August 14, 2014 § 7 Comments
(Eastern Point, MA // Enjoying the streets of Portland, ME // Pretty details in Hartford, CT // Gloucester, MA // The Mark Twain House)
If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you already know, but me and Frank snuck away for a long weekend to New England! We did Boston twice together while we were dating (once was mostly just to see the Red Sox game that was rained out the first time we were there) and we loved it, and have talked about doing other parts of the area for a while.
It was sort of a whirlwind. He picked me up right from work on Thursday and we drove straight to Portland, Maine. The next day we hit Salem, and Gloucester in Massachusetts. Then Boston the next day, and hit the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT the last day. We mostly just ate and toured historic houses, like the old people we are, but I thought it'd be fun to share some of our favorite stops!
Portland, Maine - Portland in itself gets a mention because, helloooooo, it's stinkin' adorable! Seriously. It's got a great vibe. It's historic, right on the water, and packed with some amazing places to eat and shop.
Victoria Mansion // Portland, ME – So gorgeous! It's a mansion with not only a crazy amazing staircase, but some incredible painting throughout the house.
Fore Street // Portland, ME – Frank has a gift for finding amazing restaurants, and did not dissapoint here. We were worried when we tried to make a reservation and it was already booked, but it turns out they keep 1/3 of the restaurant tables open for "walk ins" each night. And by "walk ins," I mean you wait in a line outside before they open to try to snatch one! It's actually pretty fun. The menu changes every night, and is incredible. The bread is from Standard Baking Co. which is downstairs – and it's amazing (PS. they got some tasty coffee too:). I even had an amazing drink too! The pound cake for dessert though…. UGH. That's all I can say.
Eastern Point // Gloucester, MA – We ended up coming here on a whim, when Frank found the Beauport House (which is amazing, and a must see!). We had some time until the next tour, so we drove down to see the old lighthouse. It wasn't open but we were able to walk out to the end, which is such a picturesque view.
The Phillips House // Salem, MA – One of our favorite house tours. The house itself has a great story, and is packed full of the original family's items. It's a gorgeous house and has so many fun quirks:)
July 21, 2014 § 4 Comments
Hey there! Feels like forever since I've blogged. I actually have a few fun things to share that I just haven't gotten around to yet, but I thought I'd pop in and share a couple photos from last weekend when me and my mom decided to drive down to Chincoteague to see some ponies!
We got in at night and walked around the downtown a little bit and of course, couldn't help but get some ice cream from Muller's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. It's an old house turned ice cream parlor so it instantly won me over. In the morning me and my mom shared the worlds most giant (not really though) Cinnamon Roll from Sugarbakers, and then poped on one of those boat-cruise tours and actually got pretty close to a couple of the Pony herds! They are so darn cute it's ridiculous. I'd love to see the Pony crossing one year! Anyway, we had lunch at the Sea Star which was amazing! Seriously, all I got was a turkey and cheese sandwich on a croissant and it was one of the best sandwiches of my life. Then we drove around the Island and crossed over to Assateague Beach which was so lovely! It was pretty packed, but still super relaxing to just walk up and down the beach:)
We headed home after that, but couldn't help making a quick stop in Berlin, MD which totally lives up to it's title of "America's Coolest Small Town". Of course, it was a Sunday and a lot of stuff was closed by the time we got there, bu we did pop in a couple adorable antique shops and are already planning a little trip back to see everything else!
What have you guys been up to lately?!
May 1, 2014 § 3 Comments
It's been rainy, and just plain nasty here all week, which means no outfit posts (bummer!). But I thought I'd do something fun and share a more in-depth list of some of my favorite spots in Philly! I'm always finding new things to do int he city. It is seriously packed with some great stuff, and there seems to be a never ending list of amazing restuarants to try.
I won't pretend I know every bit of the city, so I decided to make more detailed list of my favorite shopping and eateries in Center City and Old City, and then a seperate list of some intersting other spots!
Anthropologie – If you come to Philly you have to stop in the Anthropologie! It sits right across form Rittenhouse square in what was once an incredible estate. You can still see some of the amazing original fireplaces, as well as an insanely cool ceiling in one of the rooms. Oh, not to mention, it's Anthro, so it's always packed with fun things to buy and some incredible displays.
Shopping on Walnut – If you're not from the area it's good to know that most of the higher end shopping in the city is right on Walnut Street from 19th Street down to Broad Street. You have everything from Juicy Couture, Jack Wills, and Free People and a ton more. There's also some on Chestnut Street (the next street over).
The Dandelion – So the food is really good, but the decor is amazing. They left all the original fireplaces and what-not from when it was just a home, so it feels super cozy, but is also packed filled with really fun and interesting art, wallpaper, and nick-nacks!
Estia – We make it a point to come here every winter. It's definitely a "splurge" restaurant, but it's the best Greek food I've ever had, and has such a cozy atmosphere.
MagPie – Who doesn't love pie? It's the best. This little spot is dedicated to some pretty kick-butt pies and is totally worth a little extra walking from Rittenhouse to get some!
Di Bruno Bros – Need a quick, to-go meal, or some super fancy groceries? This place is it. It's a grocery store that also has quick meal options that are pretty amazing, and some places to sit inside too. With Rittenhouse Park so close, it's a perfect place to grab a picnic to-go and relax and people watch in the park.
Our old neighborhood! Old City is one of my favorite parts of Philly. It has it's own unique charm. Most of the shops and boutiques are locally owned, and is home to some amazing historic buildings.
Art in the Age – A very "Philly" little boutique! They work with and sell pieces from a lot of local artists, which is great. They also carry a selection of Warby Parkers, so it's always fun to stop in and try a bunch on:)
Lost + Found – I love Lost + Found because they have a great, unique selection of clothes (especially dresses!), but are pretty reasonable when it comes to price too.
Vagabond – Another great little boutique. I love that they carry both interesting and unique designer pieces, as well as some really fun vintage pieces.
Franklin Fountain – It's really not a proper visit to Philly without a little ice cream from Franklin Fountain (or A LOT if you go with the Mt. Vesuvious). It's an authentic ice cream parlor that only takes cash, and makes some of the best ice cream around.
Positano Coast – Me and Frank have been coming here since we started dating. We especially love eating in the lounge during summer. They open all the doors, and it's just beautiful. Not to mention, the food is really tasty!
Nick's Roast Beef – One of our little go-to spots for lunch when we lived in the city. They really do have great roast beef. It's definitely not a "fancy" spot, but good food always wins. Tip – make sure you bring cash, that's all they take:)
Museums + Spots to See
The Philadelphia Museum of Art – Sure, any list online of "things to do in Philly" will probably have it, but it really is worth a visit. It's amazing, beautiful, and just plain inspiring.
The Franklin Institute – One of my husband's favorite places. It's a fun place to go with or without kids, and also hosts a lot of really cool exhibits.
The Mutter Museum – Not for the super squimish, but amazing non the less. It's a museum of medical history, which may sound boring, but is actually beautiful and incredibly interesting.
The Mount Pleasant Estate – We just recently toured the estate and are completely in love. It's so lovely, and it's also part of "the charms of Fairmount Park" and we're really excited to check out the rest of them.
The Top of City Hall Tour – I was so suprised at how awesome this was! It's really amazing to get a whole 360 degree of the whole city from right under good ol' Mr. Penn:)
There's still a ton of places I have on my list to visit, and new restuarants I want to try, so I will occasionally be updating this list:) Oh, and feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments!
June 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
One of my favorite things about our neighborhood in Philly is all the amazing little shops all within a block of our apartment (lucky me, hmm?). When it comes to window shopping it’s pure amazingness and no matter how many times in the same day I walk past the same store window I still cannot pull my eyes away from them. *sigh* I love Old City:)
April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Okay, so we didn’t really go to Paris.
Actually, we didn’t really leave Philly.
But we did see a smaller-yet still big light-up version in the lobby of the Kimmel.
(it was pretty cool if I do say so myself)
there was even a little light and music show they did where it lit up all crazy and all kinds of fun music played. fun fun fun.
Not to mention the fun of running around the Kimmel taking a few photos:)