Super Duper Harvest Host Site

LOCATION: Camping at the Texas Legato Winery in Lampasas, Texas
WEATHER: Cool in AM, then hot! 89 high; Sunny

It got quite cold during the night, but we stayed toasty in the Airstream. We spent the morning in the MesinaHof Winery parking lot reading and enjoying coffee.

Then, we were off to our next Harvest Host destination. I had completely forgotten that Monday is Presidents’ Day so that is one reason the state parks and other campgrounds are full this weekend. We drove about 30 miles to Marble Falls, population of about 4000, but with 3 brewpubs. We selected this one and had a nice gyro lunch, an IPA, and a stout on nitro. We walked around the town. It seems quite prosperous.

Then another 30 miles or so to Lampasas. The winery is 3 miles out of town, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The owner came out to greet us as we pulled up and told us where to park. They offered us water and electricity hook-ups, but we don’t need them. The winery is a typical Texas building, with a porch circling the entire house. We sat on the porch next to the waterfall, reading and waiting until it was a good time to taste wine. (Didn’t want to start too early!)

Have herbs will travel…….I brought my pots of baby basil, dill, oregano, and parsley, as I thought they would need watering and sun while we were away. At the Fredericksburg housesitting assignment, I left them in the backyard except for cold nights. Today I placed them on the pick-up to get some sun.

At a decent hour, we went in to the winery for our tasting. All of the wines we tasted were quite good. Usually, we drink red wines, but since today is hot (89), we bought a bottle of white. We sat inside in the air-conditioning and chatted with the owner’s wife. They comped our $10 tasting since we are with Harvest Hosts, and gave us some gourmet blueberry wine-filled chocolates to try. (We will give them to someone who likes that kind of thing).

The owner invited us to sit in the back patio area, with an outdoor kitchen, big screen TV, and fire pit. We watched the Friday evening PBS news shows. By this time, it had cooled down a lot. The owner built us a fire in the fire pit. I brought our dinner out and we sat in front of the fire to eat. Really, really nice.

DINNER: Leftover lasagne.

The owners told us about another Harvest Host winery nearby, that isn’t on the HH website. I called to reserve a place for tomorrow, although we don’t know if we will stay there for sure, or return home.

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