Before you know it, the warm weather will bring about summer, a season when cold beers pair perfectly with balmy evenings. Why not make the most of this magical moment and head straight to the source to learn some intriguing, effervescent secrets firsthand? Up and down the East Coast, bed and breakfasts are serving a fresh batch of specials with local breweries to give guests the inside track on how these malty beverages are made. There’s no time like the present to take advantage of some home-brewed hospitality at these crisp B&Bs. Cheers!
Hop Down the Blue Ridge Brew Trail at 200 South Street Inn
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge Brew Trail is one of America’s great brewery experiences. Let Central Virginia Wine Tours be the guide via 200 South Street Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/200SouthStreet) in Charlottesville, VA, as they help guests choose a custom itinerary allowing them to explore three to four breweries over six hours. Tour-goers will be provided a Blue Ridge Brew Trail Guide, who serves as their concierge on the go, and several of the breweries have restaurants on-site to help pair beers with some world class food. At the end of the day, guests can stroll through downtown Charlottesville and hit the restaurant scene.
Before heading off to explore the breweries, beer enthusiasts have the opportunity to indulge in a delicious continental breakfast served each morning with toasting breads that are baked locally, organic coffee and more. Additionally, 200 South Street Inn’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and fresh fruit bowls are available around the clock, and every evening, complimentary wine and cheese are laid out from 5-6:30.
Sip Some Suds by the Finger Lakes at the 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House
Sample beer and more during the His & Hers Craft Beer, Wine Country and Distillery Tour from the 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House (www.BnBFinder.com/18Vine) in Hammondsport, NY. Guests’ first stop along this tour will be Roosterfish Craft Brewing, home of the first farm craft brewery in New York State. Afterwards, hungry beer drinkers will stop by for a bite to eat at the Crooked Rooster, which features delectable desserts made in the on-site bakery.
Next on the route is the Barnstormer Winery, which true to its name, is located in a historic barn that is well over 150 years old and features a wide array of wines using 100% Finger Lakes grapes. A stop at Wagner Brewing follows, home of the famous Sled Dog Triple Bock. Here guests will sample a full selection of craft beers. As they wind their way back heading south, attendees will head to the J.R. Dill Winery, which is known for their glass bar. The tour wraps up at Finger Lakes Distilling, a producer of premium spirits.
As guests go back towards the inn, they will pass through the relaxing and scenic glacier mountain expanse via Waneta and Lamoka Lakes. Upon arrival, they can take in the views of the gorgeous gardens, take advantage of oversized oval tubs, or relax by fireplaces located in select accommodations. Every morning, guests will also savor a locally produced organic breakfast.
Brew Yourself a Good Time at the Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast
Lancaster County has a rich history of brewing beer, starting in the back rooms of inns in the early 1700s. What better way to celebrate this tradition than the Working Brewery Package from the Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/BlueRock) in Millersville, PA? Stepping into the Lancaster Brewing Company, beer lovers will have their senses immersed – from the rich flavors they will taste to the heavenly aromas they will inhale. The package includes a $25 Gift Certificate to the in-house restaurant at the LBC, LBC bottle opener, two bottles of LBC Beer, a beer tasting sheet, a $5 coupon on merchandise, and a tour of the brewery.
After guests experience the tour at LBC, they can head back to their spacious rooms, which feature private baths and queen-sized beds. A community park, golf course, hiking trails and Amish country attractions are all within a mile of the property.