[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBAZwtMB9oQ]The Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is on my "To Visit" list. I keep hearing radio announcements and buzz about the upcoming "Bounty of the Hudson" wine festival this weekend, Aug 1. & Aug. 2 from 12-5:00 pm. Wine lovers will be able to taste from over 15 different Hudson Valley wineries. Tickets are $25. For more info visit the Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, website, http://millbrookwine.com/index.php. Cheers!
Last weekend I had a house guest from France visiting. Oriole 9 is a great place to take someone out to breakfast or have a breakfast meeting. I would eat here every day if I could! Considering the quality of the food and the fancy presentation of the dishes, the breakfast and lunch menu is really reasonably priced. I decided to be adventurous and try a dish from the Lunch menu for a change. I had the marinated tofu wrap with avacado and wasabi yogurt. It was delicious, but very spicy. Thomas had the Oriole 9 Breakfast--2 eggs your way, with thick slabs of toast, potato, and sausage. The restaurant also is also a WiFi hotspot so plenty of diners take their laptops out to dine too. Oriole 9 also has special family style dinner nights. Check their website for more info. Oriole 9. http://www.oriole9.com
Last weekend, I went to one of my favorite summer spots, Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill. It's a great place to take the kids swimming. The water is calm and shallow. (The shallow area is well cordoned off with a rope). There is a diving dock further out where you can dive from, if you are adventurous. (I'm not!) There is a small kiosk that sells drinks, ice creams, and chips. You can also rent a pedal boat, kayak, or row boat. Parking is only $8 for the day. The entry fee is $2 for walk-in folks. There is also a play ground on the grounds, and as the setting is so scenic, it's the perfect photo-op setting! For more info, visit http://www.belleayre.com/summer/lake.htm. Anybody out there have other favorite Hudson Valley beaches?