MASSACHUSETTS – #CoastTheEastCoast

Hey there!! Happy Friday! Can you believe August is almost over? I’m feeling bittersweet about it because I’m eager for fall but trying to soak up all the summer sun because I know in a few months, Maine will be blanketed in snow. Erica and I are enjoying these last few sunny days exploring the East Coast. This week we are showing you our favorite spots in Massachusetts! Check out Erica’s blog HERE!!

Massachusetts has SO much to offer. My all time favorite place to explore there is Boston. There are so many places, big and little in Boston. I love going to the North End. My friend Haley and I explored Boston this week. CLICK HERE to check out my VLOG from that day! (:

IMG_9720 IMG_9738IMG_9741First, we got on a Downeaster train to get to Boston. This is super convenient when traveling around New England. We got right into North Station and took an Uber to the North End. We could’ve totally walked but Haley had a tattoo appointment to get to. After that, we grabbed yummy lunch at Pizzeria Regina. Although this isn’t 100% authentic Italian (sorry living there has kind of jaded me) the pizza is still SO good. It’s all house made, fresh to order, and baked right in a brick oven the way real Italians do.

IMG_9747For dessert, we headed to Mike’s Pastries. I’ve been eating a plant based diet and was psyched to realize marzipan was vegan! I couldn’t leave without buying a classic chocolate chip cannoli for Bill. The guy working behind the counter said that Mike’s sells 25,000 pastries a week!!! That’s nuts. They are all to die for and you can’t go wrong with whatever it is you choose.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping you’ve gotta hop on the T and get off at Arlington or Copley and shop along Newbury Street. The stores here range from Chanel to H&M to local boutiques. There’s something for everyone here which is great!

For those who don’t know, I went to school just outside Boston to study esthetics. Living in the suburbs around Boston gave me some insight into some cool little spots. In Winchester, I loved going to Revolve which is an awesome consignment shop which had great name brand clothes which are in really great condition. In the next town over, Woburn, there are an overwhelming amount of yummy places to eat. My absolute favorite was Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe. This is an authentic pulled noodle bar where you can watch the staff throw these long strings of noodles in the air to stretch them out making them the yummiest most perfect texture. I also loved Tudo Na Brasa which at lunch time offers buffet style Brazilian food and delicious chocolate balls for dessert. Lastly, my dad SWEARS Maki Maki is the best sushi restaurant he’s been to in his entire life. I must agree, it is very delicious.

IMG_1337When avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city there are so many beaches to enjoy. Nantucket, Cape Cod (Cuttyhunk is my fave!), and Martha’s Vineyard are all hot spots to go to in the summer. For my birthday trip, we ventured out of these major touristy places and went to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. The sand was soft and the water was so clear. I would highly recommend it!

What are your favorite spots in Mass?? Check back next week for Erica and I’s final stop of #CoastTheEastCoast in my home state of Maine!

RHODE ISLAND – #CoastTheEastCoast

Welcome back to #CoastTheEastCoast with me and Erica Aube! This week we are exploring the beaches and cities of Rhode Island! This state is truly beautiful and has so much to offer. Rhode Island is little but definitely mighty when it comes to things to do!

Here are my favorite spots to visit-

Providence

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In Providence, a must-see is Federal Hill. This is the “Little Italy” of Rhode Island. As someone who has literally lived in Italy I can attest to this. You see little old men sitting at cafes speaking Italian and playing Scopa. If you’ve lived in Italy you know what this is (; My favorite part of Federal Hill is the food. You NEED to go to Venda Ravioli. They make delicious and authentic fresh pasta and have an Italian grocery. This place is seriously a little slice of Italy! I can’t come to Rhode Island and not stop here to get some yummy pasta.

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When in Providence Water Fire is a favorite by both the locals and tourists. I went to a full basin lighting and this experience was truly magical. The entire city of Providence is packed while people line the basin to listen to music and watch the theatrical lighting of these huge fire pits which are in the water. This is something that I think everyone needs to see at least once in their life. I can’t find words to truly describe this experience other than magical!

NewPort 

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Newport is a very unique place. This touristy town grows immensely in population in the summer months. Newport draws people for it’s beautiful beaches, sailing, and gorgeous architecture. Home of Salve Regina University, the Vanderbilt house, and former military buildings turned museums there is something for everyone in Newport.

Block Island

283745_10150989549174218_1448216403_n 527956_10150989540454218_203823102_nThis gorgeous island is definitely worth the ferry ride. Block Island has the most gorgeous blue water I’ve seen in New England. When in Block Island you have the option of relaxing on Mansion Beach, seeing the gorgeous views at Mohegan Bluffs, or exploring one of the many lighthouses. My favorite way to explore BIRI is on a moped. There are several spots downtown where you can rent a moped for a few hours and ride around the island. Block Island is the most perfect weekend getaway! There’s no better way to relax than watching one of their scenic sunsets over the gorgeous clear blue water.

Del’s Lemonade

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Last but not least, Del’s Lemonade is a Rhode Island classic. You can find this in local stores, or sold out of carts on the side of busy streets. Del’s serves up yummy lemonade and frozen lemonade. You can’t leave Rhode Island without sipping on some Del’s!

Don’t forget to check out out Erica’s post to see her Rhode Island picks! See you next week up in Massachusetts! (:

CONNECTICUT – #CoastTheEastCoast

HEY EVERYONE! Happy August! This month Erica Aube and I are coasting up the East coast. Join us every Friday from Connecticut to Maine to see our favorite eats and adventures in each state! We are starting down in Erica’s home state of Connecticut. Ironically, this is also kind of my home state. I’m torn between being a Maine girl and a Connecticut girl. Having spent half my life in each state, I guess that makes me both? This weeks post will be kind of a throw back for me as I talk about all of my favorite things I used to do as a kid growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut.



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Old Greenwich is a neat area in Connecticut. With lots of little shops and restaurants lining each side of the street, it can be quite a fun little area to walk around. One of my all time favorite places to stop in here is Darlene’s Heavenly Desires. This candy shop used to be just a walk away from my childhood home and boy did I love stopping in to fill a bag with a disgusting amount of candy. I would always try convincing my parents I was mature and LOVED the chocolate dipped orange peels. They grew on me and I love them to this day.

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Along the coast, just a short ways out of New York City, you’d never guess you would find such a nice beach and walking area. Tod’s Point Park has great paths for exploring, picnic tables for lunch, and sandy beaches for miles which allow for fun activities like swimming, sailing, and kayaking. Not to mention, the gorgeous sunsets at the end of a hot summer day!

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For a big day of exploring Connecticut you have to fuel up with a good breakfast, and pack a yummy lunch. You can’t go without stopping at Rinaldi’s Country Deli in Cos Cob. This truly screams childhood for me. After begging my dad to bring me along to the Greenwich Town Dump so we could sort our trash and maybe snag a book at the book exchange, we would top off the perfect Saturday morning with an egg and cheese on a roll. They manage to make this perfectly EVERY SINGLE TIME! Also, don’t leave without grabbing lunch. The turkey sandwich on a sub is delicious and they don’t skimp out on the meat.

Where are your favorite places to go in Connecticut?! I must say, having grown up for some time down there I need to go back and explore more. The state is so big and has so much to offer! Check out what Erica’s go-to places are HERE. Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram to see our daily adventures! Check back next week to see our must see places in Rhode Island!

 

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