Autumn in Virginia!

Wow, it’s been longer than I’d thought since my last post! So, let me share a few photos from our October and November day trips around Virginia with you. Autumn is a beautiful season in our state — I hope you can visit sometime!

Of course, no trip is complete without food, right? We were wowed by our lunch at Parallel 38 in Charlottesville, with terrific mezze and a great wine list (lots of Virginia wines, near and dear to my heart).

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Parallel 38

We love stopping by Jefferson Vineyards, which is so peaceful with the rolling hills and great views, perfect on a sunny afternoon. The vineyards themselves are planted where Thomas Jefferson’s own vineyards were planted over 200 years ago. (His failed because of the then-unknown phylloxera bug; the modern-day vines are super!)

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Jefferson Vineyards

Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, the only American university named as a World Heritage Site. This is American poet Edgar Allen Poe’s room (“Quoth the raven, nevermore!”).

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Edgar Allen Poe’s room at the University of Virginia

This is the side veranda at Veritas Vineyards, south of Charlottesville. I love the dappled sunlight through the trellis — just beautiful.

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Veritas Vineyards

The leaves were really lovely on Stony Point Road, leading north from Charlottesville by Keswick Vineyards.  I love the white fences that are everywhere in this part of Albemarle County.

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Road by Keswick Vineyards

We swung by Liberty Mills Farm, home of a fabulous and huge corn maze, but got there too late to go through. (You’ll have to check it out next year!) But we loved this farm rendition of LOVE, part of the Virginia is for Lovers theme everywhere in the state.

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Liberty Mills Farm

This past weekend, we made sure to commemorate Veterans Day by, first, honoring our very first President of the United States, George Washington, at Mount Vernon.

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Mount Vernon

Down at the wharf, the Potomac River was just beautiful in the late afternoon sun.

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Potomac River, south of Alexandria, Virginia

And then, on the way home, we stopped by the Marine Corps Memorial, which memorializes especially the battle at Iwo Jima in World War II, where so many young lives were lost.

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Marine Corps Memorial

Please join me in taking time in the coming weeks to spend a few minutes in mindful appreciation of the beauty around us in a world that can often seem so full of ugly things.

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  1. You are so right about the beauty of Virginia in Autumn. I was just there 10 November – 14 November 2016. I spent two nights at Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park and two nights at Peaks of Otter Lodge in the Blue Ridge Parkway. I even hiked up Sharp Top at Peaks of Otter, which is a 360 degree panoramic view up there. The trees were still in full Fall colors. The waterfalls were full. The weather was cool and crisp. And the evenings were great by the fire enjoying some of the best drinks Virginia could provide.

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