August 21, 2019

Charleston, West Virginia: Sunrise Carriage Trail; things to do


Sunrise Carriage Trail  Parking available at top and bottom, (304) 348-6458.  Open dawn-dusk.  Free.  Dogs ok on a leash.  Brochure.

entrance to Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
entrance to Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia

Once this delightful walking trail served as the carriage road up to Sunrise, the stately residence of the ninth governor of West Virginia, William Alexander MacCorkle.  Currently the 1905, 36-room, Georgian-style Sunrise Mansion is privately owned and inhabited by a law firm.

Sunrise mansion at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
Sunrise mansion at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia

In the garden is a monument to astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who was the first American civilian to go into space and who died aboard the Challenger space shuttle when it exploded on January 28, 1986.

monument to astronaut Christa McAuliffe in garden at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
monument to astronaut Christa McAuliffe in garden at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


view of city from garden at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
view of city from garden at top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


The shady, wide trail leads from here for just over a half-mile down to an access road.  It took me a leisurely hour to walk down.

Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


Near the top, the governor’s ashes are buried beneath a monument to Isabelle MacCorkle, his daughter, which was vandalized and then replaced with a newer version, which unfortunately has also been vandalized and is missing its hands.

monument to Isabelle MacCorkle near top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
monument to Isabelle MacCorkle near top of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


Along the way is a marker commemorating where the bodies of two women were found during construction of the trail in 1905.  It is said that they were executed here as spies, and their remains were reburied here under the marker.  Legend has it that their ghosts haunt the hollow.  Some of the unmortared short stone walls lining the trail have lovely tops engraved with leaves.

stone engraved with fern on Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
stone engraved with fern on Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


At the base is a pleasant pocket park with a creek and a bench where you can rest and reflect.

pocket park at bottom of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia
pocket park at bottom of Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia


Getting Here
bottom entrance:  Just over the South Side Bridge before Bridge Road.
top entrance:  On Myrtle Road just before the entrance to the MacCorkle Mansion, also known as Sunrise Mansion.



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August 13, 2019

Columbus, Ohio: Veritas; restaurant review


Veritas  11 W Gay St., Uptown District/Downtown, (614) 745-3864.  D M-Sat.

interior at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
interior at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio


Chef Joshua Dalton presents the city’s original tasting menu dining experience.  Diners choose from several tasting menus that feature creative contemporary small plates.  Each menu is optionally paired with well-selected wines--a service I suggest you take advantage of.  The dining room is spare, and you can see into the kitchen from most seating, though some especially choice tables are set right next to the window into the kitchen.  My group sat in a comfortable booth, beneath a wall that was covered with an arty take on recycled belts--I could actually smell the leather.  Our sommelier was well informed and gave us informative introductions to each new food and wine item.  I found myself highly enjoying the mix of intriguing food items with the matching wine.  My dining companions and I had a lively conversation concerning the South African Chenin Blanc that I swear had notes of cannabis.

wine bucket at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
wine bucket at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio

The punctuating surprise of new items kept my group of six pleasantly engaged in conversation throughout.  Here is a blow-by-blow of the menu that night:


Course 1.  snacks
NV Pierre Sparr Rose (Alsace, France)

snack course at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
snack course at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio


NV Pierre Sparr Rose (Alsace, France) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
NV Pierre Sparr Rose (Alsace, France) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 2.  beet + chevre + apple
2016 Brooks Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

beet + chevre + apple at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
beet + chevre + apple at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio


2016 Brooks Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley, Oregon) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
2016 Brooks Dry Riesling (Willamette Valley, Oregon) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 3.  celeriac + frisee + black garlic
2015 Bellingham Chenin Blanc (coastal region, South Africa)

celeriac + frisee + black garlic at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
celeriac + frisee + black garlic at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio


2015 Bellingham Chenin Blanc (coastal region, South Africa) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
2015 Bellingham Chenin Blanc (coastal region, South Africa) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 4.  monkfish + prosciutto + hen of the woods
2016 Terrebrune Bandol Rose (Provence, France); but might have been 2017 DILA-O dry red

monkfish + prosciutto + hen of the woods at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
monkfish + prosciutto + hen of the woods at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio


2016 Terrebrune Bandol Rose (Provence, France) wine; but it might have been this 2017 DILA-O dry red; at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
2016 Terrebrune Bandol Rose (Provence, France) wine; but it might have been this 2017 DILA-O dry red; at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 5.  wagyu flank + sunflower + pomegranate
2017 Vecchio Marone “Privata” (Veneto, Italy)

Oh dear, no image of this.  I must have been enjoying this wine way too much!

2017 Vecchio Marone “Privata” (Veneto, Italy) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
2017 Vecchio Marone “Privata” (Veneto, Italy) wine at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 6.  gjetost + lychee + sumac
2015 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany); now a wine image is missing!

gjetost + lychee + sumac at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
gjetost + lychee + sumac at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio



Course 7.  blueberry + yoghurt + lavendar
2014 Quady “Essencia” Muscat (California); oh dear, yet another missing image!  My, this meal was delicious and the wines stellar!

blueberry + yoghurt + lavendar at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
blueberry + yoghurt + lavendar at Veritas in Columbus, Ohio
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An upscale cocktail bar, The Citizens Trust, is located adjacent and upstairs.  It can also be entered through the restaurant.  This stunning bar is situated inside a former bank and features a high, high ceiling and many seating areas.  When you sit in the huge curved booth in the back, it makes you feel like the small version of Alice in Wonderland.  A popular drink is the Patty Hearst made with gin and sparkling rose, but being from Berkeley, California, I opted for the Luchador with Tequila.

happy group lifts their cocktails in a toast at The Citizens Trust in Columbus, Ohio
happy group lifts their cocktails in a toast at The Citizens Trust in Columbus, Ohio



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