A favorite escape of mine is only an hour or so from my home. In the foothills of the mountains there are several local vineyards. We bring a blanket, some fresh fruit and salads, open up a bottle of wine and lay on the hills under the trees.

Even the hour drive is worth it –

And then you find the hidden entrance:

Once you arrive, you can smell the serenity in the air

of course I believe that this is truly middle-earth, complete with a party tree,

little hobbits,

and shire-like greenery.

After a day like this, I am reminded of how lucky I am.