One of my favorite things about living in New England is that, even thirteen years later, there are so many new places to explore! Recently we took a weekend trip up to New Castle, New Hampshire, a small island off of Portsmouth. I’ve been to Portsmouth multiple times (see tips for spending a weekend in Portsmouth here) but had never heard of New Castle despite it being right next door! Literally – 10 minutes.
Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, the original UK title, if we are being specific!) I have easily read the Harry Potter series far more than any other book, so while I struggle to deem one book as my “favorite”, it would certainly imply that HP is one I truly enjoy the most.
Prince Edward Island – the land of mussels and that Anne girl.
While we considered a few different options for a babymoon destination, Price Edward Island (PEI) quickly rose to the top of the list. We figured once we had a baby in tow we may never have the guts to make the 13 hour drive. (Now that we have a little one, I can certainly say that we were right.) Plus, was there ever a little girl who read the Anne of Green Gables series and then didn’t dream of exploring that beautiful place?
Nantucket in September is the ideal beach getaway. The crowds have dissipated, the ocean has grown warmer from a summer’s worth of sunshine, and it’s not so hot that you want to curl up next to an air conditioner. The days are pleasant and the nights are cool. Call me crazy, but September really is my favorite beach month!
I love the rolling farms, beauty, and quietness of the Finger Lakes.
It’s easy to spend an entire weekend and never leave the house – between kayaking, hammock-reading, waterskiing, third-cup-of-coffeeing, s’moreing and floating – it’s an active weekend if we manage to bring out the croquet set or Settlers of Catan. Heck, going for a morning run (past horse and buggies no less) is a victory in my book!
A few weeks ago we took a road trip pit-stop in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. I’ve been out in the Berkshires only twice, once for cross-country skiing in the middle of the winter, and for a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. Both times driving through the surround area was a big lovely tease! After all these years of speeding through the Berkshires on our way to visit family, it was time to check it out.
The town of Stockbridge is a sleepy quasi-resort Americana town. Beyond the beautiful Berkshires, the area is best known for being the adult home of famous American Painter Norman Rockwell.
Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend! I’ve been getting behind in my blogging about all the wonderful adventures and (tedious) projects we’ve been working on this summer.
This summer disappeared quickly.
I’m a bit of a cookie diva. My motto is homemade is always best, and it better be soft and chewy.
When you enter the Cloisters Art Museum you’ll leave Manhattan and step into a little piece of Europe. Located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, the Cloisters Museum is a medieval art museum. The museum is a blend of paintings, architecture, sculptures, artifacts, and stained glass. With several courtyards, you’ll wander in and out of doors admiring everything from sunshine-laden stained glass windows to dark rooms protecting tapestries featuring mythical beasts.
Rockport, Massachusetts is one of my happy places. I spent a lot of time here in my college days, grabbing coffee with girlfriends, brunch with my parents, and dates with my then-boyfriend-now-husband.
Spring was a late bloomer this year. Even though Easter was at the end of April, we had no flowers to speak of, so it was a sight for sore eyes to see springtime in Old Town Alexandria while we visited my brother.
A few weekends ago I met up with some old college girlfriends for a quick whirlwind weekend in New York City.
I’ve been to New York several times, and have reached the point where I’ve checked the obligatory touristy spots off my life, (Central Park, the Public Library, The Met, the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, etc.) so I was excited to try something new.
I have a habit of taking lots of pictures in art museums of all my favorite pieces. I’ve dragged my husband to more art museums than I’d like to admit. If I am ever in a new city I always try to make a stop into new, or favorite, museums.
I thought it would be a fun addition to the blog if I shared my reviews of art museums as I visit them throughout the year! I’ll start with the Chicago Institute of Art.
As time goes by, one thing my husband and I have learned about our vacation-style is that we love to hike. On every major trip we’ve been on, the time we spent hiking has always been one of our major takeaway highlights.
Once our tickets to California were booked, San Diego was calling my name. I solicited advice from friends, and we ended with two very enjoyable days in the greater San Diego area.
Most of our time in California was spent relaxing with friends and enjoying delicious food. We did, however, manage to throw in a few site-seeing trips that definitely qualify as “touristy”.
The following may be crowded and overrated, but I enjoyed them! (And they were all free!)
I have been to California several times, but only once for pleasure – and that was over ten years ago! With a number of good friends and family living in the greater L.A. area, it was only a matter of time before I made it out there again. This time, I happily left behind my snowy state of Massachusetts for a brief reminder of what the sun on my skin feels like.
I’m fortunate that my work takes me to my favorite city every fall – Chicago! This year, my trip fell just before my birthday, which I promptly used as a bargaining chip with my husband to convince him that he should come with me for the weekend so I could introduce him to some of my favorite places.