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FIVE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

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As the weather continues to turn the corner to warmer and longer days there are more and more things to do around town. So whether you live locally or are planning a trip to Mystic, CT, this is what the Saltwater Farm Living crew will be up to this weekend.

Get a Grip at CrossFit Mystic

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Okay, I will admit, I am a little intrigued by this event. CrossFit Mystic is opening their doors this Friday night from 5pm to 10pm for an event that “bridges between mind and body, talent and skill… East Pops. GET A GRIP. Creative and analytical minds, more than a collaboration – a showcased celebration.” DJ Frank Lo (yes, the same DJ featured at Engine Room from time to time) will be there “on the 1s and 2s” along with food from Engine Room and a live mural painting by Jamie Pearson and Mark Sapia. $20 for 21+, $10 for under 21 with 30% of the ticket price going to charity.

Sip at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

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This weekend marks Saltwater Farm Vineyard‘s third since opening for the season – and our last before the Connecticut Wine Trail Passports are released. So swing in for a tasting or just grab a glass of your favorite SFV wine (the 2014 Pinot Noir is our latest release, available by the glass or bottle only). In addition to our 15% off case discount we are also offering a 5% discount off six or more bottles.

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And as always you can pack some nibbles. Just keep in mind we do ask all guests to make reservations for Saturday visits and we do close promptly at 3pmFridaySaturday and Sunday.

Live Music at Stonington Vineyards

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Since we do close shop a little early on Saturday, why not swing over to Stonington Vineyards and enjoy live music by one of our favorite local performers, Ben Freiert.

Cruise on the Argia

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Saturday, April 30th also marks the start of the season for the Argia, an 81 foot schooner sailing out of Mystic, CT. See Mystic, CT from a different perspective and relax as you sail by scenic coastlines and lighthouses or help the crew hoist and trim the sails. Snacks are provided, but you can also pack your own. View more details, schedule and ticket info on their website.

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photo credit: My Paisley World

Say Hello Spring at Salt Shop + Press

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Join Salt Shop + Press for a spring/mother’s day pop up in their shop! They’ll be offering tons of mother’s day gift ideas or bring mom and enjoy the fun!

“Enjoy sips + treats + discounts while browsing the shop!

Watch artist, Sheila Chen Art do a live painting of our gorgeous scenic view!

Ariel, of North Detail, will be here with her 2016 SPRING Collection…100% cotton home decor and kitchenware handmade in the USA…all designed with her unique hand lettering.

Nicole, from Ammophila will be here with her handmade products inspired by our coastal landscape. Her skincare products are made with the highest quality oils and 100% nature-derived ingredients. Nicole will also be sharing her popular sea salt hand scrubs!”

Cheers to getting out this weekend,

See you around town,

JM

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VINE APPEAL part 1: WINTER

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Although Saltwater Farm takes the winter off from pouring wine, weekends during the off-season are often spent sharing our space with couples who are seeking a venue for their big day. While the indoor space remains the same season to season, the vineyard changes quite a bit over the course of the year. Starting with our quietest wedding season, winter, we will take a look at our beautiful backyard thru the seasons.

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Although we do not do many winter weddings, they do have a distinctive look and feel. Most notably, bare vines, lots of night sky (it gets dark so much earlier this time of year), the possibility of snowflakes and, of course, a great opportunity to wear fur!

Kristen & Bryan

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Kristen and Bryan lucked out with a seasonably warm Saturday this past January 9th.

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photo credit: Uplift Photography Check out more of their wedding here.

Alana & Andre

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Its not often but we do occasionally have a little snow on the vines as backdrop for our brides and grooms. Just check out these photos from Alana and Andre’s wedding a few winters back.

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Alana came prepared with Uggs for her magical outdoor photos.

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Photo credit Richard Esposito. See more on White Dress by the Shore’s blog

Liza & Chris

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Liza and Chris’s wedding is a perfect example of our indoor space being able to seamlessly accommodate the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all indoors.

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Photo credit Fedorov Foto

Early Spring

Thinking of waiting until early spring to tie the knot? Keep in mind that while the grass gets greener and the world is “coming to life” in late March and April it isn’t until the middle of May that the vines show signs of growth. Check out these two picture perfect April weddings.

Kim & Chris

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A mostly cloudy April afternoon was mild enough for a fun outdoor photo op (check out their antique whip).

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Photo credit: Jennifer Bach

April & Mike

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Blue skies prevailed and the grass was really popping in their April wedding photos.

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Cheers to all our happy winter wedding couples!

JM

Check out Ashley & Mike’s wedding video from their big day on April 20th, 2013.

Ashley & Mike’s Wedding | A Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding trailer from Long Haul Films from Long Haul Films on Vimeo.

Stay tuned to see more of what the Vineyard looks like throughout the year. Want more now? Check out more SFV Real Weddings here.

BIOLOGIC+ OPENS NEW JUICE BAR IN DOWNTOWN MYSTIC

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We couldn’t be happier for our friends Carlos and Courtney and their team at Biologic+ who have just opened their second location on Cottrell Street in downtown Mystic.

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Offering many of the same juices and smoothies the Saltwater Farm family have been enjoying since they opened their flagship location in early 2015 (lucky us, just around the corner from the Vineyard in the Velvet Mill) their new Mystic location includes additional offerings and space to relax.

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The new juice bar is equipped with an espresso machine serving up shots and cappuccino and is the key to their Mocha Latte smoothie- an ultra healthy, dairy-free blend of espresso, chia seeds, lucuma, vanilla, coconut and cinnamon.

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Their grab and go refrigerator offers pre-made cold pressed juices including a year-round favorite Washboard Lemonade that is promised to “kick your cold in the butt” and includes interesting ingredients like pears, ginger, cayenne and turmeric.

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They also have some other ready to go goodies like salads and gazpacho and even a raw Key Lime pie.

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Inside the juice bar there are two stylish seating areas ideal for a post-workout meet-up with the girls and outside they’re just a stones throw from the dock on the Mystic River which offers several benches to sip, sit and relax in the sun.

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This time around I opted for a Berry Detox smoothie which thanks to the balance of berries with pea protein (and I think maybe a bit of beet) is a “not so guilty pleasure.”

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Cheers to the entire B+ crew on a truly A+ job,

JM

If you’re feeling a little like Pooh and me and have been really enjoying your winter, a Biologic+ juice cleanse might the just the jump-start your diet needs to get your back on track. Check out our past post on B+ here and visit their website for more info on ordering your cleanse.

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