Thursday, May 31, 2012

Touring the Rappohannock by river boat

Saturday of this last weekend the family loaded up in the bus (pre-accident) and headed east on route 360 to Tappohannock.  Just before we crossed over the Rappohannock Bridge we pulled off to the side into a parking lot for the Captain Thomas River Boat.  Back in February I made plans for this cruise and today was the day we finally got to go!

This cruise is a river cruise that takes you 18 miles up the river to Ingleside Winery and then after a tour and lunch at the winery you come back down the river.  The ride is about an hour and four minutes to and then the same back.  Along the way the captain slowed it down so that we could catch some shots of bald eagles along the shore.  

Top Deck

The front from the top deck

Inside on the first deck

The cruise is nice and relaxing!  The top deck filled up on the way to the winery (I think everyone was going up there for the view) but I'm not sure everyone remembered sunblock and thought about how hot it would get.  The cruise back had everyone sitting on the bottom deck but there was plenty of room.  You can sit outside along the sides of the boat or inside where there is air conditioning.  There are bathrooms on board but they are tiny!!! 

Once the first leg of the cruise is done to get off the boat and board two former school buses.  You ride just a couple miles through the country to Ingleside Winery.  Once there you take a brief tour of the winery and then do a tasting.  There are a lot of wines at this winery but the tasting you are given is not as long as their wine list.  They did tell us that we could go out into the tasting room to try the rest but since we had been here before we skipped them.  When you buy tickets you can also buy a lunch buffet.  We also opted out of that in lieu of our own picnic lunch. 


The courtyard

After lunch everyone gets back onto the two buses and heads back to the boat.  Once there you can relax on the cruise back to the docks.  The captain did tell us he had a corkscrew for anyone wanting to open up a bottle on the way back.  Lots of people took him up on that offer but it was just a little too warm for us. 

Emma falling asleep :)

Pulling back up to the dock

Squeeze me, Stomp me, make me wine....haha.  LOVE it!

It was really a very enjoyable trip.  I had Tommy and Christy as a semi captive audience.  Emma and Christy had each other to keep company and I also had time with Mark to just sit on deck and hold hands.  The cruise line also does trips to Tangier Island and to Fredricksburg....wonder if I should go ahead and book those now :)

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