Nantucket Thanksgiving

November 27, 2012

 

I’ll let the photos do the talking…but needless to say, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I hope you did too.

 

 

The other week RueLaLa asked me to write a guest blog post for their Road Trip Across America series with a focus on Nantucket.  One of my most favorite places!  I was thrilled.  For those of your not familiar with RueLaLa, it is a private sale boutique site with new flash sales each day.  You have to sign up but it grants you access to some fabulous deals on some amazing shopping.  It you are not a member you can use this link to sign up.

Here is a little tid bit of my post but pop over to the RueLaLa blog to see the rest.

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Nantucket is an island with a personality all it’s own.  It is equal parts sophistication, New England charm, and laid-back beach destination, with a rich history in colonial commerce and whaling.  When traveling to Nantucket, packing well is essential.  You need the right high/low mix to take you from bike rides and the beach to a night out on the town.  That, and it all needs to fit in the perfect weekender bag since you have to take the ferry or a little puddle jumper plane to get there.

What to Pack

Swimsuit
Pick a bright color or a fun pattern. No boring black here.

Beach cover-up
Opt for a beach cover that can also double as a sundress.  An item that can serve a double duty is key when packing light.

Sunglasses
Aviators for biking and beach time, and some ultra glam cat-eye sunglasses for strolling downtown.  Remember, the sun doesn’t set until almost 9pm in the summer.

Flip flops
Cute enough to mix with your dresses, but functional enough to go to the beach.

Panama hat
I am loving these right now.  They are wide-brimmed enough to offer sun protection, but without the hazard of a floppy sun hat blowing off your head during your bike ride.

Maxi dress
Glam it up for night with a breezy maxi dress.  Pick a great color that can also transition into fall.

Denim jacket
The nights can get chilly on the island, and a denim jacket is a perfect travel solution.  Cuff the sleeves and throw your hair up in a loose topknot for instant evening-chic.

Wedges or flat-forms
Get some height for night, but still navigate the cobblestone streets like a pro.

Jewelry
Gold tones look great on sun-kissed skin.  Stack bracelets up each arm, add a great cocktail ring, and you are ready for evening fun.

Where to go…

You’ll have to go over to RueLaLa for more!

Summer on Nantucket

June 29, 2011

After living in Boston for almost two years, I am convinced that there is no better place to celebrate summer than New England.  With bright blue skies, the smell of the sea and the sun on your face, those dark, cold January days seem like a distant memory.  I recently took a little jaunt over to Nantucket to photograph, take in a concert and soak up a lot of sun, and I am officially in love.  The history along Nantucket’s cobble stone streets, mixed with a laid back island feel and gorgeous sandy beaches, makes the foggy island one magical place.  It is right up my alley.

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Aside from the sun and surf, you get some world class shopping and dinning.  I spied some beautiful Dunes and Duchess candelabras at the gorgeous shop Trillium.

Secret garden walkway to Trillium

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I walked up and found all this splendor inside

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Another lovely shop,  Belongings.

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Back in October, Stacy Kunstel and Michael Parternio let sit in on this photo shoot featured in this month’s New England Home!  A Nantucket full circle for me from my trip in October.

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Of course no trip to Nantucket would be complete with out a visit to Cisco Brewers.  They asked me to photograph their new wine tasting room and distillery room.  Wine and vodka…two of my favorite things.

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I have said this before, but their bloody mary mix is the best on the planet!

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Goodbye Nantucket.  I promise to be back soon.

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I fell in love with Cisco Brewers this past October when we visited the brewery and winery on a beautiful Nantucket day. (Live music, great drinks, sunshine, Nantucket…what more could your ask for?  I blogged about it here.)  So I was so super excited when I heard the 21st Amendment, one of our favorite neighborhood bar and restaurants, decided to host a special dinner event with Cisco.  Chef Nick prepared a 5-course tasting menu paired with 5 Cisco Brewery beers, and Matt Lambo from Cisco talked about each paring as the courses were served.

My friend Francesca (special event coordinator extraodinaire) asked me to pop by and photograph the event.  I love photographing food.  It is so fun to try and capture the feel, smell and taste of a dish.

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So many great brews.

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Starting if off with fresh made hot Bavarian pretzels.  Beer and pretzels, just made for each other.

 


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It wouldn’t be New England with out some Chowda

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The sliders looked so amazing I almost forgot I was working and grabbed one.

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Captian Swain’s Extra Stout paired nicely with the sliders

 

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Fish and Chips, perfectly paired with the Cisco flagship beer, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale

 

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The 21st Amendment

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Watching Matt pour The Woods was like watching an artist.

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful pork tenderloin

 

 

 

Vintage Nantcket

October 15, 2010

Look at this super cute hoddie I bought while on Nantucket.  My husband informed me that sweatshirts with “Nantucket” printed in big capital letters screams tourist with a capital ACK.  Then I saw this vintage inspired one and just had to have a cozy Nantucket hoodie to bring home and remind me of our wonderful weekend.

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I hope every one has a wonderful weekend and a special thanks to wordpress.com for putting my Eco-Chic Tailgate post on their home page the last few days (I am on the second page today).  I am beyond flattered.  And welcome any new readers from that link.  I hope you hang around. :)

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The Island of Nantucket

October 14, 2010

This past weekend my husband and another couple friend of ours hopped over to the island of Nantucket.  Now I have lived in Boston just over a year now and have been dying to see Nantucket.  My husband spent many a summers there as a young single guy and it has been on my New England wish list since I moved up here.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  The sheer remoteness and beauty of the island is breath taking while the rich history is fascinating.  Homes dating back to the early 1700’s still stand among sail boats and cobble stone streets, while still exuding that laid back beach community feel.  It was everything and more.  I loved it.

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THE BEACHES

The beaches were beautiful and stretched for miles.  I think we went to about three different ones on each end of the island through out the weekend.

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Tom Nevers

 

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Sconset

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Oh my god, puppy! I practically acoustic this family walking down the beach with this adorable puppy

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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

They let 4-wheel drive permitted vehicles drive to the beaches out in the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.  It went on for miles and felt like the end of the earth…with a light house there, naturally…this is Nantucket.

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We picnicked out there one afternoon and watched groups of harbor seals swim up and down the shore playing and searching for food…and cue perfect movie music.

Wine and cheese on the beach with friends Parastoo and Dave.

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Cisco Brewers

Another afternoon we ventured over to the Cicso Brewery, where the not only brew great beer, but wine and vodka all made on Nantucket.

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I just love the design of their labels.

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The place was jamming that afternoon with outdoor tables live music and three separate little barns for beer, wine and vodka.

Hey wait…I think I see those Eco Products cups.  Yay Cisco Brewers!

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We ordered a bloody mary and they offered to use their jalapeno in fused vodka.

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It was AMAZING!  Seriously, the best bloody mary I have ever had.  It has that awesome spicy kick with out all the chunks of pepper and horseradish.  They just took their Triple Eight brand vodka (made there), put it in a jar with jalapenos and let it sit for a day or two.  It was perfect.

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Then we got a little silly. :)

 

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What a wonderful weekend.  I have to send a super extra thank you to my husband for planning it as a little birthday treat to me.  Thank you so much :)

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