Visiting Red Wing

Date Night~ The Port of Red Wing at The St. James Hotel

This week Jeff and I spent date night at The St. James Hotel’s Port of Red Wing restaurant. Such a lovely place. Great service, wonderful food, and my favorite wine guy works there. He’s so knowledgeable on the subject of wine, and it’s always an educational, enjoyable experience to talk with him. Entrance to The…

Six Senses Saturday

“The earth and every common sight, to me did seem appareled in celestial light, the glory and the freshness of a dream.” ~William Wordsworth Six Senses Saturday was something I started right before my blog went on sabbatical early this past summer… Someone recently told me they liked it…so, I’m going to start making this…

Red Wing Trolley Tour

Today some friends and I took the Red Wing trolley tour. It was really fun to learn facts about our home town! The 50 minute tour was worth the $10.70 a ticket. I highly recommend it the next time you visit our gorgeous city! a fun day with friends The Red Wing Trolley Nancy, Linda…

Relaxing Ritual ~ Autumn Walks

Jeff and I take a walk together every morning after seeing Gracie off to school. The school bus drives away, and the next half hour or so is ours. Some mornings, like this morning, are beautiful. Often we bring mugs of tea with us and we talk about our plans for the day, or what…

house warming ~ little luxuries for autumn

~Make cider floats! Pour real apple orchard cider over cinnamon ice cream ~Harvest grapevines and make homemade wreaths for Christmas gifts…here’s a new twist on this idea. homemade grapevine wreath ~Go to a grape stomp or participate in a grape harvest at a local vineyard. ~Host a harvest party: plan a hayride, have a campfire,…

Sugar & Spice Honey Butter

This is a delicious, cinnamony-sweet butter spread for toast, scones, muffins, popovers…whatever!  You may want to add jars of this yummy treat to your Holiday gift baskets. I like to use my Red Wing pottery beater jar to make this spread. This little jar is also nice for making salad dressings, beating eggs, and even…

Grape Harvest

“Wine is bottled poetry.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson Today we spent most of the day harvesting grapes with our friends the Falconers. They own and operate a beautiful winery and vineyard here in Red Wing. It’s located in an ideal spot for producing grapes that yield some of the yummiest and  most unique wines we’ve ever…

ice cream for lunch

“Ice cream cravings are not to be taken lightly.”  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon Today… We went to Hallstrom’s Ice Cream Parlor for lunch Gracie had the Brownie Cascade and I had the Mint Chocolate Avalanche The best ice cream in town! We sat by the fountain downtown and admired the gorgeous flower baskets and listened to…

Scenes From Summer

Yesterday we… Went to a Red Wing Aces baseball game, ate hot dogs and snicker bars for dinner, and watched our team win 13-6! Relaxed on a bench swing at Bay Point Park  and watched the boats go by… What did you do over the weekend? ~Melissa