Monday, September 3, 2012

VAY-CAY Wrap Up....

Well hello again....  I've spent the better part of August visiting with family & friends in Connecticut, while also getting the opportunity to try some new restaurants (at least new to me) and one fabulous recently opened retail shop (in which I took so many photos of the interior, it will have its own post!). I hope my handy dandy iPhone pictures help to map out my journey....

Upon landing at the Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, NY (which makes flying in a breeze due to its small scale), and heading home, our first must-stop was to Lakeside Diner in Stamford, CT. How many times have we driven up & down the Merritt Parkway and never knew that this original little jem existed right off Exit 34, and overlooking a quaint picturesque lake! I found out about Lakeside Diner through listening to Jane & Michael Stern on The Splendid Table, just a few weeks back. The pair PRAISED the donuts & pancakes, so, of course, that is what we ordered (in addition to omelets & hash-browns), and took a dozen donuts home with us for everyone else to try!

food images are mine, exterior images here



My family's lakehouse in the NW corner of Connecticut played host to a 4 day weekend with a group of dear college friends, (above)....  


Upon my return, my next must-stop was to Terrain in Westport, CT. Terrain is to gardeners what Disneyland is to kids!! An UNBELIEVABLE home/garden experience, complete with cafe & coffee bar....  Stay tuned for my next post on more details of this fabulous shopping experience!




The week was filled with foodie stops to.....

Le Farm -- a wonderful & charming farm-to-table restaurant that to my surprise has been delighting diners with their fresh "in-season" dishes for the last 3 years....  Our dinner was impeccable....  Food & service absolutely perfect!


Lunch with my nieces & nephews at Shake Shack....  complete with burgers, fries, and milkshakes!


My first time to local neighborhood restaurant, Osianna, that served up fresh Mediterranean style fare....  Favorite spotting of the night, a fresh cut flower bouquet accented in our wine ice bucket -- Brilliant Idea!



Additional stops to....  A farm stand, (above)......  and a visit to the Saugatuck Rowing Club, (below).....






And finally, most nights were spent on the beach for wine, cheese, and sunset....  To get to our favorite beach (above), you pass by this house (below), which you might recognize from the feature in the August 2012 issue of Architectural Digest magazine....


4 comments:

bright girl said...

Looks like a fun and relaxing vacation! I have friends in Ridgefield and this is making me want to plan another trip up. Happy Labor Day!

Shake Shack said...

Thanks so much for being a guest of Shake Shack. We love to hear when families choose to reconnect and spend time together at the Shack.

Hope you had an awesome time with your nieces and nephews, and our team can't wait to see you again next time!

-Brandy, Shake Shack

Duchess Fare said...

Many thanks and hope you enjoyed a great holiday weekend as well!

Duchess Fare said...

Thanks Brandy... As always, the food & service was awesome!

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