By Rachel H
With summer in full swing, there are many weekends ahead to take advantage of some of our Smarty Day Trip ideas. Today I would like to tell you more about Childress Vineyards. I know that it does not sound like the type of place that you would normally take children, but we spent an afternoon there with our kids and it was fantastic. Childress Vineyards is located in Lexington, from Charlotte you take I-85 North to Business 85 North, stay left to Highway 52 North, take Exit 89 at Highway 64 West, turn left & winery on right. I would recommend taking your family here any weekend from May-October because they offer Music in the Vineyards during these months from 11am-3pm. These performances are free, and so much fun. We visited when a beach music group was playing and we loved sitting on the lawn listening to music for the afternoon. I will admit that I am not usually a wine-drinking gal, (sorry Mr. Childress) but I did have a glass of one of their signature wines that afternoon and it was excellent.
The kids loved the nearby pond and dancing around on the lawn. My favorite part of the day was the delicious lunch we had on the balcony. The weather was perfect for an outdoor lunch, and I swear it was the best chicken salad sandwich I had ever eaten! The building itself is gorgeous and makes you feel like you are visiting a Tuscan villa!
The winery also has free tours and tasting rooms during the week and on weekends. (Please check the website for exact times.) On Friday, September 17th, the vineyards are hosting a Harvest Party from 7-10pm with wine, food, music, and the annual grape stomp, so this might be a good time to line up a sitter and have a date night!
There is also a shopping center next to the vineyards that I think only has two stores presently in it, but one is Mike Helsabeck’s gallery. Mike is a local artist from High Point, who is an Appalachian State Graduate (Go App! It’s great to be a Mountaineer!) Definitely check out the gallery if it is open and if your children can enter without destroying anything!
Visit the website for more details. I hope you enjoy Childress Vineyards as much as we did!