Monthly Archives: May 2010

Romancing the Grape-Bring on the Sunshine

Bacchus
Bacchus

Last night we enjoyed a 2005 Albion North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon; this has been on of our Cab Picks for a while.  It’s smooth, balanced, and extremely drinkable-paired only with the glass.

The weather in the Pacific Northwest this Spring and especially here on the Kitsap Peninsula has been ‘damp’ to say the least.  There is a term used in gardening “wet feet” -some plants like to have wet feet (damp roots) as you might expect those plants thrive here on the Peninsula as we get a lot of rain.

Typically, this time of year we start to pull out of the rain, clouds, and see bursts of sunshine, blue sky, and bloom!!  This spring has been damp- it needs repeating because it has been damp, and we are all ready for sunshine.

The warmth from the sunshine brings on Sring Romance and that image of Spring Romance had us thinking about Dionysus:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysus who then became known as Bacchus: the ancient Greek god of wine and grapes.  Especially the scene in Disney’s Fantasia:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMGXbYMX5mg&feature=related 

We would like to climb into that scene of a Wine Party- crushing the grapes, dancing, and flirting about; celebrating the harvest, the bloom, the fruit, and the sunshine of the season.  Alas, it rains, and it rains, and it rains- until it stops, then we can all come out and play again.

As a plant, we don’t like wet feet – we bloom in sunshine.  The days are getting longer and summer is coming, there will be more blooming, more wine, and more time for romance, relaxation, and rest at Siloam Retreat.

Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountains
Olympic Mountains

Siloam Retreat is located in Scenic Seabeck with breath-taking views of the Olympic Mountains and close enough to be far away.

A day trip can take you on climbing adventures in the Olympic Mountains or for some easier climbs/hikes we are minutes from several trail heads on Green and Gold Mountain.

An on-line climbing resource for the Olympic Mountains was recently posted:  http://www.climbersguideolympics.com/

Siloam Retreat is an ideal place to stay while exploring the Olympic Mountains, contact us today for more information.

Memorial Day Special-Military Appreciation

Relax at Siloam
Relax at Siloam

In honor of Memorial Day and those who serve and have served our country in military service we would like to offer your third night free.

This Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 28th -Monday, May 31) a stay at Siloam Retreat for active duty and retired military will include third night free.

We cannot thank and appreciate our Military enough.  The Kitsap Peninsula is home to Naval Base Kitsap and Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop, it’s natural for us to continually honor and appreciate men, women, and the families serving in our area.

Siloam Retreat recognizes all military (retired and active duty) with special rates and packages.  This Memorial Day Weekend add your third night free for more information contact us.  Cheers!!

Kitsap Harbor Festival

Taste of Kitsap
Taste of Kitsap

Memorial Day Weekend offers a third day to the weekend get-away.  Aside from enjoying the peace and quiet, the scenery, and relaxing on the Kitsap Peninsula this Memorial Day Weekend you can take in the Kitsap Harbor Festival with lots of activities including the Taste of Kitsap.  Take a road trip for ‘foodies’:  http://www.roadtripsforfoodies.com/?p=3379

For more information about the Kitsap Harbor Festival visit:   http://www.kitsapharborfestival.com/

Contact us for a special 3 day weekend rate at Siloam.

Wine For Wheels: Fun-D-Raising at Siloam

Wine For Wheels Car Cruise
Wine For Wheels Car Cruise

Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop recently held an event for Wine For Wheels:  http://www.wineforwheels.org

We had a Poker Run:  Car Cruise, Bicycles, Street Bikes, Dirt Bikes, and Mountain Bikes.  Being located next to the Tahuya State Forest on the Upper Hood Canal made Siloam an ideal spot to host the event.  Not to mention, the Wine Shop and Siloam Foundation our non-profit with the mission to raise funds for other non-profits through Private Wine Tastings.

The Foundation provided Hood Canal Oysters, a Private Wine Tasting and prizes of- (Wine) for the winners of the poker run.  Wine For Wheels fits perfectly into the mission of Siloam Foundation-raising funds should be fun, rewarding and should ‘catch-on’.  The enthusiasm should spread, continue to gain momentum, build and grow.

We all had so much fun that we can’t wait to do this again; perhaps this fall but at least every May.  Stay tuned for more information about our next Wine For Wheels Event.

Thank you to the riders and participants.  We will be providing the gift of mobility to the physically disadvantaged, bringing freedom to both them and their family members/caregivers by purchasing a wheelchair for the wheelchair foundation.

Cheers ~