Posts from the ‘Massachusetts’ category

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.

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

The Porches Inn

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Harvard Fall Festival

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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


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!


Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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.

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.

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.


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.


Pier Avenue, Rockport, MA

Me and my sweetie in Rockport, MA

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Sunday, April 15th, 2012

So incredibly peaceful


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.


The Porches Inn, and Williamstown

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The Porches Inn, in North Adams, MA – I can’t recommend this hotel enough. It’s 5 Victorian houses connected and remodeled with a long porch running along the front, and incredibly cozy and perhaps even somewhat decadent decor.


Weekend in the Berkshires

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

We stayed at The Porches Inn in North Adams, right across the street from Mass MoCA – this place is six renovated Victorian-era row houses that once provided housing for the city’s millworkers. Absolutely fantastic place – we really loved it. It was 50 degrees on Saturday night, but that didn’t keep Brian from the hot tub, while the sun started to set behind the hills in the distance – a perfect evening.

Weekend in the Berkshires

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Brian and I got out of town for the weekend and visited some museums in the Berkshires. We went to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, then the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, then stayed the night at The Porches, then we went to Mass MoCA.

The Greenhouse re-opened!

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

The best little cafe in the world is just a few blocks from my house – it’s a greenhouse and a cafe, and they make the most amazing breakfast sandwiches. This is usually a little Saturday morning treat to myself, but they were closed for the last few months!


It was pouring rain. It’s really hard to see in this picture, but the roof was leaking a lot. It sounded amazing.


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