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My Top 10 Picks for Nantucket Shopping

10 Aug

Check out my latest MissA write-up on my favorite places to shop in Nantucket!

My Top 10 Picks for Nantucket Shopping

Nantucket Island sits thirty miles south of Cape Cod. This small island (less than 50 square miles) is a haven for the wealthy and the beautiful. But while it welcomes small leer jets, it also serves as a dynamic artist community and a perfect spot for weekend getaway, even for those of us who travel by boat. It’s a faraway place that is as special as it sounds – the history is rich, the beaches are beautiful, the scenery is quaint, the restaurants are amazing and the shopping can’t be beat. If you have a chance to visit Nantucket, be sure to hit some of these top spots!

Wink,

Style Girl

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A Little Getaway to Kennebunkport

24 May

Memorial Day weekend is here! What better way to celebrate than to pack up your stuff and head out of town for a night? Last weekend we kicked off summer early by heading up to Maine for a little getaway. I’ve been to Maine many times before but usually we stay in Portland. This time we decided to try someplace new – Kennebunkport. I’m usually not a fan of really touristy places with t-shirt shops and a load of people crowding the sidewalks (walking slower than any person really should) so I was wary of heading up to this popular spot. Well  it was well worth the trip!

Kennebunkport is a cute coastal town with fun shops, gorgeous views and some great places to eat. Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite things. I’m sure I missed a few goodies so those of you who know Kennebunkport should weigh in!

Where we stayed – A fantastic B&B called The Captain Jefferds Inn. This place was classic New England  – white-painted house with pretty gardens, a sweeping stairwell and a big sunny patio. The location was great too – just a few blocks from town.  The staff was beyond friendly, the house was meticulous and the bed was big and comfy. Definitely recommended!

Where we ate – We had our 11 -month old son with us so our dining activities were very casual. We had great sandwiches and drinks on the deck at Arundel Wharf Restaurant and enjoyed lobster fare at Mabels Lobster Claw (a favorite in the area – I guess we just missed President Bush!). We also grabbed some pizza from Atlantic pizza. We didn’t get a chance to grab anything from the famed Clam Shack (right before the bridge into town) but the line was really long which suggests only good things

What we did – We walked – a lot. It’s the perfect place to be active whether you walk, run or bike. The views are breathtaking, especially up and down Ocean Avenue. We also hit the Marginal Way in Ogunquit which is just south of Kennebunkport. It’s a beautiful ocean view walk

Shops! – I stumbled upon a few great shops while walking around town:

Day Trip Society – This was a very cool shop. It’s almost hard to explain (see interior picture to the right). A lot of eclectic gifts featuring many earth-friendly brands. The carried typical beachfront shop things like sailcloth bags and pretty coasters to great Orla Kiely bags, cashmere blankets, leather journals, and rope doormats. They also carried these great shoes by Native which are a much cooler Croc alternative. The buyers are certainly creative and the quality of everything in the shop was top-notch

Daytrip Jr.Clearly related to the fabulous shop above, this kids shop was so cheerful and welcoming. It featured clothing from lines like Shiftmod and Patagonia and had fantastic wooden toys, children’s books, games and gifts. It’s a tiny shop but I could have stayed for hours. The best part? The vintage whale ride tucked into the corner. You can have a lot of fun for 25 cents!

Anniebells – The best word to describe this shop is “pretty.” The best phrase to describe this shop is “french guest room.” The number of pretty linens, soaps, candles and pottery in this shop overwhelmed me. It smelled so beautiful that I just wanted to sit down and take out a book (or maybe take a bath…). The owner has distinctive taste and leans towards simple beauty and clean design. With brands like Barr Co, k hall designs, Savon and John Robshaw, it was hard to leave only picking up a few things. See the mermaid bottle opener to the right – could this be any more perfect for summer? I think not

Minka – This great shop is tucked into a pretty little building right next to Ben & Jerry’s. I found it because I was looking for ice cream. Minka focuses on handmade jewels and gorgeous leather accessories as well as interesting art. If you’re into silver, this place is a dream. It’s also a great spot to pick up something unqiue for the person who has everything. Wooden watch, anyone?

Well, I’ll leave my report at that.  If you haven’t been to Kennebunkport, head on over. It’s a special place

Wink,

Style Girl

I Heart Newburyport

7 Jun

There are so many great day-trips to take in New England, particularly in the few warm months that we have. This weekend I went up to one of my favorite spots, Newburyport. It reminds me a bit of Nantucket but on the mainland. Its mix of water views, sandy beaches, great shops and casual restaurants make it a perfect day-trip destination. Other things I love about it? The 50 cent an hour parking lot, the charming old houses, the endless supply of coffee shops and the fact that you can get there from Boston in about 45 minutes.

Our favorite thing to do while in Newburyport is to grab a picnic lunch at Joppa (an amazing sandwich/gourmet shop that reminds me of the South End Formaggio) and head over to the beach at Plum Island. Although Plum Island is a bit beaten, the beach is to die for. On cooler weekends (like the one we just had), we’ll catch a concert in the park, grab amazing Mexican food at Agave and shop around. We always check out the real estate too – just for fun.

You also won’t find too many chains in the downtown area which is great as it allows for a great mix of creative and unique shopping. Some of my favorite shops?

French Lessons – a great boutique where you can score good jeans, great dresses and possibly the perfect tee (26 State Street)

Wishbasket – quite possibly one of the prettiest home decor shops in New England. The shop offers a great mix of candles, linens, furniture and gift items (50 Water Street in the Tannery)

Red Bird Trading Co. – ok, this might be one of the other prettiest home decor shops in New England. I love the vintage feel and the electic mix of things in this shop. The lighting, the home accents, the gorgeous chairs and the women’s wear make this a place that I could browse in for hours (50 Water Street in the Tannery)

Lively Kids – This is a great kids shop. Carrying great brands such as Tea, Jellycat, 3-Sprouts, Angel Dear, Appaman, Sourpuss and See Kai Run. The owner has been in business for quite a few years and with three kids of her own, she knows a few things about kids (15 State Street)

Best of British – Since I’m a total Anglophile, I love this shop. It’s a necessary stop-off to get my fix of real Cadbury chocolate (22 State Street)

For a small coastal city, there is a lot to do and see in Newburyport. There are over thirty restaurants within walking distance of the center of downtown and there are a lot of specialty shops nestled along the few main streets. If it’s the open water you crave, then you can easily hop on a whale watch or chartered boat as well. Don’t forget to end your day with a famous Lime Rickey from Gram’s Ice Cream.

Add Newburyport to your Summer “must” list!

Wink,

Style Girl

Jaunt to Portland

17 Oct

Fall in Maine – ahhh, pure bliss. THIS is why I live in New England.

When I think of Maine I think of hunter’s plaid, firewood and blueberries. But there’s more to it. This weekend we went up to Portland, Maine – a funky, small city on the coastline of the Pine Tree state. We started our overnight trip by heading straight to Freeport which is about 20 minutes north of Portland. This town is essentially an outlet frenzy with LLBean plopped down in the middle. I’m usually not a big outlet fan as I find them too busy and messy…the quality is sometimes lacking too BUT there are a few gems in Freeport. After raiding Cole Haan and JCrew and parading around LLBean we headed into Portland.

We stayed at a great place called Inn by the Sea. It was great – well designed interiors, dog friendly, direct access to the beach and beautiful autumnal views facing the water. After checking in we went to Crescent Beach with the dogs. They ran wild – our urban dogs were free! Got to love New England beaches after October 1.  Later, we went to our absolute favorite restaurant for dinner- Fore Street Grill. I LOVE this place. I always have something delicious here and last night was no different. The shallot and gorgonzola pizza that I had to start my meal was heaven. If I had to name a place for my last supper, I am pretty sure I’d end up at Fore Street. So, if you go – check it out and be sure to make a  reservation. Other fun  places to eat include Becky’s Diner (best pancakes), The Chef’s Table (great lunch and snackies), the Standard Baking Company (amazing breads and goodies), Street & Company (casual dinner spot), The Lobster Shack (lostahhh in Maine is the best! this place is seasonal but there are plenty of other lunch spots in town that serve up lobster year-round)  and Caiola’s (my second favorite to Fore Street nestled in a cozy part of town). Portland is actually known for being a regional culinary gem so have fun exploring all the yummy spots if you go.

After a hardy breakfast the next morning at Becky’s, we grabbed the dogs and went out to Portland Head Light which is in Fort Williams Park. This place beautiful. It’s a must see if you make the trip. The we hit the shops… Portland is a major artisanal community so thank God I’m not into pottery or I would be in trouble. Still, there are loads of great shops tucked away in the city. Some of my favorites are:  Bliss (fantab knits and leather goods), Motifs (the perfect spot for a birthday gift), Chantal (mod shop with mod fashion), Nicola’s home (ahhhmazing candles and soft textiles) and Fetch (dog stuff galore).

With that, I’m off to slip on my new Twelfth Street black bat wing sweater – purchased in Portland, of course.

Wink,

Style Girl

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