Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My husband and I visited CrepeWorx, a new restaurant on the walking mall. They create, you guessed it, crepes! 

What's nice about the ordering options is you can choose from pre-created crepes (both savory and dessert types) or you can build your own once to suit your tastes. I ended up trying their Turtle dessert crepe which has chocolate, nuts, and caramel and it was delicious; it was very sweet and would be a nice item to order and share as a dessert on a date. My husband did a 'build your own' crepe and he made it into a savory breakfast crepe. He enjoyed the flavors a lot, but told me he was still hungry afterwards. 

We agree the interior atmosphere has been revamped splendidly and that the food tastes good. My recommendation would be to go for lunch when you might be looking for a meal that's not too heavy, or for breakfast. The hours at CrepeWorx suggest they agree, as most days they are open from 7:30am - 3:00pm. This would be a great place for friends to meet up for a brunch or a bible study to meet and chat. Stop by and try a crepe and bring a friend. 

You can visit their Facebook page here

Shenandoah University: The Arts

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I recently went to a performance of Romeo & Juliet at the Ohrstrom Bryant Theatre. The university adds value to the community that I believe is often over-looked. First, for students, it is possible to get to free tickets to nearly every performance. For citizens of Winchester there are occasional free performances (such as the upcoming Navy Band Concert on January 15). 

The performances are worth the cost and the students are very good at what they do. Whether you're interested in theater, chorales, or jazz music you can certainly find your niche. 

Hill High Farm

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hill High Farm is a locally owned business that invites people onto their land to pick apples and pumpkins, navigate a corn maze, take a hayride, and pet some animals. In one week they will open their Haunted House as well. 

Their corn maze covers several acres and you're given a punch card before you enter. There are six stations placed throughout the maze that you and your team are supposed find. There are pictures and jokes spread on each sign and a hole punch, so you can tag your card and prove you found all six stations. 

There are funnel cakes, pork rinds, apple cider, pies, and much more for sale along with autumn-themed gifts.

If you and your family decide to take a hayride you'll hop aboard and a tractor will pull you through the farm. For $6 you get a hayride, a pumpkin, and a short educational talk with the owner, Vernon, as he rides his horse (Bo or Rooster) with his farm dog Max trailing alongside him. 

There are also several animals such as donkeys, goats, and calves to pet and interact with. Kids and adults both will be sure to have a lot of fun at the farm. If you're looking for more information check out their website or their Facebook.

Family Drive In

Sunday, July 5, 2015

If you're in Winchester for the summer and are looking for a unique experience, you've found it. Did you know the Family Drive-In has been open for 58 years? It's well-deserved. Having grown up in the area, the drive in was a key part of summer evenings for my family. We would grab the truck and either an air mattress or lawn chairs and head to Stephen's City for an evening filled with food and movies. 

There are two screens at the drive in, one of which is usually family & kid-oriented so everyone can have a good time. When you get your tickets at the booth they direct you to the screen your movie will be playing at, then you park your car next to one of the radios. You can extend it into your car (pictured below) and listen to class tunes before the show starts. While you're here make sure to take a look at their movie reels and grab some concessions, which are reasonably priced. You can also bring your own food for $5, so you could order a pizza and bring it with you. If you have kids there is a play ground near Screen 1 with swings and a jungle gym too. 

This is a great experience for families, dates, or a group of friends to enjoy. Many people haven't been to a movie at a drive in theater so make sure to drive down and visit (10-15 minutes outside Winchester).

Farmers Market

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Winchester Farmers Market is open for the season and with a new location at the Taylor Pavilion. There are many vendors that are selling a variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. You can stop by and get some cool, refreshing drinks and chat with the vendors and volunteers. Musicians will be performing each Saturday so be sure to set aside some time each week to support our community and check out the variety offered at the market. 

Four Color Fantasies

Friday, March 13, 2015

If you're looking for for a comic shop that can meet all your needs with incredibly helpful and happy staff look no further. Four Color Fantasies in Winchester, Virginia can provide you with comics, comic merchandise, board games, card games, and expansion sets. They're easy to spot as they have a signature blue color on the outside of their shop on Weems Lane. Check them out on facebook, then stop in to say hi to the owner, Mike.  

When you walk through the door staff will great you with a smile and ask if they can help you find anything. They're willing to offer personal advice on games or comics and can guide you in the right direction if you're new. Occasionally the shop hosts board game events such as a recent one for the 7 Wonders board game. You can't go wrong, whatever you choose, at Four Color Fantasies. Think about some new hobbies you may be interested in, grab a friend, and step into Winchester's local comic shop.

Posh Pets

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Posh Pets is a boutique on the Loudoun Street Mall that caters to pet owners. They offer a variety of merchandise including leashes, pet outfits (and coats), toys, jewelry, bumper stickers, and dog beds.  We often stop in when we're downtown just to pick up some handmade treats for our dog, Odin. The treats are often themed with the recent or soon-to-be holidays.

On top of the merchandise, Posh Pets also offers training classes, grooming, and special events such as photos with Santa and Pet Parades. These can be really fun activities and the money for tickets or photos is usually passed on to a rescue organization. If you can make it out to one of their parades, it's a sight to see with all the pets dressed to the nines. On top of it all, Posh Pets helps with animal adoptions; they work in conjunction with several rescue and foster organizations. This coming Saturday, for example, Shirley's Angels Boxer Rescue will be present in the store with a few boxer pups that are available for adoption. You can find this local business at their facebook page or website to see when they offer certain courses and adoption dates through their partner organizations. 

So if you're into animals and want to make your pet posh stop on in and say hi. The staff is very friendly and would love to meet some more animal lovers in Winchester.

{Our boy waiting patiently in the store, knowing a treat will come his way}

{Lots of stylish leashes and collars to choose from}

{Some of the many toys for sale}

{Jackets to help dogs keep warm}

{The handmade treats}

{He knows what Posh Pets means!}

Restaurant Week: Jack Knuckle Gourmet

Monday, March 2, 2015

Today kickstarts Winchester's annual Restaurant Week. This is a great weeklong event that is put on by local businesses downtown to entice customers to try new places and new foods. If you have old favorites you can still stop in for some varying menus and affordable food. Most participating restaurants are either offering three course meals for $25 or 2 for $25 deals. 

Our first stop is a little non-traditional this week. Jack Knuckle Gourmet is participating in Winchester's Restaurant Week and is creating meals for two people for $25. What's unique about them is that they are a food truck that roams around the town. You can check out their Restaurant Week Menu here. For the event week the truck is parked right behind Winchester Towers on Cameron Street. Grab some friends and try out their soups, sandwiches, and sides. 

Tonight my husband and I tried out the gourmet grilled cheese, cream of asparagus soup, and falafel along with two drinks all for $25. Since it's a little chilly out and we live close to downtown we decided to eat at home, but you could sit along the wall on Cameron Street to eat and chat if you desire. As we were getting our food, three more families showed up to try out the food truck. The employees delivered service with a smile and I'm interested in testing out their other sandwiches in the weeks to come.

Interested in finding out what other businesses are participating? There are a bunch in our historic downtown and you can check them all out on their website or facebook page.


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