To celebrate my mom's fall birthday, we headed up to Charlottesville for lunch and apple
In addition to dining, they offer tours of the house, but you have to be willing to do the Virginia Reel with strangers once you reach the top floor. You game? Neither was I. There are also several outbuildings on the property, plus some shops where you can purchase colonial garb and metalworks.
But we skipped all that and dug into the buffet. I'm sure that surprises no one. This is the inside of the tavern - set your watches back 200 years folks, it's so authentic!
After lunch we headed next door and up Carter Mountain to my favorite apple orchard! It was the last weekend of their Apple Harvest Festival, and though we didn't go into the orchard to pick apples (why when they already did the work?) we had a good time walking around the country store and wine shop.
I picked up some Jonagold apples - my favorite! Sometimes Martin's carries these, but when I see them anywhere else I must pick some up because they are hard to find. They lasted long enough in the fridge to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving :).
This is my current desktop background, even though it is almost Christmas!
Here is Hurricane/SuperStorm Sandy rolling in. We decided, based on these ominous clouds + every newscast in the country, that we should head home and batten down the hatches. Turns out that really wasn't necessary, but who would have guessed based on this sky 48 hours before expected landfall?
Happy Birthday Mama!