Itinerary for a Week in Bermuda with Kids

Bermuda is a gorgeous island and an ideal location from Boston and NY.  Quaint downtown areas and white sandy beaches make it a lovely family vacation.  Our trip was a Mother’s Day gift and we loved soaking up the sun! Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in the sun:

DAY 1

I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family.  Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!

If you feel like stretching your legs with an easy stroll with gorgeous views, try the Bermuda Railway Trail.  There are 21 miles to walk on this path so choose a section and enjoy.  (Click here for a link to the trail)

Dinner:  Wahoo’s Waterside Bistro (St. George’s)          

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Love Goodly Subscription Box

If you’ve ever had the luck of witnessing me do a happy dance in front of my mailbox, it’s probably because I’ve received a subscription box. New beauty  products at my fingertips…yes please! It’s like Christmas has come early.  Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to review a box from LOVE GOODLY and I practically skipped back to my house when it arrived.

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Jackson Falls

Jackson Falls

 

One of my favorite places to experience the amazing foliage of New Hampshire is Jackson Falls, a waterfall that cascades over smooth granite rocks into pools that create personal swimming pools for visitors.

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Walking the Breathtaking Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

 Marginal Way

Marginal Way, in Ogunquit, is a mile and a quarter long piece of heaven that needs to be experienced.  This paved path gets its name from being the margin between the crashing waves of the sea and the tranquil land of this quaint seaside town in Maine.

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Big Ben is Silent

One of our favorite memories of being in London was walking down the cobblestone streets on our way to a local pub and the sound of Big Ben stopping us in our tracks as we listened to the London legend toll.  For the last 157 years, Big Ben has captivated both locals and tourists every 4 hours.  However, at noon on August 21st, 2017, Big Ben tolled for the last time before taking a much-needed break.  Elizabeth Tower, the 315-foot tower that holds Big Ben, is already covered in scaffolding so tourists may be surprised at it’s unexpected appearance.  The clock is getting cleaned and repaired, with every cog being dismantled and put back in place.  Although you will still be able to hear it on special occasions, like New Year’s Eve, you’ll have to wait until completion of the project, which will not be until 2021. But trust me…it will be worth the wait!

 

 

What does Big Ben sound like?  Click on the link below to hear Big Ben’s last toll on August 21, 2017.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=last+big+ben+on+august+21&&view=detail&mid=A4EFDAF30EA635227047A4EFDAF30EA635227047&FORM=VRDGAR

 


My First Time Glamping!!

There was a time when I would go camping.  I think we all remember the start of a new relationship where you would pretty much do anything just to spend time with one another.  You want me to sleep in the middle of the woods in a sleeping bag, on a hard ground, in a tiny tent, and wash my hair in a lake?  Sounds like fun babe, let me pack my bag.  Fast forward 20 years (wow…that sounds like we’re really old) and I have a new appreciation for my mattress, blow dryer, and some electrical outlets.  Glamping is a trend that has taken off in the last decade for many reasons.  Some people like the fact they are leaving a relatively small footprint.  Others enjoy being one with nature without having to sacrifice comfort.  And some people are looking for once-in-a-lifetime accommodation experiences like luxurious tents, lighthouses, tree houses, and tiny homes. 

The creators of Collective Retreats designed this concept because they love travel and believe in its power to help people connect- to places, to people, and to themselves.  They have built these retreats that make it possible for luxury to coexist with ruggedness.  After spending just one night there, I think they have hit the nail on the head because I left feeling relaxed, recharged, and more connected to nature than I’ve felt in a long time.

Click here to read all about my first time GLAMPING!!!


The 13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

The 13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Festival

September 23 & 24, 2017

11-3 pm Both Days

Rain or Shine

If you are in New England and looking for something fun to do this weekend, the Fairy House Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has always been a favorite of ours.  On this 13th anniversary, more than 200 fairy houses built by creative professionals, community members, and students will be on display on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Fall Activities in New England

I know…I know…technically autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22, but for me, as soon as my kiddos step foot on the bus, summer is over.  Lucky for us, there’s no place as lovely as autumn in New England.  For the next few months it’s all about crisp leaves, cozy sweaters, dark nail polish, lattes, and pulling out my UGGs.  (Uh, yes…I’m aware of how ugly they are, but is there anything more comfortable?) It’s the perfect time to slow down, unwind from out fast-paced summer, and enjoy the simple things.  Here are our top 10 activities for fall:

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Latest Huffington Post Article!!!

Many people think of Santorini as a honeymoon destination filled with starry-eyed newlyweds and wedding proposals around every corner. However, Santorini is actually an amazing destination for a family vacation and is filled with fun activities to do with your kids. There is no need for electronics to keep your kids entertained and never once did my kids say they were bored. Being in Santorini is like walking into a postcard and this concept is not lost on kids. Here are my top 10 things to do in Santorini:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/10-must-do-activities-in-santorini_us_59a81fe6e4b02498834a8f2d

 


A Drive on the Kancamagus Highway

New England is all about nature and simple pleasures.  The Kancamagus Highway (known to locals as ‘The Kanc’) is a gorgeous scenic drive along Rt 112 in New Hampshire and people flock to this road, especially in summer and fall.  The 35-mile drive will take you from Conway to Lincoln through beautiful spots that will draw you out of your car to take pictures.  The word “highway” is misleading since it is more of a 2-lane road that winds back and forth next to a river bed, with mountains surrounding it and trees creating a canopy above you. 

Here are some highlights of the drive:

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