Travel Recap: New England Living

 

Hi there! Wow, I knew May would be crazy, but I apologize for my blogging disappearance. Looks like I have alot to catch yall up on! I think rather than scrambling a "May's 5 Happy Things" post together on the very last day of the month that I may just combine May & June's and share 10 happy things. Stay on the lookout for that next week!

Welp, if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen that I've been up in New England for the past week or so. My brother-in-law graduated with a masters in architecture two weeks ago so the entire family (his and ours) joined him to celebrate and then relax in Cape Cod for the following week. Then, Sam Adams, the company Hobbs' works for, was sponsoring a music festival that we so luckily got to attend Memorial Day weekend. Now, I'm finally back home snuggling with puppy Porter and so pumped to share N E W men's goods coming just in "tie" for Father's Day (see what I did there? ;))!

Check out a quick recap along with some of my favorite pieces I brought along with us below!

 
Loretta's first time to visit me in Raleigh so obvi we went to Lily's Pizza

Loretta's first time to visit me in Raleigh so obvi we went to Lily's Pizza

 

My mom and I got the roadtrip started (yep, we drove - I think I have a problem, I love roadtrips) by spending our first night in Philly. Before dinner, I insisted we visit the first-ever Anthropologie, and we were not disappointed. It's situated in this old historic building with gorgeous crown molding and sculptural details built right into the walls with a domed ceiling. I was a little too awestruck to get many photos, but if you ever have the chance to visit this store, do it.

The boys

The boys

 
The cousins

The cousins

This trip was my first time getting to meet my brand new baby nephew Freeman, and I.am.in.love. This trip was also the first opportunity for my niece Thea and her brand new baby brother Graham to meet Freeman, as well. I'd say "the cousins" had a wonderful time getting to know each other. And as for the rest of the group? We spent no less than 80% of our time just staring at babies the whole trip...

I mean... all the heart eyes

I mean... all the heart eyes

Best lunch of the trip

Best lunch of the trip

Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

Hobbs and I with Graham

Hobbs and I with Graham

N E W tie bar coming SOON!

N E W tie bar coming SOON!

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

View from CBI

View from CBI

NEW Flower Studs in action

NEW Flower Studs in action

Cutest little street scene in MV

Cutest little street scene in MV

Unfortunately, the weather didn't quite cooperate for our trip to the cape, but we did squeeze in a few semi-lovely days. We took a ferry to Martha's Vineyard where we rented a Jeep to explore the island for the day while eating some of the best ice cream I've ever had. Then we roamed the city of Chatham for a day, munching on my favorite meal of the trip: lobster rolls, fried clams, and buttered corn on the pier, waving to seals, and topping it off with drinks at Chatham Bars Inn (all the heart eyes). And on the grossest, rainiest day, we ventured off to Provincetown (or, as the locals call it, P Town). I wish we had gotten to see it on a beautiful day, because even though we thoroughly enjoyed popping into stores and galleries, I know it would have been much more lively had the weather been nicer. However, our seafood lunch overlooking the pier at the Lobster Shack sure was amazing, despite the weather. The quirkiness and small but welcoming nature of the town really reminded me of Asheville on the water, so of course, I loved it. We capped off the week with a "kids only" dinner and ice cream (so.much.ice.cream) where the kids of my generation went out to eat while the grandparents and babies stayed home. I loved spending time with my sisters and brothers-in-law in this way, something we rarely get to do now that they're parents. 

Honeycomb Climbers for Boston Calling

Honeycomb Climbers for Boston Calling

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37,000 flags were put out in honor of the 37,000 Massachusetts men and women who have died in battle since the Revolutionary War. What an amazing time to be in Boston. This display was truly impactful.

37,000 flags were put out in honor of the 37,000 Massachusetts men and women who have died in battle since the Revolutionary War. What an amazing time to be in Boston. This display was truly impactful.

By the end of the week, we were, of course, exhausted, but there was yet another city to dig into - one of which Hobbs is quite familiar: Boston. I'd been dying to go to a Red Sox game ever since our first trip to Boston together two years ago on our first roadtrip, so when I found out they were playing at home, I quickly booked some tickets. In true MF, I didn't read all the rules because I was too excited fashion, the "seats" were in an area reserved for standing room only. After a 4AM wakeup call and then walking all over the city of Boston, we just had to laugh when we got there and realized what I'd done. Oh well, we just kept our walking-shoes on and walked around the ball park, and then enjoyed a Fenway Frank while sitting on the railings.

Saturday's activities, though busy, allowed a bit more relaxation than the previous week. The music festival we were going to, Boston Calling, was an all day affair, but the artists we wanted to see weren't until the evening so we spent the afternoon basking in the unexpected sunshine and meeting new friends. After amazing performances by Brandi Carlile, Nathanial Ratliff and the Night Sweats, Mumford and Sons, and many more, we headed back to grab some sleep before the 12 hour drive to Raleigh on Sunday. (If you follow me on Instagram stories, I apologize for the explosion of videos from Saturday night! But, if you're ever planning on being in Boston on Memorial Day Weekend, I highly recommend checking out this festival. They're in their sixth year and apparently, it just keeps getting better and better. They even provided free sunscreen stations all around the festival - basically, they thought of everything.)

 
The whole crew (minus Graham who was already asleep - so jealous)

The whole crew (minus Graham who was already asleep - so jealous)

 

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on Instagram about what to do while on the Cape! It was an amazing week and half with my family, and I'm so grateful for trips like that where we can all just be together despite living all across the country. What's the next family vacation you're looking forward to? Got something big planned for the summer? Share it with me in the comments!

Happy Unofficial Start of Summer,
Mary Frances

 


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