HOTEL ON THE HILL: THE CAVALIER

We opted out of traveling this summer in favor of a fall vacation but that didn’t stop us from enjoying our own little stay-cation all season long at the newly renovated Cavalier Hotel. Re-opened this year after a four year renovation, this hotel has been a landmark to Virginia Beach since 1927. Now boasting opulent decor, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a lavish infinity pool, the Cavalier is the epitome of "old world" with a newly reimagined charm.

Becca Restaurant

From birthdays to anniversaries, Becca was our go-to for special occasion dining this summer. We took advantage of both indoor and outdoor dining during brunch, lunch and dinner throughout the season. Among my favorites were the Chicken and Waffles for brunch - with hand battered chicken served over the most delicious corn and rosemary waffle, the Becca Rotisserie Chicken for lunch, served in a wrap, and last but not least the Chesapeake Jumbo Lump Crab Cake for dinner.

The Plunge Pool

The indoor plunge pool transcends seasons and allows guests pool access by the beach all year long. I never actually had the opportunity to swim here but it was by far my most favorite decorated space in the hotel.

The Raleigh Room

Finally, our “stays” at the Cavalier were never complete without a stop by the Raleigh Room for conversation and cocktails. We particularly enjoyed lounging in the verandas surrounding the space and overlooking the gorgeous estate.

Vino in Virginia

Virginia, in my opinion, is a very underrated state in the U.S. Neighboring our nation's capital and the Atlantic ocean, this state provides a unique variety of urban and rural settings. Among my favorites, second to the beach of course, is the little slice of wine country that surrounds Charlottesville.

I previously visited the Charlottesville area a handful of times and I was always captivated by it's beauty. It was a no brainer when I, along with the ladies in my family, started to plan a mini girls getaway. Among our top picks for the weekend itinerary are also must see places for those planning to visit the area: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards.

Pippin Hill

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is like a scene from a fairytale! I've visited the winery once before and while I normally prefer to visit new places, this serene setting keeps me coming back for more. I'll just let the images speak for themselves.

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Pippin Hill is also one of the few winery locations offering a culinary experience so we scheduled our visit around the lunch hour. A trip tip for a visit on Saturday - Pippin Hill does not take reservations so plan to arrive by opening at 11 a.m. in order to grab a table in the tasting room or have someone in your party make a quick trip there to put your name on a list because the wait time can be around an hour and a half (it's worth it, I promise you!).

We all shared a bottle of rosé (yes way!) and dined on the most delicious farm-to-table cuisine served tapas style. Our favorite was the cheese plate featuring a variety of local cheeses, spiced nuts and seasonal jams. It paired perfectly with the rosé.

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Early Mountain Vineyards

Like Pippin, our last stop from the weekend not only boasted the most beautiful views but also served a tapas style cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. One step inside the property and it's easy to see why Early Mountain Vineyards was voted the #1 tasting room in America. 

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In addition to the stunning scenery, the food and wine did not disappoint. Our favorites included the 2016 Chardonnay (with 6% Pinot Gris) and the cheddar pimento small plate, both also paired perfectly together.

This girls wine weekend was one for the books and I have a feeling there will be several more chapters because we're already planning our next visit back to the area!

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