landscapes

Making Rose Hip Jam

I had just finished telling a friend that I’d heard you can make jam from the rose hips of the beach rose plant, Rosa rugosa when a fateful email newsletter arrived from the Goldenrod Foundation. HECK YES I DO! It was yet another unseasonably warm and gorgeous fall day, and the drive past the forests and […] Read more…

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

For years I have been wanting to visit Sleepy Hollow, New York around Halloween. When I started planning the trip I found so many other awesome things to do and see in that part of the Hudson River Valley.  I was thrilled to discover that the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture was just 5 minutes away from Sleepy Hollow, […] Read more…

World’s End

World’s End is another spectacular property that is part of the Trustees of Reservations Network. It is a 251-acre peninsula and is technically one of the Boston Harbor Islands, which were formed by retreating glaciers. The landscape is made up of rocky coastlines, broad hillsides, open fields and woodlands, as well as saltwater marshland. World’s […] Read more…

The Gardens of Blithewold

Blithewold is a historic 33-acre summer estate overlooking Narragansett Bay in Bristol, RI. The mission of the nonprofit organization that maintains the property is to “preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.” I’ve been to Blithewold before, once for the […] Read more…

Smith’s Castle Gardens

Smith’s Castle is not a castle at all, but a historic home on a historic piece of land that was once the site of Roger William’s (the badass founder of RI) trading post. The “castle” was given it’s nickname because the original structure, which was burned down in a 1676 conflict with the local Narragansett tribe, was […] Read more…

Vermont Cheese Trail

Thanks to some previously forgotten hotel rewards points, Jeff and I were able to go away last week for our 4th Anniversary and do something I’ve been meaning to do for years, the Vermont Cheese Trail ! The Vermont Cheese Trail Map was created by the Vermont Cheese Council, an entity dedicated to the production and advancement […] Read more…

Norman Bird Sanctuary

It is really hard to try to capture and describe how amazing the Norman Bird Sanctuary is. I first became acquainted with this beautiful 300-acre preserve in Middletown, RI as a camp counselor in my college days. It was definitely one of my most memorable summers, getting to hike all over the property and teach environmental education to […] Read more…

Surprise Lotus Pond

For the past two years, I’ve heard a few people mention this random lotus pond on the road to Wickford Village (RI). But whenever I drove by the area that people described, I could never find the plants, even after looking up directions online. Last week I was driving towards Wickford from Narragansett in a hurry to get somewhere […] Read more…

Book Recommendation: Blue Highways

Blue Highways is the story of author William Least Heat Moon’s journey through the United States in a van in the early 1980’s. He sets out after a breaking up with his wife and losing his job to take to “the open road in search of places where change did not mean ruin and where time and men and […] Read more…

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge lies on a bluff overlooking second beach in Middletown, RI. The small peninsula was once used for grazing livestock and farming before it became a military outpost in World War II. The Refuge was established in 1970, following a 70 acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and now totals over […] Read more…

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