Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Big Taste in Cape May County - Hawk Haven Vineyard

Many people ask us why we got into innkeeping.  Our story involves Napa and Sonoma County in California and our love of wine.  We would spend a week each Fall touring the various wineries while staying at our favorite B&B in the area, the Raford House.  We always said that if California were not so far away from our friends and family, we would have loved owning a B&B in the region. 

Fast forward twelve years and we are now sending out guests off on a much smaller, but equally enjoyable, wine trail in Cape May County.   The only problem is that the guests get to go and we stay behind at the Inn.  Today was different - Bill and I had an opportunity to sneak away from the Inn this afternoon.   We went to one of the four vineyards in Cape May County - Hawk Haven Vineyard.  They were providing a rare opportunity to do some barrel tasting of their 2009 Syrah and Merlot wines. (These varietals of an earlier vintage were used in their latest release, Talon.)  While young, it is always a treat to taste wine before it has been bottled and to then taste it again in the bottle.  Of course, we did not stop there as we enjoyed several other wines they had available for tasting.  For those who would like to enjoy a barrel tasting, Hawk Haven is doing it again February 26th and 27th.

In addition to enjoying the wines, we learned that the owner is a third generation "steward" of this land.  We applaud his efforts to bring out the very best from this land.  We look forward to enjoying the "fruits of his labor" in the years ahead. 

Bill and Nancy, Innkeepers Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast New Jersey Shore

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

President's Weekend Getaway - Activities Galore in Cape May County

People think this is the "quiet" season; however, this President's Weekend will be anything but quiet.  There is so much to do that you will have to pick carefully.

After having a great breakfast at the Inn, stroll the boardwalk to the Convention Center where you can watch an indoor soccer tournament.   Then, it is time for the lady in your life - take her shopping in Cape May at the crafts and antiques fair.  I bet you are now close to your own "Happy Hour" time when you will want to visit one or more of the Cape May County Wineries - Hawk Haven, Natali, and Cape May.    Finally, enjoy one of the great restaurants in the area.  Perhaps one of the BYOB restaurants like Black Duck or Gia's where you can take one of those bottles of wine from your tasting adventure.  Or, if you prefer saving that for when you are home, there are so many more restaurants to consider.  What better way to spend the weekend - watch other people exercise, shop, sip wine and, have a great dinner. 

The weekend is looking to be great and everyone needs a break from this winter.  So, come where there is NO SNOW on the ground and give yourself the break you deserve.  We look forward to seeing you.

Nancy & Bill, Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast New Jersey Shore