Wine Flies When You’re Having Fun


We were fortunate to be invited for a weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains with some friends in June.


Enjoying some beautiful scenery and

cooler temperatures with no humidity . . .

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Just the weather alone makes me want to

 abandon ship and head for the hills!


A return visit to

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

was on our ‘to do’ list.



Grandfather Vineyard & Winery is a terraced mountain vineyard & winery is nestled on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain.


Sitting by the stream and listening to the

water with glass of wine is a

must do if you have a chance to visit!


I recommend the Cab Franc Rosé~

a great summer & picnic wine and

 acceptable to plop an ice cube in :)










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Wine Flies When You’re Having Fun!

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  44 comments for “Wine Flies When You’re Having Fun

  1. Carolyn
    July 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    GREAT post with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  2. Peggy Thal
    July 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Great post. Looks like a fun place with some delicious wine. Love all the pretty photos.

  3. Mary from Virginia
    July 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love that wine rain chain! How cool is that? Are you one of the three lovely ladies standing together? It looks like a fun trip and thanks for the recommendation of a new place to visit.

    • July 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Yes I lived the rain chain too… It also had an alternating cluster if grapes on it that I failed to photograph. I’m behind the lens not in front of it :)

  4. July 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

    What a great place to visit. Fabulous photos!

  5. July 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

    That shot, with the lone Adirondack chair in the vineyard, looks like it is straight out of The Godfather movie! In fact, the vineyards in the mountains remind me of Italy so much. Fun memories…thanks!

    GREAT looking gals in that group shot….which one is YOU? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of you before!!

  6. Vanessa Calrk
    July 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Oh wow you were not far from me. So glad you had a wonderful time. Enjoy your blog, love your dogs.

  7. Kim
    July 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Oh, I love to visit beautiful wineries. Great shots and that sunset is amazing.

  8. July 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

    What a fun trip, Mary! It’s always great to be with friends and enjoy some wine.

  9. July 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Great trip and pictures. Did Gracie and Chloe join you?
    Our Bichon joins us where he is allowed to go.

  10. July 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

    LOL When I saw this in my inbox, my first thought was that I hope no bottle of wine was injured during the production of this post! ;P

    How much fun! It looks like you had a great getaway…the setting is gorgeous. Love how y’all are relaxing in the adirondack chairs I’m sure enjoying the rose!

    Nice looking ladies, and if one of them is you, I know which one I’d bet is you! Are you going to keep us in suspense?


  11. Paula
    July 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for sharing, looks like a lovely place to visit ! Love the rain chain!
    Have a super day !

  12. July 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    What a beautiful spot, I have only visited a few wineries in California, and it was so much fun! Looks like good friends and good times, the wine glass rain chains {is that what they’re called?} are so cute…heavenly photos of incredible scenery~

  13. Franki
    July 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

    No humidity and green grows all around all around…DELIGHT! franki

  14. July 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

    How very beautiful – wine tastings are one of my favorites things and in that setting – how perfect :-)

  15. July 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What a great trip, fresh mountain air, some good wine and even better friends! We love North Carolina and can’t wait to visit again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!


  16. July 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    DANG, I thought just MAYBE you had come out of hiding, Mary:):) I adore that wine rain chain!!!!!!!!!! I am going to go on their website and see if they sell from there. I also LOVE the mountains of NC, a gorgeous place on earth. We made several vacation trips there with my SIL and her hubby, years ago and I would love to go back. Thanks for sharing YOUR trip. XO, P

  17. July 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Time out for wine always works for me!

  18. July 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    what a darling group. great detailed shots, looks like a wonderful getaway.

  19. July 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This truly looks like a place I would love!!!!!!

  20. July 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Looks so cool and relaxing. Such an idyllic setting and beautiful photos. Unique wine glass rain chain so appropriate for the winery! Looks like a great place to enjoy friends and a fun getaway.

  21. July 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    It felt about 10 degrees cooler just looking at the pics! Sounds like you had a fun day Mary, love the stream pics:@)

  22. July 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Definitely on my To Visit list next time I’m in NC….

    All the photos are wonderful, but that sunset capture is special!

  23. July 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like a lovely spot to spend time. We’ve been talking about sending some time in the mountains. Thanks for sharing.

  24. July 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    That looks like so much fun! Love the rain chain and the fun flag. Great photos, too.

  25. July 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Great photos!!! Can’t get enough of your cute blog!!

  26. Marilyn Morphis
    July 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Oh, oh, oh, I want one of those wine glass rain chains. ~m

  27. Bonbongirl
    July 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the post- I’ve now got “Carolina on my mind”!

  28. Paula
    July 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the lovely photos! That’s just down the road from us and your post reminded me that we need to look up from work every once in a while and enjoy the view and our surroundings. Lovely!

  29. July 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I lived in Winston-Salem for two years, and would occasionally go to the mountains. Why didn’t I ever visit the wineries? LOL What a beautiful spot! I seem to frequent the New York and California wineries ;o) What a beautiful day you had with friends!

  30. July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Back again. The sunset photo is exquisite.

  31. July 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    That’s so so true “Wine flies when you’re having fun.”
    What a very charming vineyard and the sceneries are stunning. It must be so nice to sit by the stream while sipping wine. I felt relaxed just reading about it.

  32. July 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I love the slogan of that winery. Wow, I had no idea that there were wineries in that region of the country, its wonderful to see this!

    I’m inviting you to join us on a regular photo tour link up on Mondays called Travel Photo Mondays, take a look

  33. Barbara scola
    July 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    How fortunate you are to be invited to such a spectacular place!!!!
    I also love your wine slogan. I love my martini’s a couple times a week, but the rest of the week I love my wine at cocktail hour!!!

  34. July 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Oh what fun! A beautiful vineyard and winery and of course I love the name. And I seriously need that banner!

  35. July 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    What a fun trip, being in the mountain with cooler weather sound great. I love the winery shots, it is a beautiful place. Lovely photos, have a happy week ahead!

  36. July 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Oh My goodness, such a beautiful place and I would so enjoy that gift about now…whew. no vacay for me until October…seems so far away. The winery is wonderful, and the wine looks so refreshing~

  37. A Garden of Threads
    July 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    What fun!!! Gorgeous shots.

  38. July 15, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Stunning images, as always, Mary. It looks like an amazing area to visit. It’s so hot here in Normandy at present I have to own up and admit that I actually put an ice cube in my glass of sauvignon blanc yesterday evening!

  39. July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    What a wonderful place to visit. it’s very pretty.

  40. Carol
    July 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    So beautiful!! I want to go… the beach dog is also an excellent mountain dog!!

  41. July 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Oh the whole post just makes me want to travel to the mountains. All lovely photos!

  42. Sue
    July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I had to check out another post to see if it was just a “fluke” that I enjoyed your blog…you do travel too! I am so glad that I decided to check in with Michael and stumbled on your blog this morning.

  43. July 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Wine flies :) Love that! What a wonderful place to visit and get away from the heat and enjoy good friends (and wine, of course) :)

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