Those azaleas! As soon as I stepped foot in Falls Church, Virginia, Rolan and my home base for the weekend, I was immediately struck by the explosion of densely clustered flowers that painted the whole neighborhood in ombré shades of white, pink, and magenta. Especially after coming from an unusually dreary week of weather in Boston, I could barely contain my excitement.
Throughout our time in Virginia, the warm air, gentle sunlight, and lush flowers and fields simply made my heart sing. It felt as if it were summer already and I could leave all my cares behind.
After taking some time to explore Washington, D.C. and its many museums, we were in the mood for a leisurely day outside. Having recently learned from a wine bottle (where else?) that Virginia does, in fact, have an abundance of vineyards, we decided we would find one nearby and make a day of it.
After a quick Google search, we settled on Stone Tower Winery, a mere hour outside of D.C., and it did not disappoint.
The property itself was enchanting, combining sweeping landscapes with beautifully weathered barns. The crowds gathered there created a festival air, and all the women were wearing their vineyard best, adorned in floral patterns, ruffles, and off-the-shoulder sun dresses.
The day was fabulously warm, so we picked up a bottle of
summer water rosé, found a table on one of the barn’s balconies, and were content.
With views of my love on the left and luminous vineyards on the right, how could I not be happy?
After a passing shower, the sun broke through with renewed force, allowing us to take a walk among the fledgling vines as we finished our wine.
By the time we headed home, I was full of renewed excitement for the months to come, having gotten my taste of summer in Virginia.