We recently took a weekend get-a-way trip to Orange, VA. It was a perfect way to celebrate Mitch’s birthday and have a romantic weekend. This was the first time in 4 years we had traveled without our pups. We knew our pups were in good hands staying with the Park’s. =) We did miss them very much but it was nice to have a weekend to ourselves. 🙂 We stayed at the Inn on Poplar Hill. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone! Marty and Victoria’s hospitality was above and beyond and Victoria’s cooking was wonderful! We would definitely stay again.
As part of Mitch’s birthday present, I wanted to take him to as many wineries that I could. 🙂 We are not able to get this far west very often, so we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. We had beautiful weather all three days!
We started our wine tour on Friday afternoon stopping at Horton Vineyards first.
The beautiful vineyard.
With over 30 + wines to choose from on their wine list, we found 11 to try for our free tasting. 🙂
Below is just the red wine tasting area. The whites are done at the bar.
Next up was Barboursville. A winery I have been wanting to try for years. 🙂 It is not a very pretty winery on the outside, but they do have fantastic mountain views.
I just had to know which wines were sent over for the Royal Wedding. Mitch just rolled his eyes. LOL!! I guess men just don’t get it. Anyway, I did find out. These two wines were sent over for the Royal Wedding: Barboursville’s Viognier Reserve 2009 and Barboursville’s Octagon 2007 10th edition. We both were not very impressed with their wines. We found only a few we enjoyed, but it was still worth the visit.
There are historic ruins and a nice restaurant also at this winery.
Done with wine tasting for the day, we headed back to the B&B to get freshened up for a nice dinner at Elmwood at Sparks in Orange. Chef Cooper’s menu changes weekly and he uses ingredients fresh from local farms.
Mitch and I both had the Butternut Squash w/Crab Meat soup to start.
Mitch choose the Filet…..
while I went for the lamb…… 😉
For dessert Mitch enjoyed this lovely chocolate dish. I had the creme Brulee. Both were yummy!
It was the perfect way to top off the evening!
Stay tunned for part 2 of our weekend trip in our next post.