If you’ve seen any of my previous blog posts you know I am a HUGE fan of the Northeast. It’s pretty much beautiful all year long, but Cape Cod and it’s surrounding cities really shine in the summertime. This really is a part one blog post, but I plan to take you guys day by day through my travels so you can get some ideas of what to do while you are summering on the Cape!
Honestly most of this day consisted of travel. I had a layover in Detroit which is the only reason I am even bringing up this day. The Detroit airport was AMAZING. In fact, I was so impressed by it, I think I kind of want to take a trip to Detroit. I had sworn off the midwest as a whole, which is probably wrong of me, but I totally changed my mind because Michigan looks amazing. Flying over the Great Lakes was pretty freaking stunning.
Anyways we are getting off topic here. My mom and I picked up the rental car from Providence airport in RI (a much lesser airport, ew) and made our way to my mother’s childhood hometown of Seekonk, MA. Everything there seemed so familiar to me. I had traveled there several times as a child and when we arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s home, it was like nothing had changed. It was so nostalgic. The weather, the smells, the sounds…it was just perfect. We visited with my Aunt and Uncle who I hadn’t seen for about thirteen years and it was like no time had passed. I am blessed to have been able to enjoy this time with them.
After a very solid sleep, my mom and I woke up to an even more perfect temperature. I went on a short, barefooted hike through my Uncle’s woods. The woods up north smell way different than they do here in Florida, in a good way. They were all rained on and when the wind blew it sounded drippy and pretty. The forest floor was covered with green moss, so soft under my toes. I wish I had taken some photos, but this was such an impromptu experience that I didn’t even bring my phone or camera. Also, some things a photo just can’t capture.
After that, my cousin arrived so that she, my mother and I could go to Newport. My cousin is like a sister to me, so I always get super excited to see her.
Just look at lil mama!
On our way to Newport my mom suggested we stop at this quaint historic site called Prescott Farm. As soon as we pulled up I was instantly in love. There was no one there except two sweet ladies painting under a peach tree. There were flowers and fruits galore. It was seriously a beautiful place, and free to explore! I’d highly suggest that if you can ever make it there, you should make the stop.
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We passed through some really sweet towns on the way to Newport (Warren, Bristol) but we decided we would stop at them on the way back. I was super excited to get there because I had never been, but heard so many amazing things.
Driving through town there were SO MANY tourists. And a lot of stores. And to my initial, judgmental eye that appeared to be it, but don’t worry, this story gets better. My mom took us out to some beautiful cliff, the name of which escapes me, but when we arrived, I felt like I was standing on the edge of the world. There was nothing but ocean as far as the eye could see. I couldn’t tell where the sea stopped and the world began. I was really feeling at my New-England-best at this point. This was also one of those times when the pictures really just couldn’t capture what I was seeing.
After this we wanted to do the cliff walk. We parked fairly easily, and it was free to do. It was about 85 degrees, the hottest day of my trip, so we only walked for about an hour. The views and the mansions were stunning. Sorry for the blurry photo, it was insanely windy and I was trying not to die, WORTH IT!
At this point we were terribly thirsty. I saw a botanical shop on the way into town (if you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I love this sort of thing) and we decided to stop there for a cold tea, and BOY am I glad we did. This was easily one of the coolest shops I’ve ever been to at all anywhere, ever. It was called Gather and it was right on the outskirts of Newport, RI.
The shop keep was very sweet and helpful. This shop alone made me wish I lived closer to Newport! I was in love. But we had to leave because we were also starving. We stopped at a restaurant in Warren, RI called The Square Peg where we had an awesome meal! This whole area felt like Williamsburg in Brooklyn to me. So, so cute.
We went back to Seekonk, scooped up my luggage and headed out to the cape. We went back to my cousin’s house and I got to have dinner with a bunch of my family! I was so happy to get to hang out with them, even if it was only for a little while. Oh and we watched Practical Magic that night because it’s just what we do.
We woke up and had breakfast at the CUTEST coffee shop on the cape called Coffee Obsession.
I purchased some post cards by a local artist who worked for the coffee shop because how much more fun is it to have something local than something mass produced? I digress.
So I am super lucky because my cousin works at a resort in Cape Cod and thus she has access to other resorts in the area of the like, so for the rest of the morning we were able to use the pool, private beach and resort amenities. Trust me when I say it was a beautiful place. Hydrangea’s on Hydrangea’s.
After tanning and relaxing, we stopped at the sweetest farmer’s market in town, Falmouth Farmer’s Market. Here are just a few of the many photos I got of the goods. And yes, many apple cider donuts were consumed on this day.
The market manager was so wonderful and helpful. I would for sure be getting my produce here every week if I were able! After vegging out (ha) we walked to the near by Flying Bridge Restaurant for some grub. Then we napped. Because how could we not after a busy morning like that?
That evening we went for a walk up Main Street in Falmouth. We visited all the cute local shops and library before grabbing a bite to eat at La Cucina Sul Mare where we had some BOMB pasta dishes.
After we got home and had a little R&R we stayed up all night talking, which honestly was probably my favorite part of the day.
I knew my cousin was going to have to work today, so my mother came out to keep me company and do some Cape exploring with me. For brunch I brought Mama to the best place I could think of: Maison Villatte where we had delicious coffees, pastries and sandwiches. So delicious, very fairly priced and always authentic. Apparently the master baker who owns this shop takes the authenticity of his bakery very seriously!
Afterwords (to walk off a very decadent breakfast) we went to one of my favorite spots in Falmouth, MA. Spohr Gardens is truly a hidden gem. A massive diamond in the rough. And it’s free! A great spot for an easy hike. Just look at these views!
Then we were off to another one of my favorite places in the WORLD which luckily resides right up the road from the gardens, Highfield Hall. Take the time to read about the history and beauty of this place. Between the stunning grounds, amazing art gallery and thirty fairy houses, you will want to visit! See for yourself.
That evening my mother, Julia and I went and had dinner at The British Beer Co. and while I really and truly wish I had been able to get a photo for you all, the bacon mac n’ cheese I had literally fell into my mouth.
When we were all finished we went and watched the sunset out at the beach by the very picturesque Nobska Lighthouse. Again, this is one of those things you just can’t fully pick up in a photo, but I sure did try!
That night we also made a very mandatory trip to Somerset Creamery. Always busy, always worth the wait.
I am going to keep this day brief because really nothing too exciting happened. I went shopping with my mom and snagged some cute new threads, we had coffee at Coffee Obsession again, I watched Gilmore Girls and did laundry and organized my living quarters a bit. That night my mom went home and Julia and I went out and visited with my grandparents in Acushnet, MA. It’s always insanely magical at their house, what with the soft grass, slew of chipmunks and hummingbirds. It’s everything a grandparent’s home should be. And of course, we always love seeing our sweet Nana and Pep!
Day 6, also known as one of the best days of my life:
On this day both Julia and I set sail to Nantucket for the first time. This day requires its own blog post, so stay very tuned for “A Day on Nantucket” soon!
This day ended up being even more low key than we anticipated because we were just BEAT from our adventures on Nantucket. It was also very cold and very raining, classic New England weather. We woke up and had breakfast at a diner called Country Fare which is right on Main Street in Falmouth. It’s basically Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls, like to a T.
After eating up our greasy diner grub we decided pedicures were more than necessary. After all the walking we had done the day before, it was crucial to my very survival.
We then went home, made coco, watched the rain, watched about five hours of Gilmore Girls (are you sensing a theme yet?) and then Julia drove us back to my Auntie and Uncle’s home in Seekonk.
Day 8 (and was supposed to be a travel only day):
This day ended up being so much more amazing than Julia and I thought it would be thanks to my mother and her adventurous spirit. We started the morning off with a hike through the glorious woods of Caratunk Preserve. I swear to you this place was right out of a story book. Check out the website to see for yourself!
We picked up my first ever “Awful Awful” which is an ice cream like treat my mother has been raving about to me basically since I came out of the womb. You can find these shakes at Newport Creamery.
We also went to a shop called the Paper Store. We don’t have these shops in the south but apparently they are everywhere up north, and I am jealous! So many cute things. It was definitely the place to go for a last minute splurge.
Now last, but seriously one of my favorite things we did on the whole trip, was flower picking at Four Town Farms. I would have stayed here forever if they had let me. Seriously, I could have just lived in the fields of flowers. Zinnia’s, Dahlia’s, wildflowers, oh my!
In addition to picking beautiful flowers for my Auntie’s kitchen table, I snagged some home made granola, a bee’s wax candle and coffee milk (the best) from the farm store.
After that we got back to Auntie’s, grabbed a slice of pizza, Julia and I shared a very sad goodbye and then we were ready to hop a plane home.
As much as this was like, the ultimate Eat. Pray. Love. trip for me, I missed my husband so much that that night we landed (about 11PM) I drove all the way home just to sleep next to him, and I don’t live close to the airport. WORTH IT! Distance really does make the heart grow fonder. Awwwweeeeee.
So anyways that’s all about my trip. Like I said, stay tuned for my post all about Nantucket, coming within the next couple of weeks.