Two Reasons Why You Should Spend your Veterans Day Weekend at Jonathan Edwards


Thanks to those who have served to protect our freedoms, we have the opportunities to do things like travel, enjoy fine food and wine, start or support local businesses, give thoughtful gifts to friends and family, self-reflect through yoga and meditation, and prioritize our health and happiness. All of these freedoms come together in one weekend at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, as they host The Harvest Table and a Balance Through the Seasons Wellness Workshop.

As we honor and thank all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, there is an opportunity to visit this picturesque winery and attend one or both of the great events they are hosting that weekend. There truly is something for everyone due to the number of thoughtful collaborations with local food purveyors, artisans, and educators. These events are a fantastic opportunity together or individually for the weekend visitor and locals alike.

htfinal16The Harvest Table on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11) is a great opportunity to try the best of what the southeastern region of Connecticut and Rhode Island has to offer. Where wine soiree meets curated farmers market, this event encourages attendees to Sip, Swirl and Savor on Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event celebrates local provisions and house wares to inspire your holiday plates and gifts. The $25 pre-purchase tickets or $30 tickets at the door include a glass of wine, product samples and inspiration. What a steal!

An array of local purveyors at The Harvest Table include Firefly Farms grass-fed meats of North Stonington, Sift Bakeshop of Mystic (fun fact: owned by the husband of the events coordinator at nearby Stonington Vineyards‘, Ebbie), Behan Family Farms oysters of Charlestown, RI, Farm to Gold Ghee, and Beaver Brook Farm, Beltane Farms & Narragansett Creamery come together to offer a classic charcuterie spread. Vendors include Treefort Naturals soaps, GB Creative Home and Hearth Décor, and Garden of Eden’s holiday tablescape samples. Oh – can’t forget the wine pairing recommendations from Jonathan Edwards! There will also be special evening-only discounts for custom orders – think pies, pastries, and gifts. This is an experience you and your loved ones don’t want to miss!

je_wellnessworkshop_sept2016_v3-copyThe Wellness Workshop on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a day of wellness activities in partnership with Ayurvedic Health Educations and founders of Rhode Island’s Farm to Gold Ghee Co., Kim Welch and Lynn Goodwin. The intimate experience, open to 12-14 people, includes a gentle morning yoga class with guided meditation, a vineyard hike, cooking demonstrations, and a Discovering Ayurvedic Workshop; Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. There will be nutritious refreshments and lunch paired with wine provided, made with fresh, local ingredients. Attendees will go home with a gift bag of Jonathan Edwards wine, Farm to Gold Ghee, and nurturing body care products (woo!). The day, focused on maintaining balance through the seasons, costs $125 for registrants. Well worth it. Learn more or register here.

d4s_4530Jonathan Edwards Winery is located at 74 Chester Main Road in North Stonington, CT. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have complimentary tours at noon. Find more information and reserve your tickets for these events at

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Check out Michelle Griffis’ recap of her visit to JE and Stonington Vineyards.

Featured images by Winter Caplanson. Graphics contributed by Jonathan Edwards Winery.



Kayla Hedman

A Connecticut-native, Kayla recently moved back to southeastern CT from Burlington, VT. While in VT, she frequented local wineries, where a number of her friends worked as tasting room staff and event coordinators. She hardwired her palette and learned to appreciate wine for the sake of her friends. Unfortunately, after finding out she has an intolerance to gluten, Kayla stepped away from being a part-time representative for a brewery and grew to love wine even more. She works full-time as a brand manager at a marketing agency, and enjoys supporting local small businesses in her spare time.


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