outdoors

Halfway Pond Trail

When we want to get away but can’t really go far, Jeff and I usually head to Cape Cod or nearby Plymouth, MA. We woke up on a sunny and gorgeous weekend morning, decided to ditch our household chores and escape for a hike with the dog. I was looking for a new trail to explore […] Read more…

Our Trip to Stowe, VT

Though it was very un-Bristolian of us, we decided to leave town for the Fourth of July weekend this year. Our friends Jen and Andy invited us to camp with them at Smugglers Notch State Park in Stowe and I was looking forward to a relaxing getaway and spending time in beautiful Stowe, Vermont. In […] Read more…

Garden and Herb Festival

One of the most peaceful and bucolic parts of my hometown of Tiverton, RI is Tiverton Four Corners. The roads at this four-way intersection all lead to something wonderful – farms, beaches, hiking trails, vineyards, and some incredible local favorite shops and restaurants including The Provender, Milk and Honey,  Four Corners Grill, and the iconic […] Read more…

Friday Flowers: The Seeds

With the amazing array of cut flowers you can grow, which ones do you choose? There are a ton of resources available both online and in print about planting flowers, but with so many variables to consider- season, climate, location, soil quality, fertilizer, I’ll admit I got a bit overwhelmed. Then I reminded myself that this is supposed to […] Read more…

Nagetuck Farm

One of my favorite annual traditions is finding and tagging a Christmas tree with my parents after Thanksgiving. I was so excited to learn that a beloved local tree farm in Little Compton, RI (formerly Boland’s Tree Farm) had reopened under new ownership as Nagetuck Farm. We walked through the cozy barn and gift shop, and of course […] 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…

Beehive Tour at Prescott Farm

Last weekend I attended a Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting at Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI. It was a hot Indian summer day but Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey was enthusiastic and animated in his heavy bee suit as he discussed the life history of honeybees. Aquidneck Honey cares for hives all over Aquidneck Island and […] 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…

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