Grab your flannel shirts and your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, my friends, it’s Fall! After several months of sandals and sunburns, the weather has cooled and the drinks have warmed, but it’s not time to hibernate yet! Western New York is gorgeous all times of the year, and Autumn is no exception. The trees are ablaze with color, pumpkins adorn many a doorstep, and who doesn’t love the smell of freshly fallen leaves as they crunch under your feet?
At Webb’s Captain’s Table, we appreciate the slower pace that October brings. It’s the sweet spot between an action packed summer and the busy holiday season. We love the chance to spend time with family and enjoy being outside in the warm Autumn sun.
And now, without further adieu, we present our recipe for a fabulous Fall…
1. Stay at a B&B and revel in the Fall foliage
There are several B&B’s in the area to choose from. One of our favorites is Maple Springs Lake Side Inn. This gorgeous estate set on 11 private acres offers spectacular views of Chautauqua Lake and is conveniently located to a plethora of activities and local attractions. Take in the Fall colors while on a brisk hike during the day, and toast marshmallows over a cozy lakeside bonfire at night.
To help you plan your stay, check out the Fall Foliage Report which shows you when and where to find peak leaf colors.
2. Visit Lake Erie Wine Country
Who needs Napa Valley when we have wine country right in our own backyard?? It’s harvest season in our regional vineyards and time to celebrate! Sip and swirl your way along Lake Erie, stopping at some of the 20+ wineries. Take a tour, do a tasting, and enjoy time with friends. If you think you might enjoy yourself a little too much (wink wink), no worries because lodging and transportation are available.
**Looking ahead to November: make your reservations for one of LEWC’stwo Harvest Celebration Weekends on the 1st-3rd and 8th-10th. Be sure to look for our special dinner coupon at all participating wineries!
Check out http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org to plan your trip.
3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Nothing says October like pumpkins. You can eat them, you can decorate with them, and you can carve them for Halloween. Pumpkins are quite a versatile fruit (or are they a vegetable?), and right now they are literally ripe for the picking! Bring the family for a day of hayrides, farm animals, and fun, and create a tradition they will always cherish. We suggest visiting Pumpkinville in Great Valley, NY, Port Farms in Waterford, PA, and Pumpkintown in Busti, NY. You’re sure to find some “gourd-geous” pumpkins at one of these popular attractions near Mayville.
4. Plan a “Dinner and a (Scary) Movie” Night
Treat that special someone to a dinner out at one of your favorite restaurants. Maybe one with a crackling fireplace and expansive views of a lake, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of Fall colors. Does one come to mind?
After you’ve had your fill of delicious comfort food, head home, crawl under a blanket, and turn on a movie that will make you want to snuggle in a little closer to the one(s) you love. Here are a few of our staff’s favorite picks:
Room on the Broom-A 25 minute film about a kindly witch, perfect for little ones with short attention spans.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin-This 45 minute movie deals with the subject of bullying.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown-A must watch every Halloween.
Coraline - An 11 year old girl discovers an alternate world that is more sinister than it seems at first.
Goosebumps - The monsters in author R.L. Stine’s famous books are unleashed on the town.
Hocus Pocus - A hilarious Halloween movie about three crazy sister witches.
Not for the Faint of Heart
Halloween - Start with the first one and binge watch the rest.
It - Both the original and new versions will reinforce your fear of clowns.
Night of the Living Dead - The 1968 black and white version is a true classic!
5. Host a Halloween Party with a Twist
Halloween parties aren’t just plastic spiders and bobbing for apples. This year consider throwing an elegant yet macabre dinner party. Think lots of black, Victorian elements, blood and wine colored flowers and a sprinkling of creepy decor. Dim the lights, add some candles, and serve a signature drink (see below for a recipe) that will delight your guests. Our wood paneled banquet room would be the perfect location to host your party.
Want to take it even further? Plan your October 2020 wedding with this theme and it will be an event your guests won’t soon forget. Check out this link for more inspiration.
BLACK WIDOW COCKTAIL
(Recipe courtesy of Evermine)
6 oz blackberry juice
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz vodka
blackberries for garnish(frozenor fresh)
To make this spooky sip, combine blackberry juice, simple syrup, vodka and ice in a lowball glass. Stir and drink at your own risk. Garnish with blackberries.
Now get out there and make the most of your October!
— Webb’s Captain’s Table