I gotta be honest. With so many good things to say about this place, I don’t even know where to begin….Let me start from the beginning.
About 4 -6 months ago i started thinking about all my weekend jaunts. I never actually just really relax and take a load off, and just chill out. My trips are always a whirlwind of brewery visits, good food, fun with babe or friends and I’m always like, GO!!! GO!!!! GOOOO!!!!! Some days I think I’m getting too old for that.
I decided to look for a nice bed and breakfast off the beaten path, out in the country, where I imagined I woud just sit around all day and just be. Be what, exactly?? I remember maybe 10 years ago reading about the Foster Harris house in a magazine and started to Google away. Googled past the Foster Harris house and just kept scrolling. All of a sudden, this BEERcentric B&B pops up on Tripadvisor. Get the fuck out of here. Are you kidding me? A BEERcentric B&B?? Seriously, do you guys know anything about me?? Anything at all??
Dude. Sign me up. Take ALL my money, I don’t care. My birthday was coming up, too? YES. I did take a few minutes to read all the reviews. Tripadvisor, Yelp, Google, and Facebook. All 5 stars. Wait. Not just 5 stars. 5 stars accompanied with FULL, raving, badass reviews. Done. Sold.
The deal is, Dan is an award winning homebrewer and if you want to brew with him on the Saturday of your stay, you are more than welcome. Terri is this bundle of energy who has worked in the hospitality business for several years. The surrounding area is loaded with breweries, wineries and distilleries. I wasted no time going to the website, booking my room and then informed babe what our plans were. I’m the planner, this is my job.
I did have to reschedule my birthday trip because I turned into a grandma. (That baby is SO cute!!) I worried when I emailed the B&B that I would have to pay a fee, or maybe wouldn’t be able to change my reservation. You know how it goes when you are dealing with reservations. I was about 3 weeks early, so it wasn‘t exactly at the very last minute. I got an email back saying “We’ve changed your reservation, can’t wait to see you, and bring lots of pictures of the baby!!!” Wow! Right on!! Here’s the baby!!!
The day after Thanksgiving we loaded up the car and drove the 4.5 hours to Charlottesville and went to brewery after brewery. I’ll talk about those places at a later date. We had an absolute blast brewery hopping! We got to the B&B shortly after the sun was gone. When we walked in the house, I was greeted with the biggest hug from one of the tiniest little people I’ve ever seen!!!! It was like Terri and I were long lost friends and were meeting up after many years apart. Later, babe asked me “Do you know her? I would have sworn you knew her!”
We got to sit at Dan’s bar and enjoy some of his amazing homebrew and chat with Terri before being shown upstairs to our room. I booked the best room in the house. The one with the bathroom you don’t have to share with other guests of the B&B. Hell, in the future, even if I had to use a community restroom, I’d still go!! The bed was crazy comfortable. No TV’s (that was really nice). There were other guests who were really friendly and beer-oriented.
Saturday morning we walked around the property when the sun came up. Went down to the barn to see where Dan works all the beer magic in his little homebrew shop. (An actual brewery is in the works!!!). We had some fabulous coffee spiked with some rye whisky made from Silverback Distillery which is just down the road (this also will be another post). Terri’s breakfast consisted of a huge slice of rhubarb strawberry pie with the flakiest, most buttery crust I’ve ever put in my mouth and a massive scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream. I’d never had rhubarb pie in all my life. It was extraordinary. Pie first. I can get behind that rule. Next up was a quiche with chorizo and spicy fried potatoes. Anyone who knows me knows my half-Mexican ass can’t eat any spicy food. So, I’m thrilled about the pie. Still. God it was scrumptious.
Zoom in on that pie, would ya???
That day, we had another beer with our wonderful hosts before heading out. Terri told me about them having to cancel reservations not long ago when a family member got sick. Only one hotel asked them “How is your relative doing?” The others just gave them shit for having to change their reservations. That explains why they were so easy going when i had to change mine. How refreshing!!! We hit up the remainder of the breweries (all but two in the area) and went to the distillery. When we returned we were introduced to new B&B guests and shared beer, wine, conversation and a lot of laughs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to spend our second night due to an issue back at home (You ever try to stop a Doberman and a Pitbull from fighting over a toy? Anyone? Not smart, so don’t do it) So we had to rush back home. I’m sure breakfast Sunday was another stunner.
I loved these guys, Terri and Dan. Perfect hosts. I feel like I gained another friendship. Can’t wait to try to book a weekend with our motorcycle club, The Growler Howlers, next year.
We realized we are awful B&B guests. We are up wayyyyyy before the ass crack of dawn. Can’t help it.
I learned that me “being” is me going, going going. I’m fine with that. And I’m going to go as long as I possibly can.
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