Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston, VA)

It was a beautiful weekend to get away for a road trip. Although we weren't playing until Sunday afternoon, we left Richmond on Saturday morning so we could go hiking up Elliott Knob and enjoy the fall colors.

fall composite

We stayed the night at a funky B&B called the Acorn Inn.  It's a former horse stables converted into dorm-style living quarters. The mood there was congenial and we met some interesting folks, including someone who was in the area to attend pottery workshops.  After talking with her, I have a whole new appreciation for how much work goes into making a piece of pottery!

The next morning, we took the scenic road towards Lovingston.  On the way we stopped at the house/workshop of a potter that had been mentioned to us at breakfast.  She wasn't there, but she leaves the studio open to explore.  Purchases can be made on the honor system, so I bought myself a gorgeous mug to liven up my desk at work.

We set up our gear at Democracy Vineyard, then had a quick lunch at the Lovingston Cafe.  We rushed back to the vineyard to get started playing at 2, only to find that no one was there but the vineyard owners.  It was a weird gig.  We played to ourselves for much of the time, since only a few people came through for wine tastings.  The few that did, though, were very appreciative of our music.  The owners were very friendly, and we enjoyed sampling their wines.  We took two bottles of red home with us.