TWIN OAKS TAVERN HISTORIC INN
Twin Oaks Tavern, in the Bear’s Den Historic District, is one of many stone houses that were built on the mountain between 1890 and 1920. At that time, there were several inns around Bluemont, including a large hotel at Bear’s Den on Blue Ridge Mountain Road.
Left: Original Stone Building
SUMMER RETREAT FROM WASHINGTON DC
The attraction to the area for city dwellers was the 5-10 degrees lower temperature on the mountain during the summer. Residents from Washington would take the train to Bluemont and be driven by horse and buggy to the inn or hotel of their choice. Later, they would drive out from the city (see the directions suggested in the 1931 Washington Post ad pictured below). Twin Oaks operated as an inn until the 1950’s.
Right: Original sign directing visitors off the main road.
Before the Evers Family bought Twin Oaks in 1998, it had been devastated from a fire and the grounds were littered with dilapidated outbuildings, chain link fencing and poison ivy. They spent a year renovating the house and clearing and landscaping the grounds.
20 YEARS AND COUNTING
The Evers Family caught vineyard fever when traveling through France, Italy, Germany, and Croatia, and in 1999 they decided to plant Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc grapes on the hillside at Twin Oaks. Since their first harvest in 2002, Donna Evers has been the winemaker, and in 2008 the first two wines were offered to the public: Chardonnay and Raven Rocks Red. In keeping with family traditions, the Twin Oaks Vineyard and Cellar operation are managed by Donna’s grandson, Clay McFarren.
DONNA EVERS – BUSINESS OWNER & WINEMAKER
Donna Evers, owner and winemaker at Twin Oaks, can usually be found in the tasting room on the weekends, talking wine with visitors. Nearly 20 years ago, she started with Chardonnay and Raven Rocks Red and now bottles over 10 varieties including, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, and Rosé. From the decks and the tasting room you can enjoy Twin Oaks’ artisan wines and the 50 mile views of the Shenandoah Valley.
18035 Raven Rocks Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
HOURS OF OPERATION
Thursday through Monday , from 1-7 PM