This year, I elected to skip the picnic in the McKinney cemetery and go on a Memorial Day road trip instead. So the fearsome threesome (Vikki, Rosemary, & me) loaded up and went to the Lavender Festival at Lavender Ridge Farm near Gainesville. There were booths, plants, and stuff .
Still, a good time was had by all. Next we went to the (not so) booming metropolis of Muenster, Texas for lunch at this place:
which was delicious. By the time our food came we fell on it like ravenous wolves, so it was gone before anyone thought to snap a picture. Heading out, we spotted this sign…
and followed it here, to the Weinhof Winery.
We had a grand time sampling delicious fruit wines—apple, strawberry, plum, blackberry, and so on. We even got a “tank tasting”:
Vikki loved it.
And we all made a few purchases, some more than a few…but Rosemary did get change back.
From there it was just a short, scenic drive to another winery, Arche Wines. It’s worth the drive just for that moment when you see the Red River Valley spread before you…though if you’re driving, as I was, you can’t exactly stop for pics. But here’s the road to the winery…And they actually grow their own grapes right there, a rarity for Texas wines. (Most Texas grapes are grown out in south/west Texas.) After a brief stop back at Weinhof to pick up someone’s (not mine) credit card, which had been dropped in the parking lot and discovered when the winemaker went out to pick up the winery sign, which had blown over (sorry for the run on sentence but it was that kind of day), we popped by my old high school. Era, Texas. Population (when I lived there) 200. Salute. I was pleased to see that someone has redone the home of my youth; last time I was by there it was in sad shape but now it’s adorable. Then it was on to dinner . . . but that deserves a post of its own.
More to come!