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Virginia’s time-tested menus

Courtesy Alexandria CVB

The rich history of eastern Virginia extends far beyond military heritage to encompass many peacetime pleasures as well. In Alexandria, a charming city on the outskirts of Washington, groups can take part in a number of historic dining experiences that hearken back to the 18th century.

• A Meal at Mount Vernon — George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the most famous historic home in the Alexandria area, and groups can arrange to have a private nighttime tour of the beautiful estate. Following the tour, a dinner at the property’s Mount Vernon Inn features traditional fare of Washington’s day in a beautiful and historically accurate Colonial setting.

• Historic Homes Gourmet
Experience — Old Town Alexandria features numerous historic homes, some of which are available for daytime tours. With special arrangements, groups can have a private tour of one of the homes, followed by a three-course meal with wine pairings. The meals take place inside the homes or in their gardens and are accompanied by Colonial period performers and musicians.

• Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant — Groups can party like it’s 1799 at Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, a historic venue visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other founding fathers. Waiters in period dress serve Colonial-style meals to guests in the dining room during dinner. Afterward, visitors can retire to the ballroom for some music and lessons in 18th-century dancing.

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Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.