Holiday Gifts: Favorite Experiences

As the wedding season is ALMOST wrapping up for us, and holidays are happening, here are some favorite experiences that you can gift to that special someone–some photography gift ideas, and experiences from businesses very local to Trailing Twine Photography.


Trailing Twine Photography: Family Portrait Gift Certificates

New in the Trailing Twine Photography Gift shop – portrait session gift certificates for short, 1/2 hr sessions (“mini sessions). This is not a holiday sale, this item is remaining as an offering! Gift certificates are great for family sessions, lifestyle newborn (no posing), pet (any kind of pet), high school senior, couples, kids, etc. Visit the gift shop, or clicking on this graphic below will take you there!


Grace Gourmet Personal Chef: Gourmet Dinners for a Week

Meet Chef Coomey, a friend of Trailing Twine Photography! Chef Jennifer Coomey is your personal chef when you don’t have time or commitment to cook. She has decades of restaurant chef experience, and so she can cook up anything! Chef Coomey loves preparing romantic dinners in clients’ homes, and especially creating tasty dishes for people with unique dietary restrictions. From New American farm-to-table plates chockfull of veggies, to your familiar comfort foods, Chef Coomey and her family team can make it happen.

Serving homes all over Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Grace Gourmet makes it possible for busy parents, overwhelmed professionals, and foodie couples to experience a week off of prep & cooking to enjoy restaurant food cooked in your own kitchen. This holiday, Grace Gourmet is offering $40 off one week of gourmet cuisine at home! It is $200 for 3 to 4 restaurant-quality dinners, cooked in one day in your kitchen, enough for 4 to 5 people (or frozen leftovers!). Just a couple hours of prep & cooking in your kitchen. Use your own groceries, or add cost of ingredients that Chef Coomey can get. A couple hours of cooking, and the boxed up ready to heat and serve whenever you want.

****OFFER IS VALID FOR ONE WEEK, FROM BLACK FRIDAY, 11/26 to 12/3. Visit GRACEGOURMETCT.COM

– phone consultation with Chef Coomey

– monthly meal plans available

value: $240. Visit gracegourmetct.com

Photos by team photographer Ling Messer 🙂 AND YES THIS FOOD WAS ALL ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND I ATE IT ALL AFTER THE PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!!


Classic Car Rental Experience in Woodstock, CT

Another favorite for a gift of an experience is Classic Country Drives, that team photographer Ling has done a lot of photography for! If you are craving for an excuse in the spring or summer to escape from the city and enjoy country back roads in a vintage way…Classic Country Drives is your escape! You can rent a car for a few hours or for a day, to experience driving a classic convertible car, and touring around local antique shops, wineries, parks. For those who hail from an older generation, a gift certificate for an experience can bring so much joy and delight for those who want to reminisce the old days. Or, you can just dress up for a date and use one of these cars for your ride.

Visit Classic Country Drives here.


Buy Gift Cards or Drinks from Taylor Brooke Winery & Brewery

A few of us on the Trailing Twine Photography team (as well as many of our clients) are obsessed with this local Woodstock, CT winery (featured also in photo above^!). What better way to support a local winery and brewery by visiting the location direct to purchase your beer and wine! For those of you clients who live on the other side of Connecticut, you need to know that Taylor Brooke is a hidden gem and is so worth the drive out there. You can try all the different kinds of wines and beers (with two buildings) they offer, and browse through wine-related gifts in the gift shop. They harvest a lot of grapes, so if you come here later in nice weather, you can sit outside with picturesque views of the vines and hills.

Ling is not really much of a beer drinker, but she loves the hazy IPA’s they have called “No Room to Swing a Cat” and “You Bet Your Bippy”. However for all you wine lovers, you’ll find that the wines inspire your taste buds with a variety of fruity wines, as well as some simple red and white wines from their grapes.

You can order Beer or Wine takeout; or enjoy beer in the taproom, or wine in the tasting room up on the hill.

Address: 818 Route 171, Woodstock, CT

TAYLORBOOKEBREWERY.COM ; TAYLORBROOKEWINERY.COM

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