Sustainable Living

Beach, Pick that Up

Brant Point is one of my favorite spots on Nantucket, the second you see it on the ferry coming in you know you’ve arrived! When I was on Nantucket last weekend for Daffy, Brant Point was decorated for the occasion with a giant Daffodil wreath. It was my first “beach trip” of the year and a great time to remind everyone about the importance of keeping our beaches clean. So here are my top 3 tips on how you can do your part! IMG_6290

1. Leave nothing behind

Always take your trash with you, straws, plastic bags, soda cans, beer bottles, all these things can cause harm is they end up in our oceans. Bring a bag with you can take everything home and properly dispose or recycle it. Bonus tip, opt for packing everything in a reusable tote instead of using a plastic bag that could potentially blow away and end up in the ocean.

2. Pick up 3 pieces of trash

Before you leave the beach, whether you were there all day or just stopped by to put your feet in the water, take 5 minutes to walk around and pick up at least 3 pieces of trash.

3. Smoking is bad for you and the beach!

Don’t smoke on the beach. For starters you’re not aloud to smoke on public beaches, you are exposing others to second hand smoke, and the cigarette butts left behind are a huge source of pollution. All that poison that you choose to put in your lungs is your business but when it ends up in the ocean, impacting animals, plants, and ecosystems thats everyone’s business. Don’t vape either, just cause its gross and no one wants to smell that or see a big cloud of vape every few minutes when they’re trying to enjoy the beach.

Going to the beach is one of my favorite summer activities and what we do on shore has major effects on what happens under the sea. Be responsible this summer and do your part to save our oceans! Please share these tips with others and post about your sustainability efforts on social media to spread the word.

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Please share how you’re doing your part with me in Instagram @katiefromboston!

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ACK Daffy

This past weekend was Daffy Fest on Nantucket it was definitely one for the books! We had so much fun checking out all the antique cars, shopping, and hanging out at Cisco Brewers. Nantucket is one of my favorite places to visit, there is something so special about the island. We ended up having fantastic weather and I was able to walk around in just a sweatshirt for most the day, but it is Spring in New England so you should always bring a few layers with you. IMG_6167IMG_5996IMG_6141IMG_6191IMG_6190IMG_6030IMG_6177

If you can’t make it over on Friday night I would try and take the earliest ferry over. The 8:00AM will get you to the island just in time to watch the vintage cars line up for the parade. It really is a sight to see from vintage Land Rovers and Jeeps to Ferraris all decked out with Daffodils! People pack over the top picnics and everyone heads out to Sconset for a huge tailgate. There is also a dog parade, a hat parade, and a parade for all the little ones, Main St is the place to be Saturday morning of Daffy weekend! As if the weekend wasn’t perfect enough I even made a new friend Hudson, an 8 week old black lab puppy. Isn’t he adorable?IMG_6014IMG_6016IMG_6209 Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Have you ever been to Daffy? What is your favorite part?

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Woodstock Vermont Guide

Vermont is a magical place no matter what time of year you go. In the summer there are amazing hikes, fall there is beautiful foliage, but in the winter Vermont becomes winter wonderland with endless skiing! This weekend we did a little girls trip up to Woodstock Vermont. It was actually my first time in the charming little town, though it had been on my list for a while.

I recommend leaving early in the morning to beat any traffic. From Boston it was a 2.5 hour drive. We still haven’t had any real snow in Boston so it was great to see all the snow capped mountains and snow covered pines as we drove up, seriously some beautiful scenery. Once we arrived in Woodstock we checked out the down town area, it is so charming!

First we decided to head over to Sugarbush Farm. There they offer free cheese tasting, you have to try their award winning 3 years aged sharp cheddar! They also do maple syrup tasting, the farm is 500 acres and they tap the trees right in the property. It was way to icey to check out the maple walk but we took in some amazing views from the sugar house, and made friends with some horses. If you’re visiting Woodstock you have to stop by Sugarbush Farm, in addition to cheese and maple syrup they also sell all kinds of jams and spreads!

After a little more exploring down town we were so ready for lunch. We ended up at Worthy Kitchen. Amazing farm to table food and a great craft beer selection. Me and Lauren got the Mac and cheese and I added buffalo chicken to mine. They also had a great selection of hard cider and cocktails for those who aren’t big on beer. The casual friendly atmosphere was the perfect retreat from the cold. Lana got the Lamb Grilled Cheese and truffle fries, you should all know by now truffles fries are my weakness and these did not disappoint. We also split so cinnamon sugar donut hole that were fresh from the over warm and gooey! It is definitely worth a stop next time your in the are.

There are so many great places to stay in Woodstock, lots of bed and breakfast, cozy inns, and even Air BnB options. Something for every type of traveler. If you’re looking for nearby ski options Suicide Six one of the older ski resorts in the country is just a quick drive down the road! Let me know you favorite things to do in Woodstock Vermont!

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Fondue Express at Ocean House RI

This weekend I had the most amazing experience at Ocean House RI! They recently launched their brand new Fondue Express, they converted an old ski gondola into the most adorable champagne and fondue pop-up restaurant. It was decked out with fur pillows, antler chandelier, and plenty of Veuve Clicquot!

Ocean House is such a special property, it opened in 1869! In 2003 the original Ocean House was closed, unfortunately unable to be repaired. A historical replicate was built in its place with all the modern amenities we love! Ocean House is filled with pieces from the original and has the most amazing private art collection I have ever seen. Beyond it’s beauty Ocean House provides 5 star service, 5 star food, and 5 star spa services. One of only thirteen triple 5 star hotels in the world! I love visiting New England gems like Ocean House. If you are looking for a romantic couples getaway, or a fun girls weekend, I highly recommend the Ocean House’s Fondue Express. This is a one of a kind experience that you will not get anywhere else in the world! We had an amazing time, thank you so much to Ocean House for hosting me, Lana, Kara, and Laura. And double thank you to Laura for being an amazing photographer! A fun girls weekend is the perfect way to brave the cold!

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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

New England knows how to do Christmas! The first two weeks of December mark the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude, there are Christmas sales, tree lightings, parades, and lots of holiday cheer! This year we headed up to Kennebunkport Maine the first weekend of Prelude, the drive from Boston isn’t bad, just 1.5-2 hours. We left early Saturday morning, once we got up there we check out the shops and did a little shopping. Next we hopped on board a lobster boat and went for a ride around the harbor. 8C491A4C-2B34-4DE4-88DA-2D02AF9DA62BE4E03180-DB4D-467B-A348-BCAF333355DC6AD3EA85-58D2-4B93-ACA4-849DAA0A37CE2ED56EE9-3079-4218-9C84-80ADA4560D8CB3853127-0AB9-448A-8853-2B060567F04D0544253D-C15D-4A5E-9322-5A36767C37DB7AAB42EF-8413-4249-9E82-0282336BE374E44C6D31-2531-4578-9178-80A1FD29F726

After the boat ride we were super hungry so we headed to Pedro’s for margaritas and lunch. Pedro’s margaritas are incredible; I had the Margarita en Fuego, it was super spicy, just the way I like it! After a quick lunch we headed to grab a spot along the parade route for the annual Hat Parade. I was amazed how creative some people were, it was a little chilly for a parade but it was a ton of fun. We decided to grab some cocktails after the parade and then headed to the Franciscan Monastery for the annual Candlelight Caroling. That was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me.

We spent the night but Sunday was rainy and miserable so we headed home. I love visiting all the Christmas festivals that take place around New England. Kennebunkport and the Nantucket Stroll are my top two, but a bunch of towns have holiday strolls that are worth checking out. What is your favorite?