The Cherry on Top: Old Hill Cidery

This week’s prompt for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Cherry on Top”.  As an explanation, Michelle offers:

“The cherry on top. The icing on the cake. Or, as the straightforward folks at Oxford Dictionaries explain it, “a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.”

My most recent “cherry on top” experience happened on the return leg of a road trip through Virginia Jay and I took for our anniversary a few weeks ago.  From the beginning the vacation was exactly what we hoped it would be: relaxing at a gorgeous resort (Primland) between hikes in the Blue Ridge mountains with a very few touristy destinations (like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Chateau Morrisette Winery) thrown in the mix.

The last stop on our journey home required a short detour off Interstate 81 to the town of Timberville, VA.  Our destination? Old Hill Cidery, which we found nestled among rolling hills in the Shenandoah Valley.  The grounds were adorable, the cider tasting was educational and fun, and because we were the only customers in the shop at the time, we enjoyed a friendly conversation with the young woman who ran the shop.  She then directed us behind the shop, where we found a unique “Virginia is for Lovers” sign with a quintessential rural Virginia view.  It was the perfect ending to our anniversary trip, an unexpected and delightful “cherry on top”!

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{ View from the parking area of Old Hill Cidery }

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{ Cider Tasting }

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{ View of the Shenandoah Valley }

Check out other “cherry on top” offerings at The Daily Post.

 

Photo Essay: Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

(This long grey stretch of winter has me feeling cabin feverish and wanderlusty.  I don’t have any travel plans for the near future so I’m indulging in some adventure reminiscence.  All arm chair travelers are welcome!)

Last March, my husband and I spent some time in Colorado – Denver (for business) and Grand Lake (for pleasure).  While staying in Grand Lake, we decided to drive the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, which begins near the birthplace of the mighty Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and ends at State Bridge where the river meets Rt. 131.  Although this scenic drive may not be as spectacular as some of the other Byways we experienced, I enjoyed it the most – for the remoteness, the variety of landscapes, and the abundance of wildlife. I’m sure the crisp, blue-sky, cusp of spring day helped to improve my opinion of it, too. This Byway exemplifies all the qualities that make Colorado uniquely gorgeous.

What do you think?

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

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{ View from Rt. 40 }

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{ Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Area }

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{ Great place for a picnic.  Or fishing – we saw many fishermen here. }

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{ Outside of Kremmling on Grand County Rd. 1 (Trough Road) }

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{ Much of this Byway is gravel road }

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{ Gore Canyon }

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{ Large herds of mule deer were everywhere }

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{ More fishermen }

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{ One of the few vehicles we encountered on Trough Road }

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{ Heading back to Grand Lake on Rt. 40 }

Thanks for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!