Friday, October 7, 2011

Vacation Recap! (Long One!)


I know that was a ton of photos, in one VERY large image...my apologies if it forever to load! If there's one thing I'm good at, it's taking photos on vacation. "Hold on, I need to take a picture!" (right, Chris?) I hope the collage gave you a sampling of our short vacation out to the coast of Massachusetts! I'll try to recap to the best of my memory, so if any of you ever have the absolute pleasure of getting out that way you'll know what not to miss!

Thursday: Flight delays and lost luggage....but we successfully arrived in Providence late at night.

Friday (my birthday): Hit up the Bourne Scallop Festival in Buzzards Bay. Yum! Checked into the SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, absolutely highly recommended. The owners were super duper nice and incredibly helpful, and our room was cute! Toured beloved Chatham, drooled over the incredible dream houses, then went up to Orleans and did more of the same. We ended up eating one fantastic dinner (complete with candle-topped cupcake) at Chatham Squire Restaurant. Oh and stopped for some fudge and candy at the Chatham Candy Manor. Yum!

Saturday (our anniversary): Drove to Woods Hole and took the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Rented a car (jeeps were sold out!) so we could see more of the island (more houses!). Ate a fab lunch at Among The Flowers Cafe in Edgartown. Stopped in fun shops and walked the streets, couldn't help but imagine we were a fisherman family back in the day! Drove all around the island...highlights being Gay Head, the adorable Victorian gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs, and the stone walls of the picturesque Chilmark countryside (that was our fav). Back to Edgartown where we ate dinner overlooking the harbor at the Seafood Shanty. Walked the quiet streets, at some delicious Mad Martha ice cream, then back to Hyannis all pooped out!

Sunday: Walked to the ferry station and took the high-speed (1 hr) ferry to Nantucket. I couldn't even handle how pretty everything was as we were coming in! Walked the cobblestone streets, visited some cute shops (awesome decor shops there!) and ate a late breakfast at Black-Eyed Susan's. Best pancakes ever! We decided to rent a moped so we could see more of the island (more houses!). It was such a good time. Made our way to Cisco Beach and watched the surfers, then over to our favorite part of the island: Sconset. The cutest little rose-covered shingled cottages I could ever have imagined, super fabulous shingled homes on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, the quaintest, cutest little village....I'm surprised we even managed leave. Made our way back to the town of Nantucket, returned the moped, walked around some more, then ate dinner at The Brotherhood of Thieves. Best chowder we've ever tasted! Super tired and with sore feet (shouldn't have worn my new flats), we then took the last ferry back to Hyannis.

Monday: Finally slept in, then took a leisurely drive to Newport, RI where we took in the impressive Newport Mansions. Insane stuff. Then spent our remaining time by the water taking in the incredible views of the Atlantic, not knowing when we'd see it next!


Phew! If you're still reading along, bless your hearts! :) I've wanted to see this area for as long as I can remember, and it was so much more than I imagined...I'm still so excited about it (if you can't tell.) Anyway, thanks for reading along and again for all your recommendations. We know it wouldn't have been such an amazing trip without all of your great suggestions! And with that, I hope your weekend is full of fun and sunshine where ever you are!


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38 comments:

Allison Egan said...

Sounds so fantastic!! I go to MV every year for a week with my best girl friends - best week of the year! I love the homes there. Such gorgeous turquoise finds!

xo Allison
Spicer + Bank
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Love all the photos you took! They really capture the area well; I felt like I was there!

Johanna Stålros said...

:) Lovely!!!

emptynestegg said...

Sounds great! There is nothing sweeter than a Bourne scallop!

Jordan Alexis Farhart said...

I love it! It makes me want to visit. The east coast is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

Jordan
elizabethgraceblog.blogspot.com

Jana said...

Oooo, I love your pictures!! I would love to go there someday. We just made a quick (work) trip to VA Beach and it was rainy and cool that weekend and I loved it. We got to see Colonial Williamsburg and I am still drooling over the Chicken Pot Pie we ate at one of the taverns. It really hit the spot on a cool and rainy day. You have inspired me to do one of these collages with my pictures from that trip!

I don't know if I have ever commented before but I love your blog! I am a turquoisy/blue person myself!

Sparky said...

Beautiful images and I love how you collaged them!

Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) said...

Thanks for sharing, Erin! If I ever go, I'll definitely come back to this post for some ideas. We are definitely glad you took so many photos even if others thought it was annoying! hahaha

Have an awesome weekend!

theLENNOXX said...

Happy birthday! You really do love turquoise, don't you? I can't believe you spotted all these beauties in just 5 days! Love all the turquoise doors and shutters, so fresh and pretty.

xox Linda

Dallas said...

Erin, you really have a good eye and are an excellent photographer! I would like to see all the photos of your trip.

sharmin said...

OMG! It feels like one big beautiful inspiration board - I love all your photos and I wanna visit there too! Happy Belated Birthday!

Cottage Coastal Store, Inc. said...

Thanks for this....been a long week and these images are so comforting. My 4 year old was injured this week and has 2 broken bones in his little hand...I know they heal but my 1st experience as a mom with it....anywho! Great job on the photo collage. xo Kim

Ellen Harris said...

Cape & Islands run through our veins. Magical, special places. Every part of my style is linked to ACK, MV, & CC! Glad you had the chance to experience!

Customized Walls said...

Very Jealous! We wanted to get to the cape this summer but spent most of the time on Lake Winnipesaukee. We have a cute mustard sailboat aptly names "Who's Shore Daddy" and it makes for a fun and upscale trailer with a great view! Fun for the whole fan.

Much props for the pics! You have talent, sweetie!

Sally said...

I loved your collage of Cape photos! We live in Syracuse and go to the Cape often, and have been to MV & Nantucket too. Our fav place for seafood and a beer is the Chatham Squire, so I was thrilled you went there. Can't believe how much you packed in on your trip - thanks for the great photos again!!

The Kern's said...

Thanks for sharing! Do you mind me asking how much this was? I would really love to attempt this some day! Hopefully soon. :)

-Erin K.

Passionate for White said...

Since I live in Massachusetts I've been to most all the places you visited. And you know...I was going to tell you not to miss the Squire House because it's been there forever but really nothing to brag about. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. LOVING all the great pics. We're actually headed to Chatham for the day tomorrow for my birthday. I'll tell everyone you send HI! :)

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Wonderful photos! Wish I were there, too.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

All of it sounds divine. What a great vacation!

Roseanna said...

Erin,your pictures are so nostalgic for me. We had the same adventure a few years ago in October, when a family member was married in Edgartown. We also did the Rhode Island mansions. My husband was stationed there at one time and he wanted to show me around. Thanks for the lovely photos. Please don't stop taking them!

Karen Joy said...

What can I say except that your pictures blue me away! Loved them so much. You are a great photographer, Erin.

Georgica Pond said...

So beautiful - but I want to download just about every image to my inspiration folders and it's just one big one. Those aqua doors are just charming. I may just have to go that way instead of black.

BluefrontedParrot said...

After looking at your 'blue' doors, I now have to paint my front door one of the darker turquoise-green colors!! It is in terrible need of a paint job. I have been putting it off because I couldn't make the decision on the color. Now, if only I could re-side my 1920 Cape Cod style house with light gray shingles, I would be in great shape!Maybe someone would like to redo the inside of my house as well as charity work, ha!

I also saw your wedding pictures just now...great photographer and you and your hubby are very photogenic...LOVE, LOVE the turqoise poofy slip, awesome!! I designed my wedding dress too and my mother made mine...it is hard to to be so creative and just shop in a regular bridal store.

Patsy said...

Yes, I could tell you were excited by your trip, because I was excited for you. I have been most of those places and remember how much I loved it!
Love your pictures! I hope to travel in the area soon and will be on the lookout for more turquoise!

Mrs. Kuhtz said...

I loved the picture collage!! And since I've never vacationed anywhere even close to this area I lived it vicariously thru your pictures and blog post. :) Oh, and Happy Birthday!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Oh Erin
My absolute dream is to do that trip. I am hoping my hubby and I can do it one day. I read you're whole entry and loved it. I will certainly keep this blog entry as I found it very helpful and perhaps now that we have an itinerary for my 40th birthday present, let's hope this helps out hubby when planning. :-) Thank you for posting ! Beautiful shots too.

Cheryl said...

Omigosh! Thank you so much for posting this. I've been everywhere on the east coast except MV and Nantucket and its on THE top of my list of places to go before I die. I have relatives in RI so been all over RI, MA, CT, ME, etc. but have not made it to the islands. This was like a virtual vacation and I'm just drooling over the photos! Thanks for sharing such eye candy as usual! :)

Heartfire At Home said...

If only I could have a birthday and/or an anniversary in such gorgeous surroundings! Lucky you, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Linda. xox

Erin said...

Love, love all the pictures.

Candace said...

Thank you for sharing Erin! It brought back great memories of the Vineyard and Nantucket so many years ago. So quaint and mice to know the food is still spectacular! Lovely!!

Pamela Nees said...

wish you lived near me. my mother painted lots of things in her house turquoise. I'm breaking up her house and have a lovely turquoise pine corner cupboard! Afraid I'm going to have to get rid of it soon!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

We haven't been up on the Cape in years, but I knew immediately from your pictures where you were. It is one of my favorite areas of the country!

Jennifer, Decorum said...

I have just visited to all the way from Australia. I loved the east coast of the States. We had a night in Provincetown and the feature wall in our room was Turquoise! Made me think of you. As you say a photo in every turn. Magic place.

Jennifer xx

Lovely Scribbles said...

Wow! It looks like you had an absolutely amazing trip, Erin! The houses are so cozy-looking and yet stunning all at the same time. I'm so glad you were able to fulfill yet another dream!!

Emily said...

Brotherhood chowder is the best chowder you WILL ever have anywhere!!! Jealous...I have dreams about that stuff.

Nat said...

Is it too much to ask you to make a post with every one of the pictures but in a bigger size??? I miss Nantucket sooooo much that I wanna take a closer look at the pix!! Pretty please??

An Urban Cottage said...

I can't believe you did all that in a few days! Beautiful shots!

bus from penang said...

Been reading this site for awhile now, always has really good posts and topics please keep it up! loads of blogs are going under lately from lack of new posts etc

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