Connecticut Winter Wine Trail in Full Swing

by Harriman Real Estate on February 17, 2014

If you're like us, you enjoy a nice glass of wine. And, you've probably made your way around the state to many of Connecticut's vineyards and sampled their offerings. You might even have participated in the passport program of the CT Wine Trail, trying (like us) to win that 2 week trip to Spain. Without luck.


If you haven't heard of the Wine Trail, ​check out this post to get acquainted. It's a great way to become familiar with the over 30 wineries and vineyards in Connecticut, sample some delicious wine and enter to win some amazing prizes as well, including that aforementioned 2 week trip to Spain! The biggest drawback, if indeed it IS a drawback, is that the program only runs from May through mid-November, when all passports must be turned in to be eligible for the drawing. After that, it was just sit back and wait for the drawing to see if you were a lucky winner. Until now, that is.

Winter Wine Trail passport


​This year, three local wineries have banded together to hold the CT Coast & Country Wine Trail. Wallingford's Gouveia Vineyards and Paradise Hills Vineyard, and Guilford's Bishop's Orchards Winery have partnered to form this mini-passport program during the winter months when most of the state's vineyards are closed. The program started on January 1st and runs through March 30th, and all you have to do to participate is visit one of those places and pick up a passport card and have it stamped at all three wineries. Turn it in by March 30th and you could be the luck winner of one of several great prizes, including the grand prize of a 2 night stay at Water's Edge Resort & Spa, with brunch, valued at over $750! For more info, check out their Facebook page.

So, if you're looking for something to do during all this cold, snowy weather, venture out to one of the participating wineries, get your passport card and get started! You can thank me later...​

Also Of Interest...

If you're in the Litchfield Hills or want to experience the wines of that region, there is also a Litchfield Winter Wine Trail, with half a dozen wineries taking part. This program also ends on March 30th. To find out more, check out this post!

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Wallingford Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2014

by Harriman Real Estate on February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day CardIf you’re looking for a place to have a nice romantic dinner with your significant other, something to make them feel really special, or just a little something to say “I love you”, look no further than these local Wallingford establishments:

Don Giovanni’s Bistro, 680 No. Colony Road, 203-265-3407 – A special menu available for Valentine’s Day, reservations recommended. A complimentary rose for your loved one! www.dongiovannisbistro.com

Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S. Colony Road, 203-269-6695 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball, Saturday, February 15th, $130 per couple, event opens at 6:30 with cocktails, coffee and hors d’oevres, and dinner at 7:30. Have a complimentary romantic souvenir photo taken in their photo booth. Call for reservations or email sales@stillwood.com. www.stillwood.com

Dad’s Restaurant, 740 N. Colony Road, 203-265-4868 – Treat Dad to a Valentine’s Day breakfast or lunch on February 14th. Coupon for 20% off available in the Record-Journal. www.dadswallingford.com

Laskara Restaurant, 295 Parker Farms Road, 203-679-0844 – Valentine’s Day dinner served all day, call for reservations. All diners receive complimentary chocolate covered strawberries. www.laskararestaurant.com

Los Mariachis Grill, 105 N. Colony Street, 203-265-1838 – A special Valentine’s Day menu will be served on February 14th. www.losmariachisgrill.com

BONUS! Amore Apizza, 83 No. Turnpike Road, 203-265-2379 – Offering $2.00 off any large pizza to any babysitters who are watching the kids while Mom & Dad are out on their date night! When you call in your order, just tell them “I’m the Sitter” to get the deal!

Wallingford Flower Shoppe, 190 Center Street, 203-265-1514 – Valentine’s Day roses available, “It’s like a kiss that lasts all week”. Call to order today or order online at www.wallingfordflower.com

Serenity Salon & Day Spa, 118 Center Street, 203-265-4419 – Choose from several Valentine’s Day packages for one person or couples, call today to schedule an appointment. www.serenityofwallingford.com

Body & Soul Day Spa, 26 N. Main Street, 203-269-3223 – Offering several massage packages for couples, call for an appointment. www.thebodyandsouldayspa.com

Touch of Sun Tanning Salon, 200 Church Street, 203-269-9227 – Offering Valentine’s Day massage, mani/pedi packages, plus 15% off gift card purchases through 2/14. Call for an appointment. www.touchofsun.net

Valentine’s Day Trivia:

  • About three percent of pet owners give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • One-third of all Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by gifts.
  • Hallmark has more than 1,330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.
  • About one quarter of Valentine’s Day cards have humorous messages.
  • American women say they’d rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and sweethearts.
  • About one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. The holiday is second only to Christmas in terms of the number of cards sent.
  • The celebration of Valentine’s Day can be traced to the ancient Roman holiday of the Lupercal, which honored Lupercus the Lycaean, who protected flocks of sheep from wolves.
  • Seventy percent of those celebrating Valentine’s Day show their affection by giving a card. Others make a telephone call (49 percent), give a gift (48 percent), plan a special dinner (37 percent), give candy (33 percent), have a meal in a restaurant (30 percent), or give flowers (19 percent).
  • Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be Saint Valentine’s Day in 498 A.D.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  • The Chocolate Manufacturers Association of America says 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • About 110 million roses, most of them red, will be sold for Valentine’s Day this year.
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “improvement in telegraphy,” on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
  • Valentine’s Day was originally associated with the mating season of birds.
  • Fifteen percent of women in the United States send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • During Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for President, a Democrat named Valentine Tapley swore he would never shave again if Abe were elected. Tapley kept his word and his chin whiskers went unshaved from November 1860 until he died in 1910, attaining a length of 12 feet six inches.
  • Americans spend $655 million each Valentine’s Day on candy, making it the fourth biggest holiday of the year for confectionery purchases, after Halloween, Christmas and Easter (in that order).
  • In the U.S., it’s estimated that 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day.
  • During Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Eighty percent of all Valentine cards are purchased for relatives.

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Wallingford’s Seasons of Celebrations Promises Fun For All Ages

by Harriman Real Estate on December 5, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town!If anyone had any doubts about whether or not the holidays have arrived, let me put them to rest. Of course, Thanksgiving has come and gone in all it’s basted, browned, bubbly glory, and the holiday craft fairs are in full swing. But another upcoming event is sure to bring out the holiday spirit in everyone: The Wallingford Seasons of Celebrations.

Scheduled for December 7th from 1PM to 5:45PM, this annual event started decades ago at the downtown train station as a meet-and-greet for Santa Claus, but in recent years has moved uptown and expanded to include a variety of fun activities. The town is sponsoring most of the activities, which are free, and most will take place in or around Town Hall.

Here’s list of the happenings:

  • O little town of Wallingford...Kids can visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1PM to 4PM in the foyer of Town Hall
  • There will be a petting zoo for kids from 1PM to 4PM
  • The Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department will collect toys for Wallingford children from 1PM to 3PM
  • Hot cocoa and cookies to keep you warm and toasty will be available from 1:30PM until they run out
  • A photo booth will be open from 2PM to 5PM, courtesy of Show Stopper Entertainment
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered in front of Town Hall from 1PM to 4PM
  • The Yankee Chorus will sing Christmas carols from 2PM to 3PM
  • Roasting of chestnuts on an open fire will happen from 1:30PM to 4:30PM, courtesy of Little Portion Acres
  • Rudolph with your nose so bright, will you be in our parade tonight?The “Frosty Parade”, led by Dr. Lou Ferraro, will start at 5:15PM and will feature Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  • The Wallingford Chorus will sing carols at the gazebo in Fishbein Park at 5:30PM, followed by a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson, Jr.
  • The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:45PM

This year’s event again promises to be fun for kids of all ages and an exciting kick-off to the town’s holiday celebration. While we hope for good weather, would it be blasphemous to wish for just a little bit of snow? Regardless of the forecast, we hope for a great turnout and hope to see you there!

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5th Annual Wallingford CT Holiday Stroll

by Harriman Real Estate on December 2, 2013

Where does the time go??  It seems like just yesterday it was Summer and we were basking in the warmth of the long days, and Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed a long way off. Now here it is December, and Christmas is so close you can taste it. In fact, it’s 22 shopping days close, if that brings it into closer focus for ya! But it’s also time once again for Wallingford Center, Inc.’s 5th Annual Holiday Stroll through the streets of downtown Wallingford on Friday, December 6th starting at 4PM.

2013 Wallingford Holiday StrollAs part of this festive occasion, Wallingford Center, Inc. will also sponsor the “Stroll, Shop, Win” event, a fantastic raffle with prizes of gift cards from many of the participating stores. First prize is $1,000, second place is $600, and third place is $400. How do you enter, you ask? Simple. Just stop into each of the participating merchants while you stroll and fill out a ballot. The more you stroll, the more places you visit, the more chances you have to win. Easy, right?

And if that wasn’t enough, many of the participating merchants will be offering in-store specials during the event and there will once again be activities at the gazebo in Johanna Fishbein Park, including a bonfire from 6pm – 9pm, carols sung by the Wallingford Chorus, roasted chestnuts, and music provide by a DJ. Also, there will be ice carvers, the Pink Ladies will be selling S’Mores in front of Gaetano’s, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at Mr. D’s.

(UPDATE: Due to the forecast of rain during the stroll, the bonfire and roasting of chestnuts have been cancelled. All other events will go on as planned!)

(NEW UPDATE: If it is not raining hard at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit as originally scheduled!)

Also back this year is the chance to get all of your Holiday Stroll purchases (up to $250) FREE! Just fill out a green entry form and keep all your shopping receipts. If your entry is chosen, all your purchases up to $250 could be yours free of charge! See participating merchants for details.

For a list of participating merchants, CLICK HERE.

This holiday event is sure to bring out a huge turn-out, so pack up the family and come on down to enjoy the festivities, and support your local merchants. See you there!

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Just Listed: 90 Green Rd, Meriden CT 06450

by Harriman Real Estate on November 29, 2013

Beautiful 3 bedroom home for sale in Meriden, CT!

Just Listed

Pat Harriman

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90 GREEN RD

Meriden, CT 06450

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full )

List Price: $194,900

Living Area Approx :
1587

This unique brick home has all of the charm of an English Country Cottage. As you step inside the arched doorway, you will be greeted by a spacious living room with fireplace and hardwood floors. There is another arched doorway to the formal dining room. The L-shaped eat-in kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and counter space. Also on this level is a bedroom and full bath. Upstairs is a beautiful master bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath, complete with soaking tub. This bathroom is shared by the spacious 3rd bedroom, which has plenty of nooks for storage. There is a mudroom/enclosed porch off of the kitchen that takes you to the backyard. If you like to BBQ or roast marshmallows, you will love the outdoor fireplace. There are also two sheds to store your lawn supplies. This home is truly a hidden treasure!

Feature List:

MLS#: N343801

Property Type: residential

Property Subtype: Single Family Detached

Lot Size: 0

Appliances: Oven, Refrigerator

Architecture Style: Cape Cod

Has Basement: true

Cooling Systems: None

Heating Systems: Radiator

New Construction: No

 

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Hubbard Park Ready For 25th Annual Festival of Silver Lights

by Harriman Real Estate on November 23, 2013

Globe in Hubbard Park, Meriden CTMeriden’s Hubbard Park is gearing up for its 25th annual Festival of Silver Lights, and getting some new decorations for the event as well. Before the lights go on this year, some new animal displays will go up and a brand new 14 foot globe will be installed to replace the old one which was rusting away.

With over 300 displays using between 150,000 and 200,000 lights, this annual event is one of the most anticipated holiday happenings in the area. The ride through the park takes about 10 minutes or so and there’s a lot to see, so make sure you bring your camera!

The Hubbard Park Lighting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 with musical entertainment provided by the Meriden YMCA Youth Theater group at 5:30pm, and the official lighting of the park will happen at 6:00pm. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served as well. The park will remain open from November 26, 2013 through January 6, 2014. The park is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Please call the Meriden Parks and Recreation office at 203 630-4259 for further information.

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Pizza Wars Ready to Rumble in Wallingford

by Harriman Real Estate on November 15, 2013

2013 Pizza Wars at Villa CapriPizza: from the Latin pinsere, meaning “to press”. No matter what the etymology of the delicacy is, to those who love it it means, “Good God, let’s eat!”, and on November 21st pizza lovers can unite under one roof to do just that.

On that date, Wallingford’s Villa Capri Restaurant will once again host Pizza Wars, the area’s epic battle for pizza pie supremacy, from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. Six pizza shops from Wallingford and Northford are currently scheduled to gather together and bring their best creations to share with the public.

Here is a list of this years entrants:

(And there still may be more signing up; if so, I will update this post ASAP)

Pizzas will be judged by a panel of elite judges (not yet determined) who will deliberate over crust, sauce, cheese, spices and toppings to come up with a winner in three categories:

  • Best Overall (Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice)
  • Best Cheese Pizza (People’s Choice)
  • Best Specialty Pizza (People’s Choice)

The Sisters Project of WallingfordEntrance fee for this grand event is $10, and there will be a DJ, a cash bar, and raffles. We’ve attended this event every time it’s been held, and can honestly say we’ve had some really good pizza, some really radical pizza, and a lot of fun! What makes this event even more special is that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a great local charity, The Sisters Project.

So give the Cook the night off and come on down to the Villa Capri and sink your teeth into some of the best pizza this side of Little Italy!

Some pizza facts:

  • Pizza is a Greek creation (but the Italians perfected it!)
  • In 1987, October was designated National Pizza Month
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.
  • Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.
  • Most popular topping: pepperoni
  • Least popular topping: anchovies
  • Sixty-two percent of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian
  • 61% prefer thin crust, 28% prefer thick crust /deep dish, and 11% like extra thin crust.
  • More pizza is consumed during Super Bowl Week than any other week of the year.
  • The world’s largest pizza was built on October 11, 1987 by Lorenzo Amato and Louis Piancone. The pizza covered 10,000 square feet and measured 140 feet across. It weighed in at 44,457 pounds, consisting of, among other items, 18,174 pounds of flour, 1,103 pounds of water, 6,445 pounds of sauce, 9,375 pounds of cheese and 2,387 pounds of pepperoni. The pie was cut into 94,248 slices and eaten by more than 30,000 spectators at the baking in Havana, Florida.

“Mark the calendar, save the date, see you there and don’t be late!”

Villa Capri, Wallingford CT

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Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Hosts 2nd Annual Holiday House Tour

by Harriman Real Estate on November 14, 2013

Quinnipiac Chamber 2013 Holiday House TourHave you ever driven by a charming old house, perhaps an historic or luxury property, and said, “Wow, I’d LOVE to see what it looks like inside!”? I know I have, many times. To be able to see inside quaint, luxurious, or historic homes is a rare opportunity, and this year that opportunity can be yours.

On Saturday, December 7th, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will hold their 2nd Annual Holiday House Tour from 10AM to 4PM at several amazing Wallingford homes. The event is sponsored by Fish Window Cleaning, and the houses are sponsored and will be decorated and manned by several area businesses, including Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Calcagni Real Estate, H. Pearce Real Estate, Keller Williams Realty, Attorney Lars Edeen, Boardman Silversmiths, Inc., Ferguson & McGuire, First World Mortgage, Marchetti, Brown & Bishop, North Haven Tile Carpet One Floor & Home, Right At Home, and Wells Fargo. The real estate agencies will also have the assistance of home stagers/interior designers, including Diane Hall (Interiors by Diane), Lisa Kegley (LRK Decor), Gwendolyn Rossi, Jennifer Napolitano (JN Design), and Rosemarie Preneta.

Here are the five homes that will be featured on the tour:

  1. 21 Turnberry Road
  2. 40 Cooke Road
  3. 215 South Main Street
  4. 50 Williams Road
  5. 560 North Main Street

Houses on the 2013 Holiday Hose Tour

Tickets for this amazing event are $20 per person and are available at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 So. Turnpike Road in Wallingford. Tickets will also be available for purchase from the participating real estate agencies.

On the day of the tour, you can start at any one of the homes (a list of addresses will accompany your tickets). When you get to your first home, you will be greeted by a representative of the sponsoring real estate agency and receive a program for the event. The Wallingford Historical Society will be open that day as a respite stop and will be serving refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the tour will take place on December 8th.

Last year, this event was a fantastic way to usher in the holiday season, and I’m sure this year will be no different, so mark your calendars and get your tickets early. These homes are treasured by their owners, and we are grateful to them for sharing their homes with us. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce at (203) 269-9891 or email maribel@quinncham.com.

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Support Local Wallingford CT Businesses on Small Business Saturday

by Harriman Real Estate on November 13, 2013

Support our local Wallingford businesses on Small Business Saturday!Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and once the turkey and stuffing and pies are all gone everyone’s attention will turn to those two other days that signal the start of the frantic madness that is the Holiday Shopping Season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But sandwiched between those two hectic days there’s another, less well-known day that deserves just as much attention as its big brothers. Perhaps more.

This November 30th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Last year, over 100 million people came together to show local businesses how important they are to their communities, and this year should be even bigger.

In Wallingford, you can patronize a plethora of participating businesses, including J. Christian’s, Wallingford Frame & Art, AJ Canell Jewelers, and Images Heirloom Linens. For a map that shows all the participating shops, CLICK HERE starting on November 21st.

Harriman Real Estate LLC is proud to support Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here in Wallingford and throughout Connecticut on November 30th.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 30th, the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

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New Listing: 73 Parker Rd, Meriden CT 06450

by Harriman Real Estate on November 12, 2013

Four bedroom 2268 sf home on Meriden’s East Side

Stacey McPherson-Ranciato

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203-494-0455

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73 PARKER RD

Meriden, CT 06450

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms : 2 ( 1 full, 1 half )

List Price: $263,500

Living Area Approx :
2268

Spacious East side ranch w/flexible floor plan. Large eat-in kitchen w/bay window and plenty of cabinets. Living Room w/FP, 1st flr FR currently used as MBR, addl FP in LL, 2 car garage. Beautiful over-sized yard. Last house on dead end street.

Feature List:

MLS#: N342082

Property Type: Residential

Property Subtype: Single Family Detached

Lot Size: 0

Appliances: Dishwasher, Oven

Architecture Style: Ranch

Has Basement: true

Cooling Systems: None

Heating Systems: Baseboard

New Construction: No

 

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