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Getting Lost in Virginia Wine Country

When my friend Angie suggested a day in Virginia’s wine country for her birthday I was all in! I mean what could be better than celebrating by spending a summer day together in the beautiful Virginia countryside tasting wine? Did I mention that one of the wineries was named Unicorn Winery?! Cue the rainbows and butterflies and I promise it does not get any better!

Joni (that gorgeous tall red head below) offered to be our DD and with her boyfriend and Angie’s husband in tow, we loaded up a rented mini-van, popped in some old school tunes and were on our way.  First stop was the Barrel Oak Winery a mere hour and twenty minutes from DC.  There we were greeted by the rolling foothill mountains and a cool breeze, so we took the vino outside!  After our tasting it was so perfect we decided a pitcher of sangria was a must (poor Joni!).  Lets just say there might have been some hula-hooping involved once we polished off that pitcher.  We left Barrel Oak and  stopped at the charming Iron Bridge restaurant for lunch and then forged onward to the Unicorn Winery.  The wines at Unicorn totally lived up to their name and we had a fab time playing with their dog Franc.  In all it was a spectacular day spent in the great outdoors with some of my favorite people who I just don’t get to see enough of!  I think it may just have to become Angie’s annual birthday tradition.  Oh and as a random side note, apparently it is totally cool to bring pets, small babies and children to wineries on the weekends so any mama’s out there this can be a family friendly day.  Just try not to be the weirdo with the talking parrot on your shoulder.  No one likes that!

The girls before we hit the road!

A tasting outdoors.

A toast to the Birthday Girl!


First comes wine, then comes Sangria!

Unicorn Winery

The Unicorn Winery does not disappoint.

Green grapes on the vine

Get into my wine glass!

Bridge over stream in Virginia

The long journey home.


Ps – I also tipped my toe in the world of fondant to make a fondant covered wine bottle cake for Angie. If you’re curious to see the end result you can catch it on our Facebook page!

  • krystal

    that looks like such a fun time!

    July 20, 2010 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    love that bridge!

    July 20, 2010 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    I didn’t even know Virginia had wine country, how fun!

    July 20, 2010 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Cara

    I LOVE wine tasting! Have you ever been to the Finger Lakes in upstate NY? They have an AWESOME wine trail 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 8:03 am Reply
  • Ashley S

    I want to do these vineyard tours so badly!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:05 am Reply
  • Emma

    That looks completely amazing!! Glad that you had fun! Happy Birthday Angie!!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Angie

    Best time ever with the best company ever!! Annual tradition is set in stone (and then stained with red wine!). I can’t wait to go back again!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:19 am Reply
  • laura trevey

    It’s so beautiful, isn’t it? I love all of Virginia’s seasons…
    Looks like you had a blast ~~

    July 20, 2010 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Caren

    Looks like such a great day!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple)

    forgive me for my ignorance, but i didn’t even know virginia had wine country….how neat! looks like you ladies had a great time. i’m adding this to my list of possible weekend getaways! thanks for sharing!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:51 am Reply
      • Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple)

        @The BonBon Rose Girls,

        sorry about that! i must have typed it in wrong! thanks for visiting my blog! xoxo

        July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Leia

    You girls look gorgeous! And it sounds like SUCH a fun day 😀

    July 20, 2010 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Maddy

    How fun!! I wish we had more vineyards around this way! One of my dream vacations is a trip to the California Wine Country 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 9:04 am Reply
  • TiffanyB

    I adored this post. I’m from Virginia and I was so excited when I saw the subject line! I’m glad you had a great time!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:06 am Reply
  • kristin

    How Wonderful Megan!
    We are actually picking a Napa Valley trip for our Honeymoon.
    All about WINE:)
    Have a wonderful day!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Meghan

    So jealous! I adore little wineries! So glad you had a wonderful time!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Diana

    I love going on wine tours. Look like you gorgeous girls had a fab time!!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Mandy Ford

    How fun! What a wonderful way to spend a birthday. 🙂

    Mandy @ This Girl’s Life

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Vanessa

    Looks like a great time! Relaxing in wine country is always my fav way to spend free time, or holidays

    July 20, 2010 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Johanna

    How fun & the cake looked fantastic btw! I’m sure it was as yummy as it looked!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    awww this looks like an awesome time!! i totally want to go to a wine country wine tasting with girl friends sometime!!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    That looks like sch fun! What an awesome way to spend time with friends. Love that dress on you.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Cherish

    That bridge is gorgeous!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:28 am Reply
  • betsy

    love wineries! Looks like fun!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am Reply
  • Jill @ Teenage Bride

    Oooh can’t say I am not a little jealous. I am so happy you had such a great time.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am Reply
  • micaela

    looks like a fabulous time!!!!

    i want to go! it’s not too far from where i’m at in Lynchburg, VA.


    July 20, 2010 at 10:32 am Reply
  • MJ

    Gorgeous! I love wine tasting…

    July 20, 2010 at 10:33 am Reply
  • kristen

    Oh my! Looks like SUCH a fun trip. What lovely girls 🙂 I heart wine!!!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Cassie

    Wine tasting looks and sounds like a fabulous way to spend a summers day! Gorgeous looking time.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:45 am Reply
  • Krysten

    How fun, I’d love to do that!

    July 20, 2010 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    Ooh, Virginia Wine country looks (and sounds!) absolutely majestic!! 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Lulu

    I love wine tasting, being from Santa Barbara it was a regular weekend outing to go wine tasting in the valley (Santa Ynez). After seeing your fun day I need to make time to do this again, soon!

    July 20, 2010 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Carly

    You can’t not love a wine country trip… Seriously. I’m so in need of a vacay – I might even consider visiting the 2 vineyards in Southern Illinois – HA!


    All this is Grace and Charm

    July 20, 2010 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Audrey Allure

    Wonderful photos!

    July 20, 2010 at 11:41 am Reply
  • Silver Strands

    Sounds like so much fun – and those grapes! Wow .. I’d love to pluck one off and pop it in my mouth!

    July 20, 2010 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Anaiz

    That looks like so much fun, glad to hear you gals enjoyed the trip.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Cabootique

    Sounds like a perfect day!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Lucky Dame

    Lovely photos and looks like everyone had a great time. Mmmmm Sangria!

    July 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • The Boob Nazi

    I went to a wine tasting when I was 13, and my grandma was mad that I didn’t drink. She was European though, so maybe that made a difference?

    July 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • lindsay

    Looks like such a fun time! JEALOUS!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm Reply
  • Christine Vi

    That looks like so much fun! I love seeing the grapes and trying some great wine in a beautiful place. It makes sitting out in the sun worth it.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Mimi

    It looks like it was a blast!!! Beautiful countryside, amazing wine… Looks like it was a great trip!


    July 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Phoenix Peacock

    What a fabulous way to celebrate. Happy Birthday!

    July 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Jocelyn Stott

    Wine tasting is the best. We have a huge wine industry here in Oregon and there is no better way to spend an afternoon.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • ms Givens

    I love Sangria. Carraba’s has a blackberry sangria that is the best.
    Love that picture of the bridge.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • shelby Bukhenik

    LOVE a windery, but definitely a sans baby/child experience if you ask me!

    July 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Elle Sees

    VA is one of my fave states…never considered the wine though! Must do a re-do. Looks like funnnn!

    July 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    So much fun! I did a wine tasting day in Chianti/Tuscany…would love to go again- ideally NAPA! 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Lynzy

    I went to a wine tasting once in Rhode Island and it was so lovely! Looks like a great time<3

    xo Lynzy

    July 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Torie Jayne

    That looks like great fun! Have a sweet day!

    July 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Shin

    You girls look really pretty!! I love the photos!! Happy Birthday to your friend!! xxoxoxoxoo

    July 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Whatever DeeDee Wants

    Looks like a fun trip!

    July 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • wendy sue

    there is a ton of great wineries in the charlottesville va area too. makes a lovely long weekend!

    July 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Katy Mary

    I did not know VA had a wine country!! How fun. I loooooove going wine tasting, looks like you all had a blast.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Kerr

    what a fun idea!

    July 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Looks and sounds like so much fun. You guys all look fabulous!

    July 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • The Owl's Closet

    what a fun day! i love that it’s called “unicorn winery.” too cute!

    July 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Must have been a fun time you guys had! I’ll be sure to check out the cake you made.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Diana

    I love wine and that looks and sounds like such a great place:)

    July 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Melissa B.

    What a great way to celebrate! Next time you’re in the Shenandoah Valley, you should try the Naked Mountain winery, as well. Awesome stuff…

    July 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    Looks like great fun! I love wine tours.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Perfectly Imperfect

    I never would have thought of VA having a wine country.. Hm. This looks like so much fun!

    July 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • carolina - patagonia gifts

    wow such an amazing way of celebrating a birthday! couldn’t be better! you all look so happy! thanks for sharing 😉 xo

    July 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • blueviolet

    I’ve never done a wine tasting. Now I’m so interested!

    July 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm Reply
  • Cecilia

    YES! Love Virginia Wine Country! My in-laws have a home in Virginia wine country and every now and then we get the chance to go and enjoy. 🙂 Cheers!

    July 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm Reply
  • firepages

    I’ve been wanting to go to a winery. Your post has made me want to do it that much more!

    July 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    This looks like such a fun adventure!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Nina

    where theres vino, theres always a good photos!! thanks for your sweet comment 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • J.

    Super fun…I need a day (or weekend) like this!

    July 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Allison

    i would love to do that for my birthday! Good idea for a new tradition

    July 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Nubiasnonsense

    Very cool.. I would love to go wine tasting.. i almost went once on a sheckys even but it just didn’t happen

    July 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm Reply
  • Josie

    This is so gorgeous… Looks like a super fun day, Meg!
    xo Josie

    July 21, 2010 at 2:12 am Reply
  • jasna

    I love wine tasting, its my fav thing to do : ) xxx

    July 21, 2010 at 3:03 am Reply
  • Ria

    Never been wine tasting 🙁
    But right now I got a bit jealous (in a good way) and I’m googling places where I live!
    It looks you had a great time!

    July 21, 2010 at 4:53 am Reply
  • Nikolett

    Such gorgeous pictures! I’ve never been to a wine tasting, but it looks so chic and fun – I wonder if you’d see a unicorn if you drank enough wine there haha.

    July 21, 2010 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    What a fun time! Unicorn winery – love the sign and name!

    July 21, 2010 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Polly

    I just love going wine tasting, It looks like you had a wonderful day away.

    July 21, 2010 at 7:23 am Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    That looks like such a great fun!
    Amazing pictures too!
    B xx

    July 21, 2010 at 7:25 am Reply
  • marisa

    I love virginia wine. We checked out DuCard and Sharp Rock this past weekend…both were absolutely divine…yay for virginia wine!

    July 21, 2010 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Punctuation Mark

    i’ve always wanted to go to a wine country… it looks like so much fun!

    July 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm Reply
  • Jenny DB

    Oh man, that looks like such a fun time!!! Love the picture of the grapes too.. very… artistic 🙂

    July 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm Reply

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