Posts from the ‘Massachusetts’ category

Smith greenhouse

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017



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Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College has a gorgeous collection in a building spacious building where you can see between the various levels of galleries. They’re having an incredible exhibit of works by Carlo Dolci, a late Baroque painter whose work I know from his painting of David and Goliath at the MFA.

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Wellesley College Greenhouse

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

We visited the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley College just to see something interesting in our own backyard. 

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Pie bar

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

We took a walk and picked up some incredible pie at the Pie Bar in Florence, MA. It was late afternoon, so the sun was coming in the from the front window at a great angle.


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Hingham marina

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

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Hingham harbor

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

 

 

 

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Red trees

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

 

 

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Salem

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

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Sawyer Library

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

We visited Williams College’s incredible archives, including the Founding Documents section, which includes an copy of the Declaration of Independence with handwritten edits.

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WCMA

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Williams College Museum of Art

 

 

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Ophira at WTF

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We made last minute plans to see NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and she was phenomenal. She got to perform in WTF’s set for the play that’s running this week.


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The Porches

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We spent two days at our happy-place, The Porches Inn in North Adams, MA

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Tanglewood

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

We had never been to Tanglewood before, and a few weeks ago, we got tickets to see Yo-yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. It was a beautiful evening, and it was an absolutely unforgettable concert.

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Harrington Farm

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

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Greenhouse at Mount Holyoke College

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

After wandering through the galleries at the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, we popped in to the greenhouse next door for a truly wonderful treat! We were in desperate need of beautiful colors and incredible smells, and the greenhouse did not disappoint. It’s always amazing to see such an enormous variety of plants all in one place. We both took lots of pictures!

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Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

What to do after visiting a museum? How about another museum! We took a short drive from Nothampton to South Hadely and visited the art museum at Mount Holyoke College. I had been there before many years ago, and Brian had never been. It’s a lovely little museum with a handful of beautiful exhibits.

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Smith College Museum of Art

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

We needed to get out of town, so we took a little day trip out to the Berkshires to hang out in a town we both enjoy. Northampton has lots of cool shops, galleries and restaurants. We also revisited the Smith College Museum of Art which had recently redone some of it’s galleries.

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Worcester Art Museum

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

We have been out to Worcester several times in the last year or so, and yet we haven’t been to the Worcester Art Museum in a long time (since we first got together). What else is there to do but go to a museum on a rainy three-day weekend when football isn’t on til later in the afternoon?

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Williamstown, MA

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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The Porches Inn

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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Harvard Fall Festival

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

So good to catch up with the beautiful Fiorentino family at the Harvard Fall Festival!

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Salem

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

The morning after Brendan and Courtney’s wedding, we decided to wander around nearby Salem before heading back to Boston. We hit the gorgeous Turner exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum and then we wandered around the touristy part of Salem – gorgeous views of the harbor, and a lovely lunch!

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Beverly

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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The Big E

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

dsc02942  The Big E – Eastern States Exposition – basically like a huge state fair, but for the all five New England states. We got up early, braved the traffic out to this popular destination, and ate our way through the fair. Fried clams, smoked salmon on a stick, chocolate covered bacon, maple cream pies, apple pie, apple cider, candy apples, cheddar cheese, cheese curds — I love New England! This is Brendan and Courtney with Vermont apple pie (with Vermont sharp cheddar, of course), and beer brewed in Vermont.

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Ocean View Inn

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

imag0370 Spent a wonderful day in Gloucester assisting Mo with a wedding shoot, and enjoying the gorgeous views of the Atlantic from the Ocean View Inn.

The couple was married in nature’s cathedral, on the lawn in front of the inn, facing the ocean.

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Gloucester and Rockport

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I had a groupon for a Cape Ann Whale Watch, and we used that as an excuse for an incredibly pleasant daytrip to the beautiful town of Gloucester, MA (click to see google map). One of the many things I love about living in Massachusetts is that there are gorgeous vacation spots right under our noses. Gloucester is right on the ocean, and the weather was picture-perfect.

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dsc02451-nggid03194-ngg0dyn-320x240x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010First, we wandered around Rocky Neck, one of American’s oldest artist colonies. I went to art school, so I have some idea of what it’s like to be surrounded by artsy-types. This is much different. These are serious and talented artists running cozy galleries, and living the good life in quaint houses with incredible views.

Then, we crossed an item off of our list by visiting the Sargent House Museum. The house was built for Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820), who was (among many other things), the great-grand-aunt of John Singer Sargent (one of the few artists that Brian and I can truly agree on). The house was lovely and the tour guide really knew her stuff, but we had to duck out before the tour was over because the whales were waiting.

dsc02462-nggid03200-ngg0dyn-320x240x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010We boarded the Hurricane II, and enjoyed the views, the wind and the salty air as we headed out to visit the whales. It was such a clear day that we could see Boston in the distance the whole time we were out there. Brian actually listened as the guide taught us about the different whales that we saw, so you’ll have to ask him. I just wanted to see something you don’t see every day — an animal so huge that it reminds you how small we are, in its natural habitat, an ocean so huge it reminds you of how little we know.

After the whale watch, we decided to take a little drive and ended up in Rockport, MA (click for google map), another great town with lots of galleries, cute shops and beautiful views. After some wandering, it was time to find some dinner. We had just stopped in to a small restaurant to try their chowder and their seating area was crammed with picnic benches and loud children. That’s exactly what I didn’t want for dinner, and I was getting frustrated with the tiny keyboard on my phone, searching among an overwhelming array of local options. So Brian said “let’s just try this place” and we walked in to the restaurant across the street.

dsc02510-nggid03209-ngg0dyn-320x240x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010I can’t say this enough: we are two incredibly lucky and fortunate people. The hostess at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant apologetically offered us the last available table at the restaurant – a tiny, out of the way, private room with a big window. The table was perfect, the room was perfect, the view was perfect, my drink was perfect, the fried seafood was perfect, the lobster ravioli was perfect and my husband is perfect.

Then we walked off dinner on Pier Avenue, just in time to catch a beautiful sunset over Sandy Bay.

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Pier Avenue, Rockport, MA

Me and my sweetie in Rockport, MA

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Hull

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

So incredibly peaceful

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Mini-Moon

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

On the day after our wedding, we spent a cozy quiet mini-honeymoon overnight at The Porches Inn in North Adams, MA. We ‘discovered’ this little gem when we took our first trip together in May 2008, and we went back every year since (except last year). We made ourselves right at home in the cozy living room of the inn and settled in with our drinks and a good book before heading off to a phenomenal dinner.

The following morning, we woke up to a perfect cold crisp New England winter morning, and raided the breakfast buffet. After a lazy morning, we drove back to Boston taking the long way through scenic Massachusetts roads, with a stop in Northampton for a late lunch.

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The Clark Art Institute

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

After leaving the hotel, we crossed Massachusetts – from East Boston to Williamstown (the furthest north-west corner of MA) – and arrived with enough time to begin our honeymoon with a brief visit one of our favorite museums: The Clark Art Institute.

While the galleries are closed for renovations, they’ve installed several pieces from the collection in a salon-like exhibit, where paintings were deliberately thrown together with paintings from very different times and places. One of the things I love about the Clark is the examples of images of women in their collection – instead of royal portraits, or portraits of women with their children, the paintings in their collection show women who have thoughts and skills (this maybe isn’t the best selection of my favorites, but you get the idea).

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The Porches Inn

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

We took a quick little get-away to The Porches Inn, in North Adams, MA spent a lovely evening by the pool, and then enjoyed gin and tonics, the globe, rocking chairs, perfect weather and (you can’t see it in this shot) big pink puffy clouds at dusk on the porch.

 

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