Go Clink Glasses to A Weekend of Countryside Life
The city that never sleeps often sends me seeking elsewhere to find restoration— and a long afternoon spent over peach wine amid the rolling hills at Hopkins Vineyard is usually that place. The haven along the Connecticut Wine Trail, a collection made up of 24 vineyards statewide, is something out of a countryside fairytale. With a charming red barn and endless greenery, the vineyard melts away the memory of city hustle and bustle and soothes you into savoring the sweetness of countryside life.
Did I mention the peach wine yet? Made from a blend of farm grown peaches, it’s semi-sweet peach perfection. Grab a glass, settle in at a picnic table with views of Lake Waramaug and stay into the evening for a Night Owl Live Music event under the stars— offered without admission or cover charge on various weekends throughout the year. Less than 15 minutes from the Mayflower Inn, the vineyard offers wine tasting, tours, and various events from hosting a holiday “Sip, Shop, and Be Local” market of local artisan made products, to concerts well worth marking on your calendars. Just minutes from Hopkins Vineyard is Lake Waramaug State Park, which is a lovely place to soak up the picturesque Connecticut landscape before or after wine tasting, especially to enjoy the fall foliage.