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70 /100 15 CHESTNUT RIDGE
“I stopped in here on a Wednesday and was a little early. If you are using a GPS, it may try to take you up Spring Street. DON’T FOLLOW THAT DIRECTION! It is going to take you up a narrow, one way road in the wrong direction. I did this and thankfully nobody was coming down this road at the same time. Once you get onto Chestnut Ridge, the road will become gravel and the addresses no longer matter. Go to the end of Chestnut Ridge and the winery will be on the left. There is also a nice art studio on the right. If Jeff (the owner of the studio) is there, go say hello. He is a friendly and helpful guy. Even thought I was early, the owner opened up for me to come in and try her meads. She also makes wine, and that is her main line of business. You can try samples of any of her meads or wines and buy bottles. They are priced reasonably at $12 each. I can’t speak to the food, but they had some snack type food listed on the chalkboard behind the bar. This place is pretty cool and the view from outside is killer. This would be a fun place to hang out and have some wine or mead for a couple hours on their patio.“
JStax 2356 days ago
62 /100 15 CHESTNUT RIDGE
“Well, the journey’s the thing, right? Never more true than with this place. One of the windiest roads I’ve driven anywhere outside the Dolomites of Italy, the approach was an absolute pleasure in my little sports car. Then it got interesting. The GPS guided me into some ultra narrow lanes, and coaxed me into trying to climb one at what seemed like a 45 degree angle, only to find it blocked by an oncoming car. Only then did I notice the one way sign, which in retrospect was only visible from one direction - and not the one I came from. Backing down the narrow curvy lane was even more interesting than climbing it. Undeterred (after all, there’s mead nearby), I just wet around the hill, found another way up, and pressed on. If you do the same, just drive until you see the signs for Chestnut Ridge, you’ll pass several. Then the road will peter out - keep going. Then the signs will disappear - keep going. Then the road stops and turns into just a few gravel-like stones - keep going just a little more. Finally, you’ll se a huge barn on your right with equipment scattered around - that’s not it, unfortunately. But turn around and voila! You have arrived. The tasting room is rather large, with a porch out front, ideal for private events. Just one mead and a cyser on offer, but the long chat with the owner and his wife about their wares was worth the journey. And, he’ll be blending and tasting some ciders this fall with hopes of offering them for commercial sale on and off premises, permits permitting, of course. An interesting stop, but prepare for an adventure.“
Travlr 2458 days ago
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