Despite some fog and rain and wine, we had a fabulous day exploring, hiking, climbing, eating, sipping and tasting. All the wonderful things we love to do together! I am so thankful that I was able to spend the day with Matt enjoying the senses.
He actually spent a good portion of the morning on a conference call for Great Harvest. We should [crosses fingers] be able to announce our new location within a week – with a hopeful April opening! Things have been moving along, but nothing is definite until we sign on the dotted line.
While Matt worked, I got antcy on Twitter and then opened my gift from Karen!
A beautiful grey sweater from Banana!
And an inside joke perfume to match
Matt emerged from his call with a card in hand – in our typical "blue ink" fashion
And the Bears finally came out of hibernation!! They have been in it for a few months now, storing up for winter.
30 minutes later we were on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then at the foot of Humpback Rocks
Where’s the 2!?
And then climbing
I have been on many hikes described as "strenuous" in my life and this was by far the hardest!! Leave it to Cville!
We climbed and scrambled and I was SO TIRED by the time we neared the top. Like I’d done lunges for 30 minutes straight!
But of course, it was worth it…
It was SCARY up there!! I really did feel like the wind was going to blow me over.
We found a hidden alcove and broke into the picnic!
Which were SO good!
A giant loaf of walnut bread we picked up from one of the town’s artisan bakeries
And cheeses….a soft, my favorite raw bleu, and a hard
Plus veggies and hummus
I hate lots of these. I grew up eating French picnics of bread and cheese and really can’t think of a better meal!
Coming back down the mountain was easier than up, but still really hard! My legs were totally shaking.
Next stop: you guessed it! Wine tasting!
Sadly the weather turned for the worse, but at least we got through our hike!
We went to Flying Fox
And then Veritas (where we were having a 5 year anniversary of my birthday trip to Cville in 2005!)
Loved the Claret -
Matt bought me a bottle for my bday!
Had a bread snack
And moved on to Pollak, which may have won the award for best winery of the day!
We absolutely LOVED the whites – and the reds were impressive too. And such a pretty setting. Very impressive overall! [Oh, and the best tasting crackers too!]
We took a short interlude to return home, change clothes, check email, and hop on our bikes before heading back out to dinner. The plan for the night was to play dinner by ear. We didn’t know what we’d be in the mood for. But we decided to try a new mostly local restaurant downtown called Brookville.
The restaurant has a really small menu – just featuring what’s fresh that day. I was quite surprised to NOT see 10-26-10 at the top!! If anyone would notice this date was wrong it was me!
We cheers with a glass of wine each
And chowed down on some delicious homemade cornbread!!
To start I got a Kohlrabi salad with apple and water chestnut
And Matt got cheesy stuffed banana peppers (and shared one!)
For dinner I got a Sausage + Veggie + Feta Frittata. It was quite small, but also not too expensive, so I didn’t have huge expectations. It was actually a great portion for the night, so it ended up being a win. It tasted like a pizza – and I sort of missed the crust!
Matt got Lamb Kebobs, which were also appetizer priced and portioned. Perfecto!
And then….we hit up Sweet Frog. Yes, buttercream is more birthday appropriate. But a yogurt topped with literally EVERY non-fruit topping was calling my name. This was a candy bar with a side of yogurt!! I actually didn’t finish it all – too much to eat!
Back home via bike. Chillin. Thanks to you all for your birthday wishes. I had a great one!!!