historical

An heiress’s garden

Doris Duke was the only child of a wealthy tobacco and power industrialist. When her father passed away in 1925, 12 year old Doris inherited his estate (about 1.3 billion in today’s dollars). Rough Point is just one of the many “summer cottages” (mansions) you can visit on a trip to Newport. In my humble opinion, […] Read more…

Aquidneck Land Trust Trolley Tour

The Aquidneck Land Trust was founded in 1990, and since then, has become one of the largest and most active land trust organizations in Rhode Island. Throughout summer, they host trolley tours to showcase their gorgeous preserved properties and also discuss their varied conservation strategies. Our first stop was to a Newport Vineyards property, located […] 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…

Scenes from Nantucket, MA

We took a daytrip out to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts yesterday even though the forecast called for a dreary day.  The weather surprised us, it started out warm and sunny and stayed pretty warm even when the clouds and drizzling rain rolled in. We just stayed few hours on the island, and so I only have […] Read more…

Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Walden Pond is located in the Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, MA.  As the site of Henry David Thoreau’s great “experiment” of living simply, it is a well-preserved and very peaceful historical property. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation has done a spectacular job of maintaining and preserving the unique character of this place,  while […] Read more…

Full Moon on the Farm, Bristol, RI

This week, the Bristol Conservation Land Trust hosted a moon walk as part of a wonderful series of events called Land Trust Days.  Created by the RI Land Trust Council, the goal of these Land Trust Days is to encourage people to get outside and enjoy all of the great preserved landscapes we have in […] Read more…

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