Day Trips

Bordeleau Vineyards

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Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery- (a member of the Chesapeake Wine Trail) is on the Wicomico Creek and is a few miles south of Salisbury, MD. By car it’s a meandering trip through the country or you can travel by boat and pull up to their private dock. The tasting room is beautifully situated on the water and the vines are bordered by the owner’s spectacular home next door. We went on a blustery day early last spring and thoroughly enjoyed sitting in front of the fireplace in the tasting room. We were also lucky enough to be entertained by the vineyards owner who is producing some excellent wines.

This winery is well worth a visit for both the ambiance and the wine. Sign up for their email list to receive notice of events at the winery. On July 3, 2010, they held a benefit concert with song, food, and craft vendors and of course wine. The money raised was used to send care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. A chili cook-off is planned for February 20, 2011. Check out their website at

For a small taste of history, turn left from the winery’s driveway and follow the road to the Whitehaven Ferry which crosses the Wicomico. Wander through the small town of Whitehaven, a storybook village founded by George Washington’s grandfather in 1690.

We paired this visit with lunch at Sobo’s Wine Beerstro (yes, Beerstro) in Salisbury- owned by Tom and John Knorr who are also involved in Evolution (a small batch brewery in Delmar, DE). The restaurant was quite attractive, food and service was wonderful and the wine and beer lists were extensive (with Evolution beer served of course). 

Cassinelli’s Winery

Cassinelli’s Winery in Church Hill Maryland (a member of the Chesapeake Wine Trail) is an ambitious undertaking on an over 100 acre farm.  The owners have planted hundreds of apple, peach, pear and plum trees for families in the future to come and enjoy picking fruit.  They are raising buffalo and cattle as well and have planted a variety of grapes.  The winery is young but the limited selections of wine were good, especially the Chocolate Kiss- a red wine, with chocolate undertones.  Tastings now include chocolate crabs from a nearby confectioner. Check out their website at

We paired this visit with a driving tour of Kent County, MD.  Starting in Chestertown, which was founded in 1706, has a great historic district and is home to Washington College and then following the itinerary from the Kent County website, we travelled on one of the first turnpikes constructed in this country.  It was a hot summer day and we stopped in Rock Hall at Durlings store, a charmingly restored turn of the century soda fountain for a refreshing ice cream cone.  The riding tour passes through small towns, verdant farmland, and past many historic homes.

Layton’s Chance Winery

Located in Vienna, Maryland and an inspiring story of a family coming together to make their dreams come true.  When their son wanted to return home and work with his father on the large family farm, they came up with the idea to grow grapes and make wine as a way to make the farm support both families.  They make several wines, including some semi dry (that means sweet) wines called Lazy Day and Joe’s Cool Red which are perfect for beginning wine drinkers.  We were there in the summer and they had scheduled a watermelon scoop party for the public for the next weekend.  They provided the food, wine and watermelons and the guests scooped.  The watermelon wine that was made that day is now bottled and available for purchase.  Layton’s Chance has a full schedule of special activities including wine dinners, Happy Hours, wine and chocolate pairings, a book club and classes on how to cook with wine. This year (2011) they're starting a summer concert schedule.  Check out their web site at

We paired our trip to Vienna with a paddle wheeler cruise on the Choptank River.  The Suicide Bridge Restaurant provided a very nice lunch of a crab cake, fried chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls and butter, cheesecake and beverage.  The boat is air conditioned with indoor tables for lunch and you can enjoy the scenery from inside or out.  There is also a bar where you can purchase a beer or cocktail while you take the relaxing boat ride.

Costa Ventosa Winery

For an enjoyable tasting, drop in at Costa Ventosa Winery on Rt. 610 in Whaleyville, Md.  The owner and winemaker is Kathryn Danko-Lord and she is a delight.  After retiring from a very successful career as an HR executive, she and her husband decided to start a winery.  They’re off to a strong start and Kathryn would love to tell you all about it as well as share her wines with you.

With wines named after the area like “Assawoman Bay Sparkling Chardonnay” and “Tuckahoe Merlot” as well as some nice Meritages and a “Pursuit of Happiness Gewurtztraminer”, you’ll find a bottle you’d love to bring home.  The winery has a friends club called “Amici” and members at different membership levels are entitled to rewards and perks.  Their website is

You can’t go to Costa Ventosa without planning on having a meal at Emings, on the corner of Rt. 113 and 610.  Some of the best barbeque in the area and huge portions.  Buy a nice bottle of wine at Costa Ventosa and stop back for ribs, pulled pork or barbeque chicken with great sides, breads and homemade pastries.  If the weather’s nice, sit at one of the picnic tables in the outdoor pavilion and enjoy your repast.

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