DC Dinner Club: Summer 2021

It’s no secret that I love trying new-to-me restaurants in DC and make sure to prioritize eating out—sharing good food and drink with family and friends is one of my favorite way to spend both my time and my money. I’ve been doing these restaurant roundups on a quarterly basis, and am so excited to share all the great meals I’ve been enjoying this summer around the DC area with you today.

If you’ve been to any great restaurants in the DC area lately—please don’t hesitate to let me know! I keep a running list of places I want to try and am always looking for new spots to try out.
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On My Nightstand: August 2021

Happy September! This year is flying by—I can’t believe summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner. I feel like the year just started, all the while, I just finished my 50th book of the year! I finished six books in the month of August, and probably could have read more—but, I was really, really sick the last few days of August and just didn’t have the energy to do anything, including read. (That’s how I knew I was really sick! I am never one to sit still, and I always find time to read.) All that to say, I read some great books in August and am excited to share them with you below.

As is custom on these posts, I wanted to call out that I’m part of a program where Random House will send me some of their new titles each month. I’m under no obligation to post about any titles I receive, so I really can tell you my own opinion (good or bad!) about them. I’ve starred the books Random House sent me for free below. I’m so lucky to be sent books and that’s not lost on me.

Happy reading! x

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The Cutest Winery in Keswick: Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

Last weekend, I went down to Charlottesville to visit my friend Molly and hang out in the best college town in America! I try to get down to Charlottesville a few times a year, and it’s a great place to visit for a weekend trip since it’s a quick drive and I don’t feel like I need to cram everything into a weekend as I’ve covered a lot of ground since I first moved into UVA dorms in fall 2009. While a lot of times on my Cville trips to visit Molly, we fall into the same routine of heading to King Family Vineyards and post up for an afternoon—but this past weekend, we decided to mix it up and head to Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard.

Located in Keswick, Virginia, just a short drive away from Charlottesville, I first learned about this super cute winery from TikTok! While the property has been a farm since 1857, the tasting room just opened this year. We loved the vibe and the wine, and are already talking about our next visit back! All the seating inside is first come, first serve, as are the majority of the tables out on their lawn—the terrace, however, is reservation-only. (I would check back before you go to confirm this is still the case—I bet this winter the indoor tables will be available via reservation.) We booked a reservation on the covered part of the terrace in advance—there was a two-hour limit on the table, but once our time was up, we didn’t want to leave, so we moved inside and were lucky enough to snag the couch area right by the fireplace. (Molly and I didn’t take up that whole area by ourselves—her sister and some friends came to join us, too!)
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