible wines at Ducard Vineyard . Perhaps invite some friends to join you for a tasting, private tour in the vines, followed by a gourmet lunch – for up to eight guests.
Estimated Value: $1,350
Farm to Table Package #1
Know your Farmer! Meats of integrity from “beyond organic” local producers to nourish your family and tantalize your taste buds!
Beef selections with a value of $200 from Cottonwood Ranch
A tender young Leg of Lamb – $75 value from Briarmead Farm
12 Free-range pastured whole chickens – $250 value – from the Fidero Family
Pork Sampler Package – $125 value – Beatrix Farm:
1 lb Bacon, 5 lbs.sausage or ground pork, 2 lbs breakfast links,6 pork chops, 2.5 lb pork loin roast
Estimated Value: $650
Courtesy of: Cottonwood Ranch, Briarmead Farm, Beatrix Farm, Fidero family
Farm to Table Package #2
A second delicious opportunity to stock your freezer with beyond organic meats while getting to know the good folks of Wiffletree Farm in Warrenton, and Beatrix Farm in Toms Brook, VA. (While out at their farms for pick-up, be sure to buy a few more selections to let them know you appreciate their hard work and generous support of SFVW!) Round out your menu and get your children involved in farming by taking the family out to Great Country Farms in Bluemont for sustainably grown fruit and vegetable picking throughout the summer! While there have free tastings at on-site Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewery.
5 free-range pastured chickens – $100 value – Beatrix Farm
Farm cornucopia worth $100 – Wiffletree Farm: 1 sirloin strip steak, 1 whole pastured chicken, 2 pkgs. Chicken thighs, 1 free-range turkey breast, 1 pkg. Sage breakfast sausage, 2 pkgs pork chops, 1 dozen eggs from pastured chickens.
Great Country Farms’ Bluemont Experience package – $289 value – Includes tasting experiences at Bluemont Vineyards, Dirt Farm Brewery, plus Fan of the Farm season pass – for a family of up to six; activities include a Farm Animal Barnyard, hayrides, 10% discount on all U-pick or farm store fruits and vegetables, giant slides, jumping pillow, putt-putt, and more! April- Nov. 2017
Estimated Value: $489
Courtesy of: Wiffletree Farm, Beatrix Farm, Great Country Farm & Bluemont Vineyard, Dirt Farm Brewery
Gourmet Winemaker’s Dinner
An evening to remember for you and 10-16 friends with hobby chef extraordinaire Marc-Pierre Jansen and Theo Smith, award-winning winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars. Marc-Pierre will prepare a gourmet multi-course menu paired with a case of Rappahannock Cellars wines. Theo will guide you and your guests through the paired menu while discoursing on the winemaking experience with tasting notes. All in the exclusive atmosphere of the members-only Wine Club room at Rappahannock Cellars after-hours. Perfect for a company dinner or staff thank you party! Date to be mutually agreed upon. (Not available June-August 2017.) Extend the R.C. experience with the addition of a complimentary 3 month Wine Club membership.
Estimated Value: $1, 200
Courtesy of: Rappahannock Cellars, John Delmare, Theo Smith, Marc-Pierre Jansen
Make My Day in Middleburg
Make your day (or maybe your weekend) in charming Middleburg with a one night stay for two at the luxurious Red Fox Inn and Tavern – includes one night plus $100 gift card towards a second night or a meal at the Tavern. A stay at this perennially popular historic Inn also includes a sumptuous Hunt Country breakfast. For lunch or dinner, dine in style with a $50 gift card for nearby Field and Main, where the creative farm-to-table seasonal menu celebrates the VA Piedmont region. Savor another great meal in nearby The Plains at “fresh, fun, fabulous” Front Porch Market and Grill with a generous $100 gift card.
Estimated Value: $500
Memorable Myrtle Beach
A memorable family vacation awaits with a one week stay in a magnificently furnished two-bedroom oceanfront condo at Ocean One Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC; recently voted ‘BEST OF THE BEACH for Best Overall Hotel.” Choose your week on the warm sands of the South Carolina shore; anytime between October 2017 and March 2018 subject to availability at the time of the auction. You and your children will enjoy the on-site Lazy River, interactive splash area and spacious sun deck. Ocean One Resort is located at the foot of the new Myrtle Beach boardwalk convenient to many of the area’s most popular attractions. Use your Skywheel passes to view the beautiful coastline from the top of a giant beach ferris wheel. Plus treat the family to a day at Ripley’s Aquarium (voucher for 2) and two meals out with gift cards to nearby Tupelo Honey Cafe ($60,) and Mr. Fish Seafood ($25)
Estimated Value: $1,600
Wine and Dine with Ken Cuccinelli
A gourmet dinner for 10-15 people will feature two special guests: Head Chef Donald Higby of Christendom College (Graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute in 2004) who will prepare a multi-course fine dining experience for your guests at Christendom College’s Killian’s Cafe, beautifully decorated for your culinary evening. As if the food wasn’t enough of a treat, Ken Cuccinelli will delight and entertain you and your friends with his sparkling wit and wisdom. Perfect for a company event or promotional dinner for donors, this evening is available in June, July or August 2017 scheduled according to Chef Higby’s and Ken Cuccinelli’s availability. (Four week notice needed.)
Estimated Value: $1,500
Courtesy of: Chef Higby, Christendom College, Ken Cuccinelli
Jazz and Wine at the Barn
Start your fall off right enjoying award-winning wines, delicious locally-sourced casual fare and sparking jazz music with a fun outdoor event for up to 50 couples at the Barn at Rappahannock Cellars. The Farm Effect food truck will deliver their popular creative menu as you sip and savor while soaking in tunes by the Mark Brandt Jazz Trio in the barn with the best acoustics in town! Come early for a tour of the vineyard with Proprietor and owner, John Delmare. Stay late for stoking up the bonfire! Raise your bid number to purchase a place for a couple at this night to remember on Sunday, September 24th, 2017. Rain or Shine – if inclement weather, event will be moved to the Club Barrel Room.
Value: $175 per couple
Courtesy of: Rappahannock Cellars, Mark Brandt Jazz Trio, The Farm Effect
Father and Son Woodworking Workshop
Build memories and learn new skills with craftsman Rob Hencken. Rob will set aside an afternoon to work with you and your son to build something out of wood that you can use at your home. The boys will take pride in the final product, learn new skills, and share time with their fathers in the process. Materials are included and up to 3 Father-son pairs are available.
Value: $150 each father-son pair