Charley and I decided to escape reality and travel up to the Berkshires for the weekend. We had book business to take care of and I had to shoot some photos for another story in the ZuZu Series – A Christmas Book which I’m planning to launch in the fall of 2017. Charley’s been wanting me to publish a Christmas Book and I decided this will be the year. He loves Christmas!
After wandering around Stockbridge and Lenox visiting with the shopkeepers who consign my books, we took a ride to the Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery in Richmond. (Links included if you want to learn more.) The winery belongs to the people who run the Garden Gables Inn where we’re staying this weekend. The wine tasting room, with its woodfire roaring in the gigantic fieldstone fireplace, was full. On the shelves were wines and jams and relishes. Behind the counter were fresh baked pies and apple cider donuts – the aromas totally amazing. We did some early Christmas shopping.
Roxie would absolutely have loved the big gazebo where people can enjoy a picnic lunch with their wine. Outside, everything was a bit bare, but in early fall you can pick your own bushel of apples from the nearby orchard. It made a lovely day trip.
This evening the Inn hosted a murder mystery dinner. Charley hates that kind of thing but went along with it because he knows I love a mystery. We were assigned parts and all of the guests came in Medieval Costumes to fit the theme. Charley was a Bishop and I was the wife of a Duke. We were clueless as to the seriousness with which Murder Mystery Weekend Fans take these events, so we were not in costume. But, we made up for it with our incredible acting skills. I took lots of photos, even though a true Medieval Duchess would not be walking around with an IPad. In the end, I guessed the murderer and motive, of course. What kind of a clueless mystery writer would I be if I couldn’t figure it out?
Right now I’m sitting in our suite of rooms writing a first draft of this post. We were upgraded to a suite after we lit a log in the fireplace of the first room we were assigned and smoke came billowing in. (Not my fault, for once.) The wind had caused the flue to close. We opened windows and got the whole thing sorted out, but the lovely woman in charge insisted we take an upgrade. It’s pretty nifty! I could stay for the rest of the fall but we’ll be heading home tomorrow.
A final note: Roxie was not happy when she saw the suitcase on the bed. She tried her best to thwart our plans, escaping outside just before we were about to leave. Charley called me from his cell phone to tell me she was hiding under the gazebo and to bring out the bag of treats. Needless to say, once we coaxed her out with the treats, we wanted to strangle her. She’s at home right now planning ways to make us feel guilty for leaving her home with ZuZu. But I’m sure she’ll tell you all about it in her next post.
I haven’t read a newspaper or watched television the entire weekend. I have no idea what is happening in the real world nor do I care. I strongly recommend this for anyone needing to escape. Have a peaceful week.