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For Part One of my 2015 Travel Recap, click here. You can access all of my travel blog posts here. In addition to week-or-longer trips to Africa, Ireland, and California, we took plenty of great weekend getaways in New England this year.

In April we enjoyed sunsets and oysters in one of my favorite New England towns, Newport, Rhode Island. After a long winter, being able to sit outside even for a little while felt like heaven. Despite winter, I fell even more in love with New England this year.

Newport Sunset 


Oysters at Midtown Oyster

2015 also included two visits to Mystic, Connecticut. The beautiful Inn at Mystic was kind enough to host us for the first visit in April, and we returned with family for dinner in August. We would have stayed there, but they didn’t have three rooms available at the time! Book early if you want to visit in the summer!

Harbour House Mystic

In Mystic Seaport we toured boats and took in blue skies, and we discovered, in general, that Mystic is quite the foodie town.


Brunch at the Engine Room is not to be missed! It was the one recommendation we received over and over, and we had brunch there on both trips.

Engine Room Mystic

Our travels around Connecticut also introduced us to some great local wine and beer.

The Connecticut Chardonnay from Jonathan Edwards Winery won out over their Chardonnay from California, and their property was truly a delightful spot to visit.

Jonathan Edwards Winery

We loved Saltwater Farm Vineyard and were able to visit in both April and August.  Wandering around the fluffy warm grass barefoot on a hot summer day with a glass of wine in hand is a favorite memory from the season.

Saltwater Farm Chardonnay

Exploring New England was one of my goals in 2015, and that wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to Portland, Maine, another favorite New England town.

We spent the night on a ship, ate a late dinner at Fore Street (one of my favorite restaurants of all time), sunned ourselves over  breakfast at The Porthole, and window shopped through Portland, wishing we could afford everything!

Our Maine weekend didn’t end there though, as we made our way to Kennebunkport and the Colony Hotel then to Kennebunk for a perfect lobster roll, and finally to Crane Beach for one of the best sunsets of the year. It was a weekend of coastal New England perfection.

Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport


lobster roll, David's KPT


Crane Beach sunset

Closer to home, we visited Westport a few times this summer, dunking ourselves in the sea in our clothes (a theme with me in 2015. . . I should just bring a bathing suit everywhere next summer). A perfect summer weekend including bubbly at Westport Rivers with friends and the Hull Harbor Illumination with family. I absolutely love both Westport and Hull for swimming in the ocean and can’t wait until it is beach time. While our winter travels might include a warm destination, nothing compares to New England beaches!

Westport, MA

And last but not least, there was a visit to beautiful Ipswich for rum cocktails at Salt and seafood at CK Pearl, along with the discovery of a beautiful,, quiet locals beach for sunning and swimming.

beach in Ipswich

There was a lot more of New England in our 2015 travels, and these are just a few of the highlights. I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with so much coastline, great food, great people, and nice weather, 3/4 of the year.

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Newport is a great town for food, beautiful architecture, shopping, and more. We have eaten in a few restaurants there as well as attended barbecues with friends, and we always have a great time. On our trip to Newport last weekend, our friends brought us to Midtown Oyster, and it was love at first sight.

Midtown Oyster Newport

Midtown Oyster has a classic New England feel, with gorgeous decor, lovely fixtures, and plenty of light.

Midtown Oyster


I am obsessed with all things boating, so I loved the old boat names on the walls, like Irish Wake below.

Irish Wake boat name

Midtown Oyster has three different stories and a few decks. On the first floor, an eye-catching open oyster bar is a fun little spot to sit while your bivalves are being shucked.

oyster bar Newport

We were in vacation mode, and we indulged accordingly. Consumed over our leisurely lunch: a burger topped with fried oysters. . .



burger with fried oysters


Glasses of Domaine Chandon bubbly, because bubbly and oysters go together perfectly (Guinness is also a best friend of oysters.). . .


Speaking of oysters, we shared 24, with Tabasco, classic cocktail sauce, and a yummy mignonette.


Plump and briny and the perfect sign of nice weather and being by the sea, these oysters went down a treat. I could have eaten a dozen more, easily. Midtown Oyster, as you would imagine, has a large variety of oysters, and it would be easy to eat them all day.

Dennis oysters

Tuna with soba noodles was a great course to share, tender tuna, slurp-able noodles, and delicious, fresh flavors.


Finally, fried oysters delighted with their richness, paired perfectly with crunchy slaw and peppadew remoulade. Amazing.

fried oysters


If you get to Newport, and I hope you do, Midtown Oysters is one of the best places to enjoy locally inspired architecture and seafood. It’s well worth a visit, and with summer coming, it’s just going to get better.

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Spring has finally sprung, and when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the blue sea is sparkling, there is no better time to be in New England. There are so many day and weekend trips to take within three hours from Boston, and we satisfying our New England wanderlust with a few trips this season. This past weekend we had the chance to spend time in Newport with great friends in an amazing seaside house. Here are just a few favorite photos from a weekend in Newport.

Newport Sunset

Sunset in Newport on a clear, chilly Spring night

Eastons Beach Newport

 Dunking the toes in the Atlantic for the first time this season, at Easton’s Beach in Newport


weekend in Newport

Al fresco drinks at a beautiful Newport home

making fudge

Fudge and saltwater taffy in one of Newport’s adorable shops


saltwater taffy

anchor decor

Nautical touches everywhere – I am obsessed with coastal/nautical style and could outfit myself and my home solely from stores in Newport.


41 North

A beautiful “man cave” and gorgeous views at 41 North – click here for a recap of one of my past 41 North visits

41 North   Thames Street Newport

As I mentioned above, the shopping in Newport is really great, and Thames Street is a fun wander, with its lovely shops and old New England architecture. I love classic New England, and Newport is one of those places that embodies this. Our friends introduced us to a new-to-us oyster bar, which I will be sharing in another post. Our next coastal New England getaway is Mystic. I haven’t been since I was little and would love any recommendations!

Newport, RI

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