September 30, 2013

A Canuck in Kantuck: Fun in the fall





Last Friday, I met two of my best girlfriends, Sarah and Candice, at Cedar Creek Vineyards. It was a day trip we’d been hoping to go on for several weeks, but something always kept getting in the way. Friday was Sarah’s last day of maternity leave though so we decided we should end her eight weeks with a celebration.

We packed a little picnic of Brie, crackers, hummus and apples from Haney’s, and set out. I was expecting at least a 30-minute drive, but 10 minutes later, we were seeing signs propped up against vintage bicycles directing us to this little place.

The roads, littered with yellow leaves, kept getting more and more narrow, and finally we came upon this beautiful wooden home flanked by a field of grape vines.

Vintner Jeff Wiles greeted us and we were soon seated on a patio trying samples of wine Jeff brought us.

It happened to be a perfect day out — sunny but not too hot — and the view from our perch was perfect: horses grazed in the distance, the trees waved in the breeze. You know when you have one of those perfect days, made all the more perfect because it’s unexpected? That’s the kind of afternoon we had. We talked about work and kids, husbands and friends, the conversation floating from topic to topic effortlessly. It felt like we were on vacation, miles away from home, until we got in the car and, 10 minutes later, found ourselves pulling into our driveways. What a treat.



One of the topics that we touched on at the vineyard was this party, which I attended this past weekend. Last year, I became acquainted with a group of girls with whom I immediately fell in love. Young, fun, funny and drama free, these girls are the kind you meet and immediately feel like you’ve known for years. So when they invited me to this bachelorette party in Louisville, I was pretty honored. For years, I had heard of these famed parties that last all weekend, where stamina is key, where the itinerary had been in the planning for months.

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

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