Charlottesville is hands down one of my favorite towns. Because of it’s location and it’s entertainment options, Cville has become the rendezvous point for my mom and I since I moved to NC. It’s exactly between the two of us, and there’s always something to do.

We’ve been to wineries, breweries, restaurants, historical touristy attractions, and more. But never have I gotten to enjoy the town with friends and such good food. Smile This weekend Cville turned to KERFville!

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The place: Cville

The occasion: Kath’s b-day

The crew: Meghann, Sarah, Allie, Christine, and the birthday girl herself. (Plus Cara & Brittany & more!)

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I pulled into Cville just in time for lunch at the Downtown Mall- a trendy-yet-quaint outdoor shopping & dining spot in the center of town.

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Soup, salad, and pumpkin bread at Eppie’s was just the start of good weekend of eats.

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Spinach, date, corn, and goat cheese salad. Good at first, but by the end I was over it. The extra pumpkin bread may have hitched a ride in my purse. Winking smile

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Followed by peppermint patty fro yo & brownie goo at Arch’s.

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Forget about the fro yo- it was all about the ooey gooey side of brownie batter.

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Just in case ice cream & brownies weren’t enough for birthday celebrating, we hit up two local wineries: Blenheim & Kluge, both of which I find extremely difficult to pronounce, even before you factor in the wine.

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First up, Blenheim:

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I took copious notes. See?

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(Why take notes when you can just drink?!)

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I’ve never met a wine I didn’t like, but I wasn’t blown away by any of them.

Next up: Kluge

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It didn’t matter what the wine tasted like, they get automatic kudos for presentation style. (But the wine was really good.)

We might have split 14 wine samples between the 7 of us.

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So far: good meal, good dessert, good wine… what more could you want?!

How about some serious beer sampling?!

Homebrews a la Matt. The oatmeal stout was like coffee & beer all combined into one (my kind of beer!).

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I don’t even need to tell you the pumpkin brew was delicious.

We even got a lesson in the history of pumpkin beer, followed by a showdown of bottled pumpkin brews. I think I might have found a rival for my beer-nerd buddy Ian

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First there was one. Then two.Then three.

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Let the showdown begin!

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The Cottonwood & Schlafly’s were the clear winners. Cottonwood for multiple bottle consumption, Schlafly’s for enjoying pie in a bottle. (Try saying Schlafly’s 3x fast. I can hardly spell it.)

Of course there was good food too. I can’t even begin to tell you what was there.

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All I know was Andrea’s butternut squash & mushroom empanadas were to die for, the pumpkin goat cheese rocked my socks off, and those gingerbread cookies were as good as they look. Yum.

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Just in case all of that wasn’t enough, the celebration ended the next morning with a giant batch of the infamous KERF oatmeal.

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Kath: putting the glamorous back in oatmeal.

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How do you think this selection of toppings worked out for my incredibly indecisive nature? Too.many.choices!

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Some of everything’s the way to go. Winking smile Coconut peanut butter, buckwheat granola, ginger pear preserves, Allie bars… I’m sure there was more…

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I’m pretty sure I need to start eating oatmeal on my porch. If only my porch looked like this…

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So glad to see my North Face buddies, Cara & Meghann! Smile (They were at the scene of the knee crime…)

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And thanks to Cara for being the hostess with the mostest! Smile

And with that, the weekend was over in a flash. Whew. (Picture overload much?)