Day 1 | Prepare your palate. PM: As you arrive, get right to the table and taste the coast with a visit to the Founders Inn’s Swan Terrace Restaurant. Take advantage of their first class chef-instructed sessions for expert advice on preparing culinary creations, and learn the art of wine tasting.
Day 2 | Fresh from the farm. AM: After breakfast at your hotel, head to the Farmers Market to find a rich variety of locally grown produce. In season, pick some yourself at area strawberry, peach and blueberry farms.
PM: Explore hidden gifts in your backyard with a Wild Roots and Edible Flowers Tour. Your day of living off the land will be complete with a “Paddle Feast” as you kayak quiet waterways to a delicious meal at Blue Pete’s Restaurant. Try the famous crab cakes, a local’s treat.
Day 3 | From the ocean to your plate. AM: Rise and shine to catch a fishing charter, then deliver your catch to Bubba’s Restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay, Rockafellers on Rudee Inlet, Croc’s on 19th Street or Waterman’s at the ceanfront. They’re happy to prepare your catch, sometimes with your help. For landlubbers, there’s crabbing from Lynnhaven Pier.
PM: In the evening, relax with a wine tasting at Sonoma Wine, or take a brewery tour at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant then catch a show at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
Day 4 | Leave with a happy thought. AM: Make a visit to the Adam Thoroughgood House for a history lesson in chocolate. Continue the theme with a tour of Schakolad, to tempt all your senses, or a visit to The Royal Chocolate at Town Center. Take your culinary experience with you by picking up one of the cookbooks featuring local delicacies like blue crab, oysters, scallops and flounder: Toast to Tidewater, Chesapeake Bay Cooking, and Tidewater on the Half Shell.
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