Port Washington, Wisconsin

Beddian Bithday

Last weekend I and five of my girlfriends celebrated our Beddian Birthday in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

We were supposed to get together two years ago in Quebec City in honor of our 55th birthdays but we were never able to find a date that worked for everyone. Finally, after two years of frustration, Clare and Ellie suggested that we try for a weekend in Chicago – surely we could pull that off.

Once we settled on a date, we started looking at places to stay.

Maddie jumped right in and offered her beautiful vacation home in Port Washington, Wisconsin, about 2 hours north of Chicago.

It was absolutely perfect.

Welcome Balloons

Happy birthday balloons welcomed us.

Some things you should know about Maddie: she is an extremely talented artist, she is an accomplished chef, she is a consummate hostess and she and her husband are very generous friends.

We arrived Friday afternoon in the midst of a wicked autumn storm that brought 50 mph winds and 17 foot waves on Lake Michigan. Miraculously, no one was delayed in their travels and we all arrived in time for dinner.

Wisconsin stormy weather

Wicked waves on Lake Michigan as seen from Maddie’s backyard.

Although we all had suggested pizza for dinner, Maddie would have none of that. She greeted us with Korbel champagne, this lovely spread and an incredibly scrumptious dinner featuring Corn and Mascarpone Lasagna Cups.

Holy Gourmet Food, Batman! It was delicious!

dinner table

I would have included a picture of the lasagna cups but we ate them too fast.

Peter picked out bottles of wine for me to bring to share with the girls. One of the bottles was a Hall Wines Cabernet called “Ellie’s” in honor of our very own Ellie.

Ellie enjoying some Ellie's Cabernet

Ellie enjoying some Ellie’s Cabernet

After a relaxing dinner, we opened some more wine and spent the evening playing what might be the best board game in the history of board games:

Personal Preference

Personal Preference
This game was on the market in the early 1980s but is still available on Ebay. It is my very favorite game to play with a group because it is all about finding out what the other players like and don’t like. Visit here to read the hilarious story of the time I called a gift store to see if they carried (the totally G rated) Personal Preference, referring to it as “an adult specialty game”.

We woke up Saturday morning to crisp but calm weather and this beautiful sunrise.

To be accurate, Clare woke up to this sunset. I missed it by an hour or so...

To be accurate, Clare woke up to this sunset. I missed it by an hour or so…

The waves had definitely calmed down and Maddie’s beach house was no longer in danger from rising waters.

I could live in this beach house.

I could live in this beach house.

After a relaxing morning and a delectable breakfast, we headed out to spend the day in the charming town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Because my friends are awesome and support my quest to visit a winery in all 50 states, our first stop was at the Cedarburg Winery. That’s a whole ‘nother post but suffice it to say that the wine was good enough that many of us took home some bottles.

We also cleared them out of their Santa themed wine glass holders.

We also cleared them out of their Santa themed wine glass holders.

For the rest of the afternoon we wandered through charming gift shops and, speaking for myself here, becoming more and more panicked about the fast approaching Hanukkah and Christmas season.

One of the intriguing products we saw was this Spiral Candle.

It was so intriguing that we bought one to try it out. Not nearly as beautiful as a Nest Candle, but the Spiral Candle worked as advertised.

Under the category of “When In Rome”, we had dinner at The Milwaukee Ale House starting the meal with a gigantic Bavarian pretzel, a platter of fried pickles and fried cheese curd.

Anti-gourmet but sinfully delicious.

Anti-gourmet but sinfully delicious.

Saturday night was spent playing more Personal Preference while we watched the Notre Dame vs Navy game on TV.  And enjoying more wine.

In addition to the fabulous food, we enjoyed a fabulous selection of wines.

In addition to the fabulous food, we enjoyed a fabulous selection of wines.

Although our time in Port Washington was way too short, we filled every minute with laughter and love – telling stories and sharing dreams, relaxing and renewing our souls.

And most importantly, making plans for our next get together.

I love these gals!

Front row: Clare and Therese Back row: Me, Catherine, Maddie and Ellie

Front row: Clare and Therese
Back row: Me, Catherine, Maddie and Ellie

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  1. This post (and the last one) could not have come at a better time. In four hours I am headed to a girls weekend in National Harbor (DC) to celebrate my girlfriend’s 50th. She is the first of my friends to hit this milestone, and I will be one of the last:) But that just means we have many years of celebrations. And yes, we are bringing wine. Well, I’m bringing vodka.
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  2. How wonderful. Happy birthday to you all.

  3. Sounds like y’all had a super time – love that you have such a great group of girlfriends!!!
    Good food, great wine, and grand friends – all in a gorgeous location!!!
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  4. What a great time! Favorite foods, girlfriends, lovely location – both stormy and sunny! Thanks for a peek into a good girl weekend.
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  5. Looks like a fab weekend!! Never heard of that game but seems like a fun one! Get in touch when you have news.

  6. Sounds like a blast, Mo! There’s nothing like a girlfriend getaway! The lake house looks like a heavenly place to stay!
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