A scenic view from high above the St. Lawrence River. Happy Labor Day!
Category Archives: Trips
We recently had the opportunity to spend 10 days and nights in the Adirondack Park relaxing under the stars. There certainly is plenty to do in the Adirondack Mountains; fabulous museums, extreme sports, hiking, climbing, competing, shopping, eating…you get the idea, we however, did none of these things. Instead we kicked our feet up and spent ten days unwinding and catching up with some great friends and family. We covered a lot of ground from Lowville to Inlet, visited a real Adirondack Great Camp, wandered around some of the local towns, and took time to appreciate the details. Of course we never travel anywhere without the trusty camera, and after a midnight encounter with a concerned neighbor, we began choosing our night photography locations a little more carefully. All in all, the trip was a success, and we returned home feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to edit all of the photos we took. Here are some of the highlights:
Hooray! We are officially one year old! What a journey it has been. We have been from Rochester to the Adirondack Park and back. We have had a number of new experiences in many new places, but since there are too many to list, we thought we would share some other numbers with you.
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That is a lot of countries! We could never have imagined that so many of you (443 to be exact) would care enough about our adventures to follow along. To celebrate one year of blogging, exploring and photographing in Upstate New York we decided to turn some of our favorite shots into Facebook Cover Photos. All you have to do is click on the image, save it to your desktop and then upload it to your Facebook page. Click, save, upload & enjoy! Thanks for making this a great year in Upstate New York!
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Oswego’s Harborfest Celebration. We stopped down last night to have an amazing dinner at Vona’s restaurant and take some photos of the festivities. Hit the link to read more about Harborfest and to see a schedule of events for the next couple of days. http://www.oswegoharborfest.com/
Comfortably nestled among the windmills of the Tug Hill Plateau lies yet another hidden gem in the north country, Tug Hill Vineyards. The quaint and charming winery features a rustic adirondack décor, panoramic views of the Black River Valley, and gardens that would make an english cottage jealous. Over 14 acres of grapevines mixed with hundreds of raspberry and blueberry plants adorn the 40 acre property that surround the winery. We stopped in for a tasting of Tug Hill Vineyards’ array of wines after a day of hiking and waterfall climbing at the near by Whitaker Park. For a very small fee ($3) we tasted 6 wines and learned about grapes, wine and the Tug Hill Plateau from our very knowledgable pourer. Afterwards, we hopped in one of the winery’s golf carts and took a spin around the vineyard. The view was spectacular, and we had a blast hopping in and out of the cart while we photographed the fruit, the scenery and the beautiful (and very friendly) dogs that guard the vines from deer and other animals. On the way out, we grabbed a few bottles of wine and made reservations for Sunday brunch the next morning. The brunch buffet was incredible. Baked ham, apple smoked bacon, florentine scrambled eggs, vegetable lasagna, homemade chicken soup, pies, cakes, french toast and so many other delicious choices were laid out for the taking as we dined out on the screened-in porch overlooking the Black River Valley. Thick glass mugs of perfectly brewed coffee and hot chocolate decorated our table as we feasted on the sweet and savory creations. We left with our bellies full thinking of how we should spend the rest of the day climbing the waterfalls to burn off the excess. This is a spot we will be returning to again and again, not only for the amazing food, but also the beautiful scenery, lovely décor and very friendly staff.
Tug Hill Vineyards features “you-pick” berries and grapes from July to October, the wine cellar (open daily for tastings), brunch every Sunday and “Wine Down” – hors d’oeuvres, occasional live music and wine – every Thursday evening. For more information, event schedules and more check out their website: http://www.tughillvineyards.com/ or Tug Hill Vineyards’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tug-Hill-Vineyards/171573137379