I was going to do this last night, but I did a photo dump from our phones. Holy cow that was time consuming. We had over 1400 photos each and then I had to delete the silly ones we had saved. You know, the funny memes and what not.
Kert had 11 days off from work, so we decided to take a road trip to visit family in Virginia. We figured while we were up there, we would swing by DC for a few days and stop in Delaware. Why Delaware? To visit Dogfish Head Brewery of course! We decided to leave on Wednesday night around 8pm and drive through the night. It definitely makes it easier when you have a 1 year old traveling with you. Luckily our drive was pretty uneventful. Always a plus when you’re traveling 800+ miles. We took turns driving and sleeping and it went pretty well. We stopped around 6:30am when Alyssa woke up to give her some milk. By now we were in the middle of nowhere and there was nothing to stop at and get breakfast. We were on a small interstate in Virginia and we finally found a place a couple miles off the highway called Biscuitville. I guess it’s a chain up there, but it’s all about homemade biscuits. We had some sausage and cheese biscuits and continued on our way. We had about another 1.5 hours to get to my brother’s house. We made good time and were there by a little after 9am. A surprise to my brother since he thought we’d take longer to get there.
After 13 hours driving, we were a little tired but not ready for sleep. We hung out and caught up for a while and then headed out. We didn’t want to do anything major, so we decided to go bowling. Oh yea, did I say my brother lives in the middle of nowhere? Yeah, he does. It’s about 30 minutes to town, which isn’t too bad, and it’s a college town so there is a little bit of stuff to do but not much. My husband likes to bowl, but me, not so much. But I’m a trooper and said sure, so we went with my brother and his girlfriend. Alyssa loved it. We let her bowl with us, so she got to push the ball down the aisle.
She was so cute too. As you can see she was telling the pins to fall down. She’ll fit in well with the bowlers. We stopped by the grocery store and picked up some chicken and veggies for the grill. After putting Alyssa to sleep, we hung out on the porch, and showed us around his vineyard he had just planted. My daughter is an awesome sleeper and traveler normally, so this time was no different and she slept through the night. Being a born and raised Florida girl, we don’t see lightning bugs around where I live, so I was amazed at all the lightning bugs around my brother’s. They didn’t think I could get a picture of one lit up, but I’m that good and of course I did.
Friday started out with breakfast on the porch in perfect weather. Tough to do that back home when it’s already 80 with 70% humidity by 7am. After breakfast we headed out to Charlottesville for some tastings at some breweries and wineries. The first time we went to Virginia, I didn’t realize how many wineries there were and that they were actually pretty good. We started our day at a brewery called Devil’s Backbone for lunch. Yep, I forgot to take pics of the food, but it was pretty tasty. I had a pulled pork sandwich and veggies that I shared with Alyssa. Kert had something they call “The Smokehouse Burger”, which was a burger topped with pulled pork, muenster cheese, bacon, onion rings, & bbq sauce. I thought it was pretty gross, until I tried it. Um, can you say yummy! It was actually really tasty, but huge. Two people could easily split it for a meal. We each had a beer with our meal to start our tasting excursion. I like to try all the odd things, so I had a beer called Berliner Metro Weiss. It was a wheat beer with Lactobacilli added to it. Yep, that same bacteria in your yogurt you eat so I figured it was kind of healthy for me, right? I got it with an extra blood orange syrup shot to add. The beer alone tasted like yogurt, but once I added the syrup it tasted like a fruity mixed drink. I would have it again, but it wouldn’t be top of my list choices.
We then started our winery visits. We tasted at Hilltop Berry Farm & Winery, Democracy Vineyard, Albemarle Ciderworks, Trump Winery, & Blenheim Winery. I’m not a fruit wine person because they normally make that fake sweet with apple or grapes and it loses a lot of the fruit flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by Hilltop Berry. All of their fruit wines are made with just the fruit and you could definitely tell the difference. They weren’t overly sweet and actually tasted like the fruit. They other thing they do there is meade. If you’re not familiar with meade, it’s a honey wine. Yet another thing that I don’t like because they normally taste like medicine. Well they know how to do it there. I was really surprised overall between the fruit wines and the meades. They’re definitely on my list to go back to on our next visit. Here’s some pictures from our visits, and yes we did take our daughter with us. There were actually quite a few people who had their children with them, and most of the wineries had a grassy area for them to play on.
Our last winery of the day was The Glass House Winery. The above pictures are of their greenhouse where they grow tropical fruits that don’t normally grow in Virginia and the statue made by a local artist out of hip joints. The other unique thing about this winery is that one of the owners makes her own chocolates and infuses them with the wine. I must say they are very good and the wines are pretty good too.
We then went to Citizen Burger to grab some dinner. If you couldn’t figure it out, it’s a burger joint. One of the best things about this place is that everything on their menu is sourced locally from nearby farms. You pick everything from the bun, to the meat (they do have chicken & a vegan choice), the cheese, and the toppings. It really doesn’t get better than picking everything you want and knowing it was all locally made, raised, or grown.
I don’t normally get to eat burgers since I share everything with my daughter, but I had to indulge. I got her a grilled cheese and they were kind enough to give her a plate of blueberries since they had them for a salad. It was one of the best burgers I had in a long time.
We stopped at a Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things and headed back for the night. More to come in Part 2…….
Enjoy Your Adventure, Samantha