An Airlie Way to Experience Winter

Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing winter the way it should be experienced, relaxing during a bucolic getway at Airlie in Warrenton, VA. The funny thing is it was a bit of an accident.

I booked an Amarone wine tasting for my husband for his birthday, The American Wine Society tasting was at one of our favorite Virginia vineyards at Pearmund. It was on Sunday before Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday. We accidentally booked the hotel reservation at Airlie for Saturday night. We showed up at the winery wondering where everyone was. Oops! Fortunately for us Airlie was right down the road and it was their winter rates. We booked another night and were able to fully enjoy a long weekend getaway, when it was 2 degrees below freezing. Here are some pics from the weekend.

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The main Airlie House / checkin area

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Love is in the air and on the hillside

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Topiary Love Knot Garden

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Airlie’s Main Beautiful Dining Room.

We only ate breakfast in the main dining room. It was a glorious setting with morning light streaming in and Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra seranading us. The majority of this space was reserved other times for two wedding parties while we were there.

Instead, we headed down the side steps to Harry’s, where we ate at least four delectibal meals. I’m still craving the juicy seared pork chop with sweet potato puree and delicious brussell sprouts. I wish I had taken a picture.

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Mural walk to Harry’s

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Grisaille detail

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Trompe l’oeil detail

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Reward: many rounds of their Manhattan Slings in tribute to non-prohibition days

Harry’s is names after Harry Connelly Groome, the original owner of Airlie.

Just outside the bar doors is a lovely pond and fountain. Most of it was frozen except at the center. We saw geese crossing over to where they could swim.

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Signs guide you

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Main pond and fountain

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Weddings galore

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Our Lodge

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Lobby in Lodge

There are many things to do at Airlie, including a lot of weddings. There were two different wedding parties while we were there.

You can enjoy a firepit with friends, play archery (in warmer months), walk the many paths, take bikes to other cottages to workout or play pool. We rode bikes to these and their organic farm. It was frigid and I couldn’t feel my face much less my fringers in the 2-degree below cold. I wouldn’t advice riding in this extreme cold but it was a fun adventure.

And check out the interactive map.

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Firepit in the round

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Many pathways to meander

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Bikes & Cottages

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Biking the property

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Airlie’s Organic Farm

You can reserve an organic dinner with friends in the garden and under the stars. How romantic and memorable it would be! The uncanny thing is this is the very dinner I’ve been wanting to do through Vermilion, one of our favorite restaurants. Airlie is one of the farms that provides their produce and where you can book a farm to table dining experience.

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Organic Farm Table Experience

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Under the Stars

We had so much fun relaxing at Airlie that we were starting to feel transported with the sensation of being back at Sewanee, sitting on the porch, watching the shadows shift as time just drifted by. I caught up on some journal writing.

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Beautiful Panorama

However, I neglected to take pictures of the wine tasting but you can read more about our previous experiences at Pearmund. Tomassi is a brand that usually never disappoints and we were happy to have it at the tasting. What a Airlie way to experience winter and a wonderful birthday celebration.

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Love the Sunset (literally)

 

What to Do with All Those Shells?

So you’re back from the beach and have a huge shell collection. Now, what do you do with all those shells?

I love shells but I no longer have room to just store them. Plus, I’d like to look at them and enjoy them. Here’s a crafty way to make decorative use of them and bring the beach back with you.

This is my shell collection from last year. I assembled them in piles by type and they took up the entire dining room table.

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I saved all the small and various size scallop shells in the far left corner to make this decorative shell-ball accessory that can act as a paper weight but more importantly, I just like to look at it.

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I then bought a small styrofoam flat wreath and started hot-glue-gun gluing the remaining shells onto it in a way that was visually appealing and allowed the more prominent and different kinds of shells to be seen and highlighted. I have this on my door now and it reminds me of fond memories of the beach even when I’m not there.

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You can even create air plants that look like jelly fish with dome-shape, top-shells. They house the air plants that you just mist to keep alive.

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Follow this Pinterest Beach Memories board for more shell ideas.

Other ways to bottle that serene beach feeling and keep it going throughout the year are keeping your photos up front and center by putting them onto a digital photo frame so they can rotate and you can continue to see them daily.

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Early morning kayaking with still, still water with one seagull also enjoying the solitude.

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Fishing — for ducks?

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You can also turn some of your favorite photos into artwork via apps on your phone or your computer. This Prisma phone app turned a great kayak photo into something truly artworthy and frameable.

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As an illustration

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Or a painting

When things get busy this fall, recall the peace and the calm of the beach and you’ll find some meditative power to refresh your energy.

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Click the link above to go to the video resource.

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Click here to see some other ways you can bring the beach back home.

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