Saturday, June 8, 2019

Part Two of Coffee House and Wine!

...Part Two...

Coffee House and Chatham Vineyard Adventure continues!

After lunch at the beautiful Cape Charles Coffee House, we headed north a few miles to Chatham Vineyards.  This would be moms first 'official wine tasting' today! Lucky for us, my daughter Britt happened to be working at the Vineyard that day!


As we turned in, mom and I could see the rows and rows of grape vines with the tiny new grapes peeking beneath the vines. We pulled over to take some photos. 

Chatham includes more than 250 acres, twenty of which are designated solely to grape vines. Each acre yields over 1,700 vines. They are beautiful! 


Chatham Vineyards parking lot was filling up! It was obvious others had the same idea today as we did! Once inside, Britt greeted us with a big smile and whisked us away to give us a private tour of the facility. She told us about the wine making process, about the history of the Vineyard and Church Creek Wines.  



Chatham Farm has been a working farm for four centuries! The historical brick home which sits near the vineyard was built in 1818 and is named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. The Winery opened in 2005 and produces wonderful wines! 

Now, on to the Wine Tasting! We enjoyed our tasting which included a half dozen different varieties made there at the Vineyard. I loved the Chardonnay Steel, mom loved the Cabernet Franc, and the Late Harvest Dessert Wine! As we sipped away, we talked about what we would ‘pair’ best with our sampled wine. All agreed chocolate would go well with any of them!


Mom does videos for her Instagram acct, and I suggested she do one from there. She was so cute filming while on the porch, cool breeze blowing and barrels of wine in the back! (Check her out at accidentally_aging)

Before we left, she bought a dessert wine (which I heard someone suggest it is good poured over ice cream!) As we drove away, I realized we forgot to get a photo of the three of us together! YES I turned that car around and headed back!  Moments like this do not come often; there was NO WAY we were leaving without a picture of the three of us!

Once home, mom thanked me, and as she exited the car I heard her say. “Ohhhh! My wine! And my ½ sandwich! I know what I am having for dinner tonight!"

I drove off smiling- 
So very thankful for my mom, and that we were able to share our fun day with my daughter Britt too. Truly am blessed!

Cape Charles Coffee House plus Wine at Chatham Vineyards

Today’s adventure calls for wine
Well, a road trip… lunch…. AND THEN... wine!

(This blog is a two-part entree! Make sure to continue on to read how our day ended!)

The sun was shining and it was such a pretty day. Wayyy to pretty to stay inside! Today I grabbed up mom and headed to Cape Charles, to a Coffee Shop, and to Chatham Vineyards!

We've ventured to Virginia's Eastern Shore before, and we always have a great time. Today however, we were heading to the quaint town of Cape Charles to check out the Cape Charles Coffee House. The Coffee House building was a bank built in 1910. Later is was a haberdashery ( I love that word!) then, it was renovated into this Coffee House. 

We were greeted by a wonderful smell of fresh brewed coffee and were offered a seat at a quaint table with fresh flowers. The ambiance of this shop transports you back to days gone by. Walls ornate with rich wood panels, moldings, and wainscoting. The center ceiling is open and exposes the second story tin ceilings and beautiful fixtures.


The Coffee House features breakfast, lunch and signature coffees. It was lunchtime when we arrived and we thought we'd order quickly. However, as we looked over the menu, we realized there are so many wonderful options in which to choose! Picking quickly was not an option! 

 I selected the turkey club with avocado; mom selected the chicken salad with cranberries. Both meals were delicious and  mom couldn't finish hers. Yes, I finished mine! 

Coffee House Photo

Their coffee station looked (and smelled) amazing. My eye kept wandering to the pastries on display nearby. After ordering lunch, I wandered over to take a few photos and a delightful lady asked if I needed any help. We chatted for a few moments then she introduced herself as the owner. Her love for the restaurant, the town and this historic building is evident. 

We spent the next ‘several minutes’ sharing pastry photos we had taken on our phones of other places (Bakers do this all the time! There is just something so beautiful about handmade breads and pastries!)  

Coffee House Photo

My dream has always been to open a Bakery and I'd love an old historic building with tin ceilings and charm! I am excited that Roberta found her passion and renovated this amazing building into this Coffee House! One day, maybe…we can be neighbors 😊

We left happy and full, and continued on north, to Chatham Vineyard 

🍷 Wine awaits!

........💓 Our adventure continues on next blog entree!.....

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Is In The Air! And, so is Crispy Bacon!

Spring is in the Air… and so is Crispy Bacon!

Such a perfect sunny Spring day! I picked up mom so we ‘gals’ could get away and look for signs of spring. And boy did we find them. Trees were popping out tiny spring green leaves; blossoms were sprouting colors on the landscape! It is such a treat to just drive, and enjoy the sights!  We both ooohed and awed at the Dogwoods, both white an red. 


The pinks of the  Kwanzan Cherry and Redbud Trees. 

Plus the magnificent burst of violets, pinks and reds on the azalea bushes. And, then Scarlet Honeysuckle, Paper-whites and Lilacs. All of them putting on a spectacular show. 


Clearly the winner here has to be the trailing vines of the Wisteria! This magnificent vine blooms lavender clusters all the way to its tip. Climbing trees fences and anything else in its path. Odd how it is the center of springs beauty; then summer, fall and winter, no one hardly notices it is there. We stop - jump out of the car - snap a picture, and then get on our way again! A LOT!


On our agenda today was to EAT, then go to a meeting with moms Elder Law Attorney. Notice I said EAT first! Since we were in the Harborview area, we decided to try the Metro Diner. Mom’s friend said it was good, and hello, it has the word DINER in it, I love Diners! We found it, parked and made our way inside. We were greeted by a friendly host and a huge sign above him which read, “Where our Armed Services Eat”. Mom was a navy wife, I am a Navy Brat, so we felt at home!


Metro Diner was bustling, be we were seated quickly and we soon were faced with a selection of great items! It was a cool day, so I ordered hot tea. Which posed the question…..’how does one properly prepare tea at table side”?  Mom told me how she does it. I shared with her how I do it. But, what is the “Proper Way” to make tea?

So, we Googled it!  …“When an empty cup and saucer is delivered to your table with a small pitcher of hot water, you place your tea bag into the small pitcher of hot water and ‘steep’ it for 3-5 minutes. Then pour your steeped tea into your cup. IF you are served a cup with hot water, you place your teabag into your cup, and steep. You then remove your tea bag and place on edge of your saucer. Never wind the string around bag to drain.” So there you have it! Proper tea etiquette!


Metro Diner must know, because soon an empty tea cup and saucer arrived, with lemon wedge and spoon on side. Plus, I was served a small pitcher of hot water, and a selection of great teas in a tea box. I was spoiled! 


 I looked up, and saw my mother fidgeting! I guess she got bored as I was making my tea so she decided to inflate the fork and spoon wrapper she had on the table! Oh My God, can’t take that woman anywhere! She has such a fun spirit! I had to laugh!

As we waited on our food,  we checked out the plates that were heading to other tables. They were HUGE!  And since we were seated near the kitchen we had plenty to watch. I saw, what appeared to be a half of a fried chicken on the Chicken and Waffles order! And, plate after plate looked fabulous. 

Soon, our food arrived and we were amazed! My plate of Scrambled Eggs, Bacon (I told you Crispy Bacon was in the air!), Hash Browns and Toast was perfect. Mom’s southern classic of Sausage Gravy with eggs was photo worthy! There was no way we were going to finish this (by the way, yes we did! It took a while, but we did!) We were SO full, and so happy.

We slowly made our way to her next meeting. Afterwards, we grabbed our traditional Sweet Tea with lots of ice and decided to take the back roads home. We admired all the beautiful spring blossoms, new green fields, and shades of new green leaves everywhere.

It was an amazing day!