Last week I crammed an extreme amount of work into two days so I could jump in an amazing BMW X5 and head to Charlottesville, Virginia with my girls Jenny and Alex. I had only been to Charlottesville once before, so I was so excited to spend a few days exploring and doing winery tours!
I drive a Land Rover, which feels like a tank when you drive it, but this BMW handles more like a car. I could feel every movement I made in the X5, which is perfect for those that really like to drive in an SUV sport mode. I also tend to have a lead foot on the highway, but the X5 kept me right on the speed limit with a digital reflection of my current speed right in eye sight on the windshield! (Jenny was excited about that.)
Jon Hart was along for the ride with us in the form of this amazing weekender bag. I have a few weekenders, but this by far fit so much more, and was the most comfortable on my shoulder. This bag was all I needed for the entire trip. As soon as I got home and Ron grabbed it out of the car he said, “Wait, I want one.” This bag comes in a TON of colors too.
My cashmere sweater below is courtesy of Country Club Prep, which has a great storefront in Charlottesville. My pearl boots are from Zara, and my high rise black skinny jeans are Mott and Bow. And as always, the sunnies are the Leonard style from Illesteva.
The Graduate Charlottesville was gracious enough to host us, and I loved their location – right next to UVA and all of the quaint shops on Main Street. Their decor made me want to go back to college with the plaid accents and preppy atmosphere. UVA students were hanging in the lobby and game room studying and it really felt like we were mixed into the community.
Southern Tide was also there to hang out with us (PERFECT for this location!), and we took over their Instagram while we were hopping around town. Shop my look below the photo!
On to the wineries!! Pippin Hill was first up, and the beauty of the landscape here is truly incredible. I could have chilled on that patio for daysssss I tell you! We were treated to a bottle of their sparkling rosé and Chef Ian kept delivering the best of the best from the kitchen. The large majority of what we ate came from the garden we were overlooking, and later on we received a tour from Diane, the gardener. We got to snack on the best tomatoes I have ever tasted.
Next was King Family Vineyards. And again, I’m totally down for being adopted by the King crew. This winery totally felt like home. The winemakers live on the property along with their sons and their grandsons. The property is massive with a field in the center and (be still my heart) lacrosse goals set up for a little friendly family competition. Wine AND lacrosse? I’m down.
The only reason I didn’t come home with some Pippin wine is because we flat out forgot, but there was no forgetting at King Family. I snagged a bottle of red Meritage (pronounced like heritage) and a bottle of white Viognier. The Viognier grape was brought over from France by Thomas Jefferson to the Charlottesville area. While he was unsuccessful with the growth, the King family has perfected it in this crisp white.
FOOD! We ate at Pippin Hill’s sister restaurant, Red Pump in downtown Charlottesville one night. Hit it up for great craft cocktails and flatbreads! The ingredients here are also sourced from Diane at the vineyard. We also ate at Heirloom, the rooftop bar for The Graduate! Amazing views, and again, great cocktails. We only had two nights to spare, but literally everyone told me about Mas, a Spanish tapas restaurant. I will be back ASAP to try this out, and of course hit up these vineyards again!
We also met up with our friends from The Scout Guide corporate for drinks at Keswick. We were there just in time to watch the sunset over the pool and the golf course. Pure magic, my people. Pure magic.
Thanks SO much to that cutie photographer in the middle Angela Zion for hanging with us for the week. ALL photos are by her wonderful hand.
Thank you SO much to all of our wonderful brands, restaurants and The Graduate for having us! I’ll be back very soon! (For real, I’m already out of wine.)