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Before most of us tuck our SLKs away for a long winter's nap - or at least stick a lot closer to home due to November weather - who is up for a jaunt around the Beamsville area on 27 Oct - enjoy the fall colours, yes Red, White, and Rose!

Due to my schedule the 27th works the best - we're thinking of driving up on the 26th, possibly staying in the GTA Saturday evening... perhaps drag along some eastern Ontario members?? We would then have the whole day Sunday to visit the area. :ch: Including lunch (there is a terrific place near Kacaba) and maybe even dinner as a group.
 

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Sad ... bumping my own post. FYI Vinifera Inn in Grimsby still has rooms - seems like everyone in the western hemisphere is in Niagara!

Where are all our GTA members?
 

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Well you missed out on a terrific weekend!

Cath and I left Ottawa, top down on Friday (25/10) and drove as far as Port Hope. Along the way we passed four other convertibles, including one Ferrari (love passing Ferraris), all top up. Big smiles all around though. Port Hope is a quaint little town still, though it's becoming a bit of bedroom community for Toronto. Still some nice B&Bs and restaurants - the main street has held on to most of its architectural charm. And the gas is cheap!

The sky was getting dark ahead so up came the top and thank goodness we did - heavy rain by the time we got to Darlington but then abated as we took the waterfront into Toronto, which was new to us. I'd found a good rate at the Royal York, a classic and grand railway hotel in the middle of old downtown T.O. Unfortunately, they are in the midst of tearing up Front St so access was a bit rural. We did see the former lead singer of the Bare Naked Ladies on the way in; he seemed to appreciate the SLK.

Check in was rather drawn out, so we set off on foot after the complimentary beverage at the bar. We enjoyed the lights of Younge Street (famously, the longest street in the world) and grabbed some very good mexican food - not the romantic dinner I'd planned but good tucker and fun watching the world go by.

Next morning was rainy but we braved the weather and marched over to St Lawrence Market - great foody location, had a nice breakfast then a walkabout the market. It really is worth the visit anytime, but during the summer you can organize quite a good picnic and eat there. We were back on the road by 1pm and on our way to Grimsby.

The weather was good enough for us to keep the roof down on departure and all the way to the inn (a B&B called Vinifera). Very nice place, big old house well off the road offering quiet rooms and well suited to visiting the wineries west of Niagara (the big, famous ones are largely nearer Niagara on the Lake). We checked in and managed to get to Peninsula Ridge winery before dinner. Dinner was great, with friends who also have an SLK (but who generally lurk here...schmucks - inside joke).
 

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Sunday was even nicer.. though we had to dodge a few showers.

First stop was ThirtyBench. We've always enjoyed their offerings and their 2011 Shiraz was spectacular. This year's offerings were good, but none that impressed us as much as that red. We then went back across the road to Rosewood Estates...also very nice.

Our 171 friends joined in for one winery and then we pressed on to Niagara on the Lake. It's a lovely historical town, famous for its Bernard Shaw festival and period buildings. We met Bill and Nancy (SimProf) for lunch and then a bit of a wander around the village. On arrival there was a 172 also looking for a parking spot, but we didn't see them again after we parked.

After lunch the girls did a bit of shopping, we lads did a bit of carrying. It was nice to get even a small group together. We managed to fill the afternoon!
 

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Sounds like a great time. When I eventually get back to Northern New York we will need to link up. Different than drinking on the Rhine but just as much fun.

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Monday was perhaps the best day weather wise...

We went to Vineland Estates because it was on the way to another (Featherstone) and the bistro we'd hoped to lunch at was closed (It's About Thyme, on highway 8; it's also very near Kacaba Winery). Kismet!

We wound up buying a couple of bottles and were given the speech on their wine club. You can opt in our out, gift the month's selection, and there's no entry fee. As well you got one bottle that day free. The kicker was that you also got free wine with your meal any time you came to the winery. Lunch plans done!

The meal was incredible, as was the wine (generous portions, but we dallied and didn't over do it). A clam bisque with a diver scallop, beef with parsnip puree and rosemary gnocchi, and chocolate espresso mouse and chocolate gellato. A wonderful end to the weekend...
 

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The meal was incredible, as was the wine (generous portions, but we dallied and didn't over do it). A clam bisque with a diver scallop, beef with parsnip puree and rosemary gnocchi, and chocolate espresso mouse and chocolate gellato. A wonderful end to the weekend...
No pics for your food thread? :)
 

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No one really showed much interest in the food related thread, so we'll let it lay. Speaking of which...off to Paris with Cath tomorrow (we call it date night, but it's a romantic exercise in jet lag!).
 

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