The Magic Of Hidden Pond Resort

The moment we pulled onto Hidden Pond Lane in Kennebunkport, Maine we knew things were different. As we were winding down the birch and maple strewn lane we passed a Provisions store next to a lovely vegetable garden, then an open area with old-fashioned bicycles available to borrow on a whim, and finally the main lodge which had a storybook quality to it.

Of all the bungalows on the property we passed, we guessed the location of the main lodge as a result of of the vehicle parked in front. It was an old car, perfectly restored, with a surfboard on top and a sign painted on the back saying “Follow me to… Hidden Pond!” It felt as if you were to actually follow this car you would be transported to a different time and place, much as in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris.

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A Tasting of La Rioja Alta Wines at Clio in Boston

We haven’t done much cooking lately. We went to Boston on Tuesday for a big wine tasting at the Seaport World Trade Center. All our favorite importers were there, but two of our favorite reps were sadly absent. Ninety minutes is enough for any professional wine tasting, so off we went to the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge with our wine notes. Not our choice, but it was nice enough.

The next day we slogged through drizzling rain to attend a private luncheon at Ken Oringer’s Clio restaurant along with a library vintage tasting of La Rioja Alta wines. As soon as we walked in the door we noticed a film crew taking shots in the kitchen and in the dining room. We were then led through a maze to a private function room downstairs.

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