Yadkin Valley Romantic Getaway

25 01 2009

The first stop of our lovely trip was to Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC.

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Incredibly heavy but intricate doors…
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The vines in winter…

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Couldn’t you just picture self sitting there , gazing out onto the vineyards with a glass of Meritage, maybe some prosciutto?

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We walked inside to see an incredible fountain with amazing woodwork all around.  After searching for the tasting room and browsing for several minutes, we were approached by a hostess that asked if we would like a tasting.
 She described that they have three levels of tastings costing $10, $12, or $15. We chose the middle level as had another couple down the bar from us. We were the only ones there but for some reason, it seemed as if she prefered to chat with the other couple about the salmon she made last night with chardonnay. Their Reserve Select Chardonnay is a very dry white ( I’m not the biggest fan of dry white) but it had a toasty oak and buttery flavor, which I am sure was fantastic with her salmon.  I, of course, enjoyed the Cabernet Franc most. It started off very subtle and jammy, but then had definitely an earthy finish with cocoa aroma. I think it would be amazing with anything you normally enjoy with a “good red” – especially filet. It was suggested to pair with chicken and ribs, which I think would be alright but not enhance the flavor. Cab Franc, to me, has more impact than a Cabernet Sauvignon- but not as sweet as Merlot.

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So we continued our drive to check into our mountain cabin and onto another vineyard and restaurant.

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The first sight of the mountain!
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We have arrived! We were staying in an original Tobacco Barn Cabin at Pilot Knob Inn.

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Jeff carrying in our bag

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It had the most interesting replica lamps

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We quickly threw down our bags and headed onto quite possibly the best meal ever! We drove about 15 minutes from our cabin to Shelton Vineyards in Elkin, Nc. We found a long driveway filled with vineyards on each side leading the way to the Harvest Grill Restaurant and Shelton Winery.  We could barely see the winery as we arrived at dusk but we could tell it was gorgeous.  Inside the restaurant, which is nestled in the vineyards, we sat on the enclosed patio at a table next to the fireplace. We could see inside, how wondefully rich and cozy the inside seating was but outside had a wonderful view open to the vineyards.

The Harvest Grill offers dishes that have been created with one of their wines and fresh produce from their very own on-site kitchen garden! I love supporting local economy. We started out with a warm, chewy bread and homemade goat cheese

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and then chose “Artisan Cheese with Artisan Flights”
We shared four, 2 oz pours of wines that we selected out of their full list. Our four pours included Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon and Syrah. Yes, we chose all of our favorite reds that we enjoy best with cheese and fruit! As you can see the four types of cheese with fresh pineapple, strawberries, and grapes and crusty baguette slices.
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I ordered a glass of the Cabernet Franc and Jeff had a glass of the Syrah. The Shelton Cabernet Franc was more of what I expect in a Cab Franc, it was spicier but still had a nice finish. The Syrah was definitely a much lighter wine with more fruit but still delicious!

My entree:  Tuscan Grilled Grouper
“With capers, roasted tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini, chardonnay and butter accompanied by smoked gouda polenta and grilled asparagus”

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It was the most delicious blend of flavors I have ever had (I really think so). Oh, I wanted to eat every single bite! I prayed for the appetite of another hungry person so that I could finish and I almost did! I left one bite of the fish and a good bit of the polenta for Jeff to finish.The fish was grilled perfectly, it was so soft but had a smokey, crisp crust. The olives, capers, and other vegetables were flavored perfectly all together with every part of this dish. The asparagus was also grilled to perfection- it was very crisp but consistent in every bite. The smoked gouda polenta was so creamy but had small bits of chewy gouda that quickly melted.  I had to take breaks because it was absolutely incredible! Delightful, beautiful, absolutely worth every bite, and sharing a meal like this with Jeff is the only way I could have imagined it.

Jeff’s entree:  Rack of Lamb
“Dijon, rosemary crust, mint and balsamic syrup, wild rice pilaf and baby green beans in pecan butter”

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I had a bite of his lamb and I don’t like lamb. This lamb? It was scrumptious!
The syrup was very,very sweet and neither of us are a fan of balsamic but- the star of the plate was that delicious crust and the lamb itself. It was cooked beautifully.

I could not fit dessert so we ordered it to go. It was called “The Devil’s Triangle”. It had an incredibly thick layer of delicious chocolate mouse sandwiched inside chocolate cake triangles then dipped complete in ganache ( I mean 360*, top, bottom, sides- all covered in gorgeous ganache) On top was homemade caramel sauce, homemade cinnamon syrup and on the side was cinnamon gelato. Oh lordie, this was so much better than any dessert I have had  in so long! (I am actually mad that I could not finish it and had to leave it in the cabin the next day. It wouldn’t have made it through hiking and our trip home.) The textures were all so tasty but each different (mouse, cake, ganache, syrup, sauce, and the cold gelato) that it was difficult to not enjoy any part of this.

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We had this in our cabin while we sat next to the fire Jeff built.

 Day 2…another phenomenal day.

We started out by walking up to breakfast at the main lodge. They had a fantastic spread of fresh fruit ( blueberries, kiwi, canteloupe, grapes) and muffins, yogurts, all kinds of spreads, lemon pound cake, trail mix and homemade granola.

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A sliver of delicious lemon poundcake, homemade granola with almonds, cashews, oats, pecans, sunflower seeds and cranberries , kiwi all on top of lots of blueberries.

Our breakfast: belgian waffle, country ham, eggs, fresh oj, ( and coffee)
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I am so glad I ate as much as I did  because after breakfast we cleaned up…

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just kidding – it was jeff’s idea-
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packed up our things and went hiking on the property, down to this 6 acre lake.
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Then we headed off to hike at “Pilot Mountain” but one more shot of our cabin and the mountain on the way back to Lurlota…

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We parked at this overlook and found a map with all the trails.  1 BLOG 054 1 BLOG 058
We took a 0.7 mile trail out to the little pinnacle for this view:

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We really wanted to hike that Big Pinnacle- and we did if you look near the bottom of this photo ( above) !  Look in the middle then scan to the right , you will see a trail path. We found that trail and hiked our way ( it was moderate and said 0.8 miles) to the “Big Pinnacle’ as that is called. We then hiked literally all the way around it…

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The map description mentioned raptors, bald eagles and a bird with blue wings- We thought this guy and his two buddies might have been raptors protecting the Vineyards, after all it is the Yadkin Valley which produces over 500,000 gallons of wine every year! Check out this link for more information on visiting The Yadkin Valley Wineries

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So we made it all the way around, and headed back down this trail…
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We had been on all the moderate trails and figured the strenous would be fun. It was .. but at the end, it certainly felt WAY longer than 2 miles.

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Managing a smile through the huffing and puffing!

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What must have been a mile down, after my legs started shaking a little, we saw this Three Bears Gulley. We considered hiking up it ( it seemed easy to kind of crawl up there) but then decided to keep going. Oh my…

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After what seemed like 5 miles of down rocks, up rocks, down, and back up a long strenuous trail- We wondered if we were ever going to get back to the truck- and then we saw this….
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The top of where we were thinking of climbing up!! I think we were supposed to go up it to make the trail the 2 mile loop. Instead, it took us a long way around and back up. Many Many Many rock-stairs later, we got back to our parking space.

We hiked for about 4 miles total according to the maps but we certainly felt like it was much much harder! My tiny calf muscles and feet muscles were shaking uncontrollably! It was such a great way to exercise off all that wine and delicious food!

On our way home we stopped at Jeff’s little brother’s college and grabbed some lunch.
I ordered a cup of chili and a Tropical Chicken Salad:

The salad had blue cheese crumbles, fresh mango, strawberries, mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. It was DELICOUS! I could only manage 1/2 the chili- the jalepeno’s were incredible hot!

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We stopped in to Jeff’s parents and picked up Jack, thanking them for watching him. Of course, we were greeted with a glass of wine!  A reserve bottle of Santa Rita Chilean wine-
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That is all folks!  Thank you for coming along on our trip with us! I hope you enjoyed my photo recaps. I had the best time, I know Jeff did also. We enjoyed every minute, every sip and every bite.

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17 responses

25 01 2009
VeggieGirl

SPECTACULAR!!

25 01 2009
bhealthier

oh veggiebaby it was!

25 01 2009
Moran

LOVE IT!!!

25 01 2009
bhealthier

yes yes it was Moran! How are the feet/ankle?

25 01 2009
Sweet and Fit

awww, your romantic getaway looks incredible! your deserve every single second of it! All of our meals looks really wonderful, especially that rack of lamb and your lemon poundcake/kiwi/granola brekkie! so glad you enjoyed the trip =)

25 01 2009
lauren

wow great pics, the views and the nature is absolutely beautiful, and you and the hubby are too cute toger 🙂
glad you had such a great time, much deserved!!
have a great sunday night girlie

25 01 2009
bhealthier

oh I love this comment! We are actually not hubby and wifey yet! We talk alot about getting married but right now just isn’t the smartest timing- I’d like to finish classes and my degree. Once I get a fairly stable job it would make more sense for us to do the whole wedding thing then since we will have two incomes etc. We are also trying to fix up this house and it just seems like we are confident enough in ourselves that we aren’t in a huge rush to pay for a wedding! Pretty much the whole trip we talked about honeymoon places and wedding details though!

25 01 2009
Lara

OMG what beautiful photos of such a romantic weekend! I think I spend a full minute staring at that chocolate cake. Amazing. That salad also looks fabulous–I love fruit in my salad.
No probs on the french toast confusion, I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going nuts! You were to sweet to get back to me so quickly. The whole conversation had me thinking about french toast so much that I made it this morning for breakfast! Hehe.
Rest up and enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

26 01 2009
Caitlin

What an amazing trip….love the pictures!

26 01 2009
strongandhealthy

Oh my gosh, you pics are beautiful! So glad you had a fabulous time!! You deserved it!

26 01 2009
bhealthier

Thanks Caitlin and Michelle!

26 01 2009
dailygoods

i’m blown away by how beautiful all your pictures are! so happy to see you had such an amazing trip 🙂

26 01 2009
junghwa

wow the views you took pictures of are beautiful!! I’m really happy for you and your man ;]

btw you’re so pretty!!!!!

yummy eats too =DDDDD

ps.purple swt potatoes are soooo good! you should really try them. you could find them in typical asian markets!

26 01 2009
bhealthier

Junghwa- aww thank you for your sweet comment! and thanks for the recommendation for the purple potatoes- I will search around sometime for those!

28 01 2009
Heather @ Hangry Pants

Everything looks perfect! I love the cabin.

I love everything … except – well, I wasn’t going to say anything, but the black pants for the hike. I mean I think Jeff would have liked to see some color somewhere. 😀

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