The quintessential New England vacation formula usually includes a scenic seaside town and a picture-perfect inn. A Martha’s Vineyard bed and breakfast provides the scenery for a unique island getaway; the chic Nobnocket Boutique Inn offers the very best luxury choice for an upscale island accommodation.
Combining understated Vineyard flavor with a modern nod towards timeless décor, the award winning Nobnocket Inn is named for the Native American area of Vineyard Haven where it is located. Just a short distance from the ferry, the property is a lush hideaway, complete with songbirds, an expansive green lawn and attractive flowering gardens.
The power of nature is the main ingredient for Kerala vacation magic. This unique part of India is unlike any other I have visited during my 20 years of traveling to the country. A place so green, a melting pot of cultures so peaceful, all tied together by the incredible surrounding environment. This is the magic of a Kerala holiday.
Located on the southwestern Malabar coast of India, the state has a unique history of a seafaring trade dating back possibly as far as the 3rd century BC. As the first port in the country of major importance, influence and ideologies have been felt from around the globe. More recently, visitors will feel the heritage of the French, Portuguese Dutch and British. Just like the mariners who passed through this coastal town centuries ago, it is impossible to visit and not be affected by the unique coexistence of cultures here.
The best beaches in Nantucket are found on an strip of nirvana 30 miles off the shores of Cape Cod. This island paradise is one of the most unique destinations in the world. Generations of families have written their summer stories on the Grey Lady, so named for the fog that often mysteriously rolls about the dunes and grey weathered cottages.
Originally founded in the 1600’s as a fishing village and whaling capital, the island today is a three season tourist destination. Along with the magnificent beaches in Nantucket, visitors will find world class restaurants, shopping and museums. With a strong historic foundation, Nantucket has retained much of its original late 18th and early 19th century charm. The town of the same name is designated a National Historic Landmark District, its grey shingled cottages covered with fragrant roses intoxicating even the most jaded traveler.
With over 600 miles of coastline, Cape Cod introduces visitors to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. The quadrant known as The Outer Cape includes the best beaches in Provincetown and extends south towards Eastham. Additional towns in this section of Cape Cod include Truro and Wellfleet. Each town has its own unique characteristics and personality. Some say the area is the Cape’s best kept secret.
This beautiful stretch of narrow land is one of the most rural and least built up destinations you will find when searching for a beach vacation in New England. Whether taking a day trip from Boston or a weekend getaway, the Outer Cape includes most of the Cape Cod National Seashore and offers pristine beaches, sea grasses and sand dunes as far as the eye can see.
Sugar, fragrant olive oil, cinnamon and coffee grounds. No, not the ingredients for a delicious tea cake, but everyday pantry items that can be mixed into homemade face scrubs for glowing skin. You too can turn your home into a wellness retreat. With a bit of imagination and a scented candle or two, transport yourself back to that incredible spa treatment you had on vacation.
Self care is always important, but stressful times call for a focus on whole-body wellness and me time. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t stayed in sweat pants a day too long or left their hair in shambles because, aside from Zoom, there’s little reason these days for anything fancy from the waist down! I’ve found during self quarantine that the little things can be a big mood-booster: a soothing scent, an aromatic meal, a fragrant soak. All can help me feel my best.