Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Tour that takes you to the very roots of Coastal Virginia cuisine, literally!
Operates: Sep 8 2014
Tour Length: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH
Single Room - $1,225.00
Double Room - $935.00
Triple Room - $845.00
A multi-day experiential tour taking you to the very roots of Coastal Virginia cuisine (literally!) ... How fun is THAT?! Enjoy breath-taking scenery and the diversity of local foods during a journey through the picturesque Hampton Roads area where you'll meet fishermen, farmers, and winemakers. Learn about the crops they grow from the area's fertile lands, and the seafood they harvest from the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
Definition: A Foodie is someone who seeks new food experiences as a refined interest or hobby rather than simply eating out for convenience or hunger. Hence, the birth of the Food Network!
So Foodies Unite ... and join us Gad-About Foodies for an amazing tour - our mouths are already watering! Plus, some excellent sight-seeing is also included.
Day One: Travel to travel to the Atlantic where ocean view rooms await you. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking the beach at sunset. Meet your guides and get ready for the great days ahead!
Day Two: View Cape Henry and explore the lighthouse and the grounds surrounding it, while enjoying stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. We'll head inland to explore the region's largest farmers market which contains good brought in from farmers all around the region. The market master will take you through the market to meet the vendors and sample their specialties. This afternoon, we travel through time to the unspoiled region of Pungo, where forests and fields meet winding roads and century-old farmhouses and homes. You will visit a local farm with opportunity to meet the owners and hear their story while walking the fields to taste the freshest fruits and vegetable available during our visit.
Virginia's largest city boast the world's longest boardwalk flanking miles of pristine, sandy beaches. Our evening is spent on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk as we take the critically-acclaimed "Boardwalk Food Tour". This tour encapsulates, within just a few hours, the history of the boardwalk from its humble roots to its prominent rise as a great American destination., while enjoying specially-created dishes from restaurants lauded both by visitors and locals alike - wonderful!
Day Three: A great day awaits as we take a memorable drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, one of this country's engineering marvels. Sweeping views from either side abound while you learn about the Bay and its major significance to the region. An Aqua Farm is our first stop. See how clams are grown and harvested whiled on a VIP 'behind the scenes' tour. Aqua farming is the cultivating of freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions, very interesting!
Just down the road from the aqua farm is the historic village of Cape Charles which has one of the largest concentrations of late Victorian building on the East Coast. The town had its greatest growth around the development of what is now the Bay Coast Railroad, which is reflected through its widely preserved 19th century architecture.
Within earshot of the aqua farm, enjoy a relaxing lunch of locally-farmed seafood while overlooking the Bay - Lovely! Some fun free time is next where you can walk around Cape Charles and shop a little, capping off your time here with homemade dessert at a family-run restaurant in the heart of town.
Next, we venture north to an award-winning winery. Upon arrival, meet the hard-working family who started and run the operation, plus enjoy a personalized tour complete with tastings (for those interested). Afterwards, enjoy a variety of local cheese, charcuterie seafood, and of course, more wine, while relaxing in beautiful vineyards - lovely!
Your day will end with a Virginia style BBQ dinner served at the only restaurant located on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge - neat! Specialties will include slow-roasted beef and pork, fresh and grilled vegetables, breads and local beers - YUM! Later, back at the hotel, perhaps you'll choose to take a moonlight stroll on the beach before turning in!
Day Four: Heading toward Norfolk, we pay a visit to Rowena's, a local cake-maker that has received praise from celebrities such as Paula Dean, Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. You'll take a guided tour and sample a variety of the famous Bundt cakes and other delights.
Continuing our journey into the hear of Virginia, we visit the historic town of Smithfield, first colonized in 1634 and located across the James River opposite Jamestown. Upon arrival we'll have a food tour of the town, stopping at several restaurants and shops to enjoy local and regional specialties.
Lunch is at the historic Smithfield Inn - plus we'll taste unique peanuts a the Smithfield Ham Shoppe, visit the Isle of Wight Museum, and conclude with dessert at the Smithfield Bakery.
Then we return to Virginia Beach and freshen for the finale of our special "Foodie" tour which presents four centuries of culinary history together on one table! A long and leisurely dining experience consisting of dishes and drinks inspired from your coastal Virginia journey begins once you arrive at the Harvest Feast. Learn the time-honored cooking traditions needed to prepare the dishes. A marvelous way to conclude this unique Coastal Harvest Tour, for sure!
Day Five: Today we let our deluxe coach return us home with joyful hearts, stimulated minds, and very HAPPY TUMMIES!!
SPECIAL NOTE: HOLDING SAME RATE AS 2013 - WOW!!
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 4 Nights Accommodations
- 10 Meals:
- 4 Breakfasts
- 3 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Touring Mentioned Above
- Luggage Handling and Taxes
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.
Terms and Conditions:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
- Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
- Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
- Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.
TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches.
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.