Farms like this one, have survived in recent years, by haying the land for mushroom farming. Ms. Miller transitioned the farm to a bird sanctuary habitat to save it from development, and the winery became a natural extension with the idea of sharing the beauty of the area with visitors. The farm and the bird habitat program were featured in Audubon Magazine in 2012.
Living on the bay, the nautical tradition remained a thread through the family, from ship building, to sailing, to shoring up old antique boats, especially Lymans, with a 1953 Islander still in the family. Edith Warner was a sailor in her earlier years, and enjoyed race crewing on sailboats on the bay.
Visitors to the farm find themselves in a destination winery. Guests are encouraged to walk the trails or cross country ski in winter, play games, sit by the tinkling fountain, take a lunch to the pond, view the vineyard, rent a boat, enjoy the current artist’s works on display, or just sit on the shore and enjoy the sunsets. Wi-fi is also available. In the tradition of farming, guests also find farm animals on Cedar Grove Farm, many of them rescued, as well as whitetail deer, fox, and turkeys.