special places

Aquidneck Land Trust Trolley Tour

The Aquidneck Land Trust was founded in 1990, and since then, has become one of the largest and most active land trust organizations in Rhode Island. Throughout summer, they host trolley tours to showcase their gorgeous preserved properties and also discuss their varied conservation strategies. Our first stop was to a Newport Vineyards property, located […] Read more…

Early Spring at Blithewold Mansion, Bristol, RI

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum is a 33-acre summer estate located in Bristol, RI that overlooks Narragansett Bay. They open each year with Daffodil Days, an event that celebrates Spring with thousands upon thousands of daffodils bursting open along their winding woodland and garden paths. The gardens at Blithewold are stunning and include a bamboo forest, a vegetable […] Read more…

Scenes from Nantucket, MA

We took a daytrip out to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts yesterday even though the forecast called for a dreary day.  The weather surprised us, it started out warm and sunny and stayed pretty warm even when the clouds and drizzling rain rolled in. We just stayed few hours on the island, and so I only have […] 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…

Cape Cod Lavender Farm, Harwich, MA

The Cape Cod Lavender Farm is a small piece of French countryside tucked down a scenic and winding gravel lane in Harwich, MA.  The farm is set on 20 acres, but is surrounded by an additional 60 acres of conservation land, making the farm feel extra peaceful and secluded.  The farm’s owners Cynthia and Matthew […] Read more…

Full Moon on the Farm, Bristol, RI

This week, the Bristol Conservation Land Trust hosted a moon walk as part of a wonderful series of events called Land Trust Days.  Created by the RI Land Trust Council, the goal of these Land Trust Days is to encourage people to get outside and enjoy all of the great preserved landscapes we have in […] Read more…

A most magical place

I believe Big Sur to be more a “state of mind” than a destination.  There is no a central downtown,  more like a stretch of coastline dotted with small cafes, bakeries, camping grounds, restaurants, and inns that range from rustic to luxurious.  Driving along the slightly treacherous highway 1, many of these places are hidden […] 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…

Coney Island Mermaid Parade, NYC

Check this off the bucket list. It was a crazy thing to do – head down to NYC for just one night – but so very worth it. The Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the country’s largest “art parade” turned 30 this year.  Anyone can dress as a mermaid, or random sea creature (or anything really […] Read more…

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