Monday, May 6, 2013

a perfect weekend (with tons of pics + a little movie! oh my!)


Jimmy and I stole away for 4 days together in New England.  It was heavenly.  And hard to come back.  He was already in Boston for business so I tagged on to the tail end of his trip and we turned the getaway into an early anniversary celebration. It will be 15 years on May 16th!  I will always associate Boston with the start of "us", which doesn't make sense since "we" began in high school here in Ohio.  But we moved to Boston after college, it's where we got engaged and had our first apartment together.  It was when our relationship changed and we began planning a life together.  As most of you know, I also have a long standing love affair with that part of the country and happily jump at any chance I have to return.




We had 4 picture perfect days of crisp, sunny weather and long (LONG) walks under the deepest of blue skies.  We got really lucky.  Boston has never looked more lovely.  Honestly, strolling through Beacon Hill made me cry, the beauty and quaintness was almost too much.







In between all that walking came lots and lots of eating.  And we ate really well.  My favorite dinner was one in the South End at a cozy, unpretentious French bistro, called Hamersley's.  The food from start to finish was exceptional!  I also loved the chocolate champagne truffles from Hotel on Newbury Street and the salted caramel macarons from Beacon Hill Chocolates on Charles Street (the white chocolate and strawberry ones were amazing too).



We rented a convertible (excellent idea Mr. Foley! ;)) and drove up to explore the North Shore on Friday.  If the weather is nice and you happen to find yourself driving along coastlines, rent a convertible! Period.  Crank up the heat if you must (we did), turn up the radio (we did that too), and surrender to terrible hair days (check again!!) Totally worth it!  We decided Marblehead would suit us just fine should we ever find ourselves house hunting in MA. 

(if only this one had been for sale...)


On Saturday, we took that fun rental car of ours and headed south to Newport, Rhode Island.  It was our first visit to RI and we were charmed.  We stayed at the Castle House Inn. (you must click and check out the cuteness of their website!!)  I found the Inn when looking at the Relais & Chateaux list of hotels.  We had stayed at the White Barn Inn in Maine for our 10 year anniversary and loved it, so we trust the R&L designation for special occasion places.  The Inn is an old mansion that was once a summer home.  It is old, charming, and beautifully updated and maintained.  Our room was glorious with water views all around.  The bathroom was perfection and we slept with the windows open to smell the sea and the fireplace on to keep us warm,  It was perfect.  Gosh, I know that sounds a bit annoying, but it really and truly was a perfect long weekend.  I'm so grateful we got to share it together. (Big thanks to my parents for taking such good care of our boys!)  It is only our second time away together since Charlie was born and while I adore my children, I adore my husband too and sometimes it is nice just to be able to appreciate each other, uninterrupted and undistracted, for a few days to remember how much you enjoy each other.  











We attempted to take our own photo b/c asking strangers is awkward and they can never figure out my camera.  Clearly I have some challenges myself. ha!




And if you aren't totally nauseated with all the sappy, happiness of this post there's more! :)   We used our iphones to document little pieces of our weekend and made a movie.  We aren't as savvy as our film maker son, and honestly I wasn't sure I'd share it on the blog, just keep it for ourselves, but it was such a fun and easy way to capture memories beyond photos that I will definitely do this again in the future and thought you might like to too! :) Now it's back to regular, convertible-free, no ocean, living.  Off to the grocery store...

21 comments :

  1. never too sappy
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    tessa!!! your images are so lovely & you and sweetie are so cute & that tub!!!!

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  2. You guys are too cute and you have me missing New England now!! I'm hoping to get up there this summer. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time... My kind of vacation! Happy 15 years!!

    Meg

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  3. Love it! How romantic and happy.... You seriously were " glowing" it seemed! Being in love with your best friend is a gift! ( I know b/c I too am in love with mine!) loved all the pics and video and I adore New England! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. Looks like a great time !!!

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  5. Super cute - love Boston too!
    xo~Jill

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  6. 15years???? You look like honeymooners :) thanks for sharing!

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  7. 15 years??? You look like Honeymooners:) Thank you for sharing the sweetness!

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  8. Happy Anniversary to you both! Boston and that area of New England are favorites of mine... so different from my south. We rented a convertible on our honeymoon 11 years ago and took it down the west coast from Seattle to San Francisco... it was amazing! We've always wanted to do it again but have never thought of a similar trip on the east coast. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing the gorgeous scenery!

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  9. Happy 15th anniversary! I found you through Pinterest (monkey bread photo, yum) and am loving this New England post. Your photos are lovely and so is your video. I went to grad school in Boston and went back to the area for my mini moon which was almost a year ago (1st anniversary coming up at the end of May).

    http://redpoppypinkpeony.blogspot.com

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  10. Tessa, the pictures, & the video are priceless!! Looked like a little piece of heaven!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  11. Tessa, the photos, & video are priceless!! Looks as though you had a glorious time!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  12. Love, Love, Love! Looks like you had the best time ever! Love that part of the world - maybe someday we can be neighbors!!! ;)

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  13. I love that the beauty made you cry. I so get that. And another thing I love: Relais & Chateau inns. Wish I could stay in every single one! Glad you got to celebrate. JD and I still need to celebrate our 15th. Hugs to you!

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  14. Ok. So, I'm jealous. Love the few time my & husband and I have been able to get away. Happy Anniversary!

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  15. Hello Tessa,
    I have no idea how I ended up on your blog but I'm surely glad I did.
    I love your style and cannot wait to read all your posts. I love many
    of the same things as you do and am really excited about your blog.
    I have started my own blog only few months ago...I also love Pinterest
    a lot. Looking forward to your future posts. I subscribed on your mail list.
    All the best, Bette xx
    http://bettesblues.blogspot.com

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  16. Looks like the best weekend! Love the pics of you guys at the end when you're trying to get a pic together! So cute! Happy Anniversary! xo!

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  17. Wow, Tessa, what an amazing trip you had. I love New England and would really enjoy going there one day with my husband. Your video is adorable and you chose the perfect song! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    Claudia

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  18. Beautiful pictures, Tessa. I have always wanted to visit Boston, and I do now more than ever! Your pictures remind me of Europe...the quaint stores and all the window boxes. Lovely!

    What I really came here to tell you, though is that I have featured your master bedroom on my blog today. It is part of my 10 favorite blogger rooms post. http://lilacsandlonghorns.blogspot.com/2013/05/beautiful-blogger-rooms-favorite-things.html

    Thank you for the inspiration -- today and always! :)

    Julie

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  19. Love, Love, Love Boston. My husband & I have traveled several times to Boston together, including our 15 anniversary. We enjoyed the Jacob Hill Inn near Providence, RI. It is a beautiful B&B and it is really a short drive to Boston pus the Providence airport is much easier to travel. Thanks for sharing your trip & photos. It brought great memories.

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