Monthly Archives: July 2009

Ride for the economy…

Ride in the Tahuya State Forest
Ride in the Tahuya State Forest

A friend sent us an article posted in the Wall Street Journal about how states are embracing all terrain vehicles to boost the economy:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124831007584074147.html#articleTabs%3Dcomments 

which then lead us to view the reinvestment money that has been allocated to the US Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/

This is all of interest to Siloam Retreat as the property sits between Green & Gold Mountain on the edge of the Tahuya State Forest:  greenandgoldmtn we have miles and miles of off-road vehicle trails and we have folks who ride down the side of the road to access trails; we welcome riders of all types at Siloam to enjoy our mixed use trail system.  Guided service is available for two wheel riders (single track trails).  We would love to host a off-road/on-road weekend ride at Siloam Retreat-join us?!!  Let’s ride for the economy.

To Swirl or not to Swirl

Wine Swirl
Wine Swirl

Another Private Wine Tasting this evening; one of our favorite part of pouring for a Wine Tasting is observing the swirl.  It’s instinctive, almost as soon as you have a wine glasses in your hand, you begin to swirl.  White wine does not require swirling like red wine but it doesn’t hurt.  After a long day of Wine Tasting you may find your swirling even a glass of water, the term for swirling is:  Volitize the Esters, to read more about this:  http://reportermag.com/article/wine-tasting-swirl

Wine in a bottle

Hanging Wine Bottles
Hanging Wine Bottles

Jim Croce sings about ‘Time in a Bottle’ a beautiful song that causes reflection what if we had more time view this home-movie with Jim and his son with the song playing in the background; it’s a tear-jerk-er:  http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=3932251

We often play around with the words in a song and this song could be:

If I could have wine in a bottle
The first thing that Id like to do
Is to drink every day
Till every wine is drank away
Just to drink wine with you

If I could wine last forever
If wine could make wishes come true
I’d drink every day like a wino and then,
Again, I drink wine with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To drink all the wine you want to
Once you buy them
Ive drank enough wine to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Drink wine with……..

Wine comes in many different bottle shapes, while the bottle the wine is in has no affect on the quality of the wine with the exception of champagne; you can tell a lot about the wine in the bottle.  For instance rieslings are usually in a tall slender colored bottle; but not always.  White wines are in a longer necked bottle where as red wines are typically in a shorter necked bottle.  Just another little thing to notice about wine, wikipedia described shapes of wine bottles like this:

Shapes

Wine producers in Portugal, Italy, Spain, France and Germany follow the tradition of their local areas in choosing the shape of bottle most appropriate for their wine.

  • Port, sherry, and Bordeaux varieties: straight-sided and high-shouldered with a pronounced punt. Port and sherry bottles may have a bulbous neck to collect any residue.
  • Burgundies and Rhône varieties: tall bottles with sloping shoulders and a smaller punt.
  • Rhine (also known as hockor hoch), Mosel, and Alsace varieties: narrow and tall with little or no punt.
  • Champagne and other sparkling wines: thick-walled and wide with a pronounced punt and sloping shoulders.
  • German wines from Franconia: the Bocksbeutel bottle.
  • The Chianti and some other Italian wines: the fiasco, a round-bottomed flask encased in a straw basket.

Many North and South American, South African, and Australasian wine producers select the bottle shape they wish to associate their wines with. For instance, a producer who believes his wine is similar to Burgundy may choose to bottle his wine in Burgundy-style bottles.

Other producers (both in and out of Europe) have chosen idiosyncratic bottle styles for marketing purposes. Pere-Anselme markets its Châteauneuf-du-Pape in bottles that appear half-melted. The Moselland company of Germany has a riesling with a bottle in the shape of a house cat.

The home wine maker may use any bottle, as the shape of the bottle does not affect the taste of the finished product. The sole exception is in producing sparkling wine, where thicker-walled bottles should be used to handle the excess pressure.

Eco-Tourism, ‘Glamping’

Glamping
Glamping

What is Glamping?  It’s another one of the new combo words like ‘staycation’ glamorous camping = Glamping!!  WiseGeek describes it this way: 

The idea of roughing it during a camping trip might sound appealing if it weren’t for the bugs, wild animals, sudden storms, leaking tents, smelly sleeping bags and questionable food. For a number of people, their first camping experience often becomes their last, but there is now a camping option growing in popularity. Welcome to the world of glamorous camping, otherwise known as glamping. Organized glamping trips feature all of the exposure to the great outdoors as traditional camping trips, but the amenities found at the campsite far exceed anything most campers have ever experienced.

During a typical glamping trip, for example, the tents are often designed with bright designer colors and materials, not the olive drab canvas tents of yesteryear. These tents can be rigged for electrical power, which means occupants can operate appliances, reading lamps and climate controls. Forget about smelly sleeping bags placed on rocky or insect-infested ground, as well. Those who have gone glamping may sleep on full-size air mattresses, or even regular spring mattresses provided by the outfitters.

Many glamping trips do involve the same types of excursions provided by traditional adventure groups, such as safaris, hiking, and river rafting, but the focus is often on the comfort of the guests. Comfortable transportation is usually provided from the campsite to the excursion and back, and guides are responsible for providing such amenities as full-course meals and laundered clothing upon a guest’s return to camp. Some glamping trips are more primitive than others, however, so guests may actually have to experience a little discomfort while glamping.

The idea of glamping appears to have been inspired by the experiences of young, rich entertainers and models at outdoor events such as open air rock concerts. Many wealthy concertgoers wondered aloud if it might be possible to avoid the trappings of a hot tent on a muddy field just to enjoy a show or the wonders of nature. Several adventure groups saw an opportunity to cater to the needs of disillusioned campers who wanted to experience the positive aspects of camping without so many negatives. Thus the concept of glamping was born.

Many companies who specialize in camping equipment and supplies have created high-end or designer gear over the years, but few campers wanted to be seen carrying brightly colored tents or packets of gourmet foods. With the growing popularity of glamping, however, many would-be campers are now buying up designer camping gear and other amenities before going on their own glamping trips. Even those on more modest budgets are discovering it is now acceptable to bring along a few more comfort items while camping outdoors. While glamping may still be a niche market, it does offer people the chance to experience all of nature, not just its insects and bad weather.  To visit this site go to:  http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-glamping.htm.

The New York Times posted the following article on Sept. 9, 2008 about Eco-tourism and glamping:  http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/travel/14green-1.html 

Siloam Retreat has had glampers and we agree that the property allows for glamping with the Retreat House as the ‘base camp’ and those in the group who want to have more of a camping; that is to say glamping experience, can do so either by outfitting their own ‘tents’, RV’s or simply moving the bedroom outside.   We have set up for massage outside, Movie Night outside on the main lawn, and then there is always gathering around the ‘glamorous’ campfire.

Gather round the campfire

Gather round the fire
Gather round the fire

Sponge Bob singing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5AqKyohpE

Do y’all agree that there is nothing like gathering around the fire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, making smores….this can really bring the family together.  Inspiring new songs, new melodies, rhythms, bringing back old songs you used to sing in school or at camp; we often gather around the fire with a guitar, tambourine, kazoo and any other hand-held instrument to make some music together-it sounds good to us. 

Maybe your fireside memories are more of story telling, no matter the reason gathering around a fire…….is an old tradition that brings people together.  Siloam has a great fire-pit done with natural-scape, stone benches, surrounded by tall trees, and Pool of Siloam nearby with soothing sounds from Siloam Stream.  The Innkeepers have it all ready for you with fire starters, firewood and roasting sticks; they even have smore makings ready for you.

Singer songwritter weekends, couples retreats, artists gatherings, you name it……..Siloam has something to offer for everyone.