Alyssa's Birthday Weekend

This weekend Dan and I headed up to Northern Virginia to help Alyssa celebrate her birthday! We met in Deplano at Vintage Ridge Vineyards.
Vintage Ridge Vineyards
We arrived a little early so we had time to walk around and explore the vines and the grounds of the vineyard. The hilly grounds were beautiful and they even had a clay tennis court on the property - if only we'd brought our tennis whites!
Dan inspecting the vines
We went upstairs for our 6 flight wine tasting where we enjoyed a tasting platter of cheese, meats and nuts with our wines. The goat cheese stuffed dates were a big hit.
Our group enjoying wine tastings
After our tasting we chose a bottle we all liked and headed outside with a couple bottles of wine (and more cheese and nuts!)
Birthday Girl
Dan in front of the hills
After our fun afternoon at the winery we headed to Leesburg, Virginia in the heart of horse country. Leesburg is an adorable little town and we grabbed dinner at a wood-fired pizzeria. We were pretty hungry waiting to have our dinner so we enjoyed dessert before hand. I brought chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel icing.
Salted Caramel Chocolate cupcake
After dinner we headed to Rockville, MD where we picked up Alyssa's new dog, Maize, from her mom's house. Alyssa adopted Maize in January and he is so friendly and cute :-). On Sunday morning Dan, Adam, Maize and I went to Germantown to watch Alyssa's soccer game. Alyssa's team won 4-2 and she played very well - Maize was very proud. Since we left Annie home with Kuma it was nice to be able to get some dog time in.
Getting our dog fix with Maize
After the game we enjoyed some Jimmy John's subs for lunch then strolled around Bethesda and the boys picked out gelatos at a cute gelato shop. Coconut and chocolate for us and mango and something else fruity for Alyssa and Adam. What a fun weekend!
Jimmy John's!


  1. What a fabulous weekend. You two sure know how to find the fun!


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