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Newport RI Bike Ride

We had a mini staycation this week. I used to hate that word, staycation, because I love to travel and don’t get to do it enough. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the days you can just “be” in your home and the opportunity it presents to become a tourist in your […] Read more…

A different perspective

Last weekend, generous friends took us on a boat ride in our local Narragansett Bay. I used to work on the water for a few different jobs throughout college and I forgot how much I missed it. Being on the water like that makes me feel almost electric – especially when reached the mouth of […] Read more…

Early Spring at Blithewold Mansion, Bristol, RI

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum is a 33-acre summer estate located in Bristol, RI that overlooks Narragansett Bay. They open each year with Daffodil Days, an event that celebrates Spring with thousands upon thousands of daffodils bursting open along their winding woodland and garden paths. The gardens at Blithewold are stunning and include a bamboo forest, a vegetable […] Read more…

Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA

Last summer, as I was looking for a beach that allowed dogs I came across an online article describing Gooseberry Island. We finally visited today and it was well worth the wait. What I thought was just going to be a tiny little spit of land turned out to be a good-sized island that feels pretty […] Read more…

Balboa Park Botanical Building, San Diego, CA

Balboa Park is 1,200 acres of museums, gardens, and open space overlooking downtown San Diego. The Botanical Building and its famous Lily Pond were built for the 1915-1916 World’s Fair Panama-California Exposition and it still stands as one of the  largest wood lath structures in the world. While Jeff and I were visiting family in San […] Read more…

Slocum’s River Reserve, Dartmouth, MA

Slocum’s River Reserve is series of wooded trails and open coastal farmland that is under protection of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and the Trustees of Reservations network. There is a variety of natural habitats to explore including meadows, tidal river, woods, and marshland on the property’s 47 acres. Jeff, some friends, and I took […] Read more…

Old Stone Orchard, Little Compton, RI

It’s become a fall tradition to go apple picking at Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton, RI. I love the pastoral setting, the apple selection (they have my favorite Honeycrisps) and that it is right down the street from a favorite local breakfast spot, The Barn.  It is also the first farm I’d visited where […] Read more…

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