We've talked and written about visiting Mystic and the large variety of things to do. Well we finally took a day off and had our own adventure visiting two popular spots in the Stonington/Mystic area. We chose to hike at the Barn Island Management Area. Lots of trails in and around marshes and woods with views of Little Narragansett Bay and Sandy Point Island. It couldn't have been a better day. Pets are allowed on a leash and my good friend brought her 7 year old beagle, George.
The trail by the water is a actually a dirt road which must be used for access to fix the many conduits throughout the marshes.
We saw lots of great white herons and egrets. They did elude my camera though, maybe next time.
George, being a dog, found lots of smells, most likely other dogs on the trail. He made some new acquaintances too.
Entered through this nice fence and found the picnic area where live music and fun was in full swing.
We settled in pretty quickly, with a bee line to the indoor bar we tried the 2020 Estate Chardonnay and the 2019 Estate Cabernet Franc, perfect for après walk and our picnic board.
The picnic area was so beautiful, right off the main building which faces rows and rows of vines which were covered with grapes. Guests appeared to know what they were doing by bringing their chairs, tables, blankets and some fantastic looking picnic spreads.
There are some tables on the patio and on the grass a handful of Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. This day there was a pizza food truck. Inside more tables and upstairs a room with tables and a deck off of that.
The look of the expert picnicker. We're giving this setup a 10.
I believe when they planted the vines they left a portion of the original airfield open. It's pretty cool.
Dogs are allowed on a leash only and all the dogs George met were well behaved. He did some posing with our small dog toy. Due to his distraction with our fine cheese and cracker board he chose not to play with the toy at this time. (Next time I will rub a little bacon grease on there.)
Brought some bottle stoppers to photograph too, the small trivets worked well as coasters in the grass. Next time we bring the blanket!