PuppyPalooza, Detour Winery, Granite Hill Campground, and The Mason Dixon Line!

Cello participated in the PuppyPalooza Dock Diving Contest Hosted by Chesapeake Dock Dogs at Detour Winery in Keymar, MD.

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For this event, we stayed at Granite Hill Campground in Gettysburg, PA, as this was the closest full-hookup campground to the winery.

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Granite Hill is located on a 150 acre Civil War Era farm.

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The campground had a cute “Red Shed Cafe” that offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Cello crossed over the Mason Dixon Line to get to and from the PuppyPalooza dock diving event!

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Detour Winery is located in Keymar, Md.  We drove on some really beautiful country roads to get there. The winery provided free tastings of their wines for the dock dogs participants, and offered wine by the bottle or glass for sale.  They were also selling a really cool wine “sippy cup” that I just HAD to have…!

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This was the first contest that we have attended where the dock was set up into a pond instead of a pool.

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Although it started out as NOT Cello’s weekend, she wrapped it up nicely with a spot in the finals, and earned Second Place in the Masters Division Finals with a jump of 22’8″, just one inch shy of her personal best.

 

Cello’s results from PuppyPalooza were as follows:

Day 1, Saturday, May 31

19′ 11″    18′ 8″      Cello did not place in this wave.

17′ 7″      19′ 6″       Cello did not place in this wave.

18′ 9″      20′ 8″      2nd place Masters Division ribbon

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Day 2, Sunday, June 1

21′          19′ 11″     4th place Masters Division (no ribbon)

21′ 6″      21′ 4″       3rd place Masters Division ribbon

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Masters Division Finals

22′          22′ 8″      2nd place Masters Division Finalist (ribbon, prize bucket, $50 cash prize)

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Cello and her proud PaPa accepting their awards:

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The Masters Finalists 6th place to first place, Left to right:

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Congratulations, Cello and Brian!

2nd Place Masters Division Finalist, 21′ 8″

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The Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ

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The Rusty Nail (“The Nail”, as it’s known by the locals) is a well-known legendary surfer bar that dates back to the 70’s.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Nail, and of course, host an incredible happy hour with live music.  Kids meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, creating something for the little ones to do after they finish their meal and are waiting for the adults.  There is indoor seating, outdoor picnic table seating, a fire pit, sand pit, and shuffleboard – this place has it all! Even the four-legged kids are welcome here!…and not only are dogs welcome, they have their very own Doggie Menu!

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From the Doggie Menu, Cello enjoyed a Bowser Beer for starters,  and a Nail Burger for dinner!

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From the regular menu, Brian and I ordered the Baja Grilled Fish Tacos and the Jersey Style Lobster Hoagie to share.  🙂

 

 

Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

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Jessie Creek Winery was such a pleasant surprise! A couple who we ran into at a winery earlier in the day had told us that they did not like the wine here, nor was the staff friendly. Luckily, we decided to form our own opinion, and stop at this winery for a tasting. At Jessie Creek, the vineyard is harvested and processed on site by hand.

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Not only was the girl presenting the tasting extremely nice, but the owner (seen far right in the above picture) was super friendly, and very interesting to speak with.  He gave us lots of information on all of the wines we were tasting, and was a joy to converse with.  The wine tasting was only $5, and included a taste of all of their wines, and a souvenir Jessie Creek wine glass to take home!

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After our tasting, we enjoyed a glass of our favorite wine from the tasting on their porch with friends, Brandi and Stan.

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The property also has a beautiful farm house built in 1846 that has been converted into a bed and breakfast.

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I am so glad we all decided to stop at this vineyard despite what we were told!

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Again, a recommended winery to stop at while in the Cape May area!

 

Natali Vineyards, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Cello visited Natali Vineyards during our stay in Cape May.

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The winery was setting up for a festival when we were arriving.

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Even through they were getting ready for a big event later that day, everyone at the winery was helpful, friendly, and laid-back! The people here are super-friendly (very dog-friendly too!), and very knowledgeable about their wines and what foods to pair them with.  Natali offers a variety of wines – some really unique, such as strawberry, plum, cherry, peach, blueberry, cranberry, and banana wine!

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We learned a lot about their wines as we participated in their wine tasting, before enjoying a glass of wine on their outdoor patio with friends, Brandi and Stan.

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We would definitely recommend a visit to this winery if you are ever in the Cape May area!

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CHEERS!

Willow Creek Winery, Cape May, NJ

Willow Creek Winery is a 50 acre vineyard located in Cape May, NJ.  They offer a variety of wines, including red and white sangria.

The grounds are gorgeous!

 

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We enjoyed a glass of the sangria with friends, Brandi and Stan, out on the patio at Willow Creek.

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Light fare and tapas are offered here for purchasing and enjoying either in the tasting room, or out on the patio.  An outdoor bar at the patio is almost completed, where they plan to serve wine slushies… YUM!

PJ Whelihan’s, Medford Lakes, NJ

After a hard-days-work of being a donation dog at Working Dog Winery, Cello made a stop for some dinner…we were all hungry!!  PJ Whelihan’s was the perfect place to grab a bite to eat!

PJ Whelihan’s is located in Medford Lakes, NJ, a 1.2 square mile town with 22 lakes, and over 150 log cabins!

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PJ’s has outdoor seating that is dog friendly.  Cello was so well behaved, and enjoyed lots of attention from everyone!

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 Cello was very interested in my sangria!

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Rita visited PJ Whelihans in May of 2016!

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Check out PJ Whelihan’s events if  you are ever in the area… it’s a fun place to relax and enjoy some food and drinks!

 

Working Dog Winery, Hair of the Dog 5k and Chesterfest Wine Festival, East Windsor, NJ

We made it out this Sunday to Working Dog Winery in East Windsor, NJ, for the Hair of the Dog 5k / Chesterfest Wine Festival!

Proceeds from the 5k race benefit local animal rescues. The Chesterfest Wine Festival immediately followed the race.  $10 got us entrance to the festival, and a souvenir wine glass.  Award winning wines from Working Dog Winery were available to buy by the glass or bottle.  Flying Fish Beer had a tent set up to purchase their beer as well.  Food carts from Nomad Pizza, and Zinna’s Bistro provided yummy food choices. Live music was also provided by Vic Della Pello.

Everyone brings blankets and chairs, and spends the day enjoying delicious wine and good music…all while supporting local shelters!

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Located in Mercer County, NJ, and formerly known as Silver Decoy Winery, Working Dog Winery recently changed their name in honor of their hard-working good-natured dogs!

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Originally our schedule did not allow us to make this event, but when plans changed, we jumped in the car and headed to the Festival!  We missed the 5k by the time we got there, but Cello was able to volunteer as a donation dog to help raise funds for the GSP Rescue of NJ.

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The owners of the winery have a German Shorthaired Pointer as well.  We just love the winery’s name – and the wine labels!

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It was a beautiful day, and we got to meet some fellow volunteers of the GSP Rescue of NJ that we have only known at this point through email.  It was great to meet the other volunteers in person…and to meet their rescued GSPs.

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While we were at the festival, Brian noticed that there was a woman selling some jewelry.  I am not a big jewelry person, so I hadn’t even noticed the table of jewelry – but Brian told me that I “HAD” to go look at this woman’s jewelry.  What I didn’t realize, is that this lady was selling jewelry made from sea glass. Brian knew that as a child, I would collect sea glass at the beach each year my family stayed at the Jersey Shore.  Brian spotted this, and knew I would just love it! He bought me a necklace made from sea glass, with a charm attached that was shaped like a heart with paw prints on it. Brian is such a thoughtful husband…and I’m a lucky gal. 🙂

photo 2 (2)Visit Phyllis at  PK’s Kreations to see some of her really cool jewelry made from sea glass!

Margarita visited this winery on July 24, 2016!

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