It has been quite a while since I posted. Mostly because it’s sort of hard to travel in the middle of an international pandemic. There were a few trips planned this year, but the ones requiring plane trips have mostly been rescheduled. If you are waiting with bated breath for details of the Portugal trip, it’s not coming until next year. We needed to postpone due to what is happening with the Delta variant and the fact that the State Department listed most of Europe as a Level 4, do not travel.
But, that said, I can still entertain you with trips a bit closer to home. We did make it out to Stephanie Inn again this year for our annual trip, and we were blessed with some pretty great weather!
We shortened the stay by one day, but packed in some extra wine tasting on the way there and back, so my wine rack believes it was a very productive trip!
We started the trip with a stop at Roco Winery for a tasting before lunch, which was at the Bistro in Dundee, where I had a very nice (and way too big – couldn’t eat it all) chicken cacciatore over polenta. Very tasty. We continued on to Alexana where we had another great tasting and I had the opportunity to refill my stash of their wine and their “sister” winery of Corazon Del Sol, one of my favorites.
We arrived at Stephanie Inn in time for Happy Hour in the library, which is complementary beer, wine, cider and appetizers. We checked into our rooms, and checked out the view. Dinner that night was pizza delivered from Surfcrest Market and Pizza. Amazing pie, and super-fast delivery, too!
The next day was our standard walk along the beach into town, some shopping and visiting, an amazing dinner at Stephanie Inn, and then a beautiful sunset to close it out. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Stephanie Inn also offers a nightcap in the library (same place as the Happy Hour, and it’s a great spot to sip some port, Grand Marnier, Brandy, house-made Irish Cream, or house-made Limoncello, and enjoy the sunset.
We checked out the following day and did a little more wine tasting on the way home. We stopped at Laurel Ridge to try some Pinot and some port, enjoyed a light lunch in a park, and then continued on to Domaine Serene for a last little tasting before we headed home. It was really a beautiful trip, with beautiful friends, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be out and supporting the places I love, even in the middle of Covid.
I hope you also get the chance to get out there and support your favorite places! By the way, always looking for new wineries to visit, so if you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment so I can get them added to the itinerary!