Last couple of weeks we ended up just staying super local because of everything we had going on. Weekend 12 was anniversary weekend for us! I’m amazed that it has already been a year.
So we started our vacation out by just getting a few errands done on Thursday. After all that was complete we decided to ride up to Parker–Binns for a little bit. Those guys are so super fun! We had a nice visit with Karen, Bob, Kelly and of course Lulu. We met a very nice young man at the winery, Scott McCormick, who is the manager of Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery in Lake Lure. Dennis & I cannot wait to go for a visit! While at Parker-Binns, we were treated to a taste of the new Chardonnay and a taste of the new hard blackberry apple cider. We enjoyed both very much and the artwork of the wineries garden on the label for the Chardonnay is beyond gorgeous! The artist is local and we’ll try to link her page. We enjoyed a bottle of the Rosé during our visit. The view is always super gorgeous at Parker-Binns.
Friday morning we left early and headed for the Outer Banks. It’s a rather long drive so we decided to break it up a tad and stop at Gregory Winery just South of Raleigh. They are predominately a muscadine vineyard with some fruit wine combinations as well as 4 fortified wines. Tasha was our server and she was so fun! You can tell she really enjoys what she is doing. Lane (the owner) came in as we were doing our tasting and spent a good deal of time chatting with us. This one is well worth a visit.
As we still had several hours on the road, we only did the tasting, but bought a bottle of the peach blend and 2 bottles of the fortified wines. Countinued on to Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks, checked in to our hotel and found dinner at Awful Arthur’s.
Saturday morning we walked on the beach, it was very windy and cold.
We made our way over to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoyed a tour of the grounds and listened to Wright Brother stories from one of the park rangers. We were both intrigued by the history of the first flight stories.
As windy as it was, we see why they chose that area to do their testing. Then we drove over to Roanoke Island to set eyes on the Mother Vine. It’s amazing!
Later in the day we went to Sanctuary Vineyards. Even though this vineyard is in a sandy / beachy environment, they are producing varietals other than just muscadine. Dennis had wanted to visit here because we knew that they had a double barrel red blend that won Best in Show at the second annual awards gala of the NC Fine Wines Society. Elton was super busy but managed to share a few jokes with all of us and told us all about the wines. We met some really fun couples and a few ladies that were celebrating their friend who is getting married soon. Look forward to another visit when we can purchase more of their wines. Put This one on your list to visit every time you find yourself nearbthe OBX area.
Sunday afternoon we went to Vineyard on the Scuppernog. The tasting room is downtown Columbia though the vineyards reside along the banks of the nearby Scuppernong River. The lovely lady that did out tasting was so gracious to us. She really took pride in telling us all about the wines, the name origins and even the art on the labels. We bought a bottle of the strawberry wine, Girls of Summer, only the bottle did not make it back to Boiling Springs! traveling back to Kill Devil Hills we stopped on Roanoke Island for a tour of the aquarium on Roanoke Island. Man those sharks!
We did some other sight seeing and visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse.
Then headed North to the small OBX town of Duck for our anniversary waterfront dinner at The Blue Point. We were thrilled to see the Outer Banks Ice wine from Sanctuary Vineyards on their wine menu. Dinner was as amazing as the views!
Monday morning we headed to Myrtle Beach. Got checked in and then went to dinner. After dinner we headed over to Carolina Vineyards Winery which is located in the Barefoot Landing shopping district. The gentleman who did our tasting, Ben, had only been there for 4 days. Still, he did a super job with our tasting and was very personable. We each got a glass and then walked around the shops for a little bit. The plus about being at the beach early in the season is that it is not overly crowded.
Our vacation came to a close with a visit to La Belle Amie. Boy did we have fun there! The ladies that were doing the tasting were tons of fun! La Belle Amie is an oasis on the Grand Strand. A working vineyard providing a beautiful place to escape the crowds of Myrtle Beach and enjoy some really refreshing wine.
Sadly our coastal winery escapade came to a close. So many other vineyards and wineries remain along coast which we have still to visit. Looking forward to our next coastal trip!
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