It was a chilly Spring day in New England, but that didn’t stop the Seniors on Arch Street from enjoying a lovely excursion to Westport, MA to visit the Westport River Vineyard and Winery. About an hour and fifteen minutes south of Boston, near the coast of Buzzards Bay at Horseneck Beach, this area is lush farmland with an ocean breeze; considered to be similar in climate to some of the wine regions of France. The day began with a delicious lunch at The Bayside restaurant. Although it was windy and drizzling, the view from the picture window overlooking the marsh made for a real seaside escape.
After lunch and a unique, local dessert of “Indian Pudding” with ice-cream, the group ventured inland a bit to tour the largest vineyard and winery in New England. The Westport Rivers Winery was established in 1982 and over the past 30+ years, it has become known for award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines made in the Champagne style. A very educational tour of the facility preceded a tasting of their most popular wines. For those who were not interested in the wine-tasting, there was a quaint gift shop to visit and beautiful grounds to explore. According to one participant, “This was such a nice chance to get out of the city for the day and have an experience that I wouldn’t likely have on my own. Taking these bus trips really makes it easy.”
The next Seniors’ trip will be a tour of the Yankee Candle factory and butterfly sanctuary in Western Mass. For more information on the Seniors Program at St. Anthony Shrine, please contact Fr. Barry Langley, OFM at 617-542-6440 ext 241.