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    The Carytown Food and History Tour

    Never go on a history tour within thirty minutes of eating -- You could drown. Wait. No. That's swimming. Your fine on this tour. Follow your tour guide to an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, and professional services. Pop in and out of various restaurants, cafes, and shops where you will sample each food purveyor's best dish. Depending on the availability of the restaurants, you will visit: Water Coastal Kitchen, Xtra's Cafe, Don't Look Back, Nile, Virginia Diner Shoppe, and Carytown Cupcakes (subject to change without notice). The exact walking route may vary, but you might find yourself sampling fresh & local seafood, world-renowned tacos, famous Virginia peanuts, exotic Ethiopian food, and more. Treat yourself to a delicious surprise! It's safe to say you'll enjoy yourself on this delightful outing.
    The Carytown Food and History Tour

    3111 W Cary St, Richmond

    • Explore Carytown in a unique way as you sample food and snacks from 6 different restaurants, cafes, and shops
    • Learn from a knowledgeable local as you wander the streets
    • Hear how these merchants started their business and learn from the guide about the fun and quirky history of Richmond, Virginia and the neighborhood of Carytown
    • Enjoy the eats and the stories with the whole family
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    Downtown Food and Cultural Tour

    This city of Roanoke has so much charm, you'll just want to eat it up! This tour is your chance to get a taste of what Roanoke is all about without having to take a bite out of a brick facade. You'll visit seven top food establishments over the course of three hours of relaxing fun, getting an inside look at the city's vibrant food scene. Your guide will fill you in on the food culture as you go, plus point out iconic landmarks, hidden treasures, and colorful historical insights.You'll even receive a downtown restaurant guide and coupons to continue your fun later! Hey, it didn't use to be called the Big Lick for nothing!
    Downtown Food and Cultural Tour

    2409 Lincoln Ave SW, Roanoke

    • Get to know the Roanoke food scene during a three-hour restaurant tour
    • Visit seven different eateries for delicious samples
    • Learn about Roanoke's history and food culture from a fellow foodie
    • Check out both popular sites and hidden treasures that only locals know about
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    Sunday Brunch Food Tour

    In Roanoke and up for a whole brunch of fun? You might want to add this Sunday excursion to your menu! You'll set out with a local guide and fellow foodie to explore some of the locally-owned eateries for enough samples to comprise a hearty meal. The itinerary include visits to a hotel-turned-restaurant, one of Roanoke's most upscale establishments, a Virginia-grown food specialist, and one of the United States' oldest farmer's markets. Between stops, you'll wind your way through the Historic District's main streets and hidden alleys, getting a look at the city's deep heritage and diverse culture. Hear stories of local lore and check out architectural mainstays from your guide. Have we whet your appetite?
    Sunday Brunch Food Tour

    2409 Lincoln Ave SW, Roanoke

    • Explore Roanoke's Historic District during a Sunday brunch tour
    • Visit popular local restaurants and the farmer's market for samples
    • Learn about the food culture and local lore from an energetic, knowledgeable guide
    • Immerse yourself in a satisfying and satiating Sunday experience
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    Thomas Jefferson in Albemarle

    Thomas Jefferson. He penned the Declaration of Independence. He served as the nation's third president. He traveled through time with talking turkey. One of these statements isn't exactly true. Your only chance to find out? Tag along with historian and author Rick Britton on this informative, four-hour tour! You'll visit historical sites tied to Jefferson and learn eye-opening facts about his public and personal life. Highlights include visits to Charlottesville's Court Square, the University of Virginia, and the former grounds of Albemarle's Monacan Indian Village. Okay. So the turkey didn't talk.
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    Thomas Jefferson in Albemarle

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Delve into the life of Thomas Jefferson during a 4-hour tour with a historian and author
    • Visit popular sites tied to Jefferson such as the University of Virginia and Court Square
    • Hear about Jefferson's role in shaping the country as founding father and president
    • Enjoy a fun and educational walk around the city
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    Charlottesville's World-Class Statuary

    The best thing about this four-hour walking and riding tour? All the standing around -- the statues! Get to know some of Charlottesville's sensational statues alongside a local historian and writer. The sculpted figures of this historical city are touted around the world and you'll find out why. Visit Court Square, West Main Street, and The University of Virginia. Civil War legends such as Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the famous explorers Lewis and Clark, World War pilot Jimmy McConnell, and founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are all featured. Guide Rick Britton is a sought-after speaker and has authored over 200 scholarly articles and several books. Who knows, maybe they'll make a statue commemorating THE BEST STATUE TOUR EVER!
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    Charlottesville's World-Class Statuary

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Get to know the world-class statuary of Charlottesville during a 4-hour tour
    • Explore the city with a popular local historian and author
    • Learn about some of the famous figures of Charlottesville's past
    • Expand your mind during a leisurely and educational tour
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    Cemeteries of Charlottesville

    What's lurking six feet under in Charlottesville? The dead are all part of the plot during this three-hour, cemetery tour! You'll explore some of the city's gravest places with a noted historian and author who will give you the dirt on their most fabulous residents! Riverview Cemetery, Maplewood Cemetery, and the University of Virginia Cemetery are all on the itinerary. As you walk, you'll learn about Revolutionary War soldiers, Civil War figures, scholars, authors, politicians, and the founder of the Pony Express. You'll also chat about H.I.H. Princess Anastasia, the famous pretender to Russian royalty! Can you dig it? Tour guide Rick Britton is historian specializing in 18th and 19th-century Virginia history, and has published over 200 articles, and several books. He is also an active lecturer.
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    Cemeteries of Charlottesville

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Spend four hours exploring the cemeteries of Charlottesville with a local historian and author
    • Visit Riverview Cemetery, Maplewood Cemetery, and the University of Virginia Cemetery
    • Learn about interred politicians, soldiers, scholars, authors, and other figures
    • Enjoy a leisurely and informative walk through history
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    Gearhart Chocolate Experience

    This tantalizing visit to iconic Gearhart's Fine Chocolates offers a sweet opportunity to learn about chocolate! You'll meet Tim Gearhart himself for a hands-on lesson in truffle rolling and learn all about the art of crafting artisan chocolates. Discover how Gearhart's uses a creative and attentive approach in tandem with local sweet cream, pure butter, fruits, nuts, herbs, teas, spices, and liquors to make delicious chocolate! Exploring the facility, learn, and taste delicious chocolates from around the world. Develop your understanding of chocolate profiles and partake in a dipping session featuring delicious ganaches. You'll also leave home with an 8 piece assortment of chocolates and receive exclusive discounts on Gearhart's products! That's the kind of education you can eat up!
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    Gearhart Chocolate Experience

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Get to know an iconic chocolatier during a tour of Gearhart's Fine Chocolates
    • Develop your knowledge of chocolate profiles while hand-dipping ganaches
    • Learn to hand-roll truffles to create your own artisan chocolates
    • Receive an 8-piece box of chocolates and get exclusive discounts
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    The BBQ Experience

    BBQ lovers will have no beef with this mouthwatering experience, however, there will be lots of pork -- OK, probably some beef too. You'll be joining Chef Craig Hartman at his world-class BBQ joint, The Barbeque Exchange, for a tantalizing taste of some Virginia favorites! Learn all about the art of creating perfect meat rubs, and special cooking methods employed to create perfect pork spare ribs. Pig out on cornbread, pumpkin muffins, and other BBQ favorites! You'll also enjoy round-trip transportation to the Gordonsville restaurant. Bring an appetite for learnin' and eatin'! And maybe some wet wipes.
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    The BBQ Experience

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Give your tummy a treat with a classic foodie experience at a world-class BBQ joint
    • Scarf down samples of slow-roasted meats and perfectly prepared sides
    • Learn about the cooking methods employed from Chef Craig Hartman
    • Indulge in a delicious day of BBQ
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    Civil War History Tour

    History buff? This three-hour tour covers all the musket-ball points you'll want to know about Charlottesville's role in Civil War! You'll take a walk through time with historian and author Rick Britton. Visit the remains of a slave block, and Rio Hill, the area's only battlefield. You'll also spend some time at the University of Virginia, headquarters of the Charlottesville General Hospital. Learn about the institution's role as a pivotal Confederate Army hospital that cared for more than 22,000 patients. Along the way, you'll pick up other facets of Charlottesville role in the war and its eventual surrender. It should be a bloody good time!
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    Civil War History Tour

    1934 Asheville Dr, Charlottesville

    • Hear about Charlottesville's roll in the Civil War on a 3-hour tour led by a historian and author
    • Visit the battlefield of Rio Hill, and the grounds of a former slave block
    • Learn about the role of Charlottesville General Hospital in the war
    • Expand your mind with a fun educational walk through history
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    Blue Ridge Wine Tour

    Up for some grape fun in Virginia? This Blue Ridge Wine Tour knows how to pour it on! Designed to support the the local winemakers, this tour sets you up with a local guide to explore two of the best boutique wineries in the state. Once there, you'll get an inside look at the facilities, walk around the vineyards, and learn all about the winemaking process and Virginian viticulture. Of course, the best way to learn about wine is to drink it! At each of your six stops, you'll be treated to a tasting, plus an additional single glass of wine of your choice along the way. As you sip on award-winning wines, you'll learn to develop your palate and distinguish what makes each wine unique. Don't just hear about the Virginia wine scene through the grapevine. Taste it for yourself!
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    Blue Ridge Wine Tour

    2409 Lincoln Ave SW, Roanoke

    • Get to know the Virginia wine scene while visiting two picturesque boutique wineries
    • Enjoy six wine samples at each vineyard and a glass of your choosing
    • Tour the wineries and learn about the work that goes into the process of winemaking
    • Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon in an up-and-coming wine country
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