Category Archives: travel

Wednesday | September 2, 2015



I first fell in love with Nantucket at the age of 17. I vacationed there with my friend’s parents and thought the island held a magical charm. We walked to the beach every afternoon, ate lobsters drenched in butter and biked for hours to nowhere in particular.

Nantucket represented something different in our 20’s! That same friend and I went back in our early twenties and we thought we were hot shit! We thought we were so grown up… “Going to Nantucket for the weekend”! Looking back, we kind of were!


Nantucket for me now is my Happy Place! I have a whole new appreciation for “The Island”, now that I have children. I first fell in love with Nantucket at 17, but my love affair with Nantucket really began when I started to go with my now husband. And since our oldest child decided to come five weeks early, while there on our baby moon, The Island has really cemented itself in our family history. Yes, that’s right, we are proud parents to a Nantucket Native!


Vacations in Nantucket now run at a slower pace for us, if you can really say that with three little boys! The television is turned off, the electronics are put down (for the most part), and we really spend two weeks enjoying each other. Notwithstanding the occasional meltdown that comes with little children, our days are spent at the beach or pool, followed by lunch at Cisco Brewers, and end for us on a porch with a glass of wine!


Aside from just walking around to take in all the picturesque homes and gorgeous flowers that seem to grow wild everywhere, here is my must do checklist for Nantucket.

For the Children

Tennis Lessons at Jetties Beach

Feed and meet the animals at the Maria Mitchell Museum (many different options available, check out their website,

Nantucket Aqaurium (

Nantucket Whaling Museum (

Power Boat Rental with fishing rods (

Bike Rental (

Jetties Beach and Children’s Beach

Crabbing at Brant Point (under the bridge)

Live Music and lunch at Cisco Brewery

Visit Sankaty Head Lighthouse

Bartlett’s Farm

Breakfast at Downyflake or the counter at Black-Eyed Susan’s

Donuts from Downyflake are a must try

Make wishes at the fountain at the top of Main Street- don’t forget your pennies!

Ice Cream at The Juice Bar

Dinner at The Sea Grille




For the Adults

Mudslides at The Gazebo

Surfside, Cisco, and Dionis Beaches

Cisco Brewers (check out the event listings before going or grab a handle of Beer and head over to Cisco Beach for sunset)

Shopping Downtown

Lobster Bake from Sayle’s Seafood

Gallery Browsing

Spa at The White Elephant

Mani/Pedi at RJ Miller Salon



The Downyflake (

Black-Eyed Susan’s (

Fog Island Cafe (

Petticoat Row Bakery (

The Hub (to go) (

Downyflake Pic TPD


Provisions (curry chicken salad sandwich is the best you will ever have) (

Lola Burger (

Pi Pizzeria (

The Lobster Trap (

Provisions TPD


Galley Beach (

The Boarding House (

Straight Wharf (

American Seasons (

The Pearl (

Brant Point at The White Elephant

Ventuno (

Dune (

Cru (

Toppers (take the boat charter from The White Elephant) (

Galley Beach TPD



Jordan Real Estate for home rentals (

The White Elephant (

The Nantucket Hotel (

76 Main (

21 Broad (

The Wauwinet (

White Elephant TPD


















Saturday | May 16, 2015

Turks and Caicos

Recently my husband and I were able to get away for a few days, to Turks and Caicos! This has been on our “places to go” list for quite a while so we were both super pumped! Not to mention it was child free which was an added bonus… not that we didn’t miss the kiddos… a little! But I am a huge advocate of getting away at least once or twice a year without children! We had an amazing time and much of it was spent doing nothing but sitting on the beach! Turks is the perfect place to relax!

We stayed at the Gansevoort and I can’t say enough good things about it… It may just be my new happy place! Amazing beach, pool and spa! And if you are on the beach for lunch, definitely try the fish tacos… so yummy we had them every day!

We also had a little fun! If you are ever in Provincials, you have to go to the Fish Fry!! Everyone talks about it and tells you that you have to go, that the food is amazing and that it is the best time you will ever have. And it’s all true!!! The Fish Fry is held every Thursday night from 5:30-10pm. Year round!!!!

There is amazing food, great cocktails, local artisians and live music. Plus, you get to mix with the locals and experience their culture!! Amazing, you feel like you are at one giant tailgate party!!! Definitely a must see if you are in Turks!!

When we could tear ourselves away from the beach, we did a little shopping! After all, if we came home empty handed our boys would be devastated! Hint: wait to do your shopping at the Fish Fry. They had exact items there, that we bought earlier in the day downtown, for a fraction of the price! We got these cool wooden swords for our boys! And I picked up some cool jewelry items! Note: for something fancier hit the duty free jewelry stores at the airport! I picked up my new favorite item (a diamond S necklace) and my husband bought me a beautiful necklace made of Larimar.

Larimar is a rare Caribbean Gemstone. The stone is formed by the same volcanic forces that created the islands. Light wispy swirls of white on a pallet of ocean blue reflect the beauty and essence of the Caribbean Sea…. And YES, that info was from the brochure that came from my necklace!

Local restaurants that we tried were Coyaba and Coco Bistro! AMAZING!!! Coyaba had a really cool atmosphere and Coco Bistro had a really cool cat, named Coco! Food was perfection at both!!