Fall Forward

White brick fireplace, black bust, Hermes orange box, scarf, small oil painting, fall forward

It’s the beginning of October and it’s time to fall forward, don’t you think? Fall is my favorite season here in New England. The temps can be all over the place (yesterday started sticky and humid and then the temp dropped 20 degrees!)  but the nights are chilly and the feeling of wanting to pull … Read more

Outlander Boston – What’s wrong and what’s right?

Claire Caitroina Balfe and Frank Tobias Menzies in Boston apartment with floral wallpaper

After a very long “Droughtlander”, the Starz series Outlander has finally made it’s return! Based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series,  Outlander Season 3 (based on Voyager, the 3rd book in the series) focuses on the twenty year separation of our two leads – Claire (Caitroina Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) – and how they tried … Read more

2016 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

I made my annual pilgrimage to the 2016 Newburyport Holiday House tour on Saturday and this year, we were treated to some amazing homes and lovely, though not ostentatious, holiday decorating. The House Tour is put on and benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum of Newburyport. The first house I visited was the 1774 Lowell-Tracy-Johnson … Read more

Massachusetts’s Oldest House Just Sold – and it’s adorable.

Cape Cod Home

This adorable house in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod sold in 2016 and was considered the oldest house currently on the market. From the real estate listing:  Meticulously maintained 1600’s English style cottage on Shawme Pond. Launch your kayak or fish from your private dock. Perfect for a second home, weekend getaway, or year-round living … Read more

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

I made a Springtime resolution that this year, I’m going to make a concerted effort to visit some, if not all, of the historic house museums operated by Historic New England. Okay, well, there are thirty-eight properties across the six New England states, so maybe I’ll start by focusing on the twenty-one here in Massachusetts, of … Read more

Monticello Masterpiece in New England

We’ve all heard of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – that gorgeous late 18th Century masterpiece in old Virginia. But did you know there’s an amazing replica house that was recently built in New England? This Monticello Masterpiece in New England, located in Somers, CT,  is a must see, if only virtually. It’s actually on the market, … Read more

2015 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

This past Saturday was a lovely one to take in the 2015 Newburyport Holiday House Tour which benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum. As I’ve written many times here, Newburyport is my favorite place in the world – I lived there for about five years and still miss it. Unfortunately, everyone in my life is … Read more

Visiting The Crane Estate – Ipswich, MA

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to tour parts of the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. It’s truly a magical place with amazing ocean views, grand lawns and gardens, a beautiful main building and outbuildings – all with a story to tell.The spectacular Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts. … Read more