After making sure the girls and the dog were delivered to various grandparents' houses on Thursday, we headed south...straight into vicious thunder storms and tornadoes! The drive was harrowing, and I kept looking for funnel clouds as the sky kept turning strange shades of brown and green. Will made fun of me, but we found out once we got there that we had narrowly missed at least one tornado that ripped the roof off a house that was directly on the road we had traveled on! Scary!
|Finally clearing up around Leesburg|
|See any funnel clouds?|
|What ARE these anyway?|
|The Man himself|
then headed over to Jefferson Vineyards for some wine tasting!
The tasting room was empty when we showed up, but quickly filled until it was really crowded! The people standing next to us turned out to be the parents of a woman who works at the Fredericksburg, VA paper and has almost the same job Will has at our paper! Will and I have met her boss before at conferences; small world! So once we finished our tasting I got a glass of the Pinot Gris (which is funny, because I don't usually prefer Pinot Grigio wines but this was my favorite here!) and we escaped the tasting room to sit down and enjoy the beautiful view.
Everyone was perplexed when a school bus full of kids rolled up
|MY school never took field trips to the winery :-(|
A quick ride into Charlottesville, and we were at our B&B!
|It looks nice from the outside!|
No matter! With the Downtown Mall within easy walking distance we set out to explore and find Will the shot of espresso we had been unable to obtain at the two previous places we'd tried.
|Interesting statue just down the hill|
|Will prospecting for potential new clients|
|The lovely people here provided Will with his long-awaited espresso!|
|The Altamont room|
|Loved all the little touches, like fresh rosemary sprigs in the bathroom, and locally made organic toiletries!|
|Thoroughly enjoyed this shower/steam room. If I had one of these at home I think I'd never come out.|
|Our patio area|
|Fireplace! Nice for the chilly fall nights.|
|The hat from the website!|
|I like to think I pull it off|
|So many cute little walkways and alcoves|
|They have a stinkbug problem down in Virginia too, it seems|
|Oh, to have such an adorable, bright, airy kitchen at home!|
|I love walled gardens! And Will loved the "water feature"|
|Hmmmm, they still charged us to stay here :-)|
|As Will put it, "eclectic" birdhouses|
|Will tasting and Google-ing|
|The lucky winners|
|Dinner AND a show|
Just writing about all of this is exhausting me, and experiencing it first hand was no different! After sushi we made our way back to our home away from home and passed out!
To be continued....
Part 2, Part 3