Weekend Getaway

A few weekends ago, the hubby and I took off for a short weekend getaway to Washington, Virginia.  Although it’s only 75 miles from Washington DC, it feels like a whole world apart, which is such a refreshing change from the normal hustle and bustle of life here.  I’m talking no cell phone reception, so a break form texting, talking and constantly checking emails…it was awesome!  Washington is in Rappahannock County, located in the foothills of Virginia’s picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.

We saw a deal on Living Social for a one night’s We saw a deal on Living Social for a one night’s stay at The Foster Harris House and snatched up the last reservation for a February Saturday.  This five-guestroom retreat, nestled into the foothills, offers a little corner of heaven.  Included in our deal, hosts John and Diane MacPherson provided a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolate, and the Foster Harris House cookbook — a little culinary inspiration steeped in rich tradition.

You may have heard of “Little Washington” before from the renowned Inn at Little Washington Restaurant.  As tempting as it was to make reservations at this theatrical, grand culinary destination, the measly $178 per person price tag (before booze, mind you) was enough to shock the pants off of us.  So instead, we peeked through the windows and took pictures outside like cheap tourists.  I made Matt promise to consider going there to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary…that is, of course, if we haven’t killed one another by that time 🙂

We left Saturday morning and met some friends to do some wine tasting.  We spent the day taking leisurely drives on beautiful country roads and stopped by three lovely vineyards for tastings: Rappahannock Cellars, Unicorn Winery and Grey Ghost Vineyards.  Needlessly to say, it was an amazing day full of great friends, hearty laughs and delicious wine!

After a dinner adventure we tucked into our lovely Garden Room and slept so well it was amazing!  We awoke to the B&B’s signature breakfast: a savory four-course meal.  For our stay, they featured freshlybaked cherry chocolate scones (still warm!), a fruit and granola yogurt parfait, mushroom, spinach and goat cheese fritata, and french toast with vanilla bourbon peach sauce.  It sounds like too much, but I promise it’s not.  The portions are small and perfect, and the flavors were incredible!  We were ohhing and ahhing the entire time, and we took some scones for the road (and by we I was amazing!  We awoke to the B&B’s signature breakfast: a savory four-course meal.  For our stay, they featured freshlybaked cherry chocolate scones (still warm!), a fruit and granola yogurt parfait, mushroom, spinach and goat cheese fritata, and french toast with vanilla bourbon peach sauce.  It sounds like too much, but I promise it’s not.  The portions are small and perfect, and the flavors were incredible!  We were ohhing and ahhing the entire time, and we took some scones for the road (and by we I mean me)…yes I wrapped them in napkins and put them in my purse, they were that good.

After breakfast we wandered around the town and spent some time in the lovely R.H. Ballard shop, where I found some incredible french linens for my kitchen, and peeked around the Inn at Little Washington gift shop that had an amazing collection of inspiring cookbooks, including that of their renowned chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell.

Then we hopped in the car and decided to stop by two other wineries before our drive home, and boy was that a great idea.  These were by far our favorites of the trip, and can’t wait to go back.

First we stopped at Gadino Cellars which has an aboslutely amazing view of the mountains.  I picture this as the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding – eh hem, Amanda & Joe – with the amazing deck and the mountains and vines…ahh, I’m feeling romantic just thinking about it.  We were greeted by an adorable black lab who was lounging on the deck and were welcomed by the owner and wine maker – Bill Gadino.  As we sat and enjoyed a glass of their Chardonnay, this guy whipped out his accordion and played Happy Birthday to Matt, along with several Italian love songs.  It was adorable…we truly enjoyed his warm hospitality.

The last one we visited was Linden Vineyards, which definitely takes the cake.  Located on a dirt road that the GPS doesn’t even recognize, it’s a little more labor intensive to get here, but oh my is it worth it.  The view is incredible and the wines are impeccable.  We had a great time sitting in the tasting room, sipping wine and enjoying a warm baguette with some delicious cheese while staring out across the valley.  It was a sublime end to the weekend!

All in all, this was the perfect way to celebrate the hubby’s birthday and Valentine’s weekend, one that we vowed to repeat!  I highly recommend this quick trip to anyone living in the DC area, it is worth every penny and moment you spend!  We can’t wait to go back!

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