Westport Rivers Winery tastings and tours is a perfect day trip if you want to get in touch with nature and enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful rural community. The landscaping cannot go unnoticed as you arrive in Westport. So many acres of untouched land coupled with those fabulous New England stone walls ... everyone in the car was pointing to great vistas and wondering at the craftsmanship of those old walls constructed of field stones as farmers cleared the lands so many years ago.
Our tasting started with the bubbly offerings and proceeded through the pinks to a very rich desert wine, which we brought home to finish our birthday dinner that evening.
There is a building which houses an event room.. where catered luncheons and special events take place.....along with arbor covered picnic benches and patio areas to enjoy your visit and kick back with a bottle of your favorite Westport wine. We plan to return in warmer weather for the full tour and to enjoy the gardens and grounds more thoroughly.
Buzzards Bay Brewing is housed in a reproduction barn set on acres of farm land surrounded by old New England stone walls. The original barn burned and the current owners rebuilt the structure in the original design, except they created an entirely "green" building... very well insulated and adding skylights and windows so that natural light is used rather than electricity during the majority of the day.
We were given a tour by a woman who is coincidentally a resident of Pawtuxet Village, whose partner is now the owner of HOPE Ales, which is also brewed in the new "old" barn. She not only described the beer and brewing process, but pointed out all the thoroughly "green" aspects of the facility and business. No plastic and little paper is used for anything here and the waste is either recycled or fed to local cattle. Hmmmm, we're wondering how happy those old cows are!!?? :-)
There is a Buzzards Bay Lager, a Buzzards Bay Pilsner, and a Buzzards Bay Black Lager.
The inaugural batch of Hope Amber Ale was available shortly after our visit at the beginning of April.
There are many events planned throughout the season including a cook out each Thursday evening in warmer months. They provide the grills and break open a keg... while visitors bring their dinner to grill on the peaceful grounds of the old farm yard.
LAND, SEA, SKY, BEER ~ SINCE 1998....
I love sand dunes. We were remembering the days years ago when we cooked on hibachi pots in the dunes... under the hot sun. mmmmm burgers and hot dogs never tasted any better than that. Wash it down w/ a brew and be happy!
As you can see... we got a bit wind blown the day we were there. We'll be back in the summer.
We were enthralled with this beach. Not so typical, I guess. We're gardeners and we were enchanted with the smooth colorful stones... of all description and size. We kidded that we would be back at night with a pick up truck.
We enjoy exploring different kinds of beaches and waterfronts. There are such a variety and each has its own beauty.
Westport is definately a nautical town. Not only do you see the signs with the fishing boats, but the weathered shingles of the houses and the crushed sea shell driveways all remind the visitor that you are between the land, sea, sun and wind here.
There is a woman who lives in Westport named "Pete". (real name is Anne Baker) She has spent years rescueing old buildings from rot and destruction. Her specialty is what we call 'early' buildings.... 1600's and 1700's. She will take the building apart board by board and reassemble...restore it in a safe spot. She is a master at restoration and very well versed in early trades and identifying structural members and the time in which it was installed in a house. Her exhibit explains the detailing and building designs of the period. It was all very familiar to my friends and I .. as we are all living in or own antique buildings. It was great to review her work after reading her book, which you can order through Amazon.com. The title is "Collecting Houses" Fascinating woman to read about.
The Bell School House dates to 1841... a charming little building opposite the park overlooking the river and kayaks. The Westport Historical Society is housed here and offers changing exhibits as well as historic information about the town and its structures.
You can become a member or contact the part time staff to answer questions.
This is the building where we saw the Anne Baker Exhibit which was the reason for our visit to Westport this summer. It so happens that Anne Baker lives in the house next door on a fairly large piece of property where she continues to collect old houses and barns.
At Head of Westport you will find Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures which is pictured on a previous tip where you see the side of the building and the river on which it sits. Colorful kayaks brighten the entire corner. This is where you rent and launch your kayak. (see sports tip)
Stop in for a cold drink or light groceries at The Head Town Landing Country Store where the benches out front are labelled "Townies" and "Tourists".
Then there is the sweet old house where you buy plants and flowers, but it doesn't have a sign...or a store front. Some of it is honor system if you are in a hurry. Otherwise the owner will drift out to bend your ear (and she does!) accompanied by her big old dog who is quite friendly.