Saturday, October 6, 2012

Weekend in CT...

Last weekend, Nick and I traveled to Connecticut to celebrate the wedding of our friends, Kate and Chan.  I met Kate more than 14 years ago at UCONN.  We pledged Theta together, traveled to Europe together (which includes a hysterical incident involving jumping off a moving train in Basal in the middle of the night), and she was one of my bridesmaids at our wedding.  This would also mark Nick and I's first weekend away from Georgia since she was born.  We've managed a few overnights away, but not an entire weekend.  My mom eagerly volunteered to fly down and watch Miss G for the weekend.  Auntie Lisa joined in on the fun too!  While all the gals had fun here in MD for the weekend, Nick and I braved Friday traffic and drove up to New England...


After hitting the usual NYC/CT traffic, we made it to the rehearsal dinner on Friday night just in time for the tea ceremony and for the AMAZING food that Chan's relatives made for all the guests.  We quickly checked into our B&B and headed over to the party...





Manor House






Chan, Kate and her parents



After a lazy (gloriously lazy!) Saturday morning, we had breakfast at the inn while we debated what to do with our day.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn't all that great.  It was a gray, gray day that reminded us of our own wedding day.  We had a few hours to kill before prepping for the wedding, so we decided to explore the northwestern corner of Connecticut and cross the border over into Massachusetts.  





A beautiful old paper mill we discovered near Great Barrington, MA



We decided to try out a local winery called Le Trois Emme in the Berkshires and we were blown away by the quality of the wine.  The owner, Mary Jane, gave us a great tour of the facility and took the time to explain each of the wines.  Being the small world that it is, we discovered that her daughter lived in Bethesda and that they had land up in the finger lakes where we vacation each summer.  The biggest surprise was their seasonal wine, Stingy Jack's Pumpkin Wine.  We loved it!!!  In fact, we loved all the wine so much that we ended up coming home with a case of different wines.  Mary Jane recommended a nearby place to lunch and it ended up being delicious...





Bottles of Stingy Jack in the largest wine glass I'd ever seen!







Our lunch destination




Nick - "One of the best BLTs ever!"




We returned to the B&B to relax for an hour and get ready to party the night away!




Nick taking a break





The massive wardrobe in our room.  I was convinced it could take us to Narnia!!


Next up, Miss Kate gets married...







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