Sunday, June 3, 2012

Local Weekend and Finger Lake Seneca

Watkins Glen State Park
 As the weekend draws to a close I look back at my pictures and think about how the time was spent.  The state park picture was our Saturday excursion.  The daughter insisted the Husband and I take a "date day" and go do something, so we did.

We took a trip to one of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake, and followed the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.  New York and part of Pennsylvania are home to a booming wine producing region.  The wineries are small, numerous, and growing in popularity and recognition.  We stopped at four of the thirty + wineries around this one lake.

Friday Morning Farmer's Market Haul
Each tasting room had their own Riesling (some two), Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc. and blends of whites and reds.  Three of the four we visited had an "ice wine".  These are special wines (expensive, spicy, sweet) made from grapes that have had frost or ice on them.  The cold temperatures and late harvest concentrate the sugars (think raisins) and the wine made from these special grapes is called ice wine.

Lilies at a Pizza Place

At the end of our drive we hiked the gorge in the Watkins Glen State Park and the husband coined it "gorgeous".  He doesn't pun often so I try to indulge him.   It was an awesome short hike complete with spray rainbows and Minnehaha's heart-shaped pool.  Well worth the several hundred stair-step climb.

The vegetables are from one booth at the Farmer's Market here.  The booth-holder  informed me that all the shares from her CSA, $500 for a full share per summer, (see previous blog post) are sold out this year although they still have pork and poultry for sale.  

The lilies were at a local pizza joint where Grandk#1 and I shared their two-slice and drink $3.49 lunch special.  Pretty much all local joys.  It was a great weekend.  


  1. This post has almost every element of the perfect weekend...exploring nature, visiting a new place, trying new food, making memories with lovely people, and a moment of quiet reflection to write it all down so it can be enjoyed again and again. Glad you had a good one and thanks for sharing it.

  2. Those red lilies are AMAZING!