No Problems Here, Houston…

Travel days, specifically the days spent getting to/from a location by means of planes, trains or automobiles- can be excruciatingly long. Add some delays and flight cancellations due to an approaching hurricane to the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for exhaustion and absolutely no productivity. Such was the case last Friday, after a […]

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A Brisk Fall Getaway…

If you’ve been reading ‘Coffee & Chiffon’ for any length of time now, then you’re probably aware that I love a good long weekend getaway- especially if it involves some history, some sight-seeing, live music and great food- and this past weekend checked all of those boxes! A few days ago I hopped a quick […]

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“Are There Any Spirits Here Who Wish to Communicate?”

When it comes to fascinating, spooky and historic (or possibly commercialized, depending on who you ask!) places to visit in October- you can’t go much bigger and over-the-top than Salem, Massachusetts. While the gorgeous little city on the water is one of my favorite places to visit and spend time in year-round- I usually try […]

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Local Loves: The House of the Seven Gables

I want to preface this post by saying I love Salem, Massachusetts. I love it! It’s truly one of my favorite places in New England. The unique, quaint houses, the fascinating (and often morbid) history and the kitschy tourist traps and attractions mixed among some of my favorite restaurants, shops and sights. It’s a gorgeous […]

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Meet Me in Chicago…

I had every intention of checking in from the road last Friday and sharing some photos/stories from my first day-or-so in Chicago- where I spent a few days leading into this past weekend for an impromptu getaway. Of course, anything can happen when traveling- which was pretty much the case when I first arrived in […]

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Local Loves: Roseland Cottage

Given the area in Southern Massachusetts where my mother currently resides, it’s not uncommon at all for me to cross over state lines into Connecticut and visit small, quaint towns like Pomfret or Woodstock whenever I visit her. There’s a lot of great shops, places to eat, and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and/or […]

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Local Loves: Three Sisters Sanctuary

Despite their outdoor locations and some of the other surrounding businesses/attractions opening to limited capacity and enforced mask-wearing- a lot of my favorite local spots to visit here in Pioneer Valley during the Springtime remain closed to the public as a result of COVID-19. It’s frustrating for sure- but understandable- although it greatly reduces the […]

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“I paint life as I would like it to be.”

Stockbridge, Massachusetts- about an hour and a half away from where I live- is a quaint resort town out in the Berkshires. It’s Main Street is lined with small shops, cafes, galleries- and the historic Red Lion Inn. Despite it’s distance from the thriving artist community in the Pioneer Valley, Stockbridge has it’s own share […]

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