Sunday in Colares
Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
45Trip End Apr 05, 2014
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We hung out by the pool with our tea and coffee, the boys with their heads in their books and Debbie and I knitting "for the penguins"! Yes you heard that right we are using some leftover yarn and knitting little sweaters for baby penguins who have, or unfortunately will encounter an oil spill. More on that later! We are going for lunch at 2:00 to a little hotel down in Colares run by a women who lives just down the hill from us in Penedo. As the sun got hotter and the clock struck noon, Sangria was poured and Tony and Mike went for a little dip in the pool; it is getting warmer but not quite there yet
It is 1:45, off we go down the hill to Estalagem de Colares, The Colares Inn. In the early 1900's, Domingos Jose Camarao selected this ancient village to open his small tavern, which nine decades later became this Inn. Here they are known for preserving gourmet traditions along with a very high standard of service. It is cozy, comfortable and has a very welcoming atmosphere. With only a total of twelve rooms you can imagine the attention you would receive. At this quiet time of the year, we own the dining room which is surrounded by gardens. Carlos and another young man, Rueben took good care of us and were very happy to see us. They want company! They tell us all about the area and show us around the property. They are very cute.
Our meal choices were pork tenderloin with a rosemary cream sauce, filet of beef - Tony chose a Roquefort sauce and Debbie a coffee one - Mike loves the cod so chose this once again. Everyone was very pleased, proved by the silence and rolling of the eyes after the first bite. Our meals are incredible, delicious, melt in your mouth perfect. To start we had a very crisp tomato and buffalo mozzarella rocket salad dressed just right, a fresh melon and Portuguese ham salad, their Parma ham is melt in your mouth, and the boys shared a Neapolitan Lasagne
A bit about the wine here - apparently Colares wine is famous. It is a robust velvety red. The older vines grow in a dry sandy soil with their roots set deep down in clay. These were the only grapevines in Europe to survive a disastrous insect epidemic in the 1800's that started in England and spread throughout Europe. This insect ate the tender roots in vineyards but could not get through the thick dense soil here, along the Atlantic.
To tell you a bit about Colares. It became well known throughout the centuries due to its plantations of fruit trees and the vineyards growing amongst the pine trees. There are a LOT of pines here in this area.
After lunch we drove to Azenhas do Mar, a small and lovely fishing village perched high on one of the cliffs facing the Atlantic. The village clings to the cliffs and below there is a natural rock swimming pool that fills with seawater at high tide. We travel through a beach resort, an idea everyone had today after lunch. Walking, driving, or sleeping in the sunshine was the order of the late afternoon sun. We arrived back home at half past six. Another great afternoon.
Needless to say, dinner was not on the agenda, just a very nice last visit rehashing what had been a very nice week with Mike and Debbie. Our last game of Euchre pronounced Debbie and Mike the winners. In the morning we will take them to Caiscais to pick up their 'lil rattler' and they will be on their way to some wonderful adventures beginning in Porto and heading down to the Algarve region where they will fly home from Farro. We are excited for them.