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Fearrington-Fullsteam Fall Collaboration

The Fearrington-Fullsteam Fall beer is our take on an English-style Extra Special Bitter (ESB). To give the beer a Southern twist, we add over 100 pounds of cider apple pomace (pressed apple pulp) from Silver Creek and Seamans Orchards in Virginia. These fruity apple tones complement the ESB’s natural nutty and sweet aromas, resulting in flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and a lingering apple sweetness.

On the label, we call this seasonal offering “the true taste of autumn in the South,” and I think it delivers on that promise. It’s a warming beer with an autumnal hue and aroma — without resorting to cloying spices typically found in modern pumpkin beers. The beer’s quiet confidence makes it a perfect choice for food pairing — I’d go with The Granary’s pork loin with sweet potato casserole and glazed carrots, or with The Fearrington House Restaurant’s Quail with Chanterelles and Charred Corn Pasta. Of course, I still have fond memories of that cheese plate . . .

– Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam Founder

Crafting a Cozy Reception

Even weddings with lots of guests can feel cozy! Read for some tips from our wedding planners on how to make a large reception feel intimate. Take advantage of throw pillows and cushions in lounge areas - these are great spaces for guests to relax and feel comfortable. Using rugs and piping or draping to create screened off spaces also shape an intimate vibe. Don't forget about music, candle light and greenery to make rooms less harsh and more inviting. Add a comfort-cocktail and guests... Full Post >

Wine Spotlight: Ca’ del Sarto

For this week's spotlight we are travelling to Italy, where there is always plenty of delicious wines to indulge in! At The Goat, we love to focus on wines that are not only delicious, but also a great value. Ca' del Sarto's wines fit this description perfectly and are a great addition to any dinner table. Ca' del Sarto is a unique collaboration between Enotec Imports and local vintners that started in 1998. Since then, they have produced wines all over Italy, focusing the quality of... Full Post >

The Seven Shoes Every Woman Should Own

We've covered handbags, so naturally it's time to cover everyone's favorite accessory: shoes. Though we'd like to say every pair of shoes we have in our closets is absolutely essential to our lives, it really boils down to seven pairs. Do you have these in your closet? Everyday heel: these are the ones that you can wear to work, to cocktails, and everywhere in between. They are comfortable, they are simple, and they are sturdy. Definitely a necessity. Statement heel: here... Full Post >

Butterflies at Fearrington

Fearrington is enjoying it's best butterfly season in memory. Guests are sure to see beautiful yellow butterflies almost anywhere while strolling the grounds. There are dozens in the plants behind Roost, the cutting gardens, and even in Jenny’s Garden, and in front of the Granary. The most common butterfly is the Eastern Swallowtail, the beautiful yellow flier that has been everywhere all summer. If you look closely you can see lots of yellow and a few black forms – all males are... Full Post >

Best Outfit for International Travel

We have quite the jet-set clientele at Dovecote. We are asked on a daily basis "what's the best outfit for traveling?" and we have the answer for you! Well, we have a couple answers. Because who doesn't love options? If you are solely traveling (and, thus, crashing onto your bed as soon as you arrive at your destination), we recommend a simple cotton t-shirt from Wilt and ponte leggings from Magaschoni. These are comfortable, breathable, and can double as pajamas if you just... Full Post >