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: 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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Christmas with Kringle Candle…

When I had first told my family and friends that I was going to be moving to the Pioneer Valley last Spring, the most common question I was asked was “how close will you be to Yankee Candle?” (and the answer is that I’m about ten minutes away.) You see, the Yankee Candle in Deerfield, […]

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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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Mistletoe and Holly…

One of the perks of living in the Pioneer Valley is that there is no shortage of small, independent or family-owned/operated businesses and farms that have managed to get creative in this pandemic in order to safely keep their doors open and continue serving their community. I’ve been trying to shop local whenever possible these […]

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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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Local Loves: Red Apple Farm

Out of all the local places I typically visit every September/October- Red Apple Farm in Phillipston is the one I discovered only fairly recently- with my first trip there taking place last Fall when I went to a Harvest Festival with a couple of my friends who were out my way for an extended weekend. […]

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Local Loves: Brookfield Orchards

There are a lot of year-round farm stands and orchards around New England- and having been born and raised here- I know which ones are my favorites and which I typically try to avoid, be it because they’re always too crowded (a legitimate concern these days!) or because their products and produce aren’t as good […]

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