We've arrived back from our travels to New England. A week of cool breezes, water, Bostonian sites and shopping, and family. If you been around here for even a little while, you know that I love Boston and New England. Visiting is one of my favorite traditions of the year. We started out in Boston with my sister and her family. We spent the first day in Harvard Square, checking out numerous book stores.
The next day, I left the family in Massachusetts and drove up to New Hampshire to see one of my oldest and dearest friends. We've known each other since we were 14 and spent our single years being great girlfriends. We went out on the weekends, discussed clothes, men and decorating and pulled each other through some rough patches. How I wish that we still lived close together! I didn't get any good pictures of the two of us (I'm not counting the incredibly goofy selfies that won't be published here!), unfortunately.
The next day we spent in downtown Boston, starting with Mommy shopping in Beacon Hill. My dears, if you are ever in Boston, please make a point to go to Charles Street and specifically, Holiday.
Holiday is the prettiest little gem of a store. Step in and you just feel pretty!
The loveliest clothing, the most precious decor and changing rooms. I found a beautiful pale rose dress with cutwork all over the bodice and hem which I couldn't resist.
Of course we went to the Public Gardens for the annual duck photo.
Then onto the gorgeous Boston Public Library and Italian dinner in the North End. With a stop for Italian cookies at Modern Pastry, of course. And, a second stop at Modern Pastry because I wasn't sure that we bought enough the first time. True story.
The next day, onward to meet up with Nana & Grandpa in Maine. After a stop at one of my all-time favorite antique stores (Cabot Mill in Brunswick), we met up for lunch in Bath. What a cute town! We found an amazing used book store called The Open Door (their website) and got coffee in an adorable old store turned coffee house. I'd love to stop in Bath again when we are up there next time.
After enjoying Bath, we headed further north to the cottage in Boothbay Harbor for a few days of relaxing. There was a lot of reading, hanging out on the rocky shore and searching for sea glass. We became well acquainted with the timing of the tides.
We spent plenty of time in the village of Boothbay as well, where we caught their annual Windjammer Days parade, complete with Shriners in little cars, clowns, a bagpipe group, colonial militia re-enactors and lots of kid's groups.
As you can see, it was a jam-packed trip. We are already missing New England!