A Weekend in Vermont

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Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the feeling of the cool air, cable-knit cozy sweaters, and especially colorful leaves.

So last year, I decided to take a weekend away to enjoy my favorite holiday … and what better place to spend it than in Vermont – where autumn rules the landscape?

I was surprised what I was able to fit into 4 days, so I’ve decided to share my experiences, so you can be inspired to plan your own fall getaway …

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A New England Fall Favorite: Hornstra Farms

I can’t believe that fall is in the air … already. Just a few weeks ago we were enjoying 80+ degree days, beach lounging and cookouts. Now, the kiddies are heading back to school, the leaves are changing (at least, in Massachusetts they are), and the stores are stocking Halloween candy (a tad early if you ask me)…

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to completely relinquish all of my summer activities just yet.

If this sounds like you, then I would love to tell you about Hornstra Farms – if you didn’t already visit, that is. I usually continue to visit the farm in Norwell, MA up until the Dairy Bar closes for the season. It’s fun, family-friendly, beautiful and, above all, delicious to take a trip to Hornstra!

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24 Hours in Washington DC

I’ve walked the streets of London, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and tried Belgian chocolate from the shops of Bruges, but I never visited the capital of the United States – Washington D.C. – until now.

The opportunity for a quick visit arose when we decided to road trip it down to Virginia to see my sister graduate from A.I.T army training, and I was determined to see D.C. while the chance was within reach.

But I learned a lot about the capital city that I didn’t know before. Basically, you have to see it to understand just how huge and overwhelming it is. But I loved it.

We were short on time, but here’s what I saw in the two days I visited Washington D.C., and what you should consider seeing on your trip there, too.

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The view from The Washington Monument on the National Mall

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Happy(ier) hour summer cocktail recipes

Its mid-July in Massachusetts: Which means that the temperature outside has (finally) reached sizzling levels. I find that there’s nothing better than cooling off near the pool with a refreshing cocktail and some friends to beat the heat.

But what to make? Sure, there’s lemonade and iced tea, but for those at the right age, something with a slightly extra kick is sometimes appreciated, and helps you relax and enjoy your time not in an office or behind a counter.

There are so many summer cocktail recipes, it’s virtually impossible to try them all in one season. So here are some of my favorites to get you started.

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Summer in Massachusetts: Cape Cod Lavender Farm

If there’s one time a year that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s summer. And if there’s one place that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s Cape Cod (or the Cape, as it’s known locally).

Put those two together and you’re golden.

But aside from the incredible beaches, seafood and shopping offered down the Cape during the on-months, there’s even more, if you know where to look.

I’ve been pretty obsessed with lavender for awhile – I have a few plants growing in my own garden at home. The smell during the peak season is to-die-for; it has that gorgeous balance of sweet and strong that entices. I use it in my tea (hello, lavender-chamomile my old friend), and as a natural perfume and sleep aid. Drying bunches and keeping them on-hand keeps the air clean in the house, and makes every breath feel like summertime.

So when I heard about Cape Cod Lavender Farm, I had no choice but to see what it was all about.

And it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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