Friday Fun in C’villePosted: October 21, 2011
Hooray for a long weekend!
Schools were closed Friday, so Greg and I took advantage of my long weekend and drove south to Charlottesville for a little getaway.We got in Thursday night, just in time for dinner and ate an amazing meal at The Local. Unfortunately, the lighting was too dim for any photos, but I will assure you- the meal was fantastic! The highlight of the meal might have been the fact that they had Avery beer on tap- one of our faves from Boulder!
On Friday morning, I was greeted by this view from our hotel room window:
I brought breakfast from home (vitamins and overnight oats for me, clif bar + banana for Greg) so that we could quickly eat and head out.
After eating, we headed out to do a morning hike at Ragged Mountain
The hike was so pretty- there were so many beautiful fall colors! a big portion of the hike was around a reservoir, and it was so quiet and peaceful. 🙂
I spotted these guys hanging out on a log:
There were some tall trees- reminded me of hiking in Colorado!
Catching a view of the lake:
Great hike! (I don’t know why our “moving time” is so inaccurate…)
We definitely worked up an appetite. After the hike, we headed to Great Harvest for lunch! I had a sandwich with turkey and hummus and veggies on Dakota Bread- which is quite possibly the best bread I’ve ever had (well, aside the Cowtown Stout bread from Whole Foods in Colorado, of course!)
I met Kath (her and her hubby own the bakery) and brought her a few goodies from home, and got to chat with her for a bit- which was cool. It was the actually the first time I have met another blogger in person- and she was one of the main blogs that I have read since long before I began my own blogging.
After lunch, we went to check out some of the local wineries, beginning with the Jefferson Vineyards.
Next stop was Dave Matthews’ winery, Blenheim Vineyards (thanks for the suggestion, Kath!). This place was AWESOME. The wine and the views were amazing! And I loved the “LOVE” sculpture out front.
Check out the view from the patio!
The Donald was everywhere.
I did really like that they brought the tasting to you to enjoy on the patio! It looked like something from chemistry class.
We were definitely two happy kids.
We headed to downtown C’ville for dinner after the Trump winery, along with our new friends! It’s funny- because they had also been given a recommendation from a friend to eat at Zocolo, which was where we were planning on eating, too! The lighting in the restaurant was no good for photography- I only managed to get a picture of the app that Greg and I shared (duck confit), which is so blurry I shouldn’t even post it.
I ordered the grouper (what a shock!) and Greg got the NY strip. The food was delicious- very flavorful and the plating was beautiful- I only wish I had been able to get picture of it all.
We made a stop at Sweet Frog after dinner for some fro-yo. I totally did NOT need it, but whatever. It was delicious.
We have to head home at some point tomorrow to get back to the boys and for me to teach spin class the next morning. I think we’re going to hit a hike along Skyline drive on the way back, but plans are up in the air (which is nice)! We’re just going to do what we feel like – which is nice!
I’m beat. Part 2 of our trip to come!