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One-Day Events

Mount Vernon Signature Walking Tour

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

This tour is available daily at 3:30 pm through March 14 (except February 14 - 17).


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Tributes at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am and 3pm (April-October); 12pm (November-March)
A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April - October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.

 


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Special Exhibit: Gardens & Groves

Feb 22 - Jan 10, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

Come explore Washington's design for his estate, highlighting the first president's interests and talents as a landscape designer.


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National Treasure Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

This one-hour walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and explores how these locations were used during George Washington's time.

 


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Sightseeing Water Tour at Mount Vernon

Mar 1 - Nov 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: Check Mount Vernon Website for dates/times.
Admission: $10 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission.

 

See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

 


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"Flights of Fancy" - Stories for Children

Mar 11 - Dec 18, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11:00am
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15

Museum staff will read stories for children about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, the night sky, and winged creatures that soar through the skies. Afterwards, visitors ages two through eight-years-old will take part in a hands-on activity. Story time will take place at 11:00 am and 11:30 am. Location changes depending on the book to provide the proper atmosphere for each story-telling experience, so ask at the Welcome Center for the day's Flights of Fancy location.


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Carousel at Clemyjontri Park

Apr 5 - Oct 26, Clemyjontri Park

Recurring daily
Address: 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: Check website for open dates/times.
Phone: (703) 388-2807
Admission: $1.75/ride
Universal access to fun and enjoyment is a hallmark of Fairfax County Park Authority facilities, most notably showcased at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Va. This unique park features an accessible Liberty swing alongside an amazing two-acre playground where children of all abilities can play side by side. A fully-accessible carousel opens for the season on Saturday, April 5, 2014 , operating on weekends through May 25, then adding weekdays to the operating schedule on May 26. Complete with a picnic pavilion to make the day special, Clemyjontri earns high marks for its playground where every child is welcome and every child can play. *The carousel does not operate in conditions such as heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and temperatures less than 55° F

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Yoga in the Park

Apr 10, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: Thursday, 7pm; Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free
Free community Vinyasa flow yoga outside in Strawberry Park taught by Spark Yoga.

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Take a Break Concert Series

Jun 12 - Aug 28, Lake Anne Plaza

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA
Times: 7pm - 9pm
Admission: Free
Take a Break with this outdoor concert series at Lake Anne Plaza. See website for weekly lineup.

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Hunter Mill Melodies

Jun 26 - Aug 28, Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Contact: Yvonne Johnson
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
Outdoor concerts at Frying Pan Farm Park run from 7:30 - 8:30pm, bring chairs or a blanket. For a complete list of the bands that'll be performing, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp. Lots to do while you’re at the park. Visit the farm animals, picnic and create wonderful family memories.

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Chairman Bulova's "Evenings on the Ellipse" Summer Concerts & Wine Tastings

Jul 3 - Aug 28, Fairfax County Government Center "Ellipse"

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Contact: Christina Fullmer
Phone: (703) 324-2321
Admission: FREE
Enjoy food trucks, FREE wine tastings, picnic blankets, and great music? Stop by Chairman Sharon Bulova’s "Evenings on the Ellipse" Summer Concert Series, happening every Thursday evening on the Government Center lawn from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (July 3 – August 28, 2014). Whether you like jazz, big band, bluegrass, or Latin pop, there is sure to be something for everyone! So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families and dates and get ready for some memorable Thursday evenings this summer!

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Farmers’ Market Fun Days, free children’s shows

Jul 17 - Aug 28, Town Green Herndon

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 10:30am
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free

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La Sandia's Chile Relleno Festival

Aug 1 - Sep 16, La Sandia Tysons Corner

Recurring daily
Address: 7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Times: all day
Phone: (703) 893-2222

Chile Relleno, or "stuffed chile," originated in Puebla, Mexico in the 16th century. Traditionally the dish calls for a poblano pepper that is stuffed, battered in egg or masa flour and fried. Today, the fillings, sauces, and even the peppers used in this dish can vary by region and personal taste. Chef Richard Sandoval introduces guests to La Sandia's 3rd Annual Chile Relleno Festival, where he puts a fresh, modern spin on this traditional dish with vibrant flavors, interesting ingredients and bold sauces. Check La Sandia's website for the menu.


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Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre presents "Legally Blonde - The Musical"

Aug 15 - Aug 24, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: Most shows 7:30pm; Some weekends at 2pm. Check website for schedule.
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $20
Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre presentation of Legally Blonde - The Musical. Based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown and the hit film, this Broadway musical follows the story of Elle Woods, as she goes on a mission to find love (and herself) at Harvard Law School. After discovering how the law can be used to help others, Elle finds herself using her new found skills to defend a workout-queen caught in a murder trial! Performances are: August 15 at 7:30pm August 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm August 17 at 2pm August 20 at 7:30pm August 21 at 7:30pm August 22 at 7:30pm August 24 at 2pm & 7:00pm For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/legally-blonde-musical

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Cask Night

Aug 21, Mad Fox Brewing Company

Address: 444 W. Broad St, Suite I, Falls Church, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 942-6840
Join us at Cask Night to taste unique, special editions of our cask conditionedl proper Real Ales: Head Cracker English-style Barleywine, Slobberknocker American-style Barleywine, Pumpkinator with cocoa nibs, Geordie Brown Ale with toasted coconut, Geordie Brown Ale with toasted coconut and Madagascar vanilla bean, Geordie Brown Ale with Madagascar vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy these brews at Happy Hour prices from 4:00 until 9:00 pm.

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Chef's Table at Wildfire

Aug 21, Wildfire

Address: Tysons Galleria - International Dr., Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 6:30pm
Contact: Amanda or Erika
Phone: (703) 442-9110
Admission: $60/person without wine; $75/person with wine

Reserve your seat at our exclusive chef's table overlooking the kitchen at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA when Executive Chefs Eddie Ishaq and Edwin Amaya team up to prepare and present a custom 4-course menu with optional wine pairings.

This event will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60.00 per person without wine pairings plus tax (gratuity not included) or $75.00 per person with wine pairings plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please call Amanda or Erika at (703) 442-9110.


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Guitar Legend Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar

Aug 21, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Jammin Java - Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $28
Guitar legend ALBERT LEE first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. After working in the UK bands for touring country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee’s next full-time berth was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Head , Hands, and Feet. His reputation grew and session work blossomed, including appearances on “The London Bo Diddley Sessions” for Chess and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “The London Sessions”. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets, and by the time that ended Albert had long since made Southern California his home. There he became friendly with Don Everly, who had also settled in Southern California; they played regularly on a formal and informal basis, with Albert contributing to Don’s 1974 solo effort “Sunset Towers”. The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne. Lee joined Joe Cocker’s band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release “Stingray”. From there A & M records signed Albert as an artist in his own right. The solo album’s completion was delayed by constant studio and touring work, primarily in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band; in 1976 Albert replaced James Burton when Burton left to continue work with Elvis Presley’s TCB band. The Emmylou Harris albums “Luxury Liner” (Jan. 1977), “Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town” (Jan. 1978) “Blue Kentucky Girl” (April 1979), “Roses in the Snow” (May 1980, recorded July 1979), and “Evangeline” (Jan 1981, recorded 1978-80) all include Albert. He ended his touring tenure with the Hot Band to complete his solo album, and “Hiding” was finally released in 1979.

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Porch Cocktail Tasting

Aug 21, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 6pm
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $30/person
Stefan Trummer's newly created Porch Cocktails are the perfect summer drink! Lighter and full of summer fruits, these cocktails are refreshingly perfect for a hot day! Taste four of these fabulous cocktails out on the front balcony with Stefan Trummer.

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Robyn + Royksopp

Aug 21, Wolf Trap – The Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 PM
Phone: 1-877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: $30-$55
Supercharged pop vocalist won’t be dancing on her own when she’s joined by a hypnotic synth duo for an electric evening of hard-hitting beats!

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The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

Aug 21, Nottoway Park

Address: 9537 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Admission: Free
The Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.

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On-Going Events

Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night

Aug 15, Walker's Grille

Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
Address: 6909 Metro Park Dr, Alexandria, VA
Times: 6:30pm
Phone: (703) 922-6200
Admission: Free, but donations encouraged
Walker's Grille will be hosting a Third Thursday Charity "Talent" Night once a month in support of Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. Come and enjoy a great show and wonderful food all while contributing to a great cause - Helping Homeless Veterans! This is a free event but ORHF will be accepting donations at the door.


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Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini

Oct 17, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! For over 12 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows to more that 250 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini's show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Watch your kids' faces light up as they see things disappear and reappear. Watch how animated and excited the children get when they yell "Wake up Zucchini," when he accidentally falls asleep during the show or when he turns tissue paper into colorful rainbow streamers, or when his puppet, Ruffles the Rabbit, keeps coming out of the hat without The Great Zucchini noticing. This is "eye candy" magic comedy at its best. Have your cameras ready. You'll get some terrific pictures of the kids laughing the entire 40-minute show.


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Garden and Landscape Tours

Apr 1 - Oct 31, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 11am - 12pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.


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Slave Life at Mount Vernon

Apr 1, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

 

This 45-minute guided walking tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.

 

 


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Annandale Farmers Market

May 1 - Nov 6, Mason District Park

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Times: 8am-noon
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Fairfax Farmers Market

May 1 - Oct 30, Fairfax County Government Center

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 3pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 642-0128
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Herndon Farmers’ Market

May 1 - Nov 13, Historic Downtown Herndon

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 8am-12:30pm
Phone: (703) 787-7380
Admission: FREE
The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects.

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Tour George Washington's Library

Jul 2, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens - Fred W. Smith National Library

Recurring daily
Address: 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm - Check website for specific available dates.
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

This one-hour guided tour takes visitors through the main floor of the Fred W. Smith National Library. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.


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Sushi Thursdays

Jul 10, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Watch as our expert guest Sushi Chef creates savory maki, sashimi and specialty rolls for guests delight. Enjoy drink specials and the luxury of creating your own sushi experience that will leave guests asking for more!


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Glass Unpolished: an Exhibition on Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology

Jul 12 - Sep 7, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a glass art exhibition entitled Glass Unpolished: Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology from July 12th to Sept 7th. Three artists from Virginia and Maryland use glass as a means to dig into the conceptual nature of discovery, time, fiction and experiment. All expert glass workers, these artists dive into theoretical ideas and challenge the viewer’s notion of craftsmanship, media, narrative and beauty. Artists include Charlotte Potter, the Glass Studio Manager and Programing Director at Chrysler Museum of Art, Bohyun Yoon Professor of Glass at VCU School of Art and David D’Orio, a Co-Founder of DC GlassWorks located in Maryland. Public Opening Reception is July 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This exhibition is free to the public and no tickets are required. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/glass-unpolished-explorations-time-nature-and-technology

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Signs of Summer: Painters and Photographers

Jul 12 - Oct 11, League of Reston Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 10780 Parkridge Blvd (Parkridge 5), Reston, VA

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) invites artists and photographers to enter works for the "Signs of Summer" exhibit. The show runs from July 12 through October 11 and will include original painting, mixed media, two-dimensional hangable art, and photography. The exhibition will be at the Parkridge 5 Building, 10780 Parkridge Blvd., Reston, VA 20191.


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4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

Aug 2 - Sep 7, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
The Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the 4th Annual Clay National Ceramics Exhibition on it's campus at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton from Aug 2 to Sept 7th. This exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country. Ceramic Artist -Richard Notkin juried nearly 500 images to select 54 pieces of art which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material. The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques which encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts. For more information, please visit: http://workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/4th-annual-workhouse-clay-national

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Historical Site & Wine Tasting Tour

Aug 7, The Winery at Bull Run

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA
Times: M-F, 11:30am & 1pm; Sat & Sun, 11am, 12pm, & 2pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $25 for 40-minute tour & 9-wine tasting
The Winery at Bull Run is now offering a historical site tour and tasting 7-days a week. TWABR's roots are woven throughout monumental times in the Civil War and other parts of American history. Enjoy a full 9-wine tasting while exploring the remarkable Hillwood Ruins & our vivacious vineyard along with the stunning surrounding battlegrounds & vistas seen from the property. Get hands on with some of the recovered battleground relics and enjoy a true taste of our history... & of course our award winning wines!

 


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