Thursday, September 22, 2011

Northern Virginia

In August Mr. Busy and myself decided to talk a little weekend trip up to Northern Virginia (NOVA).  More specifically we visited Leesburg in Loudoun County.  This particular city is full of things both old and new, big and small and right next door to some of the best wineries Virginia has to offer.  Also since it's just outside Washington D.C. it has plenty of places to stay and things to do!  This particular trip was for our anniversary so it was pretty low key and not all that much planning was involved. 

We went up on Friday morning, not hitting too much traffic.  We were too early getting there to check in so we had lunch and did some shopping at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.  I was happy to find a Pottery Barn outlet but sadly didn't find anything to bring home.  We checked in and stayed at the Best Western Leesburg both Friday and Saturday night.  It was clean and had everything we needed but I can't say it was quiet.  We had dinner at a small spot in the historic part of Leesburg called Georgetown Cafe.  Most of the menu was sandwich type foods with a fish and chips thrown on there but we aren't picky and they served Blue Moon Beer so we were satisfied. 
Saturday morning we had an appointment for a couples massage at Hideaway Massage.  I booked this online and was afraid that something would go wrong....either they wouldn't be able to accommodate us both at the same time or that they wouldn't have saved the appointment.  But the owner called the day before to confirm and everything went very smoothly.  Her instructions on the website got us there perfectly! 
We went shopping in a few antique stores after our massages and hit a small place for lunch.  Puccio's New York Deli hit the spot.  I had the Italian sandwich while hubby had the "Deniro".  So now that we were relaxed and our stomachs full we head for the next adventure.

Fabbioli Cellars

Lost Creek Winery
There are several wineries in NOVA so many are close together and it makes visiting a few in a short period fairly easy.  We visited three wineries on Saturday afternoon.  Fabbioli Cellars, Lost Creek Winery and Hidden Brook Winery.  Each one we visited offered something unique and of course we left with at least a bottle of wine from each.  The Courney's Christmas from Lost Creek would have to be my favorite.  It's like tasting Christmas in a bottle.

After this part of our wine trip we took a break and rested back at the hotel.  And good thing we did.  Saturday evening/night was like a big party.  We headed to the last winery on our trip agenda and that was Tarara Winery. 

Tarara Winery

This place is amazing.  They have an outdoor venue that has a suspended stage that is over a large pond. 
Words don't do it justice and neither do the pictures I snapped.  You can't bring in alcohol but you can bring in chairs/umbrellas/food/blankets.  You can purchase wine there by the bottle or glass.  They also have food there for purchasing.  This particular night the band The Regan Years was playing.  So the 1980s were in full swing. And so was the crowd.   

The stage at Tarara

Mr. and Mrs. Busy

The night ended with the band playing and everyone dancing under the stars.  It was by far one of the more romantic trips we have been on.  We felt recharged and ready to head home by Sunday morning.  I'm sure though that with all the wineries we didn't hit we will be back for a visit soon. 

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