Charming small towns
This past two weeks, we had the chance of visiting a few small towns in Virginia. We visited Front Royal which is located right at the North entrance of the Shenandoah National Park. It is a charming town with an old main street and beautiful buildings.
Last weekend was the beginning of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA. This festival attracts more than 250,000 people each year. There are many events such as band competitions, dances, parades, dinners, 10K Race, wine tasting, and many others. We walked around last Friday as they had outside tents set up and many local or out-of-state vendors. I would have enjoyed wine tasting if it wasn’t that loud. That is not really my idea of wine tasting. My father knows wine pretty well and I grew up tasting really good wine. It is difficult for me to drink wine just to drink it. If I have a glass, it must be a good bottle!
Talking of good bottles… We ran into an awesome French restaurant last weekend. We already had dinner but the desert menu was so attracting. So, we had a good glass of wine (I had a glass of Champagne) and an amazing apple pie and crème brulée. The restaurant is called “La Niçoise” and is owned by a French guy from Nice, France. It was so nice to sit there for a while. The owner played French music and he really took the time to serve us. There was no rush at all. Sometimes, I miss the way we eat in Europe. In the United States, restaurants rush you in and out. In Europe, you take your time.
Yesterday, we went to Middleburg which was established in 1787 and became the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital” in the early 1900s. It is a foxhunting and steeplechasing town. We had lunch at the Fox’s Den located in one of the oldest buildings in historic Middleburg. It was built in the late 1700s. Middleburg is a gorgeous town but I doubt I could ever afford to live there as it is so expensive.