Having an RV opens up a whole new realm in terms of travel possibilities. We’ve never been able to start our camping season in mid-April before. Today we launched the 2017 camping and traveling season in style by heading south. One of our destination-goals is to spend some time in Assateague Island National Seashore. But first, our plan was to spend a night at one of the Harvest Host locations: Wycombe Vineyards in Furlong, PA. We left home at about 10:30 AM and arrived at Wycombe at about 4:30.
Rich (“my name, not my bank account”) and Deb Fraser were wonderful hosts as we visited their winery. They are not open on Mondays, but Rich gave us the opportunity to try his wines, and he told us about the vineyard. The farm has been in Deb’s family since 1925, and Rich and Deb started the vineyards in 2000. They are producing about 16,000 bottles a year from their own grapes. One of the coolest things about their product is that each bottle’s label features a photograph from the family photo album. Photos depict the history of this family farm, from the present day (9-year old granddaughter picking dandelions on the label for their dandelion wine) to Deb’s grandfather shown in a photo on another of the bottles.
E and I were surprised to learn that Rich has been approached by Wegmans with a request to carry one of his wines in their stores. Rich politely declined, because he knows that he wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand. He is one of those rare individuals who is satisfied with the size of his business and who is mindful of avoiding outgrowing his comfort level.
They invited us to park in a grassy area near the barn, house, and winery. We enjoyed an easy dinner and then relaxed as we watched a colorful sunset. Tomorrow we will cross through or around Philadelphia on our way to Assateague. For now, we just will reflect on a man whose business is just right for him.