Yesterday was a gloriously beautiful sunshiny day. The absolute best kind of weather to celebrate Mother’s Day. All the better that we spent it at Running Hare Vineyard located in nearby Prince Frederick, Maryland. I had heard from a local that there would be live music and crafters displaying their wares on Mother’s Day and figured it would be a good time to visit. As it would turn out, it was the perfect way to celebrate the day!
An easy drive from the D.C. area, Running Hare is nestled in the woods on 300 acres of land. Purchased in 2003 by Mike Scarborough, the land was originally intended for hunting. But when Mike discovered the dry sandy soil was optimal for growing grapes, he decided to give winemaking a whirl by planting one hundred vines and seeing how it went.
Fast forward to today and Mike now has over 5,ooo vines producing several varieties of grapes which have yielded over 100,000 bottles of wine.
Running Hare Vineyard is a wonderful place for adults and children alike. It’s not often that you hear that a vineyard can be enjoyable for children. It’s one of the things that makes this vineyard special. As a parent, I appreciate activities that are geared for multiple age groups and Running Hare makes that possible by allowing families to pack picnic lunches which can be enjoyed right on the property.
Mike took a group of us on a tour of the vineyard and the events facility. During the tour he took the time to answer our questions about how grapes grew and gave us some general info on the winemaking process. The kids especially enjoyed seeing the tiny clusters of grapes already growing on the vines. I appreciated how the owner makes himself accessible to visitors and the time he takes to educate his guests on his passions.
But what the kids liked the very best was the live music. During the warmer weather months live bands perform each weekend and kids are free to dance on the spacious dance floor situated in the middle of the picnic pavilion. A beautiful way to spend the day, sipping good wine in the sunshine while the kids frolic. A winning business model for sure.
And if wine isn’t your thing, fret not. Running Hare Vineyard is co-located with Calvert Brewing Company where beer lovers can enjoy flights, sip on a pint or refill their growler!
For directions, hours and events, be sure to visit both the Running Hare Vineyard and Calvert Brewing Company websites. Events are planned throughout the warmer weather months with live music and vendors. Perfect for the whole family!
This is not a sponsored post and I paid for my own bottle of wine to facilitate my review.