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Do you make a summer bucket list? We’re working on ours lately and it involves lots of time outside and on the water, farm fresh produce, grilling, outdoor movies, concerts, and a lot more. It’s my favorite season by far. Being barefoot and salty makes me happy down to my soul. Unlike last summer where we traveled a ton, we only have one trip planned this summer. Otherwise I plan on soaking up the amazingness that New England dishes up in this season.

We kicked off summer as early as we could and despite some very rainy Sundays (Seriously, why has every Sunday been rainy? It’s my favorite boat day!) have some weekend favorites to share.

Scituate There’s so much to do and see near Boston. A few weeks ago we visited Scituate for a beach walk and brunch at Atlantica, which is fancy and a little pricey but totally incredible and great for a special occasion.

Atlantica A window seat, hot donut holes, and a fruit cocktail started brunch off perfectly.

donuts at brunch

A Blood Orange Old Fashioned. . . because it’s brunch!

blood orange old fashioned

Brunch at Atlantica is a giant buffet featuring all sorts of stations like prime rib, pasta, fish, omelets, salads, seafood, and a huge dessert table. I piled my plate high with grilled vegetables, shrimp, quiche, short ribs, bacon, and salad and ate every bite. It was heavenly.  Sometimes I steer clear of buffets because I assume the quality won’t be great, but that was not the case here. Everything was so good!  I decided I want to have brunch here again during one of my Chicago Marathon long run weekends so I can really try everything and not feel bad about it!

brunch at Atlantica

Lilly Pulitzer wine glasses

My sister got me these cute Lilly Pulitzer wine glasses; they’re plastic, making them perfect for boating! I plan to fill them with lots of pink wine this summer. While people have starting going bananas for rosé in recent years, we’ve been fans of dry rosé forever (one of my very first blog posts covers one of our favorites, from Travessia Urban Winery, right here in Massachusetts) way back when everyone thought White Zinfandel was the only rosé out there. We continue to find favorites; follow this space for tasting notes!

IMG_5548 Speaking of boating, we’ve been doing as much of it as we can. Saoirse is smaller than our last boat, making it easier for us to dock without help. As a result, we’ve had a few relaxing dates by boat, including one to Legal Harborside, a perfect place in Boston for sunning, sipping (and slurping) away a summer day.   

oysters Legal Harborside boating in Boston Getting outdoors has been a ton of fun, and we’ve been trying for more active evenings. Instead of just appetizers and cocktails, we add a walk in. Walking around Lower Mills in Dorchester is so pretty and gives us the ability to visit several bars and an ice cream shop all on foot. I love the small town feel of where we live and the access to water that we have so close by!

Milton Landing

I also love my garden. Having a yard so close to the city has been a game changer for me. My garden brings me so much joy and peace. The raspberries are on their way! Also planted: zucchini, acorn squash, hot peppers, tomatoes, string beans, arugula, peas, shallots, strawberries, and basil. Stepping outside into that space grounds me so much.

raspberries

Since we do live near so much green space, we finally bought a soccer ball to kick around. Neither of us are World Cup bound  anytime soon, but we get in some good exercise chasing each other around and dying laughing. It’s the perfect time of year to behave like a kid again, which is why soccer is followed by ice cream.

soccer in the park

We plan on lots of day trips from Boston to places like World’s End in Hingham, beaches in Ipswich, dockside dining in Portland, and so much more. What are your summer plans?

World's End

For some ideas on day trips from Boston, check out these posts:

Day Trip to New Bedford

Visiting Ipswich

Brunch and Beer in Newburyport

Wine and Beer Tasting in Southeast Massachusetts

Hingham and Cohasset

Spectacle Island

Chatham, Cape Cod

A Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard (a little more difficult, but do-able!)

World’s End State Park

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As our close friends have started having kids, our nights out have turned into fun, casual, and cozy brunches in. It’s become one of my favorite things to do; there’s lots of great food, play time, and of course bubbly.

Cremant de Jura Our latest brunch was a real feast, with Irish bacon and blood pudding, a delicious egg strata, scones, fruit, veggies, and this sparkling wine from Jura. This Buronfosse Crémant du Jura was new to me and the perfect brunch bubbly. Vibrant, bright, and festive, it offers notes of raspberry and toasted almond pastry, a tiny bit of sweetness on the finish, but not too much at all. Get togethers where everyone brings a bottle often result in some delicious wine discoveries!

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My heart and prayers go out to those suffering from floods in South Carolina. If you are interested in donating money or supplies, here’s a link to how you can help.

 

Short and sweet, our time last weekend in Charleston was. It was far too short for my liking; I love that town so much! When planning our trip to a wedding in Myrtle Beach, we discovered that our best bet for flights was using JetBlue points to fly to Charleston and drive. The times of the flights were better, and it was direct, and I wanted to eat in Charleston. And eat we did! Despite having very little time, we managed to squeeze in lunch and a drive after landing and made our way back for a quick brunch before our flight back to Boston.

82 Queen Charleston We were overwhelmed with choices, but 82 Queen was on my list of places to try, and on a busy, beautiful Sunday, they had their bar open for brunch which meant no waiting 25-30 minutes like the other restaurants nearby. I wish we had more time to linger; the courtyard at 82 Queen was beautiful and looked relaxing. Next time!

We sat at the bar and the lovely ladies behind it got right to work making recommendations and bourbon drinks. They convinced us we had to have cocktails (It wasn’t hard) and had us try their favorites, the shrimp and grits and the crab cake Benedict.

shrimp and grits Their recommendations were spot-on, and the food and drinks were heavenly. I loved that 82 Queen had a bourbon cocktail menu, separate from the rest of the cocktails. I had the Muddled Creek: Knob Creek Bourbon, Muddled Orange Slice, Triple Sec, Ginger Ale, and it was delicious.

The grits were seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten, creamy and the perfect pillow for a tangy BBQ sauce with shrimp and bacon. The crab cake was all meat with a perfect poached egg and more of those grits. We chatted about Boston and Charleston, cleared our plates, and promised to come back before we were leaving on a jet plane again.

crab cake benedict

Flying to Charleston from Boston on JetBlue couldn’t have been easier. The flight is a quick two hours, and the Charleston Airport is quiet and easy. We dropped the car off and were through security in less than 10 minutes. We’re already planning our next trip.

What’s your favorite meal when traveling?

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