Weekend Recaps

Weekend Recap: Ogunquit, Maine

by agirlandhermutt on August 17, 2015

Earlier this summer I decided that this year would be the “Summer of New England”. I have lived in Boston for almost 10 years now and there are still so many local things that I have yet to do. I tell myself each year that I’m going to try to do x,y and z, but things come up and I never get around to doing them. Not this year!

This weekend I finally did a little more exploring in Maine. The focus of this trip was Ogunquit, a little beachy town with fun shops and plenty of restaurants.

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We left pretty early in the morning so we managed to get to Ogunquit a little before 10am. It was already in the 80s so I knew it was going to be a hot one.

The night before we left I read about something called the Marginal Way, a 1.5 mile walk near the water. The views were gorgeous with little places to stop and just enjoy.
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Pitstop to get a juice at the Loveshack!
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When we got to the beach we quickly realized that every.single.person in Ogunquit was at the beach. Seriously. It kind of looked like a pool or bathtub of people.
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We decided to just keep walking until we could find a little spot for our towels to fit. No lie. We had two towels and had a hard time finding a spot for them to be fully laid out and not in the way.

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Perfect spot FOUND!

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Despite the heat and massive amounts of people, the beach was just gorgeous! I loved the sand, the water and the massive amounts of people watching. There were so many speedos my neck started to hurt from staring.
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Once we were done at the beach we changed back into our regular clothes. I would have paid big money to not have had to put on my gross sweaty tank and undies from earlier in the day. Ugh. Planning fail.

No trip to Maine is complete without some lobster and a gorgeous view. We had sandwiches from Chowders Cafe and tried not to die from the heat.
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To make the day as wholesome as possible, there were a few brewery stops.

Hidden Cove in Wells, Maine. A favorite of mine because of their Jali beer, a jalapeno apricot beer. Untitled

Some Brewing Company, which just so happens to be in South Maine but they pronounce as “some”. They had great beer and this is very much a family run business. The Whoopie Pie Stout was a favorite!
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Exploring New England this summer has been a lot of fun. I have a few more weekends to go before I hit a really point in the year so I’m on the prowl for more adventures!

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Playing Tourist in Boston…

by agirlandhermutt on August 10, 2015

Between the crazy weather, nasty traffic, ridiculous cost of living and loads of people (students), it can be easy to lose sight of how great Boston is. This past weekend we had GORGEOUS weather and I decided to be a tourist in my own city.

What I wore

I rediscovered this really cool necklace my parents got me a couple of years ago that I LOVE. I’ve been wearing it religiously for the past few days.
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What I did…

We explored the new Boston Public Market. The market is just amazing. All kinds of specialty vendors, food to go, and even a craft beer shop. It reminds me of a small version of Eataly.Untitled

We people watched in Faneuil Hall. Watching people try to operate selfie sticks is my new favorite past time.
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We walked a big chunk of the Harbor Walk.
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We did a little Geocaching. A few non successful hunts and one really good find!
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What I ate…

I tried to get a lobster roll from James Hook but the line was ridiculous. If you are ever in town, definitely make a pit stop here. If you live here, come back when it isn’t crowded.

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But I did get Oysters! from The Daily Catch. There was also a salad from Flour. It was good, but not photo worthy. I did complain about mixed greens and how they look like weeds on Snapchat though. 😉Untitled

Sighted…

A really fun beer that I just HAVE to try. We found this at Bees Knees Supply.
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Gorgeous flowers. Everywhere.
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What was supposed to be just a little trip down to the Public Market ened up being a full day in the city that was just so lovely. Final results?Z
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I tend to stick to the usuals. My usual restaurant, my usual bar, my usual routine. It was nice to branch out a little and appreciate some new (and remember a few old) spots in Boston!

Get out and explore! Enjoy!

 

PS. One of my reviews is Yelp’s Review of the Day! Check it out!

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Road Trip to Mystic Aquarium

by agirlandhermutt on July 28, 2015

YES! I have officially marked off #16 from my 35 While 35 list. Visit Mystic Aquarium! This little line item has been on the list for about 5 years. Every single time I try to visit, something comes up. One year we were in the area for a wine expo event and had plans to visit the aquarium the next day. Random snow storm. Another year there was a hurricane. This year we had plans to visit for my birthday, but that whole hospitalization thing happened.

In the middle of last week it randomly occurred to us that we had a free Saturday and maybe we could just pop down to Connecticut for a quick visit to the aquarium. This was perfect for the whole explore New England thing we have been doing this summer. I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

And we finally made it!

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Yes, that is a picture of nothing. I got excited to show my parents I had made it and didn’t realize I wasn’t actually taking a photo of anything. Oops.

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This is Astro. He is a 9 year old sea lion that weighs about 800+ pounds. Apparently he kept stranding himself on land, would get rehabilitated and then do it all over again. After the 3rd or 4th time they realized that he wouldn’t survive in the wild so they brought him to Mystic.

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One of the Beluga Whales, which always get the Baby Beluga song stuck in my head for days.

My favorite exhibits at aquariums are always the jellyfish. I avoid those suckers like the plague in the water, but in an aquarium I just can’t get enough of them. Mystic’s had a really nice collection that were fascinating to watch.
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We spent about 3 hours walking around the aquarium, exploring all the exhibits and even touching a few rays.
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They had a separate exhibit called Exploration: Wild that had little scenes from the Arctic, Rain Forest, etc. There was even a an exhibit for the Titanic which was random, but really interesting. They had a great picture representation of how many were saved and died from each class on the ship. The crew had the most men perish in the accident, but they also managed to have the most saved. The exhibit did a great job highlighting the division of class without overdoing it.

There weren’t really any animals, but they did have a few fun photo ops set up.

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Not the Titanic.

Throughout the aquarium there are pieces of art from an organization calledWashed Ashore. The organization is a non-profit that cleans up debris from beaches and then makes artwork out of it in order to teach about the environment, plastic pollution and cleaning up the oceans.

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These pieces of artwork are incredible. Not only are they huge, but they are just really cool looking. You almost forget that these are made from TRASH that is found on our beautiful beaches.

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After the aquarium, and being around tons of childrens ;), I needed some food and a beer. We headed over to S&P Oyster Company to grab a bite to eat.
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The restaurant was busy, but really nice. Good food, great service and a nice view of the water.

We can’t ever seem to make a trip without a stop at a brewery and this time was no different. We stopped at Beer’d. We had heard good things about this brewery, but I just really liked their logo. :) Beards are the best! Untitled

This nano brewery is located in a space called the American Velvet Mill. Once the mill closed, artists started to move into the mill and created studios and gallery space. It is a unique space that was fun to navigate around. Untitled
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The brewery offers free tastings of whatever they have on tap and then you can also get pints and growlers filled. Beer’d seems to specialize in DIPAs, which just so happen to my specialty too.
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The last stop on our road trip was to The Malted Barley for a quick snack before hitting the road. Untitled
Chipotle pepper and gouda stuffed soft pretzel. Seriously. With apricot butter. Just kill me now. Untitled

With a full belly and a bucket list item completed, we headed back to Boston!

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I got a few recommendations on places to visit the next time I am in Mystic so I will definitely be heading back down again. The city is really cute and it was an easy drive on a Saturday morning.

So where to next?! I’m ready for another adventure!

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