Barnhouse Brewery

This local favorite brewhouse was started by Roger and Christine Knoell .  They have  giant Bavarian Pretzels with house-made beer cheese and several homemade beer mustard’s.  My favorite is the spicy mustard flavor paired with the Kolsch.

Lighter Side
Belgian & Seasonals

They are open Friday – Sunday are kid and dog friendly.

Vanish Brewery

Vanish Brewery is located near Lucketts and Leesburg with 20 taps started by Jonathan Staples in 2014.  The vast property 53 acres with black hops has room for kids to play and dogs to enjoy the sun.

The outdoor tables are the perfect spot to enjoy the live music. A perfect spot to spend the entire day with friends play Frisbee golf and lounging around the property.

42245 Black Hops Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-779-7407

Hours: Mon-Wed 12-9pm
Thurs, Fri 12-10pm
Sat 11am-10pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Rocklands Winery and Farm

The Rocklands Farm is the perfect serene location to have a wine tasting or a glass of wine.  There is also a market to purchase meat and other goodies.  I enjoyed the craft pizza baked while you sip and relax.  No pets allowed and most of the patrons are families.

Rockland Farms hosted several including a wine camp, live music and more.

This is an active farm with residences in house so be mindful of their personal space.  Take a walk and see the animals.


There’s a secret sauce simmering in Washington, D.C. Called mumbo sauce or mambo sauce, it’s a sweet-and-sour staple as specific to D.C. 

The recipe is rumored to be:
D.C. Mumbo Sauce

  1. 1/2 cup tomato paste (ketchup works in a pinch)
  2. 1 cup distilled white vinegar.
  3. 1 cup pineapple juice.
  4. 1 cup sugar.
  5. 4 teaspoons soy sauce.
  6. 1 teaspoon powdered ginger.
  7. 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce or more preferably Tabasco.


A pannekoek (plural pannekoeken or pannenkoeken) or Dutch pancake is a style of pancake with origins in the Netherlands.

My opa used to say that if you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much.   This recipe is an old family tradition.  All the way from Holland this breakfast treat can be made with several twists.  The 2 flavors I created today were cinnamon and apple and cinnamon and vanilla.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3cup milk
  • 3cup flour
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1cup sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced or other fruit
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla optional

  1. Heat oven to 410°F.
  2. Beat eggs, flour, milk, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium speed for approx. 1 minute.
  3. Prepare apples or other items and fold into mixture.
  4. Melt the butter in a 9×13 glass pan and then pour egg mixture in pan.
  5. Combine sugar and cinnamon or other flavors and sprinkle over mixture.
  6. Bake uncovered until puffed and golden, about 25-35 minutes.

Garlic Festival Dragoon, AZ

8th Annual Garlic Festival

Triangle T Guest Ranch 4190 E Dragoon Rd, Dragoon, Arizona

Step back into the Wild West for a fun weekend of garlic, food, arts, live entertainment in one of the last few ‘dude’ ranches left in the Old West.

The food was amazing we bought garlic pickles, horseshoe decor and a garlic seasoning.

Amado, AZ

The opening “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” sequence in the 1955 film Oklahoma!, with Gordon MacRae singing the famous song while riding a horse past the stalks of corn “as high as a elephant’s eye”, was filmed in Amado.

From Spain and Mexico the family moved north, settling about 1850 into Southern Arizona, then part of Mexico. In 1852, Manuel Amado began ranching south of Tucson between the Canoa and Otero Spanish land grants. With no fences, his cattle roamed from the border to north of Tucson. The railroad opened a station nearby in 1910. In 1919 the Amadoville post office was established. A year later, the name was changed to Amado.  Information courtesy of:

Stop and dine at The Firefly Restaurant.  The menu rotates and serves delicious seasonal plates year round.  The patio is the perfect place to savor the flavors of wine and savory dishes.  My favorites are the Irish Beef Stew and the Autumn Kale Salad.

3001 E. Frontage Rd.,
Amado, AZ 85645
Phone. 520-398-3028


Mesa, Arizona

If you are looking for a charming stroll downtown make the drive to Mesa, AZ.   The town is well known for their sculptures.   As of 2017 Mesa’s growing Permanent Sculpture Collection features 38 fine pieces.

There are endless hours of second hand shops with treasures galore. The stores are well organized and offer something for everyone.

2 of my favorite places to eat and have a beverage are Oro Brewing Company and Queens Pizzeria.

Some of my other fun urban art.

Camp Verde and Prescott

Camp Verde
Settlers first began migrating into the Verde Valley because of the mining industry.   The first military establishment was a temporary post overlooking the farms at West Clear Creek.   In 1865, the next post, Camp Lincoln was established.   In 1865 the name was changed to Camp Verde.  The post was moved to its present day site in 1871, due to the onset of a malaria outbreak.   In 1878, the name was changed to Fort Verde to signify permanence.    The fort was occupied from 1871-1891; with the post officially closing in April of 1890.






This charming town offers endless entertainment hours.  There is a little nugget called The Point Bar and Lounge. If you are looking for a proper cocktail this is the happening place.  This street is named Whiskey Row because of the large number of saloons at one time totaling 40.  The reason we have this lovely row of opportunities is because of a fire in July of 1900 destroyed the entire block. When the area was reconstructed, there was a large amount of bars rebuilt in the area.

The St. Michael hotel stands at the intersection of Prescott’s famed Montezuma Street(Whiskey Row) and Gurley street, the northern flank of  the Courthouse Plaza Square.The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.  text credit wiki

Take a break after touring downtown and head over to the Prescott Brewing Company. Their menu looks like a news print from a time long ago.