A Month to Remember: February 2021

Despite how short it actually is- February is one of those months that just feels like it takes an eternity to get through- especially here in Massachusetts. As expected, this was the month that Winter was determined to have one last “hurrah!” at our expense and made it a point to drop as much heavy, […]

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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: 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: Hot Dog Annie’s

Having been born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts- there was one place that was mandatory to visit for families and groups of friends in and around the city before the end of each Summer- a little red roadside takeout spot in Leicester that has been there for over sixty years and remains famous for serving […]

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Summer Vacation Part III – San Diego

Apart from Las Vegas, I think the only other city I travel to the most would be San Diego, California. I’ve been making yearly trips out that way for over ten years now- so much in fact that I can get around without a GPS/Google Maps, have my “regular” places to eat, shop and stay- […]

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A Month to Remember: July 2020

With July wrapping up and August kicking off this coming weekend- it’s hard to imagine that there’s only a few weeks left in Summer 2020- and what an unprecedented Summer it’s been. While many of my favorite seasonal activities like music festivals and BBQs/cookouts with friends and family weren’t possible this year given the current […]

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Local Loves: Kooks Cafe and Beach Shop

Typically when one thinks of beach-side eateries in New England- they think of lobster shacks by the docks or maybe a burger place on a bustling boardwalk- and they’re not wrong. Those places are common and usually delicious- but if you find yourself craving freshly made street tacos, an energizing smoothie bowl, or even a […]

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