Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Wine Stroll with New Haven's Flights of Fancy

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Flights of Fancy in New Haven

This year was the first year I was able to participate in New Haven's Wine Crawl "Flights of Fancy" through the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway District. As soon as the Wine Gods smiled down upon me I cleared my schedule and grabbed friends Gayle and Maggie and made plans for the night!

This totally affordable wine crawl costs only $20.00 ($15.00 if you saved your glass from last year) and gives you the opportunity to sample over 30 different wines, and visit some great boutiques, stores, and restaurants . In addition, you also get to admire some classic Gothic architecture as you stroll through sections of the Yale University campus.

Maggie and Gayle pose in front of a Yale entryway

We checked in at the Study at Yale Hotel, got our wine glass and entered ourselves in the raffle that featured prizes from many of the merchants we were visiting, as well as a grand prize drawing.

Check in at the Study at Yale

With maps in hand everyone set out to do some wine tasting and shopping on this fun wine stroll!

Let's get this party started!

In alphabetical order, here are the participating merchants and the wine they served, as well as any discounts or extras they were serving their visitors.

Because we like to stop and chat with every merchant, we weren't  able to visit every one - but here are some of the highlights of the Wine Stroll and the participating merchants.

Ashley's Ice Cream (280 York St.) 20% off purchase. Serving: Villa Rosa Moscato NV.

Barbour (27 Broadway) 10% off 1 item that evening only. Serving: PJ Valckenberg Gewurtztraminer.

Campus Customs (57 Broadway) 20% off purchase. Serving: Vicolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Canditopia (1022 Chapel St.) 20% off & free truffles with the wine tasting. Serving: Cascina Sant' Ubaldo Brachetto d'Acqui


Denali (13 Broadway) Offering 20% off 1 item. Serving: Societe Cooperative Castelmaure Corbieres Col des Vents.

Derek Simpson Goldsmith (1094 Chapel St.) Anniversary Sale 20-70% off. Serving:Tenuta Ulisse "Sognodiulisse" Chardonnay Malvasia.

Derek Simpson Goldsmith

Elm City Social (266 College St.) Offering Happy Hour pricing to participants. Serving:The Federalist Cabernet.

Elm City Social

Froyo World (46 High St.) 20% off your purchase. Serving: Adega de Pegoes Moscatel de Setubal NV.

GANT (268 York St.) 20% off 1 item that evening. Serving: Lockhart Cabernet Sauvignon.


Harvest (1104 Chapel St.) Free glass of Prosecco or Moscato with dinner purchase. Serving: Cape Point Vineyards "Stonehaven" Sauvignon Blanc.


Hello Boutique (1090 Chapel St.) Additonal 25% off the existing 15-50% sale items. Serving: Nik Weiss Urban Riesling.

Hello Boutique

Hull's Art Supply (1144 Chapel St.) 20% off 1 item. Serving: Sin Nombre Crianza.


Idiom Boutique (1014 Chapel St.) 20% off 1 item. Serving: Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling.

Idiom /Boutique

J. Crew (29 Broadway)Extra 40% off final sale styles*40% discount valid on the purchase of select final sale items in J.Crew stores from January 26, 2016, 12:01am ET through January 31, 2016, 11:59pm ET. In-store discount as advertised. Cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other offer.  Serving: Groiss Gruner Veltliner.

J. Press (206 College St.) 25% off 1 item. Serving: Red Tail Ridge Sans Oak Chardonnay.

Kiko Milano (11 Broadway) Offering 20% off 1 item. Serving: Line 39 Petite Syrah.

L'Occitaine en Provence (1042 Chapel St.) 10% off total purchase. Serving: Laudun-Chusclan Cotes du Rhone Les Costes Rouge.

Lou Lou (23 Broadway) 30% off 1 item. Serving: Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merwin's Art Supply (1052 Chapel St.) 20% off 1 item. Serving: Roc des Anges "L'Effet Papillon" Cotes du Rousillon Blanc.


SHiFT Cycling (199 Crown St.) Free class pass for participants and 20% off a 3-day pass. Serving: Ten Mile Bridge Red.

Tarry Lodge (278 Park St.) Offering complimentary Antipasti or Soft Serve with purchase of pizza, pasta or secondi. Serving: Laya Garnacha/Monastrell.

Tarry Lodge

Thali Too (65 Broadway) 20% off total check for participants. Serving: Castellargo Nero d'Avola.

The Green Teahouse (1008 Chapel St.) Free tea pastries & 15% off all merchandise. Serving: Hakutsuru Sake Junmai Excellent NV.

The Green Teahouse

Therapy (286 York St.) Offering 20-30% off 1 item. Serving: Laudun-Chusclan Cotes du Rhone Les Costes Blanc.


Trailblazer (296 Elm St.) Offering 20% off 1 item. Serving: Domaine des Cassagnoles VdP Cotes de Gascogne.


Wave (1406 Chapel St.) Offering 20% off 1 item. Serving: Real Companhia Velha Porca de Murca Douro Tinto.


Willoughby's Coffee & Tea (194 York St.) Official coffee sponsor of the event. Offering 20% off your purchse. Serving: Moobuzz Chardonnay.

The Wine Thief (181 Crown St) Stop by for various wine samples and pick up your favorite bottle from Flights. Most wines provided during event are from the Wine Thief.

The Wine Thief 

Yale University Bookstore (77 Broadway) Offering 20% off 1 general reading book or 1 apparel item. Not serving wine.

Yorkside Pizza (288 York St.) 1/2 price beer or wine. Spend $25 or more and receive free pitcher of soda. Serving: Josh Wines (Chardonnay & Legacy).

Yurway Boutique (1130 Chapel St.) 50% off sales items. Serving: Tortoise Creek Zinfandel.


Before the night was over we headed back to the Hotel at the Study at Yale to listen to some great music and enjoy getting together with all the strollers for the special drawing and prizes!


Congratulations to the winners!

Special shout out to Harvest who had a wide array of nibbling items and to the Green Teahouse for taking a fun picture of me and Gayle (and for some amazing organic cheesecake). (See that photo HERE on their facebook page).

And we LOVED seeing our babe Chef Sam (Samantha) Moore at Tarry Lodge! 

Chef Sam Moore
Look at that megawatt smile!

We had a beautiful night to enjoy this fun event. The weather was crisp and clear and the recent snow fall had mostly melted away or was cleared from the walkways.

The Lights on Broadway

Special thanks to the sponsors of this event, the Broadway Merchants Association, The Wine Thief, The Study at Yale Hotel. 

This was a wonderful evening organized by the Town Green Special Services District - don't miss their next one scheduled for July 14th, 2016!  (SAVE THE DATE). I'll be back with details as soon as they're available!

For more pictures of the Flights of Fancy visit the Home Place facebook page ==>> HERE

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Disclaimer: I was invited to Flights of Fancy by the event's marketing department. However, all views and opinions are my own.


  1. What a fun event! Will have to keep this in mind for next year...thanks for sharing!

    1. They're also holding a summer stroll! (How great will that be on a warm summer night). I'll be sure to share details as soon as they're available!

  2. Wine tasting and shopping near the Yale campus sounds like a lovely evening! When I was in my early twenties, my friend and I would take pictures in the Branford College courtyard. The archways are so pretty. It looks like that is where the photo of you (in the Yale Entryway) was taken. Nice post! Reading it made me wish I was at the event!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Karen. I'm not sure it was Branford College - shame on me for now knowing. But I just love that Gothic stonework. I did the Yale Walking tour a few years ago and it was amazing. Love walking around the Elm City - wine or no wine! LOL!

  3. Wow - that looked like a lot of fun. Will have to keep it in mind for next year!

    1. We had a blast! Such fun walking around the city. It's like a little New Orleans for one night!

  4. Sounds like such a fun night! The last few times I have been in New Haven have been to hop on a train. I'll have to try and explore more next time -- so many fun places to check out!


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