A Day on Nantucket

A Day on Nantucket

You really should go for longer. A day is just not enough time to experience everything Nantucket has to offer. That being said sometimes with work and our busy lives all we really can take off is a day. This week I had the opportunity to spend a day on Nantucket and we had a blast! So if you can only go for a day here are the must dos!

I took the Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis, be sure to catch an early morning high speed ferry to maximize your time on Nantucket!102E0A9C-8F4B-4472-A7E1-CEFCBBA84156C792EECD-5E19-4D5B-B165-966BAFF6BFDC27007849-9AF2-435F-969A-46FEBC66C6E1

Once you arrive it is time to explore! I love taking a stroll through town bouncing in and out of shops. Nantucket has some amazing local retailers that are definitely worth your time. Be sure to bring your wallet you will want to bring a few souvenirs home.

AA5847B2-CEBC-4612-96F4-EFEA904420FB Right when you get off the Ferry be sure to check out Levitate! A new adorable surf shop.8D3A5990-F82A-41A7-A5D8-74B9125AA4EC98E8D4DB-F62E-4A54-BC81-D33C525C38AC deWolf Leather Goods is a gorgeous shop, everything is hand made and unique. The owner is fabulous and she is always happy to do something custom.8ED33C6A-B739-40A7-B29A-7062E80E72FF After the long ferry ride and some shopping we stopped at Provisions for lunch. I got
“The Other Turkey” sandwich, it was sooooo good! D51DC4B9-7ECC-448B-8A0E-95420D1098B4 If you’re looking for some cute decor or accessories be sure to swing by Space at Old South Wharf. I love Old South Wharf it is right on the water and all the shops are adorable.A225F262-DD24-4307-8322-3E7327A88B47IMG_107878616432-3EFF-4E8B-99A6-C597ED1758A7IMG_1079IMG_1161One of my favorite places we visited was Nantucket Whaler, a new store on Old South Wharf. The owner Susan was so sweet and was really passionate about her products. Nautical decor and accessories, right up my ally! Definitely swing by and visit her this summer! 929D9443-67FA-406D-804E-8B7A9522A76D0AD11F2B-D788-406E-9C0E-4B64A7B236D4 Wow we did a lot of shopping today! Faherty, Shift, Charleston Shoes were a few other great shops! The heels at Charleston Shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Shift had all my favorite brands, Sail to Sable, Drapper James and so many others! 82A0AF0D-DF6C-44D8-ABE2-4FF63AF13C24 A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete with out a stop at Ice, local family owned and everything is homemade. It is the perfect snack for the ferry line.

 

Thank you so much to NIR Retail for providing such a great day and thank you to all the stores for hosting us! I had so much fun exploring Nantucket with my fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Jenna, Jessica, and Poorva on their blogs and see more from our trip to Nantucket

First Day of Summer

We suffer all winter long in the cold and snow and today is the day that makes it all worth it, the first day of summer! Also dubbed National Wear Lilly day by fellow preppies. I was so excited to break out one of my favorite Lilly dress have a glass of rose and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having this week.IMG_0861

In New England it really is like a light switch. One day you are cold and miserable, you forget your Hunter boots at home and end up stepping in a puddle ruining your favorite flats. And then the next day it is so gorgeous you dip out of work a little early to sit on your roof deck and soak up some vitamin D. I am probably in the minority in saying that summer is not my favorite season. I love fall, maybe its because that’s when my birthday is or because of all the pretty leaves, apple pie, hard cider, the list goes on. But summer is special, summer is full of memories.

When I was little I went to summer camp every year. The camp was right on the lake with adorable cabins tucked along the shore. I loved staying up late talking with the other girls in my cabin, swimming in the lake, running around playing games on the rec-field. There were even stable where I learned to horseback ride. I have some amazing memories of camp and every summer I feel a little nostalgic for those times. We didn’t have cellphone, we weren’t concerned about the wifi password, there wasn’t a TV or a laptop taking up our attention. Today my cellphone is basically glued to me hand and I can’t imagine going a month without my laptop.

The responsibilities we face as adults sometimes drown out what is really important. Just being in a moment. This summer try to unplug for a day and enjoy time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and just bring a book. Try something new and exciting. Take sometime this summer to remember what is was like to be a kid. (And do it in a bright Lilly print obviously!)

A Summer Bucket List: Boston

A Summer Bucket List: Boston

Sometimes it gets so hot in the city during  the summer I just want to escape and get away. Last summer I spent a lot of time up at my boyfriends lake house in Maine and down the cape at my family’s beach house. But unfortunately this summer I will be in Boston Monday through Friday for work. I love my new job but am I little bummed I won’t be able to get away as much.

So I decided to come up with a whole bunch of fun things to do in the city this summer, I reached out to a bunch of local bloggers to see what they are most looking forward to this summer. It is so cool to see what other people do it really got me excited for the upcoming months! I’ll start with my #1!

1. Mine: Rooftop@Revere:

I love the rooftop bar and POOL at the Revere Hotel! It is the perfect place to go with your friends to escape the heat and sip on delicious cocktails! A day pass is $20 on the weekdays and $30 on the weekends. You can also rent a cabana for a higher fee and there are food and beverage minimums to be aware of! You can view the menu and hours here.images.png

 

 

2. Rachel Ross: Spectacle Island

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I talked to Rachel Ross from Succulently Pure and she said: “I look forward to booking one Saturday every Summer to take a ferry ride out to Spectacle Island.  It is a quick and easy 20-minute ferry ride right out of the downtown harbor side of Boston (right next to the aquarium).  On those hot summer city days where you can’t seem to cool off no matter what you do, you will absolutely thrive from the breeze the island will give you.  I typically pack a cooler full of beverages and beach snacks, bring a couple of beach chairs and plan to lounge out on the beach while taking in the amazing views of the city from afar.  However, if you are more adventurous, you can pack sneaks and/or a bike to hike or ride all around the island.  Either way, you will find the peace and relaxation away from the city without having to head to the North or South to the beaches.” Purchase tickets and view schedule here.

 

3. Jess Looney: Boat Cruise Summer Series

“I’m from Ireland and I am the face behind the blog Charming Bitch. Since moving to Beacon Hill last September, I have loved exploring this wonderful city. The number one activity on my bucket list this summer is a Boston Boat Cruise. Great music, even better company and watching the sun go down whilst cruising the Charles will be a night to remember!”

 

4. Leah: Lawn on D

Leah from the blog Leah’s Life said “On my bucket list this summer is to make it to the Lawn on D.  It looks like so much fun and should be a great way to spend a summer evening with the family.  No cost, no drama, just fun with the family.  Of course we may add in dinner after in the Seaport. There are so many great options now: Committee, Blue Dragon, Aceituna, Sportello, Row 34, Babbo Enoteca and so many more new options.”

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5. Jen: New England Aquarium

Jen from Preppy Francophile told me: “The #1 thing that I am looking forward to doing this summer is going to the New England Aquarium. I am all about promotion conservation and sustainability. I also find the exhibits fascinating, and, during quieter times, the sharks and rays tanks where you can pet Stingrays is wonderful and therapeutic!”

 

6. Joy: SOWA

I couldn’t agree with Joy more! “SOWA Boston is my favorite thing to do in the summer! The fresh food at the farmers market is where everyone should begin their kitchen cupboards. The unique art & gifts from local artisans and shops are plentiful!  Of course we can’t forget about the food trucks! We spend all morning and afternoon getting lost between all the local flair & flavor SOWA offers!”

 

7. Laura Chassaigne and Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman: Charles River Esplanade

Laura and Natalie from The Boston Day Book said: “Summer in Boston is so beautiful! We are most looking forward to enjoying the sunshine and the breezes on the Esplanade, as well as beautiful sunsets and concerts there in the evening. Plus, now that we have little ones, spending some time at the Esplanade splash pad or playgrounds, with a treat from nearby J.P. Licks in hand, sounds great too!”

 

8. Kanika: Piers park in East Boston

Kanika runs a great blog The Talking Trails and she told me: “Summer gives you ample time and countless opportunities to enjoy Boston’s  skyline over the water and watch the sunset all from the same spot at the same time! While there are many such places around MIT and seaport from where this million dollar view can be enjoyed , my personal favorite is Piers park in East Boston and LoPresti park in Maverick. An evening at any of these parks is bound to leave you satiated . For July 4 fireworks , these parks are perfect to  beat the crowds and stuffed transportation.”

 

9. Marsha: Amorino on Newbury St

Last but certainly not least my friend Marsha told me about this great place on Newbury that is now a must try for me: “I can’t wait to grab some flower shaped gelato at Amorino on Newbury St!!  Located in prime people watching territory, this little cafe is super cute and a great way to end a summer evening. I love the unique way they create their gelato cones, adding petals for each flavor you choose! They create a flower of flavors for you. To top it off, You can even add a macron to the center! You will definitely want to snap a picture of this beauty before eating”

 

Thank you all for reading! And big shout out to all the local bloggers who participated in this post, please go show them some love and if you liked this post be sure to like and share it!

 

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Skication

One of the best things to do during a brutal city winter is escape to the mountains for some skiing! I started skiing when I was 7 years old and I instantly fell in love! When I was that age I would go skiing every Wednesday after school during the winter with Ski camp and I would go on the weekends with my friends and family. Unfortunately now a days I only get to go skiing once or twice a season but we always make a weekend out of it! So whether you’re an expert skier looking to take on some black diamonds or if your new and want to hang out in the lodge (read bar) there is somewhere for you in New England! Here are my top 3!

#1 Jay Peak

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Jay is the first trip me and my boyfriend ever went on together so maybe it has a special place in my heart but trust me it is worth the drive! Plenty to do far advanced skiers and new skiers.

#2 Bretton Woods

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This is a great place for beginner skiers and families! Plus stay at the Mount Washington Hotel, its gorgeous and everyone should visit there at least once. Not a big skier? Plenty else to do at Bretton Woods!

#3 Killington VT

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One of my favorite places to ski! Also just a short drive to Woodstock VT if you want to take the day off from the slopes. Such a cute area of Vermont and just a 2.5 hour drive from Boston!

Now of course there a tons of other fantastic places to ski in New England, Stowe, Loon, Sugarbush the list goes on and on. If you have never skied I encourage you to go out and try this winter, take an intro lesson its hard it can be cold but it is so much fun! Tell me what your favorites are in the comments! What is a place you have never been but are dying to try?

 

Newport Holiday 

Newport Holiday 

During the holidays it is so important to take some time and relax. Between finishing finals, work, and Christmas with the family it can be a super stressful time. My best friend Megan and I decided to do a girls weekend in Newport right before New Years just to get away and have fun! 


We toured the mansions all decked out for the Christmas, had lunch at Castle Hill Inn, and did a wine tasting and dinner at the Newport Vineyards. Newport is such a great place for a girls weekend and the history geek in me loves the colonial New England feel of the town. The mansions are always my favorite! We are already planning our spring girls weekend in Newport. 


I also got the chance to wear my new coat from J.Crew that I got for Christmas, it was so warm and cozy! My boat and tote from L.L.Bean is perfect I can toss everything I need for the trip in there but it is still small enough to carry around with me all day. My new Tory Burch boots that I got for birthday are so comfortable and are perfect for walking around. Tory Burch is having a big sale right now everyone should check out! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years!! Thank you for all your support in 2016 I am excited to see what 2017 has in store. 

Magical Christmas with L.L. Bean 

Magical Christmas with L.L. Bean 

Every year right before Christmas my boyfriend Mike and I head up to Maine to close up the cabin for winter and do a little Christmas shopping in Freeport. Freeport is home to the flagship L.L. Bean store, I love to shop at a lot of different places but L.L. Bean is the my number one. They have everything for everyone, the quality never disappoints, and their customer service is unmatched. I was able to get some Christmas shopping done and we stoped for dinner at Linda Bean’s Topside Tavern. 

L.L. Bean gets decked out every year for Christmas, this year they went bigger than ever. 100 Christmas trees all lit up, a reindeer barn, and a northern lights show inside an igloo! It was magical, if you are having any trouble getting into the Christmas spirit visit L.L. Bean they do Christmas better than anyone! 


Where is your favorite place to go Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments section! 

Peeping Leaves and History

Peeping Leaves and History

National Parks are often over looked, but they’re pretty awesome! For starters they’re FREE! And beautiful! Especially in this gorgeous season when the world turns gold for us. I visited the Minuteman National Historical Park this weekend to check out the foliage and all the adorable old farm houses that still stand in the park. There are great walking trails and plenty to see! Two visitor centers at either end of the trail, I recommend parking at the North Bridge Visitors Center, there is plenty to see from a gorgeous colonial house with a patio overlooking the Concord River and then you can walk down to North Bridge! I started at the Minute Man Visitors Center at the other end and saw the Jacob Whittemore House and then drove down Marrett Road stopping at the various attractions in the park, there are plenty of FREE parking lots along Marrett Road! Such a great day I definitely recommend you go visit before the foliage is gone!