Photo Credit: Carnelian Cooks.
Picture this: You’re standing at the trailhead, surrounded by lush greenery and the promise of adventure. The sun peeks through the canopy, casting dappled shadows on the path ahead. Your backpack is packed with essentials, and you’re ready to embark on a journey through nature’s beauty. But wait, there’s more to this outdoor escapade than just hiking. As you reach the summit or finish a challenging trail, a delightful reward awaits – a delicious glass of wine. This fall, Raeburn Winery wants to inspire you to get out and explore, with tips for making your causal hiking trip even more special.
Ready to get started? Here’s how to begin:
- Choose the Right Trail
The foundation of any successful hike-and-picnic adventure begins with choosing the right trail. Consider your fitness level, the distance you’re comfortable with, and the terrain you’d like to explore. Research local trails, consult trail maps, and read reviews to find the one that suits your preferences.
- Pack Wisely
Now that you’ve chosen your trail, it’s time to pack your backpack thoughtfully. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Water: Stay hydrated by bringing plenty of water. A reusable water bottle or hydration reservoir is a must!
- Comfortable Shoes: Invest in proper hiking boots or shoes to protect your feet and provide support.
- Layers: Dress in layers, so you’ll be comfortable no matter what the temperature. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
- Navigation: Carry a map and a compass or use a GPS device or smartphone app for navigation.
- Safety Gear: A basic first-aid kit, flashlight, and a whistle for emergencies.
- Plan a Scenic Picnic
As you embark on your hike, keep an eye out for picturesque spots that are ideal for your picnic. Knowing there are delicious treats in your future can be the motivation you need to get to the summit or viewpoint.
When it comes to choosing your menu, keep it simple. Opt for easy-to-eat foods like sandwiches and finger foods. For fresh flavors, source local, seasonal ingredients. A loaf of crusty bread, artisanal cheeses and salami are the perfect starting point. Add some salty roasted nuts, crisp veggies and don’t forget something sweet!
Or, to take your picnic over the top, wait until you finish your hike. Back at the trailhead, consider a little tailgate-inspired meal. Pull out a portable grill to make a heartier meal – think sausages, hamburgers or even grilled mushrooms. Make sure to follow any local regulations or posted signs about fires.
- Sip and Savor
Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for: sipping wine amidst nature’s beauty. A durable insulated bottle and tumblers will keep your wine at an ideal temperature throughout your hike. Consider wines that pair well with your picnic fare. White wines like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc are refreshing and versatile, while a Pinot Noir complements charcuterie or even chocolate-covered almonds.
As you sip your wine, take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty around you. The wine becomes a part of the landscape, enhancing your connection with nature. Remember to consume alcohol responsibly, especially when hiking. Know your limits, and never drink and drive.
- Leave No Trace
Respecting nature is a fundamental part of hiking and picnicking. Make sure to clean up after your picnic, disposing of trash and recyclables properly. Leave no trace so that future generations can enjoy the same natural beauty.
Hiking, picnicking, and wine sipping – this trifecta of outdoor pleasures offers a truly delightful and memorable experience. It’s a chance to reconnect with nature, savor delicious food and wine, and create cherished memories with loved ones. So, plan your next adventure, pack your backpack, and head outdoors for a day filled with the beauty of nature and the pleasures of wine. Cheers to the perfect day out!
Are you ready to lace up your boots?
Before you hit the trail, make sure to enter the “Take a Hike Where You Like” sweepstakes from Raeburn Winery for a chance to win a prize package including everything you need to create a memorable hiking adventure.
The grand prize package includes:
– $2,500 Gift Card from Raeburn Winery so you can travel to your favorite trail or pick up some new gear
– Klean Kanteen Wine Set, 20oz Classic Insulated Water Bottle and a $50 Gift Card ($180 value)
– Magma Grill ($120 value)
– Cheese selection from Cowgirl Creamery ($95 value)
– Raeburn branded picnic blanket ($20 value)
– Raeburn branded hydration sling ($20 value)
Head to https://raeburnwinery.com/sweepstakes/ by Saturday, September 30, 2023, to enter and see complete rules and details.
Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway starts Tuesday, September 12 and ends Saturday, September 30, 2023. Winner announced Saturday, October 7, 2023. Offer not valid in New Hampshire or Connecticut.