First of all – HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! Second, I am still on vacation from story telling until 2019 when I’ll be catching up on restaurant and marina reviews from last summer. In the meantime, I wanted to share Mrs. Horne’s new favorite cocktail and ask you to do the same so I don’t have to to explain how to make it every time we … Continue reading The Suzy Cucumber Cocktail!
It’s official. As the photo above shows, Vigilant was nestled snugly to bed yesterday under the watchful eye of her winter guardian – Ned Kaiser (Mattapoisett Boat Yard). Sadly, the time flew by, but it was a most incredible season that included first time trips to Nantucket, Montauk, Watch Hill, The West End of Newport, and our first overnights at Edgartown and Sandwich. As always, … Continue reading The End of Summer 2018
A few weeks ago, I was getting a little sad thinking about the 2018 boating season coming to an end. But as Mrs. Horne and I ventured over to Oak Bluffs Sunday I realized that my sadness was gone. At this point in the season, every second on the water feels like bonus time! We were originally planning on one last cruise – maybe even … Continue reading Watching The Season Fade “Vineyard Style…”
It’s not quite the end of the 2018 season, but I can see the end in sight! In honor of Columbus Day, we decided to visit Plymouth – the home of the American Pilgrim! This past weekend we hosted our dear old friends from our Harvard days – Peter and Mary Lee, for an overnight holiday weekend cruise. Thanks to the northeast wind and 60 … Continue reading Seeking Pilgrims – Columbus Day Weekend…
As you may know, we ended up staying in Oak Bluffs for a second night due to the truly crappy weather! We started the day watching the Ryder Cup while I made my killer egg Sammie’s for breakfast… Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Around 1:00 we headed out to try a new lunch venue – The Martha’s Vineyard Chowder House… As you might guess, clam chowder is … Continue reading Monica Rizzio, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder, and The Cardboard Box
We’re in Oak Bluffs for 3 days. It started as 2, but the lousy weather made it 3! I’ll probably do a full report later, but I wanted to share some Live Music that Mrs. Horne and I enjoyed last night. We had a great dinner at The Red Cat Kitchen with Jon and Joan Ruel. We were walking home and heard this really cool … Continue reading The Edbury All Stars – Live At The Ritz!
For the past few years, we’ve spent Labor Day with Mrs. Horne’s family. Her brother Paul hosts a party and a “Washer’s” Tournament. Rudy and I don’t play Washers, but we do perform live music. In May, Mrs. Horne informed me that she wanted to try something different so I forked over $915 and booked Bowen’s Wharf in Newport for 4 days/3 nights. Our Initial … Continue reading Labor Day Weekend in Newport
We’re in Newport celebrating Labor Day. Rudy suggested we complete The Cliff Walk Saturday morning and since we were planning on eating well, the 5+ mile hike sounded like an excellent idea! We took uber to the entrance at Easton’s Beach (175 Memorial Boulevard if you want to the same). It was just 7 bucks. It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so it … Continue reading The Cliff Walk – Newport Rhode Island
Pessimists call this weekend the “unofficial end of summer.” I call it the beginning of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Autumn boating! The marinas are suddenly less crowded, rates go down, and you can finally get a table in a nice restaurant without having to make a reservation a month in advance. To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ll be taking our #1 … Continue reading What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?
We have some special VIP guests this weekend who would like to remain incognito – so no MBB stories. But since I love all my followers, and I don’t want to leave you empty handed, I’m publishing the final MBB Video from Vigilant’s Southern New England Island Tour.,, Enjoy! Continue reading The Southern New England Island Tour Video
Our winter home is on the PGA WEST Golf Course in La Quinta California. La Quinta is about 25 miles south of Palm Springs and not that easy to get to out of Boston Logan Airport. For that reason, we have very few neighbors in La Quinta from the Northeast. That said, the few we have are wonderful folks and this past weekend we all … Continue reading A Full Buzzards Bay Weekend!
After 4 great days on Block Island, we headed south for Vigilant’s first visit to New York and Montauk on Long Island. We stayed at The Montauk Marine Basin which is just south of Gosman’s as you enter the harbor. Once we tied up on their straight wharf, we headed over to The Clam and Chowder House at Salivars Dock (4 stars on Yelp). One … Continue reading Wrapping Up The Vigilant Southern NE Tour
We’re in Montauk New York and heading to Watch Hill Rhode Island today. Rather than give you a Ships Log report on our trip here, (I’ll roll it into tomorrow), I’ll just give you the highlight. Lynn’s Hula Hut We’re at The Montauk Marine Basin and right there in the parking lot is a great little Tiki Bar. The sign said live music and a … Continue reading Lynn’s Hula Hut and The Deep C Revival
Into each life some rain must fall… After two days at the beach, I was ready for a cloudy day. I got that and more. Mrs. Horne and I got our morning power walk in while it was still dry. It was crazy over in New Harbor thanks to a bicycle road race that closed down the only major intersection in that end of the … Continue reading Rainy Day in Paradise – SE NE Tour Day Three
Day Two of the Southern New England Tour was totally laid back. Mrs. Horne and I took a brisk walk to New Harbor and then we all enjoyed breakfast at a new spot – the Tap and Grille at the National Hotel. Everything was great and of particular note was Mrs. Horne’s Banana Almond French Toast, which was more like a dessert than a breakfast. … Continue reading Block Island Friday
As we were plowing through the occasional 10 foot rolling wave several miles off the Rhode Island coast yesterday morning, I said to Rudy… “Back in the Mean Kitty days, I’d ask myself if the seas were going to be calm enough to go out today.” “Now I ask myself if there is anything that’s too much for Vigilant to handle.” Our destination was Block … Continue reading Southern New England Tour – Day One
Our longest adventure of the season begins tomorrow – Thursday August 2nd. Our plan is as follows: Thursday – Sunday AM: Block Island RI Sunday – Monday: Montauk NY Monday – Tuesday: Watch Hill RI Tuesday – Wednesday: East Greenwich RI If you’re going to be in any of these ports on these days and want to connect, let me know… Continue reading The Vigilant Southern NE Tour…
Despite the forecast of clouds and occasional rain, we woke up to sun and warmth on Block Island. Peter and I enjoyed our morning coffee al fresco while the ladies slept in. Last Sunday at the Church In The Pines, Pastor Joel asked me about “the old Church on the hill” on Block Island so we headed out to snap some photos. It’s called The … Continue reading Rhody Trip – Day Two
I’ll have a story about today and probably a review of the West Wind Marina and The Deck Restaurant soon. But we just witnessed a great talent – James Grande, perform live at The Deck and I wanted to share it ASAP! Great voice, great guitar, and a totally eclectic mix! Continue reading James Grande Live at The Deck in Newport
Our original plan was to leave Thursday for Block Island with Peter and Mary Lee. They had never been to BI and I was anxious to show it to them. But alas, NOAA was forecasting 30 knot winds and tropical downpours, so we postponed our departure until Friday. By 3:00 Thursday it had cleared up enough that we could have gone, but alas… Friday Morning … Continue reading Quick Trip to Rhody – Day One