National Wine Day
In honor of National Wine Day, here are some great wineries to visit in New England! Being from California, I thought Napa was going to be tough to beat as far as wineries go, but I was pleasantly surprised at the charm of some of these New England vineyards. These wineries have more of a rustic, farm like vibe which I absolutely love. The wines are delicious too, whats not to like?
La Garagista, Vermont
Located on Mount Hunger, this farm to wine vineyard focuses on natural alpine and ciders. Not only do they grow wine but they also grow veggies, fruits, flowers and herbs which are all featured at their restaurant kitchen at "osteria pane e salute". If agriculture and farm life is your thing, this winery will not disappoint!
Shelburne Vineyard, Vermont
Known for their cold climate Marquette vines, these ice wines have been awarded the gold medal for the " best of" category in multiple competitions. Located on 17 acres, this modern country side vineyard has quite the views.
Cellardoor Winery, Maine
Located in Lincolnville, this winery offers a more laid back approach and is known for their 200 year old barn. They focus on providing a warm, approachable and overall Maine like experience. Your guaranteed to feel like home here!
Truro Vineyards, Cape Cod
Known for their pristine beaches and small boutique like restaurants, Truro is also home to a hidden gem of a vineyard. This family operated winery is known for some of their award winning cabernet franc and chardonnay wines. A definite stop on the way to the cape!
National Pizza Day
In honor of national pizza day today, here are some mouthwatering MUST TRY gourmet pizza recipes.
I could eat pizza everyday, Im sure we all could, but that would not be the healthiest diet. Instead of the traditional greasy pepperoni pizza, I like to mix my pizza up and add some veggies to make myself feel better about eating it. Probably not all that better, but hey it looks healthy! Bon Appetit!
Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza
Spinach Artichoke Pizza
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Make sure and check out our tea towels, to make your dinner party complete!
Mother's Day Gifts
Flowers are always nice on Mother's Day but how many years in a row can you hand your mother a bouquet of flowers and a card before it starts to lose its luster? If you're like me, Mother's Day can be a tough holiday for gift giving. You very much want to show your gratitude and love but how do you make Mother's Day more than a tradition that never changes?
ANYTHING custom-made is always great. Whether you engrave a message on a special item or simply write your own card, it always means so much more when a gift is truly thoughtful. If your mother spends a lot of time in the kitchen, check out our tea towels. We have some great designs ready to go, or--if you'd like--have something custom made. This could be a quote, a small message, or perhaps a unique item that symbolizes something important in your mother's life.
Personally, I've always loved the idea of a bunch of smaller sentimental gifts. A gift-basket or a gift-bag, stuffed with all sorts of trinkets and useful items, is a great way to show your thoughtfulness. Get creative with the wrapping of each, where opening each one turns into a fun activity for the mom who has done so much for you! The presentation is everything, of course.
From all of us at Fiber and Water, Happy Mother's Day!
Three Scenic Places to Experience in Maine
The weather is finally starting to feel like it's supposed to here in Maine and if you're like me, you'll want to make up for lost time. Here's a list of some great scenic spots that you need to check out if you haven't already.
1.) Mackworth Island, Falmouth
Situated in Falmouth, Mackworth Island is a great spot to check out if you only have a few hours. There's limited parking but in the ten times I've been, I have never really had a tough time getting a spot. If you have small kids, this is a fantastic area. There are walking paths that go through the woods or you can opt to walk out towards the water. There's shade in the walking areas for those hot days as well. Further down the paths you'll see the fairy houses. These are super unique and kids absolutely love collecting sticks and rocks and making their own houses. Overall, the place is super charming and a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
2.) Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is situated in Freeport, Maine about a mile from the shopping outlets. The place is an absolute gem offering walking paths and majestic photo opportunities. I recommend hitting up the Freeport Outlets for a short stint, getting lunch, and then taking in the breathtaking environment of Wolfe's Neck Woods. You could lay on a giant rock by the water and take a nap it's so peaceful. I went recently on a Saturday and there were hardly any people there. There's plenty of parking and it's just a real nice, relaxing place to check out!
3.) Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Maine's Mount Desert Island. The area is marked by woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks like Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. I know what you're thinking. Acadia. Cliche. But it's that way for a reason! Now may not be the ideal time to go (I'd recommend during peak foliage time in the Fall) but it's absolutely beautiful. I've traveled quite a bit, and taken in some beautiful places, but Acadia is one of the best. I feel I need to go back a dozen times because it's just such a vast landscape that you don't have time to see it all. Depending on where you live, you're going to want to plan accordingly. Hotel reservations go quickly during peak times so I'd consider making plans early. If you're lucky enough to live close to Bar Harbor, then consider yourself lucky. You need to check out all these places but reserve a special time to check out Acadia.