Chatham Vineyards and Winery Machipongo, VA

I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day because I feel like restaurants tend to jack up prices. I also wanted to take a drive; but not go too far.

I have gone camping in Cheriton on the eastern shore of Viriginia when I was young and really liked the area. It is the opposite of Hampton Roads in that it is quiet with a lot of farms, kind of what I am used to from living in Upstate NY. I read that Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo was doing a Winter Wine and Oyster Weekend. I have been wanting to try raw oysters in the area since we moved here. Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse to drink wine and eat oysters!

The Oysters came from Shooting Point Oysters and were shucked onsite. Shooting Point Oysters is a family run farm located in Franktown, VA.  You can buy their oysters wholesale by going to their website.

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The Cheese Shop & Blackbird Bakery Williamsburg, VA

This past Sunday,  I made an afternoon drive up to Williamsburg VA.  I decided to go to Merchant Square. Merchant Square is located in Colonial Williamsburg; filled with shops and small local businesses. Shops for clothing, gifts, bakeries, candy, restaurants, bookstores, and jewelry are among the local businesses that patrons can go through as they walk the old brick streets.  The Main street is blocked off to cars. There is a parking garage and street parking. When I went, they had an ice skating rink in the middle where families decided to spend their sunny day.

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