Columbus Day Weekend

It was a crazy busy weekend, but we had a ton of fun exploring new surroundings and taking in all kinds of history.  Friday was spent in New Bern, NC visiting the Birth Place of Pepsi Cola and the cute shopping center they have where you can purchase all kinds of knick knacks with one of my favorite beverages of all time.  They had the old time soda fountain in the store, a vintage popcorn machine, the old style vending machine and a ton of memorabilia to take home.  We purchased a souvenir Christmas ornament and it will be on proud display in the center of the tree!!  Our next stop in that cute little water town was the Tryon Palace and Gardens.  It was interesting to hear the tour guides and their stories…. I always wonder what it was like to live in one of those old places and the good story tellers are always a treat to listen to.  After walking off my breakfast, we decided to hop into the Beer Army.  This brewpub/grill had a ton of art and displays to gander at while you’re waiting on your food.  The menu was extensive, and all themed with the military in mind.  We even grabbed a couple drinks and chilled while we caught up with old friends who met us there.

Saturday we ventured down to Charlottesville and the Crater Mountain Orchard, fall foliage sites and tons of vineyards to visit.  We were in the area of Monticello as well…. so, you know we had to pay a visit 😉 Our first vineyard of the day was the First Colony Winery and we had a tasting to beat all tastings.  Our guide was one of the friendliest ones we’ve come across and he loved to share his wine wisdom.  We could have bent his ear for hours, but we had other places to head to.  Our next stop was the Trump Winery.  Perched on top of a beautiful hill, you can see for miles all of the farm land and grape vines in the valley below.  We treated ourselves to lunch on the patio and settled into a nice bottle of the Meritage wine.  It was delicious and just enough food to tide us over for the hiking around Monticello which we headed to next.  The grounds were in a bit of a refurbishing stage, but the home was a beautiful visit and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to hear the history of one of our Founding Fathers to our great country!  Last, but certainly not least, we grabbed a few apples and an apple pie with cider at the Crater Mountain Orchard.  They were having their annual Fall Festival and it was packed, but it was WELL worth the time and wait!  I hope you get a chance to stop in at one or all of the mentioned places.  When you do, tell them that The Tipsy Tourists spoke very highly of them!

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