Chatham Bars Inn: An Idyllic Cape Cod Family Vacation

chatham bars inn from drone view - cape cod family vacation

They had me at lob-stah (roll).    Even if you’ve lived in New England your whole life, it’s easy to still fall under the spell of those idyllic Northeast summers — perfectly cooked lobster rolls, sticky salt in the air from dawn to dusk, entire days spent exploring the beaches, and just the right amount…

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15 Things to Do in Westerly, Rhode Island This Summer

It’s that time of year again!  It’s beach-time baby!   If sandcastles are on your kids’ minds, then it’s time to load up the car — and I know just where to go.  Plug Westerly, Rhode Island into Waze and hit the road.     Westerly is a southern Rhode Island coastal town that offers plenty…

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Romantic Vermont Getaway to Twin Farms

Romantic Vermont Getaway Twin Farms

He surprised me with a card on a Friday night.     Inside were cutesy vague instructions: I had 24 hours to pack, and 48 hours of a romantic Vermont getaway to look forward to.    Hotel not yet disclosed.    After 20 minutes of me begging for a hint (delaying “vacation-gratification” is not my forté),…

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Luxury Rhode Island Family Resort: Weekapaug Inn

Luxury Rhode Island Family Resort Weekapaug Inn

Picture this: crowded boardwalks, packed beaches, greasy pizza, arcade games, and flashing amusement park lights.  Cue the screeching brakes.  You’re not going there.     Don’t get me wrong – sometimes that wild and fun beach scene is just what the doctor ordered.  But, if you’re instead dreaming of a New England summer vacation that’s low-key…

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Family Travel Guide: Watch Hill, RI

Family Travel Guide Watch Hill RI

I will begin this post with a travel confession.    In the era of time we now all refer to as “Pre-Covid,” I had never spent quality time in Rhode Island.  Shame on this New Englander.     As a Connecticut resident, I took my adorable neighbor – my stateside sister known for charming coastal towns…

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Florence & Tuscany Travel Guide with a Baby

Florence

It’s hard to find the words to properly convey how special Italy is.  The cities and towns are picture-postcard perfect, especially in Tuscany where you can let your imagination run wild exploring Medieval towers, stare for hours at the rolling hilltops, and walk through the colorful historical streets of Florence, Lucca, and Siena.  And if…

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The Ultimate Guide to Turkey: Istanbul and Cappadocia

Turkey

Our vacation to Istanbul and Cappadocia was an intentional stretch into something more exotic.  Istanbul has often been referred to as, “the crossroads of civilizations” for good reason – the culture is a blend of both European and Islamic influences, drawing from its rich history of Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman influences.  This union is apparent…

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Tanzania Safari Honeymoon Guide

Tanzania

During the midst of wedding planning, my husband pitched the idea of a safari for our honeymoon.  I will admit — I was a little apprehensive, but I quickly got on board after doing some research.  Everyone says you have to conquer your fears, right?  Well, an open air, window-less, door-less jeep — sitting adjacent…

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Travel Guide Sicily’s East Coast: Syracuse and Taormina

Sicily

Sicily somewhat reminds me of the Texas of Italy.  They are a proud people — boastful of both their Italian heritage, and their own Sicilian micro-culture and land (think Texas pride, or “Texas forever,” for those Friday Night Lights fans).  They identify themselves as Sicilian first, Italian second.  And even though Sicilians share a deeply-rooted…

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