Thursday, April 3, 2014

BARKING DOG – STAUNTON VA..….. What is everyone yelping about?

A super great wine bar, The Barking Dog, has opened in the heart of downtown Staunton last year.  It is a wonderful place to sit, relax, chat, and have a glass of wine or purchase a bottle.  Prefer beer? No worries. The Barking Dog has 50 craft beers available.  Whether you are walking the streets of Staunton or need a place to stop in prior to dinner or waiting for your Shakespeare Theater show to start, this is a perfect place to chill out.  
With your favorite beverage, you can order a wonderful cheese plate or delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.  Ray and I tried the Double Cheddar Tomato Jam sandwich on sourdough. It takes you back to your childhood days of eating a grilled cheese with tomato soup. And all sandwiches are served with Route 11 chips. We also shared on of the cheese plates (check out the picture!) with our friends, Walt and Jeannie, over a few bottles of wine! 

Its name….The Barking Dog.  Why did owner John Reese name his establishment as such? He named it after his 3 daschunds: Charlie, Franklin and Oscar.  But soon John will be renaming his establishment to ....The Yelping Dog.  Reason?  It is a legal thing. But who cares about the name. It is the same wonderful place, same owners, with a new name.  

John also offers wine tastings monthly either during a Saturday afternoon or a weekday evening. Ray and I attended his last one. Adam Breske from Siema Wines poured 6 wines. The cost….a small donation ($5) is collected for the local SPCA. How appropriate! It is a great way to taste different wines. 
Visit us, visit Staunton and definitely visit the Barking (Yelping) Dog.
Hours:  Tue-Thur  11am – 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Closed Mondays.


Ray and Melissa

Sunday, March 30, 2014



Our new fur baby has finally arrived on Friday night from Monroe, Louisiana.  Bacchus, black lab mix, was adopted from Bonnie Blue Rescue.  He was named Bacchus after one of the New Orleans Krewes.  I didn’t know what a Krewe was myself so I did some research.

A krewe is any group of revelers to band together to host a Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float, and participate in social events throughout the year.  Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys.  

BACCHUS is considered to be one of the "Super Krewes" of the Carnival due to its invitation to celebrities. Founded in 1968 by a handful of New Orleans business leaders, the Krewe of Bacchus debuted in 1969, its aim to bring national attention to Mardi Gras with gigantic floats and a Hollywood celebrity. Its King is always a well-known personality...Danny Kaye being the first King and Bob Hope being another. A progressive, daring and bold Krewe, Bacchus has often been known to break with tradition during the Carnival in order to create excitement among the crowd.  We hope that our Bacchus’s behavior doesn’t follow these traits!  Bacchus has 2 siblings also named after a Krewe: Rex & Iris.

Bacchus, in Greek Mythology, was the God of Wine.  He showed people how to cultivate grapevines and make wine. What an appropriate name for our Inn Dog!

He had his first encounter this morning with snow and loved every bit of it.

Come visit us and meet Bacchus.  Be prepared to receive a lot of kisses!


See you soon!

Melissa and Ray