Day at the Lake…

For the past few years- even before I moved to the Pioneer Valley- visiting Ashfield Lake in Ashfield, Massachusetts every Summer was a must-do. The lake is clean, beautiful, and within a short walking distance from downtown Ashfield. And, although downtown Ashfield doesn’t look like much- it’s very much a rustic place to visit and/or […]

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Local Loves: Drawbridge Ice Cream

I know that I’ve mentioned my love of Mystic, Connecticut in the past. It’s the quintessential, picturesque New England Summer destination- filled with waterside dining options, unique boutique shops and historical landmarks/locations- making it the perfect place to spend a few days during the hotter months. But, given that it’s also immensely popular this time […]

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“Some Places Are Like People: Some Shine and Some Don’t.”

One of my Summer 2021 Bucket List activities was to finally go and see a movie in a drive-in with some of my friends- something I hadn’t done since I was a kid and then couldn’t do in the Summer of 2020 due to social distancing protocols preventing me from congregating with anyone who wasn’t […]

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Stormy Skies and Skee-Ball…

I’m being completely honest when I say I don’t think I’ve seen the sun for more than a few minutes at a time in well over a week. Between the storms that have been blowing through New England from the Midwest and Tropical Storm Elsa making it’s way up the coast- the past few days […]

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Local Loves: Deja Vu

I don’t typically travel to the Hampton Beach boardwalk during the peak tourist time frame (anytime from Memorial Day through Labor Day)– often visiting the area in the Fall/Winter and, of course- stopping by their annual Seafood Festival at the end of the Summer season each year. Traffic is almost always terrible, parking fees are […]

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A Month to Remember: June 2021

Although I know it’d be terribly clichΓ© to say “how about this heat wave, huh?”- I mean, really- how about this heat wave, huh? New England is heading into day three of scorching hot temperatures this week- although it looks like we may get a little relief (and a little rain!) with the arrival of […]

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“No Ray of Sunlight’s Ever Lost…”

It’s been about nine years since my father passed away, and although the overwhelming and all-consuming grief that took over my life in the weeks/months following his unexpected death has gradually turned into something more manageable (I’m still sad, and I still miss him, obviously- but I can make it through my days without completely […]

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Local Loves: Del’s Lemonade

If you grew up in New England, chances are you spent an occasional Summer day/weekend at any of the beautiful beaches or seaside communities Rhode Island has to offer and, if you did- then you certainly enjoyed a Del’s frozen lemonade more than once since their trucks were always close by the shore or the […]

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