As some of you may know from seeing our posts on Facebook last week, Ed and I enjoyed our first vacation together in 6 years this past week! We went on a road trip to Rhode Island to see his youngest brother get married and spend a week with the Hohenstein and Bakke clan. Some may think us a little crazy for driving straight through after market, but hey…that’s how we roll :) As soon as we arrived at the house in RI, we were shown our room which we thought had to be a joke (his family is known for pulling jokes on on another) …it had bunk beds…we were told no…this is your room but hey at least there was a good view and it was a real bed!
There were two really big items on Ed’s wish list of things to do while we were out on the east coast…first – find peaches!!! and second – go fishing :) We were successful on both items of our list. On Monday after some much needed rest, we toured the Four Corners of Tiverton, RI and then went to see the home where the wedding was to be held later that week. On the way to the wedding location we spotted it…a sign on a roadside market that said fresh peaches! We knew we had to stop …and boy did we find peaches! Young Family Farm in Little Compton, RI has the best peaches we ever tasted. They have yellow and white varieties, nectarines, berries, herbs and more. We even learned that one of the owners is originally from MN.
Ed sampling the peaches
Trees over flowing with peaches
60 lbs of peaches in the car on the way back to MN
The interesting thing about RI and MA is that things change rapidly…one minute you’re driving in an urban area and in the next you’re in the country among corn fields and dairy cattle. The other thing that really threw us for a loop was how long it’d take to go 15 miles. Here in MN…you say oh…it’s only 15 miles away and we know instantly it will take about 15 mins to get to your destination. In RI, it’s a completely different story…you say it’s 15 miles away and it will take almost 45 mins to get to the destination. Ed discovered this on our first day there. He went to go check out the fishing in Narraganset Bay. Our iPhone app told us it was 15 to 20 miles to get there…he got on the road and instantly I get a text saying opps! it’ll be an hour before we get there. Who knew!
After spending some time looking over all of the fishing options with his older brother Bill and our long time family friend Ed Bakke…they found it….our fishing excursion for the RI trip! After much discussion among the Hohenstein brothers, the groom included :), it was decided to go with the Seven B’s V fishing and to go from 7pm to 1am after the illusive striped sea bass. Since we got such a great deal there were 11 of us hardy Minnesotan’s that went fishing in the middle of the night. Ironically, the two who weren’t as interested were the ones that caught the fish but all in all we had a great time and I’d love to go again!
Along with being by the ocean and the fishing trip, we also went and enjoyed some tastings at a few of the local wineries. I discovered that there is a coastal wine trail with the majority of the wineries being located just 15 miles from where we were staying in Tiverton! Our favorite vineyard that we saw was Greenvale Winery. The setting for this winery is amazing…you drive down this long gravel road and when you come to the end you see the vines over looking the ocean! They also had the best Chardonnay of all three wineries we enjoyed tastings at. The best wine though, in our opinion, came from Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard located in Little Compton. Our favorite was the winter wine (we brought home 2 bottles!) This vineyard grows all of their grapes onsite and doesn’t bring anything in. They had a number of white and reds, the best tasting champagne I’ve ever had, and 3 dessert wines.
We did have one rainy day during our week in RI…so we did what anyone else would…went and picked up lobster and little neck clams from the local fishermen! We then did what our parents always told us not to…played with our food :) I even named the lobsters Chuck and Bob…they were mighty tasty. We washed it down with a bottle of vidal blanc from Sakonnet Winery.
Chuck and Bob face off before becoming dinner
All in all it was an amazing trip. When we did get back home we found the garden overflowing with vegetables…including patty pan squash the size of my head! Thank goodness for family and summer vacation :) Ed’s sister and her two sons came and helped out with harvest yesterday so we could get caught back up before the week was over. Since this is getting long I’ll just end this post with more pictures from our vacation in RI as my mind still hasn’t left the beach.
Ed and I enjoying the view
The unveiling of the clam bake