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Cocktail River Cruise

Treat yourself and your closest friends to a captained three-hour river cruise on the Connecticut River on the Depechons, a stunningly beautiful antique 47-foot wooden boat with tender, built in 1927.

You’ll depart from Essex to a destination of your choice (up past the Goodspeed Opera House and toward Middletown is beautiful). While aboard, you and your guests will enjoy cheese, fruit and light hors d’oeuvres. The boat also has a fully equipped kitchen complete with barware for any other food or drink you may want to bring on the cruise. 

  • Maximum of six people
  • Depart from Essex, CT
  • Must be arranged on a mutually agreed upon date/time

Delightfully Unforgettable in NYC

Looking for an unforgettable visit to the City? You and your guest can be part of the September 30 opening night celebration of Verdi’s heartbreaking masterpiece, Rigoletto, at the Metropolitan Opera. The story, based on a controversial play by Victor Hugo, tells of an outsider – a hunchbacked jester – who struggles to balance the dueling elements of beauty and evil that exist in his life. Written during the most fertile period of Verdi’s artistic life, the opera resonates with a universality that is frequently called Shakespearean.

You’ll also enjoy dinner at Bar Boulud across from Lincoln Center, a relaxed Parisian-style dining bistro owned by Daniel Boulud, considered one of the most revered French chefs in New York. Finally, kick back and relax at the exclusive Yale Club in Midtown Manhattan for a one-night stay. Breakfast is included.

  • If winning bidder cannot make opening night, the other available date is October 20 (MAT)
  • $250 gift certificate for dinner at Bar Boulud
  • One-night stay at the Yale Club in Midtown Manhattan (includes breakfast)

Tours and Treats for Two in Newport

Experience an outstanding autumn weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Your intimate experience for two begins with lunch at the historic Harbor Court, a satellite of The New York Yacht Club. Standing on eight acres overlooking Brenton Cove, the Renaissance Norman-style mansion, which houses the restaurant, was completed in 1906 for the John Nicholas Brown family.

The package includes an overnight stay at The Attwater, Newport’s newest boutique hotel located on a quiet street right off Bellevue Avenue. You’ll find bright, spacious rooms and suites that pop with color and unusual nautical touches, and attentive service.

In the evening, relish dinner at Midtown Oyster Bar with specials like surf and turf, a large raw bar and cocktails offered in an airy space with two decks.

Your weekend also includes two tours. First is a private tour of the Audrain Auto Museum on historic Bellevue Avenue followed by a tasting and tour at the Newport Craft Brewing. Your second is the Newport Art Museum, located on three acres along Bellevue Avenue. The museum’s galleries are housed in two historically significant buildings and feature selections from the permanent collection and notable special exhibitions.

  • Date for hotel stay to be decided upon no later than end of July 2024
    • Lyman Allyn will put the winning bidder in touch with the coordinator

North Fork Wine Tour for Four

You and your guests are in for a delightful tasting luncheon at Croteaux Vineyards on Long Island in Southhold, New York during the peak harvest season. It is the only vineyard in the United States dedicated exclusively to making dry, fresh and fruity rosé wines. Unique among North Fork wineries, the quaint and cozy Croteaux tasting room opens to a beautiful, pebbled courtyard garden, surrounded by historic barns. “Wine andux, rosé” means relax – so kick back, pick your favorite wine, and take in the iconic views.

This package includes Cross Sound Ferry tickets and an overnight stay at The Harbor Front Inn, located in the heart and soul of historic Greenport Village and surrounded by the tranquil beauty of water and nature.

  • Luncheon at Croteaux Vineyards and hotel stay at The Harbor Front Inn are booked for Saturday, October 5, 2024.
    • Accommodations include two king rooms with unobstructed views and private balcony access
  • Ferry and winery tickets will be sent to the winner
    • Ferry ride is good for one car
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