Wine , Dine or Do It Yourself Itinerary

Day One

Begin your day with a hands-on cooking class at The Complete Gourmet in the Carytown shopping district. Learn new recipes and expand your skills.

For lunch, Caryown offers a generous mix of restaurants, pleasing to every palette.

Make your way to Virginia House for afternoon tea. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the splendid manor house and learn about 16th century table settings.

Your day will conclude with a visit to James River Cellars Winery. This family-owned and operated winery offers award-winning wines from Virginia-grown grapes. Take a tour and enjoy wine tastings, entertainment and relax at dinner in the winery's Tuscan-style event room.

Day Two

Explore Maymont, a gilded Victorian mansion, furnished with rare antiques, silver, porcelains and tapestries, most of which belonged to the original owners, James and Sallie Dooley. While you're there, be sure to tour the rest of the estate, including the Italian and Japanese gardens.

Jump right in with another hands-on class and prepare your own lunch at Miss En Place from the finest and freshest ingredients available. Mise En Place has a recipe for group experiences that are as delicious as they are fun!

Spend the remainder of your afternoon at New Kent Winery for an exceptional tasting and tour. The tasting bar provides a view across the vineyards to the distant polo fields. A leisurely paced tour will give you a close-up look at the exceptional woodwork and craftsmanship that went into the building.

End your day at Lemaire's in the Five-Star, Five Diamond Jefferson Hotel, for one of the finest restaurant experiences in Richmond!

Day Three

Start the day at Henricus Historical Park and learn about the Powhatan Indian way of life and the significant impact their culture had on the English colonists. Find out what herbs Native Americans used to cook with and try your hand at pounding corn into meal.

Then it's off for a tour of the Virginia Historical Society where you'll collect the personal recipes of some of Virginia's First Ladies.

Stay longer and add any of the many themed dining events Richmond offers, including Blues & BBQ, American Civil War, and African-American Emancipation Celebrations, many of which can be customized using historical interpreters and authentic herbs and ingredients.