Monday, May 20, 2013

The Best of Charlottesville

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We might just live in the best place on Earth.  Really, it can be magical. 

It all starts with where you live.  Our neighborhood might just be straight out of a different era.  We have camp outs and cook outs, movie nights, and 5k runs.  Halloween bashes, and Christmas carolers.  Our pool overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains, and there is so much beauty right in our neighborhood.

campouts…

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pool play dates with a view…

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strawberry fields just minutes behind our neighborhood…

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Another little gem of Charlottesville is the wineries.  There are many of them just begging for a visit.  Two of my friends put together a winery tour a few weeks ago.  We hit up some new spots (for me) and had a lot of fun in the process.  We ended our wine crawl at Blenheim Vineyards which was designed by Dave Matthews.  We managed to get a group shot with the beautiful view in the background.  Amazing day!!! 

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The best part of this wine tour adventure was the lack of seats in the passenger van.  The previous van renters must have removed the seats to pick up some cargo or furniture.  Well, we unfortunately didn’t inspect the van very closely when we picked it up…..SOOO we all took turns riding in the back of the van between wine stops.  Part hilarious and part car sickness.

Rachel, Fotini, and I hanging out in the back of the van…

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We also visited Pippin Hill Farm, which was absolutely breathtaking!  I really want to go back again with the kids and take a picnic.  (check out the pictures on the website, stunning!!)  In the middle of our wine tour we went to the new Trump Winery.  It was recently purchased by Donald Trump (duh) and it was really fun to get to visit there and try their wines.  Very yummy!

I had to grab an action shot of people loading into the back of the van between stops.

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I really think we might just live in a little slice of heaven.  So many fun places at our fingertips.  It was a great day with friends and I can’t wait for another girls winery tour!!

6 comments:

Colleen said...

So fun! Love that picture of the pool with a view!

amanda said...

total mayberry honey.

happy belated mothers day...hope all is well.

laura said...

oh girl...you know I think you live in the most magical place on earth!!! love all the scenic shots of my home away from home. isn't trump great?! that's where my bestie got married last august...to a VT guy...who is actually a homebuilder, now that i think of it...small world.

and i spy one of my sorority sisters in your group picture!

Lindsay said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun! I love your neighborhood activities!!

amy said...

SO FUN! I need to take better advantage of Charlottesville for sure.

Jenny said...

looks and sounds amazing! i always wanted to visit there when i lived in va, maybe when I visit family!

the pool view, awesome friend!