Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: On Saturday, Tobey and I will be participating in the Monster Mutt Dash 5K to benefit the Berea Animal Rescue. If you’re interested in learning more or donating to Team Tobey, click here.***

Every once in awhile, you need a change of scenery. This weekend, eight friends loaded up the cars and drove east to Chautauqua, New York for a couple days of too much wine, too much food, and just the right amount of crazy fun. We stayed at the Captain Storm House Bed and Breakfast, a perfectly cute and quaint house with plenty of room for four couples.

Friday evening, we hung out around the house, made dinner, played board games, and may have had a room-to-room dance party. We were celebrating being away, being relaxed, and being with wonderful friends.

The one rule we had for the weekend was that we were “off the grid,” which meant no Tweeting, Facebook-ing, emailing, Instagram-ing. Be with the people you’re with, soak in the relaxation, live the moments as they happen rather than trying to reduce them to 140 characters. It was pretty amazing the difference that made.

On Saturday, we went to five of the wineries in the region: Mazza Vineyards, South Shore Wine Company, Quincy Cellars, Noble Winery, and Johnson Estate Winery.

While the wines were a bit hit or miss in terms of taste, every winery we went to was warm and welcoming and cost-friendly, too.

Saturday evening was much like Friday evening, with lots of food and wine and conversation. On Sunday, we checked out the cute town on Bemus Point, then grabbed a beer at Southern Tier Brewing Company.

While I thought I’d choose to have Pumking straight from the source, I went with the 2X Stout and was pleased with this tasty milk stout. We also got some beers to take home with us.

It was a fabulous weekend of relaxing, unwinding, and taking time to just enjoy each other’s company. If you ever wonder what blogging has given me (and there’s a lot), my friendships with these ladies and their husbands top my list.

Here’s to making this a yearly tradition!

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