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Pre-Holiday Getaway with Lark Hotels

The Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be stressful! So this year Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend before the Holidays really ramped up. We checked in to The Hotel Salem, a fabulous Lark Hotel located in the heart of down-town Salem. It was perfect timing, the Halloween crowds were gone and things were still calm ahead of the Holidays. 4DF123E3-BEBF-44C7-8C54-9B501FA8B29E

The Hotel Salem opened just over a year ago. It is conveniently located, a bunch of great restaurants and cute shops are all within walking distance. The Peabody Essex Museum is just one block away and The Witch Museum is right next door! If you’ve never been to Salem I highly recommend doing both.

On Saturday we hit up Far From The Tree Cider and did a couple of flights to sample all their different ciders. On warmer days you can sit out on the patio, they don’t serve food but you are welcome to bring your own or have something delivered! Definitely try the seasonal cider, everything is made with local, freshly pressed apples for small batch cider.  BDBE0C89-84B2-44D7-B718-58E1C7D62B49_1_201_a.jpeg

The Hotel Salem has a restaurant located on the first floor of the building, The Counter. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious! Friday night I had the Short Rib Grilled cheese, this thing was bigger than my head and it was amazing!! For breakfast in the morning I had the French Toast and Mike had the Chorizo Hash,  while we planned out our fun day of exploring Salem. When you stay at the hotel you get 10% off food at The Counter so definitely stop in for at least one meal during your stay.

Our hotel room was roomie and as with all Lark Hotels was uniquely designed to fit the location. It was the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Each room comes with all the necessary amenities; waffle robe, big screen TV, comfy bed, and most importantly a wine opener! There is also a coffee and tea station on each floor that you can help yourself to anytime of day. The station was also equipped with sparkling and filtered water. We had such a nice time, after a long day of exploring Salem we literally just crashed and took a quick nap before dinner. If you’re a light sleeper, try and request a room towards the back of the hotel, our room overlooked Essex St and it was definitely a bit noisy with all the bars and restaurants right there. 8B22BFFF-27FA-425A-9437-3C4AE745F35062CEFF46-6F25-4BB9-AADF-A4253727A52118287A47-CEC3-47B1-86B3-46C204DD84C7

After a weekend with The Hotel Salem I am feeling refreshed and ready for the holidays! What are you doing to relax and unwind before the holidays?

Thank you so much to Lark Hotels for hosing us for the weekend, as always all opinions are my own.
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Merry Stressmas

So I am sitting here, about to take my last final, thinking about all the Christmas shopping I still need to do and I am stressing. Christmas is supposed to make you merry and jolly. But many of us find ourselves stressed and exhausted during the Holidays. This can be true for any age group but I have found it especially hard to enjoy the holidays while in college.

We all know about the importance of time management. But I also think that today we face pressure to constantly be “doing the most”. We compete to see who is busiest. We look on social media and see our friends out doing fun things and feel lame for staying in. We’re told by older generations that we’re lazy so we work overtime. The pressure is real.

Ever since I was 16 I have had a job. Once in college it became a job and an internship, then it was two jobs and an internship. Well this month I managed to squeeze in three jobs, applying for, interviewing for and obtaining an internship for next semester. All while finishing classes and taking finals, I took 18 credits this semester.

My story is not unusual, most of my peers work one or two jobs on top of internships and course work. I have been so stressed the past week I haven’t been sleeping. December should be a time you can spend with your family and friends. You should be able to sit down and watch your favorite Christmas movie and have some cookies. Time management doesn’t always mean finding a way to fit everything in, sometimes it means looking at your calendar and ask, what can I get rid of? There are plenty of memes out there that joke about self care. But it shouldn’t be a joke, as the semester comes to a close take a beat to relax and enjoy the holiday seasons!