special places

Our Spring Vacation in DC

Last Spring, Jeff and I took a quick road trip down to Washington, DC. Because hotels in the city were so expensive at that time (we went right around Cherry Blossom Season) we stayed a bit outside of DC in Alexandria, VA. I loved having a second place to experience, especially one with a different type […] 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…

Peckham’s Greenhouse and Holiday Market

Peckham’s Greenhouse is a local institution. Set among the pastoral beauty of Little Compton, RI, it is a garden destination revered by locals and summer visitors alike. Run by the Peckham family for several generations, the greenhouse offers landscape design services, garden supplies and of course, an amazing array of unique indoor and outdoor plants spread […] 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…

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…

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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