Local Loves: ENJOY.

For the past few editions of “Local Loves”, I had shared some of my go-to neighborhood restaurants/take-out spots- so for this installment I had wanted to talk about something a little different- one of my favorite small clothing/accessory boutiques and gift shops nestled in one of my favorite hidden gems here in Western Mass. Shelburne […]

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Local Loves: Champney’s Restaurant and Tavern

One of my favorite things about living in the Pioneer Valley is that 90% of the time, my community and the communities that surround me look like something right out of a cheesy Hallmark movie. Rustic and historic homes? Check. Bustling farm stands? Check. Small, mom & pop hardware shops and bakeries? Check. Snowy trails […]

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Local Loves: Magpie

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, today marks another year older, more stylish, fabulous and maybe a little wiser (that one is still up for debate, honestly.) And while last year’s celebration included time with friends and family- both in large groups and out dining/getting pampered freely and without a care in the world since the […]

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Local Loves: The White Horse Tavern

Given that I was spending New Year’s Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island this year- I wanted to start my 2021 off right by treating myself to a quiet and delicious dinner-for-one at what remains my favorite restaurant in Rhode Island (and the oldest operating restaurant in the United States!)– The White Horse Tavern. Established in […]

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Not-So-Local-Loves: Samuel’s Sweet Shop

I’ve never been to Rhinebeck, New York before. To tell you the truth, I had no idea it even existed (and I love a good, “straight out of a fairy tale” small town!) until my sister-in-law shared photos from a day trip she’d taken with my brother and my niece a couple of months ago […]

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Local Loves: Florence Pie Bar

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Florence, Massachusetts (a village in the northwestern part of Northampton) that much lately, not because I don’t like it there or because it’s not picturesque and beautiful- because it really is!- but because the pandemic hasn’t really given me a chance to go out to eat or shop […]

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Not-So-Local-Loves: The Neon Boneyard

Hello from Las Vegas, Nevada- where I’ve been soaking up the sun (and surprisingly cool, Fall-esque temperatures,) playing the occasional slot machine and eating way too much food since my arrival this past Saturday morning. While my “Local Loves” posts throughout the month of October have predominantly been about macabre and unusual New England oddities- […]

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Local Loves: Haunted Overload

A couple of years ago, my childhood BFF Sean had instructed our group of friends to travel to Lee, New Hampshire one chilly Saturday night in mid-October to participate in a mile long haunted trail he’d splurged on tickets for. He’d heard nothing but good things from friends and co-workers who had gone before him, […]

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