My BFF from college, Anne, is getting married! She hosted her Bachelorette weekend her hometown of St. Louis - so I flew in for a super quick weekend jam-packed with rooftop bars, casino pit stops, and a fancy little winery tour. We had the best time together and I am so excited for the gorgeous bride. LOVE YOU ANNE! xo
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Party DC’s VA Wine Fest Bus Trip is Saturday, Sept 13! Over 1,000 attendees on last year's bus trip -- this is definitely something you should add to your NOVA Bucket List! Join Party DC Events & On Tap as they travel in style to the DMV's Largest, summer wine festival where over 50 VA wineries gather in one place (Great Meadow in The Plains, VA - same location as Gold Cup), where you will have over 300 wines in which to taste (included in your ticket price).
Luxury Coach Buses leave from:
1. Rock Bottom (Ballston) - on the Orange & Silver Lines
2. Clarendon Grill - on the Orange & Silver Lines
3. Ireland's Four Courts (Arlington) - on the Orange & Silver Lines
4. Clyde's (Reston Town Center) - just one exit from the new Wiehle stop on the Silver Line
All-Inclusive Bus Trip package Includes All of the Following:
* Luxury bus transportation to/from Wine Fest (each bus equipped w/ air-conditioning & restroom). Buses start leaving at 10:00 AM; leave Wine Fest at 5:00PM sharp.
* Admission ticket into the wine fest ($30-$35 value)
* Unlimited tastings of over 300 wines from 50+ wineries *
* Souvenir Wine Glass
* All-Day, Live Music from Many, Great Bands
* Pre/Post parties at all four restaurants (pre-party & guest check-in start at 9AM - everyone must check in)
* Multiple VIP tents w/ seating in front of main stage (only for bus trip guests)
Tickets: start at only $49.99. Buy tickets here: http://www.partydc.com/virginia-wine-festival-bus-trip/
Please note that there is only one, round-trip journey from each of the restaurants to/from the Wine Fest.
Each location has their own designated buses.
The Commonwealth's signature, family-friendly wine festival will feature up to 50 of Virginia's best wineries, free tastings, seminars, food pairings, musicians and artists - and we're giving away a set of tickets! Enter below to win!
The 39th Annual Virginia Wine Festival returns to the Great Meadow Event Center in The Plains, Va., on September 13th and 14th. Considered to be the "cornerstone of wine festival season," the Virginia Wine Festival will feature up to 50 Virginia wineries, offer free wine tastings, and conduct educational viticulture seminars with festival-goers during the two-day event. The Virginia Wine Festival will also play host to a variety of local musical talents and vendors, allowing guests to experience a little of everything Virginia has to offer.
Confirmed wineries for the 2014 Virginia Wine Festival include: Barboursville Vineyards, Cooper Vineyards, Democracy Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, Peaks of Otter Winery, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, Trump Winery, The Williamsburg Winery and more. View the complete list here.
Tickets for the Virginia Wine Festival are on sale now at virginiawinefest.com or
by calling 888-VA-FESTS.
During the Festival, guests are invited to visit the Seminar Tent for regularly scheduled pairing and educational sessions. For a more exclusive experience, tickets are available to the Wine and Food Pairing Tent and the You
Be the Judge Tasting Tent. The former presents a private tasting with David Barber, Vice President of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, while the latter provides guests the opportunity to learn how to judge select Virginia wines from Virginia wine veteran Neil Williamson.
Festival performers include: Indecision, Jr. Cline and the Recliners, The Big Payback: A Tribute to the Music of James Brown and Gabe Morales Trio. There will also be a variety of family-friendly activities, including "Becki the Balloon Lady," slides and inflatables.
A "Worry Free" shuttle provided by Reston Limousine is available to guests to and from the Vienna Metro stop and Reston Town Center. This and food pairing options are accessible to all festival guests through the variety of
For more information about the Virginia Wine Festival, including a schedule of events, visit virginiawinefest.com.
My friend, Sean, and his family live out in Waterford, VA on a beautiful property with a large winery right across the street. We stopped in on Saturday night for "Vino in the Village" with 100 other guests.
We started off at the winery for a private tasting at Village Winery and Vineyards with the winemaker. He was so fun and chatty -- and he only sells the wine in boxes. It's eco-friendly -- and each box is the equivalent to 4 bottles of wine. He had some great summer, patio wines that were a little more fruity. Sean actually made a few batches of sangria with them at his party.
After the tasting, we mingled over to Sean's house for food from Tapas Truck of DC, live music from Trio Caliente, and dancing!
I popped in for a tasting hosted by RdV Vineyards’ Master Sommelier, Jarad Slipp, at America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. America Eats Tavern highlights the long-lost recipes/nostalgic favorites that have made up national flavor profiles and has uniquely partnered with RdV on an exclusively packaged 18-litre bottled collection that is showcased at the main bar in the restaurant.
Last night we had an AMAZING meet up at Hooked in Sterling! Over 150 women (and men!) came out to network, mingle, and meet new friends. You can see the full photo album on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourselves!
Our next meet up will be on March 27th at 6pm at the Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes. RSVP today!
(FYI, mark your calendars now -- our meet ups are on the last Thursday of every month in 2014)
Special THANK YOU to Alimond Photography for taking such great pictures last night!
Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner to participate in their Stay, Play and Write campaign. My mom and her girlfriends were already planning a trip to Tysons Corner Galleria to do some holiday shopping - so I figured it'd be the perfect time to coordinate with them and have a girls getaway.
My mom and her friends arrived from Richmond early to get their shop on, so I wasn't surprised when she called to tell me that they had already checked into the room. I was surprised, however, when she said that we had THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE... like... all 1800+ square feet! All I could think is that I might be sleeping in the same bed that Harry Styles slept in...
The suite greeted us with double doors, a foyer, three bathrooms, king bed, formal dining room with seating for 8, kitchen, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Also -- the suite offers club access to the concierge lounge with 5 food and beverage presentations each day.
I was treated to a seat at the last class in the Fall Epicurean Series on Saturday with the Executive Pastry Chef, Fred. I posted this before, but each Saturday in October, The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offered opportunities to cook with their team. I actually ran into a nice lady at the cooking lesson who said she was there because she read it on my blog... pretty cool! If they start this series up again in the future, I'll be sure to post the schedule. For now, you can check their calendar of events for more happenings.
Anyways, the class was 3-4:30... and I probably would have a lot more to say, but they paired three of the four desserts with cocktails in those 90 minutes and I was just happy I didn't fall off of my bar stool. Chef Fred was pretty amazing and he made everything look SO easy. I am inspired enough to try to make creme brulee at home - his tip was to go straight to home depot and get a blow torch. I think I can handle that! Check out the sweet potato bread pudding, milk chocolate and caramel rounds, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin spice creme brulee:
Aside from enjoying the complimentary food and beverages in the club lounge, we also dined in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Bistro. Since there were 5 of us, we went ahead and made a reservation for 8pm. Good thing we did because it got packed. There was an awesome Latin trio performing - and I've been told that it's one of the only upscale places in the area with live music on the weekends.
For dinner, everyone in our party ordered surf and turf or the filet... you can't go wrong with either option. For breakfast at ENTYSE Bistro on Sunday morning, I had their famous eggs benedict with jumbo lump crab cakes. It was supposed to be a "shopping weekend" in Tysons... but I think we did way more dining then shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway - so close to home, but so far removed from the busy hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced doubleshots at 5pm.
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