Two paths hug the canal heading South from the Kingston Locktender’s house. This is the sequestered one. It follows the canal past Kingston’s historic nursery lands with sweet country pathways veering off toward the Mapleton, Heathcote and Cook preserves. But if you stay the course for its full mile, you’ll enter a special sanctuary (a.k.a “the grotto”) nestled between a rock wall and the waterside, with wooden benches and tree stumps surrounding a fire pit with a statue of Mary presiding. A short jaunt uphill along another footpath gives you a glimpse of the eagle’s nest at the entrance to the old Seminary, the original architects of the grotto.
Mapleton Preserve, D & R Canal
AS A WINE….
A lightly sweet rose, ideally sacramental.