North East, PA

 Grape Arbor's Wine Tasting
Guide is in Production!

Grape Arbor Wine Stash
There are so many wonderful wineries in this region, it can make your head spin. Well, we did some research (yes, we are calling winery touring research) to help you plan your wine tasting adventures. 

We visited 24 wineries over several weeks and pulled together facts, details, and shared our opinions on the many, many wines we tasted. We found pleasant surprises that we want to share with you before your next wine adventure in Lake Erie Wine Country. Over the next few weeks, watch your email for updates on the release of the electronic and printed versions of the Grape Arbor Wine Tasting Guide!
keylime cake
The latest venture for the Grape Arbor Foodie Club was to Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro  in Erie, PA. Read the review below. Watch your email for our Customer Appreciation issue, including one of Peggy's awesome recipes.

Grape Arbor B&B is always a great getaway for either romance, or for friends.
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WEEK TWO - NOVEMBER 14-16, 2014

The Lake Erie Wine Country's tasting events continue to gain popularity with each passing year. The Harvest Celebrations continue this wine tasting tradition for two weekends in November. East weekend features different host wineries. As with many of these events, your $35 fee includes the following.
  • A food & wine sample pairing at each winery
  • Wine tasting
  • A great gift!
  • A booklet containing all of the recipes of the foods you'll be tasting
  • A Lake Erie Wine Country wine glass
  • A $5 voucher to use at any winery or at certain restaurants designated on the back of the voucher
Tickets and additional information are available at
the Lake Erie Wine Country Website.

Cherry Festival Amazing Entertainment
There are plenty of small town festivals, but not many like this one. Each year the side show with Cobra Girl make an appearance at the North East Cherry Festival. If slightly bizarre American traditions aren't your thing, The Cherry Pies and the Cherry Festival Sausage can't be beat.


vineyardPenn Shore Vineyards Summer Concert Series 
Kicks off on July 12 and runs every Saturday through August 30. Free Admission.

Christmas in July Celebration at
Liberty Vineyards & Winery
July 26-27, 2014
 Join Liberty Vineyards & Winery for their annual Christmas in July Celebration. Christmas treats, festive decor and more!  No tickets or reservations necessary for this event (please call ahead with groups larger than 8).
Sippin' Sundays at 21 Brix
Every Sunday in August from 1-4 pm, bring your lawn chair and a lunch or snack, and listen to live music while sipping some of 21 Brix fine wines. For more information and exact location, visit their Sippin Sundays link.

North East WineFest WineFest (North East Wineries) September 26 - 28.
An annual event that brings 1,000s of people to North East every year. I'm sorry we are sold out. You can check our website occasionally in case we have any cancellations.

Be sure to check Lake Erie Wine Country for a complete list of area winery events and links.

Upcoming Events to Kick-Start Your Getaway!

Jeckyll and Hyde
See the Broadway Touring Production of
Jekyll & Hyde
at the Erie Playhouse on October 7, 2014
"A thrilling Pop Rock Score" Musical.

Chautauqua Institution Presents Dancing Wheels

A premier arts and disabilities organizations in the USA.

Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival
Frontier Park, Erie
August 2 & 3
22nd annual festival is the largest of its kind in the region. Performer include George Burton Quintet and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. Volunteer opportunities available. Visit for details.


Kayaking at Presque Isle

 Did you know you can rent a Kayak at Presque Isle?
Find out more at this Presque Isle Link.


Environmental Impact Exhibit
opens August 1 – September 30, 2014)
Erie Art Museum, Main Gallery
Environmental Impact includes over 75 powerful works by painters, photographers and sculptors. Curator: David Wagner, PhD.
Scott Cyma Furniture DesignThe Crafts Alliance at Chautauqua Institution
August 8-10, 2014
These intimate Craft Shows feature the work of award winning artists from across the United States


Southern Comfort Food Comes to Erie

Pineapple Eddie exteriorIt’s interesting how I can hear about a restaurant.  Sometimes I will see a review in the newspaper, or a mention in a magazine article, but in this case I saw an ad in the program of the Erie Playhouse.  The ad said a mix of Caribbean and Southern comfort food, and I hadn’t seen anything like that in Erie before.  I had enjoyed other Southern restaurants when traveling, and was curious to see how this would compare.
MartiniThe restaurant is located in a primarily residential area, with street parking. The interior is inviting, with seating both in the front and back. A large screen TV was tuned to the cooking channel.
The drinks menu has some interesting inventions, and we tried the Pineapple Eddie’s Martini.  It was very tasty, with a good pineapple flavor, and not at all strong.  Other drinks ordered were well prepared and modest on the alcohol.

The menu has standards (shrimp and grits, chicken and waffle, and catfish) served with two sides, and daily specials. The two times that we visited the specials included Seafood Gumbo and Snapper with chili lime sauce.  Entrees are served with cornbread (yum). 
Fried Chicken
In both visits, the specials really were special—Gumbo had just the right amount of spice and lots of different seafood—mussels, prawns, scallops.
The Snapper was a whole fish (first time I’ve seen that in Erie) with a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce. It seemed that the chef poured his heart and creativity into the specials.
Crab CakesStandard fare from the menu—crabcakes and fried chicken were good.
keylime cake
But the desserts…well, I would go there just for the desserts. The glass case in the front of the restaurant showcases the wonderful selection of cakes and pies. It was hard to choose — and nothing we chose disappointed. 
chocolate cakeServings are beautifully presented and so generous that we couldn’t finish our chocolate cake or key lime essence. Me not finish chocolate?  Unheard of!
The atmosphere is relaxed, but a step above standard family restaurants, and with a changing menu, it’s well worth the drive to the west side of Erie.



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