From the Weekend
Over the weekend, Kim and I headed up to the Finger Lakes for a couple of days to begin celebrating our first anniversary. Since it is booked solid next weekend – which is closer to our actual anniversary (Oct. 13) – we reserved a room at the beautiful bed and breakfast we stayed at on our honeymoon, The Dane Emerson House, just south of Ithaca, NY. We stayed in the Map Room last time and in La Mer on Friday and Saturday nights. It is a gorgeous inn that we couldn’t recommend more highly.
It is run by a very kind innkeeper named Craig Emerson Rogers who has put a lot of work turning this old house into a very unique and thoughtfully decorated home which he opens up for guests to share in its charm and beauty. Kim and I have decided that we are going to stay in each of the 5 distinct rooms whenever we venture up to the Ithaca area for a weekend trip. And if you are ever looking for a nice romantic getaway, definitely consider The Dane Emerson House. Just be aware that they fill up fast, especially during the fall.
As part of our trip, we tried to recapture some of the memories we made nearly a year ago by going to the Ithaca Farmer’s Market – where we had our pre-marriage meeting with our friend Rev. Meredith Ellis – followed by a trip up to Trumansburg and the site of our ceremony at Taughannock Falls State Park, and ate at the restaurant that hosted our rehearsal dinner, Lucatelli’s.
We then headed along some of the famous Finger Lakes wine trails and sampled a number of really good wines and hard ciders – and brought a fine selection home with us to fill out our rack! (If you’re a fan of wine, and are looking for some suggestions, let me know and I can send you a list of what we picked up and you can try to order it online.) We also stopped at a number of little art gallery shops, roadside stands, and just enjoyed the lovely Upstate New York fall weather along the country roads, richly painted by the near-peak foliage of the overhanging trees.
About the photos – Top: Kim alerted me to how cool it was that the red vine was making its way out around the stones at the viewing platform at the end of the trail at Taughannock Falls, so part of the credit goes to her for the shot. Middle: Taken at the same location, I thought a slightly more elemental shot of the falls would be more unique than the typical shot that everyone takes there. Since I was using a longer lens and didn’t have my tripod with me, I performed a little Photoshop magic to make the water look so silky. Bottom: Taken at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market while Kim was grabbing us some hot apple cider – Mmmm! – and I was waiting for our southwestern brickoven flatbread pizzas to be made.