AS you know I'm always on the lookout for great day trips for you and for me. Today, I visited one of my favorite spots, Burlington, and I was on the hunt for a new place to eat since the Cafe Galleria closed down. At the Antique Center in downtown Burlington, the ladies at the counter suggested Curtins Wharf. I'd passed it before, the marina, and seen the boats, and I thought today was a perfect day to try it out.
First, however, we decided to hunt for treasure, and visit with the past, at the Burlington Antique Center. We like to pic our favorite objects. Mine has always been the hand-made canoes hanging on the wall, but today it was a very large train on a shelf. Gail's was a beautifully painted bureau and vanity set.
The best was yet to come. At Curtin's there was enough crowd to make it festive but not so much as to make it too busy and the B E S T jazz ensemble imaginable. It was the Bob Pollitt's Jazz Band and they were wonderful. (check them out on YouTube - they perform in Collingswood in the Jazz series at the Community Center too) The music, the sun, the delightful breeze blowing over the mighty but peaceful Delaware River, all blended into perfection. There were a great number of healthful and vegetarian menu items as well. I strongly recommend that you visit Curtin's Wharf for a delightful eating and listening experience. I'll be a regular from now on. It is one of my new 'favorites.'
On the way home, we drove through all the river towns and I stopped at some of my favorite spots, such as the old marina in Riverton, and Zena's (under new management and new name, but the same home-made pastry and delicious coffee).
What a picture perfect way to spend the delightful holiday Saturday with no highway jam ups or noisy crowded beaches to contend with. So, if you haven't already made plans, go on over to Burlington and have lunch at Curtin's Wharf and visit the Antique Center and buy someone a nice present. I'm going back for a black wrought iron plant stand I liked.
Remember someone who served to make sure we all remained free and to help keep the rest of the world free on this Memorial Day. My father, brother, grandfather and uncles will be in my heart and on my mind and I'll be thinking of them with gratitude for their service in three wars!
ps. I almost forgot, the Antique Emporium itself is a favorite building of mine, enormous and spacious and a former automobile establishment of historic interest in and of itself. Check out the photos to the left as you enter.