Saturday, April 21, 2012
Langham Hotel, and our wine expert, Kathy Hill from Traveling Vineyard.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Awhile back we shared some photos from our "Blue Shutters South" trip to the Florida Keys. Here's one more -- of the entire crew, giving the "I'm OK" sign we learned on a snokerling trip on the Fury out of Key West. We were definitely more than OK on this trip -- but it is good to be back at Good Harbor Beach. By the way, you're likely to see some of the folks in this photo around the Blue Shutters. And when you do, give them the "I'm OK" sign.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We just got the menu for our April 21 Food & Wine Tasting at the Blue Shutters, and it looks amazing. Here's what our chef, Mark Sapienza from the Langham Hotel, and our wine expert, Kathy Hill from Traveling Vineyard, have come up with for that Saturday night:
- a 2008 Zeffer Hills California Chardonnay paired with an Artisian Cheese and Fruit Display
- a 2010 Bright Eyed Bird California Pinot Grigio paired with Proscuitto di Parma Crostini, Stone Fruit and Lavender Honey
- a 2010 Pedretti Italnian Salento IGT paired with Porcini Mushroom and Parmesan Arancini
- a 2010 Richebois Ventoux from France's Rhône Valley paired with Bavette Steak, Violet Mustard, Shallot Confit and Ciabatta
- a 2010 Tanglerose Sweet American Rosé paired with Strawberry and Lemon Curd Tart with Chantilly Cream
If you've been to past Food & Wine Tastings, you know how extraordinary this will be. If you're new to this, you should treat yourself and reserve a room for that night -- when you do, all this fantastic food and wine is part of your stay.
There are still a few spots left -- call or email us soon.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
We've done a number of Food & Wine Tastings over the years, and while they're all fun, this remains one of our favorite photos. It shows our wine expert Kathy from the Traveling Vineyard and chef Mark from the Langham Hotel doing their thing -- talking about the great food and wine guests are enjoying - before the panoramic view of Good Harbor Beach. That's what's in store later this month, as we use our Food & Wine Tasting to celebrate spring. The theme is "Swing into Spring" -- and you'll get a chance to do this with us on Saturday April 21. This Food & Wine Tasting is free for guests who stay with us this weekend. There'll be time to experience springtime on Cape Ann -- walk the beach, relax on a chair on the lawn, stroll through Gloucester and Rockport shops and gallaries, and grab lunch or dinner downtown (although we warn you, you'll get plenty to eat and drink at our tasting event). Stay tuned for details on the menu -- but you don't need to wait to reserve a room for that weekend. Call or email us today!
Among other things, Easter weekend reminds us that spring is here. Actually, it seems like winter left us months ago. We've had warm summer-like days, sunny mornings -- and no serious snow to speak of for awhile now. All of which makes the Blue Shutters and Good Harbor Beach a great place to visit. Come see for yourself. Happy Easter to everyone from your friends at the Blue Shutters.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
You might think that everyday at the Blue Shutters is like a holiday for us innkeepers -- and you're right.
But for a few days in late March and early April, we took a real vacation, sneaking away to the Florida Keys with some longtime friends of the Blue Shutters -- Deb, Kathy, Joe, Karen, Brenda and Danny. This trip started as a birthday celebration -- a number of folks were celebrating their special days, including Ed and AnnMarie, who have birthdays in April.
The beautiful place where we stayed -- Casa Aqua -- felt so much like our place here in Gloucester that we considered it "Blue Shutters South" for these few days.
Here are some photos -- we'll be happy to show you more when you visit "Blue Shutters North." And while we'd love you to spend all your vacations here, if you're considering Florida, check out Casa Aqua -- or ask us and we'll put you in touch with AnnMarie's cousin Deb, who manages this place.