Monday, August 13, 2012

Hammondsport Getaway

My love and me at Heron Hill Winery
Last update on our trip!  We left Buffalo on Monday and headed down to Hammondsport, NY.  It is Budget Travelers "Coolest Small Town in America" for 2012.  And it's pretty cool.  Hammondsport is part of NY wine country.  We visited three of the local wineries on our Tuesday there: Bully Hill, Dr. Frank's and Heron Hill
All were great.  The tasting at Bully Hill was $5 for five pre-selected wines.  They do tastings every 20 minutes or so and there were probably 20 people in our tasting group. We left with a couple of bottles, one for my mom who was dog sitting Rosy and a Spring White Niagara to satisfy my sweet wine tooth. 

At Dr. Frank's we kind of fell in love.  The tasting was complimentary but we definitely paid for it in bought bottles.  We came home with a Chardonnay, semi-dry Riesling and the one favorite we both agreed on, a Gewurztraminer Reserve.  I think that bottle will be consumed on our anniversary! 
Our last winery was Heron Hill.  It's a quaint place.  We paid $3 for a tasting of five previously selected wines.  They were yummy and we picked up a couple of bottles to return with - Game Bird White and a wine I had tried the night before, Game Bird Blush.  We stayed at Heron Hill for a while, as they have a cafe too.  The stuffed mushrooms were crazy good.  We followed them with a crab pizza which was also yummy. 

Stuffed and happy, we headed back to town to hang out for a while.  It's a lovely place to walk around.  We were about 2 blocks from the lake so we walked there to enjoy the view.  There really is nothing like the sounds of waves lapping the shore to calm your mind and refocus your thoughts. 
The view from The Waterfront at dusk
For dinner that night we went to a place recommended by a friend of mine from college, who grew up in the area.  The Waterfront not only has great food but we were able to sit on the dock over the water and see the sky change colors as the sun set behind us.  The above photo was taken there and really doesn't do the view and overall atmosphere justice. 
Keuka Lake
It was a great trip with my love.  I'm so glad we were able to get away for a bit and just enjoy time with each other.  We're both often so busy that it is nice to just be with each other.  I'm truly blessed.

1 comment:

Maria Rose said...

Sounds like an amazing trip!