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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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Guide to Fall in Woodstock Vermont

If you love fall (and of you don’t why are you even here?) then you’ll want to plan to visit Woodstock Vermont this season. Viewing New England fall foliage is a must every year and I personally believe that Woodstock is one of the best places to take it all in. The charming little town is just under three hours from Boston, so it makes the perfect weekend getaway! IMG_4908IMG_4953IMG_5164

Set your GPS to the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The charming inn is conveniently located in the center of town. If you can book a room I highly recommend staying there for the weekend! If not grab a drink or lunch at the restaurant, check out their giant pumpkins and fall display on the front steps before you head out to explore!

Couple other great places to stop for a bite:

  • Mon Vert Cafe, sandwiches to die for and plenty of vegan and gluten free options!
  • Worthy Kitchen, if its a brisk day stop by for their mac and cheese, its amazing!

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Stroll through town, start at the Inn and walk down Central Street and pop in and out of art galleries, boutiques, and some residents even deck their stoops out in pumpkins and fall decor, they make the perfect photo! IMG_4862IMG_4840IMG_5158IMG_4839

Hop back in your car and take a ride over to the Billings Farm and Museum. I’d also recommend heading over to Sugarbush Farm for gorgeous views plus cheese and maples syrup tastings! These are great options for learning a little bit about this history of Vermont.

For the ultimate fall views you’ll want to drive up Cloudland Road, right up the street from Billings Farm. The road winds up a giant hill that allows you to take in amazing views of gorgeous farm land! When you get to the top turn left on Galaxy Hill Road for more picturesque farms and views!

Peak foliage in Vermont is quickly approaching so book your trip now!

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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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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!