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Jan 13, 2009 04:25 AM

Anything new in Ct that is worth checking out??

This is a follow up to my post about the Sun Wine Fest. We have decided to stay away from it and would like to still have a great evening of wine and food. Can anyone offer any suggestions. We eat everything and we will be celebrating a birthday. We love atmosphere and great food.

Thanks everyone in advance I have been a long time lurker and occasional poster and always get great suggestions and tips on the boards.

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  1. Where in CT? I haven't been yet, but The Still River Cafe in Eastford (west of Woodstock, in northeastern CT) has been named by Boston Magazine to be The #1 Foodie Destination in New England. The entire area is very beautiful (very quiet, in case that's not your thing), wineries, B&Bs, etc.

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    1. re: JaneRI

      That is where we would of gone but they are closed for vacation. That is exactly the type of evening we want.

      1. re: jf11

        Turns out they're opening early - like Jan 23 if I recall? Too late for you? If the location works, what about The Golden Lamb Buttery? Crazy expensive from what I understand, but it's an experience, not just a meal. Do a board search, it was discussed pretty thoroughly w/in the last 6 mo or so.

        Newish I believe (same area) there or at The Inn at Woodstock Hill you could spend the night if you chose. Again, there are some really nice wineries in the area, and fun/interesting shopping. Let me know if you end up heading to that area, and I could give you a lot of tips. I think you might still be online, so I'll post my e-mail address.....let me know when you've got it so I can delete it.

        1. re: JaneRI

          Thanks Jane I will let you know if we venture up that way. Any suggestiond down along the shore? How about any restaurants with wine pairings or tasting's?

          1. re: jf11

            I'm not familiar w/fine dining along the shore. Probably too far east for you, but I LOVE The Up River Cafe in Westerly RI.

            There is an interesting new place in Mystic I want to check out:

            1. re: jf11

              Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret is one of our favorites. You'll need reservations (and it may be too late if for this weekend), but if you get there early, you can have a wine tasting before your meal. It is our destination of choice for birthdays and pre-holidays in December.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Good idea!! I always forget they have a restaurant, not sure why as I love the winery.

                have you been to the "new & improved" Heritage Trail, a few miles south on 169? WELL worth the trip, they have a full cafe now, and more wines (new ownership).


                1. re: JaneRI

                  I didn't know Heritage Trail had changed hands--thanks for the recommendation. I can see from the link you provided it truly has come a long way from what it once was. When I went a few years back (the first year the CT Wine Trail offered the passport program), it was definitely my least favorite in CT. I trust the tastings no longer take place in what looked to be the owner's personal kitchen. ;) I would love to go back and see what's new. Have you gone for lunch or dinner? I scoured the site and couldn't find the hours for the cafe.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Come a long way - oh my yes! I felt bad but I used to avoid it when doing the wine seemed depressing, and then I'd feel guilty, like I had to buy a bottle or two, even if not interested. They've added a bldg, it's still very rustic & unfinished but it works somehow. I first went on a warm day in October...they were so full that they said if we wanted to sit outside to find a spot, and they'd find us - they did and it was perfect. For under $20 we had an amazing cheese plate and 2 tastings. (full tastings for 2 people, not 2 wines). That same day (unseasonably warm) we went to Sharpe Hill and they were also so full they must have had 50 people outside....tables overflowing, tasting bar set up outside. I've been to SH 12-15 times and never seen that.

                    Back to Heritage Trail.....I last went the wkend after Christmas....we made the drive down to Colchester to catch Priam before they closed for the season...ended up after dark at Heritage Trail...the owner (Chef Harry) and his wife are so enthusiastic & charming. We sat in the cafe, ordered another cheese plate, which this time they expanded to fit 3 people, and the 3 of us did our tasting at a restaurant round table, while nibbling on cheese & crackers. $25 before tip!

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Will definitely check out Heritage Trail. BTW, based on your mention of Tastings above, I resurrected a thread from last month to see what anyone else has found there. I need to get down there soon and would love to try it. Sounds like a place I read about in San Francisco and I won't need to board a plane to try it!

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        I cannot wait to try Tastings....but the friend I most often do this stuff with has a little one, and her husband works crazy hours, so it sometimes is tough to plan.

                        I think HT is open til 6pm if memory serves me - I thought since they served full meals it'd be open for full dinner hours but not yet at least.

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