By Rachel Hoeing

It’s a great time of year for a Day Trip!  Today I would like to tell you more about Childress Vineyards. I know that it does not sound like the type of place that you would normally take children, but we spent an afternoon there with our kids and it was fantastic. Childress Vineyards is located in Lexington, which is less than 20 minutes from the I-40/US-52 intersection. Just take 52 south and you are there in no time!

I would recommend taking your family here any weekend from May-October because they offer Music in the Vineyards during these months from noon – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. These performances are free, and so much fun.

We visited the vineyards when a beach music group was playing and we loved sitting on the lawn listening to music for the afternoon. The kids loved the nearby pond and dancing around on the lawn. I will admit that I am not usually a wine-drinking gal, (sorry Mr. Childress) but I did have a glass of one of their signature wines that afternoon and it was excellent. Food and drink are available for purchase during these events.

My favorite part of the day was the delicious lunch we had on the balcony. The weather was perfect for an outdoor lunch, and I swear it was the best chicken salad sandwich I had ever eaten! The building itself is gorgeous and makes you feel like you are visiting a Tuscan villa!

The winery also has free tours and tasting rooms during the week and on weekends. (Please check the website for exact times.) There are many dinner nights offered that include with wine, food, and music so this might be a good time to line up a sitter and have a date night!

There is a terrific store inside the main building where you can of course purchase wines in addition to other gift items. There is also a shopping center next to the vineyards and a walking trail. Visit the website for more details. I hope you enjoy Childress Vineyards as much as we did!