Looking to beat the crowds on St. Paddy's Day? Get outta town! Spend your weekend enjoying live music, beer tastings and dinner at the Natural Bridge Hotel (15 Appledore Lane, Natural Bridge, Va., about three hours from downtown D.C.).
Packages at the hotel start at $139 per night, and include a beer tasting from Starr Hill Brewery and other Irish brewers, an Irish dinner for two, and two tickets to the Natural Bridge and Caverns.
You’ll be chowing down on fried cod and roasted prime rib while Irish band The Meckanzies perform; later, Johnson's Crossroads will take the stage to perform during the beer tasting.
If you choose to not stay for the weekend, make a day trip out of it. Both events will be held Saturday, March 17. The beer tasting -- which includes a souvenir glass -- is $10; dinner is $25.95 per person. Make a reservation by calling 540-458-3750.