Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Greenport, Long Island

Today is our 3 day anniversary, and we've finally fired up the laptop to take a look at the outside world. We're currently in a Bed & Breakfast in East Marion, NY. This B&B used to be owned by my grandmother. We used to visit this house before it became a B&B. I have memories of coming out here to the North Fork of Long Island during the summers. Although I must say that I remember a lot less of the place than I thought. Maybe because it's changed or maybe because I was too young to remember driving in to the area. Now that we're here, it seems to be a bit overpriced for what you get, especially after we saw the rooms at the Shady Lady Inn. Wow, is all I have to say about the rooms that we saw. If we come back here for our 5th or 10th anniversary, we'll definitely stay there! It felt like we were walking into an old opera house. We ate dinner in the Scarlet room, and it was elegantly appointed. I wish that we could have taken pictures, but even that wouldn't have captured the ambiance. It was so nice, I had to be given a dinner jacket just to dine in there. We eased our entrance by informing them that we were on our honeymoon and they gave us a room in the corner for two. I wish I could describe it, but it would be difficult. Picture a scarlet red nook with a 1920's style appointments. The atmosphere wasn't even the best part. I ordered the filet and it was mouth-watering. It was marinated in butter and rock salt, and it was just incredibly tasty! We were able to complement our meal with a glass of Merlot made right here in Long Island. And when we had finished our meal, we were given a complimentary dessert of our choosing. I only had to hear the words Chocolate Mousse and I knew what Tara would prefer. I'll let her describe it to you later, as she was the one in absolute heaven. I was still reeling from the steak. We capped off our evening by driving to the Sound and standing on the rocks while the water quietly lapped the meager sand. We kissed with the fog surrounding us amid the muted lights from the pier at Orient Point. We'll be going back there when we take a ferry over to New London, CT.
We had a very long night on Sunday night. We left Lincoln City at about 6:30 PM and we had to drop of Tara's sister in Portland. We had a ton of traffic and we were afraid of not making it on time. Fortunately, we did make it on time in part because our flight was delayed. We were still exhausted from all the preparations for the wedding and all the excitement so we fell asleep on our red eye to Chicago. We arrived in NYC amidst all the hustle bustle and the oppressive heat that we encountered when we left to pick up our rental car. When we got into our Lincoln Town Car, it said that it was 97 degrees; a dramatic change from the Northwest United States.
So, we tiredly drove down the Long Island Expressway in our old People's car. In just 2 short days, we were an old couple setting sail in our car that was as big as a whale. By the time we reached our destination, all we wanted to do was to have a nap.
Do you like my Memento style of writing? Uncovering my memories in reverse? I suppose I could cut and paste, but this works for me.
Our wedding night was spent at the O'dysius hotel in Lincoln City. I think it was the finest hotel room in town. We were pampered with a bottle of Champagne, bubble bath, a continental breakfast delivered right to our room. A stunning view of the Ocean, D River and Devil's Lake and of course the king size bed was as comfortable as you get. It was a spectacular wedding night capping a wonderful wedding and reception.
Tara was absolutely stunning in her wedding dress! She went for something reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn with a laced up back and a corset underneath. She wore elbow length gloves and was truly elegant and beautiful. I couldn't stop staring at her beauty as the ceremony went on. It was fabulously short and we proceeded to our reception. The reception hall was chosen by her and it was perfectly sized for our guests and offered a nice dance floor where most of the action took place. People said that they had a good time which was all we ever wanted for our wedding. I just have a few thoughts to convey before closing this up so that I can spend time with my bride. The cake was the most magnificent cake I've ever seen or tasted. I can't wait to share a picture with you. Once again, I'll defer to Tara's palatte. I also want to say that the flowers that were worn by us and my bride's bouquette was simply beautiful. I hope we'll be able to share those pictures as well. The entire day was awesome, and more than I could have hoped for, but even if it weren't, we'd still be happy as husband and wife.
We have to go now. We're going to have dinner at Claudio's, the longest family owned restaurant in the country. Apparently it's been in the same family since 1870. Oh, and we're going to see Charlie & The Chocolate Factory as well! Can't wait! Here are a few pictures that we took today in Greenport.


Tim and I in front of the old family house.
Tara in front of a Tara sign in the hamptons
Us being goofy on Long island. Not sure how my arm wound up in it
Tim on a dock in Long Island, trying to show off his pec muscles
More dock stuffMe where Tim was earlier

Tim driving to the Ferry for our trip to the other side of long island

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