Twenty-five folks in thirteen cars joined us for a great country drive, a hearty breakfast at the sprawling Rough Creek Lodge, and wine-tasting at Bluff Dale Winery, located at the gateway of the North Texas Hill Country. Having this event was questionable for a while due to the Chalk Mountain Wildfire in the area, but fire maps and calls to local officials confirmed our routes were clear. The event happened as scheduled.
Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is famous for its great restaurant, hunting and fishing, great family vacations, and as a venue for world-class corporate conferences and retreats on its 11,000 acres in the middle of nowhere. We enjoyed a hearty breakfast buffet at the restaurant.
After breakfast, we made our way to Bluff Dale Winery for a tasting of 5 highly-rated wines and great views of the valley from their deck. In contrast to the huge Rough Creek Ranch, Bluff Dale Winery is family-owned, quaint and rustic. They are recovering from wildfires which ravaged North Texas in March. The vineyards are destroyed but the winery still stands, thanks to the efforts of many firefighters.