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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

2019 update! If you live in New England and have an Instagram account I’m sure you have heard of Colby Farm! The past couple years it has become a must visit hot spot during the month of September, why? Because of this magical sunflower field that blooms this month! I went the last couple of years and I loved it! It’s like nothing you have seen in real life before. This year the field was even bigger and there were definitely more people clued into this little spot. But how can you get an awesome picture of this seemingly endless field without other people in the background of your photos? 

1. Go early

This means early in the season and early in the day, some years I wished I had gone a few days sooner than I did I was passed peak and the sunflowers were a little droopy. This year I went when the field was at 80% bloom and it was perfect! Not a ton of people since everyone was waiting for peak and the sunflowers still looked great. The earlier you go the better the sunflowers will look, keep an eye on the Colby Farm Facebook page they update you on when the sunflowers will be at peak bloom. Last year I went a few days after peak bloom but they still looked good. Go early in the day!! They open at 9:00am I recommend getting there at 9:00am, I know that seems early but if you wait there will be hundreds of other people there and you will have to wait to get in. Which brings me to my next point. 

2. Parking

The first time I went to Colby Farm you just parked at the little Farm stand and walked over to the sunflower field. That was years ago. Now parking is 10 dollars, so bring cash, and there is a giant field behind the sunflower field where they direct people to park. Because I got there right when they opened we were able to get a spot with out waiting but I heard other people have waited 45 minutes to an hour to get in. So plan to get there early! 

3. Follow the rules

There are signs that say don’t pick the sunflowers. Please just follow the rules, if you want to take some sunflowers home with you you can buy some in the Farm stand. This is a family run business and they rely on the money they make during sunflower season. Picking the sunflowers also leaves less for other peop to take photos with, so don’t ruin the fun for everyone else!

4. Walk around 

A lot of people stay by the side of the field closest to the farm stand I recommend immediately walking to the far side of the field. There will be less people and I think the sunflowers look better from that angle. Head over to the farm stand when you’re done taking photos in the field. They have goats and chickens! Go into the farm stand and do a little shopping. They have pies, fresh fruits and veggies, and cider donuts!! Remember this is a family business and it cost money to plant those sunflowers so don’t forget to support the hard workers that make that sunflower field possible. 

5. Be courteous

I know you might have waited a while to get in and you really want to get some photos of you, your significant other, kids, dog etc. but please remember everyone is there trying to do the same thing. If you see a spot you really want to take a photo in don’t jump in the background of someone else’s shot, just wait a minute for them to move on. Be patient and enjoy the experience! And please remember not to pick the sunflowers, buy some in the farm stand and leave the field to be enjoyed by everyone else 🌻

BOUNUS TIP! So I always try to go at the very end of August beginning of September but last year Colby Farm planted a second field in the back of their property, they planted this one later so that it bloomed after the first field was passed peak. So don’t stress if you miss the fields peak, keep an eye on Colby Farms Facebook page to see the second field announced. Haven’t heard anything about it this year but hopefully they keep it going!

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2017 photos:

Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments! 

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Seersucker at Sankaty

New England has light houses scattered along the shores but my favorite light house is probably Sankaty Light in Siasconset. A couple weeks ago I stayed at The Summer House in Siasconset and got to visit my favorite light house.

Love staying in Siasconset, the Summer House is the perfect location to the beach, Sankaty, and Sconset market. They have charming cottages and a beach front bar!

My dress is from vineyard vines, it is perfect for work or a casual day out and about, and it’s now on sale! I love the red, white, and blue seersucker! And the vineyard vines weekender is perfect for a quick getaway. Can’t wait to go bACK!

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Lunch at The Fireplace Room

Last weekend I was invited to have lunch at The Fireplace Room located at the International Golf Club and Resort in Bolton. It was so much fun to spend the afternoon with some other local bloggers and the food was to die for! Thank you so much to Taste of Massachusetts for inviting me!

First of all I love the Bolton area, right down the street is Nashoba Valley Winery and all the gorgeous apple orchards I explore in the fall are right in the area. The Nashoba Valley region is so picturesque New England! When we arrived the bartender whipped up some cocktails. My favorite was the Blueberry Collins.

We moved on to wings and salads. The spicy harissa chicken wings were soooo good! We were served a variety of sandwiches, from a turkey club, a hot pastrami sandwich, and a portabello mushroom sandwich. Next came two pizzas, I loved the mushroom pizza with caramelized onions. Clearly I am on a mushroom kick right now!

Everything was so delicious but the best part was the fried ice cream we had at the end! I love trying new restaurants and getting to hang with fellow bloggers! So great seeing Joey of The Roaming Foodie and my good friend Jen of The Preppy Francophile.  It was great to meet The Italian Impasta, Three Hungry Chicks, Framingham Foodie, and  Natalie RW Photography. Thank you so much for bringing us all together Taste of Massachusetts! And big thank you to The Fireplace Room for hosting us, next time you are in the area be sure to stop in for an amazing lunch.

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Gatsbying at Gilded

This weekend Mike and I were in Newport for our friends wedding and we stayed at the adorable boutique hotel Gilded. Gilded is a fun unique hotel themed after the Gilded Age, a perfect fit for Newport! Side note: if it’s you’re first time in Newport you have to visit the Newport Mansions, the ultimate embodiment of the Gilded Age! I loved the design and all the decor of Gilded, I felt like I was staying at Gatsby’s House! We stayed in one of the deluxe king rooms, the bed was so comfy and I was obsessed with the bathroom! Be sure to check out the full room tour on my instagram highlights! If you are looking for a weekend getaway this summer I highly recommend Newport, there is so much to do, and tons or great bars and restaurants! Gilded is located just a short walk from down town so it’s the perfect place to stay! When you check in they provide you with an iPad that is filled with recommendations on where to eat and play!

Gilded is owned by Lark Hotels which I am a big fan of! They have hotels all over New England and each one is unique to its location, and I am all about embracing New England heritage! Gilded embraced Newport’s history and was a luxurious, fun place the stay!

The manager Heather was fabulous! She was able to arrange an early check-in for us so that we had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding. There is an adorable lounge in the main building and a billiards room in the second building. The breakfast Heather prepared was delicious! Definitely make sure you get up in time! There were also fresh cookies put out in the evening, which were a delicious treat when we got back from the wedding. The butterfly wall in the lobby was definitely my favorite part of Gilded, so beautiful!

I definitely encourage everyone to check out the Gilded. It is such a unique hotel and it is perfectly Newport! Thank you to Lark for our complimentary stay, as always all opinions are my own.

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Daffy’s in Newport

Last week has finally started to feel like spring! The sun was shining and it was the perfect time for a girls trip to Newport.

Newport has always been one of my favorite places to visit! There are so many fun bars and shops to check out. The history of the town is incredible, if it is your first time going I highly recommend doing the Newport Mansion tours. Buy the 5 mansion ticket, if you don’t make it to five you can save the ticket and use it again next time. If you’re only going to see one, see The Breakers, it is incredible! I love the history of Newport, it gives you a sense of nostalgia for a place and time you’ve never been.

Last weekend I went down to Newport with my friend Jen. It was Daffodil weekend in Newport, Nantucket’s Daffy festival is this coming weekend. Newport is a quick one hour ride from Boston, maybe a little more if you hit traffic. We did a bunch of fun things but my favorite was seeing all the daffodils!

We hit the Cliff Walk which was lined with tons of daffodils. I remember growing up my elementary school would host a daffodil fundraiser every spring. I loved getting the daffodils in the class room, and bringing them home and putting them in water. Going to the Daffy weekends throughout New England makes me feel like a kid again. Not to sound old but it just reminds me of a simpler time, life is so crazy now a days, between school, work, relationships, technology. I feel like there is always something to be done. When I was little you got home from school hopped on your bike and road around the neighborhood until supper time. Anyone else ever feel that way?

Before we headed home we ended the day with Del’s Frozen Lemonade, you can’t leave Rhode Island without one! If you’re heading to Newport soon be sure to check out my weekend guide to Newport!