Wine Country Tour Continues

Getting away often for a few days or even a few hours of relaxation, great food, new scenery, and a slower pace is crucial to well-being. Life should be lived well daily, not just during that one or two weeks per year while on an annual vacation.

While in Dobson, North Carolina, we always stay at the Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyard. The hotel is near Interstate-77, so it is easy to get to many other areas of interest. On Friday evening we took a beautiful drive up the mountain to have dinner at Chateau Morrisette, the premier Virginia Winery and Restaurant located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd.

Mabry Mill is along the way. It is one of the most photographed sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We have dined at the restaurant located in the Chateau many times. The terrace offers a panoramic view of the mountains. The always creative and delightful food is presented in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere by very professional employees who go above and beyond to make your visit special.

The award-winning Morrisette wines are superb.

The smoked trout salad was so fresh and delicious. We also shared a couple of vegetable side dishes, but I’m sorry to say, those photos did not turn out. The Brussels sprouts were so good!

Mr. Mickey declares that these are the best Shrimp and Grits ever!

I’m glad that he is always willing to share a few bites of dessert at the end of a fabulous meal.

Tomorrow’s post will include the details of what and how I packed for our weekend getaway and a recap of all the looks created with those few pieces.

  1. Thanks for sharing your visit to the wine country. My boyfriend and I took a week off this month to travel to the Austrian wine country near Vienna, along the Danube river (of course, we live in Austria, so it wasn’t such a long trip!).

  2. What a beautiful shade of blue. How sweet life is when you can be completely in the moment while sharing food. And what gorgeous food! Please keep on sharing those magical moments.

  3. Gorgeous place to visit. Hope to go there sometime soon.

    Susan, an idea (perhaps!) for a post: Show us your favorite travel luggage, including makeup and jewelry cases, tote bags, or any ways of organizing what you take, wardrobe items or not. Even things like electronic devices, vitamin supplements and/or medications could be included.

    Thanks for considering this.

  4. Love the Blue Ridge Mountains! Such beautiful scenery and especially in the fall. I have a question about the Shapeez bra. I’m considering ordering the longer one, the tankee I believe it is. Is it difficult to get on? I have arthritis in my hands and thought it might be hard for me to get into it. Thanks! I enjoy your blog so much!

    1. I wear both the Tankee and the (more coverage) Ultimate style of Shapeez bras. I pull them on like pantyhose by the body of the bra (never the straps). After I position the cups, I slip my arms into the straps.

  5. Susan, that blue top on you is gorgeous. It really is ‘your’ colour and makes you pop. I love this outfit, it looks so classy and sophisticated but really simple. Thanks for the inspiration. (Now I wonder if I could ever find some shoes like yours in NZ???!)

  6. Chateau Morrisette produces my favorite Virginia wines. I reside in Virginia and a visit to this winery has been on my wish list for some time now. The setting and the food look absolutely lovely!
    So happy to see you in that beautiful top! That’s a great color on you and you wear it well! I have admired the tunic for months and ordered it the other day using the sale code. Just received the top today and I can’t wait to wear it! Very prompt shipping too. Thank you for the fashion inspiration and insight you provide. I will be ordering the crepe pants from your shopping site in the next few days. Looking forward to seeing what you packed and how you combined outfits for a short trip. Thanks!

  7. I completely agree with your introductory paragraph and I love the second photo! What a tranquil looking spot.

  8. How beautiful! I always look forward to hearing about your travels and appreciate the practical side of what you pack and your dining choices. Eating away from home can be tricky for me.

  9. Susan I haven’t had time to check into all the blogs I follow for some time and yours is always a joy to read and visually beautiful. You always look stunning in this shade of blue, it suits you well. The picture of the mill is so restful. Please tell MR. Mickey that shrimp and grits are always my choice when I find them on a menu.

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