Taking advantage of the long weekend and the fact that my boyfriend, Griffin, is working in D.C. for the summer, we hopped in a car and drove down to Charlottesville for a few days of rest, relaxation and wine. I’m always amazed at just how many vineyards and wineries – not to mention cideries, distilleries and breweries! – there are in Virginia. And in this neck of the woods, you really can’t drive more than a few miles without passing one! We kicked off the weekend with a visit to Jefferson Vineyards, followed by a tour of the historic Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s former home. Day two was supposed to include a hike at Humpback Rock, but chilly, drizzly weather altered our plans a bit and we ended up checking out three more wine/cider spots instead – Albemarle Ciderworks, Pippin Hill Farms and King Family Vineyards. Tough back up plan, I know. Did I forget to mention the delicious Southern dinners we enjoyed at The Whiskey Jar and The Local? Needless to say, it was hard going back to the office on Tuesday.