Bad Blogger

Everybody needs a break, and I definitely took one this weekend! Partially, my break was forced; I had almost no cell phone service and very slow internet at the hotel, but mostly it was a conscious decision to check out a bit. I was utterly exhausted by the time I left work on Friday afternoon, and with a crazy hectic week and another weekend away coming up, I knew I needed to recharge.

After our Mt. Greylock hike on Saturday, we helped the bride and groom with some pre-wedding tasks, then rested for a bit before dinner at the Gramercy Bistro at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCa).

As part of my blogger break, I didn’t bring my camera to dinner, and honestly, I really wish I had. It was a beautifully serene restaurant in the Mass MoCa complex which is made of old mill buildings. Muted grays and beiges provided a lovely backdrop which was further enhanced by some nice jazz in the background. We started with their signature crab cake and a beautiful Villa Wolf Rosé de Pinot Noir. The crab cake was outstanding, 99% crab meat with a little bit of breadcrumbs, and it was served with a spicy, creamy wasabi sauce. We wanted to lick the plate clean.

My entree was equally as perfect, seared tuna with pickled vegetables, ginger and wasabi. I guess I was in a wasabi and seafood mood :)

We finished the meal with an amazing chocolate and hazelnut tart. Yum.

Sunday was the big wedding day!

We woke up and got some of the best coffee I have had in a long time at Cafe Brewhaha in North Adams, then got ready for the beautiful ceremony. I loved all of the personal touches, like wildflowers from the bride’s family farm.


The ceremony was held on the spacious property of another family member under a beautiful white tent and decorated in a summery, elegant late summer theme.

berkshire wedding

The wedding theme was all about wine, including the placecards.

wedding place card

But the food was 100% New England clambake. Clam chowder, mussels, clams, corn and potatoes, salad, rolls, barbequed chicken and lobster. The menu was a lot like our wedding, and I loved every bite!


Once the bride and groom’s cake was cut, we dove into the cupcakes which were just beautiful in addition to being delicious.


wedding cupcake

The rest of the night was spent dancing; we were having so much fun that they extended the party by another two hours. It was a COLD but beautiful and fun evening in the Berkshires and wonderful to see two of my favorite people so happy.

This week is going to be crazy busy with my wine class starting tomorrow and then a trip to NJ to visit my mom and DE for a Venge Wine dinner on Friday. I also need to get back on the healthy eating and working out wagon. . . the clothes are feeling a little snug after a summer of great food indulgences.

Did you have a relaxing weekend?

  1. Jessie’s avatar

    What a beautiful New England wedding! And the weather really couldn’t have been more perfect! I’m glad you had a good time :) Congrats to the bride and groom!


  2. elizabeth’s avatar

    It sounds like a pretty awesome weekend, and I LOVE the bouquets and the idea of a summery clambake at a reception. I’m just so thankful that Earl bypassed us all and left us with a pretty amazing weekend, weather-wise. It made waiting in the line at Eataly a little more bearable.


  3. alicia’s avatar

    Sounds great to me! I also had a relaxing weekend, hanging out in CT, sleeping late, and hanging out with friends. I love long weekends.


  4. Megan’s avatar

    It’s so nice to take a break sometimes… but I get that sense of regret too when I finally decide not to bring my camera somewhere. It sounds like everything was fabulous, and I love the cork placecard holders.

    I need to get back on the workout wagon too… our plan is to hit the gym tomorrow morning… we’ll see if it happens. We have a cruise in two months. :) It’s impossible for me to get on the healthy eating wagon though — way too distracted by baked goods. :)

    Have fun at your class!


  5. Kelly’s avatar

    Wow those cupcakes look so fun :) I hope you enjoyed your break- I took an even longer one haha


  6. Kristy’s avatar

    Looks cupcakes look so adorable! Looks like it was a great weekend, the flowers are pretty!


  7. Fiona’s avatar

    Looks like a beautiful wedding! A well deserved break is sometimes just what the doctor ordered! I spent more of this weekend sleeping and being lazy, something I haven’t done in ages, and seriously needed.
    Glad you had such a wonderful weekend!!


  8. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    Sometimes a break is just what you need :) fabulous cupcakes!


  9. Daisy’s avatar

    I checked out this weekend too! It’s always a nice feeling. Though I could never leave the camera at home, because then I feel the same as you – just wishing how much I had it to capture said moments.

    Sounds like an awesome wedding, so glad you enjoyed yourselves!


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