Westport, MA 6/18/16

Oh boy, is Westport a great place to visit. On the ocean, between Fall River and New Bedford, its most famous landmark is Horseneck Beach. But the lesser-know spots are delightful, and much less crowded.

We started our day at the Westport River Winery, a stop on the Coastal Wine Trail of southern New England, where the climate and soil are ideal for vineyards. Fascinating free tour of their Champagne-making process, using the old French Methode. Lovely spot, and they host Friday evening concerts, too. Doubleclick to enlarge any photo:

This is how they graft new vines – covered in wax to protect the grafting wound. They’re already sprouting leaves.

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After lunch from a fancy food truck at the vineyard, we headed over to the Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary – one trail along the ocean, others along the pond. Perfect weather, perfect vistas, even wildlife. Audubon with waves – what a treat!

The loop back from the beach skirts the piping plover nesting area, and takes you along Allen’s Pond.

The big rock island in the middle of the pond is a resting spot for seagulls, cormorants.

Looped back onto another section of beach:

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A different section of Pond trail led us to an egret, and, in a shallow stream, fish and crabs:

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Crabs! and a bird with blue on the wings.

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This was one of those joyously-moved-to-tears-everything’s-a-miracle moments.

And the beauty just kept on coming. Another section of trail skirts more of the Pond, with stone walls, viewing platform, boardwalk.

Rainbow grasses:

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We had some time to spare, so headed to Gooseberry Island.

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The whole reason for the daytrip to Westport was to attend the Log Cabin House Concert with Greg Trooper, my 2nd favorite singer-songwriter from NJ. The hosts of the house concert are long-time Sharonites, so lots of connections, lots of folks we’ve met (or should have) on the house concert scene. The home and gardens are another treat:

And to cap off the day, Greg Trooper:

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Absolutely perfect day and night – every moment was just right. Easy drives, easy parking, free samples in the liquor store, never got lost or even took a wrong turn. Every sense had a great time!

My cup runneth over.

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