NOTE: This will be the final bus winery tour hosted by J.T., and possibly the group. See details here… https://bit.ly/2VcsgB3
*** It’s a great day to tour some Virginia vineyards. See you there! ***
UPDATE #4: The event is sold out. If you were unable to secure a spot for this event online, you have the option of “flying standby.” There are usually 6 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to get on board. Make sure to come early with exact cash. Tickets are $60 each at the “door.”
UPDATE #3: We’ll meet at the top of the escalators at the Ballston Metro. Just a reminder, I will be the one with the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it! We will check people in at 11am, depart PROMPTLY at 11:30am, and return approximately 5:30pm (depending on traffic). Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. Also, a couple of notes…
- I HIGHLY recommend that you pack a lunch, as most wineries only sell cheese and crackers for food.
- It’s completely optional, but please consider tipping the bus driver a few bucks. It’s a long trip, and I’m sure s/he will welcome the show of appreciation.
UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $60. I look forward to seeing you there!
UPDATE #1: There are fewer than 10 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $50 to $60 when the early bird spots are gone or by Sun. May 12th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I’ll be removing those that haven’t paid by Sun. May 5th. Make payment to lock in the early bird price and your spot (see the “Payment” section of the event posting). If you’ve already made payment, the PayPal email you received is confirmation that we’ve received your payment (no need to message me asking for ticket confirmation). This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs. I hope to see you there!
Ok, this one’s for the wine lovers in our group… or anyone who wants to enjoy and learn all about wine!
I’ve reserved a charter bus for us, and will make special arrangements with 2 or 3 different wineries, for a Saturday bus winery tour! So far, we will be visiting Cobbler Mountain Cellars & Barrel Oak Winery! With a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, started from scratch after 40 years of vacancy by Jeff & Laura McCarthy Louden & the children, produces award-winning cider that have been served to the Department of State, Office of Protocol in DC. At Barrel Oak Winery, with a 4.3 star rating on Google Reviews, we can enjoy award-winning wine, sweeping historic vistas, and live music from their extensive patio and picnic grounds.
We’ll have our very own chauffeur taking us from vineyard to vineyard, then back home again safely! We will check people in at 11am. Detailed itinerary to be provided when we meet up. Some of you may know that Virginia is considered the “Napa Valley of the East,” so let’s experience Virginia’s beautiful landscape as we taste local wine flavors along the way. During this relaxing all day spring tour, we’ll:
- Sample some of the best regional wines from unique and different vineyards
- Learn about the wine making process
- Spend over an hour at each winery
- Walk through the vineyards, and tour the barrel rooms
- Nibble on cheese and crackers
- Take in scenery as we enjoy our new favorite wine
- Bring our own lunch or…
- Purchase winery’s breads, cheeses, and jams for a picnic while we’re there
- Sit back and relax on our way home!
We are also eligible for discounts on wine bottle purchases!… and wine tasting fees ($10 – $20 at each winery) *are* included in our ticket price! Lunch is not, so I recommend packing a sandwich. The bus will leave promptly at 11:30am and return approximately 5 – 5:30pm (depending on traffic). I’ll be the one with the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it, at the top of the Ballston Metro escalators!
We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $50. The first 40 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sunday, May 12th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $60. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting.
Come join us as we spend a pleasant and relaxing day amongst other wine lovers from our group!
METRO & PARKING
The closest Metro is Ballston Metro (Orange, Silver lines). I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning.
PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.
- Select “Yes” (checkmark)
- Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish Payment on PayPal”
- Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now” button at the top of the event posting)
- If you don’t have a PayPal account, enter your payment information
- If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal
Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 11am), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.
Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Send me a message via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting). Thanks for understanding. =)
TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER
Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile link (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile link, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the link from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 8am on the day of the event.
Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we’ll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I’ll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 8:30am on the day of our event with the details.
If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!