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Just a few photos from a beautiful summer weekend in Massachusetts, the best place to be this time of year!


farmers market peaches

Peaches at the Ashmont Farmers Market – now that I work from home I can get there before it closes, and I love it. I love that it’s another little piece of our community that brings people together for food and fellowship while supporting Massachusetts farmers and other producers.

  Westport Rivers grapes

Wine grapes at Westport Rivers – every summer I try to make at least one visit to Westport Rivers (last year for their sunset music series, well worth a visit). We were blessed with a sunny, blue sky, glorious day for drinking bubbles in the vineyard.


lobster burger

Lobster on a burger at the Bayside in Westport – We visited the Bayside last year, and we were happy to return this year. The food is SO good, and it has gorgeous beach views.

Westport, MA

We made the most of the perfect day with some jumping and swimming in a warm and salty sea. If I could swim in the ocean every day, I would be very happy.

Hull Harbor Illumination

Hull Harbor Illumination – I love going to this annual event which lights up Hull Harbor in flares for the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Once again we sat at the Sea Dog and watched the sun go down and the lights go up, a perfect way to spend the night with family visiting from Ireland.


Kama Lounge

Sunday was spent with friends, breakfast with one set of friends and their new baby and then later on dinner with another set of friends at Kama Lounge in Quincy. They do dollar oysters on Sunday nights, along with half priced appetizers during their happy hour. Everything we ate was so delicious, especially these clam chowder poutine fries. Sinful, and now I definitely need that 14 mile run this week!

  clam chowder poutine summer sunset

We finished the weekend out on Wollaston Beach with a perfect sunset and ice cream. Tired, happy, and with sandy feet, we went home to get ready for the work week.

What have you been up to these glorious summer weekends?

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I maintain a mental list of all of the things that I want to do during a Massachusetts summer, and I don’t think I could get to it all unless I had at least a month off. As I mentioned in last week’s post about day trips from Boston, we decided this summer to stick around, enjoy our new house and yard, and take day trips that brought us back home each night. We also took a few random Fridays off to ensure we had time to do this.

Last Friday, after a beautiful day in Westport, we finally got to one of the activities I have really been wanting to do, take in the Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers Winery and Vineyards.

I’ve long been a fan of Westport Rivers wines, and I always try to include them on our Coastal Wine Trail travels. Their winery, paired with a visit to Travessia Urban Winery, makes for the perfect day of wine for me and always feels like a little vacation.

Westport Rivers Vineyards

The Sunset Music Series at Westport Rivers is an easy, laid back way to spend a Friday night. It’s $10 per carload, and you can bring in all the food you would like. Beer from Buzzards Bay Brewing and wine from Westport Rivers is for sale by the bottle or glass.

The concert is held out on the lawn in a stunning setting overlooking Westport Rivers’ vineyards. People had some serious setups with tables, chairs, candles etc. We opted for a simple sheet and some bug spray so that we could lay back and look at the sky while enjoying the music.

Westport Rivers Winery

Before we sat down, we wandered to the vines to check on the grapes. I love following the stages of grapes in various places. In Sonoma, veraison (change in skin color) has begun to take place and some grapes are already getting ready for harvest. Due to our climate we have a later harvest here usually. I love all of the little factors that go into winemaking, though I know it is very stressful for the vineyard owner!

Westport Rivers wine grapes

We arrived at Westport Rivers before setup and were able to go inside and taste their Farmers Fizz before buying a chilled bottle to bring outside. The Farmers Fizz is easily my new favorite sparkling wine. It’s made in the traditional Champagne method and is so full of yeasty brioche notes, great body, and features a beautiful golden color. This sparkling wine could, in my opinion, give certain high end Champagnes a run for their money. . . and it’s only $20 a bottle!

Westport Rivers Farmers Fizz

Since we had been out and about all day, we also opted to take advantage of all of the food offerings at the concert. Compton Clambakes were on site with lobster rolls, hot dogs, pulled pork, and stuffed quahogs, and Cuttyhunk Shellfish were shucking up littlenecks and some of the best oysters I have had. I polished off 10 on my own.

(Cuttyhunk Island is another day trip I want to get to. We need more time off in the summer or a longer warm season here! )

Cuttyhunk Shellfish Oysters

Westport Rivers is the perfect place for a concert. The lawn was full of happy families and friends, the wine and coastal food were flowing, and the music put smiles on everyone’s face. I would love to make this a weekly tradition, but since the concerts happen at 6:00 on Friday night, we’d be lucky to get there before they were over, with Boston traffic and all! It was nice to have a day off to be able to head down to experience this summery New England event.

Have you discovered any new to you summer events this year?

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I love weekends. Who doesn’t? Some weekends are just better than others; with a mix of planning and spontaneity, and this one was one for the books. I even crossed off one of the items on my “summer to-do” list. I better get on the rest of them!

It started off Friday night with our first ever sleepover on the boat. We’ve had it for over a year, and so many people have asked if we have ever slept on it. We finally made it happen. After a quick trip to the grocery store and some packing for the night, we were ready to push off. I was definitely nervous; even though Spectacle Island is close to Boston and has Mass Maritime staff, it doesn’t have much else. Any food and supplies we needed for the night had to be brought on.

Once we arrived at Spectacle and checked in, we took a walk around the island. We checked out the Jasper White’s Summer Shack Clambake on Wheels and decided we would come back to give it a try. The clambakes on the Island run every Friday in the summer, and a ferry ticket is included in the price.

Spectacle Island clam bake

Other than the Mass Maritime staff, clambake attendees who left later in the evening, and a couple of other private boats, we had the island to ourselves. It was incredibly peaceful and much, much cooler than Boston, just a few miles away. Peaceful, unless of course, you count the girl fight that happened between the clam bake attendees and an employee that resulted in the arrival of two police boats. Entertainment at it’s finest!

Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island

After our walk, we sat on the boat and enjoyed a gorgeous, slow sunset while sipping on a bubbly favorite from Mumm Napa.

sunset over Boston

Mumm Napa Cuvee M

Spectacle Island sunset

We sat outside until late in the night, long after the people on the other two boats turned their cabin lights out, enjoying the darkness, the quiet, the cool, before heading to our own little cabin bed. It definitely is not the most comfortable place for sleeping, but the rocking of the waves and the crashing of the water on the shore definitely proved to be the perfect lullaby.

We woke up Saturday bright and early and watched the sunrise through the porthole windows. I was too sleepy to grab a photo, but the colors were soft pinks and oranges. We made our way back to the yacht club and proceeded to have a fantastic day with my mother-in-law, who is visiting from Ireland. I didn’t want to cram it all into one post, but we started with a trip to Volante Farms for their local food festival and somehow made our way to Massachusetts wine country to show off some of our favorites, Westport Rivers and Travessia. For more on New England wine (and to see me with some awfully dark hair) check out my appearance on Fox 25 news.

Westport Rivers Winery

Westport Rivers

It was pretty much the perfect day for a tasting at Westport Rivers, followed by some relaxing in the sun with a cold bottle of 2010 Chardonnay. Trips like this and other wine country visits remind me of how much I love being out of the city. The pace instantly changes, people are friendlier, and time is enjoyed to its fullest.

Westport Rivers Chardonnay Westport Rivers

Wine, lovely views, sunshine, and a visit from a friendly winery cat made for a perfect little afternoon.

Westport Rivers

We couldn’t visit Westport Rivers without stopping by Travessia Urban Winery, truly one of our favorites in the world. Travessia recently redid their tasting room, moving it to a larger space to create room for more wine production in the old space. It looks absolutely beautiful!



Travessia’s owner and winemaker walked us through all of the wines, and my mother-in-law was definitely impressed. Not wanting the day to end, we decided to have dinner in New Bedford followed by a walk around the very active working fishing piers.

New Bedford

New Bedford fishing boats

New Bedford fishing boats

New Bedford is a great town to visit for food, wine, history, and quintessential New England charm, and a stroll around the docks provided a nice end to our day.

I couldn’t have asked for a more fun weekend; cheers to the week ahead being just as great!

How was your weekend?

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