Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Out on the Old Town

As an early birthday treat, Brad and I enjoyed a weekend visiting our lovely friends Tracy and Tim in Chesapeake, VA. We spent Saturday wandering around nearby Old Town Portsmouth.

Our first stop was the Bier Garden for some authentic German cuisine.

As we chowed down, we couldn’t help admiring the beautiful garden atmosphere. I loved everything from the sprawling plants,

to the blue and green glass doors,

to the street view,

Of course, the company wasn’t too bad either!

And the food! Yum! Tracy and I both ordered sandwiches and enjoyed (and are now semi-obsessed with) a cucumber, onion, dill, and vinegar salad. If you have a recipe for aforementioned salad, I need it!

After lunch we took a stroll through some of the shops. I love the quirky signs!

The Anderson-Wright Garden shop was my favorite. I promptly fell in love with half the store.

As soon as we stepped through the door, Tracy and I both rushed to get a closer look at these classy lanterns.

These orbs also caught my eye.

At some point in my life I need some rusty keys like these.

Mmmm, pillows!

I admit to drooling a lot slightly over this bird pitcher.

I’ll take two of these weathered boats, please.

Oh yeah, and can I have the amazing courtyard transplanted to my house?

That’s right, the shop has a courtyard.

I may need to move in.

We ended our outing in VA Beach at the new Town Center area. Where we stumbled upon a gelato shop.

I’m very glad I don’t have one of these nearby because I would find very frequent excuses to eat large quantities of gelato.

I had the Key Lime, Tim enjoyed peanut butter brownie, Tracy had classic vanilla with a shot of espresso on top, and Brad….

Had a massive cookies and crème coffee frappe.

Good times.

Check out Tracy’s beautiful blog for even more pictures from our weekend.

Thanks for having us, Dear Twin!



Tracy's mom said...

Good grief! I live in Portsmouth and have missed most of those awesome spots (except the Bier Garden). Thanks for the heads up on the incredible looking garden shop that I'll have to check out soon. Looks like you all had a great time.

Tim and Tracy said...

We had so much fun with you here! Thanks for making the trip!! Wish you lived closer but I guess it could be worse than 2 hours away... :) xo

Julia said...

I love that courtyard too. And by the way, you have totally found a "voice" that I love reading. Great work on the blog Hattie!

Christen said...

What a fun weekend! I love rusty vintage keys so much too. This summer, I'm definitely going to finally do something with all the vintage keys I've been collecting.