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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

4th of July Weekend Recap - First Mini Vacation

PixlrIt's already Wednesday morning, taking me longer than I had intended to get our weekend recap together but hey better late than never right? Hope Pixlr_20200708074429613 everyone in the US had a nice 4th of July weekend. :)

I had Friday (3rd) off due to the holiday falling on a weekend so that made for a nice extended weekend. And we actually managed to go away - our first mini vacation this year (after cancelling three trips already) Believe me, I am not taking COVID lightly and we thought about this quite a bit. But in the end we determined that the Finger Lakes region in upstate NY actually has super low case numbers/infection rates. And Connecticut is also in good shape. I definitely would not have been ok with a vacation in the South somewhere, Florida, Arizona or even California. Not ready to get on a plane just yet and also don't want to go to one of the places where this is really spiking. 

Anyway, we decided to go and made sure to use as much precaution as possible. Brought disinfectant wipes to wipe down surfaces in the hotel room, mostly spent time outside even though it was crazy hot and definitely social distanced. All the wineries were being very good with their protocols as well. Just a little frustrating because everybody was doing something different (some tastings by reservation only, some wine by glass/bottle, some outside only) so we were just winging it with what wineries to go to. 

Our 1st stop was for lunch (it was a 4 hr 45 min drive) at Stonecutter's Tavern at Bellhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. We had a 30 min wait for a table but the view was very nice, food delicious and drinks good. The service was super slow though but I try not to let that bother me when we are away. We weren't in any huge hurry. After lunch we headed to 2 wineries - Zugibe and Three Brothers. Zugibe had really nice views overlooking the lake and we did a tasting outside (basically a wine flight) and then shared a bottle of wine. Three Brothers was nice too but a much bigger complex with a brewery and different tasting rooms. But it was nice to hang out for a bit. 

After we were done there we headed to the hotel (Holiday Inn Express in Geneva) and then to the restaurant next door for dinner (Kindred Fare) When we got to the restaurant they told us there was a hour and a half wait (holy hell) but luckily they then determined that they actually had a cancelled reservation and we were able to get a table. Did have some yummy food (bolognese and poutine) 

Saturday was the 4th and we pretty much spent the day winery hopping. :) Let's see, I will do my best to figure out all the places we went (mainly for my own record keeping so I can look back at this at a later time) First stop was a bagel place for breakfast (Bagel and Cakes in Geneva) Was pretty good and did the trick of having something in my stomach before heading to the first winery. First up was Boundary Breaks which was really nice. They did a really good job with the socially distancing and had a bunch of little tables with umbrellas sat up, facing the vines and the lake. We had 2 glasses of wine there, hanging out (they were also really good about offering up water and replenishing it which helped with the heat) Next was Idol Ridge which was an unplanned stop. We saw the building and neat deck driving by and decided to stop. Then we stopped at Bagley's which I am pretty sure we had been to before but still couldn't quite remember. They had a nice deck in the back so we sat there and enjoyed a glass. After that we went to Chateau Lafayette Renau where we had lunch. They had a variety of snacks and we got a cheese spread, crackers, potato salad and a pasta salad and of course some wine. Last was Atwater which was also really beautiful. I had a neat bellini there that looked really fancy. :)

After that we headed back to Geneva and had dinner at the Rusty Pig. Pretty much a dive bar but they had good bar food, perfect after a long day of day drinking in the sun. Had some cheese fries and pierogi. Yum. After that we decided to have a night cap at the hotel bar of the Ramada since our own hotel didn't have a bar. Hung out there for a bit before finally calling it a night. :)

Sunday we slept in and then headed straight for lunch at Dano's. Always happy to be able to go there and have some delicious Austrian food. We had a leisurely lunch there and eventually made our way back to CT. And well now it's already Wednesday and the weekend seems like distant memory. Haha. But we definitely had a nice mini holiday. Was the perfect way to ease into vacations post Covid. Not sure when we will be able to do something else but at least we had this mini trip to keep me from going way too stir crazy! 

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