A Winery Weekend in Charlottesville

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My dear friend Mallory gets married today! I am so grateful to have this beautiful lady in my life. I met her at the University of Richmond over 10 years ago! Our college friends, her hometown friends, and family members came together for an epic kick off to her wedding festivities in Charlottesville, VA.

For Mallory’s Bachelorette weekend, we took advantage of Virginia’s best natural resources: wine and picturesque mountains. We kicked off the weekend with a little fun, games, and cocktails at an AirBnB house made for a ladies weekend. I brought along some of my ClubW wine to quench our thirst for the night and get our palettes ready for the net day.

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We all brought lingerie for the bride-to-be and put it on full display during the weekend. She is set for a year. It was a genius idea of one of the bridesmaids!

The next day, we all got on our sneakers ad yoga pants for a gorgeous hike on the Monticello Trail. It was easy enough so we could all chat and enjoy each other’s company. It was also difficult enough that we worked up a sweat and felt better about the rest of the day’s indulgences.

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After showering, downing a few mimosas, and primping, we were picked up by a Camryn Tours bus. (I slipped on my floral maxi from Claville Fashion Truck!) The driver was polite and got us safely to three wineries and back home. He didn’t offer much of a “guided tour.” If you’re interested in a more engaged winery tour approach, I suggest looking in to the Tipsy Sommelier. She is a wine educator and will walk you through wine 101 and have you feeling like an expert by the end!

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Our first stop was Cardinal Point Winery. It didn’t boast the views that other Charlottesville area wineries are known for, but I liked a few of their reds and the staff was very sweet and laid back. They had a little warrior guarding the door when we arrived. I love it when businesses add personal touches like this.

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Our next stop was my favorite of them all: Pollak Vineyards. Not only did I enjoy the wines the most here, but I enjoyed the view. We had all packed a variety of snacks and spread out at a picnic table after our tasting. The sun had come out and the wind was just barely blowing to keep us cool.

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Finally, we made our way to Veritas Vinyard. I have been to many Charlottesville area wineries, but had never made it to Veritas despite many invitations. It is certainly one of Charlottesville’s trendiest summer spots. The land is broken up into various picturesque nooks for hanging out. There were hundreds of people there when we visited, but we were still able to carve out a spot of our own on the grass. Check into the Starry Nights music series hosted by the winery and mark your calendar. The next one is June 11.

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For the night, we headed home to get changed and rest up. We had dinner at an excellent mexican restaurant Mono Loco and headed to Escafe for a night of epic, sweaty dancing. Here is a look at some of our outfits. I wore cropped pants and a kimono like cardigan I found at Anthropologie along with my favorite Steve Madden pumps.

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If you’re looking for more tips on tours, read this article I wrote for Time Out Magazine with a full list of distilleries, breweries, and wineries along Route 151.

What are your favorite wineries in Virginia? 

What are your favorite Bachelorette Party memories?

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2 Comments

  1. Hello! I just came across this post as I was searching for Charlottesville bachelorette weekend ideas. The main thing I’m struggling with is finding a place to stay as we have a group of 12 girls. It looks like you had a large group so I was curious if you still had the AirBnB details of where you stayed and if you would recommend it. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help!

    • Hey there! I don’t see that exact house listed. You can also try VBRO.com or homeaway.com! I have used both before when I couldn’t find enough on Airbnb.

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