Hopkins Vineyard

Over the weekend, we also went wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard. We were there over the winter a few years ago, and kept saying we would make it back for a tasting during the fall. Well! We finally did. And it was just as beautiful as we anticipated. 


The winery is set atop a hill? Mountain? Probably not high enough to be a mountain, so I’ll go with hill. And it overlooks Lake Waramaug. It’s a sprawling property, inclusive of  a vineyard, a red barn (where the wine tastings happen) and a German restaurant. There’s ample place to sit outside on the grass or on a bench, overlooking the lake, and drinking a bottle of wine. It’s pretty serene, borderline, magical. 



I’m so regretful I didn’t get better pictures of the lake, but it was starting to get dark and the baby was crying…and it happens. We’ll be back, hopefully sooner than later.


The tasting room is on the first floor, and upstairs there’s a room to hang out, order snacks, drink a bottle of wine, and play board games. The last time we were there, there was also a classic rock cover band. 


Importantly, the wine is very good! We love their semi-sweet white wine called Westwind. It’s light, fresh and summery. We buy a few bottles of it every year. I also picked up a bottle of their Chardonnay. I guess I was in a white wine mood? My opinion is that good red wines do not come from the northeast. Hopkins has a few reds, they’re ok, but not for me. 

I’m thinking of trying to drag a group of friends to Hopkins for my birthday this year…but we might also plan a last minute getaway that weekend. To be determined. 

Traveling North 

My favorite thing to do on the weekend is pick a random destination to explore. This past weekend, we attempted tackling both the Connecticut wine trail and Connecticut antique trail. Our travels brought us to beautiful Litchfield County.

We were mostly on a mission to find a small antique cabinet for our living room, see colorful fall foliage, and pick up a few bottles of Connecticut wine. We did not find a cabinet. We also did not expect how special the town of Litchfield would be.  


It was pure New England quaintness. White clapboard houses lined the streets. Beautiful fall foliage. Old signs dating back to the 1700 and 1800s. Cute shops and eateries. I could’ve easily spent a weekend taking in this town. 

The town was surrounded by horse farms, winding roads and magnificent countryside that made you want to keep your camera in your hand for fear of missing another beautiful shot. 


We passed many antique shops on our drive north but unfortunately didn’t have time to check out as many as we would’ve liked (another weekend, another journey). We really enjoyed perusing Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, which had a large collection of “fine” (very expensive) antiques dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The shop was three floors, and I felt like I was walking through someone’s home/a museum! 

Since we were traveling with a newborn (who all things considered is so so easygoing), we didn’t get to delve into Litchfield County as much as we would’ve liked, but I’m sure we will be back very soon! 

Weekend Vibes

I’ve become a morning person, and daylight savings finally seems to be working to my advantage. 

This morning I slept until 7am (6am with daylight savings) and I went out for coffee and did my weekly grocery shopping and was home by 8am. 

I checked out the friends and family sale at the  gap, and picked up these cute pajama bottoms: 


We took Hunter to the dog park, did some cleaning, lit a fire, and cooked dinner. We roasted a turkey, which I will post about tomorrow. 

We also ordered a plated trial for this week, which I’m excited to try. We got hello fresh a few weeks ago and liked it,  but I haven’t been too inspired by the weekly recipes since. So far plated is seeming a bit more interesting/delicious so we’ll see how it goes. 

Right now I’m fining sitting down on the couch and watching a little TV.  I just opened my laptop and contemplating doing some work to get ahead on the week. I feel the most relaxed I’ve felt in weeks, so I can’t complain.

I’m sad to see another good weekend go. It’s been these quieter weekends that I’m enjoying most. Laying low near the house, spending time with Ryan and Hunter. I have a busy week ahead – the election (😬), an overnight work conference/retreat, and my birthday! 

Weekend Adventure

I love a mini fall getaway, even if it’s just for the day. We woke up early on Saturday morning, and I told my husband that fall was going to be over before we knew it and that I needed to get my fall fix in before it was too late. We brainstormed a few ideas (apple picking, pumpkin carving, watching scary Halloween movies), and decided on taking a drive to Cold Spring, NY to see the fall foliage and explore the cute town.

The drive didn’t disappoint.

 

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Sunday Vibes 

Today was an active lazy Sunday. Slept until 8am, which for me, is late. Stumptown coffee from my new favorite coffee shop in Ridgefield, Ross Bread Shoppe & Coffee House followed by a visit to the dog park (second time this weekend for the lucky pup). Greasy diner food to cut my post Halloween party hangover. Couch cuddles and SNL. Grocery shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.


Sudden downpour, thunder and lightning. Running from the store to our car to stay dry. Failing!!! Back home for more cuddles with the pup, who is absolutely terrified of thunderstorms.


Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. Bathroom floors, kitchen counters, vacuum, mail sorting. Nothing better than a clean house on Sunday to start the week off right. Cooked our homemade sauce and meatballs.


Started a fire in the fireplace. Lit some candles. Feeling cozy and getting ready to eat dinner.