This Friday, my boyfriend and I planned on going out to the zoo after work to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was one of the first evenings we had off together that we had no plans! Well, someone..not naming names…read the zoo’s hours wrong and unfortunately, they were closed by the time we were about to head out the door. But luckily, we ended up taking a different route and had a great night.
We really just wanted to get out of the city and see some green grass, nature, living things etc. and sit outside with a well-earned drink. So first we drove to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards in Lafayette, NY. They had a live band playing, and had their kitchen and tasting room open for extended hours. We did a $3 tasting for fun and tasted about 6 of their hard ciders, 3 of their wines, and their gin in their beautiful exposed beam and mega huge windowed barn. They seemed to know their stuff and were very generous with their pours.
Then we bought a few of our fav ciders and went out to their deck area to soak in the view. It was just perfect. We played a little corn hole, enjoyed the sunshine and live music. There were families with babies and dogs so honestly what else can you ask for. I then upgraded to a bloody mary with their housemade mix and vodka, and we shared a fruit and cheese plate that was SO good. They gave us generous wedges of gouda, brie and blue cheese. It was a great snack to hold us over until dinner.
Once the bloody mary started to hit me, we headed out to Ironwood Pizza in Manlius, NY. Honestly, I have had pizza in Florence and Rome. My parents have a woodfired pizza oven that I have cooked the best pizza I could in. Their pizza was some of the best wood fired pizza I have ever had. They had a great selection of craft beers and a cute outdoor area. We shared some IPAS and a spinach ricotta and margarita pie. The pizzas we not over topped, cooked perfectly, well seasoned and the crust was so crispy but still doughy. Just perfect.
We finished the night with an ice cream cone at Stewarts. I get a lot of slack for loving Stewart’s ice cream, but I am convinced that it tastes so much fresher because they use local dairy. I got a dark chocolate salted caramel swirl flavor. All in all it was a great night to enjoy some great food and drink outside! I highly suggest going to both Beak and Skiff and Ironwood! Great for when you just want to get out of Syracuse, and explore a little.