Views, Cider, & Brews: Sky Meadows State Park, VA
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Views, Cider, & Brews: Sky Meadows State Park, VA

SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK, VA: MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A CIDER BARN AND A BREWERY WITH INCREDIBLE VIEWS!

Whatever your favorite drink, we've got you covered, with visits to a cidery, winery & brewery.

This moderate 4-mile loop hike in Sky Meadows State Park offers some of the most spectacular views in the area. The hike begins at a historic pre-Civil War era farm, winds through beautiful pastures and meadows and ascends through the forest to the ridgeline where you’ll have a chance to hike along a section of the well-known Appalachian Trail. At the end of the hike, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning vista of beautiful mountain farmland.  

After earning our drinks during the hike, we'll travel to Bear Chase Brewing Company, where you’ll enjoy some tasty brews and take in awesome views from their mountaintop location. From there, we will head down the road to the Mt. Defiance Cider Barn and quench our thirst with a sampling of delicious cider.

To learn more about the cidery and brewery, click the links below:

https://www.mtdefiance.com/ciders/

https://bearchasebrew.com/ 

We will be picking up and dropping off from from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic in our area.

 

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Rivers, Vineyards & Brews: Weverton Cliffs, MD
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Rivers, Vineyards & Brews: Weverton Cliffs, MD

WEVERTON CLIFFS, MD: SHORT MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH VISITS TO A WINERY & BREWERY.

Although this is one of our shorter trails, you will still earn your post-hike drinks at both a local vineyard and brewery.

This 3-mile out and back hike may be short, but you'll still get your workout. After climbing up switchbacks for the first 1.5 miles on the well known Appalachian Trail, you will find yourself atop of Weverton Cliffs. From there, you'll be rewarded with wide views of the Potomac River winding through the Appalachian Mountains. 

This shorter trail will allow the time for stops to two impressive drinking holes. First, we will head to the beautiful Creeks Edge Winery, where you will feel as though your sipping wine in a large mountain lodge still surrounded by nature. From there we will head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, famous for massive flights of delicious beer. 

To learn more about the winery and brewery click the links below:

http://creeksedgewinery.com/         https://vanishbeer.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic in our area.

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The Bay, Beer & Wine: Calvert Cliffs, MD
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

The Bay, Beer & Wine: Calvert Cliffs, MD

Calvert Cliffs, MD: Bring your bathing suit! Beginner’s hike paired with a visit to a beautiful vineyard that boasts live music and a craft beer garden.

Let your inner science nerd shine as you HUNT FOR FOSSILS near the cliffs. You will also have the chance to swim and hang out on the beach.

Welcome summer with a trip to the beach! ! This 4-mile hike winds through a lush coastal forest, alongside freshwater and tidal marshlands, and, at the midway point, includes a stop at the cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay. There you’ll have a chance to try your luck at fossil hunting. Some of these fossils date back to the Miocene era, 10-20 million years ago! There will also be time to swim in the bay and lounge on the beach.

After the hike, we will head to Running Hare Vineyard, a beautiful winery that also boasts a beer garden serving up a variety of Calvert Brewing Company's tasty beer selection. 

Learn more about Running Hare here: http://runningharevineyard.com 

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

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Views & Vineyards (times two!): Sugarloaf Mountain, MD
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Views & Vineyards (times two!): Sugarloaf Mountain, MD

SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD: MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A VINEYARD WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS FOLLOWED BY A WORKING FARM WINERY.

After this awesome hike, you'll have a chance to not only drink local, but also satisfy that post-hike hunger with tasty local fare. You can even bring home pasture-raised meat and eggs straight from the farm!

On this 5-mile loop hike, you’ll have a chance to explore a variety of trails on Sugarloaf Mountain. You’ll experience a diverse section of the park with hikes along a ridgeline that offers beautiful views from several different overlooks.

For après hike refreshments, we'll first head to the base of the mountain and sample wine at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. From there, we’ll travel to Rocklands Farm Winery and Market for more excellent wine and cider. Not only can you choose from an awesome drink selection, you'll also have the opportunity to buy local pasture-raised meat and eggs and enjoy delectable meals cooked on-site from local vendors. 

To learn more about Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and Rocklands Farm Winery click here: https://www.smvwinery.com/ http://www.rocklandsfarmmd.com/     

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center stop.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and our area's notoriously terrible traffic.


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Waterfalls, Wine & Beer: Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
May
12
8:00 AM08:00

Waterfalls, Wine & Beer: Catoctin Mountain Park, MD

Catoctin Mountain Park, MD: Moderate hike paired with a visit to an adjoining vineyard and brewery.

Are you a waterfall lover? You’ll have a chance to view Cunningham Falls, Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall!

This 5-mile hike has it all! From the start, you’ll hike directly to Cunningham Falls, Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall. After checking out the falls, we will make our way up the trail that climbs steadily to Chimney Rock. The unique rock formations and the incredible views are worth the climb.

After the hike, we will head to Red Shedman Farm Brewery and Linganore Winecellars. This brewery and vineyard share the same beautiful farmland, so you’ll get the best of both worlds as you sample delicious beer and wine. You can also indulge in their wine slushies, the perfect way to cool down after a good hike!  

To learn more about Red Shedman Brewery and Linganore Wine Cellars click here: http://redshedman.com/ http://www.linganorewines.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and our area's notoriously terrible traffic. 

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Rivers, Brews & Views: Harpers Ferry, WV
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Rivers, Brews & Views: Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, WV-Moderate hike paired with a visit to a new brewery with mountain and river views.

You'll soak in history as well as great views of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

The Maryland Heights trail is a moderate 5.3-mile loop hike offering a historical experience as you make your way through multiple Civil War forts overlooking the Harpers Ferry area. After a trek up to the ridge line that will certainly get your heart rate up, your efforts are rewarded with two impressive viewpoints of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Please note, the way down the mountain can be tough on the knees, so if you have knee problems, hiking poles or a sturdy walking stick are recommended.

After the hike, we will head to Harpers Ferry Brewing. You'll sample a delicious selection of beer while taking in stunning views of the river below and surrounding mountains.

To learn more about Harpers Ferry Brewing, click here:

https://loudounnow.com/2018/09/26/brews-with-views-harpers-ferry-brewing-opens-thursday/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center stop.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

 

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Views & Virginia's History of Brew: Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Views & Virginia's History of Brew: Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA

Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA: Beginner's hike paired with a visit to the Virginia Beer Museum and a local brewery featuring live music.  

Want to know the history behind Virginia's beer production? You'll learn about their history of beer from 1607 to the booming craft beer industry of today when we stop by the Virginia Beer Museum.

This 4 mile out and back hike offers impressive views on all sides when you reach the narrow ridgeline.  You can gaze out over Buzzard Rock Cliffs to see neighboring mountain ranges while on the opposite side glimpsing views of the valley below. 

From there, we will head to the Virginia Beer Museum where you'll learn about the history of beer production in Virginia from 1607 until the present day boom of the craft beer industry. You'll also be able to try delicious beer from a variety of local breweries. We will then head to the Farm Brewery at Broad Run where you'll enjoy tasty beverages and food while listening to live music. 

To learn more about the Virginia Beer Museum and the Farm Brewery at Broad Run click here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/VABeerMuseum/about/?ref=page_internal      http://www.thefarmbreweryatbroadrun.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center Station

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

 

 

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Whitetail & Ales: A Trip to Whitetail Resort & Vanish Brewery
Mar
2
6:30 AM06:30

Whitetail & Ales: A Trip to Whitetail Resort & Vanish Brewery

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A HOP FARM & BREWERY

Enjoy a half day of skiing or snowboarding at Whitetail Resort, followed by a visit to Vanish Brewery where you can swap stories of shredding the gnar while enjoying their famous “Mega Flight” .

Whitetail Resort offers some of the best skiing in the area and lucky for us, it’s less than two hours from DC. Whitetail has 23 runs, 8 lifts, a terrain park, snow-making capabilities, and snow tubing. There are a variety of runs for every skill level. If you’re new to the sport, or would like a quick refresher course, Whitetail’s “programs for new skiers and snowboarders were recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) during the 2010-2011 winter season.” (click here to read more about their lessons).

After the hike we'll head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery located on the 53-acre Black Hops Farm. Vanish has a huge tasting room, plenty of outdoor space with lawn games and fire pits, great food, and their famous 6, 12, or 24 beer flights! 

To learn more about Whitetail Resort and Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, click here: https://skiwhitetail.com/  https://vanishbeer.com/

There are three different pricing options for this full-day trip:

Option 1: $70.00-Transportation & brewery only. Recommended for people with a season pass and their own gear

Option 2: $145.00- Transportation, lift ticket, & brewery. Recommended for people with their own gear.

Option 3: $185.00- Transportation, lift ticket, rentals, & brewery. This package also includes an optional group lesson with Whitetail instructors.

Snacks, hot drinks, hand and toe warmers, and a round at the brewery will be provided.

We will be picking up and dropping off from Metro Center station.

*Please note: return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the crowds at the resort and the terrible traffic in our area.

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Whitetail & Ales: A Trip to Whitetail Resort & Vanish Brewing
Feb
23
6:30 AM06:30

Whitetail & Ales: A Trip to Whitetail Resort & Vanish Brewing

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A HOP FARM & BREWERY

Enjoy a half day of skiing or snowboarding at Whitetail Resort, followed by a visit to Vanish Brewery where you can swap stories of shredding the gnar while enjoying their famous “Mega Flight” .

Whitetail Resort offers some of the best skiing in the area and lucky for us, it’s less than two hours from DC. Whitetail has 23 runs, 8 lifts, a terrain park, snow-making capabilities, and snow tubing. There are a variety of runs for every skill level. If you’re new to the sport, or would like a quick refresher course, Whitetail’s “programs for new skiers and snowboarders were recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) during the 2010-2011 winter season.” (click here to read more about their lessons).

After the hike we'll head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery located on the 53-acre Black Hops Farm. Vanish has a huge tasting room, plenty of outdoor space with lawn games and fire pits, great food, and their famous 6, 12, or 24 beer flights! 

To learn more about Whitetail Resort and Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, click here: https://skiwhitetail.com/  https://vanishbeer.com/

There are three different pricing options for this full-day trip:

Option 1: $70.00-Transportation & brewery only. Recommended for people with a season pass and their own gear

Option 2: $145.00- Transportation, lift ticket, & brewery. Recommended for people with their own gear.

Option 3: $185.00- Transportation, lift ticket, rentals, & brewery. This package also includes an optional group lesson with Whitetail instructors.

Snacks, hot drinks, hand and toe warmers, and a round at the brewery will be provided.

We will be picking up and dropping off from Metro Center station.

*Please note: return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the crowds at the resort and the terrible traffic in our area.

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Trails, History & Ales: Manassas National Battlefield, VA
May
13
8:00 AM08:00

Trails, History & Ales: Manassas National Battlefield, VA

MANASSAS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, VA: BEGINNER'S HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A LOCAL BREWERY AND BEER GARDEN

A scenic hike that's great for history lovers

The site of two civil war battles, Manassas National Battlefield offers visitors a chance to hike along many key points of interest from each battle. On this 5.4 mile hike, you'll be able to learn about the first battle of Manassas. The trail is not only informational, but also beautiful, offering diverse changes of scenery as it winds along farmlands, forests, and streams. There are informational signs for visitors at each point of interest detailing what took place. 

After the hike, we'll head to 2 Silos Brewing Co. The brewery offers a large selection of tasty beer and a food menu with a wide variety of healthy food options not often found at breweries. 2 Silos also has an impressive outdoor space with many large fire pits, cornhole, a beer garden and live music! 

To learn more about 2 Silos Brewing Co., click here: http://2silosbrewing.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

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Views & Brews: Annapolis Rock, MD
Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Views & Brews: Annapolis Rock, MD

ANNAPOLIS ROCK, MD-BEGINNER HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A HOP FARM AND BREWERY.

You'll take in impressive views from Appalachian Trail and then head to a 53-acre hop farm with an equally impressive "Mega" 12-beer flight. 

Popular with hikers and climbers alike, the Annapolis Rock hike boasts some excellent views. This 5-mile out-and-back hike climbs to the ridgeline and runs along a section of the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail. Once you make the initial ascent to the ridgeline, this hike becomes a lovely walk in the woods. 

After the hike we'll head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery located on the 53-acre Black Hops Farm. Vanish has a huge tasting room, plenty of outdoor space with lawn games and fire pits, great food, and their famous 6, 12, or 24 beer flights! 

To learn more about Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, click here: https://vanishbeer.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

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