Playin’ Hooky on MondayPosted: August 30, 2011
Oy-yo-yoy! What a day!
DT and I took yesterday off….again – another effort to salvage what’s left this summer. And, man. What an unbelievable day!
And can I just say….I love having Mondays off. It’s such a treat. It’s such a getaway from something I normally quite frankly dread. It extends the weekend and also knocks a day off the work week, namely the least-favorite day of the work week. Diving into a Tuesday is soooo much more palatable than a Monday.
So we wanted to take advantage of playing hooky, and make it a FUN Monday. Boy, did we.
DT and I started out with coffee treats from Angry Catfish Bicycle & Coffee Bar in southeast Minneapolis (not far from where we first lived when we were married….before the homestead). We have a gift card burnin’ holes in pockets, so it was put to use.
This was our first trip here – wish we’d taken better advantage of it when we lived in the ‘hood!
A full menu with lots of drinks to choose from. But shoot, no pastries left on this morning.
Plenty of room to cozy up with a hot coffee by the fire or hang with your laptop:
Lots of bikes and bike STUFF!
We took our extra-hot chai (me) and mocha sans whipped cream (DT) to go and hit the road. 🙂
We hopped onto 52 south and drove about 40 minutes. Our destination: Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls, MN.
We drove through town – down their quaint main drag….
….and here we are at the winery!
The tasting room was really quite impressive….beautifully renovated in 2001 from what was once Lee Chevrolet back in the day. Can you imagine – a car dealership turned winery?! Cool! The actual vineyard is about eight miles south of the Mill Street tasting room.
One of the gals working there got us started on a self-guided tour around the winery, so we meandered around a bit.
This pretty, dimly-lit dining room is used for parties and events. It was actually the parts room for Lee Chevrolet – a little window (to the left) was used to pass parts to the floor.
Steel wine tanks….these puppies hold about 1,000 gallons of wine. One gallon of wine is approximately five bottles.
Onto the tasting.
We paid $7 each and sampled all of their available wines (19 in yesterday’s instance). We started with the whites – driest to sweetest – to ice wine (oy!). I put a star next to the West 7th White on my tasting menu (and later bought a bottle to bring home). This wine is the house white for Mancini’s Char House in St. Paul.
Next, the blushes – only three of these to try. My fave was Rosella (which I also bought a bottle to bring home).
Then onto the reds, DT’s favorite. Our unanimous pick out of this bunch was the Mancini’s Levee Red – also served at Mancini’s as the house red (and yes – a bottle of this also came home with us 😉 ).
I’m so glad we tasted all of their wines! There was such a variety of flavors and aromas….we definitely had favorites and some that made us pucker or make a funny face, but it was great to experience the array of their wines. Dry, sweet, semi-sweet, apple wine, honey mead, ice wine, port….we were all over the wine spectrum and it was fabulous.
How much more relaxing an afternoon can you get? Not very, I say.
After we made our purchases, we wandered around the main street for a while, then decided it was time to head toward home.
Goodbye, Cannon River Winery! We’ll most definitely be back! (We’re already plotting a visit during the cold winter months when we can hunker down and drink red vino to stay warm.)
We ran into traffic on the way back, so decided to take a detour (not necessarily in the direction of home) to Sea Salt for some patio time and a late lunch.
It was SUCH a beautiful afternoon – and for the first time EVER, the line for food at Sea Salt wasn’t totally and completely insane. (Note: go there on a Monday around 4:00 and you’re pretty much set.)
I ordered the veggie tacos and David got the fish sandwich. With a glass of white and red, respectively.
We enjoyed the patio while our food was prepared.
Lunch is served:
Our table got very quiet. And not too very long after our food was served, our plates looked like this:
Now it’s really time to head home.
But one more photo by the falls to sign off on our our super fun, slightly adventurous, delicious food and drink-induced day.
I want to take EVERY Monday off to play!