Hello and happy Monday!
How was your weekend?
I’m on one of those realllllly long weekends that makes people think nurses never work. But I couldn’t even tell you the last time I’ve had 6 days off straight without taking vacation. And it just means next week will be a tad rough ;). I got off last Wednesday and go back this Wednesday. I used my long weekend to go to Charlottesville, Virginia to move my sister into college for her senior year. Except at UVA they say ‘4th years’. And the only thing I actually had to move in? This little guy:
When your dad has a hand truck and your sisters building has elevators? Ya’ll, my move ins were NEVER that easy.
I’ve been reading Claire’s blog and Robyn’s blog for years. Both of whom lived in Charlottesville when I first started reading and their posts made me want to up and move! I guess I don’t even know how to describe it, but Charlottesville is such a lively, vibrant town without being a huge city. When my sister went to school there I was pretty excited to be able to check it out!
Charlottesville has beautiful scenery, nestled right in the middle of the mountains. This makes for awesome hiking and beautiful wineries. You can live 20 minutes away from the city limits and think your miles from anything. The food choices are unlimited. And there is ALWAYS something going on. There’s music, clubs, markets, etc. I think it’s a great place for the students (UVA), but also would make an awesome place to live. So here’s what I did this weekend:
I left Thursday afternoon and met up with my family before the DC beltway so my sister could ride with me (they were coming from Delaware). We got into town and stopped at a restaurant called Crosby’s. This is one of those places I would have never picked on my own but was SO glad I went! Also, I’m pretty bad at a)taking awesome iPhone pics and b) remembering to photograph things I think would actually be interesting….So enjoy my selective photos 😉
I got this salad with rotisserie chicken on it and I figured it would be pretty basic but I was impressed!
And fried green tomatoes because when in the south…
We hung out at the hotel, went to bed and got up in the AM for bagels and coffee!
I got a workout in in the hotel gym right before 😉 Almost done with LG summerfictation!
Moving my sister in MAYBE took 35 minutes. Unpacking is a different story. But all in all not too bad! We went to Feast for lunch, which is, what I would describe, as a market where you can order out amazing sandwiches, salads, soups, side dishes. They have meats/cheeses and baked goods in the actual market that you can buy as well as a selection of Virginia wines.
We hung around a little in between, got my sister packed, checked in to the new hotel, and went back out for dinner at the Virginian located down on “The Corner” in Charlottesville. The corner is right near campus (UVA) with a.selection of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, juice bars, boutiques, and even “student rooms” for students to study, or hang out with pool tables, a coffee shop/bakery, etc. No pictures at the Virginian because it was SO dark and we were starving. I also ordered my first burger in like 8 years. I’m not a huge fan of red meat, and was actually a vegetarian for a short time, but when a burger with pimento cheese and jalepenos is calling your name, you get it. Cause it’s Friday and #treatyoself. Just don’t be a moron and rub your eye two hours after eating jalepenos like I did. We got ice cream and went home to SLEEP.
I got up the next day and ran through town a bit. Kind of not hating this bit of running again, but I’m only going for 30 ish minutes 1-2x a week ;).
We went to breakfast at one of our favorite diners, and to a bakery after to get some locally made bread.
My parents left from the bakery to head back to Delaware and my sister and I went to the downtown mall. Again, bad at the picture taking thing. But on any given day this place is alive with people. Especially on Saturdays. The farmers market was going on, there are boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, etc. We shopped a bit and headed back to her apartment.
One of the best things about Charlottesville? It’s this sweet little gem in the Monticello wine trail. I quickly referred to Robyn’s bachelorette weekend post because I knew she outlined her favorite wineries in Charlottesville. King’s Family Vineyard was her favorite so we tried it out. And guys, it was beautiful. We picked up Root’s for lunch and ate it with a view…
After a tasting, we surprisingly picked this white wine. I prefer dry reds, so I guess I can say I was happy to do the tasting because I would have never picked this!
Above and below are two of the patios you relax in at the winery. How pretty are those lights??
My sister is on the left. And one of her roommates (who was her first roommate her first year) is on the right.
We hung out for a while and walked around her campus. Four years in and I haven’t had the chance to explore her campus much. University of Virginia is a beautiful campus and my pictures don’t do even a little justice.
Can you imagine if these (below) are what your dorms look like? My sister said they’re super competitive to get into…
Below are the campus gardens you can walk through that are so peaceful. My sister said one of her professor let them take exams wherever so she took on of her exams sitting on a bench in these gardens…
We picked up some groceries to make dinner at home, and went to bed early so we could get up for a sunrise hike at Humpack rock on Sunday morning. We woke up at 4:50 and were out the door by 5 am. We had a 30 minute drive and a 30 minute hike. We obviously needed time to stop for coffee and be able to make it to the top of the rock by sunrise 😉
I can’t understand all the hate that went on in Charlottesville over this summer at all. But I also can’t understand how you see scenes like these and don’t believe in a Jesus. Guys. New mercies. Every. Single. Day. That’s what I think of when I see sunrises.
After the hike we stopped back for one of my favorite juice places, The Juice Laundry, for breakfast. I just found out we have a location in DC 😉
We went home and had a slow morning with coffee before going to my sisters church at 11:15. I got lunch with my sister at Cafe Catura on the corner before hanging out a bit and heading back to Maryland.
We heard a wonderful sermon on neighborly love. This church was out with candles one night last week on the streets where the riots were taking place. God is present here. I’m so thankful for the prayer warriors and peacemakers in this place drowning out the hate…
It was a really, really good weekend mixed with relaxing, family time, and getting to know the town of Charlottesville a bit more. I keep saying maybe I’ll live there one day ;). Right now, I’m happy to have the opportunity to live not too far and be able to visit! Wishing my sister all the luck in her
senior fourth year! (I clearly did not go to UVA…). And happy Monday!
Have you ever been to Charlottesville?
If you could move somewhere else, where would it be and why?
Anything fun this weekend?
With such a wonderful weekend in Charlottesville, I cannot go without mentioning the hate and pain that has covered the city as of late. Please join me in praying peace into Charlottesville..