Last Sunday, my bride and I headed to Northern VA and checked into the Blackthorne Inn outside Upperville, VA. We arrived and checked in. Our room was down the road a bit past the pond in an old remodeled stable. It had a beautiful large fire place and was very nice. We opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed the afternoon on the patio overlooking a field. The weather was perfect.
We went down to the pub for a few drinks and came back later for a wonderful dinner. The owners are actual Irish people and the decor was very nice. We watched a rugby game in the bar and one of the patrons had to explain a lot of the rules to us. It was fun.
The next day marked our 24th anniversary. We had a nice breakfast in the pub and later headed to a winery for a free tasting which was a part of the package that I had purchased on Living Social for one of Lisa's Christmas presents. The tasting was nice and the winery was cool. It was pretty much out in the middle of nowhere, but it was set up well. Really just a house on some land where they sold their own wine from grapes grown on the property.
After a little nap, we headed to the AT for a short day hike. We found the well hidden driveway to the trail head parking and headed for the white blazes. We walked along up and down through a forest that has sprung to life in this nice spring weather. It had been cloudy all day, but it cleared up some as we hiked along. Not too hot or cold, but I sweated pretty well as we hiked along. We took the blue blaze trail to one of the PATC Cabins, Myron Glaser. It was a nice cabin and we may want to come try it out some time.
We headed back up the trail and back to the car. Dinner was a four course deal this time (part of the package) and was very good.
Early in the morning, I heard rain hitting the roof, but all was well inside the room. We got up and one more large breakfast and headed home.
It was a good time.