Across the road and just up the hill is the Nichols Gallery Annex, which is stuffed with interesting and intriguing work by artists from Virginia and beyond. I passed a very happy hour there getting inspired.
The ruins are beautiful in their imperfection, providing a peek at the past while lending a European air to the Virginia countryside. The home was built for former Gov. James Barbour, who served as leader of the state during the war of 1812. It was based on a design by Thomas Jefferson.
It was hard to resist climbing over the rope and exploring! The winery also has an inn and rentable cottages...I think it would make for an incredible weekend romantic getaway or girls' trip!
Just down the road is Stonefire Kitchen, a fantastic restaurant and event facility. If I were getting married at Barboursville, I'd have my rehearsal dinner here in a second!
I had a delicious Cuban sandwich, with pork loin slices instead of pulled pork. So good!
We took 33 to Richmond, passing through some more sweet downtowns, like Gordonsville and Louisa.
And to cap off our touristy day, we asked a sweet couple to snap a shot of us with one of the roadside "Love" signs placed throughout the state. It was a great little weekend trip!