This weekend we celebrated our two year anniversary. Matt and I decided that I would plan the day “adventure” and he would plan the evening activities. My adventure actually came from a Homeland episode I watched back in the fall, and I had been saving the idea for this particular weekend. You might remember in season 3 that Saul goes hunting with Senators. The lodge they were at was so beautiful, and since Homeland is filmed in Charlotte, I figured the lodge had to be nearby. There’s actually a website that tells you where each of the episodes are filmed, so I was able to find the lodge info. The lodge used for this location is called The Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood NC, about 45 minutes east of Charlotte. The Fork is a full service hunting lodge where you can hunt duck and quail, shoot sporting clays, ride horses and fish.
We arrived at The Fork around 1:00 and were blown away by how beautiful it was. We followed a gravel road until we found “The Ordinary” Gun Lodge. We met with Johan, the Sporting Clays Director. He was extremely helpful and set us up with all the gear we needed. We decided to do the 8-station small gauge course. Johan came to the first station with us and gave us a free lesson and some pointers, which went above and beyond what he had to do. There was only one other small group on the course so we felt like we basically had it all to ourselves.
Side note: Who knew they made strollers specifically for guns…?
I have been to a gun range once, and hated every minute of it. It scared me being in such a small place with so many loud guns. This was a totally different experience that I enjoyed much more. Shooting clay’s is actually very fun and kind of addicting. I was a lot better than I thought I would be. The only bad part is that they didn’t have any youth guns, so the gun I used was too big for me. I left with some ugly bruises and soreness in a strange armpit/shoulder region, but it was worth it. We already have plans to go back soon, and Johan told us he would have a smaller gun for me to use next time.
After shooting we drove around the property and checked out the other amenities. It was such a beautiful day and being out in the middle of nowhere was so peaceful and a welcomed change of pace for us. The Fork has a lodge where you can stay the night, and we definitely plan on doing that the next time we go back.
While we were getting set-up with our guns, a lady in the lodge told us about a vineyard that was close by. We figured that since we were so close, there really wasn’t a reason not to stop. The vineyard was called Stony Mountain and was right outside of Albemarle, NC.
The vineyard is essentially a big open house with deck that overlooks Morrow Mountain. The weather was absolutely perfect and we were lucky to find a table and chairs on the deck. We were very surprised by how many people were there. The vineyard is family owned and operated and you can tell how much each of them care about their business. We ordered a bottle of Cab that was priced extremely well, and some cheese & crackers. Although all of the grapes are dead now, I’m sure its beautiful once they start blooming. Stopping off at the vineyard was an unexpected detour of the trip, but definitely time well spent.
While we wanted to stay and relax all day (and drink more!), we had an hour drive home and that would be one expensive Uber ride! So we called it a day after one bottle and headed home. We must have said 50 times on the way home how much fun we had and how we couldn’t wait to get back to The Fork. Once we got home I dropped Matt off and rushed home to shower for our night “adventure” that he had planned. We called an Uber and headed to Luciano’s – a restaurant that we’ve been wanting to try in our neighborhood. The restaurant is cozy and beautifully decorated. I ordered the salmon and it was delicious! After dinner we decided to be adventurous and head uptown. A new bar/restaurant called Fahrenheit just opened above the Skye Conodos/Hyatt Place hotel. This is Charlotte’s first rooftop restaurant and it did not disappoint. There is a huge bar/lounge area and giant doors that open to an amazing deck. The view from the deck is arguably one of the best in uptown as you get a panoramic view of the city. There are large fire pits, a social pool, and a seasonal herb garden on the deck. We only ordered drinks, but were impressed with the space and are intrigued to see what the food is like. We will definitely be back.
If the future is as fun as these last two years, I think we’re in good shape!