Thursday, July 9, 2009

I have been so neglectful of this blog. For that I apologize. Even though we have had a lot of rain so far this summer, I am still trying to take it easy a little and for me that means trying to spend less time in front of the computer. Since work still needs to get done, the blog suffers.

This past weekend, my husband and I got away for a couple of days. Well, actually a day and a half, but we managed to pack in quite a lot of vacation and relaxing during that time. We headed about an hour and a half south of us in NJ to Dancer Farm B&B. Had a fabulous room, got a massage and managed to read an entire book while we were there.

Sunday afternoon we went over to Laurita Winery for some amazing wine and cheese, live entertainment, vineyard tours, and an opportunity to take in the incredible surroundings of the very eco-friendly winery and vineyard.

They have a large number of solar panels following the sun. A portion of the vineyard is organic and the section that they do spray, gets sprayed by hand, not by plane. The 20,000 square foot winery which opened last fall is constructed with about 70% recycled and reclaimed materials including two 250 year old barns that were deconstructed locally and used for the new structure. It was a wonderful and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

Monday morning we got the chance to walk over to Laurita Equestrian Center and take a trail ride on horseback that took us through the vineyard and the woods surrounding the property. Then before we made our trip back up the turnpike, we stopped at a few U-pick farms and filled the car up with fruits and veggies, tomato plants and several flats of wildflowers.

It was a great getaway, I highly recommend it!

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