Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend in Virginia

This weekend I traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to spend some time catching up with my roommates from college - Kellie and Kristin.  Kellie grew up in Charlottesville and now she lives in the area and teaches Pilates and barre classes at Momentum.  I arrived Friday night after fighting traffic around Washington, DC. Kellie and I just hung out and relaxed for the evening in our comfy clothes - one of our favorite things to do when we get together!

Saturday morning, Kellie had a barre class to teach at 9:00 and a beginner's Pilates class at 10:00.  I've been wanting to take a barre class, so I joined Kellie at the studio.  I really enjoyed the barre class! It uses small weights (2-3 lb) and a squishy ball.  The class is a strength based class and the movements are tiny, but they hurt!

No one came to beginner's class, so we headed out early to hit the Charlottesville City Market. Kellie has a friend who makes really pretty, unique jewelry and crafts.  Her shop is called Curbside Pickins and they have a stand at market.  I got some really great jewelry!  

Kristin and her husband, Justin, arrived Saturday around lunch time.  They traveled from Washington, DC (where they live) to Richmond for a wedding Friday night, and then joined us Saturday! We decided to enjoy the sunshine by heading to a local winery called Pippin Hill for a glass of wine and then to the Blue Mountain Brewery for some lunch and beer sampling. This area of Virginia has many great breweries and wineries to tour if you're ever in town!

Pippin Hill Farm is an absolutely gorgeous vineyard and winery in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It offers wine tasting and a small menu.  Pippin Hill is a popular destination for weddings because of its rustic charm and spectacular mountain scenery.  Justin snapped a few pictures of us before we headed out to our next destination!

The Blue Mountain Brewery  offers craft beers and great food, all with more gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views!  We decided to indulge a little at this venue!!  And since I normally post pictures of foods that involve things like spinach, kale, and quinoa, I'll share our dining selections with you to prove I'm not always the healthiest eater!

10 samples of beer!


Thai Burger (7oz ground chuck burger infused with a BMB dark ale topped with a dry-rub Thai spice, house-made sweet chili sauce, marinated cucumbers and Asian Napa slaw)

Bread Pudding (we shared this!)

I was surprised to find that the 2 beers I enjoyed the most were the darkest! I have always claimed to dislike dark beers, but perhaps my palette is changing as I age. The Foreign Stout and Dark Hollow were smooth and delicious!

After our touring, we headed back to Kellie's apartment and spent some time amusing ourselves with the game Heads Up.  If you have an iphone, download this game!! It's like modern day charades.  We had a blast!!!

The next morning, I enjoyed a run on the campus of Martha Jefferson Hospital.  The campus is surrounded by ponds and paved paths, making it the perfect spot for a few miles!

We then headed to Horse & Hound for brunch, where I enjoyed a mushroom, spinach, and goat cheese omelet. 

My last stop before heading north was Trader Joe's! I brought my cooler and stocked up on some of my favorite items from TJ's like rolled oats, quinoa, goat cheese, and coconut oil!

If you're looking for a weekend getaway, Charlottesville is a great place to consider!  There's a lot to see and do in the area!

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