Monday, July 15, 2019
North Fork Anniversary Weekend
And Monday morning again. :( I am especially sluggish this morning. It was a great weekend but definitely busy. A lot of sun (and some sunburn) & a lot of wine. :) We had a great weekend though, really no complaints. Just wish I had an extra day to just relax now. Wouldn't that be nice?
Anyway, last week was busy at work. Basically no different than it has been. Then Saturday morning we left Danbury in the morning with the goal to get to Paumanok Vineyards right around 11. Traffic was a real nightmare though and instead of the 2 hours it should have taken it took us almost 3 to get there. So we didn't get to the vineyard till close to 12. Still made a stop and had a glass of wine on the deck. They have a really nice rustic deck where you can sit outside and look out at the vines. When we were done there we headed to lunch at A Lure in Southold. Such a pretty place right next to the marina. And the food is absolutely delicious. We had been there one time before and it was fun to be back. They are only open seasonally so it's not a place we can generally go if we come in the total off season. Anyway, was fun to have lunch by the water even though I am pretty sure that's where Mike and I got our sunburn. We didn't think it through and didn't put on sunscreen. And of course spending that much time outside, even though we were in the shade most of the time, took its toll.
After lunch we continued on and went to Kontakoska Winery. Another beautiful spot. The vineyard has a huge backyard/lawn that reaches the ocean so you can take your wine and sit near the ocean. Very pretty. From there we headed to Osprey's Dominion. We have been there quite a few times but often we come in the off-season and early in the day so it's usually very quiet. This time it was super busy. So many people. They had live music, a food truck, corn hole and big Jenga games and people everywhere, hanging out, playing games, drinking wine. We got a bottle of wine and a cheese/salami/cracker platter and people watched for a while. It's always interesting doing that. Especially during the busy season. You see all sorts of interesting people. From there we headed to Macari. They were getting ready for an event so we only got a glass of wine as they were getting ready to shut down for the general public.
From there we headed to our hotel. It being the high season we had to stay a bit farther out than we usually do. The past few times we stayed at the Indigo but that was going for $400/night and no way am I paying that. So instead we stayed at the Clarion near McArthur airport. Definitely not a great place but it was fine for what we needed. The room was fine, the general public areas where pretty awful. But again, we really just needed a place to sleep. It was about a 40 min. ride from there to the wineries so not so terrible. We ended up hanging out at a place called Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. It was fine and probably better than the hotel bar.
Sunday morning we went to breakfast at the airport diner which was just down the road. Had some breakfast there and then headed back out for some more wine. First stop was Clovis Point. We got there just a little after 11 and it was still very quiet. We got a glass and sat outside under the covered porch. Nobody else around so it was really peaceful. From there we headed back over to Macari since we wanted to spend some more time there after our visit having been cut short the previous day. Got a bottle of rose and sat outside on the lawn under the umbrellas. There was a breeze which made it actually very nice and not too oppressive with the heat. We had a lot of fun just hanging out so in the end we decided to get a second bottle and also took advantage of the pizza truck that was parked there. OMG -- they had the most delicious Neapolitan style pizza. So good!! I am seriously upset that we can't have more of this pizza any time soon. So good.
Anyway when we were done at Macari we headed to our final stop at Coffeepot Cellars. We discovered that place a few years ago and always come back when we are on the North Fork now. It's run by the sweetest people and they also have an adorable pug called Beasley. They are also very invested in issues like the monarch butterflies and bees. Just an all around neat and feel good type of place. We hung out with Beasley for a while before eventually making our way back to CT. Traffic unfortunately was just as annoying on the way back so we didn't get back to CT till after 8pm. Oh well.
And here we are. It's Monday again. And I need to get ready for work. Not sure I am ready for another work week ahead but what can you do? Work hard, play hard. :)
Letter/Mail Update: Wrote a letter -- just need to put it together and get it in the mail: Celia/MA.