Friday, November 27, 2009

Old Man Winter Arrives....

Well, we were really hoping He would not show up this year!!! (No such luck.) At least we did not get any snowfall here...yet.

This is the first time we have seen anyone wearing the Winter garb at The Lakehouse Inn this year. Yesterday, Thanksgiving, was a very pleasant day (didn't have the chance to take a picture, now I wish I would have to show the contrast between the days).

Alex needs to keep the stove lit for warmth in the Tasting Room today.

The temp is 34 degrees with howling wind as I put this post together.

A glance at the Lake from the Tasting Room door.

Here is some footage of the grounds and the effects from the howling wind. I guess I will have to put things away this weekend and dispose of the smaller hanging baskets. I need to decide if I want to plant the potted mums.

Nate's Birthday

Last Week we celebrated Nate's 30th birthday. Andrea bought him the latest Michael Symon cookbook. He and Sasha had dinner at Lola's.

The guys enjoying the Fagnilli's tradition, Dairy Queen Birthday Cake.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mid November, Really???

Today was another gorgeous day. Here are a few shots of our guests enjoying the Wonderful weather. Shorts and a T-shirt (with a sweatshirt close by) were clearly the attire for the afternoon.
I think the above couple were calling friends to join them or just making the person on the other end jealous that could not be at the Lake today.
What a great opportunity to soak up some vitamin D and catch up on some reading. The tranquil Lake looks very soothing. Looks like the wine of the day was Riesling.
Flowers are still hanging in there along the walkways of the Inn and Beach House. I try to keep them watered. It is a little bit of a challenge since Sam winterized all the water lines except one, several weeks ago.

Sam and I were able to walk before work on Tuesday. What a spectacular sunrise we saw. This shot was from the walkway to the Marina entrance starboard light. There were definitely a number of fisherman out trying to load up their freezers for the winter (sorry, didn't get a shot).
The brilliant Sun popping through the bare trees on our way back to the Inn along the walkway of the Park.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What a Difference a Week Makes....

Well, last week I wrote about the season changing. Here is another vivid visual of Mother Nature at work.

I took the above shot last Saturday and the one below of the same Red Maple, just an hour ago.

The week was very chilly and much frost in the early mornings. I was able to get a shot of the moon setting over the Lake, early Wednesday morning.

And a peak at the sunrise from the East at the same time.Lance is busy pressing a small batch of Pinot Nior (actually I got him cleaning up). A perfect day to be working outside.

Here, he is telling me about the Novello, he and Sam are working on.
The winery is clearly attracting visitors who want to sit outside this afternoon. we are less than 30 minutes into the "day' for Alex and Jordan, and Jordan is thinking, "Are we sure it is November?" he is busy making Pizza and Panini's. The temp is up to 68 degrees and our guests are definitely enjoying the weather.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recap of October at The Lakehouse Inn - Moving into November

Well, I thought September flew by, I really don't where October went. It was a busy month of activities. In addition to Harvest, The Spencerian Saga was here for two weeks. We hosted our first Winery Tour Weekend of the Fall season last weekend and our semi-annual Murder Mystery Dinner was Friday evening. In addition, we started a new Afternoon with the Vintner Series last Sunday. This afternoon is the second, It's All About the Bubbly, wine and food pairing. Speaking of the Murder Mystery, we had a very last minute cancellation due to illness, which resulted in a NEED to find an understudy for the murderer. Low and behold, we were successful.

Tom and his very imaginative and energetic wife, saved the evening. (We made sure he had plenty of Dort to get him through). Does she look familiar, by chance???

Flowers are still hanging in there. The Mums are still in full bloom,

in addition to the Delphinium, which is amazing to say the least.

The winds from this past week have taken it's toll on the leaves from the trees. It looks like Old Man Winter could come to life any day by the nakedness of the trees.

Well, November is starting with much post-Halloween gloom. Hopefully we will see some glimmer of sunshine today, it does not look very likely though.