I’m starting a new series here and it’s called Low Cost Weekend Ideas. I plan on trying to highlight some cheap fun things to do on weekends that are relatively low-cost but loads of fun. Now, chances are you might not be able to take advantage of some of these ideas depending on where you live, but maybe it’ll spark an idea (that I invite you to share) for what to do the next time Friday rolls around.
Everyone knows about the California wineries, the famed Napa Valley, but there are tons of local wineries up and down the east coast as well. In fact, there are so many that Mr. Carlo De Vito has penned a book titled East Coast Wineries (blogger too!) that my friends in New York swear by.
So what’s fun about going to a winery? If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. All wineries will have a tasting room in which for a few bucks will permit you to sample a whole slew of their wines. In fact, in some places you can try all of their wines and they won’t even collect a single cent. A lot of these wineries have a very hometown friendly feel to them and many times the person pouring the wines will be the owners themselves. Sometimes, if the winery is big enough, they’ll have a dining room with some live music as well.
A few weekends ago, in a weekend trip up to visit from friends in New York, we visited a few wineries over the course of three or four hours. Now, I’m not a wine and cheese type of guy, I’m more like a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon (Natty Light actually but I do enjoy PBR) guy but the four of us popped a bottle of wine and shared some mini-pizza’s, a cheese plate, and some mozzarella & tomato sandwiches to the sound of two guys strumming away on their guitars. Granted, that wasn’t a low cost idea but visiting a winery, enjoying the sights of the countryside, and sampling some wines isn’t a bad way to kill a few hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Just remember… don’t drink and drive.