About a year ago, Jeff and I had planned on taking a trip to Niagara Falls for the weekend. Somehow the trip fell through and we never rescheduled. I was bummed because although we go away a lot, it’s always with or to visit friends and family. We hadn’t had a weekend away, just the two of us. So finally in April, we planned a trip together to Block Island. Since I had done most of the planning for it, I didn’t think much of it. So on Friday, we drove down to Narragansett, left the car and took our bikes on the ferry to Block Island.
We stayed at one of the cottages at the beautiful 1661 Inn and on Friday rode our bikes around the Old Harbor area. We went to the South Lighthouse and then down to the Mohegan Bluffs. The Bluffs are gorgeous cliffs with a small, rocky beach at the base.
We had packed a cooler of three bottles of wine and a beer for our weekend, so after our bike ride on Friday night, we brought a bottle up to the hotel to watch the sunset.
2008 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Although we had two bottles of this in the wine fridge, I had been saving this bottle for a number of years and for the right occasion. I now know why I waited – delicious! This wine is soft and elegant with a rich, cherry nose. The palate is full and creamy but still light-bodied and smooth. We drank this alone, but it could use some soft cheeses or maple-glazed salmon. I’m so thankful I have the 2007 in the fridge still, but I’m definitely going to grab another bottle or two!
On to Saturday. We planned to bike as much of the island as possible today. So we started the day by taking a ride up to the northern tip of the island to check out the North Lighthouse. It’s in the middle of a nature preserve area so once you leave the parking lot, you have about a quarter mile to walk down the beach towards the lighthouse. The beach that runs along the Western side of the Island and the beach at the North Lighthouse meet at a point.
We just relaxed for a while, had some snacks and snapped a few photos…
We spent the rest of the afternoon biking around and making phone calls to family and friends. And after that stiff beer and a few hours laying in the sun on the beach, we took a long nap and then grabbed our bikes to go have some celebratory champagne on the beach.
Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru, Champagne, France. Actually a Kosher Champagne, this is one of my favorites! It is light but creamy in texture with tiny, fine bubbles. It has crisp flavors of minerals and fresh herbs balanced by soft notes of brioche, honey and almond. Another one that we drank with the sunset, but could stand up to some soft cheeses, fresh oysters or light pastry desserts!
We had the most amazing weekend together! And since it’s the only trip we’ve taken just the two of us, our next weekend away has some big shoes to fill! But that’s okay, since it will probably be our honeymoon 🙂 On to the wedding planning! I think I’m more excited to taste wines to serve than I am caterers!