Since Matt and I are off to Nantucket early tomorrow (!), I wanted to make sure to get my weekly round-up early. We rented a house on Tom Nevers Beach with both of our immediate families for a long weekend so I want to make sure to soak in as much as possible while we’re there: from grabbing ice cream at Juice Bar and visiting Cisco Brewery, to strolling through ‘Sconset and renting a sailboat – I cannot wait to be back. Neither of our families have been to the island so we can’t wait to show them around! Happy weekend, everyone
This weekend was so needed. I’ve been running on empty all week between big projects at work and schoolwork, so I’m ready to enjoy myself. I actually have a three day weekend (!) thanks to the company I work for so I plan to take advantage of it and get a few personal projects out of the way while spending time with friends. Today I’m heading to Connecticut for a day trip with some of my girlfriends and then Sunday one of my other friends from out of town is visiting for less than 48 hours so we’re meeting up for brunch. Not to mention a low-key date night with Matt. With the extra day scheduled for pampering and projects, I couldn’t be happier.
P.s. Plus, Matt and I are headed to Nantucket next Saturday with our families!
So June happens to be my birthday month (hello to all my Cancers out there!), so I wanted to do more of a birthday (experience) wish list instead of my monthly picks from my favorite shops. I know I didn’t post one in May, but if I don’t find anything I’m passionate about recommending, I’m not going to post. Not to mention, 9 out of 10 times I prefer experiences over gifts. This year, I don’t really need anything in particular, so here are five of my birthday (experiences) wish list:
Indulge In A Spa Day
I have been dying to treat myself to a spa day ever since I started adding graduate school to my full-time job. The stress has really been getting to me with only two months left (!) of my MBA program so a day of pampering sounds like perfection. Even just writing about it now makes me feel relaxed.
See A Favorite Band/Singer
I love, love, love seeing live music. Especially if it’s a favorite band or singer – let’s be honest, so musicians are not always the best performers. I can’t describe the feeling, but I feel so invigorated afterwards.
Visit Governor’s Island
This is one of my places in the city. The island has such a mix of history, architecture and nature that makes it a perfect spot for exploring with a stop at Island Oyster. If the day can end up with me at Comedy Cellar (I still haven’t been!) I’d be pretty happy.
Spend An Afternoon In Central Park
As many times as I’ve been to this Manhattan landmark, I just want to get outside! Brunch at the boat house, renting a row boat, wandering around, pop in the Met, a drink at Tavern On the Green… it’s a quintessential New York moment.
Take A Day Trip Outside the City
I’m thinking a small town outside of Manhattan or Connecticut, but just exploring a new place – whether that includes antique hopping or visiting a museum/estate – sounds simply charming. Or, now that I’m thinking about it, I would love to finally go wine tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyard. Bring on the adventure.
After weeks of posting about my trip with Matt to Bermuda last month, I’ve finally had a moment to put together a quick (but thoroughly researched) travel guide. Can you believe it’s only a two-hour flight from NYC? We were there for only five days so we made sure we hit all of the top destinations on the island! If you want more inspiration for your trip, check out my saved Instagram stories and posts.
Here are my favorite spots for anyone planning a visit:
Village Pantry: A complete hidden gem offering a variety of dishes that will make you want to keep going back… which we almost did, if we didn’t try it right before we left. Honestly, everything on the menu (and what our fellow diners were eating) looked incredible… so we both decided to do the fried chicken and mac n’ cheese PLUS a side of cornbread served in a skillet. I’d probably have a reservation for every day for our next trip just to try the other menu items. And don’t even start with me on the decor…
Mickey’s (pictured above): Great food right on the beach. If you’re looking for a beach day at Elbow Beach and don’t feel like packing a picnic (or leaving), this place is perfect.
Rustico: Although we didn’t get a chance to go, this restaurant looked lovely on the outside (and we received plenty of recommendations to try it) and apparently serves the best Italian on the island.
Marcus (at the Hamilton Princess): …Where do I begin? Matt and I ended up there Sunday when they host a brunch buffet complete with a champagne option, fantastic food (!) and even live music.
Truthfully, the island is not known for its food, but the above are pretty amazing. Make sure you check out Marcus for their Sunday Brunch (just trust me) and stock up on snacks in-between meals.
*Here are some must-know tips, too*
Expect to spend most of your money on food ($$$) and transportation on the island. On that note, I highly suggest downloading Hitch Bermuda before going since the island does not have Uber. The residents of the island are only allowed to have one car per household so there are only so many on the island along with a bunch of scooters (which you can also rent, too). The island is around the size of Manhattan so keep that in mind when planning your itinerary.
Also, bring cash – the taxis in Bermuda only take cash and nine times out of 10 the drivers will be extremely friendly and drop tidbits of historic facts or recommendations about the island so you’ll want to tip them well.
Fun fact: Bermuda is known for its Dark ‘n Stormy’s and the Swizzle. After drinking one or two of these rum-based drinks, you’ll be thankful you aren’t driving! If you’re planning on buying a bottle or two, make sure to grab it at the airport – it’s insanely cheaper there compared to the rest of the island.
Have you been to Bermuda? What do you want to know?
So… I’m officially done with my spring term AND my first week at my new company (!) Cue celebration mode – or, rather, a relaxing weekend. With all of the craziness of the new role and finals, my sleep has been minimal at best combined with a little extra anxiety so I’m looking forward to taking it easy. I just can’t believe I only have one week (part of which I will be in Bermuda for Matt’s super belated-30th birthday gift!) until I start my final term of my MBA program.
Also, happy Mother’s Day weekend! I can’t wait to call my mom, along with my aunts and grandmothers and some of my friends with adorable children of their own. Not to mention, Matt and I are headed to his parents to celebrate with his family, so this holiday will be extra special.
Despite this was the week I took off before starting my new job (can’t wait for Monday!), I feel like I’ve been constantly on the go. From overdue spring cleaning and finishing homework to running around the city for errands/doctor’s appointments, I’m embarrassed to admit I’m a little exhausted. Especially with two date nights, a trip to ‘the Vessel’ at Hudson Yards, a catch-up date at the gorgeous RH Rooftop and a last-minute viewing of Hamilton, I’m ready to take things easy for the next 48 hours. Thanks to the rain, this is optimal for studying and curling up with a few books.