Weekend Adventures: Lost Shark Teeth, Farm Animals, and Summer Drives
Come along on our weekend adventure! This weekend we had some bizarre mishaps that included getting rear ended at a stoplight among other things. Luckily, nothing too bad happened and we can look back on the weekend and laugh.
Friday evening we went to Friday Cheers in Richmond to listen to a few bands, enjoy a few drinks, and grab a snack. Our night ended early when a thunderstorm came rolling through. Some folks braved the storm, but we headed home for a cozy night in. We watched the end of 'Me Earl and the Dying Girl'. I loved this movie---highly recommend it. Then watched 'Paper Towns' based on the novel by John Green. I haven't read the book, but might put it on my list! Admittedly, I fell asleep towards the end which is not a rare occurrence, but thought it was quite good.
Saturday morning we woke up a little late and decided to go to brunch at our favorite spot, Supper. It's located near Scott's Addition in Richmond. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area on the weekends. It can get busy so either get there early (they open at 10AM for brunch) or get there after 12PM. While trying to get to brunch we were parked in by another car blocking our driveway entrance. Then after finally getting out a few minutes later we were rear-ended at a stoplight. No damage, just startled and a little annoyed---what a morning! Brunch was lovely as usual---no issues there. After, we dropped off a few bags at Diversity Thrift (favorite local thrift store).
We made a quick visit to Lavender Fields Herb Farm in Glen Allen, VA. They had a lovely selection of herbs and local lavender products.
After brunch and the herb farm we decided to go to a few wineries. It is our lofty and potentially unrealistic goal to try every winery/vineyard in Virginia. Today we went first to Lake Anna Winery. We laughed a little when we pulled up because we didn't realize there was a Renaissance Faire going on so we felt a little underdressed. This was happening on the property, but we were able to venture in for a tasting. The tasting of ten wines was $5 without a souvenir glass. The property was beautiful and we enjoyed the wine.
Next up we went to Mattaponi Winery. This winery takes inspiration from the local Native American history and culture. It was really interesting to hear about the wines. If you like fruit wine, Mattaponi is definitely a must. They had a blueberry wine and strawberry grapefruit wine available to try, and noted that they were making new batches of their strawberry wine. In there tasting room they also have local honey, hot sauces, and olive oil/vinegar combinations to try. An added bonus!
My favorite winery of the day was Wilderness Run. Interestingly, they only had two of their own wines to try. They are continuing to add to the list, so we will be back. They had several other local VA wines on their list for us to try. They also had 1781 Brewing Company (their sister brewery) beer on site. The best part of Wilderness Run was the animals outside and the property. They had lots of picnic tables outside overlooking a gorgeous pond. There were fluffy domesticated rabbits, chickens, quineafowl, geese, and turkeys all running around. I love farm animals, so I really couldn't get enough of this! I could've watched the chickens run around all day. It was such a friendly atmosphere, if you're nearby definitely stop in for a glass of wine or beer. It was also kid-friendly if you are out with the family.
For dinner we went into Fredericksburg as we were nearby. We went to Spencer Devon Brewing and got some really great food. They had live music starting up and the overall atmosphere was really nice. We celebrated National Doughnut Day a little late and stopped at the Fredericksburg Sugar Shack for a doughnut. I'm usually not a doughnut or dessert person, but we (mostly me) wanted a sweet treat before heading home.
Sunday we woke up early and drove to one of our favorite State Parks to look for shark's teeth. We arrived at about 9AM and didn't leave until around 2:30PM. It was so nice to be outside. We left with about 40 teeth! Here's where another mishap, probably the saddest of the weekend happened. While Michael was out looking for teeth in the water, our bag of teeth floated out of his pocket and floated off down the river. So, my guess would be that we would have had about 70-80 teeth (it was such a good day for teeth), but they went back in the river where they came from. Michael found a really big tooth and it just happened to be in that bag...it's likely we will have dreams about those lost teeth. But, there are many teeth to be found and more adventures to be had. Any shark teeth hunters or collectors of any sort out there will know how much of a bummer this is---but, alas we will keep on searching!
A long day in the sun and searching over lunch time left us a bit tired, and super hungry. Our small pouch of Annie's Strawberry Gummies only held us over for so long. We left the park and headed to my absolute favorite burger place---Northern Neck Burger. As a veggie, I cannot tell you how amazing this place is. You can get any of their burger options (so many good ones) with their veggie pattie. Make it vegan, add whatever you want. They have a build your own option as well. They have two spots one in Kilmarnock, VA and the other in Tappahannock, VA. You must go. Bizarrely, their hand-washing station is a must-see, make sure to check it out when you visit.
We got home Sunday after our long day and prepped for our week---the usual (laundry, tidying). Let me know what you did this weekend---I'd love to hear in the comments!