Coastal Maine for Labor Day!

MAINE (Rockland/Rockport/Camden/Lincolnville) Overview When: 4 September - 7 September, 2020Where (accommodations): The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Lincolnville, ME)Transportation: 3.5 hr car ride from BostonSights/attractions: Mount Battie (Camden, ME), Schooner Appledoor II sailing excursion (Camden, ME), Camden town center, Rockland town center and Rockland Harbor trail (Rockland, ME), Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockport Harbor (Rockport, ME), Cellardoor... Continue Reading →

Summer escapes to The Green Mountain State

VERMONT (Montgomery Center/Woodstock/Lower Waterford) Overview When: 2-3 day weekends in July/August, 2020 Where (accommodations): Phineas Swann Inn & Spa (Montgomery, VT), Blue Horse Inn ( Woodstock, VT), Rabbit Hill Inn (Lower Waterford, VT) Transportation: 2.5-3 hr car ride from Boston Sights/attractions: Jay Country Store (Jay, VT), Haskell Free Library and Opera House (Derby Line, VT), St.... Continue Reading →

Eating and leaf peeping in Vermont

Montpelier/Waterbury/Stowe, VT Overview When: 9 October- 12 October, 2019 Where (accommodations): Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe Transportation: 3-3.5 hour car ride from Boston Sights/attractions: Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Mansfield Gondola, Stowe Mountain Resort, Trapp Family Lodge Food/drinks: J. Morgan's Steakhouse, The Skinny Pancake, Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Sarducci's, Wilaiwan's Kitchen, Hen Of The... Continue Reading →

San Francisco and beyond. ’cause wine-not?

Sonoma/Napa/Muir Woods/San Francisco Overview When: 20 September- 28 September, 2019 Where (accommodations): San Francisco Marriott Marquis Transportation: JetBlue Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO), rental car to Sonoma/Napa though Enterprise Rent-A-Car Sights/attractions: Day trips: (Sonoma/Napa area): Wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Round Pond Estate, Domaine Chandon, Artesa Vineyards and Winery. Spa: Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort (Calistoga) Muir Woods... Continue Reading →

Layover in London- comfortable shoes required!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Overview When:  18 May, 2019 and 3 June 2019. Where (accommodations): No hotel on May 18th. Hilton London Heathrow Airport on June 3rd. Transportation: British Airways flight from Boston (BOS) to London (LHR).  British Airways flight  from Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa to London (LHR). Sights/attractions: Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace, Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace, Westminster... Continue Reading →

Discover caves, cities, beaches and castles! One week in Portugal

PORTUGAL (Lisbon/Algarve/Sintra) Overview When: 29 July - 5 August, 2018 Where: Lisbon first night - Hotel da Baixa, Albufeira (Algarve) -Aqua Pedra dos Bicos hotel, Lisbon last night - Corinthia Hotel Transportation: Flights -TAP airlines, car rental - Drive on Holidays booked through ArgusCarHire.com Must see/do: Lisbon- Monastery of Jeronimos, Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument, Belem Tower,... Continue Reading →

Falling in love with Quebec all over again

QUEBEC, CANADA Overview When: May 25 – May 28, 2018 Where: Airbnb Transportation: 6.5-7hr car ride from Boston Must see/do: Ile d’Orleans, Vignoble Ste-Petronille, Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre,  Montmorency Falls,  Siberia spa,  Morrin Centre Food/drinks: Bistro B, La Champagnerie, Cafe Les Cousins, Chocolaterie Ile d’Orleans, La Boulange, Le Mitan Microbraserie, Les Sales Gosses, Cochon Dingue, Legende, Le Cafe Kriegof,  Cafe du Monde This […]

NYC: eats, drinks and fun things!

Overview When: May 11- May 13, 2018 Where: Rented room near the Times Square Transportation: 5hr bus ride from Boston to NYC on  GoTo Bus  Must see/do: Marie's Crisis,  Ellen's Stardust Diner, "Hello Dolly" in Shubert Theater (or any other Broadway show), Bowlmore Times Square Food/drinks: 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, Best Bagel and Coffee, The Bedford, Westlight,... Continue Reading →

Heaven on Earth- Honeymoon in French Polynesia

Tahiti/Moorea/Tahaa/Raiatea/Bora Bora Overview When: 22 March - 9 April, 2018 Where: Papeete (Tahiti): 3 nights upon arrival AirBnb, last night before the flight AirBnb; Moorea: AirBnb; Taha'a: Vahine Island Private Island Resort and Spa; Raiatea: AirBnb; Bora Bora : Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Transportation: Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) - Delta airlines, Los Angeles to Papeete (PPT) -... Continue Reading →

Ski weekend trip- mountains are calling!

Overview When: 26 January - 28 January, 2018 Where: The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel, ME Transportation: 3.5-4 hr drive from Boston Must see/do: Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry ME, Nubble Lighthouse, York, ME Food/drinks: Portland, ME : Fore Street Restaurant, Duckfat, The Honey Paw Restaurant. Bethel, ME: breakfast- Cafe DiCocoa, dinner- Millbrook Tavern and Grille (at... Continue Reading →

New York City Holiday Magic!

Overview When: 23 December - 26 December, 2017 Where: Rented room near the Times Square Transportation: 5hr bus ride from Boston to NYC on GoTo Bus Must see/do: Brooklyn Bridge, High Line, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Food/drinks: Obao , La Bagel Delight at Dumbo, Refinery Rooftop, Spyglass Rooftop Bar... Continue Reading →

Weekend in The Berkshires

Stockbridge/Lee/Great Barrington, MA Overview When: 13 October - 15 October, 2017 Where: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak N' Spruce Resort Transportation: 2 hr 15 min drive from Boston with minor traffic Must see/do: Monument Mountain hike, Norman Rockwell Museum Food/drinks: Chez Nous, Red Lion Inn, Xicohtencatl Restaurant, Allium, Stockbridge Coffee and Tea The Berkshires is... Continue Reading →

Visiting the neighbors Vol. 2

QUEBEC, CANADA Overview When: 1 September - 4 September, 2017 Where: AirBnb on Rue Saint- Jean Transportation: Typically it's 6.5 hrs, this time with traffic was 8 hr drive from Boston Must see/do: Jacques- Cartier National Park, Observatoire de la Capitale, Siberia Station Spa Food/drinks: Bistro L'Atelier, Panetier Baluchon, Le Billig, Ciel, Bugel Fabrique de... Continue Reading →

Fall in Love with Maine

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK / BAR HARBOR / PORTLAND OVERVIEW When: 16 September - 18 September, 2016 Where: Ramada Ellsworth, Ellsworth, ME Transportation: Approximately 5 hr drive from Boston by car Must see and do: Cadillac Mountain, Beehive Trail, Loop Road- Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond. Jesup Trail, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Portland Head Light... Continue Reading →

Why the blog?

I had thoughts about writing a blog a couple of years ago. A few of my friends that saw the pictures I would post said I should do it. But I never really got around to it until the summer of 2017. We came back from Bermuda and a girl at the yoga class asked... Continue Reading →

Closest thing to France on this side of the Atlantic

QUEBEC, CANADA Overview When: Friday-Monday- three day weekends in August 2015, May 2016 and May 2017 Where: Acadia Hotel Old Town of Quebec in 2015, Best Western Plus City Center Hotel - Saint-Roche/Downtown area in 2016 and 2017 Transportation: 6.5 hr drive from Boston Must see/do: Montmorency Falls, Chateau Frontenac, Old Quebec, Plains of Abraham, La Citadelle... Continue Reading →

Sleepless in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA / VANCOUVER, CANADA Overview When: 9 June - 13 June, 2016 Where: AirBnb downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver. Neither are listed anymore Transportation: Boston, MA (BOS) to Seattle, WA (SEA) on Delta airlines, Seattle to Vancouver, Canada- Amtrak bus, Vancouver, Canada (YVR) to Boston (BOS) flight on Delta Transportation in the cities-  Uber... Continue Reading →

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