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Belle Isle

Recently, Peter, Abby and I enjoyed a really nice day together down in Richmond.

First we had a delish meal at Kitchen 64. http://www.kitchen64.com/ We’ve only been here two times but each time has been excellent. Great food, always busy, quick service.

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We then went to explore Belle Isle. It’s a 54 acre island on the James River that used to be where a POW camp was used during the Civil War (also previously home to a hydroelectric plant). It is now a park with paths, an area for rock climbing, and apparently the most popular thing to do is lay out on the rocks in the sun and/or take a dip in the river. To get there from the north side, you have to take a suspension footbridge under the highway. Earlier in the year, we visited just across the way at the Tredegar Iron Works and we’ve also been across the river at the Hollywood Cemetery.

Here are some pics I took from Belle Isle:

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Someone has such long hair right now!

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Afterwards, we figured oh, we might as well make a stop by Legend Brewing Co. http://www.legendbrewing.com/ We weren’t hungry for dinner yet but it was too nice out so we sat out on their deck and enjoyed an appetizer and some lagers before heading back home. All in all, a great day!

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Maymont Maybe?

Since we’ve moved to Fredericksburg and closer to my brother and sister-in-law in Richmond, we’ve been talking about visiting Maymont Park with them. Well la-di-da, we finally did it! The husband had a rare day off on Sunday and it was so nice out, so we took the opportunity to go with Abby, my parents, and Chris and Jennifer down to Richmond.

First, we met up for lunch at Kitchen 64. First time there – it was very busy. I ordered the Rhysdale sandwich which included smoked turkey, cranberry spread, herbed cream cheese and mixed greens. And a side of potato salad. HUGE-mongo sandwich and very good.

So, off to Maymont. It was so pretty there! There are approximately 100 acres and includes various gardens (Japanese, Italian), ponds, waterfalls, fountains, statues, big ol’ trees, lawns, horses, petting zoo, wildlife (bear, bobcat, eagles, bison, fox, etc.), and the Maymont Mansion, or Dooley Mansion. James Dooley was a wealthy Richmond lawyer and he and his wife left their house and land to Richmond to enjoy after they passed.

There was lots to see as we made our way around the grounds. Abby had a good time and of all things, she especially liked the trees that had “skirts” on them (see picture below), even though at the end she told me she was a little bit afraid of them. We look forward to going back again sometime!

“Some” (haha) pictures:

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Downtown And In The Mountains

Final pics of our anniversary weekend.  Less talk, more pics.  Lots to catch up on!

 

Downtown FRED:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepy after a busy day out and about!

 

At Shenandoah Mountains, only an hour + west of us.  I love that we are close to cities like DC and Richmond, have quaint downtowns like Fredericksburg, Culpeper, etc. and have the country farmland and mountains not far off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culpeper And The Pumpkin Patch

Wow, hey there blog.  I’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t gotten around to the bloggy blog world!

 

Well, to continue with our anniversary weekend (which now seems ages ago), the next day of our 4-day weekend included a little trip to Culpeper, VA which is about 20 minutes west of where we live, and we also took Abby to the pumpkin patch at Round Hill Farm. 

 

Culpeper is a cute little town (and the name alone reminds me of H.B. Culpeper’s from IUP) with quaint little shops and eateries with a view of the Shenandoah Mountains off in the distance.  There was a typical Main Street with no chain stores or restaurants and it gave you that small town, homey feel.  To read more on Culpeper, visit http://visitculpeperva.com/.

 

 

We ate a restaurant called The Stable.  Of course the sandwiches all had history-related names and there was Civil War decor on the walls!

 

 

 

 

 

These are the cakes made down south y’all!!

 

 

Next was pumpkin picking at Round Hill Farm, just outside of Culpeper.  They had a hayride to the pumpkin patch of course, as well as inflatable pumpkins for the kids to jump in, playground type activities, corn mazes, petting zoo, apples, gourds, and more.  Miss Abigail had a bit of a breakdown in the middle of the pumpkin patch but eventually calmed down.  She wanted to walk independently but kept getting tripped up on the pumpkin vines… but yet she did not want to hold our hands or let us carry her.  Stress over pumpkins, let me tell ya.  We got some pumpkins, mums, gourds, and apples from Round Hill.

Abby loved playing in the “cornbox” (and had a freakout moment after we got her out to move onto the next thing):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 of anniversary weekend coming next (hopefully not in like 3 weeks from now!).