Showing posts with label weekend fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weekend fun. Show all posts

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Long Sunday Drive

Early on Sunday morning, we left Dobson, North Carolina to travel north on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Knowing that I would be in and out of blasting air conditioning all day, I dressed for the temperature changes. I wore the black pants from my clothing line with an old wrap front sleeveless top from White House|Black Market and kept my trusty white linen moto jacket close.

Our first brief stop along our journey north was at the historic Mabry Mill.

Our next destination is one we have planned for years. (We have a long bucket list of places we want to visit and things we want to do.) On Sunday we checked off the Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant located in Floyd, Virginia. It is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, located at mile marker 171 1/2. Turn onto Black Ridge Road and then immediately turn left onto Winery Road. GPS will take you on a long roundabout way through the middle of nowhere to get there.

The shoes are old by Calvin Klein. The fabulous green bag is from

The view from the window at our table was spectacular. (Photo from the restaurant's Facebook page.) The restaurant has once again earned a place on OpenTable's Most Scenic Restaurants in America!

We shared an excellent four-course brunch in the original part of the grand old building.

Mr. Mickey was amused to see this companion piece to a stained glass lamp he has in his wine room.

We tasted several of their wines, and they were all excellent! 

Janean Williams is the delightful Front of the House Manager. Luke was our most excellent server.
All of the staff made us feel like regulars!

We purchased a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy later as well as glasses with the etched emblem of the winery to remember our long-awaited first but certainly not our last visit.

We are already looking forward to our next visit to the restaurant and winery. Throughout the year they offer music, art, romance, mystery, seasonal festivities, refined rustic dining, and delectable wines. 

Thanks for joining us on our little weekend getaway!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Day Trip

Spending the day in the village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina is always relaxing and pleasant for us.

We visit a few shops then share the black bean nachos at the Six Pence PubNext we visit a few more shops.

There are parks around ponds and lots of beautiful gardens to admire.

I wore a rayon layering tank under a long blue cardigan duster from Chico's. Yes, rayon wrinkles but like linen it is a very comfortable fabric to wear in warm weather. The necklace is old from Chico's.

 The white ankle jeans are from J.Jill. I love wearing these pants! They are so comfortable and the fit is perfect.

The shoes are by Calvin Klein. Yes, I wore them all day shopping. I am more comfortable in heels than flats.

The bride and her attendants are about to arrive at her wedding being held at the gazebo by one of the lakes.

Among the many things we enjoy while visiting the Blowing Rock area, is driving through the beautiful surrounding neighborhoods to admire the landscape and fabulous homes.

Along the way, there are several waterfalls and panoramic views to enjoy.

Later in the day we enjoy visiting Bistro Roca for a glass of wine and one of their fabulous wood fired oven veggie pizzas.

Stop or sprout wings and fly!

Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway never ceases to take my breath away.

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Birthday Weekend on Sunday

On Sunday we wrapped up our stay at the Martha Washington Inn and stopped for some photos on our way out of Abingdon.

The residences, churches and storefronts along Main Street are fascinating to me.

I will always study the jewelry more closely.

For the trip home I wore off white jeans with a chambray shirt and a white tank top. All items are from Chico's. The Jessica Simpson shoes are from T.J. Maxx earlier this year.

Many of the buildings in Abingdon date back to the 1770's.

This serpentine brick wall was built using hand made bricks many years ago to give privacy to the backyard of the home above.

The next leg of our journey included stopping at White's Mill which long served the neighboring community. Since the late 18th century, the mill provided meal and flour for the farm and kitchen, as well as a gathering place for sharing news and views.

The Mercantile, formerly the Cumbow Store, provided those store-bought essentials and extras that any home needs.

The contents were left as they were many years ago when the mill was still used.

The port o john is appropriately hidden in an outhouse.

This abandoned store along the way captured my attention from afar.

Before our wonderful brunch at The Harvest Table in Meadowview we explored Emory which is the home to Emory and Henry College. The campus is so beautiful!

I hope you have enjoyed the final day of our weekend celebration of my birthday.

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me on this journey through midlife and beyond. 

The second fifty years really are the best!

Susan Street is the President of

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