Two weeks ago we had one of our friends from Saipan visit, so we both took a day off in the middle of the week to go exploring northern Virginia.
On the recommendation of a friend, our first stop was Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA. It took us about an hour to get there once we were out of the city, but it also took us about an hour to get out of the city.
When we got there, we had the whole place practically to ourselves.
The girls were picking for the first time, but I'm an experienced apple picker. We used to go pick them every fall when we still lived in Massachusetts. But it must be at least 25 years since the last time...
Between the three of us we picked about 8 pounds. I have no idea how much it cost though, because Joelin was kind enough to pay for them all.
We also explored the pumpkin patch, but didn't buy one. The girls haven't caught on to the importance of owning a pumpkin this time of year yet. They'll get there.
Food options are limited out in the country and a lot of places were closed during the week. Trip Advisor recommended a place called the Hunter's Head Tavern.
What a great little find! Who would have expected an English pub out in the middle of the Virginia countryside? I went for the shepherd's pie and the girls shared the traditional English Buffalo wings and Thai lettuce wraps.
Our next stop was the Oak Barrel Winery. It's like a little slice of Napa just outside of DC. I sampled 10 wines for $11 and then had a full glass of chardonnay. Again, we were the only people there.
The girls don't drink, but were very entertained by this cat. The cat was not entertained.
There's a new winery down the road called Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery. We stopped there and I had another tasting. The girls kept busy with Jill the dog.
Want to see more? I've posted more photos from our day trip to Facebook.