Weekend Adventures: Long drives, Beautiful Views, and Wine

Weekend Adventures: Long drives, Beautiful Views, and Wine

This weekend started early with my sister's graduation from James Madison University on Thursday in Harrisonburg, VA. We celebrated her accomplishments and had a lovely dinner at American Indian Cafe. Michael and I left to get back to Richmond for work on Friday. Friday evening we headed back to Harrisonburg for a family visit with my aunt and cousins. Lots of driving!

We arrived on Friday evening and were starving! We ventured to a favorite in the area, Taste of Thai. I got red Thai curry with tofu (surprise, surprise) and Michael got a chicken cashew dish. We also enjoyed a Thai iced tea with dinner. A great choice for Thai food in Harrisonburg if you're in the area.

After dinner we went to get a little dessert at a local spot (Bella Gelato & Pastries) for gelato. I got the toasted almond coconut, and Michael got the brown sugar cookie dough. Both were delicious---but, I really thought mine was amazing! I love coconut and almonds, so it was the perfect combination. 

After dinner we headed to my aunt's house for some late night chats. It was a lovely evening. In the morning we woke up and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and hours of catching up with family (and mimosas---yum!). My aunt has the most beautiful view overlooking the valley and the mountains. I could sit all day looking out her window. 

After breakfast and spending the early afternoon with family we ventured out to some wineries. Our first stop was at Afton Mountain Winery. Rows and rows of gorgeous vines and a view of a large pond make for the most breathtaking view. The mountains as the backdrop help you feel nestled in and like you've really escaped the busyness of every day life. We tried six wines, each of which were really nice. My wine tastes lean on the sweeter white side---I would not drink a glass of Merlot by choice.My favorite was the Virginia White wine. Michael and I both got a glass and sat out beneath some trees and just enjoyed the view. I want to mention that all of their wines were distinct and delicious.

Few wineries have wines that I like across their tasting menus, but Afton Mountain can claim that feat. Also, our pourer was excellent, not pushy, not a wine snob, and really adapted to our casual but interested wine tasting style. I am not one to want to talk for 45 minutes about tannins, but I do want to know about each winery and the history. He was great and we appreciated the time he spent with us. We took our time at Afton Mountain Winery, but then slowly transitioned away from the beautiful view to our next spot. Our tasting was $10 and we got to keep our glasses as souvenirs. 

We decided to try out Cardinal Point Winery because it was the closest one and we were getting near closing time at the wineries. There are quite a few wineries (and cideries) in this area. It is a gorgeous drive from Afton Mountain Winery to Cardinal Point. I got a few pictures on the trip and I will include them in the post. I highly recommend it just for the gorgeous views! We arrived at Cardinal Point and there was live music playing outside. We went to the tasting room and tried each of their eight wines. To be honest, their wines were not my favorite. Like I mentioned above, I prefer a sweeter white wine and they had quite a few very peppery reds and dryer whites. Our pourer was nice and we got served with another group and they had us laughing quite a bit which was fun. Tastings here were $7 and we were not prompted to keep our glass. I want to point out that Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery has excellent reviews, their wine was just not one I would personally purchase. 

After tasting at Cardinal Point we wanted some dinner so we drove a short drive to Blue Mountain Brewery near Afton Mountain on Rt. 151. We got the nachos as an appetizer---so good! For our meal we split their veggie pizza. They have beautiful views and great outside seating. I recommend checking it out if you're in the area. 

Sunday we woke up and had brunch and then ventured to Upper Shirley Vineyard & Winery. We have been here before for a tasting so decided on two glasses of wine by the river. This winery is outside of Richmond, VA and has a beautiful view of the James River. 

After our winery trip we went to look for shark teeth on Colonial Parkway. This is one of our favorite weekend outings. It lets us spend time outside and we get to come home with fossilized shark teeth to add to our collection. 

It was a lovely weekend with family, great wine, and adventures to add to our list. I hope you enjoyed coming along for the trip. 

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