Time has been getting away from me over the last few weeks, which tends to be the case as we approach the holidays, so it’s been hard to get over to this little space. We had some crazy warm days here in Virginia, and I had a post ready to go complaining about the warm fall weather, along with my fall bucket list (I love a good bucket list) then we suddenly landed right into winter with freeze warnings and chilly days.
At the top of my fall bucket list every year, is a day trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, which is only a quick 45 minute drive from Richmond. Wineries galore, apple picking, but if we’re being honest, mostly for the apple cider donuts. While I’d love to say I’m mostly gluten-free these days, there are some things I can’t refuse, and an apple cider donut from Carter Mountain gets a free pass. They are warm, tiny, and delicious, and I look forward to one (or 6) every year. I am proud to report that we fought the urge to get a 6-pack of donuts for the road this year, and we each only had one!
Anyway, I had planned to take a Friday off from work so that we could take a nice trip to the mountains, bundled up in our scarves and jackets. What a surprise to find out that the high that day went from an average in the 60s and 70s, and it was a whopping 84 degrees on this particular day. I mean, just a lovely summer November day, if you ask me.
We made the trip with two of our favorite people which made for a great afternoon of wine drinking and awkward photo attempts with our significant others. 🙂 We are not professional winos, and I’m done after just one winery. We visited Pippin Hill for the delicious lunch and views, and it was plenty. Honestly, how do people do several stops on a winery tour? You are champs.
I will be the first to admit that the 80+ degree temperatures did kind of put a damper on my apple picking abilities and I was probably the first to complain that I was sweating. We picked 9 apples before I was ready to hike back up the mountain to leave. Day drinking makes me tired enough as it is, let alone when I’m hot.
If you have the time for an overnight stay (which we didn’t, because having two dogs is the equivalent of having a child in terms of finding a sitter), I highly recommend a good hike thrown in. I’d even suggest starting the day with a hike and just bringing some wet wipes to freshen up before the winery stop.
Some other things on my fall bucket list this year:
- Take a long walk everyday – I’m trying to work on doing this daily, especially while the weather is so perfect and we live in the perfect area for it.
- Bake pumpkin banana bread
- Make a soup from scratch
- Go to the park to have coffee and admire the leaves – it sounds so cheesy, I know. But really, there’s nothing better than the leaves at Libby Hill with a hot cup of somethin’.
- Start my damn Christmas shopping