VA VA VA! Visiting Virginia

by Heidi Obermeyer

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Last weekend I decided to drive up to Virginia and visit Morgan. Guys, I never realized this, but Virginia is really nice! I guess I just never made the connection before. Here’s a few of the cool things that are Virginia-related: Morgan (of course!), Young House Love, lots of Presidents, fall leaves, extreme proximity to Washington D.C., and lots of horses. It was so lovely to be around my food-loving friend again! And we even went to “Oktoberfest”, all decked out in Bavarian blue. Ein Prosit indeed!

Harrisonburg, Virginia

This bar was so much fun. They have a different special burger every week, so after our Friday Maßes (liter mugs, what up!) we came back on Saturday for lunch, too. Mmmm, America.

Harrisonburg, Virginia

For dessert we got fried oreos. Yeah, we went there. Check out the great little box they came in!

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Plus powdered sugar… oh my.

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Just so you know, once you fry an oreo it gets all melty and amazing. It’s basically like oreo-stuffed funnel cake.

Harrisonburg, Virginia

And it was all as delicious (or even MORE delicious) than it looks. The rest of the day we wandered around Harrisonburg and made BLT’s for dinner and got ice cream. Food ist am wichtigsten für H&M!

The next day was the main event of the visit- apple picking! How quaint and East Coast-y of us! But if we’re being honest here, apple picking is really fun. We went to Carter Mountain, which is on top of a “mountain” (the Colorado-size comparison jury is still out on this one) so you get to walk around a bit in the sunshine, admire the views, and pick some fruit.

Charlottesville, Virginia

They also have big bins of different varieties available for purchase too, since some of the different types ripen at different times and the open parts of the orchard rotate between them. What’s great about apple orchards is that they also involve apple products- aka, apple cider donuts. And folks, you really need to get your hands on some of these things. Wowza.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Where was I? Oh, yes. There were some apples to be picked as well. And tons of ripe ones just out of reach high up on the trees!

Charlottesville, Virginia

Now I’m looking at a big ol’ bowl full of apples on my dining room (er… if you could call it that) table just waiting to be made into something delicious. I just got a new tart pan today (squeal of excitement!) so I’m thinking I might search around for some kind of apple tart. Visiting friends is just so much fun. Look at how falltastic/fantastic Morgs is looking at the orchard 🙂

Charlottesville, Virginia

So after apple picking, we unsuccessfully tried to visit Thomas Jefferson’s house, Montecello, which is unfortunately up on a hill that you’re not allowed to catch the shuttle up without a tour ticket. Boo! What a bummer. But never mind that, because we needed to move along to our next activity- an extremely classy polo match/vineyard visit!

Crozet, Virginia

I’d (somehow) never seen a polo match before, so it was really fun to get a handle on how the game is played. The riders need at least 2-3 horses in order to play a match, and understandably- they are out running at full speed for a long time during each period! I was very impressed with all the sporty horses. Also interesting is that polo fields are not fenced in, and spectators sit about 15 feet back from the boundaries, which are about a foot high and easily crossed by the teams. It’s scary. And really cool.

Crozet, Virginia

There were a bunch of people tailgating the polo match. Teehee! Much preferable to a football game, in my opinion. And lucky for us, since it was a vineyard (King Family Vineyards, to be exact, since they had an amazing chardonnay that we drank and I’d like to remember it was from them), there was a wine truck with delightful wines for us to try! We didn’t even get carded. I think that’s how you know you’ve moved up from the college bar scene, hehe. But really- I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Crozet, Virginia

Between periods you’re supposed to run out onto the polo field and walk around pounding all the dents in the field back in, but we just encountered some on our way out. Who could have made these footprints?! Hmmm! What a mystery!

Crozet, Virginia

It was so nice to be in some kind of mountains for a while. Sometimes a girl just needs a little elevation, you know?

Crozet, Virginia

So that was my weekend with Morgan in lovely, lovely Virginia. I would really love to go back and check out Montecello for real, plus all the other interesting things in VA, like Jamestown and all of that colonial jazz along the coast. For now though, I must say a great big thank you to Morgan for having me (and she writes a delightful blog too, in case y’all didn’t know- it’s some delish recipes, most of which I’ve personally tested out ;)) and that I’ll definitely need to bum around Virginia again some time.

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