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A Day Trip in Southern New Hampshire

Ryan and I had a free weekend and decided we wanted to venture out and explore a part of New Hampshire we hadn’t before. We’ve been talking a lot lately about seeing more of the small towns around us and enjoying what our beautiful state has to offer. Our trip to Peterborough provided a lovely small town experience and an adventure into the great outdoors. We took Cody on his first hike in 85 degree…
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A Guide to Hiking Glacier National Park

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write this blog post, but in my defense, I started a new school year just a day after this trip ended. Talk about a quick turn around! Ryan’s family and I flew out to Montana at the end of the summer to spend a week just outside of Glacier National Park. It was an incredible trip filled with great hikes, epic views, terrifying roadways, and Air…
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A Weekend Getaway in Maine

This past weekend Ryan and I ventured out of New Hampshire, which we hadn’t done in what felt like forever, for a true vacation weekend getaway. We drove five hours north to Maine where I had a lot planned for us. I wanted to share some of the highlights on my blog in case you’re considering a trip anytime soon! (Note: at this time, residents of the following states are free from any travel restrictions…
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A Guide to Hiking Acadia National Park

I planned a lot for our trip to Acadia National Park and I mean a lot. For heaven’s sake, we were only going to be there two days- but I wanted to make sure I had everything handled. No surprises (cause that always works!) When planning our weekend getaway to Bar Harbor, we knew we wanted to hike Acadia. We chose to do a Saturday to Monday trip to try to avoid some of the…
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Franconia Ridge Loop – Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Lafayette

Last weekend Ryan and I headed up north with our friend Jason to tackle the Franconia Ridge Loop. We got up early, stopped for egg sandwiches on the way, and arrived at the parking lot next to the Lafayette Campgrounds at just about 8:30. It was already packed which tells you something about summer hiking in New Hampshire. Granted, it was the Thursday before a holiday weekend, but still- we were surprised at how crowded…
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Postcards from Wachusett

Yesterday my friends and I took full advantage of our short “winter break” and drove up to Wachusett Mountain for a day of skiing. It was the first time we’d had the opportunity to all ski together and we had a blast. We’d been saying for years that we had to do it and I’m really glad we finally did. I hadn’t been skiing at Wachusett since I was a kid and I had forgotten…
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Postcards from Portsmouth

Last weekend I took a quick trip up to New Hampshire to visit my childhood bestie Mackay. We grew up in Portsmouth, RI and ironically enough, she’s ended up in another Portsmouth area which is just as, if not more, beautiful than our hometown. This is the second trip I’ve taken to Portsmouth and every time I’m there I can’t help thinking about the next time I can make it back (mostly for the company,…
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Newport Highlight: MEND Yoga

A lot of my friends have already heard my spiel about MEND but today I’m putting it here on the blog and shouting it to the people in the back. I LOVE THIS PLACE. This new series on the blog, Newport Highlights, will do just that- highlight locations in Newport I think deserve the attention. I’m starting with somewhere I spend a good majority of my time: the studio at MEND. Back in November I…
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Postcards from Chelsea

Ryan and I spent this past weekend up in Vermont with his dad, enjoying lots of fresh fallen powder. We had both been itching to get up north, especially because the weather in RI has been so lame this winter. There’s nothing like a brisk cold morning and a blanket of snow outside. One of my favorite things about Ryan’s parent’s house in Vermont is the quiet. You feel like there’s nothing and no one…
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Newport’s Off-Season Specials For Locals

Every local knows that Newport is the place to be during the off-season. The weather might not be warm and the scenery might be a little grey but boy, is our little town cozy when there’s no one around. If the winter blues have you a bit down and you’re feeling the need for a pick-me-up, check out the following Newport Off-Season Specials catered perfectly to the local crowd. There’s plenty of ways to wine…
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Packing for a Winter Hike

This past weekend, Ryan’s family hosted us at the Zealand Falls Hut in New Hampshire. We rented out the hut for the night on Saturday, hiking in early and out the next day. It was a crazy experience, to say the least, considering that the temperatures were below freezing and the hut had no heat other than in the dining hall. That being said, I was well prepared, thanks to Ryan’s preemptive advice on what…
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Postcards from Zealand

This post is dedicated to Tim Ellis who is an avid reader and supporter of this blog (“I hit like, like, like, like, like”) and who never fails to make us all laugh. Hi Tim! 🙂 What. A. Weekend. I am going to start this post off by saying, I had no idea what to expect when I agreed to go on this winter hike. Ryan’s dad has planned and organized these trips for years…
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Postcards from Chelsea

Last weekend Ryan and I spent another amazing few days with his family at their place in Chelsea, Vermont. After a slightly bumpy ride there, we were very excited to spend a bit of time relaxing and soaking up the end of the fall. While it isn’t prime leaf peeping season anymore, I was really pleased with all the colors of transition we were seeing. Also, the air in Chelsea is crisp and sweet this…
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How to Spend 36 Hours in NYC

I try my hardest to visit my best friend Erin in New York City once every fall. This past weekend was a quick trip, but we definitely made the most of the 36 hours we had in the city. In the past, I always took Amtrak into the city, but recently, I’ve found it so much easier to drive to Connecticut and take Metro North into Grand Central. It’s a much less expensive trip and…
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How to Spend 48 Hours in Newport

Earlier in the summer, we made plans for Ryan’s parents to come down to Newport for a weekend in September. Our hope was that the tourists would be gone but the weather would still be nice enough that we could bring them around to explore our little coastal hometown. While we were planning the things we wanted to do, I couldn’t help think that I had to share our weekend itinerary on here, for anyone…
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London Itinerary Part 3

This is the final post for our London Itinerary and the final post for our European trip in full. Only took me two months.. whoops. We knew that being in London meant we had to visit Buckingham Palace. It’s a spot where you stand with all the other tourists to get a quick photo, but also a spot that holds so much significance to the country. Another spot of significance that was suggested to us…
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London Itinerary Part 2

I had our days in London planned out to the hour and it was really nice to be able to get around the city so easily. Walking is certainly the best form of transportation, but we also got tickets for the hop-on, hop-off bus which took us to almost all the sites we wanted to see. In hindsight, we should have bought the “London Pass” because it included the bus and a few of the…
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London Itinerary Part 1

If I’m being honest, our London trip was a whirl-wind. As I was compiling the photos for these next few posts, I was shocked that I couldn’t remember what went where and where we were when. There were so many amazing things we did over three days (demonstrated by our step count) that I’m taking some creative freedom in these itineraries and doing my best to remember what followed what. That being said, I am…
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Ireland Itinerary Part 3

Our final day in Ireland brought us from one coast to the other. We traveled East from Galway to Dublin where we arrived at the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. I feel like accommodations are never my favorite part of a trip- my family normally goes with a “just stay to sleep and eat kind of deal.” However, Carton House blew my mind. The grounds were magnificent and we felt like we…
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Ireland Itinerary Part 2

Even though we didn’t stay in many cities on our trip, Galway City, which hosted the beginning of our second day in Ireland, was my favorite. The city center was a short, local bus ride away from our hotel and contained lively streets and great shops. I found an Irish knit wool sweater which I had been on the hunt for and we all picked up some souvenirs to bring home. Furthermore, a good portion…

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Caitlin Carmellini is a 5th year teacher and an educational leadership masters student who believes in promoting teacher leadership, establishing positive school climate and culture, promoting work-life balance, and supporting teacher experiences in the classroom.

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