October 26, 2021 2 min read

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.
marsh at barn island
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.
marsh on barn island ct.
We saw lots of great white herons and egrets. They did elude my camera though, maybe next time.
barn island marsh and view of sandy point island
hiking path barn island ct.
leashed dog on barn island
George, being a dog, found lots of smells, most likely other dogs on the trail. He made some new acquaintances too.
dogs meet on barn islanddogs on leash barn island
We regrouped, checked for ticks and headed 20 minutes away to Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Wine and live music awaited us.
entry saltwater farm vineyard
Entered through this nice fence and found the picnic area where live music and fun was in full swing.
picnicking saltwater farm vineyard
mystic knotwork bottle stopper and coasters
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. 
grapes on the vinegrapes saltwater farm vineyard
saltwater farm vineyard Sunday picnic
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. 
under the tent at saltwater farm vineyard
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.
picnicking at saltwater farm vineyard
The building is a restored WWII airplane hangar. Follow the link to learn the interesting history.
picnic set up with chairs and basket
The look of the expert picnicker. We're giving this setup a 10.
kids playing in vineyard field
I believe when they planted the vines they left a portion of the original airfield open. It's pretty cool.
roses at saltwater farm vineyard
george the beagle and mystic knotwork dog toypicnic and mystic knotwork at the vineyard
beagle considers a mystic knotwork dog toygeorge the beagle holding out for cheese
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.)
vineyard at saltwater farm ct
wine and cheese mystic knotwork
Brought some bottle stoppers to photograph too, the small trivets worked well as coasters in the grass. Next time we bring the blanket!
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trail map Barn Island Management Area