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12.03.2019

Recipe for a Weekend Getaway at Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine

Hartstone Inn Camden Maine
The Hartstone Inn, and their additional property, Hideaway, are the perfect spot for a weekend escape!
Camden Maine B&B
Who doesn't love board games in front of the fire? 
best place to stay in Camden Maine
Hartstone Inn hosts a happy hour every night with cocktail specials and appetizers.
Hartstone Inn Camden Maine
I found a cozy spot - perfect for a book and tea - at Hartstone Inn.
Hartstone Inn Camden Maine
Coffee in bed is always such a treat!
Camden, Maine
There are so many gorgeous spots to see in Camden, Maine.
Hartstone Inn
After a hike, it's pretty great to warm up by the fire! 
hiking in Camden Maine
Some of the most beautiful strolls in Camden...
Hartstone Inn cooking class
If you like the food at Hartstone Inn (and you will), you'll love the cooking classes with Chef Michael Salmon!
Dim Sum cooking class at Hartstone Inn
The results of our Dim Sum class with Chef Michael Salmon at Hartstone Inn  (ok, we ate most of the results). 
Chef Michael Salmon Hartstone Inn
I was pretty pleased with my first attempt at Dim Sum! Chef Michael Salmon is a great teacher. 
walks in Camden Maine
Now time to work off the Dim Sum (and the breakfast waffles, and last night's amazing dinner...)
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Relaxing in the dining room at Hartstone Inn.
sunsets in Camden Maine
Let's talk about those Maine sunsets!
Hartstone Inn suite
An in-suite jacuzzi tub is definitely the way to go after those hikes and cooking class.
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Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine is the perfect spot for a weekend escape! 

Do you have an appetite for a cozy spot where you can get away from it all, complete with a luxurious jacuzzi tub, happy hour with unique cocktails, sumptuous meals by a gourmet chef, and even inventive cooking classes? Hartstone Inn boasts all of the above, as well as a convenient location for easy strolls into the charming town of Camden, Maine. 

Mr. TBF and I recently visited Hartstone Inn and Hideaway for a weekend getaway and found they cook up something a little different from your usual B&B. Here's the recipe for the perfect weekend: 
Add your own individual spin to this recipe with Hartstone Inn's special packages, including "Chef for the Day", Icelandic Trail Riding, Glass Blowing, Mushroom Hunting, Skiing, Spa and Holiday packages. Note: These packages would make a perfect gift for your significant other, or you could drop some hints by leaving your laptop open to Hartstone's Foodie Adventures or In-Room Extras

Please, make this recipe your own, and report back to me with your results! I have a feeling you'll walk away from Hartstone Inn feeling sated, tranquil and content. 

Hartstone Inn hosted my visit. Opinions and recommendations are my own. 

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11.25.2019

So Much is See-Worthy in New Bedford

Buttonwood Park Zoo
Strolling through Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford
New Bedford Harbor Hotel
Relaxing in the lobby of the New Bedford Harbor Hotel
What to do in New Bedford
Charming cobblestone streets in New Bedford
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ahoy, matey! Don't miss the New Bedford Whaling Museum. 
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Is it too cliche if I say, "A whale of a time"? 
DNB Burgers New Bedford
This burger. Oh my god. 
Tia Maria's European Cafe
Tia Maria's is a great place to relax with a coffee! 

New Bedford art walk
Art is everywhere in New Bedford
Tails and Taps Buttonwood Park Zoo
Tails & Taps at Buttonwood Park Zoo
So much is see-worthy in New Bedford! 

You think you know a place. 

I thought I knew New Bedford. Southcoast town, whaling history, commercial fishing, yeah, yeah, I got it. And sure, that's all true, but New Bedford is more - a lot more. It's a city where art and artists aren't just welcomed - they're omnipresent. Murals and statues line the downtown (as do ever-changing exhibits). Music fills the street and seeps out of bars. Performances and concerts are a part of life, and food - how did it take me this long to get to the food? - reflects the town's fishing heritage in intriguing new ways. A short drive from Boston, it's the perfect place for a weekend getaway, or the perfect stopover on your way to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. 

Where to Stay:

New Bedford Harbor Hotel: This chic hotel is in the heart of downtown (walking distance to so many shops, restaurants and the waterfront). On the Friday we visited, they hosted a truly funky band playing in the lobby/bar - it was a blast to just walk downstairs for our entertainment! (222 Union Street; @nbhhotel)

Where to Eat:

The Black Whale: Located right on New Bedford's working waterfront, The Black Whale boasts a large menu of favorites (lobster rolls, fish & chips, Portuguese clams), as well as innovative dishes, all of which celebrate New Bedford's fisherman, catch, and culture. (106 MacArthur Drive; @theblackwhale)

Tia Maria's European Cafe: This charming cafe, located on a picturesque cobblestone street, serves breakfast & lunch, as well as dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. It's a super friendly place (I watched them greet numerous locals by name), with homemade desserts and a menu full of delicious items. Try the Shrimp Mozambique or the Chouriรงo Bombeiro! (42 N. Water Street; @tiamariascafe)

Cork Wine & Tapas: Mr. TBF & I agreed that we ate the best scallops of our lives at Cork Wine & Tapas. Chef Nicholas literally took scallops fresh off the boat down the street and seared them just-so. This was after the local cheeses and honey and killer wine selection. Location-wise, Cork is a great place to post up and people-watch. (90 Front Street; @corkwineandtapas)

DNB Burgers: Burgers and fries - is anything better? Well, yes. I see your fries and raise you poutine. And a delightfully messy, juicy, fresh burger that will cure whatever ails you. Great for brunch after a night out, lunch before a long walk, or dinner - to power you up for the rest of the night. (22 Elm Street, @dnb_burgers)

What to Do:

Buttonwood Park Zoo: Named one of the finest small zoos in the country, Buttonwood Park Zoo is a real treat. We visited during their Tails and Taps event but they have a full calendar of programs for all ages! My favorites: the elephants and the fennec fox. (425 Hawthorn Street; @buttonwoodparkzoo)

The Waterfront: Talk about eating local - New Bedford's commercial fishing industry is front and center along the waterfront. Check out the fisherman hard at work, and keep an eye on where those fish are going - likely to some of the restaurants right across the street! Also: Did you know you can grab a ferry from New Bedford to the Vineyard, Nantucket or Cuttyhunk? (Waterfront; @portofnewbedford)

Whaling Museum: You might have heard that New Bedford was once a whaling hotspot; the Whaling Museum does recount those times, but also has a deep focus on whale preservation and ecology. Be sure to climb aboard the recreation of a whaling ship and set free your inner Sea Captain! (18 Johnny Cake Hill; @whalingmuseum

Fort Taber & Beaches: A stroll around Ft. Taber not only gives you a great sense of history, you can also enjoy the beautiful ocean views. This is a delightful place for a picnic in the summer! (1000 Rodney French Blvd)

Art Walk / City Murals: The Seaport Art Walk just finished hosting "Wind", and an exciting new exhibit is just around the corner. In the meantime, grab a coffee and stroll to to view the incredible murals all around downtown. 

Festivals & Events: There are so many events and activities coming up - like a holiday stroll and tree lighting next weekend! Make sure to check out all the upcoming events around town. (@destnewbedford)

Where to Shop:

The Landing Co.: Unique gifts, handcrafted items from local artists and everything you need to celebrate your visit to New Bedford! (98 Front Street; @thelanding)

Brothers Artisanal:  Hand-crafted jerky by award winning chefs - need I say more? Trust me when I say this makes a fantastic gift, and REALLY trust me when I say you need to go hang out at their shop, complete with games, a kids room, awesome graffiti art, and draft beers. (11 William Street; @brothersartisinal

Calico: Where all the cool girls in town shop, Calico has a broad selection of hip items to wear on your night out - or just cruising around town. The ultra-friendly staff is just icing on a very sophisticated cake. (173 Union Street; @shopcalico)

This post is sponsored by Destination New Bedford. Opinions and recommendations are my own. 

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11.08.2019

Cult Shades at Kohl's


True Story: I recently received this message (in the middle of a work day, apropos of nothing), “Do you always wear sunglasses in your photos as a shout out to Anna Wintour?”. As much as I love the idea of wearing shades in homage to Vogue editor-in-chief, sadly, the answer is no. I just have extremely sensitive eyes that water at the slightest breeze or faintest hint at a tiny ray of sun; also I kind of like how I look in shades!