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Head East to Enjoy Some of America’s Best Wine Festivals

With a Charter Bus Rental, You’ll Have Your Own Designated Driver!!

There’s a tendency among oenophiles (people who love wine) to think that the fermented grape sun rises and sets on the West Coast—California, to be specific. Nothing could be farther from reality—consider that a Vermont vintner was nominated this year for the prestigious “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast and that wineries from New York’s Finger Lakes to Maryland, from Virginia to Georgia and Florida have all been lauded by wine connoisseurs across the country. There’s no better way to discover all the great wines from New England to the Florida Keys than on a charter bus from You don’t want to go to a winery and not sample the merchandise, but you don’t want to get behind the wheel of your car after a carafe or two, either. That’s where we come in…on a charter bus, you’ll get to fully participate in all the fun while we take care of everything else and get you safely to and from your destination.

A Guide to the Top Wine Festivals along the American East Coast

From Maine to Florida, in Virginia, South Carolina, New York and everywhere in between, there’s a fun wine festival to take in with a group of friends. Here are some of the East Coast’s most popular wine celebrations:

  • The Sandestin Wine Festival, in Miramar Beach, Florida—Dubbed the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” this event, held every April in the 30A region along the Florida Panhandle, features tastings of more than 500 wines from around the world. The weather’s ideal for the late spring affair, and the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf Coast are just down the street.
  • The Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, in Greenwich, Connecticut—Held in September, this multi-day celebration includes a master chef dinner, live music, a burger battle and, of course, plenty of tastings of regional wines.
  • The Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival, in Wilmington, Vermont—Named one of North America’s “Top 100 Events” by the American Bus Association, this festival honors all the harvests, including the grapes. This year’s festival, held September 21-23, will be the 10th annual affair. Look for painters, potters, publishers, and specialty food producers. A bonus—fresh cheese from local cheese makers to complement your choice of libation.
  • The Charleston Wine and Food Festival, in Charleston, South Carolina—This week-long festival at the end of February brings in oenophiles and foodies from around the world, as well as storytellers and other artists. Check out the Culinary Village in Marion Square or take in five hours of wine tastings every day. There are beverage workshops where you can learn more about how to fully enjoy all types of wines.
  • The North Carolina Wine Festival, a traveling show that comes to Clemmons, Midtown Park and Selma—The longest running wine festival in the Tar Heel State, the NC Wine Festival comes to the Triad (in May), the Triangle (in October) and Eastern North Carolina (set for next spring). Each leg of the tour offers tastings of more than 100 local varietals. There’s also lots of homegrown entertainment, as well as good eats from regional restaurants.
  • The Tybee Wine Festival, on Tybee Island, Georgia, near Savannah—Held in April, this affair combines national and international wines with amazing coastal seafood dishes, as well as live music on the Atlantic seaboard. Enjoy an evening of oysters and pulled pork, or “wine and dine at the Shrine, with a Caribbean-inspired three course meal to the accompaniment of steel drums and Tiki lights.
  • The Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival, in Lakewood, New Jersey—Kicking off summer over the first weekend in June, this annual festival features dozens of wines from some of the state’s top wineries. There’s also live entertainment, a craft fair and lots of local food vendors.

The Top Wine Festivals in the State of New York

Due to the sheer number of great wine festivals, the state of New York stands alone. Among the best are:

  • The NYC Wine and Food Festival, in New York City—The largest food and wine festival in the Big Apple, this event offers world class dining experiences, as well as rare wine tastings. Expect to see a lot of celebrities, preparing and tasting the cuisine, as well as drinking the wine. Running from October 11 through the 14th and includes more than 80 signature events.
  • The Ice Wine Festival, in Fairport, New York—Put on your long johns for this one. Held in February every year, this festival is hosted by Casa Larga Vineyards, and features “ice wine,” made from frozen grapes.
  • The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, in Watkins Glen, New York—USA Today tabbed this as the “Best Wine Festival in the USA” in a poll of its readers. Held on the grounds of the famed NASCAR track, the festival serves as a showcase for the many great wineries in New York. There’s a Saturday night Taster’s Banquet, a toga party on Friday and lots of opportunities for tasting outstanding food and wines.

A Charter Bus—The Best Way to Really Enjoy an East Coast Wine Festival

It’s not just the idea of having to abstain at a wine festival—there are lots of other reasons to travel to a wine festival in the comfort and luxury of a charter bus

  • It’s the safest way to travel—We have the best drivers in the world, professionals with regular and comprehensive training, and the finely honed skills to respond to any contingency. Furthermore, because there’s limited access to your coach, you won’t have any unwanted guests and you and your personal items will be safe and secure.
  • You’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience—With a charter bus, every trip is unique, based almost entirely on your imagination. Just tell us what festival you want to attend, when you want to get there and how long you want to stay, and we’ll take care of all the details. In addition, because we have connections with an extensive network of service providers, last minute changes and even eleventh-hour bookings are usually no problem.
  • A charter bus lets you join in on all the fun—With a charter bus, your only assignment is show up and have a good time. You won’t have any worries about schedules, directions or where to park. We’ll make certain you get where you need to be when you need to be there. Because you’ll travel on the same bus at all times, and will have your personal belongings with you, there’s no need to worry about a missed connection or lost baggage. There’s no TSA line, so you won’t have to take off your shoes or stand in a long line at a security checkpoint. You can bring your own shampoo, and you won’t ever have to put your phone on “bus mode.”
  • You can depend on a charter bus—Our charter buses are meticulously maintained, so mechanical problems are almost unheard of. Furthermore, with our state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems, we can quickly learn about any traffic challenges and find alternate routes to get you to the festival in a timely manner.
  • There’s room to spread out—There’s more room between you and the seat in front of you than on any other mode of transportation, so, go ahead, stretch your legs! You’ll also love the wide aisles and the fact that we’ll never chastise you for moving about in the cabin.
  • Charter buses are the most cost-effective way for a group to travel—Your travel dollar will go further on a charter coach. With the money you save, you can bring back a case of your favorite wine.
  • Charter buses help you go green—It’s a simple matter of mathematics—when you all travel together, you’re only putting one vehicle on the road, so you’ve reduced your emissions and your carbon footprint.

The Right-Sized Coach for Your Group

With a charter bus from, you’ll enjoy one of the East Coast’s top wine festivals in comfort and convenience, no matter how many people travel with you. If you’re traveling with a few friends or family members, our Executive Sprinter Vans are ideal, with accommodations for up to 12 and plenty of space for all your personal items. With a mid-sized group, you’ll want to travel in our mini-bus, which holds anywhere from 24 to 35 passengers. But you can bring as many wine aficionados as you want—we can accommodate groups of any size. Our largest buses have room for up to 57 and multiple bus rentals are always an option. And why not make the entire trip one long tasting! With one of our party buses, you’ll have room for 20 to 40 guests, as well as a great sound system and other amenities.

Our coaches have most of the modern conveniences you expect, but the options vary. Many have Wifi, DVD players and PA systems, in addition to ports and charging stations for all your favorite devices. In addition, we also offer some coaches with on-board restroom facilities. Check with your booking agent to see what’s available on your bus.

Schedule Your Wine Festival Trip with Today, the largest charter bus network in the nation, has been the industry leader in the charter bus business for more than 30 years, providing quality coaches to more than 21,000 events each year. To learn more about the different coaches in our fleet or to get a free quote, call 1-888-502-3458 to talk to one of our experienced agents.

Head East to Enjoy Some of America’s Best Wine Festivals