Oct 252015
Why Southbridge, MA is a Brilliant Weekend Getaway

A dreamy New England getaway with family is possible just an hour west of Boston! For my birthday weekend, I had the opportunity to explore the area around Southbridge, Massachusetts, and I officially declare it a hidden gem. Here are tips on where to stay, eat, and play in the area.

Where to stay: The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center is the winner for convenience and comfort, and what a fascinating story it has! [...Read More!]

Oct 182015
The Secret About Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

This week, our family finally made it to Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts after years of saying we would go. What we encountered took me by surprise!

I admit — I had low expectations for the “largest living museum in New England” which recreates life in the early 1800s. OSV began in 1946, so I pictured hokey actors and boredom in all forms. How wrong I was!

The three hours we had scheduled [...Read More!]

Aug 192015
Guess What? We're Pregnant With Our Second Child!

There’s so much I’ve wanted to say to you yet couldn’t, but now we can finally reveal that we are three months pregnant with our second child! First… yay! Colin and I are so excited to be “turning food into another human,” (as I like to say while downing pasta salad).

Second, this may give some context for why our 2,000-mile road trip with a toddler this summer was — despite being glorious — utterly exhausting. I [...Read More!]

May 192015
A Fun Weekend Getaway with Family in Mystic, CT

Even before we arrived, my family knew that Mystic, Connecticut was the right mini-vacation spot because of the way people spoke of it. “I used to love going to Mystic as a child,” person after person sighed when we told them of our upcoming trip. “It’s such a charming little place!” Mystic has many fans, and we soon learned why.

Mystic is a New England seaport village with just 4,205 inhabitants and 3.4 square miles. In fact, it is not an actual [...Read More!]

Apr 302015
A Great Dinner in Mystic, CT, in Yummy, Funny Photos

What was the best part of our first ever visit to Mystic, Connecticut? The dinner you’re about to see. How good was it? Colin and I spent the entire meal arm wrestling with our baby for every last morsel!

The restaurant in question is called Harbour House, and is part of the Inn at Mystic: a hotel with some of the best water views in town. Allow me to lead you through our culinary adventure…

“You [...Read More!]

Jun 162014
Is It Worth It to Travel During the Low Season?

Stores and attractions are closed. Scraggly brown, dead-looking plants sprawl hither and yon. Streets are deserted… spooky. Hotels are run by bare-bones staff, if they’re open at all. Eek! Do YOU dare to brave the “Low Season” in a place like Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts?

I was tempted to ask the question, “Is It Worth it to Travel in the Off Season?” in the title of this article, then scrawl the word “YES,” and leave it at that. [...Read More!]

May 182014
Watch Out! Too-Seductive Food on Martha's Vineyard...

Did you catch the weirdness in that first photo? Yup… there is the mark of a tiny claw right in the middle of the luxurious mascarpone cream. But how did that get there???

Back up to when Colin, baby Devi, and I walked into Water Street restaurant at The Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “Brioche French Toast: Mascarpone, Wild Blueberry Jam, Ginger Chantilly!” sang the alluring description on the breakfast menu. We practically lassoed [...Read More!]

May 112014
The Most Fun Thing on Martha's Vineyard: Alpaca Farm!

The most hilarious and fun activity we did during our Martha’s Vineyard vacation had nothing to do with a beach, or a seafood stall, nor anything you would even remotely associate with a New England island. No… the best activity of all was visiting an ALPACA FARM!

When a friend told me to track down “Island Alpaca” on the Vineyard, I thought she was pulling my leg. One associates alpacas with South America, not [...Read More!]

May 042014
A Great Travel Crib for Baby to Sleep Safely on the Move

As a solo traveler, I prided myself on never checking a bag when flying. But then came baby, and– oof!– he magically made bags and bags of STUFF appear, which his loving parents must now schlepp to all travel destinations. Thankfully, I’ve finally found a way to cut down on baby luggage bulk: we now own the lightest travel crib on the market!

The “phil&teds traveller crib“ (yes, that is the correct spelling and punctuation, much as it [...Read More!]

Apr 282014
Martha's Vineyard's Gingerbread Cottages Are So Cool!

“Lillie, do NOT leave Martha’s Vineyard without tracking down the Gingerbread Houses!” typed one of my readers on my Facebook wall.

“Gingerbread Houses?” I muttered to myself. “What the heck is this woman talking about?”

A few minutes of Internet sleuthing later (during which time my baby spit up all over my husband’s shirt) revealed that a major tourist attraction of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts is a cluster of fairy-like wooden houses in the [...Read More!]