Girls Weekend in Old Town, Alexandria & on the Virginia Wine Trail

So remember a few months ago when I asked your opinion on where we should go for our girls weekend with my mom, my mother-in-law & my sister-in-law to celebrate our 30th birthdays? You all gave some amazing suggestions! Our initial plan was to go somewhere for a long weekend, somewhere none of us had ever been – we wanted to fly & spend 4-5 days there and explore. BUT vacation days & the fact that I’m still nursing and was unsure how long I could actually be away with our affecting that came into play.

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So we decided to still do a long-ish weekend together but we turned it into more of a stay-cation for my mom & sister-in-law, since they live in VA & DC – and was a quick train ride for my mother-in-law & I to come down from Philly to spend Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday morning together. We decided to stay in Old Town, Alexandrai & hit up some of the wineries out towards the West Virginia border.

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We stayed in the Hotel Monaco {which is the same hotel I stayed at when Michelle & Scott got married -it’s gorgeous!} It’s in a great location with lots of great restaurants & bars nearby, a great Farmer’s Market just outside on Saturdays and it’s a few blocks from the waterfront. ALSO – if you stay in the hotel, they have a complimentary happy hour with wines from around the world everyday from 5-6pm. Totally a nice touch & we did take advantage of that!


Our first stop of the weekend after we all arrived at the hotel was a short walk over to Bar PX – it is a hidden gem along King Street in Alexandria which features tasty, speakeasy cocktails.

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After cocktails we hit up Columbia Firehouse for a tasty meal – which is in a preserved firehouse from 1883! It was a yummy meal.

We woke up Saturday morning & enjoyed breakfast at La Madeline {which has the most amazing lattes & croissants!} and then it was off to the wineries! We hired a driver for the day so no one had to worry about driving and we were able to relax and enjoy the day.

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Our first stop of the day was at Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, VA – which is a 100 acre private estate & winery in the heart of Virginia’s wine country.

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We enjoyed a tasting of their wines which were very delicious – I thought the wines were going to be a on the sweeter side, like they usually are on most of the Pennsylvania wine tours I have been on, but they weren’t! They were very good! I specifically enjoyed the Pink Chicken & Red Rooster!
the girlsVeramar WineWines at Veramar

The land the winery is located on is gorgeous – the leaves had fallen quite a bit since we were out towards the mountains but it was still some beautiful scenery to enjoy. We enjoyed a glass of wine outside on the deck next to a fire pit to keep us warm and toasty. It was a lovely way to start the day.

berryvilleVeramar View

my outfit details: sweater / scarf / jeans / boots / sunglasses mom view

Obviously with views like this, we had to tackle some jumping shots {my favorite!}sister jump

Clearly the moms killed it!
mom jump

Next up on our travels we went a few miles down the road to Bogati Bodega & Vineyard, which happens to be the sister winery to Veramar.


We enjoyed another tasting there – my favorite wine was the Fat Ass! Yum! I was very impressed with all the red wine offerings we tried this weekend. Since the weather had cooled down quite a bit we also got to try some hot mulled wines at each location as well – they were delicious and hit the spot!

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Our final stop of the day was a favorite -> Bluemont Vineyard! This winery’s tasting room was set up on the side of a hill so the views were breathtaking.

bluemont view

Unfortunately we had the least time to spend here before our day was coming to an end & it was also the busiest spot we had been to. It was packed with people inside & outside enjoying the scenery {and the wines!} playing yard games and listening to live music – it was a really cool spot and I would definitely go back!

Bluemont Vineyard

We didn’t get to do a tasting here, because it was so busy! So we bought to bottles to share & enjoyed the wine with a great view!

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Also, we decided we needed to work on perfecting out jump shot {the wine helped with this decision!}sister jump bluemontmom jump bluemontgrapes the rules

Bluemont Vineyard was a great spot to spend the day – I would happily go back there to enjoy an afternoon! I hope to be back there sooner than later!

bluebonnet view winery

After spending the day wine tasting we headed back to Old Town for dinner at The Warehouse Bar & Grill – it was delish!
warehouse dinner

The weekend went by quickly but it was filled with yummy food, tasty wine and lots of laughs! I’m so lucky that I have such amazing women in my life & even more lucky that we got to spend the weekend together celebrating our birthdays!

Now it’s your turn to share ->

What’s the most fun place you’ve ever been with your girl friends? OR where do you want to go on a girls weekend if you could do anything? Please share!

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  • Reply Gwen November 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I went to Bluemont with girlfriends a couple of weeks ago. SO BEAUTIFUL! The views were epic. The wine, not so much. We couldn’t find anything we enjoyed during the tasting to do a full glass. But the staff was very nice, esp on a busy fall day! We had a blast doing a similar weekend in Charlottesville earlier this year. Would love to get back there with the Husband.

    • Reply Leslie November 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Gwen, yes, its gorgeous! I only tried the two bottles we purchased, but I thought they were good! Glad you enjoyed your time there as well!

  • Reply Patty O November 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Great recap of an awesome weekend with the girls!

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