**This post is written in partnership with Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation.**
One time-honored way to beat the summer heat? Finding some shade and enjoying some cool beverages. For adults over 21 who enjoy a little summertime sipping, Virginia is full of unique wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. No matter where you go across the Commonwealth, you’ll find options to tempt your taste buds.
Here’s the best part: from the beach to the mountains, you can take the train to some of the state’s finest stops for sipping. Amtrak has nine passenger rail routes and 23 stations in Virginia, offering choice and convenience for your travel. The trains feature wide, comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi service and in-seat power outlets. For your dining pleasure, you can purchase sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages in the café car.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – the following are suggestions to get you inspired. They’re all ten miles or less from an Amtrak station. You can take a walk or take one of your favorite ride share services. Whether you’re looking for a cold brew or a glass of white, these lists have something for everyone.
With two Amtrak stations in Richmond, you have double the access to the capital city’s many breweries, distilleries and cideries. Wherever you arrive, you’re bound to have a good time.
Near Richmond’s Staples Mill Road Station (RVR):
Near Richmond’s Main Street Station (RVM):
You can’t beat a mountain view and a cold brew! Check out these three breweries, all conveniently located in charming downtown Roanoke, less than a mile from the Amtrak station (RNK).
Near Roanoke’s Amtrak station (RNK):
When you arrive at Norfolk’s Amtrak station (NFK), you’re just steps away from gorgeous water views. Start your day with a walk along the river, then stop by these spots to enjoy a glass or two.
Near Norfolk’s Amtrak station (NFK):
Scenic views and historic flair characterize downtown Charlottesville, which has its own fair share of places to enjoy a delicious beverage, right within walking distance of the Amtrak station (CVS).
Near Charlottesville’s Amtrak station (CVS):
- Potter’s Craft Cider Garden – Downtown Tasting Room
- Vitae Spirits Distillery
- Three Notch’d Brewing Company
Since colonial days, people have been brewing beer and making spirits in Williamsburg. Fortunately, it’s a tradition that continues today, with many options close to the Amtrak station (WBG).
Near Williamsburg’s Amtrak station (WBG):
Whether you’re visiting historic sites, shopping or boating on the Potomac, Alexandria offers many places to take a break and put your feet up, all an easy distance from the Amtrak station (ALX).
Near Alexandria’s Amtrak station (ALX):
There’s a little bit of everything in Fredericksburg, whether you want to get on the river, into the antique shops or straight to your favorite beer, wine or spirit. It’s all convenient to the Amtrak station (FBG).
Near Fredericksburg’s Amtrak station (FBG):
Get Set for Sipping Fun
Head to Virginia.Amtrak.com to book your tickets for a comfortable, convenient travel experience on the train. Book at least 14 days in advance to save up to 25%, or check out the everyday discounts we offer. Just have fun, and let Amtrak take care of the driving!
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