Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wine Country

Greetings from beautiful Canandaigua-at least yesterday was beautiful, we awoke to a rainy morning today.

Yesterday was one of those perfect days that will stay with us for as long as our minds hold out! We left Apollo Drive when it was convenient in the morning, no need to rush, we had a drive of less than an hour. The day was sunny and clear, with temps forecasted for the low 80's. Once in Canandaigua we parked at the City Pier and started to get ready for a bike ride. While doing the normal futzing that goes along with getting ready to ride, our friends Mary Jo and Dave, who recently moved to Canandaigua, walked up to us! They were out for their morning constitutional with their son who was in town for a visit. Mary Jo said she saw my yellow beetle and knew who it belonged to. Dave does a lot of biking in this area so he was a good resource before we pedaled away, including a suggestion for a lunch stop. 

We ended up riding 40 miles, which was about 10 more than Jim had wanted, but it was fine. We ate lunch in Rushville at a place called Loomis Barn. We had to ask where this place was as we rode through Rushville, and probably never would have gotten there on our own as it ended up being south of town and we were heading north. But we found it and we're glad we did. The Loomis Barn is actually a furniture store with a couple of other businesses attached to it, one of which is the Corn House Cafe. We had a nice lunch and enjoyed the air conditioning. 
Here is a pretty view, with Canandaigua Lake in the distance.

After we returned to the car at the pier, we went into downtown for a walk up and down Main Street. Surprise-there was a needle work store!! In that store we discovered a display of "locally grown" alpaca roving and yarn. Apparently there are several alpaca farms in the area and together they produce yarns and rovings. We will have to keep our eyes out for grazing alpacas as we travel around this area in the next couple of days. 

We are staying at the Morgan Samuels Inn, a lovely place with beautiful gardens.
We stayed here many years ago and were quickly reminded of what a nice place it is. Jim loves the fact that there is a large plate of homemade chocolate chips cookies awaiting him every time he walks through the front door! The innkeeper, Brad, recommended and made us at dinner reservations at the New York State Wine and Culinary Center. It was such a lovely evening that we chose to eat dinner on the outside deck of the restaurant, which was perfect. The deck was on the second floor of the Center so we had a view of the lake and all the happenings out there on a gorgeous Friday night. Our meal was prepared using foods that are from NYS and we washed down every bite of our meal with a tasty NYS Riesling wine. Before heading back to the B&B we walked out the pier and watched the fisher-people and the boats returning to the marina as the sun set behind us. A perfect day!

Now, of course, the rain has arrived, as forecasted. We have some things we want to do that we can manage rain or shine. Fortunately we have tickets under the shelter for tonight's RPO concert, but we do hope to be able to picnic on the  lawn before the concert.  

Hope all is well.

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