Me? Fall Foliage is my favorite season, and I’m also attracted to reading nooks, sheltered coves, tucked-away hideouts and serene places like “Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.”
So this morning when the weather promised to be fair and the day spread out before us with no commitments, we set ourselves free to explore. No agenda, no itinerary, no hurry. What a life!
Here’s a salute to the places and people we stumbled upon, which/who made today into a day to treasure.
Thank you, earth and sky, for your breathtaking, heart-calming beauty.
Thank you, Charlene’s Diner, Jewett City, Connecticut. (click here for their Facebook page), for the best breakfast we’ve had in a long, long time,
served up on warm plates (why doesn’t everyone do this?!!!) by a trio of professional and friendly sister-servers. What more need I say than, they do everything right, and you can’t beat the prices.
Thank you, Scenic Route 169, for being so quintessentially, idyllically, picturesque.
Thank you, Richard Auger and Linda Auger (at Taylor Brooke Winery) for your anti-snobby and yet classy, welcoming hospitality. We thank you for your well-organized, fun and informative wine tasting (2 samples are free; you can get 8 samples for $5, or $13 for $8 — definitely worth making the trip!) We found the wines enjoyable and brought home a bottle of Traminette, which promises to pair nicely with a spicy Indian curry (not the easiest of dishes to marry a wine to).
And look, the setting is gorgeous.
And thank you, town of Putnam, Connecticut, for being the exactly right kind of place to stop for a late lunch and a stroll through the galleries and shops.
Thank you Silver Circle Gallery, for featuring very talented local artists (at affordable prices!!), and being a wonderful place in which to play art gallery games.
We played the “mind-reading” game, and discovered that we both had fallen in love with the same small beautiful painting of boats. (I’m thinking I’ll have to sneak back there, to buy it for Ken for Christmas… shhh).
If you’re an art lover, and are anywhere near Putnam, I advise you to visit. I’ve rarely been this impressed by a gallery; therefore I’m naming Silver Circle Gallery “Tracy Lee Karner’s favorite small art gallery in New England”.
More views of Putnam:
So what did you do this weekend, and did it, in any way, involve a unicycle?