11.22.2010

The Old Homeplace & Tickled Pink

We have been saying we were going to visit Bobby G.'s beginnings for 40 years now and we finally did it back in late October, while also hoping for the Fall leaf display of a lifetime while in New England.  We had so much fun just taking off and traveling up North.  All his people are from New York state and Vermont and he especially wanted to see where his father grew up.  He has really been into the genealogy of his family this last year so this trip was the icing on the cake. While he had been studying all this, we found out that a distant (now deceased) relative sold his company to what is now known as the Dow Chemical Company. Somewhere along the way someone forgot to leave us our share of the family fortune. :) sigh.... We stayed in B & B's  the entire trip and had the best experiences.   On the way home we came by way of the coast line which I just loved.  We went through Virginia of course, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware and New Jersey.  Okay....you won't believe this but I only asked to stop at three antique places and only brought home one little thing.  Can  you believe it?  I sure couldn't!  :)  I am not going to run my mouth anymore, but let the photos speak for themselves.  Okay.....maybe with just  a little commentary.  I have lots of family coming for Thanksgiving day so if it's okay I am making this my Pink Saturday post also because while we were traveling I found some fabulous photo op's for our favorite day of the week.  :)  And thank you Beverly for hosting it.  Hope you all had or will have a fabulous Thanksgiving Day.  And here at The Vintage Nest we also have reason to celebrate a little something extra this Thanksgiving, which is in the last photo.  Mamma's baby boy just got engaged. :)  xoxo 

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Bobby G's Dad's home-place.  He actually lived on the Town Square.  How cool is that?  All the sweet houses on the square have all been kept up so nicely.  I could easily live here.


Reheboth Beach.....inexpensive (sorta), elegant and trendy.  Downtown is only 1 square mile with a mile long boardwalk on the beach.  Kind of like a scaled down Ocean City.  I loved it and would love to go back for a Spring or Autumn weekend.  Our room porch was right beside that pink flower filled window box. (Pink Saturday)  The ocean is right down there at the end of the street.


 One of the darling little shops on the main drag.......  Tickled Pink!  (Pink Saturday)

  
The pink sunset over the ocean was just gorgeous! (Pink Saturday)


  Outside the 'Porches' B & B in New Hope, PA.  All you ladies would have loved this place.  The entire complex was decorated in shabby and relaxed elegance with wonderful architectural details outside.


Wisteria covered balconies.  I bet this is amazing in the Spring time.


 The outside gardens.........


 Our room!   Our room had a British Colonial feel to it with a navy blue bath.  Sounds weird but it was really beautiful!  The skylights in the ceiling had plantation shutters on them.


 Bobby G. on the pedestrian walkway overlooking the Delaware River,  between New Hope, PA., and Lambertville, N.J. This place is really special and it's somewhere that I definitely would love to revisit again. Wheel of Fortune gave away a trip to here the other day.


Downtown on the river......one of the antique shops.  A little pricey but fun to explore.
  
On the road again...... some of the beautiful Autumn foliage.

I have mentioned before in my ramblings that I am not a big fan of driving on the free ways.  I had offered to drive and next thing I knew I was on the free ways in New York....yikes!....stay calm Lynn and carry on.  I did fine. :)


A farm in Vermont.....bought some real (expensive) maple syrup here. Cindy's making maple glazed carrots for our Thanksgiving dinner.  Also, just had to buy some really sharp Vermont cheese and some maple fudge......yum!


   hanging out in the barn!  :)


Near Stowe, Vermont.  It did snow a bit while we were there and I could see some of the slopes with a touch of white on them.



I loved seeing the white spired churches just as you see them on the proverbial New England post cards. 


It's so much fun to go but it always feels so good to see that "home" sign again.



 As I mentioned, we returned home by way of the coast and the Eastern shore.  Five miles  north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on Rt. 13, there is a non-descript gas station/convenience store and tucked in the back there is a tiny restaurant ......that JUST happens to have the best seafood you can imagine.  Also known as Sting-Ray's aka Cape Center.   The linoleumed covered floor and the taxidermied covered walls of this fine establishment is also known to the locals as Chez Exxon.  They not only serve ordinary hamburgers and sandwiches from early a.m. to late p.m,  but some of the finest upscale seafood you can imagine.  Have you ever had a fried soft shelled crab sandwich?....oh man....what a delight!!  Along with that, their Southern veggies were cooked just like Momma makes 'em and the sweet potato pie with Damson preserves is out of this world.  I am told that this dining establishment will be in the latest edition of Best Roadside Dining coming out in 2011.  (sorry....my little commentary got out of hand:)  If you are ever in the area it's must do.





And finally, this torte/cake will grace our groaning board on Thursday.  Congratulations to two very special young people.  Let the wedding plans begin.  P.S.  I never said I was an expert baker. xoxo Mom.

19 comments :

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Loved your story and the photos. I have to go there now. Never been upstate ever! Thanks for the tour. judy

NanaDiana said...

Lynn...what a great post. I loved taking the tour right along with you. I grew up in PA so a lot of that is familiar to me...and makes me a bit homesick~ Hugs- Diana

Broken China Treasures said...

Thanks for letting us eavesdrop on your trip. What a beautiful little house and the scenery is just magnificent!

Oh, about that fried soft shell crab sandwich ~ do you eat the shell and all???

Congratulations on your son's engagement!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh yeah, we got left out of the big money too ... good thing we got the brains and looks huh... :)
congratulations to your son and his bride to be... oh I can see a beautiful wedding on your estate, sigh.
love to your Sweetie, Mouse and Ben and may ya'll have the best Thanksgiving ...
(())

The Vintage Nest said...

Hello Dear Lynn! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! How amazing that we have blogs of the same name - must be kindred spirits! :-)
I love your blog also, and very much enjoy your beautiful photos - your country is so lovely indeed! And a huge congratulations on the upcoming wedding!
Love & best wishes, Brenda xo

Tete said...

Loved the tour! The food looks great, too. So glad you had such a fun trip! I was in Beverly's blog this morning, and in case you didn't know- she is going to be using a linky now- so we need to go in and sign up after midnight.
Hugs- Tete

Sarah said...

Thanks for taking us along on this fun trip. We've been to New Hope and Lambertville ~ fun places to shop for antiques.
Have a terrific Thanksgiving! ~ sarah

A Cottage Muse said...

What a great roadtrip!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Sue said...

I've never been to this area, but it sure does look pretty! Thanks for taking me along on your tour, Lynn. I love the picture of you and Bobby G- crop it and blow it up and it will be all world! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. :-)
xo Sue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, This looks like such a fun trip! You've made me really want to go to Reheboth Beach next time we visit my brother-in-law in Delaware. Last year when we went to the Chesapeake I ate crab every night for a week! Love it.
Congrats to your son and his future bride. I guess you'll be busy helping plan a wedding.
xo,
Sherry

Beverly said...

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Pink Saturday, Lynn. Your trip looks wonderful. It was one we are hoping to take some day.

Congratulations to the sweet couple. I love weddings.

I took your advice. My Pink Saturday post is set to accept linking at 10 p.m. Friday. I've got my fingers crossed that I have done everything correctly.

Barb said...

Hi Lynn,

What marvelous photo's. I love that part of the country. Congrats to your son and future dil-whoo hoo!
Happy days!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Can you believe it is almost here?

XOXO

Margaret Cloud said...

First of all, I did not know you could have two blogs with the same name, I had a hard time getting mine named on this account. I just love to read about your ramblings, you make it sound like we are with you and it is always so interesting. I also like the pictures you show. I am glad Bobby G. finally saw his beginnings and had fun doing it.Congratulation to your baby boy.

Ashley Hasty said...

That beach looks amazing!

I just joined Bon Bon Rose Girls' Rosebuds. I saw your blog on their list and thought I would check it out. It is a pleasure to "meet" you!

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Margie said...

Lovely story and great photos, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and a sincere congratulations to your youngest and his new fiancee. Big hugs, Margie.

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Happy Thanksgiving!!
What a tour!! Loved that pink sky!!

The most magnificent temple of Ancient Egypt is on Blogtrotter Two waiting to be seen!! Enjoy and have a great week!

gpc said...

A wedding, how wonderful! Congrats to all of you!

Calming Scents said...

beautiful photos! You and your husband look great.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Wonderful tour.....thanks for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

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