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Published: August 30th 2016
Jackie at the vineyard.
Are we good or just lucky??
Today, we said our goodbyes to Amy and family. It was the first day back to school for Abby (10th grade) and Jake (9th). Good luck to them.
We drove North towards Lexington up I-77 and I-81. As we progressed, Jackie started to search for a nearby winery to visit and maybe have some lunch. Once into Virginia, she located a promising vineyard and we left the Interstate in search of the WHITEBARRLE Winery. I give Jackie five stars for her pick.
We arrived about five minutes before the winery opened for business. We were the only guests there and waited inside the winery until we were welcomed. Our hostess, Tess, was terrific. She was the expecting wife of the owner, Rik. She told us of the winery history and offered a tasting of the wine she thought we should best like. It met our expectation. We took two full glasses out to sit on the patio but before we went out Tess suggested that we walk down to their gazebo where there were rocking chairs for us to enjoy the peaceful setting. We did and it was perfect. Knowing that we
Lots of ribbons. Owner, Rik Obiso, was selected tops in Virginia last year.
wanted to get to Lexington by early afternoon, we purchased a couple of bottles and left after about an hour for the drive up.
Lexington met and exceeded our expectations. The village is actually a college town. We stayed at The Georges hotel. It was right on Main Street near all of the historical sites.
In Lexington, you find VMI and Washington and Lee University. There is so much "Southern" history here. Stonewall Jackson moved here after he finished West Point and taught at VMI. He is buried here and is highlighted in the VMI Museum. We also toured his home in town near our hotel. Also, Robert E Lee, moved to Lexington after the Civil War and became president of Washington University. He lived here until his death five years after the war. The university was later named for him as well as George Washington.
Tomorrow we drive to Gettysburg, PA. I hope it is as successful as today was.
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