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Unique things to do in Virginia

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Private Shoot w/ Celebrity Photographer
This Airbnb experience is for those wanting a few casual photos of their time in DC. This experience takes place at the National Mall. We'll stroll past a few landmarks and monuments and get some amazing photos of you and your family or friends! Cherry blossom season is scheduled to arrive 10 days earlier this year due to a warm winter. Please check the DC Cherry Blossom site! (**The Lincoln Memorial is closed for photos due to construction. We will shoot at other locations on the mall.) **All photoshoots are private and not a group experience. **You will receive your photos the SAME DAY! **Discount for 4+ people (please message me directly) **No outfit changes for 1hr shoots **Kids and pets are welcome. (No charge for pets or kids 2 and under.) ----------------------------- Please be on time! Arriving after 15 minutes will result in you forfeit​ing your session. If you shoot me a message I'm happy to wait for you! Anyone being photographed needs to pay for a slot. I don't allow people to just hop in a few photos. We will be walking the entire time so wear comfortable shoes & dress appropriately for the weather :)
Guided Small Group DC Day Tour w/Transportation
Discover the heart of the Nation's Capital with our expertly guided 4-hour tour of the Iconic National Mall. If you're eager to "SEE IT ALL," then this is the tour for you. Tour Highlights: Meeting Point: Your adventure begins at the Washington Grand Hyatt, where you'll meet your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide in front of Starbucks. After a warm welcome, you'll hop into our comfortable van, ready to explore the treasures of the National Mall. Driving and Walking: This comprehensive tour combines the convenience of driving with the intimacy of walking, offering you the best of both worlds. You'll cover all the major DC sites, including monuments, memorials, and other attractions. Live Commentary: Throughout the journey, your expert guide will provide live commentary, offering fascinating insights into the history, significance, and stories behind the monuments and landmarks that grace the National Mall. Exploration Time: At each major site, you'll have the opportunity to disembark and explore for 15 to 25 minutes. We ensure drop-off and pick-up locations are as close as legally possible to make your experience seamless. Private Experience: Want an exclusive tour for just your group? You can book our Private Experience, accommodating groups of up to 30 people. Enjoy a personalized adventure tailored to your interests.
Washington DC Night Tour w/Transportation
Experience the heart of Washington, DC with us on a guided 3-hour journey through the National Mall. This dynamic tour seamlessly blends driving and walking to ensure you "SEE IT ALL." Starting at the Washington Grand Hyatt, our adventure begins right in front of Starbucks. Meet your knowledgeable Tour Guide, board our comfortable van, and set off for the National Mall. With live commentary from your guide, immerse yourself in the stories behind the monuments, memorials, and other captivating attractions that define the National Mall's significance. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to disembark and explore several of DC's major attractions for 15 to 25 minutes at each location. Our drop-offs and pickups are strategically situated as close as legally feasible to each site, ensuring convenient access. As the tour concludes, we return you to the Washington Grand Hyatt. And to cater to your comfort: - Stay refreshed with complimentary water. - Keep your phone powered up with our charging equipment, simply inform your driver. - No need to worry about the weather – rain or shine, we've got you covered with umbrellas.
Discover the Taste of Italy
Join husband-and-wife duo Leo and Monica for an evening of laughter, fun, and fresh pasta, with recipes rolled straight from Leo’s traditional Florentine roots. This is a great experience for Couples, Family and Celebrations or special nights with your loved one. This is the most reviewed experience making Handmade Pasta Class in the entire area. We'll jump into the pasta-making portion of our class. You’ll learn just how easy it is to whip up a perfect pasta dough, roll it out, shape and fill each delicate nibble with a punchy, flavor-packed filling made from scratch. The class will focus on 3 types of Pasta (Ravioli, Tortellini and Tagliatelle plus some surprise shapes). Every class will last about three hours, at the end of which guests will have dinner with the hosts and taste their creations on the spot! Tortellini, ravioli, tagliatelle, spaghetti – after a few hours in Leo and Monica’s kitchen, you’ll be able to tackle any variety and produce a pasta-piece that tastes even better than it looks. Better yet, you can ask ahead of time for a more personalized menu. Other things to note Please let us know in advance if you have Food allergies or intolerance.
Bracelet making in 100-year-old building
We will begin with a peek in the Boutique, featuring jewelry handcrafted by award-winning US artists, and a behind-the-scenes look at my working jewelry studio. I will also share some history of my 1890 building, including a copy of the handwritten deed to the original house. In the workshop you will use a combination of specialized jeweler's hand tools (the same that were used to make jewelry in the 19th century) and modern equipment to make your bracelet. First, you will hammer steel letter stamps to impress inspirational words, phrases, and designs of your choice onto a copper strip. Then, you will form the strip into a cuff bracelet with hammers and steel tools, oxidize (blacken) the metal, and polish to your desired finish. You will go home with a meaningful piece of jewelry that you created with your own hands. We limit the workshop to eight students to guarantee lots of personal instruction, as well as the opportunity to get to know your classmates. You can relax and enjoy a glass of wine. Other things to note, masks, and disposable smocks are available. Unfortunately, our Victorian-era building is not fully accessible to the handicapped.

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Come Cuddle With Animals On A Local Micro-Farm
*Baby goats due 3/12!* Looking for a fun outdoor activity for the family? Need to de-stress from the craziness of life? Cuddling with animals offers the opportunity to relax your mind and let go of the stress and anxiety for brief period. Not to mention, it's just FUN! During your visit, you will have one hour to cuddle and pet the animals on our micro-farm. Being that this is an outdoor experience, we are really not set up to do cuddle sessions during inclement weather. If we are expecting bad weather for your booked hour, I'm happy to work with you on re-scheduling for a nicer day or time. We currently have lots of Nigerian Dwarf goats of varying ages, a 2.5 year-old miniature Zebu named Molly, a rescue steer named Ferdinand, and two pigs named Charlie and Ellie. We also have numerous chickens, as well as our Holland Lop bunnies Oliver and Willow. ** For the health and safety of both our animals and yours, we do not allow outside animals to visit the farm. ** **We do not have a public bathroom on-site, since this is our home. For your convenience, we do offer a Porta-John with hand sanitizer** **For those interested, we do offer our pasture raised eggs and homemade goat milk soap available for purchase from our farm store during your visit.** **If you book a private event, please be sure to state how many people are in your group.**
Feed, brush and get cow kisses from mini Highlander cows
You will have an opportunity to feed, brush, and visit with mini highlander cows, mini donkeys and Kent sheep. With guidance, the cows and donkeys are very friendly and will enjoy giving you licks, eating out of your hand and even running with you in the pasture. Some guests like to set chairs up and just be in the pasture with the highlanders and donkeys (while we are present guiding the experience). We will provide the treats, brushes, balls to interact with and chairs for observation -along with full time instruction. You will also have the opportunity to visit with and hand feed the Kent sheep, although they do not want to snuggle like the cows and donkeys!
Beekeeping on the Farm
Put on a suit and get ready to see inside the hive! You’ll learn how these amazing creatures behave and see them work with each other to create everything we find inside their colonies. Looking to start keeping your own bees? Great! James will teach you everything you need to know about hive maintenance and will have you harvesting your very own honey in no time.
Birdwatching in Red River Gorge
Guests will park at the cabin parking lot on the right to meet up with the guide. After checkin, guests will enjoy a leisurely stroll with their naturalist through field found below the Gladie Visitor Center, looking to identify the many birds that make the Red River Gorge their home. Cardinals, blue jays, humming birds and more are waiting to be spotted!
Walk in the Footsteps of Congress
We'll take an open-air history tour of the Capitol Building grounds. Best way to contact: savvyveteran at gmail dot com We'll draw upon: * A historic house, later famous for women's rights, where U.S. sharpshooters attacked an English general during the British invasion of D.C. during the War of 1812. * The Supreme Court building, the former site of a prison & gallows for Confederate spies * The breath-taking Library of Congress, endowed by Thomas Jefferson; once the locale of a boarding house of a young Congressman, named Abe Lincoln. * Surprising tree memorials on the Capitol grounds, including those for 9-11. * The Senate entrance near a World War 1 bombing of the Senate. * Capitol steps where the first attempted presidential assassination occurred. * The House of Representatives entrance were four terrorists entered and fired gunshots at Congress in session. * The House office building where a bootlegger supplied congressmen with liquor during Prohibition. * The architecture of the stunning Capitol Building. * The site of a major slave escape. * Winding up on the west side, we'll visit the memorial to a slain President. * The elegant General U.S. Grant statue, and its surprising "autograph". Ending up at a little-known grotto and fountain with a Victorian-era twist. Other things to note The nearest metro stops are Capitol Hill South and Union Station.
Introduction to Horses for Beginners
*We are flexible with the times for this experience so please click the contact us button to enquire about availability if you don't see the time/date you're interested in on the calendar. Saturdays and Sundays are a great time to ride! Have you always wanted to ride a horse? Come meet Waffles and learn grooming and tack basics, how to communicate with horses through body language and cues, and riding in the round pen! This experience is ideal for beginners or children (minimum age is 3 riding with an adult). *Please note that this experience is open to five guests per session and that other guests may register for the same session as you. If you want to keep the experience to a private group, please select private group when registering.* This experience is hosted by Altamont Farm which is a 500 acre historic working farm located near historic Appomattox, VA. Surrounded by beautiful mountain and river views, this farm is home to a variety of animals including Highland cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and horses! This farm also has six Airbnb locations that are available to rent. Our guests are welcome to explore the farm and visit the farm store after your ride - just ask for directions! We ask guests to please not feed any of the animals without checking with us first to maintain our animal's health.
Secret Doors Museum Tour
From spies to secret passageways put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for over 80 secret doors and explore our themed rooms. We would never give you a map - this would ruin the surprise of finding a secret door but you will have a Q & A with one of our docents before you start your journey. It’s not in the finding, it’s in the seeking that is important. Experience the magic! Your self-guided experience will begin with an in-depth video introduction to our history and our secret doors, as well as what to look for as you go. Then, we will send you off on your own to search for the secrets and treasures that are everywhere to be found. As you explore the mansion, which is steeped in history and intrigue, you'll be walking in the footsteps of presidents, freedom fighters, G-Men, historians, famous musicians, and fiction writers. Built 125 years ago, nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited. Things to note We guarantee you can see at least 60 of our legendary rooms — but be warned secret doors are tricky to find —if you find 2 or 3 you are an above average sleuth All ages can attend. If you have a short attention span, this is the place for you because there is so much to see and do. If you are a minimalist, you will be overwhelmed. Museum closes: Sunday - Tuesday at 6pm and Wednesday - Saturday at 9pm.
DC Classic Cocktail Experience with Drinkmasters' Kapri
Looking for one of DC’s best-kept secrets? Join us for an exclusive classic cocktail experience showcasing Netflix-featured and award-winning mixologist Kapri Robinson. In an engaging 60-minute session, you will be guided through a professional tasting, learn the history of two classic cocktails, and get answers to your most pressing bartending questions — once you have the password to enter! This intimate experience is limited to 8 people per sitting and is hosted at a woman-owned, veteran-owned distillery cocktail room! Hidden behind a nondescript door next to Atlas Brew Works Ivy City, it can only be found if you know what and who you're looking for. The experience includes 2 spirit tastings, 2 cocktails to drink, snacks, drink recipes, private VIP access to one of DC’s top local distillery cocktail rooms, and lessons on cocktail mixology and history. It is great for a unique date night experience as well as for groups looking to relax and have some fun! You’ll leave with enough knowledge and know-how to dazzle your friends with your newfound ability to make class cocktails at home. Pull up a stool and get ready to take notes in the best possible atmosphere to learn — sitting back at the bar with a drink in your hand.
Private Shoot w/ Celebrity Photographer
This Airbnb experience is for those wanting a few casual photos of their time in DC. This experience takes place at the National Mall. We'll stroll past a few landmarks and monuments and get some amazing photos of you and your family or friends! Cherry blossom season is scheduled to arrive 10 days earlier this year due to a warm winter. Please check the DC Cherry Blossom site! (**The Lincoln Memorial is closed for photos due to construction. We will shoot at other locations on the mall.) **All photoshoots are private and not a group experience. **You will receive your photos the SAME DAY! **Discount for 4+ people (please message me directly) **No outfit changes for 1hr shoots **Kids and pets are welcome. (No charge for pets or kids 2 and under.) ----------------------------- Please be on time! Arriving after 15 minutes will result in you forfeit​ing your session. If you shoot me a message I'm happy to wait for you! Anyone being photographed needs to pay for a slot. I don't allow people to just hop in a few photos. We will be walking the entire time so wear comfortable shoes & dress appropriately for the weather :)
Sunrise Hike at Scenic Humpback Rocks
**This experience is closed for the season. I'll start back up in the spring. Feel free to message for customized guided day hikes.** Come along on a Shenandoah Valley tradition and take in the sunrise from 3000 feet. We'll meet at the Humpback Rocks trail parking lot to embark on one of two hikes, short and steep or a 1.5-mile stroll, to a vista unlike any other in the Blue Ridge. Along the way, you'll shake off the early-morning sleepies and learn about the history and geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, all in a safe, fun environment supportive of all levels of hikers or hikers-to-be. After watching the sunrise crest over the scenic vineyards and fields of Afton valley, we'll head back to the cars, a total of 2.5-3 hours. **Note: Starting spring 2023, I'm donating 10% of my revenue and ALL cash tips to nature preservation and sponsoring at-risk youth on a hiking trip. Please consider cash tips toward these causes!**
Animal Care Behind-The-Scenes!
Join our animal care staff at 7:30am to get to feed and learn about everything from llamas, donkeys, horses, and cows to bison, bunnies, turtles, and chickens. You will get to choose how involved you want to be in the morning care process. You can choose to observe from a distance, just feed the critters, or get in and try your hand at being a super duper poop scooper! Your host will share fun stories, interesting facts and more about every animal you encounter. Other things to note Please consider anyone in your group that may be allergic or frightened of animals. Please wear attire that you do not mind to get a little dirty.
Treasure Hunt Hike to Hidden Airplane Crash
It's more than a hike, it's a treasure hunt! Walk along the famed Appalachian Trail through hardwood forest and past rocky cliffs to our "X marks the spot," the site of a hidden airplane wreck. Sharpen your exploration skills: participants will learn crucial skills such as compass navigation and trail-reading, all in a laidback environment supportive of beginners and try-againers. Along the way, we'll also learn about the history of the airplane and its passengers, as well as how the fog-draped Blue Ridge Mountains spelled doom for many a plane in the mid- to late 1900s. We’ll meet at the Humpback Rocks Picnic Area. Total distance hiked is 4 miles. Total time is approximately 3 hours. Your guide will provide a map and compasses, as well as a nourishing snack from a local bakery. Hikers should bring good tennis shoes or boots and their own water. **Note: Starting spring 2023, I'm donating 10% of my revenue and ALL cash tips to nature preservation and sponsoring at-risk youth on a hiking trip. Please consider cash tips toward these causes!**
Wintergreen Wine & Brewery Tour - Spring is in the Air
Enjoy the finest Wineries, Breweries and Cideries on Virginia's famous Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail without the worries of driving. Allow us to pick you up within 20 miles of Wintergreen, VA (or Downtown Charlottesville) and take you on a Craft Beverage Tour in a quiet and modern Tesla Model-Y. We will work with you prior to your tour date to assure an ideal itinerary. **Please note, the times are flexible. So, if you'd like to make this a Happy Hour tour instead, please inquire** Wine tour options include, but not limited to, these renowned Wineries: Septenary, King Family, Pollak, Veritas, Afton Mountain, Chiswell, Hazy Mountain, and Pippin Hill Vineyards. Brewery choices include: Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Three Notch'd, Pro Re Nata and Blue Mountain Brewery. Cidery options include: Bold Rock Hard Cider, Albemarle Ciderworks and Blue Toad Hard Cider. We can accommodate up to 4 adults. The tour includes transportation, itinerary planning, bottled water, healthy snacks and a special gift. No wine tastings are included. So go ahead, Wine a little...and let us do the driving!
Photo session at the National Gallery of Art
Welcome to my unique and exclusive Airbnb experience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC! Join me for a one-of-a-kind photo session that will take you on a journey through the stunning galleries and open areas of this iconic museum. As we explore the museum, I will capture stunning images of you and your group among the masterpieces, creating a lasting memory of your visit to the National Gallery of Art. Whether you're an art enthusiast or not, this experience is perfect for anyone simply looking to capture some beautiful memories. I'm a professional photographer and not an art historian. So I cannot offer much regarding the history behind the artifacts in the gallery. The experience will be focused more on using the masterpieces and architecture of the museum as a backdrop for photos. So come and join me for a truly unique and unforgettable experience at one of the most iconic museums in the world!
Wine and Beer Trolley Tour
You’ll hop on the trolley and tour award-winning vineyards and breweries, sampling their offerings and taking in their gorgeous views. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the area and how it’s becoming a world class destination for wine and craft beer. Other things to note Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start of tour. Tastings not included in price.
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