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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend - Finger Lakes Escape

Pixlr (1)Monday morning and for once I am not complaining about it. Haha. Reason behind that is simply that it's a holiday Pixlr_20190527103228081here in the US - Memorial Day. So that means I am off from work. I am sure tomorrow will be crazy at work but I'll try and not think about that until tomorrow morning. 

Mike and I had a really nice weekend. We are currently in the Finger Lakes (upstate NY). Such a pretty region with a lot of lakes, great scenery, great wine, great food. Really a lovely break. And all in all it hasn't been too busy here considering it's Memorial Day weekend either. Some of the wineries have been a little more packed but we have also been at others were it's been really peaceful and quiet. So let's recap our trip so far so I can go back and look at this later for the next time we come up here (I always like to do this so I can remember the name's of places we went/ate/etc) 

Saturday morning we left home a little after 8 and ended up at Dano's for lunch around 12.30. I love Dano's Heuriger. The most delicious food and great atmosphere as well. We had some delicious spreads (Hotel Sacher & Roasted Red Pepper) as an appetizer with some bread and I got the schnitzel as my main course and Mike had the curry sausage. We also had spaetzle and cucumber salad. Definitely a feast. :)

After we were done with lunch we made our way over to Lake Cayuga and our 1st stop was Sheldrake Point WInery. We only did a wine tasting there and didn't linger but they had a nice outdoor patio area where people were sitting, sipping wine and eating some cheese. Next up was Buttonwood Grove Winery. They also had a neat outdoor deck/patio type area overlooking the lake. After that we headed to Varick because I remembered that they sell oils, marmelades, dips, stuffed olives etc. And you can taste most of the things they sell as well. Unfortunately that was one place that was super packed so we decided to leave and move on. Ended at Goosewatch WInery instead. They also had a nice deck so we decided to get a bottle and sat outside. We were just finishing up our wine when it started to rain. Made a mad dash for the car and actually managed to outrun the rain as we drove to our hotel. The Finger Lakes have such a weird micro climate with all the lakes. 

Checked in at our hotel and then headed to "Finger Lakes on Tap" which was kind of a neat place. Lots and lots of draft beer. The building it was in looked like a doctor's office but the drinks were good. We also got a meat and cheese platter as a snack since we were still pretty full from our lunch feast. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we started at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Went to the Visitor Center and did the 1 mile loop trail. Lots of neat marshy areas. After that we also did the wildlife drive which was also pretty cool. Saw some neat birds, a turtle and plenty of nice scenery. After the wildlife refuge we headed to lunch at the bistro at the Thirsty Owl Winery. Had a yummy egg salad smoked salmon on a croissant type sandwich. Yum! From there we decided to go back over to Seneca Lake. Our 1st stop was Castle Grisch Winery at the bottom of the lake near Watkins Glenn. We did a tasting and then also sat outside for a while as they had a really pretty backyard facing the lake. Next up was Barnstormer which was also really cool because it was all aviation themed inside an old barn. Then headed to Magnus Ridge which was unique as they do cheese pairings with all of the wines you are tasting. So that was pretty cool. After that we made one more stop and then headed back over to Skaneateles to have dinner at Gilda's. We went there before and really liked it. I was a little skeptical that we would get a seat as it is a super small place but we were lucky to get 2 seats at the bar. Had delicious pizza (Nonna's) and veal meatballs and of course some more wine. :)

And well here we are, it's Monday morning and we have to leave this beautiful place and drive back home. Next up is breakfast though. We are going to try a place called Willow Glen Cafe. And after that we may stop at another winery before finally making our way back to Connecticut. And then tomorrow it's back to reality. Ugh. 

Letter/Mail Update:  All caught up with my mail right now :)

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