If you just happened to stumble upon Bastress Mountain Winery, you could easily mistake it for a rustic cabin. Planks of knotty wood line the interior of its shop from floor to ceiling, including the steps of the wrought-iron spiral staircase. Its sprawling wooden deck showcases a stone fireplace, and wooden benches surround a gurgling stone-lined pond. This mountain escape is just a short trip from Lakeview Apartments, so you can come here to try some of the locally made vino when you have free time.
Bastress Mountain Winery welcomes guests Wednesday through Sunday to explore its many varietals. What began as a collection of eight wines in 2001 has flourished into a much larger assortment. Grab a bottle or pick up your own wine-making supplies and bottle labels. Plan a wine-tasting party at the winery if you want to sample a few types before you decide on one. The shop also offers other locally sourced gifts, such as Autumn Woods Soaps and West Wind Jewelry.