A Spooky Stroll in Salem

It isn’t actually too spooky… but we did encounter some awesome decorations and a halloween parade so it fits!

Many flock to Salem around Halloween as it is not only the home of the Salem Witch Trails from the 1600’s but also where the movie Hocus Pocus was filmed.

Two of my best friends just bought a house in Salem, so we went to hang out from the evening and just happened to witness a cute hometown Halloween parade.img_0261img_0262img_0264

What outing would be complete without a little beer tasting! Notch Taproom and Brewery is conveniently located with an amazing outdoor patio that allows you to sit riverside. img_0269img_0270img_0272img_0274

The beer is great and the pretzels aren’t bad either.img_0276img_0280

People lined up for the parade!img_0282img_0283

The cemetery in town. Spooky.img_0289img_0292

We hit Opus for dinner. The menu here has everything a diverse party could want. Sushi, burgers and fries…oh my!img_0294

These fries were delish.img_0297

The sushi was great too!img_0298img_0300

Can’t wait to visit my friends in Salem again and experience more what this cute, historical town has to offer.

Day Trip: Massachusetts North Shore

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Rainy day views from inside a coffee shop with the best HAZELNUT Coffee I have ever tasted. It was like candy. IMG_6792IMG_6793IMG_6794IMG_6795IMG_6796

What beach town dreams are made of…this just makes me the happiest little gal. IMG_6898IMG_6805IMG_6808IMG_6810IMG_6813IMG_6814IMG_6816IMG_6817IMG_6818IMG_6819IMG_6828IMG_6830

Cape Ann Brewing is one of my favorite breweries in Mass. Their beers are delicious, I especially loved their stout. The food was also delicious!IMG_6831IMG_6833IMG_6835IMG_6836IMG_6838IMG_6839

Head to Woodman’s of Essex  for your fill of fried seafood!IMG_6840IMG_6841IMG_6842

The Crane Estate at Castle Hill is amazing! I LOVE thinking about the family who lived here and feel so lucky that they opened it to the public. IMG_6846IMG_6847IMG_6848IMG_6849IMG_6851IMG_6853IMG_6855IMG_6856IMG_6857IMG_6863IMG_6864IMG_6865

We went hiking around the property and down to the beach where I picked up some amazing driftwood!IMG_6867IMG_6868IMG_6869IMG_6871IMG_6874IMG_6876

Next beer stop, Ipswich Ale Brewery.IMG_6877IMG_6878IMG_6882

I am going to be real honest with you, their beer was good but I was kinda put off because you can not make your own flight.. they were super accommodating and allowed me to try other beers that I wanted to try that were not in the flight but I am just putting that out there as my only complaint. We didn’t eat here because we were stuffed from our fried food frenzy at Woodman’s.IMG_6883IMG_6884IMG_6885

My amazing driftwood finds! So excited to get crafty with it!IMG_6887

So I have had Boom Sauce and Steal this Can before in San Francisco and had no idea that they were born and brewed in Mass– what a cool surprise! I love how industrial and hidden the tasting room is. I honestly felt like I was really cool for hitting this spot. ( HA) The tasting of all four beers on tap is free, yes, you heard that right , free! Head to Lord Hobo to try their beers and take some cans with you! We went home with Consolation Prize and Boom Sauce. IMG_6888IMG_6890IMG_6891

Then because we were ready for some dinner we headed to Lord Hobo restaurant in Cambridge. Great beer selection – lots of sours!IMG_6892

Amazing burger and fries – I was stuffed.IMG_6894IMG_6895

Dessert at home from The Scoop N Scootery. SO good – glad I can’t get this at home!IMG_6896

East Coast Fall Delights

A night at the MFA in Boston. Probably the most amazing museum I have been to. They had one of my favorites Georgia O’Keefe in their contemporary wing.IMG_3880 IMG_3882 The Post 390 is delicious for dinner and drinks but be prepared to spend some cash money. IMG_3884 IMG_3887 For dessert we split the banana cream pie and this amazing popcorn waffle sundae that was out of this world. IMG_3889 IMG_3891 In the Spring/Summer months in Cambridge be sure to head to Formagios for an unforgettable BBQ. IMG_3893 IMG_3894 IMG_3895 IMG_3897 IMG_3898 IMG_3900 I ordered the Mac n’ Cheese and the Brisket! It was one of the best BBQs I have ever had and I can not wait to go back. IMG_3901 Following our BBQ, we drove out to Western Mass for some Fall fun and apple picking. IMG_3904 IMG_3906 IMG_3907 IMG_3908 IMG_3910 IMG_3913 IMG_3914 IMG_3915 IMG_3916 IMG_3921 IMG_3922 IMG_3923 IMG_3924 IMG_3925 Some of the most amazing apples I have ever had in my life.  There is nothing quite like biting into an apple you just picked! It was very satisfying. IMG_3926 IMG_3929 IMG_3931 IMG_3933 Last couple stops before heading to the airport included, Beacon Hill Monument and Mystic Brewing!IMG_3935 The 394 steps to the top of the monument are seriously no joke! My friends and I are all relatively active and we were sore for days. However, the views were worth the sore gams so don’t let the steps scare you. IMG_3938 IMG_3939 IMG_3941 IMG_3944 Mystic Brewery is a great spot. It is a place where you feel at home and seems like its the perfect tap room to go to on Fall / Winter days when its cold out. They have a few games to play or bring your own while you sip on their delicious brews. Note: They don’t serve food so you are welcome to bring in outside grub. IMG_3945 IMG_3948 IMG_3949

This post concludes my East Coast trip. I had an amazing time filled with friends, brews, views and lots of good food. I am hoping to head back in the Spring so please let me know of any great places I should try!

The Freedom Trail…and where to eat and dessert

If you are in Boston, you should follow the Freedom Trail.  If you can go on a weekday it will probably be less crowded which in my opinion is better! The Freedom Trail is a wonderful way to see the city but also learn more about our nation’s history and walk where are forefathers walked.

IMG_3735 IMG_3736 IMG_3737 IMG_3739 IMG_3741 IMG_3742Get Cider Donuts here – right when you walk in. I think the best of my trip.IMG_3743 IMG_3744 IMG_3745 IMG_3746 IMG_3747 IMG_3748 IMG_3749 IMG_3751 Boston HarborIMG_3754 IMG_3755 IMG_3757 IMG_3758 IMG_3759 IMG_3760Most places you go to in North Beach will be amazing but Giacomo’s Ristorante should be tried.  Be prepared to get in line at 3:30 they open at 4. We got there right at 4 and had to wait in line for 45 minutes. TOTALLY worth it – but if you don’t like waiting get there early.IMG_3761 IMG_3762 IMG_3763 Modern Pastry is also a must stop in Boston. Mamacita you need a cannoli here. There will be no regrets! Even if you gain a few inches around your hips…IMG_3764 IMG_3765 IMG_3766 IMG_3767 IMG_3768 Variety is the spice of life… you can pick and choose your cannoli, filling and topping.IMG_3771 Goodnight from the blood moon! Thats the best I could do on my iphone. IMG_3772

IF you can’t already tell I had an amazing trip filled with eating, drinking, sightseeing and my jeans not fitting anymore!

Greetings from Bahstan!

I am recently back from my trip to Massachusetts and have a lot to share! I stayed in Somerville which is really close to both Tufts and Harvard as well as a short Red Line trip away from Boston.

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Harvard Yard. What dreams are made of… not mine but a lot of other peoples!IMG_3449 IMG_3450 IMG_3451 IMG_3455

I think there is something really amazing about being somewhere so old with so much history. People that were on the titanic went to Harvard… comeon thats crazy!IMG_3457

Slumbrew is a fun brewery in Somerville.  Not my favorite beers of the trip but I enjoyed the beer and atmosphere! IMG_3463

OMG Boston Burger Company. Get in my mouth. We tried ‘The King”peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas dusted in cinnamon and sugar  IMG_3626 “Vermonster” maple mayo, sharp cheddar cheese, carmelized granny smith apples, red onions, maple syrup, bacon IMG_3627“Killer Bee”topped with american cheese, bacon, a stack of beer battered onion rings and honey BBQ sauce. Have a burger or three you will not be disappointed.
IMG_3629Boston, the old, the beautiful, the historical.
IMG_3634 The new State House. IMG_3637 IMG_3639 IMG_3640 IMG_3641 IMG_3644 This may or may not be the oldest street. It is famous and cobbely. IMG_3645 IMG_3648 IMG_3650 A city with free sun screen?! I dig it… even if it got a little messy!IMG_3651 IMG_3652 IMG_3653 IMG_3656 IMG_3657 IMG_3658 IMG_3659 IMG_3661 IMG_3664The Boston Public Library is amazing!  I think I could spend some time here studying.
IMG_3665 IMG_3666 IMG_3668 IMG_3669 For Dinner we went to Stephanie’s on Newbury. It was a nice evening so we set out on the patio. I got a Shipyard Pumpkinhead with a sugar/cinnamon rim… I was skeptical but it was seasonally delish.IMG_3670 My first Lobster Roll it was really good!! I ate everything and was STUFFED.IMG_3671 Dessert! Not once but twice on this trip I went to Mike’s Pastry! This trip I ordered the Lobster Tail. The filling is outta this world.IMG_3677 IMG_3678 IMG_3679 IMG_3693 IMG_3694 Looking for a fun place to go for drinks in Boston? Head to Drink. Where you tell the waiter/waitress what you like and they bring you a cocktail of your dreams. Not more expensive than other places but a really fun atmosphere. The fries were also delicious.IMG_3701 IMG_3702 Great Quote!IMG_3703 IMG_3704 I like big brick buildings a lot!IMG_3705 IMG_3706 IMG_3707 The Lawn on D is free and fun for all ages and dogs too. IMG_3709 IMG_3710 They have amazing hitech light up tire swing things, large jenga, bocce, corn hole, food and drink.IMG_3714 Next stop – Harpoon Brewery! I was pleasantly surprised at Harpoon. I was imagining a big corporate brewery which it is in a way but their beer options were very crafty.IMG_3716 IMG_3718 and Pretzels! IMG_3720 IMG_3722 The Barking Crab in Boston. IMG_3724 Were we hungry… not really, but we wanted more lobster. Lobster sliders and Lobster Mac n cheese.IMG_3726 LOL I made them do it!IMG_3730 Cool outdoor art installation.IMG_3731 IMG_3734

That is a wrap for this post but the rest of the trip will be continued next week! Cheers.

Cape Cod… you are beautiful!

Being a West Coaster my whole life I have heard of Cape Cod and seen pictures or videos but I couldn’t understand how beautiful it was until I was actually there.
IMG_3773IMG_3775 IMG_3777 IMG_3786 Who would want to sail away from here?IMG_3788 IMG_3791 While we weren’t too hungry but Quicks Hole looked delicious so we stopped there for some lunch.  The local hot spot did not disappoint. I enjoyed the clam chowder and a lobster taco. I didn’t get any pictures because I immediately dug in!  Not too hungry… sure…IMG_3792 IMG_3793 Lots of cool old buildings in Woods Hole. Also a free aquarium and other free/donation only scientifical places.IMG_3794 IMG_3795 For perspective, little Kate – big lighthouse.IMG_3796 IMG_3799 Future job: Lighthouse keeper. Whatta view!IMG_3800 IMG_3801 IMG_3802 At the Cape Cod Brew Fest Katie got an alcohol infused ice cream! She loved it.  This is the only photo I took at Beer Fest? Guess I was too busy toastin and enjoying fine brews!IMG_3805

Loved Cape Cod! I can not wait to go back and stay a little longer.