2017 Round Up of Adventures

Happy Holidays everyone! I felt like doing An Adventure Roundup Post before I take a 3 day hiatus from blogging.

I’m using that time to be with friends and family during the holiday season but I will be back soon!

2017 might have been one of our best yet! I don’t normally like odd years but this one was pretty great. A first full year back in New York but we/I travelled so much it didn’t even feel like we were there the whole time.

Before I get into the adventures, I just want to talk about some random ones which were all the weddings we had. 5 in total! Not only were they fun but I got to see states (Hi Indiana and Illinois) that I hadn’t seen before!

Below is a highlight of 2017 adventures (don’t worry, a book roundup is coming) and some of my favorite pictures to go along with each.

Outside of New York Adventures

Well there were a ton of these! Here’s the big reveal for this year, I am afraid of flying but traveled to 4 locations that required it. I think I’m finally over my fear!

Those 4 locations were: 2 trips to Florida (Miami/Key West and Orlando/St. Pete) and twice to Chicago.

Chicago was such an awesome city too, it might be my favorite City that I’ve visited. At the same time Miami was a little bit of paradise.

Let’s not forget my two other trips that didn’t require travel. One is the usual trip, to Cape Cod. The little quaint area has more to do than you might think. But I have to admit, my trip to Maine might have passed the Cape. I hadn’t been to Maine in years so it was nice to go someplace different in the middle of June and really see what the area has to offer without a lot of people.

The New York Adventures

Man, that was a lot of adventures outside of my home state, but let’s not forget about all the cool things there are to do in New York!

My favorite trip of the year was probably Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake. Mainly because it was the first time in awhile that my boyfriend and I were able to just travel somewhere by ourselves. It’s also the most affordable weekend away that you can probably do which is also nice.

We also did a lot of local things, like our hikes (including some 46ers!), musicals, walking around gardens, museums, and even some chowder. All in All I would say it was a good time.

As mentioned before this year was pretty great but I am so excited for next year……….

We have officially booked our tickets to London and Cornwall England. It’s always been a dream of mine to go so I am anxiously waiting and I cannot wait to tell you all about it (any tips are appreciated).

Don’t worry, I have some other trips planned but nothing definite so more to come!

Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy the time with your friends and family, it’s an adventure in its own right šŸ˜Š


A Visit To The Lower Half of Cape Cod

This is my last post about my Cape Cod 2017 trip and it ends with Provincetown and Truro — two of my favorite places on the Cape! Here’s a rundown of a few things you can do there to take up your time.

The Beaches


There are so many beaches near the end of Cape Cod. Our favorites are Head of the Meadow and Ballston Beach (though Ballston Beach is “private”). I had never been to Marconi Beach before this vacation but let me tell you it was amazing! A little scary (some riptides) but so gorgeous (picture to the side). If you’re looking for beaches with some good waves, this end of the Cape will have it because they are on the open ocean side. Don’t forget though, there could be sharks (definitely some seals). Cost is roughly $15 – $20 a car load. One thing still on my bucket list here is to have a bonfire at night on the beach down here. Maybe next year? More beaches can be found here.

The Non Beach Activities

We’ve done a lot of things in Provincetown/Truro before including: whale watches, wine tasting and biking the trails in the sand dunes. Today though, I’m only going to talk about the two things we did this year. One was Truro Vineyards and Spirits, we’ve been going here every year for the past 4 years. It’s so fun, the wine tasting is pretty good but my favorite is the little outside bar they have where you can mix drinks and wine by the glass, sit out with all your friends and just relax. You can do both the wine tasting and the spirit tasting if you feel like :).

The other thing we did this year was Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet (a little more inner Cape than Provincetown and Truro). Thanks to Pinterest, we found this little walkway through a marsh that even my cousins (who have a place in the Cape) didn’t know about. It was a nice leisurely walk with this cute bridge — worthwhile for the whole family!


Everyone need to go to downtown Provincetown at least once in their life. Here you can catch some of the best sunsets of anywhere on the cape while you walk around the pier before you grab something to eat. There are a ton of restaurants for everyone’s style – seafood, BBQ, pizza, sandwiches, and sweets. Anything you’re looking for, Ptown will probably have. We went to the patio which I highly recommend. The food was good and it wasn’t too expensive in relation to seafood.

For snack food, I recommend the fudge factory (shown above) and Portuguese bakery (shown below). The fudge factory was delicious! We bought some bark and let me tell you, it’s not bark. We bought three bars and it was over 1lb of chocolate! So good but way more than we thought it would be.

Other activities to do at night would be karaoke or going to see a show. I personally have never seen a show but have heard it’s really fun. You can also go and get permission to have a bonfire on the beach.


10 Non Beach Activities To Do At The Cape

I already spoke briefly about shopping in the cape, which is perfect for a day when it’s super rainy. However there are other things you can do that range from all regions of Cape Cod. Here’s a list below of some of them (minus things to to do Provincetown area because that will be it’s own post):

  1. Cape Cod Chip FactoryĀ  in Hyannis
  2. Walk the many marsh trails that are easily found via Google
  3. Head over to First Crush Winery to taste some of their wine
  4. Go on a Rail ride this is on my list and one of the only things I haven’t done
  5. Try some beer at Cape Cod Beer and Co
  6. Try the Devils Purse Brewery while this beer is better than Cape Cod beer, a tasting is rather expensive.
  7. Take a walk, run or bike on the Cape Cod Trails (only downfall, not a lot of ocean views)
  8. Rent a kayak or paddle board – you can find this almost anywhere on the cape!
  9. Go shopping – every town has cute shops to go into!
  10. Go on a Whale Watch

A Visit To Chatham Mass

I thought about doing one large post about my time in Cape Cod this year, but honestly we did so many different things and in so many different places that I didn’t think it made sense to try and jam it all into one post. Instead, I’m breaking them apart. The first is Chatham, Massachusetts. Set on the elbow of Cape Cod, Chatham is known for it’s seals, sharks, quaint town and celebrity style houses. Here’s some things you can do if you’re staying for a few days. 20170729_121852

The Town

Even the town is in Cape style. I recommend trying to do this on a day when you need a break from the beach, if you like to shop I guarantee you could last the whole day up there (I’m not really a shopper). There are fun stores for children to go to as well! Obviously every beach town has a candy store, but Chatham also has some toy stores and a rubber duck store, yes you read that right, it’s super cute too. If it’s a rainy day, you can catch a movie at the theater and if you’re lucky to be there on a certain night, there is live music or catch the Chatham baseball team.

The Beaches

All of the beaches require you to pay to get into them, ranging from $15 to $20 a day. If you’re there for a week, I would recommend getting a week’s pass which is a lot cheaper. The pass is good for the town that you are in, not for beaches outside of the region. We went to two while we were in ChathamHardings (for a sunset) and Lighthouse beach. I really enjoyed Lighthouse beach because it didn’t have as many people as some of the others ones in Chatham (like Ridgevale), I’ve heard the same about Hardings. Other activities you can do near the beaches is rent Paddleboards or Kayaks and go out on Oyster Pond for the day or take a boat ride to see the seals.20170726_131256

Where to eat


There is only one place on the entire Cape that I would recommend you eat at and that’s Chatham Fish and Lobster. Not only is the food delicious but it’s reasonably priced. It’s the first place we go when we get to Chatham and we go more than once. You can also stop for some ice cream on the way back from mini golf. Or try the Fish Pier for some chowder, that’s on our list next year. Not only because (mmmm) chowder but because of the view below.


Have you been to Chatham? What have you done on a trip there before? Gone on the bike trail or a marsh trail? Comment below and tell me what you think of the area!

A Day Trip to BenningtonĀ 

There are a lot of things I like about where I live; family, friends, mountains, lakes, the history,  and wine are among them. But one thing I really like is how centrally located the capital region is to the rest of the northeast. 

You can be in VT and Massachusetts in less than an hour. NYC is roughly 3 hours, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire roughly 4 hours. Boston? 3hours, Syracuse? 2 1/2hours. I love this because I feel like I can be connected to anywhere in a really short amount of time.  

Bennington is that quaint Vermont town that everyone has heard of. There are literally road trails you can take to bring you to a bunch of different covered bridges, which is another known fact of the Vermont lifestyle. 

But Vermont also offers a lot of history just like New York. Bennington is home to the Bennington Monument in recognition of the fighting during the revolutionary road as well as Old First Church. My literary side of me geeked out going to the Chuch and seeing the final resting place of one of this country’s greatest poets, Robert Frost. 

Other than going to the museums and little shops that are around, you can take drive on the Mary Stark Road, a scenic drive that would be perfect in the fall. The only downside was that we couldn’t find any of the hiking trails and my phone lost service so I couldn’t look it up. This might need to be planned again but I was pretty disappointed with there being no signs to the specific hikes I was looking for. 

Before lunch, stop at Northshire Brewery to taste their beers and get to know the people that work there. The Brewery itself is very small but the people are nice and the beer is great! 

My recommendation? Do what everyone does and visit Bennington in the fall when the leaves are in full bloom. 

48 Hours in Maine

In the beginning of June, I was lucky enough to take a weekend trip to Maine. It was my first to Maine in well over 10 years. I was there for exactly 48 Hours.

We were staying in York (Beach), Maine but what I love is how close everything is. Even though we stayed in York, I ended up spending some hours in Ogunquit, Kittery and Wells. Since it was early June, it was a little cold for the beach but that just meant I got to explore more! Here’s a break down.

Ogunquit and Wells

Ogunquit is a cute and quaint little town. I  really loved their beach as well. It was huge but the part of Ogunquit that I think everyone should do is walk The Marginal Way.  I don’t know how long the whole walk would be but everything is paved which I liked and it was right on the coast. The views were gorgeous and there were a bunch of benches for sitting/reading, stairs down to the beach and rocky areas where you could sit closer to the water.

We weren’t in Wells for anything other than ice cream at the Scoop Deck, but seriously guys you have to go. They had so many flavors and a kiddie cone was so large we were shocked. It was all very delicious. I am so happy my friend told me about it.

York, Maine

What can I say about York other than there is so much to do! Of course there are beaches, but we wanted adventures so we did more than just sit (um or read) at the beach. Since we stayed here, we saw more of it than any of the other towns.  Here are my top 5 things to do:

1. The Beach: yes, of course go to the beach and get some sun, that’s why we go to the coast isn’t it? Be aware, no matter what time of the season, the water will be cold.

2. Nubble Lighthouse: you can’t skip seeing at least one lighthouse when you’re on a beach vacation. It’s basically everyone’s tradition.

3. Wiggly Bridge: We did this on our first night there. It’s a quick walk in the ‘forest’, but it’s really the wiggly bridge that everyone comes to experience. While it was small and there wasn’t a rainforest near by, it reminded me of the cloud forest in Costa Rica.

4. York Cliffs: like the Marginal Way, York cliffs is another spot to check out and walk. However this is not for people who want a leisure walk. The path is very rocky and it isn’t paved so this is a warning. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, then don’t do it. Shoes should definitely be worn and even long pants (poison ivy). I regret not doing either (don’t worry, no broken ankles or poison ivy!) The views were gorgeous though, I’ve never been to Scotland, but this is what I imagine it to look like.

5. York Town: it’s always a tradition of mine to at least walk the town where I’m staying, sometimes I buy things, sometimes I don’t. Like Ogunquit, York is a little quaint town. I would definitely recommend going to the Kettle Boys. They have so many random flavors, it’s worth checking out. If you have kids, stop by the Goldenrod and watch taffy be made.

On a side note, you should definitely eat at the Fisherman’s dock and definitely should not eat at the York River Landing.


Everyone knows kittery for the outlets (and yes, we went there), but there is also a lot of history in the oldest town in Maine.

We only spent about 2 hours at Fort Foster and had a lovely picnic there. A car load of people is $10 but you can definitely spend the whole day there. You will find multiple different beaches, a pier, picnic areas, a playground, some old buildings and walking trails.

One of the great things about Maine is that almost every place I went to had some type of beach. So even if you’re exploring, you can still take a few hours at each to just enjoy the sun, sand, ocean and breeze. I will definitely be coming back.