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I get cabin fever incredibly easily, and aside from a weekend day here or there where I really want to just hang around the house and cook, I often am itching on the weekends to hit the road (or the sea) for an adventure. We’ve spent enough time in Ireland that we’ve become of the mind that if you don’t go out in the rain, you’ll never go out at all. As such, we’ve started making sure we have all of the attire we need for bad weather. . . which for me means all the L.L. Bean!

It really does make a difference though, to have a good rain coat and boots and to be able to stay dry and warm.

A few weeks ago our New England wanderings took us down to Carver and Plymouth, Massachusetts, for some fun in the rain.

Carver, Massachusetts Our first stop was Carver for a quick walk amongst the evergreens. I crave nature, and the misty air and the smell of green just filled my soul with happiness, setting us up for a great afternoon.

Not long after, we made a visit to the lovely and historic Flax Pond Farms where we learned about the history of cranberry growing in the area and got to pretend we were workers back in the olden days, sorting out green and wrinkled cranberries on a conveyor belt.

Flax Pond Farms Flax Pond Farms Flax Pond Farms was a beautiful space surrounded by nature and reflecting its cranberry history, in addition to being full of delicious treats like a spicy cranberry spread and cranberry honey I got to go with some soft cheeses. One of my favorite parts about unplanned trips like this is the potential to come across little gems like Flax Pond Farms.

Flax Pond Farms After we left Carver, our rainy day travels took us to Plymouth, where we explored antiques and other secondhand items in some of the adorable downtown stores. There was plenty to see in town, but still wanting to be outdoors, we headed to the waterfront, where we discovered a charming little park with a beautiful stream running through it and foggy views of the sea beyond.

Plymouth, MA

I did some skipping and puddle jumping, because I simply can not resist jumping in puddles!

Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA

And of course, we spent plenty of time admiring boats in Plymouth Harbor.

Plymouth, MA  Ramble on Rose

This gorgeous sailboat brought together three loves: boats, the Grateful Dead, and San Francisco.

After some more walking around the waterfront and the town and a quick spin through the John Carver Inn, we made our way back to the waterfront to the Plymouth Yacht Club. With our own club membership in Boston, we’re usually welcomed into other clubs around the US, and Plymouth certainly made us feel at home.

Plymouth Yacht Club  Plymouth Yacht Club

A sprawling waterfront lawn and plenty of seating gave way to a grand building, which we soon explored, eventually making our way to the top floor members bar to soak up the coziness and a couple of Dark n Stormy cocktails as we chatted boating with some locals.

Plymouth Yacht Club It’s amazing what you can discover when you don’t have any plans! We had such a fun day together exploring a new-to-us place, and while I loved the harbor on a rainy fall day, I am even more looking forward to boating into it next summer.

Have you discovered any fun places by accident lately?

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A gorgeous Saturday in Boston Harbor played host this past weekend to the 9th annual Flip Flop Regatta. Each year, The ALLY Foundation and friends organizes this weekend of sailing and partying to raise awareness for a very important cause.

This year, we were kindly invited to enjoy the regatta from a very special spot, aboard the boat carrying The ALLY Foundation founders and Ally’s family and friends.

Our day started in the Constitution Marina where we boarded the 61 foot yacht, Makin’ Way.Flip Flop Regatta

Charlestown Marina

The spacious vessel featured a beautiful kitchen and living room as well as an upper deck, back deck, and bow deck, a bathroom, and more rooms below, which we did not see.


Flip Flop Regatta

As we drove out of Charlestown Harbor, we passed right by the place where the Flip Flop Regatta evening festivities would take place, decked out in ALLY Foundation pink and green.

Flip Flop Regatta

Flip Flop Regatta

In addition to enjoying a relaxing day on the water with gorgeous views, there was also an array of gourmet delights on board.


Chef and owner of Carmen ( a fabulous little restaurant in Boston’s North End, one of my favorites), Jeff Malloy, spent the afternoon whipping up delectable treats including grilled shrimp, clams with grilled garlic bread, sausage, meatball sandwiches and pasta salad.

Carmen, Boston

pasta salad

And there were also, of course, North End baked goods for that sweet tooth.

baked goods

The food was incredible, and it was made more impressive by the fact that the chef was cooking while standing on a rocking boat. There were some waves out there!

Sailing for a Change

Luckily, for the sailors, that also meant there was wind to bring them from the outer harbor back to Charlestown. 70 sail boats all vying to get across that finish line was quite the lovely sight.

Flip Flop Regatta

Our hosts were warm and wonderful, as always, and we spent the day meeting many interesting and fun new people. I am so grateful to have been a part of their day and will definitely be marking my calendar to attend the Flip Flop Regatta tent parties next year.

Did you have a fun weekend? Do anything special?

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