Nantucket. My Happy Place.
Nantucket is a very special place for me. Maybe it's because of the quaint small-town feel? Maybe it's because I always go there with my favorite people and have the best time? Whatever it is, I love Nantucket. It is my happy place.
Block Island Beach House
The Woodstock Inn
A girls getaway to Ocean Edge
To celebrate one of the last weekend's of summer, I decided to get away from Boston and head to the Cape for a girls getaway. Ocean Edge has been on my list for a while, and I was excited to stay with them to get a little R&R. From restaurants to the beach, Ocean Edge has everything on the property so I also knew that I wouldn't have to leave the grounds for the whole weekend. And if I can avoid driving, I'm a happy girl. Where do I start with The Vedema? First of all, it is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever had the privilege of staying at. Not only am I smitten with the polka dot walls, but there is a 400-year old wine cellar at the hotel - and if you know anything about me, you know wine is the key to my heart.
The best pizza recipe featuring Tillamook cheese
Last week Tillamook hosted an event to celebrate their Boston arrival at Bow Market in Somerville. Party goers enjoyed the Canopy Room while dining on Tillamook pizza from Hot Box, Bomb Steak & Cheese empanadas from Buenas, Boozy Floats featuring Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla ice cream, Macaron ice cream sandwiches from Maca, and an ice cream bar.
Where to stay: The Vedema in Santorini, Greece
For the tail end of my trip on Santorini, I stayed at the Vedema hotel, a property by my favorite, the Luxury Collection. Located in the medieval village of Megalohori, the Vedema is a sprawling resort that maintains the charm of the village and the classic Cycladic style architecture. Where do I start with The Vedema? First of all, it is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever had the privilege of staying at. Not only am I smitten with the polka dot walls, but there is a 400-year old wine cellar at the hotel - and if you know anything about me, you know wine is the key to my heart.
Where to eat: Mystique in Santorini, Greece
For the second half of my stay in Santorini, I moved to a hotel closer to Thera and Οία. Before I checked in at my next hotel, I made plans to have lunch at Mystique, The Luxury Collection's Οία property. Mystique is exactly what you think of when you imagine a Santorini hotel. The various pockets of Mystique's property are nestled among the cliffs of Οία's coast with views of the bluest ocean as far as the eye can see. I settled in at the pool restaurant to try their menu of fresh seafood, fruity cocktails, and decadent desserts.
Where to stay: The Istoria in Santorini, Greece
I pictured my first trip to Greece to be an idyllic island getaway for as long as I can remember. I mean, who would expect their first trip to the Cyclades to be anything less, you know? Anyway. As a clinical over-planner, I had big dreams and really needed this trip to deliver. Luckily, I was able to stay at two stunning hotels on either coast of Santorini and they both really set the mood for the trip. The first hotel - the Istoria. The Istoria is a brand new hotel from Design Hotels. The gorgeous property, a former stable, maintains the equestrian history while mixing in the Greek vibes of the surrounding area. Located in the Perivolos Beach area, the hotel is the perfect respite from the busy Thira and Oia on the other side of the island.
Where to stay: The Nantucket Hotel in Nantucket, MA
I love Nantucket in the off-season. While extremely beautiful in the summer, the population grows 3x during the warmer months and can make the small island feel crowded. Don't get me wrong, I love a summer getaway to the Grey Lady, but you really get a feel for the charming Massachusetts island during the spring or fall. When I had the chance to visit The Nantucket Hotel, I jumped at the chance to go in April. Right before the peak season starts, the restaurants and shops are opening back up but you don't have to deal with any crowds - and reservations are very easy to come by.
A Chicago City Guide
I recently visited Quebec City for a few days at the end of December. It was my first time there, and after all my research, I knew I wanted to primarily explore the Old City for its quaint charm. Here are my favorite spots from my trip.