Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall - Time to Hike and Apple Pick in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia


What a wonderful time to be outdoors and take a walk or hike.  Strolling on the trails in the warm, crisp air with the leaves starting to show their colors. Gorgeous! We have some great hiking spots close to us.  Just check them out on the map.




















On your way to your hike, Stop in at Gertie's Country Store and grab a picnic lunch. It will be great to enjoy a lunch at the top of Crabtree Falls or at Yankee Ridge..
Another Fall favorite is apples.  Silver Creek & Seaman's Orchard is located in the Blue Ridge close to us and the hiking trails.  They have pick your own apples as well as apples picked that are available for purchase from September through November.
Grab a jacket, pack your hiking boots, and visit us this Fall.
See you soon!
Ray and Melissa Alexander

Friday, August 8, 2014

AUGUST is CRAFT BEER MONTH in VIRGINIA


In the month of August, Virginia is For Lovers BEER!
 
Did you know…….

Locally sourced beer in Virginia is a tradition that began in 1587 when Virginia colonists brewed their first ale using corn?  

And the production of craft beer stimulates economic growth in Virginia by supporting

local farmers of grains, barley, and hops?

Therefore Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued a certificate of recognition to proclaim AUGUST as Craft Brewers Month as an opportunity to celebrate the Commonwealth’s craft beer and the business and community leaders working to grow the industry!

It’s time to support and drink the local brews.  And we are lucky to have the best ones nearby.

LEXINGTON VA:  Devils Backbone Brewery and Blue Lab Brewing Company. 

DevilsBackbone location on Route 11 in Lexington is where the beer is created! Open every day at 1pm, you can buy pints of beer and sit inside or outside on their patio. Grab a lunch and bring it with you to enjoy while sipping the brew! Brewery tours are available on Saturday and Sundays. You’ll be guided through the brewing process in their working brewery.

Blue Lab, located in downtown Lexington, is open Wednesday through Saturday. What’s on tap in August: Summer Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, I.P.A, and Irish Red to name a few. Sit and enjoy a glass of beer. Or if you can’t stay then grab a growler to go. The beer is great!

Do you want to enjoy a day of beer tasting? Then go over on Route 151 and follow the BrewRidge Trail. About a 30 minute drive from our location but a very scenic one.  To get there….Follow Route 56 to the Blue Ridge Parkway heading north and then off the first “exit” to Wintergreen on Rt 664. In 10 minutes you will be at Devils Backbone – Main Camp.  You can also visit Wild Wolf Brewery and BlueMountain Brewery.

Here are some August BEER Events:

August 9  -  Summer Blues & Brew Festival @ Frontier Culture Center, Staunton

August 13 -  Annual Hop Festival @ Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton

August 23 -  Virginia Craft Brewers Fest @ Devils Backbone Brewery, Wintergreen

September 6 – Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival @ Virginia Horse Center, Lexington

 


“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
And, as always, we will be serving the local microbrews (as well as local wines) at our 5:30 Social Hour!
 
So come and enjoy!
Ray, Melissa, and Bacchus