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Where to Eat in Woodstock Vermont

Woodstock Vermont is a great getaway year round. Close to the mountains for skiing in the winter, amazing foliage in the fall, and a great summer getaway with tons of hiking trails. Woodstock has a little something for everyone.

If you’re planning a trip to the charming little town of Woodstock make sure to check out my round up of all the best places to eat in Woodstock Vermont! From cute cafes to romantic restaurants, Woodstock has plenty of dining options for everyone.

Worthy Kitchen – Tons of great comfort foods here, perfect for a quick dinner after a day on the slopes. Super causal joint, you order at the counter and then they’ll bring the food over to your table. They have a fantastic craft beer list pair with a burger or some Mac and cheese and you’ll definitely leave happy! Check out the menu staples here, keep in mind they have an ever changing list of daily specials, last time I was there they had a lamb grilled cheese on special!Best restaurants in Woodstock Vermont

Prince and Pauper – If you’re in Woodstock for a romantic getaway Prince and Pauper is a must visit. They do a nightly Prix Fixe menu that changes nightly for $55. There is also the Bistro menu that is available Sunday through Friday. Make sure you save room for one of their fantastic desserts! Click here for the full Bistro menu.

Richardson’s Tavern – Great for a casual dinner, Richardson’s Tavern is located at the Woodstock Inn. Try the fondue, cheese fresh from Billings Farm! Check out the full menu here.

Perley’s Pour House – Located at Suicide 6, the nearest mountain to Woodstock, Perley’s Pour House is open during the winter. Perfect spot if you’re more into Aprés Ski than actual skiing. Click here for the Perley’s Pour House menu and to learn more about other dining options located at Suicide 6.

Mon Vert Cafe – A great breakfast or lunch spot! They have homemade pastries, and tons of different breakfast sandwiches. For lunch have a hard cider and try the “Chow” Bello off the grill sandwich (my personal fav). From salads, wraps, and sandwiches Mon Vert Cafe is a great casual spot with tons of healthy options all made fresh and delicious! Everything on their menu is locally sourced right in Vermont, check out there breakfast and lunch menus here. Woodstock Vermont Guide

The Daily Catch – For those familiar with their Boston locations, the Woodstock Vermont locations offers the same amazing quality of Sicilian styled pasta and seafood you would find in Boston’s North End. This is the place to go in Woodstock if you have a craving for seafood or pasta! Check out the full Woodstock menu.

The White Cottage – While you might expect to only find a snack shack light The White Cottage on the beaches of Maine or Cape Cod it has been thriving in Woodstock Vermont since 1957. From fried claims to ice cream The White Cottage is a Woodstock must visit! Sit outside at their picnic tables overlooking the Ottauquechee River, opened early May to early October. Plan to try the burger, it has been voted one of the Top 150 burgers in the US! Click here for the full menu.

 

No matter what time of year you’re visiting Woodstock there is tons to do and plenty of great places to eat and drink! Be sure to stop by Sugarbush Farm for a tasting of locally made Vermont cheese. Where is your favorite spot to grab a bite in Woodstock?

Need more help planning a trip to Woodstock Vermont? Check out my other Woodstock Vermont Travel Guides:

Guide to Fall in Woodstock Vermont

Winter Guide to Woodstock Vermont

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Wellness Guide to Newport Rhode Island

Like many of you, I spend most of winter daydreaming about being on a tropical island. But a warm weather getaway isn’t always in the cards, if you need to stay a little closer to home, you’re in luck! You may think of Newport as a summer hot spot but there is plenty to do year-round!

I recently popped down to Newport for a weekend getaway and to experience Newport Wellness Week (January 18th-25th)! From amazing restaurants, spas, and fitness studios, Newport makes a great wellness retreat. Check out all my recommendations on where to work out, best spas, where to eat and where to stay in Newport Rhode Island. Wellness Week goes through January 25th, so if you’re looking for something to do think weekend head on down! IMG_3868.JPG

Fitness Studios in Newport:

Sticking to a fitness routine when you’re away can be tough! I always like to look into local studios that have First Time Client offers. Newport is filled with tons of great studios, while I was in Newport this past weekend, I took a class with the local Studio Barre! Barre class is a great low impact work out and it is always one of my favorites.  Next time you’re in Newport check out some of these great deals.

Studio Barre– New Client Special 2 weeks unlimited for $65, a Single Drop in is $25

Wave Cycle – Wellness Week Special 3 Rides for $35, a Single Drop in is $20

Mend Yoga– Intro Drop in $5, standard drop in $16

 

Wellness Treatments in Newport:

Island Wellness Center – Want to come back from your weekend away completely refreshed? Stop into Island Wellness Center and check out their Himalayan Salt room to experience Halotherapy. Island Wellness also offers LED Light Therapy, and Cryotherapy.

Acupuncture Newport — If you know me you know I don’t do needles, but if you’re braver than I, acupuncture has been proven to have tons of benefits. Schedule and Anti-Stress Treatment to start your getaway off right!

The Preserve – Want to burn calories without working out? The Preserve offers Infrared Sauna sessions starting at $29, you can book directly on their website or on the MINDBODY app!

 

Spas in Newport:

I have a whole blog post coming on my experience with massage, a beginner guide etc. But if you are planning a trip to Newport regardless of it being a wellness weekend, couples’ getaway, or a family trip, you have to check out one of the amazing Spas Newport has to offer.

The Spa at the Newport Marriott- conveniently located downtown at the Marriott The Spa offers a variety of massage, facial treatments, and salon services. Mike and I got a couple’s massage during our recent stay and it was amazing, so relaxing. MH_PVDLW_spa1.jpg

Spa Fjor at Hotel Viking – also located in downtown Newport, they offer everything from Thai massage to a Milk & Honey Body Wrap.

The Bodhi Spa– If you’re looking for something a little different definitely check out the Water Journey, a hydrotherapy experience that takes you from a Dead Sea Salt pool, a Eucalyptus Steam Room, to a tradition dry Sauna. This unique experience is perfect for the seasoned spa veterans out there.

 

Where to Stay in Newport:

Newport Marriott – Located right on the harbor and a short walk from downtown the Marriott is a great choice. We stayed at the Marriott on our recent trip and it was fantastic, the views of the harbor cannot be beat and it still walking distance to all the restaurants and shops. Perfect for a couples’ getaway or a family trip the Marriott has a fitness studio and spa located on site, a pool, and 2 restaurants along with Plank Bar and a Starbucks in the lobby. Skiff Bar is perfect for evening cocktails and a causal dinner for two. If you are looking to have a family dinner head to MainSail, the open nautical dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$IMG_4675.JPGIMG_4818.JPG

Some of my other favorite spots to stay include the Gilded ($$), Castle Hill Inn ($$$), The Vanderbilt ($$), and The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina ($$).

 

Where to Eat and Drink in Newport:

The Mooring – If you’re looking to have a nice dinner make a reservation at The Mooring, request a table on the patio, if you time it right you can sip cocktails and enjoy amazing seafood while you watch the sunset over the harbor.  $$$

Midtown Oyster Bar – Whether you’re looking to grab a nice lunch or are looking for a fun bar to grab drinks at the Midtown Oyster Bar fits the bill. They have a fantastic raw bar and a rooftop bar! $$

Bar ‘Cino – This cozy spot is a must visit. Still pretty new to Newport, we stopped in for dinner on our recent trip, and it really impressed me. Italian but with a modern twist, no basic chicken parmesan here. $$

Skiff Bar – As I mentioned Skiff Bar is located right at the Newport Marriott. They have a fantastic cocktail menu and elevated bar bites. We had the pulled pork nachos and they were to die for! Other must tries include Chef Tyler’s famous mac and cheese, and the mango jalapeño margarita! $ IMG_4789

Slim Possible – Stop in for shakes, teas, and snacks to keep things healthy on your trip to Newport! $

 

What to Do in Newport:

The Newport Mansions – If you’re visiting Newport you have to see the mansions! Throughout the Gilded Age America’s wealthiest families built their summer “cottages” in Newport. You can get tickets from the Preservation Society website, I recommend buying the 5 House Ticket, the tickets never expire so if you don’t visit 5 your first visit you can always go back! Or you can purchase tickets on site at any house. I recommend Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer, and of course The Breakers! The Breakers is a must see but I would save it for last!IMG_4916.jpg

The Cliff Walk – If you get a warm day and you’re looking to get some fresh air during your trip to Newport you have to do The Cliff Walk. Start at The Chanler by Belmont beach and head along the coast, you will pass by a number of the Newport Mansions, including The Breakers! Keep an eye out The 40 Steps, which head all the way down to the ocean. It is a really beautiful walk, bring good walking shoes because it is a bit uneven on certain parts!

Newport Vineyard – My favorite New England wine comes from this vineyard. A short drive from downtown the Newport Vineyard is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. Do a wine tasting, you have to try The Great White, and then hang out and have a glass of your favorite wine. If you get hungry head into Brix their delicious farm to table dinning!

Shop Downtown – There are tons of cute shops on Bowens Wharf and along Thames St. There are also some amazing art galleries and antique shops. Be sure to check out a few of my favorite wellness shops: Natural Elements, The Apothecary Newport, and Farmaesthetics.

 

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The Ultimate Holiday Guide to Boston

There are so many fun things to do in Boston around the Holidays. This year Thanksgiving is late so the Holidays are going to go by in a flash! Be sure to get tickets now and schedule in the Must-Do’s.

BYOB Trolley Lights Tour! This is so fun, it always, always sells out. Many dates are already completely booked so if you want to do it I suggest you book tickets ASAP. Its BYOB so pack some festive holiday drinks, toss on an ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy.

Black Nativity! This event is a Boston Staple, its called a “theatrical wonderment”  on their website and trust me it really lives up to the hype. It only runs on the weekends so reserve a night to go and see it, trust me you’ll want to go back year after year.

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker! Probably the most obvious, and for a reason, the Boston Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is spectacular! I have almost every other year and every time I go I enjoy it. Get dressed up, have a glass or Prosecco and enjoy!

Skating at Frog Pond! Before you know it there will be snow on the ground. Skating at Frog Pond is a nice way to enjoy sometime outside despite the cold. Once the Common’s Christmas tree and holiday lights are up it is truly magical.

Slutcracker! If you’re looking for a fun night out with you S.O. or your friends look no further than The Slutcracker. What is the Sluthcracker you may ask, well Choreographer/Director Vanessa White used to dance The Nutcracker at a big ballet company, but was told she was “too big” to keep dancing for them, so she started The Slutcracker!  A parody or the original ballet this burlesque version is 18+ and is general admission so get there early.

Holiday Tea at The Boston Public Library! Looking for something quiet to do, maybe with a parent, older family member? The Holiday Tea at the Library is fantastic! It’s super easy to make reservations on their website and they even have a special holiday menu.

And there you have it! A booked solid Holiday season in Boston! Really there is so much to do and see during the holidays but these are my top priorities every year. So many years I have had trouble getting into the Holiday spirit but after attending just one of these event you will find yourself humming Christmas carols on the T. Let me know what you’re most looking forward to this Holiday season and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the fun things I am doing this season!BBNut2018 0413B2FC2AB3-0B9D-4836-9E4F-0F59F3EA2F68BBNut2018 01925D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

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Gift Guide for Her

If you’re like me there are a lot of ladies in your life you need to shop for this holiday season. From mothers and sisters, to your best friend, girlfriend, or coworker, it can be daunting where to begin! So lets start with the basics:

Wine! It makes the perfect hostess gift for all the holiday parties you attend and for that co-worker that keeps you sane Monday through Friday year round. A lot of people in my life get wine.

Slippers! Who has ever hated warm fuzzy slippers? For us mere peasants that don’t have heated floors (seriously when I win the lottery, heated floors are at the top of my list), a good pair of slippers are essential for getting through the winter. I love my L.L. Bean slippers, they are amazing quality! I’ve had mine for a couple years and they’re still in great shape. If you’re looking for a less expensive option these J.Crew ones come in multiple colors and patterns. Perfect for literally anyone, Mom, sisters, and friends will all be thrilled at a new pair of quality slippers! Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 2.32.07 PM.png

Jewelry! If you’re looking to get something extra special for a lady in your life you can never go wrong with something that sparkles. A few years ago Mike go me a pair of Pearl Studs and they are to this day one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Whether it’s a pair of diamond studs, a tennis bracelet, or something unique to her, she will treasure it for years to come.

Now for the not so basic ladies in your life!

The Skincare Junkie! If you’re looking for something quick an easy she will love a Sephora Gift card or a gift card to get a facial or eyelash extensions at her favorite spa. Now if you’re not into giving gift cards there is: The Drunk Elephant Precious Cargo Kit, or these Silk Pillow Cases! I know what you’re thinking, pillow cases? But every skincare, beauty, of hair junkie out there knows that silk pillow cases are a game changer!Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.33.49 PM.png

The Adventure Seeker! This Wifi Hotspot is perfect for all the travelers in your life, this way you can be jealous of their latest post regardless of what country there in, because now they’ll always have reliable wifi! A Personalized Leather Passport Cover is also a great go to for the Jet-Setter in your life. Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.31.40 PM.png

The Fitness Fanatic! Get her something that will make it easy to roll out of bed to go to the gym first think in the morning. I died when I saw this Self-Cleaning Reusable Water Bottle, how cool is that? It may be expensive but you can feel good about it because a % of the profits go to For The Planet. If you’re looking to spend a little less, go with a Foam Roller, everyone who works out should be regularly foam rolling, its life changing! Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.32.35 PM.png

The Homebody! I like to think of myself as a really outgoing person but at the end of the day I love to sit at home with my Netflix (now Disney+) and a glass of wine (see first suggestion in this post.) For my fellow homebodies I would highly recommend a Weighted Blanket, a few different options here, here, and here. I would personally go with one that has a “cooling” feature, I am constantly over heated. Another great option is a streaming service. If your homebody doesn’t already have Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ get them a one-year subscription. I personally have all three and don’t know how I would live without. (By ‘have’ I of course mean use my sister’s login because she is a saint!) Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.32.10 PM.png

 

I hope you found this guide helpful, like I said The Basics at top would be great for anyone in your life but if you’re looking to get something a little more creative there are some great options for every type of woman. Let me know what is at the top of your wishlist this year, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more great gift suggestions.

 

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Victory Cup Polo Match

This past weekend I got to attend the Victory Cup Polo Match in Westport Connecticut. If you’ve never attended a polo match, it’s a lot of fun! Westport was a bit of a drive from Boston so if you really wan to go but would like something more local check out the Newport RI Polo Club or the Hamilton MA Polo Club for public events.

Hats are a must, stilettos can stay home, and dress to impress! I wore a Lilly Pulitzer Maxi dress (that is unfortunately now sold out), a pair of my older Jack Rogers, and a hat, of course! We sipped rosé all day, had lobster rolls, and took in the match. There was also some great people watching! Thank you so much to Victory Cup Polo for hosting me.

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