Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pot o Pho

Winchester has a pho restaurant in the Ward Plaza off of Pleasant Valley. They offer a variety of pho along with other Vietnamese cuisine. If you're looking for vegetarian food they also offer a vegetable-based broth and tofu in the soup. The owner is friendly and while the venue is not often crowded the food is very good. Stop by Pot-o-Pho to try something new and get out of your comfort zone! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Autumn in Old Town


Just a reminder to take a stroll on the Loudoun Street Mall while we have this gorgeous weather in Winchester, Virginia. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mackintosh Fruit Farm

About 10-15 minutes east of town, between Winchester and Berryville, lies Mackintosh Fruit Farm. They grow a variety of fruits for you to come and pick during different seasons. Strawberry season is just ending but they have a nice supply of blueberries and raspberries coming in! As you drive in there is a friendly little dog who greets you and on the particular day we visited there were three free kittens available (that the owners had found in a box on the side of the road). Clearly the owners are animal lovers! 

An attendant will help by giving you a basket to put your desired fruit in and you're off! You can traverse the rows in their fields and hunt for ripe strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Once you finish picking you weigh your fruit and pay (a very reasonable price). There are plenty of tables and chairs if you'd like to sit and try some of their baked goods or even the fruit you picked. I would recommend arriving earlier in the day to avoid crowds and to enjoy picking the fruits in the coolest part of the day. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Winchester Brew Works

Winchester Brew Works opened recently in Old Town on Cameron Street, near Piccadilly. They offer a variety of beers, from stouts to ales, or you can try on a flight for size. The interior space is minimalistic with wooden tables and a pergola, with plenty of space to come in with a group of friends for the night. It's somewhat reminiscent of the outdoors with a canoe in one corner, the wood grains, and unique Virginian beer names popping up on their tap list. You can sit at the bar or sit with a group of friends and enjoy beers brewed right in downtown Winchester. Our personal favorites were the Mango Wheat and the Lil Schloss (don't you love the call out to the Virginian hiking spot?). Stop by one evening and try some craft beers and decide what your favorite is!

Visit their website here and Facebook here

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hideaway Cafe

The Hideaway Cafe opened up just a few months ago in Winchester. True to its name, the Hideaway Cafe is tucked away across Braddock Street from Handley Library. As you enter there are signs guiding you downstairs to the warm niche where you can buy your coffee. The baristas are friendly and are ready to answer any questions you may have about their coffees and teas (they have a fierce cold brew). There is a piano in one corner where musicians come to play on some weekends. A wide variety of seating is available from couches, a picnic table bench, high tables, and classic seating. Crayons are provided for both little ones and adults to get creative at some tables and books abound in a cozy corner. The Cafe has done an excellent job of combining coffee and entertainment, giving the cafe an open, welcoming, and community-centered feel. The owners have done a great job syncing their business with the feel of Old Town while also adding their own flare, so utilize your sleuthing skills and come find the Hideaway Cafe. 

Visit the Hideaway Cafe website here.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Valerie Hill

My husband and I recently visited Valerie Hill near Stephen's City to do a wine tasting. We really enjoyed the premises and asking about the history of the home. We sipped on several different wines, and our personal favorite was the Vidal Blanc (we'll be stopping back by for a few more glasses this summer I'm sure). There was a beautiful event tent outside with views of the vineyard. While you visit you can move around to several different rooms in the home to find some privacy, sit on the patio, or walk down to the event tent and enjoy some music if an artist is present that day. The winery is only a few minutes outside of Winchester and could provide an easy, relaxing afternoon this summer.

Visit their website here

Friday, February 19, 2016

Chocolate Escape

This month some friends and I met together downtown to meander the Loudoun Mall in search of decadent chocolates. The Chocolate Escape was back in town for the third year (you can see last year's post here)!

We started our journey at Brewbakers with their chocolate mouse martinis (and select members opting in for a glass of wine on the side). This was a delicious dessert and an excellent start to the tour. 

We also stopped by the Winchester Book Gallery, which was offering a smattering of different desserts that were made from some of their cook books. Isn't that a clever idea? 

The next stop on our tour was actually Murphy's Beverage Company, but we got distracted with the chocolate wine tastings. Then we headed on south to the Bright Box. They had a talented duo, Someone to Ride the River With, singing for the event so customers could buy some chocolates and then listen to live music.

We also hit up The Black Rose, which is a quaint boutique that offers a variety of little desserts and foods along with some gifts and trinkets.

All in all, I'm very glad that the city of Winchester has continued to do these events and that the turnout is great. It's a fun event to draw people into the heart of Winchester and recognize all the our community has to offer. A big thanks to the coordinators and participating businesses; we had a blast.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

First Night 2016

First Night Winchester takes place downtown with participating churches and businesses. A variety of acts (such as magicians, musicians, and performers) will come and show their acts to enthralled audiences. To participate there is a $10 price tag per button. These buttons get a new design every year and by wearing it for the evening you get admittance to all of the shows. If you're ever looking for something fun to do on New Years Eve, give First Night a shot on the downtown walking mall.