Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Raked South Garden B & B

Bradley phoned and asked us to do an errand for him in Seneca Falls. Left Perrine Street just before noon. After accomplishing Brad’s task and feeling hungry we stopped at Abigails. Our waitress mentioned she had not seen us lately. We told her in the summer we try to stay close to the pool. The “All-You-Can-Eat Deli Bar Buffet” was excellent. The only disappointment was that the “Bleu Bayou” chicken wing were not served today.

We drove North, crossed the Thruway and looked for mum plants on sale. Too early.

Arriving at Pultneyville we went into Good Old Days. Barbara and John greeted us. Joan and I wandered around the shop and mentally marked some items that we might purchase tomorrow.

A little after 4 PM we drove into the driveway of the Raked South Garden Bed & Breakfast. Dottie, the hostess, came to the entrance door and proceeded to show us our room. Brought in the bags and Joan presented Dottie with a mum that we purchased at Wegmans yesterday. Dottie remarked that this was her first mum of the year.

Joan and I took a walk up to Pultneyville's Lake Captains' Monument and the Lake Ontario lakefront. Returning we sat on the porch and drank our sodas.

For dinner we decided to try Bad to the Bone Barbecue. As our fate seems to often dictate when we visit restaurants for the first time, sure enough when we approached the counter to order, there was a cashier working her first day on the job. Joan ordered and paid for the meal. After being seated Joan checked the receipt and discovered that the our order was incomplete. The young girl forgot to include our requested chicken. Joan returned to the register to reorder. The owner then came over to see what was going on. After a short explanation, he punched the chicken item number into the computer and told Joan no charge.

The meal of a chicken breast & wing with 1/4 Rack of Ribs and two sides (BBQ Beans and Collard Greens) was terrific. During the meal the owner wandered over and inquire as to how we were enjoying our meal. We told him that all was good especially the sides. We thanked him again for his kindness in not charging us for the chicken.

For dessert we stopped at McD’s for a hot fudge sundae.

Back at the Raked South Garden we sat on the porch until the bugs started to come out. Then we went in and sat in the parlor. We were reading our novels when Dottie came into the room. We invited her to sit down and join us. We conversed for about an hour as Dottie shared the history of Pultneyville and her involvement in the community. She also stated that she was in Skaneateles last weekend for the concert series and had dinner at the Hollywood on her way home.

Rising from a good night’s rest, Dottie served us breakfast at 8:30 on the back porch. The gardens and old barn made for a quaint eating venue. Dottie served a bowl of fresh fruit (the blackberries were huge and juicy), blueberry pancakes with New York State maple syrup, a sausage patty made by a local butcher, and hot coffee. Before leaving the table Dottie gave us two muffins with a plastic baggie for travel. Joan and I split one and took one with us.

We returned to Good Old Days just as they were opening at 11:00 AM. We bought a Fall door hanging, two plaques and a kitchen cheese shredder.

For our route home we choose the Seaway Trail.

First stop the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Several people were on the grounds. Two families were having a picnic. The large red oak tree on the museum front yard appeared to have been struck by lighting. Since there was still debris strewn around the ground this might have happened last evening. Joan gathered four or five pieces of the ripped off bark.

Lake Ontario was overcast.

Next we took a bathroom break at Chimney Bluffs State Park. Due to the high humidity and bright sun we passed on the walk to the beach.

Our third stop was the Pleasant Beach Hotel. But to our dismay the dining room does not open until 3 PM. After counting the number of tables on the deck (there are 12) we left for downtown Fair Haven. There we entered Giuseppe's SUB & Pizza Shop and ordered a combination sub to go.

With food in hand we drove out to Fair Haven Beach State Park. There by the boat launch we consumed our sub while six people merrily fished from the docks.

We arrived back at Perrine safe and sound in time for cocktails.

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