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Sunday: Running, Sipping & Snacking

Sunday morning began the same way Saturday did: with a run!

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My college friends Kathleen, Turner, Sarah, and I all met up on the Georgetown waterfront for a fun run + brunch adventure. It was a beauuuuuuutiful day for running, although it was rather windy.

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Brooks shoe love. :)

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From Georgetown, we ran along the water and towards the National Mall.

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There were a lot of tourists in town visiting the monuments/memorials because of Veterans Day weekend!

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Apparently the Washington Monument’s scaffolding (which my friends and I all think actually looks cool – especially at night, since they light it up) is coming down – they are done with the repairs already. It will be nice to not have fences around the bottom of it anymore!

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At one point in the run, a couple of adorable older tourists sitting on a bench cheered us on. Cutest ever – it made our run. :)

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The way back was harder than the way out because we discovered the wind had been at our backs and we didn’t even realize it! So when we turned around – BAM. It was SO windy out there! Fingers crossed for no wind in Richmond on Saturday for the marathon!

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6 miles – check! Felt good.

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The girls and I planned to go to brunch after the run at Farmers Fishers Bakers, which is right on the Georgetown waterfront and has the best brunch ever, but alas, everyone else in DC had the same idea because they were too packed to fit us in. Bummer! After debating and walking around, we ended up at Serendipity 3, where none of us had been before. If you’re thinking about going to eat there – don’t. The service was subpar and so was the food. At least the company was good. :)

As for afternoon adventures, Turner didn’t have to hop on a train back to Philly until late evening, so we decided a girls’ winery trip was in order. Turner, Sarah, Chrissy, and I all headed out to Vintage Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Delaplane, VA – about an hour drive from northern VA/DC.

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It was so beautiful out there, especially on such a sunny day.

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We loved their tasting area, too – so pretty and cozy!

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The girls and I had an absolute blast doing the tasting. Such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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I ended up purchasing a bottle of their 2010 Cabernet Franc for me and Matt to enjoy sometime as a special treat. I loved all their red wine – it was hard to choose just one! I definitely want to bring him back to this winery – he’d love it. Highly recommend to all of you, too!

The girls and I finished in time for an early dinner, so our server during the tasting recommended a good place nearby to get some food before heading back to DC: Hunter’s Head Tavern in Upperville, VA.

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Hunter’s Head is a traditional British pub with a healthy twist. They serve Certified Organic & Certified Humane meat from Ayrshire Farm and all sustainable produce and seafood, too.

This place was SO awesome – adorable and cozy inside and the food was great, too. I had a tasty side house salad to start:

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And then I had the spiced cornish hen, which came with sweet potatoes and couscous. The couscous was pretty plain so I didn’t each much of it, but the sweet potatoes and hen were delicious. YUM! I really want to come back to this place next time I’m in the area!

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What a fun day. :)

What did you guys get into this weekend? Are you winery fans?

Comments

  1. 1

    How fun! I did smile at the Cabernet Franc purchase. Every time I hear that wine I am reminded how much Pail Gianatti’s character hates it in the movie Sideways. Sandra Oh chimes in agreement. Glad to see there are some who like it! Yay!

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    Always great to see posts from fellow DC-area bloggers! I love VA wine country. Have never tried Vintage Ridge so will have to try it out. Have you been to Delaplane? Maybe my favorite VA winery, and they have the BEST charcuterie plate :)

  3. 5

    I love wine but I’ve never been to a winery! I must change that!

  4. 6

    What a fun day!! :) My boyfriend works at The Winery at Bull Run off of route 29 and it’s only about 30 minutes from DC!! Have you been!?

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      I know I’ve heard that winery name before – I can’t remember if it’s because I went there or just saw it had great reviews on Yelp!

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        I think it’s a really cool winery, though I’m a little bias haha. If you wanted to come check it out, I could probably snag us a free tasting or discount bottle :)

  5. 9

    Looks like you had a fantastic weekend! I’ve never been to a winery. I should check out some local ones in the DMV area!

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    Love going to local wineries. I live in the Bay Area so we have our pick of Napa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Livermore, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz and further down the coast Salinas Valley and Monterey. :) Hard to decide on where to go.

    didn’t do much this weekend. worked on the house, chores and painted in studio.

    • 11

      So jealous of you in the Bay Area! Great wineries everywhere!

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      I live in the Bay Area too, and we’re so spoiled living in wine country! Wine tasting is pretty much a weekly event…so many beautiful wineries to choose from. I will miss it if we ever move away. I’d love to check out wineries in other areas of the country though!

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    I love winery tours and tastings! It has been too long since I’ve been to one!

    This weekend my sister and I had a “doggie date” with our dogs out on the trails since it was such perfect weather here in NC! http://www.sneakersandspatulas.com/2013/11/12/doggie-date-in-raleigh/

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    Super fun Sunday!!! You managed to squeeze so much in! HATE running in the wind, seriously nothing worse, fingers and toes crossed for you that you have a nice calm day for Richmond!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Nice day. Love wineries! Will check that one out!

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    Beautiful post Anne.I love the monuments. My husband and I were privileged to accompany some WW11 vets from our church on an honor flight a few months ago. What a wonderful group of veterans. God bless them all. My dad fought in WW11, he is gone now, but he would have so enjoyed it. My husband is a vet from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan. I hope everyone enjoyed their day yesterday.
    The foliage in your post is spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

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    I hate running when it is windy, fingers crossed it is good weather for your race!!

    Shame about that brunch, nothing worse than where you want to go being booked out and where you end up being so not as good.

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    My kind of weekend! I love in SF so with Napa Valley being a 30 minute drive away, I’m a HUGE winery fan! One of my favorite activities is to get a group of friends together, rent a limo or shuttle and taste and eat in Napa for the day. (It also makes it way to convenient to join wine clubs so that you “have” to drive up and pick up your shipments! You’re going to crush your marathon!

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      Ha – that’s awesome! I used to rent a big bus every year for my birthday to take me and friends to wineries. I did it last year for my bachelorette, too. I need to bring it back!

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    Looks like perfect weather for running!! Good luck on these days leading up to your marathon!

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