End of summer treat

love-opera-victoria-bakerAs the end of summer rears its head I find myself wondering if I made the most of it as I become desperate to squeeze in one more summer adventure before those autumn leaves start to fall.

I know I’m not alone in my last days of summer mania so here are a few of my ideas for one final summer treat.

Kennebunkport is America’s quintessential summer getaway, if you want to feel like a Kennedy this is the place. The White Barn Inn is by far the most elegant place in town as well as being a mecca for foodies.

The famous Chef Jonathan Cartwright has created a unique experience he calls “Crustacean Crawl”…it must be his way of enjoying these last moments of summer. He’s reputed for his talents with lobster dishes and he’s an avid cyclist.

By the way, cycling is my recently espoused great passion, so you can understand why this caught my eye. I’ve just read that he will meet guests for a leisurely 6 mile bike tour stopping at the local marina to speak to fishermen who will advise on how to pick the best lobster.

Chef Cartwright will also stop at locations far removed from the tourist tracks to experience Kennebunkport’s finest seafood. The greatest finds along the way will be cooked by the Chef for dinner back at the Inn.

I’ve never been to Vermont despite hearing so much about it, so this next place is high up on my bucket list. Twin Farms is a famed Relais & Chateaux property situated amidst 300 acres in Barnard, Vermont.

People say it’s so much more than a place to stay; it’s an experience. I have friends who tell me it’s beyond all inclusive and the food is heavenly. I’m particularly excited about celebrity Hawaiian Chef Alan Wong who will be visiting the property this August. Chef Wong is one of the 12 cofounders of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.

There are no menus at Twin Farms; dishes are custom created to your liking using local ingredients from the property’s farm.

I don’t usually recommend places I haven’t been to before for fear of steering people wrong. But I’ve heard such glowing reports on these two places I thought I’d make an exception. My friends told me Twin Farms was “one of those places you have to experience before you die,”

But why should wonderful experiences be postponed to the penultimate moment? People always say “Oh, I’ll do that when I retire, when the time is right!” But I say, the right time is always now.

If we live as if each day is our last we’ll have no regrets and that sounds like a life worth living to me.


Victoria Baker of Greenwich is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 531-7499 or email [email protected]

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