Saturday, September 24, 2011
In celebration of Lynne’s Birthday, we took off on Saturday afternoon for a little wine tasting and dinner on the East side of Seneca Lake. We all thoroughly enjoyed our wine tasting at Damiani Wine Cellars. I purchased the Pinos Gris and the Merlot. With a breathtaking view of the lake, great wine and fabulous friends to taste with, life doesn’t get much richer.
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We followed up our wine tasting with a celebratory dinner on the deck at Red Newt Bistro. We started with an appetizer of the housemade ravioli filled with della cotta squash and fresh chevre served with pecan butter. Then enjoyed the local organic spicy greens with Lively Run Cayuga Blue cheese, toasted almonds and an apple cider vinaigrette. I savored the pan-seared, herb-crusted halibut served with a porcini mushroom risotto and completely agree that the Heart and Hands 2009 Pinor Noir makes a wonderful wine pairing. Oh, and of course, the chocolate cheesecake was the perfect finish to a wonderful culinary experience. Guess life could get richer.
The weather this time of the year is simply gorgeous. The leaves are starting to change making it feel like Fall is just around the corner. The Finger Lakes scenery is amazing. Throughout the day and as we made our way back to the 1795 Acorn Inn we all agreed… we live in a spectacular part of the county and we need to see more of it.
This past Labor Day Weekend I had the pleasure of hiking the Gorge in Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. Only took seven years, but eventually I had the opportunity to escape for a few hours and on a holiday weekend no less.
Located about an hour’s scenic drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn, the Gorge is nothing short of amazing. On one of the hottest and most humid days of the year, the Gorge was surprisingly cool and comfortable. Actually it was probably one of the coolest places to be.
One should be in relatively good shape for this hike as there are over 800 steps. Towards the end of the first half of the hike, my legs would not lift my body up one more step. I found myself needing to rest for a moment and then onward. The walk along the Gorge is wet, a little muddy and uneven, but not too difficult. The stairs are separated by short walks for much of the way.
We hiked up the Gorge and walked down above the Gorge. All in all, about a two-hour hike with stops for photos and a few rests. You don’t have to hike the whole thing. A shuttle bus is available to take you to the top. You can either hike up the gorge and get a ride down or get a ride up and hike down. I think I would do the former if I wasn’t going to hike both ways. Regardless of your choice, it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and a camera.
For more information about the Watkins Glen, visit the Area page of our web site…