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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Saturday Evening

 After a long day of attending the car show and exploring the area, we dressed for another excellent dinner at the Harvest Grill located on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards.

Behind me above is the stage area on the vineyard. Live music performances are held here every year.

My Prince and chariot await!

We watched the sunset over the vineyard from our table by the flower gardens.

Grouper was the evening's special.

We enjoyed another perfect evening at the Harvest Grill!

My travel bag held all of the pieces I own from my clothing line for this trip. This evening, I wore the thin strap tank dress that first convinced me I needed to locate this line and offer it to you. The white linen biker style jacket is old. I found it on a sale rack at Stein Mart a couple of summers ago.

 When we arrived, I took everything out of the bag and hung it up. After a few hours, it didn't even need steaming. The pieces interchanged with all the other items I brought perfectly. I kept the palette simple with black and white pieces, but I have never felt more confident and comfortable on a trip. 

I packed several scarves but only used the silk shawl in yesterday's post due to the heat. Scarves take up no space in your luggage, but they can significantly change the look of your basics.

Upon my return home, I machine washed all the pieces in cold water and hung them on a felted hanger to air dry. They turned out beautifully and ready to pack for another trip!

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fun In The Sun

On Saturday, a Mercedes-Benz car show was held on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards located in Dobson, North Carolina.

Sitting in the shade and visiting with people was a popular way to pass the time between looking at beautiful cars.

I borrowed one of Mr. Mickey's hats and wore the black tank from my collection with old white jeans from Chico's. The bag is from Uno Alla Volta. The hand-painted silk shawl is by Tina Gleave at the Silk Squirrel. The flat silver trim sandals are old from DSW.

I do not usually stroll through a park when it is ninety-two degrees so getting dressed for this event was a bit of a challenge for me. I knew that if we went inside, the air conditioning would quickly become too much for me, so the shawl was a welcome addition as we were having lunch.

After looking at every car, petting every dog and visiting with lots of special car owners, we rested for a moment before starting out on our next adventure for the day.

If you grew up in America during the sixties, you probably watched The Andy Griffith Show a few times. I was born in North Carolina where Mayberry was supposed to be located. My family always felt as if this show was starring our people.

The beautiful little quaint town of Mount Airy is best known internationally as the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for the fictional community of Mayberry on the show. 

Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith once said in a 'Today Show' interview, that despite a contemporary setting, the show attempted to emulate nostalgia. "Though it was shot in the 1960s, it had a feeling of the 1930s."

Shopping in "Mayberry"!


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

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