Our last touring day on our 11 day road trip began early with our visit to the Southern Living Idea House outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. When we finished seeing the house, we were hungry for lunch. Years ago, I had seen this picnic basket on Pinterest and thought it was perfectly done.
After a little reading, I found out that the picnic basket was from Pippin Hill Farm – a vineyard and event location also right outside Charlottesville. I knew we weren’t far from it when we were at the Idea House, so we decided to head there for lunch.
It might have been a 3 minute drive to get there. Yes, we weren’t far at all from it! (The sign matched the sign at Bundoran Farm from the Idea House.)
I told my husband, “Don’t be surprised if we can’t get in for lunch. It’s a Saturday, and I know they will be busy.” We pulled into the drive that ran between the vineyards.
Such a gorgeous sight!
Their winery is located in a beautifully designed Geobarn.
When we saw the parking lot, we just knew we wouldn’t be able to get in for lunch.
Even so, I still wanted to take a look around the place.
We walked on through the rows of hydrangeas …
up to the wine- tasting veranda-terrace. Loved all the details of that area! There were wonderful cabinets everywhere you looked. The hostess told us that they were booked for the day for wine tastings, but they had a table inside available for lunch right then if we wanted. 🙂
Since neither of us drink wine, we were thrilled to have a spot in the Farm Table room. On our way to being seated, we passed this great cabinet with that precious lamb. Isn’t he a beauty?!
We really liked the post and beam construction of this building. This was our view to the right of our table.
To the left was their wood burning oven.
And behind us was another bar area.
(After all, it is a winery. 🙂 )
Here was the menu for our lunch.
After we ordered, they brought a bottle of water and a couple of glasses to the table.
In no time, we had our food. 🙂
My husband had the Pippin Sliders with fries,
and I enjoyed their croque monsieur.
We both shared a jar of delicious house-made blackberry sorbet.
After our lunch, we stopped in the granary where they were setting up for an evening’s event.
Next we wandered around the grounds of Pippin Hill farm.
The room in which we dined inside was in that white building below.
This is a view of the entire wine tasting terrace. Quite a large building!
And another even wider view. 🙂
We wandered over to some of the rows of grapes planted there.
The plants were full of them almost ready for picking!
We finished checking out the grapes and then made our way back through the flower beds towards the car.
One last look at the view of farms and mountains there.
And that was the end of our time at lovely Pippin Hill Farm. Before we headed back to the interstate that afternoon, we decided to drive a bit looking for author Jan Karon’s old farm. I have already written about that here, but I wanted you to see where it actually fit into the road trip for us.
As we were driving along on the country road near Ms. Karon’s former farm, we saw a sign advertising Walton’s Mountain. Having grown up with 9 years of watching the Walton children grow up on my television set, we just had see what this place was. So one more adventure led us here to Schuyler Mountain, Virginia.
This was Walton’s Mountain Country Store. The bed and breakfast is not in operation anymore, and they do not allow photography inside.
From the sign you can tell there were quite a few Walton related goods inside. We bought a couple for gifts.
Behind the general store is the home that the creator of the Walton’s, Earl Hamner, grew up in. Across the street is the actual museum inside the elementary school that he attended. (You can see a video of a visit to the museum here.)
And that was our final stop for the road trip…3,400 miles from Georgia to Charlottesville to Yale to Maine and Vermont, back to Yale, back to Charlottesville, and ending with the Waltons. 🙂 Then it was back home to Georgia. Thank you so very much for traveling with us to all these diverse places.
The blog returns to “normal” this week as I share with you the fall decorating that has taken over the house here. There is so much of it, it will take a few posts to get it all in!
I hope to see you back here soon. 🙂
Until next time…