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Head to the border for fine wine and dining

Sometimes, you just need a break. Not in the mood to make the trek out East to the beach? After a quick jaunt up Interstate-85 North (78 miles), you’ll find yourself at Lake Gaston, a rural and beautiful vacation spot. Perfect for either a day trip or weekend trip, Lake Gaston is a great escape from the grind, complete with a top-notch winery and exciting water sports on the expansive lake.

Wining and Dining

Lake Gaston’s newest attraction, the Rosemont Vineyards and Winery (1050 Blackridge Road, LaCrosse, Virginia, 434-636-WINE), opened at the end of 2008 to high praise. During your visit to the winery, try all 14 different wines grown and produced locally. Rumor has it that the reds are particularly delicious. If that isn’t convincing enough, Rosemont Winery, with Chef David Rose at the helm, has a tasting menu with the perfect dishes to go with your glass of wine.

Lakefront Dining

On a warm night, head over to WatersView Restaurant (2107 Eaton Ferry Road, 252-586-2814 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              252-586-2814      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) and sit outside to enjoy a casual yet refined meal on the water. It’s even got a marina for locals to park their boats for dinner. If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, try the Seared Salmon ($16.97). Or try a classic favorite, the Rib-Eye Steak, which is cut generously and is enough for two.

Water Sports

The main attraction of Lake Gaston is the clear and calm water—ideal for a variety of water sports. Lake Gaston is known for its striped bass and large mouth bass, and is perfect for a day fishing expedition. For those more inclined, rent a pair of jet skis and cruise around the lake. Less adventurous? Rent a canoe for only $40 per day, kick back and relax in the middle of the lake. The Stonehouse Timber Lodge (154 Stonehouse Lodge Drive, 252-586-3012) is a one-stop rental shop, complete with fishing equipment, jet skis, and boats of all kinds.

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