By Octavia Silva
Just in our not-so-distant Northern Virginia backyard, we have breweries and vineyards galore nestled in vast open lands and in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The nature views and clear skies are a welcome and breathtaking escape from our daily grind and typically awful commutes. If perhaps you were looking for something more than just a Kodak moment, these breweries offer more entertaining options than just beer and wine tasting.
Third Thursday Music Series at Trump Winery
Located along the Monticello Wine Trail and a mere eight miles from Monticello, Trump Winery is spread out over 1300 acres in the center of Virginia Wine Country. Trump Winery specializes in French wines from the regions of Bordeaux and Champagne, but proudly carries local wines as well. If the great wine selection and comforting location weren’t enough to persuade you to visit, perhaps live music will do the trick.
Every third Thursday of the month, Trump Winery offers free live music in their tasting room from 5-7 p.m. Third Thursday Music events offer wine tastings, glass pours and bottles of wine available for purchase. You may not travel down only for the live music, but it provides just one more reason to make a trip to Charlottesville. Ahead of you lie relaxing green pastures and a blissfully boozy time all scored by a soundtrack you might have not otherwise heard.
Trump Winery; 3550 Blenheim Road, Charlottesville; trumpwinery.com; 434-984-4853, 111 miles from Fairfax.
Live Music at South Street Brewery
Despite only being open for 15 years, South Street Brewery gives the feel of a seasoned, aged brewery from the moment you step in and allow your surroundings to envelop you. South Street Brewery’s aesthetic and personality shine through its old brick walls, hardwood floors and thick timber pillars, giving it the perfect beer-tasting atmosphere to really get you in that brewery state of mind.
Just like at Trump Winery, South Street Brewery offers a weekly music night. Every Wednesday night, local musicians perform at the brewery for tourists and Charlottesvillagers alike—not a bad stop along the Charlottesville Musical Drinking Tour. South Street Brewery boasts a full food menu as well as beer tastings of all kinds for its treasured patrons. Perhaps you’d be interested in comparing musicians and libations from all of the pit stops along this journey—as if you needed more reasons to make this tour a yearly tradition.
106 South Street, Charlottesville, southstreetbrewery.com, (434) 293-6550, 101 miles from Fairfax.
Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company
If South Street Brewery satisfied the city-slicker vacationer in you, then Wild Wolf Brewing Company will satiate any hunger to spend a vacation evening in the great outdoors. They offer plenty of outdoor seating, both in their Biergartern under elm trees and on their outdoor patio. Wild Wolf is not only a brewery, but a restaurant as well–nothing too fancy, but perfect to satisfy your road-tripping hunger pains.
Similarly to South Street Brewery and Trump Winery, Wild Wolf also has live music. Wild Wolf has musicians performing every night of the weekend, so perhaps you could start your trip off at South Street Brewery for a local musical performance on Wednesday, head over to Trump Winery for music and wine tastings on Thursday and spend Friday at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, wildwolfbeer.com, 434-361-0088, 132 miles from Fairfax.
Posted by Lindsey Jenkins / Monday, May 20th, 2013
May is Celiac Awareness Month, dedicated to bring awareness of the autoimmune disorder characterized by gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) intolerance, from which one out of 141 Americans suffer. In honor of gluten-intolerance, or just healthy eating, we’ve hunted down and highlighted five NoVA restaurants that offer gluten-free menu items.
Rustico, a restaurant that is known for its beer and pizza serves both items gluten-free every day. The Rustico gluten-free pizza uses a chick pea crust instead of the normal wheat option. Pizza toppings include a long list of different cheeses (goat, feta and Gouda), meats and veggies. To wash down your gluten-free pizza, grab any of Rustico’s six gluten-free beers, such as Anheuser-Busch‘s Redbridge, Bard’s Tale Beer Company‘s Bard’s Gold or a Spanish brew, Estrella Damm Daura. / 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
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Del Ray‘s self-proclaimed gourmet burger shop, Holy Cow, not only has gluten-free buns for its Angus burger (or its quinoa veggie, ground turkey, chicken or tuna burgers), it also has gluten-free fries. Holy Cow’s sweet potato fries are cooked in a gluten-free deep fryer and served with (I hope you’re sitting down…) a marshmallow dipping sauce. / 2312 Mt Vernon Ave., Alexandria.
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Posted by Meghan Furey / Monday, May 20th, 2013
After reading “The Great Gatsby” in preparation for its film release, I once again fell in love with the Roaring ’20s. During this period, women pulled off bedazzled flapper dresses, bold makeup and, of course, gorgeous hairstyles. One hairstyle in particular, the finger wave, is a technique that is stunning on short and long-haired women and has become a glamorous trend of this iconic decade. With its unique ‘S’ shape, the finger wave is a style that is currently making a rapid comeback. Especially with the film’s great success, we are finding modernized twists of this elegant look in a variety of places, from the runway to the red carpet. If you ever wish to channel the beauty and sophistication of the Roaring ’20s into your everyday style, here’s how!
We have a reader this week who has befriended a classmate over the last several months and finds herself falling for him. We can all relate to this whether it’s a colleague, classmate or friend. From her perspective he’s putting out positive vibes but is also sending her mixed messages.
Read her story below. Guys, what advice can you offer this young lady? And ladies, what is your best tip for making the first move?
Dear Little Red Book,
I am 18 years old, and I like a guy in one of my college classes. Our personalities match and we always have a good time when we’re together. We have known each other for about four months and we talk frequently via text messaging, however, I have always been the one to initiate conversation and I am always asking him to hang out. At first, he would respond to my text messages almost immediately, but lately he takes hours to respond even if it’s a simple question. Although he does eventually respond I never get the feeling that he doesn’t want to talk to me because he continues to carry on conversation. I was thinking of not texting him and waiting for him to initiate the conversation, but I feel like if I wait then he will never talk to me. Sometimes it makes me feel like he doesn’t care or else he would try to talk to me as well. He does really sweet things; sometimes he will come and visit me at work when he knows that I am having a bad day and when we do hang out he tries to stay for as long as he can before he leaves. He calls me “Princess” and always defends me when my other friends jokingly make fun of me. I try reading his body language and have noticed that he stares at me often and will slightly face towards me in class when I sit next to him instead of looking straight forward. When we text each other he will sometimes say really sweet things but then he refers to me as “bro.” I feel like he’s sending me mixed signals and its starting to confuse me. I don’t want to mistake his friendliness as him liking me. I am afraid that it is too soon to tell him that I like him and I don’t want to scare him off. - annon
Posted by Kristy Ju / Monday, May 20th, 2013
Need a Monday pick-me-up? We can relate, and these can’t-miss sales are the answer. You won’t even have to get up out of your chair.
Some sales sure to put a little spring back in your step:
Ann Taylor’s secret “Tick. Tock. Time to shop!” online sale features an extra 50 percent off on all sale styles, but hurry — tick, tock, goes the clock — the deal ends tonight!
Ann Taylor LOFT’s online shop is also holding a fabulous sale with 30 percent off everything, plus free shipping!
Of course, the sales don’t end there. J. Crew is offering 20 percent off all women’s apparel online (with code LOOK20) and in stores today.
Wanting to create a photo gift for Father’s Day or a special someone’s graduation? Mypublisher.com is offering a slew of great deals, but you must act fast; they end tonight. While you have the opportunity, save 25 percent off orders over $50, 50 percent off orders over $100 and 60 percent off on orders over $200 (with the code DADSNGRADS).
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Pottery Barn is offering amazing discounts of up to 40 percent on outdoor fun, like inflatable pools and beach balls.
Online shoppers of Banana Republic seeking work or weekend wear can save 30 percent today, May 20, and tomorrow, May 21 (with the code BRSAVE).
And, finally, later this week, Potomac Mills will offer a “Receipts into Rewards” promotion for all sorts of bargain-hunters to enjoy during its annual Super Sale Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 – 27. Shoppers can present their same-day receipts from Potomac Mills (totaling $250 or more) at Simon Guest Services to receive a $20 gift card from one of the property’s participating retailers, which include Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store, LOFT Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Talbots Outlet and Tommy Bahama Outlet.
- Kristy Ju
Posted by Yuhan Xu / Monday, May 20th, 2013
So, the week’s just started and Friday seems so far away. You need something to lift the spirits and make the best of every day. Check this out: six rock bands from the area (with one of them hailing from North Carolina) will take the stage tomorrow at Jammin’ Java, which means you’ll have the opportunity to hear different types of rock music in one night. It sure will be one of the best music experiences you’ve ever had.
Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Monday, May 20th, 2013
Tom Sietsema‘s Spring Dining Guide revisits three NoVA restaurants, two of which he says to visit. [WaPo]
Virginia wineries ailing after late season frosts. [WBJ]
2941 in Falls Church offering a three course dinner for two for $79. [Eater]
PBR-crazed hipsters raising prices of cheap beer. [HuffPo]
The underground world of KFC smuggling. [NPR]
“New research is showing that the immigrant advantage wears off with the adoption of American behaviors – smoking, drinking, high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles.” [NYT]
Virginia Republicans Select Candidates for November Election; New Voting Precincts Announced for June’s Democratic Primary; Alexandria Council Tussles Over Housing Fund; Virginia Eastern Shore Arson Suspects Competent to Stand Trial; Some Children May Qualify for Free Meals This Summer
May 20, 2013
Virginia Republicans Select Candidates for November Election
New Voting Precincts Announced for June’s Democratic Primary
Alexandria Council Tussles Over Housing Fund
Virginia Eastern Shore Arson Suspects Competent to Stand Trial
Some Children May Qualify for Free Meals This Summer
(Compiled by David Schuller)
Posted by Ryan Cornell / Monday, May 20th, 2013
What do kids know about issues like homophobia or capitalism? Apparently enough to write plays about them. These themes are just two of the 30 featured in “Write to Dream,” a collection of plays written by elementary, middle and high school students—including four from Arlington—and published by the non-profit Young Playwrights’ Theater. The theater’s first book in its 17 years of serving the metro area, “Write to Dream” retails on Amazon for $16.99.
Gone are the days of sweatpants and tees you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing outside of the gym. This season, opt for sophisticated silhouettes with athletic twists, and be the most stylish player of any team. —Angela Bobo
Photos: Courtesy of south moon under (Michael Kors Studded Sneakers); Courtesy of BLOOMINGDALE’S (Aqua Sport Maxi Dress, August Accessories Plastic Visor, Giuseppe Zanotti Lace-Up High Top Sneakers, MICHAEL Michael Kors Urban Chain Hi-Top Sneakers, Marc by Marc Jacobs Sweatshirt, Aqua Sport Jacket Color Block Boxy, Rag&Bone/JEAN jeans Halifox Leggings); Courtesy of topSHOP (Studded Baseball Cap, Number Sleeve Sweatshirt)