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President James and Dolly Madison’s estate, Montpelier, is only minutes from our inn. Nearby Charlottesville is home to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s estate Monticello. Today our region makes history with award-winning wines from the heart of Virginia’s growing wine industry. The Inn at Meander Plantation is an award winning Virginia bed and breakfast within 10 miles of historic, revitalized downtown Culpeper, with its many unique restaurants and great shops. Also, the quaint town of Orange is only 8 miles away. Both communities offer shopping, dining and historic landmarks. Visitor Centers in both towns offer area tourism information to help make the most of your time while staying at our Virginia inn.
From Washington, DC:
Take Interstate 66 west to Rt. 29 South (Gainesville exit). Follow Rt. 29/15 south to the Orange/Culpeper exit (where Rt. 15 splits from Rt. 29). Travel south, towards Orange, on Rt. 15/James Madison Hwy. for 9 miles. The Inn is on your right, just past the Crooked Run bridge and Meander Run Road. Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Take Interstate 64 west to Rt. 15 North (James Madison Hwy) - Gordonsville/Orange exit. Travel north through Gordonsville and Orange, staying on Rt. 15/James Madison Hwy. The Inn is 8 miles north of Orange on the left, just over the Robinson River. Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Take Rt. 29 north out of Charlottesville, towards Culpeper. Turn right on Rt. 230 (Exxon and VDoT station on the corners) and travel until it ends at Rt. 15/James Madison Hwy. Turn left (north toward Culpeper) and travel 5 miles. The Inn is the first driveway on the left after crossing the Robinson River. Drive time without traffic: 45 minutes.
Take Hwy. 33 east to Hwy. 230/East at Standardsville. Continue until Hwy. 230/East ends at Hwy. 29. Turn left onto Hwy. 29; travel approximately one mile and turn right back onto Hwy. 230/East. Follow Rt. 230 until it ends at Rt. 15/James Madison Hwy. Turn left (north toward Culpeper) and travel 5 miles. The inn is the first driveway on the left after crossing the Robinson River. Drive time without traffic: 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Please make a note of these directions as many of the GPS and online maps have us located in the wrong place.
When planning your stay with us choose Vino Vans Winery Tours for a fun day of worry free winery touring. Vino Vans is licensed and insured and includes pick-up and delivery from Meander, on tour you will visit 3 or 4 wineries and enjoy an elegant lunch. Tours are in a new Toyota Sienna Mini Van with a wine knowledgeable driver. Reservations are required. Lunch is served at one of the wineries and includes set up with tablecloth, napkins, dishes, silverware and glasses and delicious three courses of Meander Prepared foods. Rates are $150 per person. Ask about Group Rates and specials www.vinovans.com 540-718-5650
Check out this great special:
Inn at Meander Plantation Pairings with Vino Vans! Vino Stay “O” Get one night Free “O” Enjoy a great stay “O” for two nights and get one night Free “O”. Choose your accommodation from any room available at the Inn on your chosen nights mid-week. Wake up to a great gourmet breakfast each morning. This package also includes the five course chef prepared dinner with Virginia wine pairings for two on one night of your stay and a Vino Van tour for two one of the days. Vino Van tours are an intimate fun day of winery touring to 4 or 5 wineries in one of our Toyota Vans with an informative and professional driver, information about the wineries you’ll be visiting and a delectable picnic lunch served at one of the wineries. Price for two persons is $695.
Castle Hill Ciderwww.castlehillcider.com
Originally built in 1764, in Keswick, Virginia, Castle Hill was the home of Colonel Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Today, Castle Hill reclaims its glory as a cidery and premiere venue for weddings and special events.
Hours: March-Dec., Tuesday-Sun, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Winter hours: Fri-Sun, Noon-6 p.m.
Reynard Florence Vineyardwww.reynardflorence.com
A relative newcomer to Virginia wine, but not to Virginia, Reynard Florence is a one of a kind family farm vineyard, prioritizing quality and a personal touch. Winemaker/consultant is renowned Virginia wine pioneer Michael Shaps.
Hours: Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Slip away for a few hours to the quiet and beautiful countryside of Rappahannock County, VA and become part of Gadino Cellars La Famiglia. Relax with an assortment of fine wines, gourmet cheeses and local sausage in the Italian-inspired tasting room. For pet lovers, dogs are welcomed at the winery when leashed.
Hours: Year round, Fri-Mon, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.. Fees: $5/person, includes logo glass.
Nestled at the eastern edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon, Ducard Vineyards is best described as a “hobby gone wild.” Open to the public, with a gorgeous new tasting room at the vineyard site. This winery is pet-friendly.
Hours: Fri-Sun (plus Monday holidays), 11 a.ml to 6 p.m., and by appointment. Fees: Tasting: $5/person; waived with 2 bottle purchase.
Early Mountain Vineyardswww.earlymountainestate.com
This Madison County winery is conveniently located the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail. In addition to Early Mountain’s estate produced wines, there is a curated selection of the best Virginia wines from other wineries, along with rotating featured selections.
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Tasting Fees: Call or check website for details.
Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winerywww.castlegruenwinery.com
Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winery is one of Virginia’s premiere boutique wineries, specializing in producing fine, artisan wines hand-crafted in limited, small lots—under 500 cases per year. Each of the bottles of wine is personally hand-numbered by the winemaker/owner Dean Gruenburg—just like a piece of art. It is located in scenic Madison County, just around the corner from the Inn. Grapes from our Meander Plantation Vineyards are used in the production of some Castle Gruen wines.
Hours: Weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment. Fees: $5 includes logo glass.
Three great destinations in one historic state. Virginia's most honored winery, creative Northern Italian dining, and Historic Landmark Ruins designed by Thomas Jefferson.
Hours: Open all year round. Free tours, weekends only. Wine tasting fee of $4 per person includes souvenir glass.
Gray Ghost Vineyardswww.grayghostvineyards.com/
Gray Ghost produces internationally acclaimed wine from immaculate vineyards. Enjoy southern hospitality and beautiful picnic facilities. Gray Ghost offers the original and most popular harvest program in the state.
Hours: Jan-Feb., Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm; Mar-Dec., Fri-Sun 11am - 5pm; Closed all Mon. and Federal Holidays. Fees: None. Food: Light Fare
Horton Cellars Winerywww.hvwine.com
Taste naturally acclaimed wines in our old-world Tudor winery. Over 30 wines include Marsanne, Viognier, Petite Manseng, Chardonnay, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Malbec, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Pear, Peach, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry.
Hours: Daily 10am - 5 pm. Wed. - Sun. Dec. - March: 11am to 5pm weekends only
Linden Vineyards focuses on making wines with character. Their wines are an expression fo the place where they are grown and personality of the winegrower. They love what they do and enjoy sharing their passion.
Hours: April - Nov. 11am - 5pm, Wed - Sun. Dec - March - 11am - 5pm weekends only
Old House Vineyardswww.oldhousevineyards.com
Located near historic Culpeper, Old House offers tasting of award-winning wines in a renovated 1820's farmhouse. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Hours: Thur & Fri 1-5, Sat 11-5 and Sun. 12-5 Fees: None. Food: Light Fare
Taste unique wines from award-winning Chris Pearmund. Experience romantic views of one of Virginia's top quality Chardonnay vineyards. Family-owned and operated. Bring your own picnic.
Hours: 10-6 everyday 10-8 on Fridays Fees: $2 Food: Light Fare
Piedmont Vineyards and Winerywww.piedmontwines.com
Virginia's oldest Chardonnay producer, Piedmont Vineyards was established in 1973 on the pre-revolutionary estate. Waverly, and today offers a variety of wines with an emphasis on world-class Chardonnays.
Hours: Apr. - Oct. daily, 11-6 Nov - Mar 11-5 Fees: $3/$5 (applied to purchase). Food: Light Fare.
Prince Michel & Rapidan River Vineyardswww.princemichel.com
Prince Michel is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers tours of the facility, samples of their award-winning wines in the extensive wine and gift shop, and a restaurant featuring Wine Country cuisine.
Hours: Winery daily from 10 - 6. Restaurant Thurs - Sat for lunch and dinner and Sun for lunch. Fees: None.
This family owned and operated winery relocated from California to Virginia's Hunt Country. Elegant award-winning wines include Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Seyval Blanc.
Hours: 11:30 am - 5 pm, Sat. 11:30 - 6:00 pm. Tour Fees: None. Tasting Fees: $3.50 first visit w/ complimentary wine glass, future visits free. Food: Light Fare.
Winner of the 1995 and 2001 Virginia Governor's Cup. Enjoy the splendor of the Shenandoah Valley while sampling award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
Hours: Mon - Sat 11-5, Sun. Noon -05. Tasting and Tour Fees: None. Food: Light Fare
Sharp Rock Vineyardswww.sharprockvineyards.com
Located on the beautiful Huges River in an unspoiled valley at the foot of Old Rag Mountain. Award-winning wines produced in limited lots from hand-selected grapes from vineyards planted in 1992.
Hours: March - Dec Fri-Sun 11-5 Mon. Holidays 11-5 pm Oct add Thurs. 11-5. Or by appt. Tour Fees: None. Tasting Fees: $2 (applied to purchase). Food: Light Fare.
Arts & Culture
The Arts Center
Virginia Artist Displays and Gift Shop
Main Street, Gordonsville
Graves Fine Art Galleries
Daily – (9-5)
Corner House Gallery
West Main Street, Orange
Fine Art, Landscapes, Historic Sites
Ed Jaffe Gallery
Main Street, Orange
Silkscreen, watercolor, oil media
Four County Players Theater
Five productions annually including the popular outdoor Shakespeare
James Madison Museum
Monday thru Friday – 9am – 4pm
Weekends March to Nov. 1-4 pm
Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum
Confederate Hospital Museum.
Military & Surgical Reenactments
Mid-May & late Sept. Open Daily, 10-3:30 pm except Wednesdays.
Orange County Historical Society & Historical Research Center
Monday thru Friday – 1-5 pm.
Summer Saturdays 10-4 pm.
Museum of Culpeper History & Burgandine House
One of Virginia’s finest small-town museums, traces Culpeper’s history from pre-historic to moderns times.
Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Home of James & Dolley Madison
Hunt Races – first Sat. of Nov.
Quarterly "Big Woods Walk" Daily tours, frequent special events
SE of Charlottesville
Home of Thomas Jefferson
Garden tours in season
SE of Charlottesville
Home of James Monroe
Daily tours-Five minutes beyond Monticello
Civil War Attractions
Area between Orange & Fredericksburg was most fought over territory in the Civil War
Wilderness Civil War Battlefield & Exhibit Shelter
Site of first Lee vs. Grant encounter bloodiest and most decisive campaign of war.
Staffed in Summer
Chancellorsville Battlefield & Visitors Center
“Stonewall” Jackson fatally wounded. Staffed by US Park Service
Cedar Mountain Battlefield
Site of August 9, 1862 defeat of Gen Pope by Stonewall Jackson’s Corp.
Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum
Confederate Hospital Museum Military & Surgical Reenactments Mid-May & late Sept.
Open daily 10-3:30 pm (except Wed).
Nature & Adventure
Enjoy our 80 acres with numerous trails or for the more adventurous try Old Rag Mountain (35min)
Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive of Blue Ridge Mountains
West on Rt. 33 to Skyline Drive North OR South
Old Rag Mountain Lake Anna State Park
13,000 acre lake, public boat landing fishing, camping & swimming
Marina at Lake Anna
call for information
124 acre lake, marina, fishing & picnic area
Oakland Heights Farm & Horseback Riding
Ride into the hills
Tandem Skydiving in Orange, VA
Blue Ridge Biplane Rides
Culpeper Regional Airport, VA
Rafting, Tubing, Canoeing & Fishing
20 min. Rapidan River
Spring Creek Golf Course
Meticulously groomed and ingeniously laid out, Spring Creek unfolds over peaceful rolling hills and woods beneath the mountains of Charlottesville. The course offers a strategic challenge in a placid setting – you may find there’s no other place you’d rather be. Par 72, 7,350 Yds.
Meadow Farms Golf Course
27 of the most interesting holes around. Longest Hole in the US, Par 6 – 841 Yards. Bring extra golf balls and burn your score card. Guaranteed to be a fun.
Lake Monticello Golf Course
Designed by Buddy Loving to take advantage of the natural contours and features of the Piedmont’s rolling landscape. 18 hole, Par 72, 6,925 Yds.