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Best Apple Orchards to visit this Fall

Nothing quite says fall in New England like apple picking. This long weekend is the perfect time to head to your favorite apple orchard! The past few years I have gone to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow Massachusetts. The donuts there are hands down the best cider donuts I have ever had!! There is plenty to do from apple picking to the largest hedge maze in North American. I actually wore the same shirt I did last year, a simple chambray button down but this year I went with a pair of jeans and my hunter boots. My roommates and I had a fantastic time, they had never been to Honey Pot before!

There are tons of great apple orchards to visit. In the past Mike and I have stopped at small orchards on our way home from the cabin in Maine there are tons of small family owned farms sprinkled through out New England. For a quick ride from Boston though Honey Pot is definitely my favorite. Some other great orchards include:

1. Tougas Farms

Located in Northborough MA it is just under an hour from Boston. They have apple picking and a huge pumpkin patch!

2. Parlee Farms

If you’re north of Boston Parlee Farms is a great option, 45 minutes north of Boston in Tyngsborough. It’s a large property and definitely has some great photo ops!

3. Smolak Farms

Probably one of the closest to Boston Smolak is just a 30 minute drive to North Andover. Tons of fun activities for families. I find the apple picking is a little not expensive than other farms but it is definitely a beautiful place! I love visiting during Christmas time.

4. Bolton Orchards

About an hour from Boston, Bolton Orchards has over 25 varieties of apples for the picking! They also have a fantastic farm stand and serve up ice cream if you go on a warmer fall day.

5. Wilson Farms

Just in it for the donuts? Wilson’s Farm is just a 20 minute right outside the city. They don’t have Apple picking but they have a hay maze, pumpkins, and all the fall foods you could imagine. There fresh apple cider donuts are a must!

My favorite place to go is definitely Honey Pot Hills but there are so many great options out there. I love going out and supporting local farms every falls. Where is your favorite place to go apple picking?

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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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Cambodia- Angkor Wat

If you went to Cambodia and didn’t visit Angkor Wat did you really go to Cambodia? In prep for my trip to Cambodia I read a lot of blog posts about what to do and what not to do. And everyone agreed you had to see Angkor Wat. Located in Siem Reap it is about 6 hours from Phnom Penh.

Aside from Angkor Wat, there is plenty to do and see in Siem Reap and I encourage you to spend a few days in the city exploring both the temples and the city. You can buy a 3 day pass to Angkor Wat, we only did one day and hired a guide but that was because we were tight on time.

If you’ve never been and are interested in the history of the temples look into hiring guide. There are so many temples and places to explore a guide can be really helpful. But be sure to leave sometime to explore on your own, there were definitely a few moments when I felt a little rushed by the guide and wished we had more exploring time. If you do a three day pass you shouldn’t have that issue though!

Do your research ahead of time, ladies knees and shoulders must be covered to enter certain parts of the temples. This is a sacred place so please always remain respectful, I am probably the worst with ‘do it for the Insta’ but don’t climb up on areas where it says no climbing. Be respectful and remember that these temples are thousands of years old and we need to be responsible for preserving them for the next generation.

My favorite temple was the Bayon Temple, the temple of the happy Buddha faces! The artistry and craftsmanship preserved in this temple is breathtaking! There is also Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. If you make the trip to Siem Reap make the most of it and see as many temples as possible!

In addition to touring the temples we visited the Siem Reap night market, where I paid to put my feet in a tank of fish and let them eat all the dead skin off my feet! Pros my feet have never been smoother and it only cost $2. Cons it felt super super weird! We had fun checking out the Siem Reap night life, I wished we had stayed a few more days because I definitely felt safer going out in Siem Reap than in Phnom Penh. Be smart, if you’re going to go out to bars and clubs go with a friend, never accept drinks from strangers, etc you know the deal. Traveling gives us the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone, take the opportunity to do things you would t do at home. Not only did I put my feet in a tank full of fish, I ate a cricket and a tarantula leg! So push yourself to try new things, I am a firm believer that you truly find out who you are in moments when you step out of your comfort zone.

Outfit details:

Pants- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes- TOMS, t-shirt- Primark