outdoors

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…

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…

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…

Fresh air and tips from a “glampion”

 This past weekend, we took a mini vacation to the White Mountain region of New Hampshire with some friends. No matter the season, I always feel so relaxed and content after a visit to that area. I couldn’t believe how wonderful the air smelled, whether it was scented with dampness and pine, or campfire and s’mores.  We […] Read more…

Sapowet Marsh, Tiverton, RI

Sapowet Marsh is a wildlife preserve located on the Sakonnet River. The beach is small and rocky but access is always free, and the views are usually dramatic. You are surrounded by gorgeous farmland, serene estuaries, and tidal rivers . Looking across the Sakonnet River , you can see Portmouth, RI and south towards Newport […] Read more…

Lloyd Center, Dartmouth, MA

The Lloyd Center for the Environment is found down a long, wooded road in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  The center has a small natural history museum, observation deck,  and several  walking trails that meander through oak hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and estuary.  We arrived very late on a winter afternoon and browsed through the indoor exhibits as […] Read more…

Save The Bay Seal Watch, Newport, RI

Save the Bay, a fabulous environmental nonprofit in Rhode Island, runs a Seal Watch tour from November – April. The boat launches from downtown Newport, making it the perfect activity after you’ve had a delicious breakfast or lunch at a nearby restaurant.  The Seal Watch tour is led by an environmental educator and takes you […] Read more…

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