Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Today was my “Monday” since I took a long weekend and it was tough to get up this morning! My husband kept trying to get me out of bed and ready for work but I wanted to just relax under the covers. The weather today and this past weekend was gorgeous – blue sky, bright sun, and cool breeze. On Sunday we went to Hornstra Farms, which I’ll recap in a future post, and I wore my favorite summer maxi dress!
Growing up candles were rarely ever burning at home. My mom always stressed that candles were dangerous and we may all go up in flames if one was lit. Granted, my mom does burn candles occasionally now that we are older! So candles were only used on special occasions like during Christmas dinner. When I moved out I knew I had to start my candle collection. My husband and I enjoy candles the most during the fall and winter because it makes everything feel warm and cozy. We even started making our own! 🙂 I received an email from Bath & Body Works that they were having a sale on all 3-wick candles. On Saturday I headed over to the mall and picked up a few fall candles I can’t wait to burn. Now I really feel like autumn is in the air!
Every year my mom and I say we are going to make a summer day trip somewhere “different” but never do. Work weeks are hectic and the weekends are filled with competing priorities. But we finally made the decision to just do it and head to Ogunquit, Maine. Let me tell you, I am so glad we did! The day was the perfect Ogunquit summer Friday!
High Tide & cramped Beachgoers
We left early in the morning and the drive took less than 2 hours. Our first stop was the beach and as you can tell from previous posts, it’s one of my happy places. But the tide was coming in so we only stayed for a few minutes because it was so high there was barely any room to move! Beachgoers were literally on top of each other! Instead, my mom and I decided to take a walk to Perkins Cove and reminisce about the vacations we used to take to Ogunquit years ago as a family. We walked past the hotels we stayed in and chatted about “Dolly The Trolley” that travels around town.
Why is it that waking up early on the weekend is SO easy but during the week I feel like a walking zombie?! This past Sunday was no different, I was wide awake before 7 am so my husband and I decided to drive into Boston and take a Sunday stroll along Fan Pier. The Seaport is easily one of my favorite spots in the city since it’s right on the water.
The drive only took 15 minutes with no traffic and we found street parking. Also, did I mention it was FREE since it was a Sunday?! Another reason I love this area is because it is super quiet on the weekends since it is mostly commercial. There are a lot of residential buildings going up but I think city people sleep late on the weekends! 😉
One of the benefits of living in Massachusetts is its close proximity to the beautiful and relaxing mountains of New Hampshire. My husband and I make the 3 1/2 hour journey, with a few pit stops in between, to Jackson at least a few times a year. If you have never been to Jackson then you need to go! It is so close to our most recent adventure, Frankenstein Cliffs and Arethusa Falls. It is the most relaxing and quaint little town I have ever seen with ski clubs, delicious restaurants, art museums, and even a puzzle store! I love being away from the loud sounds and distractions of the city and breathing in the fresh air.
Last year I bought my husband a guide book on the best hikes in the White Mountains. I love this book because it gives details on the best paths to take and the difficulty. Now I’ll admit, I’m definitely not in the best shape of my life. Especially compared to how fit I was when we hiked Tuckerman’s Ravine a few years ago. So we decided on Crawford Notch with Arethusa Falls and the Frankenstein Cliffs. The hike was only 5 miles, considered moderate difficulty, and offered beautiful views of the tallest waterfall in the state.