Val Du Vino Winery resides in a nearly 100-year-ol barn at the west end of Murphys's Main Street. The boughs of ancient oaks shade the property, adding to the winery's bucolic beauty. Its quaint exterior conceals a lovingly restored interior with plenty of modern amenities, such as a recently refurnished tasting room and an impressively equipped kitchen. That kitchen serves as the playground of Jeannine Hebel, co-owner, operator, and resident chef at the winery. Drawing on her training in French cuisine, she makes new menus to suit every event that comes through, from simple tastings to full-blown weddings.
The other half the winery's duties??the winemaking itself??belongs to Jonathon Phillips. Phillips selects his grapes by hand from the crops of local vineyards, producing wine only in small batches because he can only carry so many grapes, probably. He shares these creations with visitors as long as stocks last, though members of the winery's wine club are always first in line to get a taste or buy a bottle.
The historic building that houses Dori's Tea Cottage was built in 1935, and today, the charming domicile opens its doors to the public. It welcomes visitors into its charming interior, complete with lace curtains, stone fireplace, and original hardwood floors. Take your tea out on the patio surrounded by lush, fragrant roses under the shade of thriving greenery, or enjoy the old-school formality of the indoor tea room, complete with lace tablecloths and linen napkins. A variety of options are available for tea service, including savory sandwiches, a host of dainty pastries, and more than 75 teas to choose from.
Along with its mainstay collection of holiday and greeting cards, HLC Hallmark supplies kids and parents with gifts for all occasions. The shop's huge selection of yuletide ornaments dresses up trees better than nesting pigeons wearing tuxes. Other stocking stuffers include customizable storybooks, scented candles, graphic T-shirts, and key chains.
Retail sales of Locally grown-milled and bottled Olive Oil. We carry flavored olive oils along with flavored Balsalmic Vinegars. Olive wood products, olive oil lotion and scented olive oil soaps.Pasta bowls -salad bowls and a variety of oil and vinegar cruets.
Paula Gauthier loved working at Yesterday’s Books through high school and college so much that she ended up there, years later, as a manager. When the owners retired, she and her husband, Phillip, decided to buy the store and continue its more than three-decade run as a repository of new, used, rare, candy-coated, and out-of-print books. Today, the Gauthiers continually update a collection of more than 100,000 titles, all categorized into sections such as general fiction, classics, theology, and children's books stacked on floor-to-ceiling bookcases. They also stock eight always-unlocked display cases with rare books, such as a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin that would buckle the knees of any bibliophile, history buff, or person named Tom. Other collectibles range from a specially bound copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six to a signed volume by Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan and John Carter series.
The Gauthiers have also brought modern updates to the shop, such as replacing the paper-based store-credit system with an electronic one, which even gives members an online account to track available funds. Phillip observes that some regulars swap out up to 50 books per visit. In addition to book collections, the Gauthiers maintain a catalog of CDs, DVDs, and sheet music.