Posts from the ‘New England’ category

Francis Malbone House

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Newport harbor

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Hotel Viking

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

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Kay Chapel

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

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Ogunquit waves

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

We took one more walk along the Marginal Way at high tide to see the waves crashing on the shore, and had some fun with the slow-motion video feature on my phone!

Ogunquit waves in slow-motion – Feb 21st, 2016 from BeckyDD on Vimeo.

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Ogunquit sunrise

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Ogunquit at sunrise – Feb 21st, 2016 from BeckyDD on Vimeo.

Ogunquit at sunrise – Feb 21st, 2016 from BeckyDD on Vimeo.

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Ogunquit sunset

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

We made a last minute decision and took a much-needed get-away weekend to Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit at sunset – Feb 20, 2016 from BeckyDD on Vimeo.

Ogunquit in moonlight – Feb 20, 2016 from BeckyDD on Vimeo.

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Day 9: Montreal to Boston

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

After saying farewell to our lovely hotel room, we picked up our rental car and headed up to Mont Royal Park to enjoy the view of the city. We headed to St. Joseph’s Oratory right near the park because it was something I had read about. We had a long drive ahead of us, so I figured we would just swing by and see it, but it turned out to be a ginormous church at the top of a hill, with a really big parking lot – it looked like a pretty big deal, so we found parking and walked up lots of stairs … totally worth it. Really really beautiful.

Back in the car for one last necessity before hitting the road: fresh bagels. Mission accomplished, and we headed south but we didn’t get very far before we found out about a massive detour: the big bridge over the big river was closed, and our internet access was spotty at best. We thought we might have to swim across the St. Lawrence, but we managed to figure it out, and before long, we were at the border and on to the gorgeous green mountains of Vermont (that are actually rather blue).

Another necessary stop was the Ben and Jerry’s factory in upstate Vermont. Fun tour, delicious ice cream, homage to the flavor graveyard, and back on the road as the sun began to set. A few hours later, we finally saw the Boston skyline … home at last!

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Day 2: Bar Harbor, Maine

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Our first port was Bar Harbor, Maine: still well within driving distance of home! Brian and I have fallen in love with Portland, Ogunquit and Boothbay Harbor together, so it was fun to add another Maine must-see to our list!

I knew we were going to land a little ways out of Bar Harbor, then take a tender (basically one of the life boats) over to the pier, but I hadn’t realized until we were on the tender that our ship hadn’t just docked at a larger pier: it had just plain stopped, and it was anchored right in the middle of Frenchman’s Bay!

We had signed up for an excursion … the best of land and sea … so we got right onto a shuttle bus which took us through the town of Bar Harbor, up in to Acadia National Park, and right up to Cadillac Mountain, the largest mountain on the east coast. We only had 20 minutes at the top, but since the weather was gorgeous and the sky was crystal clear, we enjoyed some incredible views of Frenchman’s Bay (we could see our ship!) and all of the many little islands nearby.

Back down through Acadia, off the bus, and straight on to the Margaret Todd, a 4-masted schooner with gorgeous red and orange sails. We took a very pleasant loop around Frenchmen’s Bay, including right around our ship, so we got a great view of it, as well as Cadillac Mountain, the many islands and the hundreds of thousands of lobster traps!

Back on land, we had two hours before we had to be back on the boat, so we headed down Main Street. Bar Harbor looks like so many lovely New England towns (and lots of Maine tourmaline jewelry!). We stopped in a two places we had heard about: the Abbe Museum and St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, which had lots of different styles of really beautiful stained glass, including several Tiffany windows.

Several hours later, back on the ship, I enjoyed another gorgeous sunset, and it was especially cool to see the sun set on the horizon (with Cadillac Mountain still in view in the distance) knowing that the sun’s job wasn’t done for the day … a few hours later, after a delicious dinner, we got see the sun, the earth and the moon all line up nicely for a supermoon lunar eclipse! We’re told this was a pretty rare and amazing astronomical phenomenon, and on the 13th deck of the ship, we felt like we had front row seats for an incredibly beautiful eclipse. The sky was crystal clear, and of course, it was incredibly windy on the upper decks as we cruised along the coast of Maine towards Nova Scotia.

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Boothbay flowers

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

So many beautiful flowers at the Greenleaf Inn at Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

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Boothbay Harbor

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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Boothbay Harbor Ferry

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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Ogunquit

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

This was one of our incredibly rare free summer weekends, so we made the most of it with a day trip to Ogunquit with Brendan and Courtney. Ogunquit has an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline, and it was so interesting to see how different it looks on a summer beach day in low tide compared to when we visited back in late December. We made it back to Boston in time to catch a beautiful Charlestown sunset!

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Deering, NH

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Another lovely Memorial Day Weekend filled with family, great views and delicious food!

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Crab Melt

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I’ve eaten about a million tuna melts, but never a crab melt … until a few days ago. Turns out, it’s delicious. Three days in Maine, three crab melts. This one was the best: crab meat slaw, melted havarti and avocado at Robert’s Maine Grill right by the Kittery Outlets.

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Ogunquit Sunrise

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I had set my alarm so that I could get up nice and early to see the sunrise again — this time even earlier so I could walk to a spot along the Marginal Way that I had picked out the day before for optimal sunrise viewing — but my alarm didn’t go off! Instead Brian somehow woke me up just in time, and after bundling up (it was 20 degrees), I headed up to my spot … completely worth it. Absolutely, incredibly, fabulously gorgeous sunrise.

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Ogunquit, Maine – Day 3

Monday, December 29th, 2014

I woke up early to see the sunrise, and I was rewarded with some absolutely gorgeous colors. After breakfast, we took a nice long walk to on end of the Marginal Way, right near where we stayed in 2007. It was a clear day, and the ocean was a gorgeous shade of blue, so we took a lot of pictures of waves and rocks.

 

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The Beachmere Inn

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine. It’s a handful of buildings right along the coast with lots of porches and balconies for looking out at the ocean, a cozy little room for breakfast, a patio with a fire pit, and a kick-ass Christmas tree made out of lobster traps.

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Ogunquit, Maine – Day 2

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Since we had such an incredible view of the ocean, I wanted to see the sunrise. I set my alarm, woke up, saw that the sky and the ocean were the exact same shade of completely gray, and went back to bed. We headed down to Kittery, Maine for the outlet stores (seriously killer post-Christmas deals), had a late lunch, then headed back to the Beachmere Inn for an afternoon walk along the Marginal Way. We saw pretty much the same thing we saw yesterday … waves crashing on rocks … but since the light was a bit different, and it was still spectacularly beautiful, we took a bunch of pictures.

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Ogunquit, Maine – Day 1

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

I needed to spend a few days curled up with a book somewhere extremely beautiful, so we booked three nights at the Beachmere Inn. The Beachmere is one of the few places in Ogunquit, Maine that is actually open in December. Oqunquit is a tourist town, filled with shops, galleries, restaurants, a gazillion inns, and an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of coastline.

In October 2007, right around the time I started dating this handsome fella who is now my husband, I spent a weekend in Ogunquit with my family. My first ever photoblog post was from that weekend. I have been wanting to show Brian this beautiful place, so even though December is not the most ideal time to go to Maine, we spent three days taking pictures of waves crashing on rocks, and it was perfect.

We arrived around 3pm, dumped our bags and headed straight to the Marginal Way, the walk-way along the coast, just a few steps from our room. It was supposed to be overcast the next few days, and I was hoping for a colorful sunset. Here are our photos from that evening.

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Lunch in Portsmouth

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

We stopped for a delicious lunch in Portsmouth, NH on our way up to Maine.

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New Hampshire Leaves

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

We wanted to see some colorful New Hampshire leaves, and it had been too long since we’d seen Sara and Eric, so we made some last-minute plans and drove to Keene, NH. We had an incredible brunch at the Stage Restaurant, wandered around for a bit, then headed over to Mt. Pitcher and walked to the top for some incredible views!

 

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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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Wedding at Brooksby Farm

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Lovely day for a wedding at Brooksby Farm in Peabody … I had the honor of assisting the wedding photographer!

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Wells Beach

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

We had such a lovely day trip up to Portland a few weeks ago and we decided to try it again … Maine is only an hour and a half away! We decided to drive up to Ogunquit because we just wanted to walk around and get some exercise some place scenic. I remembered the beautiful scenic path along the water near Perkins Cove (the Marginal Way), so we headed there. SO bummed to find that it was so crowded with tourists that we had to completely abandon the idea … there was absolutely nowhere to park the car! So annoying because I could see glimpses of the stunning scenery as we drove around, and I was itching to get out of the car and take a long a walk but we were actually stuck.

After some whining (all me), we decided to continue north along the coast to see what else we would see, and we drove through a quieter, less touristy, residential neighborhood of incredible oceanfront properties … and then, suddenly there was a parking spot! We hopped out at Wells Beach, and walked along the shoreline listening to that wonderful irreplaceable sound of waves crashing on rocks.

After we walked a bit, we decided to take a risk on a tiny little shack of a restaurant called Wells Beach Lobster Pound. It didn’t look very promising from the outside, but we were pleasantly surprised! We brought our food across the street and enjoyed incredible clam chowder, fried clam strips and a lobster roll on a ledge overlooking the ocean. Absolutely perfect!

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Casco Bay Cruise from Portland

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Did you know there are over 3,000 islands off the coast of Maine? We took a little day trip up to Portland Maine, and we saw about 10 of them on a 3-hour cruise on Casco Bay Lines. The cruise is called the Mailboat Run because it brings passengers and mail deliveries to the islands twice a day, and it gives tourists like us the chance to see Maine as it was intended to be seen: from the water. A perfectly beautiful relaxing  inspiring New England day.

We passed Gorges Island, Peaks Island and Little Diamond Island, then our first stop was at Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island, followed soon after by a stop at Long Island. Our third stop was at Cliff Island, then finally at Great Chebeague Island, then back to Portland for window shopping and an amazing dinner.

 

 

 

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Deering, NH

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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Newport, RI

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

dsc05883-jpgA few of us knew that we would all want/need a mid-Fall getaway weekend, so we picked one of New England’s many perfect towns for a get-away weekend, Newport, Rhode Island, and we booked two rooms at one of Newport’s many inns, Bouchard Inn and Restaurant.

We got really lucky because the restaurant was being renovated, so even on a busy weekend, the inn wasn’t full. They upgraded us, and we were treated to an incredibly comfortable two-bedroom suite, with a kitchenette and sitting room between the two bedrooms. It was absolutely perfect to wake up to the smell of the complimentary pastries delivered to our room. We highly recommend the Bouchard Inn. We felt like this really nice guy was letting us stay at his really nice house while he was away for the weekend. Also, and I don’t say this lightly: the bed was really comfortable!

Little did we know that it’s Restaurant Week in Newport, and we had a few amazing meals. We started our adventure with an incredible lunch at Diego’s, and we had a really delicious dinner at Fluke’s. Not exactly fine dining, but we also had a really satisfying meal at Newport Creamery. This was one of my favorite restaurants when I was little, so of course, I had to order my favorite meal: a tuna melt and a super-chipper. Very good for the soul.

And … we saw some mansions (duh!). Click on the for my photos from our visit to three of the Newport Mansions

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Newport Mansions: The Breakers

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

 

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Newport Mansions: Chateau-sur-Mer

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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