We stay home on vacation because we really love our little town...and our house, and the cats, and each other. We're just happy being together. A short half mile walk down our street brings us to this:
the quaintest little place, full of shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and a brewery (more on that later). Monday morning, we had breakfast in the sunshine outside the coffeehouse and watched everyone else go to work. We walked down to the river, watched red and gold leaves fall like confetti into the water, and got close enough to a turkey vulture to be able to gasp in awe at its wingspan as it took flight.
But if our vacation had a title, I'm sure it would be called "The Fallacys' Adventures in Food & Beer". All we've really done so far is explore various gourmet food shops, eat out, and sample beer. And to top it all off, our neighbor Ruth went out to Amish country and brought us back a pumpkin pie (my favorite breakfast food).
Some people spend their vacation money on trips to tropical places, we like to stay home and sate our appetites. Sometimes you simply must have that tiny expensive wedge of cheese and the fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter. We don't eat so much as graze. A nibble here, a taste there and always the thought, "What beer should I try next?" (I have a pumpkin spice beer that I'm going to have with the pie... though not for breakfast!)
We went to the brewery last night to try their new IPA,
Hopnotic Double Red.
They've changed the formula from last year, boosting the alcohol to 9% and selling it only in snifter glasses. It's a little sweeter, less bitter, has less of the grapefruit taste that I enjoyed so much last year but is still pretty good. And trust me, you only need one.