On Saturday during our Hood River mini vacation, Jenn and I did some tastings at a couple of wineries. We were planning to visit more, but felt we had enough after two. We went to Syncline Winery and COR Cellars.
The main reason for our trip to Hood River was to attend the winemaker dinner at our favorite winery, Marchesi Vineyards, along with friends. Some very tasty food and wine, accompanied by words from the winemaker, and Italian arias. An excellent evening.
Fun fact: for the first 40 years of my life I was a teetotaler, but I eventually changed my policy, and 10 years ago today I had my first alcohol ever: half a glass of this NZ wine. #ThrowbackThursday
Happy New Year! 🥂🎊🥳🎉
(Since this is the first non-themed day on my blogs since Thanksgiving, here goes:) our Thanksgiving feast, with fancier tableware than usual, and plenty of tasty food. We’ll be eating the leftovers for a while yet.
Wine tasting, antipasto platter lunch, and club pickup at Marchesi Vineyards!
Excellent half BLT, truffle fries, and margarita at Louie’s on the Ashland creek. And ice cream dessert.
It’s a nice day for wine tasting in the Applegate Valley, at Troon Vineyard.
We’re on vacation in Ashland. Last night, we went to one of our favorite restaurants here, Plancha, which features tasty Mexican food and beverages.
Then a quick stroll around downtown, including a pause at the duck pond.
And a glass of wine at the OSF member lounge, before the evening’s play, All’s Well That Ends Well.
Yesterday we spent the morning in a rented “cabana” overlooking the ocean; a joined pair of recliners with a shade canopy:
View of the pool area behind the cabana:
It came with a bag of snacks and water bottles:
View of the ocean from the cabana:
A mai tai, our preferred drink of Hawaii:
Then in the afternoon, we headed down the coast for a dinner cruise from Kailua Kona to Kealakekua Bay:
More mai tais:
The face of Pele in the cliff face, from lava tubes:
The Captain Cook memorial, near the spot where he died, and apparently a small patch of British soil:
Jenn watching the sun:
Next, a road trip around the island on day 4.