Here’s the thing with photography: the more you study it, and the more you learn, the more apt you are to go through a phase when you are not happy with your photographs. When I first got my DSLR, I was thrilled with the instant improvement in quality from my point-and-shoot, but just like with music, cooking, or writing, the more I know, the harder I am to please. So as I was loading these pictures into my computer, after a wonderful day in the Stonington area with Johnna author of The Size of Connecticut, I was not thrilled with the picture of the Amtrak train racing by the vineyard, or the lack of clear, in-focus picture of Saltwater’s main building, which is an old airplane hanger. “NONE OF THESE PICTURES ARE GOOD ENOUGH!” I yelled, literally, to myself in my basement home office.
This was my first time shooting in manual mode, which is pretty much exactly like taking the training wheels off your bike. I’ll get better, but on some level, I felt like I didn’t do this gorgeous winery justice. So instead of relying on pictures, I will tell you this about Saltwater Farm: If you’re planning a wedding in “Mystic Country,” you should get married there because it’s an amazing location right on the water with a wonderful farm-and-sea feel. I really liked their rose, and, finally, they have adirondack chairs, which are my preferred summer seating vessels.
Day Trip to Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT
Itinerary: Day Trip to Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT
Each day trip itinerary includes the main event, plus suggestions — with names, addresses and maps — of places to eat, shop, or “notable neighbors” to check out while you’re in the area. There is baked-in flexibility to mix and match, or follow the itinerary to the letter. If you have suggestions, lemme know!
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Elm Street
You could make a day out of visiting wineries just in the towns of Stonington and North Stonington. They are close enough together to make an afternoon of two, maybe three stops. In addition to Saltwater Farm, try:
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road
North Stonington, CT
523 Taugwonk Road
I’m a big fan of either eating before arriving at a vineyard, or bringing a meal. Here are two semi-casual places in the Borough of Stonington to try:
194 Water Street
113 Water Street
Also in the Borough, which is a quick ride either to or from the Vineyard, if you want to get your history on before or after your trip to Saltwater Farm.
Old Lighthouse Museum
7 Water Street
Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer House
40 Palmer Street