As I finish up sharing my journey to South Carolina, I am sure it is apparent I am writing this after the fact. I have not yet mastered the technique of setting aside time to write my blog as I do it. Our days were filled with morning adventures, many already listed, but also a bike ride that was rerouted due to a bridge painting (Waccamaw Neck Bikeway), swimming in the ocean and the two pools, and walking down to the crabbing dock to read. Evenings were filled with great dinners eating in with fresh seafood from Murells Inlet and out – Bistro 217 to celebrate a birthday and River Room for our final night out – (We arrived too late to fully explore Georgetown but did get to witness a marriage proposal on the dock while we dined.) Our daughter suggested puzzles and so much to all of our surprise (I had never done a puzzle and was leery of the idea) we spent late nights working on the 1000 piece puzzle (we finished only one completely). This trip was about downtime, relaxation, but still was filled with adventure, history, and good local beer and food. Any why the delay from my return until now in finishing this? Well… summer 2015 vacation is already in the works….
We drove up to Bristol Vt for one last place to check out for we had read on Beer Advocate that it had great beer. We had no idea just how good the food was and that to get a table was reservation only! What a great little mountain town! I felt like I was back out West. This would be a great base camp for a future trip to explore North Vermont Breweries. I even had the chance to meet a nice couple who were originally from my hometown state who owned a campground in the area.
I started with Saison De Cassis – mixed into this great beer is Vermont Blackcurrants! It was delicious! And then finished my evening with a Unrepentant Stout. The chocolate and dark coffee definitely come out in this beer and it was perfect ending to a great day!