Monday, September 01, 2008

Woo Wee Weekend.

Where to begin? Scott and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary by taking a trip to wine country (Niagara, for those of you who aren't from around these parts). I will admit I was a little (lot) stressed about leaving Cameron for a whole day at the ripe old age of 4 months. I mean, I didn't leave Max for the entire first year of his life. Christine, who was there for Cameron's birth took care of her for us, and Scott's folks took care of Max. We thought that since they could both potentially stay up all night, a divide and conquer strategy was better for everyone. On their best days they are both wonderful, on their worst they would have the Dalai Lama running for the hills. I'm pleased to report that they were both very well behaved and they both slept through the night. Yes, Cameron, my darling baby girl, slept 9.5 hours straight for Christine. Must have something to do with the fact that Christine doesn't smell like a milk factory. At least that's my theory!

We started our trip by stopping at a few wineries on our way to the B & B. First we stopped at Malivoire, then Kacaba, and my favourite of the day, Tawse. Tawse uses a state-of-the-art method of wine making involving gravity, and uses a pond on the property to heat and cool the entire winery. Then we headed to our favourite B & B - the Jordan Village Guest Manor. Sheldon and Judy have a beautiful property, right on the Jordan Main Street. The B & B has rooms right in their home, but also has a guest cottage, which is where we like to stay. The cottage has a little kitchen, dining area, family room, bedroom (king size bed!) and bathroom with a claw foot tub. We dropped off our stuff and took a stroll down the Main Street where we also visited Cave Spring and had a snack on the patio of the Zooma Zooma cafe. Many jokes followed with "All I wanna do is zoom-zoom-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom....". Yes, we are twelve at heart.

After "resting" for a bit and taking a bath, we headed over to Vineland for the chef's 5 Course Tasting Menu, complemented by the Wine Pairing Menu. Because it was our anniversary, we were treated to some of Vineland's Brut, and then the fun began. The meal began with Oysters 3 Ways, was followed with Roasted Red Pepper soup with goat cheese (our favourite course), then Chicken Risotto, Steak with seasonal vegetables and polenta, and then a dessert, which I think was some sort of a torte, with ice wine. The entire experience was divine, and I left feeling pleasantly full (each course was the perfect gourmet size), and glowing. And perhaps a little bit stumbly, but I wasn't driving, so that's okay. On the way back to the B & B, Scott made a joke that made me laugh. Actually, howl may be more appropriate. I think I almost made him drive off the road I was laughing so hard. Those who know me well, know it takes a lot to make me laugh outwardly, so this was really cathartic. I had tears running down my face, and my stomach hurt, but it was such a great release and it was one of the highlights of the weekend.

The next morning we got up early (we seem to be incapable of sleeping in) and headed back to the Zooma Zooma Cafe for breakfast. Scott had scrambled eggs with lobster and I had turkey frittata. We then headed over to Flat Rock Cellars, which may be my new favourite winery (their Twisted wine is out of this world).

Then came the spa. Ah yes, the spa. As part of our weekend away, I booked myself into the Inn on the Twenty spa for a relaxation massage and lavender pedicure. What a way to end the weekend. We packed up, and headed home, rested, relaxed, and pampered. I can't wait to do it again next year!

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