let’s getaway

In a digital world of iPhones, laptops, iPads, and other electronics to keep us seemingly connected, it is becoming clear that we are actually becoming disengaged from our loved ones and nature.

Hence why Jon Staff and Pete Davis, two Harvard Business School friends, pitched the idea of Getaway House and raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The concept of Getaway House is simple – renting out tiny houses in the woods for those looking to unplug.

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

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monticello wine trail series: pippin hill farm & vineyards

Everyone knows about Thomas Jefferson – the third President of the United States, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the first Secretary of State, the governor of Virginia, the Minister to France, the founder of the University of Virginia, his list of accolades goes on and on. However, did you know that he was also an oenophile? He had a vision for wine and planted thousands of vines on his Monticello land, hoping to produce high-quality wines that would rival the best of the Old World ones.

The Monticello Wine Trail has 33 winery members all located within 25 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia. Each winery of the Monticello Wine Trail pays homage to Thomas Jefferson’s winemaking vision.

I hope to someday visit every one of these 33 wineries. So far, I have visited two. In this post, I want to document my visit to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. I’ve frequented Pippin Hill twice so far, and I’m sure there will be more visits in the future!

Overlooking the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains

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