Happy Monday!!! I am already 2 cups of coffee in on this COLD morning! All I wanted was to stay snuggled in bed this morning. BUT work and life call so I am up and at it on this fine fall day. Luckily, I will have happy weekend memories to keep me feeling warm and fuzzy.
Truth is, I was NOT in the most social of moods when 8 of us headed out on Saturday for a “tour” of some of Virginia’s breweries and wineries. I knew with my Weight Watchers points in full effect I really wouldn’t be drinking not to mention my work week had left me overtired. BUT I truly was excited to go exploring so I bundled up in my cold weather gear and we were on our way.
I am not sure how I have lived in VA this long without knowing about it but apparently there is a stretch of highway about 30 minutes from my home that is full of wineries and breweries. Mind Blown. I was really thinking there might be a stop or two but no- it was place after place after place. And apparently I was the only person out of the loop on this because every winery and brewery we stopped at was PACKED.
First up on the list was Devil’s Backbone Brewery. To be fair- I actually had heard of this place before. Unfortunately, the bar area was cram packed full and there was an hour’s wait for a lunch table. We were all pretty hungry so we decided to move on.
Luckily our next stop would prove more successful. Next up was Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Also packed BUT we did manage to somehow snag 8 spots in the bar. The hubs (and pretty much everyone else) enjoyed the beer flight offerings.
And yes I was “that girl” who ordered a fruity mixed drink. Sorry. I am not a beer drinker (though I did try a couple sips to be a good sport).
I just enjoyed watching everyone else sample and watching a little football.
I also enjoyed busting out my new bag for the occasion.
After about 40 minutes at the bar we got a table (woohoo)! I was STARVING and everything on the menu looked awesome. One of the coolest things about the trip this weekend was seeing what each brewery had as their “specialty”. So many items were prepared from scratch “in house”. My inner foodie was impressed. Apparently BBQ is the thing to have at Wild Wolf so I ordered some up with some house made chips and possible the best slaw I have ever tried.
Lunch was a lot of fun and I found myself being truly glad I decided to come. You really don’t have to drink or consume all of the calories to have a good time out with pals. Sometimes when we are on these weight loss plans we turn to avoidance which is unfortunate. I understand wanting to adhere to a plan but the truth is we don’t live in a bubble. At some point we all have to learn how to get out there and make healthful choices on the fly. If I had stayed home I would have missed a beautiful and extremely fun fall day.
Less importantly, I would have missed an excuse to bust out my new fall boots. I deal with a wide calf situation so I was over the moon excited to have found a cute pair of boots that fit properly. We are going to be very happy together this winter.
Moving on, our next stop was Blue Mountain Brewing company. I just sipped on water and snacked on a cheese plate here. The guys all really liked the beer and I really liked the view. Beautiful.
One last stop at Wild Fox winery (sorry no photo) rounded out the day. The sun was setting as we headed home and I could not have asked for a better Saturday.
Sunday proved much less eventful although I may have started decorating for Christmas!!
I know its early but I feel like I am not the only person out there doing this….. right?
What did you do this weekend??