Thursday, July 30, 2015

Doyle's Vineyards

Last weekend my kids and I made it out to Doyle's Vineyards, just a quick ride from Southpoint. This was previously a vineyard, but the new owners have taken in a new direction by adding outdoor movie nights. 

We arrived roughly an hour before the start and were pleased to see it wasn't too crowded and there was ample parking. (Look for the blow up wavy guy!) Lots of lovely majestic trees are all over the land, right behind the vines that are adjacent to the road. We set up our seats in front of the inflatable screen and went to look around. A musician was playing some great tunes and the atmosphere was simply relaxing and fun. The kids immediately made friends and ran around the wide open space, darting behind the giant trees and running through the open rolling lawns. I met one of the owners at their dessert truck. They offer popcorn, cheesecake, eclairs and more, but no big meals so you should have dinner first. If you want wine, you have to go down the hill to the house, so we took a stroll. First we sat on a porch swing overlooking a lovely lake which had a beautiful deck next to it. You can see why they offer to host weddings at this vineyard! Then we went inside and it was very homey but also nice, with stonework and wood. I took a peak in the tasting room and what they call the The kids of course loved this because it looked like a secret passageway to a hidden room! I sampled several wines before deciding on one, and we headed back up the hill. On the way, we stopped at the fun dinosaur sculpture for photos!

It was almost time for the movie to start now that the sun was setting so we put on our bug spray (important!) and grabbed popcorn. My kids are E.T. fans and that was the movie of the night. Everyone settled in and enjoyed seeing it on the big screen, with the sounds of a southern night around us. My kids were definitely tired at the end, as it ended nearly at 10, but it was well worth it for a memorable and relaxing evening. We will definitely be back to this hidden treasure! You can see why their tagline is "Come as a stranger...leave as a friend.."

What we liked: 
It's a really short drive from where we live in Southern Durham, and after spending all the work week racing around, it was refreshing not to have to load back in the car to go downtown for entertainment. Also it was FREE! And family events are hard to find, especially unique options. Of course, you don't have to have kids to see these films, it'd be a nice date nice or outing with pals. (Especially true of some of the films, like Dirty Dancing which wouldn't be age appropriate for many kiddos! But wouldn't it be nice to have a Mom-Daughter night with a pre-teen, watching Breakfast Club?)

What we would change: 
I was a bit hungry, so I would like to see more food options. Also a variety of vineyards instead of just one, RagApple Lassie from Yadkin Valley, would offer more choice until they're able to make their own. 

The tasting room and winery, complete with super cool Dinosaur sculptures!

The Doctor’s Office Tasting Room - named for the 1870’s restored Doctor’s Office.

The small tunnel (above) leading to the "cave" (below) for events

The musician beforehand

View of the patio/deck and pond

ET before the sun had quite set

the view during the dark, so fun!

The details: 

Phone # 919-316-1903

Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Friday 12pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. No reservations are necessary.

Movie night details: no outside food or drink permitted, no coolers, gates open at 7:30pm, movie starts at dark, dessert food truck at all movies, wine available for purchase. Please contact for any questions, or ask on the facebook page.

Movie listings:

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off - July 31 
  • Dirty Dancing - August 7th
  • Weekend at Bernie's - August 14th
  • The Breakfast Club - August 21th
  • Top Gun - August 28th
  • Coming to America - September 4th
  • Star Wars - September 11th
  • Return Of the Jedi - September 18th
Special Event - this weekend!

"North Carolina’s happiest startup, Happy Fix®, is helping Triangle-area women hit the reset button on happiness and celebrate what's great August 1 at National Girlfriends Day by the Vines at Doyle’s Vineyard on NC 751 in Durham, just down the road from The Streets at Southpoint shopping mall.

The one-day festival hosted by Doyle's Vineyard, Weddings By The Vine and Bikini Bus brings together fashion and food trucks, live music, skilled artisans, wine tastings, and other attractions to celebrate the love and support that girlfriends share.

“Everything involved with this event is a Happy Fix, whether you’re talking about friendship, fun, wine and food, or raising money for a good cause,” Chief Happbassador Stacy Menzies said.

Proceeds from National Girlfriends Day by the Vines benefit InterAct, a private, nonprofit agency providing safety and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

A $20 admission ticket includes entrance to event, tasting glass and tasting tokens. A $50 VIP ticket includes entrance to event, table and chair on the tasting room deck, swag bag, glass and five served tastings. Tickets are available in advance online at and more info is at

Attractions and activities scheduled for the event, which will be from 12 noon - 6 p.m. rain or shine, include live music, wine tasting, food trucks, artisans, demonstrations, fashion trucks, a braid bar, wine slushies, and special event and wedding vendors.

Happy Fix will be on hand August 1st showcasing its apparel and accessories designed to inspire people to hit the reset button on happiness and celebrate what’s great because Happy Feels Good™. These will include popular items like the Blue Sapphire Happy Feels Good Ladies' Tee, Pink Ladies Tee, HPY Caps and a brand-new item to debut at the festival.

Happy Fix products, social media, and events are helping to grow an active community of happiness ambassadors known as “Happbassadors” who embrace the concept of positive thinking and focused action to build the happiest life possible, in good times and bad.

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About Happy Fix®
Happy Fix® is North Carolina’s happiest startup, inspiring people to hit the rest button on happiness and celebrate what’s great because Happy Feels Good™. Our products, social media, and events serve as a reminder that happiness is a choice that’s always within reach, in good times and bad, and with positive thinking and focused action you can build the happiest life possible. Get your Happy Fix today at

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