Fall Getaway: Charlottesville

I haven’t seen leaves change since before I moved to Hawaii in 2009! 

This weekend Tom and I decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of DC for a bit.  We wanted to go see the changing fall leaves outside of the city, and I really wanted to pick some apples, so after a little research, we decided to head to Charlottesville.  Charlottesville is just a little over 2 hours away and in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  The first thing we did was head to White Hall Vineyards, and we did a wine tasting that came with a plate of local cheeses, as well as a tour of the vineyard (for just $30 a person).  The scenery was absolutely beautiful, the weather was perfect and the wine was really yummy.  We stocked up on 6 bottles of wine, including 3 bottles of Port, which I just discovered that I really like (delish when paired with chocolate).

We got to try 6 or 7 different wines.  Yummy 🙂

Freezing cold wine barrel room.  Brrrrrrr
Outfit of the day…loving my J.Crew MacAlister wedge boots!
Cutie pie boyfriend 🙂

After the wine tasting we headed to the hotel and checked in, then drove straight to Old Town Charlottesville.  We found a lovely little street with a bunch of fun looking restaurants, but I was a little disappointed because there weren’t any good antique stores.  I guess it was good for my wallet though!

Sunday morning we headed to Carter Mountain Orchard to pick apples.  This was a hugely popular place and it was nestled on top of a mountain right near Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home).  I couldn’t get over the view!


 We picked a ton of granny smith apples (my favorite!), as well as a bunch of pink lady apples.  I guess I’ll have to make an apple pie this week as well as come up with some other yummy apple ideas!


Apple picking with a view.

 We had such a great time exploring Virginia!  Why do weekends have to end???

Katie Vail
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