As it warms up outside, the thought of an ice-cold beer becomes more and more appealing! While many B&Bs offer fantastic wine or tours of nearby wineries, many also offer great specials for beer lovers. These include everything from in-house tastings to brewing lessons to tours at nearby breweries. Here are some of the best beer lovers' getaways you can take advantage of this spring and summer!
Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast - Afton, VA
Available through 8/31/2011
Enjoy a customized guided tour of three local Virginia breweries provided by Wine Tours of Virginia. You'll be picked up and escorted to the breweries by one of their expert staff members. Participating breweries include Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet), Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton), Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Wintergreen), and South Street Brewery (Charlottesville). The price for this special tour package is $250 + room cost. Tours generally begin mid-afternoon, last about four hours, and include:
*Free beer tastings with personalized instruction on varieties and flavors
*Guided tours from brewers and staff with an emphasis on equipment, ingredients, and crafting
*Unlimited chilled bottled water
*An optional dinner is provided for an additional fee
Woodstock Inn - North Woodstock, NH
Available weekends: May 14 & May 15, May 21 & 22, Oct. 29 & 30, Nov. 5 & 6, Nov. 19 & 20, Dec. 17 & 18
Take part in the fantastic Learn to Brew Weekend, as featured in The New York Times. It is a full weekend in their on-premise microbrewery, allowing everyone a chance to take part in the brewing process. Arrive Friday evening to a meet and greet beer tasting and appetizer party in the Brewpub. Start early on Saturday to mash in with the brewer and work for the day in the brewery. Don't worry, there is time to take a break and enjoy breakfast in the dining room, and a hearty lunch served in the brewery all included. In the afternoon there's time to rest and get ready for a multi-course gourmet beer dinner in The Clement Room. Breakfast is also included Sunday morning. Their Woodstock Station Lounge has live entertainment with dancing both evenings it. If one of you is not a brewer, there is plenty of tax-free shopping, a nearby spa, and many other White Mountain activities to choose from. Rates include meals, beer, brew day, and lodging for two nights starting at $258/person depending on the type of room.
The Olde Saco Inn - Fryeburg, ME
Available until 9/30/2011
Enjoy a night out at world-famous Ebenezer’s Pub, famous in the US for their beer cellar and Belgian beer. The inn provides a shuttle so that you can relax and not worry about driving. After a night out, enjoy a lazy ride down the river in one of their kayaks or canoes. Dine on a complimentary peaceful country breakfast by the fire or on their wraparound porch overlooking the river. Inquire for rates.
Artist's Inn & Gallery - Terre Hill, PA
Available through 12/31/2011
Did you know that Lancaster was once known as the Little Munich of America? Or that 75% of America’s pretzels are made within 100 miles of Lancaster County? Learn more on an adventure through Lancaster County’s back roads as you explore two local pretzel factories and two microbreweries. You'll join another inn for an entertaining day on June 12 and August 7. $150 per person covers the cost of all tours, lectures, tastings, lunch, dinner and transportation.
Photo credit: Michael Spencer