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view of the valley, giant checkerboards, and rustic overstuffed couches. After that, we enjoyed another terrific meal in the Big Meadows Lodge grand dining room, surrounded by timber walls and a vaulted ceiling. After our late dinner, we headed back along the now-dark Skyline Drive to the pub in the Skyland Lodge to enjoy live bluegrass music and a couple of drinks before retiring to our cabin for a well-deserved rest. We awoke early the next day to hike one more trail before driving back to D.C. After a hearty breakfast we drove a few miles to the Limberlost Trail, a heavily wooded 1-mile trail through a veritable fireworks display of fall colors.

about the region, local history, and his family. The experience was deeply memorable, and we certainly felt like we enjoyed a familial afternoon full of southern hospitality and fine local wines. A weekend exploring Skyline Drive and the surrounding area is perfect for almost anyone, given the sheer variety of things to do and locations to see. After this trip I know that a weekend trip to natural areas of Virginia will certainly become an annual event for Liz and me. Follow Josh on Twitter @kumpfj.

Afterwards, we descended Skyline Drive for our last time of the weekend; a quick call to Amissville’s Gray Ghost Vineyards yielded us a recommendation and reservation to the winery’s special monthly “library tasting”. Amissville, Virginia boasts several unique wineries, and lies at roughly the halfway point between Skyline Drive and D.C. We arrived at Gray Ghost Vineyards and were quickly ushered in to their tasting room and wine shop by the family members turned cheerful employees. The vineyard grows their own grapes, a point of pride mentioned several times while we explored Gray Ghost’s beautiful, newly renovated tasting room. After completing our quick tasting of Gray Ghost’s five current wines, one of the owners emerged from the factory-like grape press room to lead our tour. A chemist-turnedvintner, Al Kellert, explained the name of his business as taking advantage of Amissville’s rich Civil War history. A self-proclaimed Civil War buff, he named the winery after confederate cavalryman John “Gray Ghost” Mosby, who engaged in battle near where the winery now stands. The interesting and friendly tour soon led to the vineyard’s barrel room and wine library. A variety of cheeses and crackers were provided and Al described the five Gray Ghost wines that our intimate group of 15 would taste that day. The wines—a selection of different types and vintages, ranged from recent releases to wines made shortly after the vineyards opened in 1994. The library tasting lasted two hours, during which Al answered questions about winemaking and told stories


DomiCile Fall 2014  
DomiCile Fall 2014  

The Fall 2014 Issue highlights the Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season with thin...