SPOTSWOOD LODGE

Maybe the best part of Spottswood Lodge are the "before and after" photos, which make you think "Hey, I could do that." And then the Charlottesville Home magazine piece (page 48) where owner Leslie Gregg (who also owns nearby Market at Grelen with her husband) shares the secrets of the home's transformation from a worn brick farmhouse to a "rustic getaway" - for those who prefer their rustic to include soft sheets and chandeliers dripping with romance.

Spottswood is that place. And brides-to-be are snapping up available dates so fast that the wine traveler may have to plan ahead if they want to stay here. On 11 private acres with sleeping space for up to 20 in the main house and a cute cottage just behind - and including 7 1/2 all-important bathrooms for bridesmaids - Spotswood Lodge has both the space and the ambience for a glorious wine country weekend.

For maximum ease, consider placing a catering order with Market at Grelen so there's a nice casserole and bottle of (Virginia) wine waiting for you in the evening, and a basket of homemade scones or other delectables for breakfast. Or do it up right and have them arrange a fancy wine dinner for your crew.

If Spotswood is all filled up, try another of Market at Grelen's properties neaby, Boxwood Villa in Orange.