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Ancient Rome

Rome is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s easy to see why so many flock to the Eternal City, from the amazing food to ancient ruins there is a little something for everyone. My recent trip to Rome was a whirlwind, we fit so much into just a few days!

On Day One we took on Ancient Rome, doing the three hour tour of the Colosseum. It’s incredible to stand in front of a structure built nearly 2000 years ago. In my opinion he skyscrapers we build today will never be as impressive as what civilization were able to create thousands of years ago with significantly less technology.

Throughout the tour you will hear stories of Ancient Emperors, gladiators, and executions. The Colosseum was much more than a simple sports stadium.

The Three Hour your also takes you to the Roman Forum, the birth of civilization as we know it today. Standing in the middle of the Roman Forum you are surrounded by ruins that once held important government offices, temples dedicated to the Roman Gods, and even housed the Vestal Virgins.

We did one of the Skip the Line tours with City Wonders and I highly recommend! The lines to get into the Colosseum were insane. Bring your camera, a reusable water bottle, and very comfortable walking shoes! I’m in my 20s, in pretty good shape and I was sore at the end of the tour. It is a lot of walking across uneven ancient paths, so be prepared, and whatever you do do not try to squeeze the Colosseum and Vatican City into one day. You will be so miserable by the end you won’t enjoy any of it!

In late fall the afternoons can still be pretty hot, we booked a 3pm tour, the first hour was a little warm but but 4pm the sun was starting to set and we got some relief. If you’re visiting Rome in the summer I would recommend going with an early morning tour so you can wrap up and get into the AC before the sweltering heat sets in. Definitely book your tours ahead of time, trust me this will save you a lot of stress when you arrive. The tour company will give you a meeting spot and when you arrive just look for the flags that have your tour company listed. If you’re only in Rome for a short period of time you should absolutely do the Colosseum, we all studied Ancient Rome in school but getting to see it first hand was really special.

Have you been to Rome or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments what the highlights are for you!

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My Favorite Spot — Dennis

People often ask me my favorite spot in New England, it’s impossible to choose! New England is so diverse and changes with the seasons. My favorite spot on the cape during the summer is totally different from my favorite spot in Maine. Today I’m happy to introduce a new series, My Favorite Spot, I will feature my favorite spots in various towns and New England getaways. This will be updated throughout the year so you can get an inside look at all the best spots throughout the seasons.

Today I’m happy to start with Dennis, Cape Cod. Dennis will always hold a special place in my heart, I grew up coming here every summer, just like my dad and granddad did. Cape Cod has a little something for everyone, beaches, hiking trails, golf, water sports, fishing, and so much more!

One of my favorite spots in Dennis is Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Located right on the water, sesuit harbor sits on the bay side of the cape. If you don’t know where to look for the cafe you will miss it, why? Because it is located behind the marina! Sit and watch boats get out in the water, watch people take off on jet skis and enjoy some of the freshest seafood out there.

I stopped by the other day for a mid day snack, I walked around the the raw bar and ordered some oysters. If you’ve never been you have to try their lobster roll! Sit outside at a picnic table and watch boats come and go from the marina. Sesuit Harbor is definitely worth a stop if you’re new to Dennis, or have been coming to Dennis for years and never been! After take a drive along the water and take in the amazing views!

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Sconset with Capture Nantucket

I love exploring Nantucket! I am pretty comfortable saying Nantucket is my favorite place on earth! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to explore Sconset with Capture Nantucket. Eleanor started capture Nantucket to help people capture the beauty of Nantucket for themselves. This is a photo tour, she helped me find all the best spots, told me about the history of Sconset, and gave me some killer editing tips! It was a foggy morning in Sconset but my and my mom had so much fun with Eleanor and we even got to grab a cookie at Sconset market. If you haven’t had one, it will change your life!

I had visited Nantucket a bunch but had never made it out to Sconset, so I decided to to the iPhone Tour with Capture Nantucket. They have tours for those just taking shots on their phone, or for more advanced DSLR users. I chose to explore Sconset but Capture Nantucket has a variety of locations and packages so you can get the most of your tour! They are also reasonably priced, our iPhone Tour was just $75 per person.

I got so many great shots and got to learn so much from Eleanor about photography and the history of Sconset!

This madras dress is what summer dreams are made of! Now on sale from Vineyard Vines, and for cloudy mornings I love this VV denim jacket, it even has seersucker detailing on the collar and cuffs. Thank you so much VV for making sure I’m dressed for the good life all summer long! #edsftg

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Ocean House Secret Garden

The New England coast is sprinkled with charming and extraordinary hotels and destinations. Since 1868 the Ocean House has sat in Watch Hill Rhode Island, known for its stunning yellow facade it is architecturally breath taking. But it is the stunning ocean views that always get me. The historic building closed in 2003 for renovations, today’s structure retains the victorian charm of the original but holds all the modern conveniences we expect from top-luxury resorts.

Now that summer has finally decided to arrive in New England the Ocean House Secret Garden has returned. Sip Veuve Clicquot while you take in the magnificent views of the Ocean House beach. The Veuve Clicquot themed garden is absolutely fabulous, relax on a couch and enjoy the ocean breeze. They have a delightful menu of snacks, from charcuterie boards to lobster rolls.

Me and the girls headed down to Watch Hill last weekend and had to check out the famed Secret Garden. Ocean House is always impeccable, in service, views, and menu! I stuck with a classic glass of Veuve but they have a fantastic cocktail menu available. Can’t wait to go back again soon this summer!

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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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