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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…

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…

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…

Tomato Day at Casey Farm

Casey Farm is a historic, working farm in Saunderstown, RI. The property is situated on a rolling hill overlooking Narragansett Bay, and driving by this picturesque farm is the highlight of my daily commute. Casey Farm’s Coastal Growers Market was voted one of the top 5 Farmers’ Markets in New England by Yankee Magazine. My friend Kendalyn invited me […] 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…

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…

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Wood’s Hole, MA is just another quaint seaside village that comes to life with summer tourists. It has delicious restaurants, cute shops, and beautiful ocean views. But there are so many more amazing things going on behind the walls of those small and historic New England cottages and old brick buildings of […] Read more…

Honey Tasting and Bee Lecture

Each year, the Bristol Land Conservation Trust, for which I am a volunteer hosts a lecture.  This year was all about the Honey Bee. Our board president, Raymon Payson met a beekeeper named Jon Nelson who has created a no-kill method of removing unwanted bees from people’s houses and landscapes. Besides being a more humane […] Read more…

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