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Portland Weekend Guide

Just a couple hours from Boston Portland Maine is the perfect weekend getaway. Mike and I headed up to Portland a couple weekends ago to celebrate a friend’s wedding. I love Portland, it has an amazing food scene and is so pretty in the fall! Our first day we strolled around Old Port and grabbed lunch at Central Provisions. We grabbed some seats at the bar, Central Provisions has a open kitchen, sitting at the bar allowed us to watch all the action. I got the corn bread and lobster fritters they were so good! CP uses fresh farm to table ingredients in a great atmosphere. Old port is so fun to stroll around, cobble stone streets, cute shops, and some amazing art galleries!

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The wedding took place at the gorgeous Portland Audubon, the leaves were all starting to change and the weather was perfect. We had such a great time, the food at the wedding was incredible! We danced all night.

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Before heading home the next day we stopped at Highroller Lobster and got something that had been on my food bucket list, the Lobster Cheese Crisp Taco! The taco shell is made from cheese and its filled with lobster, lettuce, avocado, and your choice of sauce. I got the jalapeno mayo. It was so good! If you like lobster rolls you should definitely check out Highroller, they have tons of fun twists on a traditional lobster roll! B59E82D6-4C5C-4AEC-9EE9-4890D19719967AA7DDC8-6B03-485D-8F5B-1E04FA4A738A

There are tons of fun things to do in Portland. Check out one of the many micro-brewies, like Sebago Brewing Co, Shipyard Brewing, and Island Dog Brewing. You can take a harbor cruise, the mailboat run is really fun!

If you’re up for a little drive you can check out the Portland Headlight. It is so beautiful and a great way to end the weekend. Fall is the perfect time for a New England weekend getaway!

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Gatsbying at Gilded

This weekend Mike and I were in Newport for our friends wedding and we stayed at the adorable boutique hotel Gilded. Gilded is a fun unique hotel themed after the Gilded Age, a perfect fit for Newport! Side note: if it’s you’re first time in Newport you have to visit the Newport Mansions, the ultimate embodiment of the Gilded Age! I loved the design and all the decor of Gilded, I felt like I was staying at Gatsby’s House! We stayed in one of the deluxe king rooms, the bed was so comfy and I was obsessed with the bathroom! Be sure to check out the full room tour on my instagram highlights! If you are looking for a weekend getaway this summer I highly recommend Newport, there is so much to do, and tons or great bars and restaurants! Gilded is located just a short walk from down town so it’s the perfect place to stay! When you check in they provide you with an iPad that is filled with recommendations on where to eat and play!

Gilded is owned by Lark Hotels which I am a big fan of! They have hotels all over New England and each one is unique to its location, and I am all about embracing New England heritage! Gilded embraced Newport’s history and was a luxurious, fun place the stay!

The manager Heather was fabulous! She was able to arrange an early check-in for us so that we had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding. There is an adorable lounge in the main building and a billiards room in the second building. The breakfast Heather prepared was delicious! Definitely make sure you get up in time! There were also fresh cookies put out in the evening, which were a delicious treat when we got back from the wedding. The butterfly wall in the lobby was definitely my favorite part of Gilded, so beautiful!

I definitely encourage everyone to check out the Gilded. It is such a unique hotel and it is perfectly Newport! Thank you to Lark for our complimentary stay, as always all opinions are my own.

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Daffy’s in Newport

Last week has finally started to feel like spring! The sun was shining and it was the perfect time for a girls trip to Newport.

Newport has always been one of my favorite places to visit! There are so many fun bars and shops to check out. The history of the town is incredible, if it is your first time going I highly recommend doing the Newport Mansion tours. Buy the 5 mansion ticket, if you don’t make it to five you can save the ticket and use it again next time. If you’re only going to see one, see The Breakers, it is incredible! I love the history of Newport, it gives you a sense of nostalgia for a place and time you’ve never been.

Last weekend I went down to Newport with my friend Jen. It was Daffodil weekend in Newport, Nantucket’s Daffy festival is this coming weekend. Newport is a quick one hour ride from Boston, maybe a little more if you hit traffic. We did a bunch of fun things but my favorite was seeing all the daffodils!

We hit the Cliff Walk which was lined with tons of daffodils. I remember growing up my elementary school would host a daffodil fundraiser every spring. I loved getting the daffodils in the class room, and bringing them home and putting them in water. Going to the Daffy weekends throughout New England makes me feel like a kid again. Not to sound old but it just reminds me of a simpler time, life is so crazy now a days, between school, work, relationships, technology. I feel like there is always something to be done. When I was little you got home from school hopped on your bike and road around the neighborhood until supper time. Anyone else ever feel that way?

Before we headed home we ended the day with Del’s Frozen Lemonade, you can’t leave Rhode Island without one! If you’re heading to Newport soon be sure to check out my weekend guide to Newport!

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Skiing with Skedaddle & Mount Sunapee

Winter is rough, its cold, gray, it gets dark at 4 o’clock! If you’re new to New England winters this can be really depressing. But if you grew up going through these long winters you know how to make it fun. I am definitely guilty of being a homebody during the winter months, but nothing gets me outside the way skiing does! I started skiing when I was 7 years old, every Wednesday after school I would board the bus and head up to the mountain for ski lessons. In college and as an adult I have had a love hate relationship with skiing. Its expensive, its hard to get to the mountains if you don’t own a car etc. However ever time I go I’m reminded that I love it. If you didn’t grow up learning to ski the first couple times you go may feel like its impossible. But I promise you skiing is tons of fun once you get the hang of it!

Last weekend I partnered with Skedaddle and Mount Sunapee to go skiing with my friend Maddie. Skedaddle solves one of my biggest problems: how to get there! I live in Beacon Hill and I don’t own a car. In order to get to the mountains I either need to take an Amtrak Train, borrow a car, or convince a friend who has a car to come skiing with me. If you’re someone who loves to ski every weekend not having a car can seriously limit your season. Skedaddle is an app that plans routes from the city to fun events and activities outside the city! This winter Skedaddle is running a promotion with Mount Sunapee, $5 round trip from Boston to Mount Sunapee! Let me say that again FIVE DOLLARS. I was shocked how nice the bus was, big comfy seats that even had a usb port to charge your phone. Skedaddle got us to the mountain by 9:00AM and we were on the ski lift by 9:30. After the lifts closed we boarded the bus and napped while we were driven back to Boston. So easy, no stress, FIVE DOLLARS! Check out all the Skedaddle routes on their website and download the app!

I hadn’t skied at Mount Sunapee in a really long time and I was pleasantly surprised. Tons of great trails and the entire south peak is dedicated to those who are learning. It can definitely be intimidating to learn when you have people more experienced flying past you, so having a learning zone is great for first timers! If you are more experienced take the lift to the summit and choose from a variety of trails. A trip to Mount Sunapee isn’t complete without grabbing a waffle from the Waffle Cabin. Getting a Belgian waffle covered in chocolate is probably my favorite part of skiing.

When you’re done for the day grab a drink at the Goosefeathers Pub. Maddie and I had a great day, it was my first time skiing this season and I can’t wait for more fun trips! Where is your favorite place to ski?

Thank you Skedaddle and Mount Sunapee for hosting me and Maddie last weekend. As always all opinions are my own.

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Cambodia – S21 and the Killing Fields

I sat down to write this post and I just couldn’t. I kept rewriting paragraphs trying to bring my feelings and thoughts out but I wasn’t ready. Sometimes after experiencing something you need sometime to process. That is exactly what happened during my trip to Cambodia.

On day 2 we visited the S-21 Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. To say these sites were moving doesn’t begin to cover it. In preparation for my trip I read “First They Killed My Father”. The book was enthralling, I highly recommend anyone traveling to Cambodia read it ahead of time. Even after all my research and prep for my trip I was not ready for the wave of emotion that hit me while visiting the S-21 Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

If you are visiting Cambodia set aside a day to visit both. I am a firm believer that you should always make an effort to learn the history of the places you travel. Learning about the atrocities that took place in Cambodia is upsetting, take your time as you make your way through the self guided tour, reflect on all that you learn. While at the Killing Fields I was a little unsettled, it was such a beautiful memorial but it was hard to reconcile the horrendous acts that took place there with the beautiful landscape there today. The original structures that stood at the Killing Fields during the time of the Khmer Rouge have been demolished.

There is so much to do and experience in Cambodia but it is important to take some time to learn about and pay your respects to the millions of people were killed. I had such an amazing trip in Cambodia, my visit to Angkor Wat was incredible and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was life changing, I can’t wait to go back soon! 

PS: please be respectful when visiting these sites. I saw tons of people ignoring the no photography signs that were posted in certain areas.