The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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Mystic, CT

Hello everyone, welcome back!  Last weekend B and I found ourselves in the charming seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut and had a great time eating and exploring our way through it.  From Massachusetts it makes a great weekend getaway or even just a day trip!

Things To Do.

Mystic Aquarium.  This is perhaps the most obvious answer, but the Mystic Aquarium really knocks it out of the park.  Whether you have kids or are just a big kid at heart, I think everyone can enjoy a few hours here.  They have a pair of beluga whales, a penguin colony, and a sea lion show; amongst much more.  It can be a bit pricey, but if you live in New England you can try to find discounted tickets through your library or AAA office!


Mystic Seaport.  The seaport is a reimagined 19th century village complete with a settlement and historic ships!  It has an amazing location and you could easily spend hours here.

Olde Mistick Village.  Essentially a large shopping center, Olde Mistick Village has tons of great options for food and shopping.

Mystic Museum of Art.  The location of this museum cannot be beat.  It’s right on the water near historic downtown Mystic.  The coolest thing in my opinion is how many local artists it features.  I love getting to see how natives view a place!


Charles W. Morgan.  This amazing creation is the last wooden whaling ship left in the world… Need I say more?

Argia Mystic Cruises.  We didn’t do one this past weekends, but from past experience I can say that the sunset sails cannot be beat. The boat is a perfect size to bring a small group and still not feel like you’re taking up the entire boat.  And the views are exquisite.

Historic Downtown Mystic.  The downtown area is filled with shops and great places to eat.  It seems to be quite congested at times, but the waterfront boardwalk and unique drawbridge certainly make up for it.

Places To Eat.

Vault Coffee Roasters.  Conveniently located next to the Mystic Aquarium, Vault has a cute little setting and a strong community vibe.

drwb @ 24.  In the shadow she f the drawbridge lies this little gem of a bistro that B and I stopped in for brunch.  It’s so affordable we almost went back for a second round!


Engine Room.  If you’re looking for a burger or a cool spot with exposed brick walls, this is definitely your spot.

Sea Swirl.  This little unassuming clam shack serves everything from jalapeño poppers and clams to ice cream and fish tacos.  Grab something to go or pull up a picnic table to enjoy!

S&P Oyster Company.  You definitely pay for the river view and the romantic, cafe-light induced ambiance… But boy is it worth it.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Do you have any favorite places in Mystic?

xo, C

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My Boston

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with Boston.  I can say with a great deal of certainty that the Boston I know is not the Boston that tourists may find in the average guidebook.

Newbury Street, Boston Common, Prudential Center… These are all places that people recognize, and maybe even identify, as Boston.  They are indisputably amazing parts of what makes this city unique.  I was brought up with a parent (hi Dad!) who traveled frequently and was absolutely set on finding his spots in different cities.  Anywhere from New York City, where my parents met 30 years ago, to small towns in Switzerland, he can give a rundown of his favorite spots.  Seeing this adventure he was constantly on, falling in love with food and culture alike, I subsequently set out to on my own adventure.  This search led me outside of past the top ten attractions, into hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs, new restaurant openings, and neighborhoods not on the Freedom Trail that have equally amazing things to offer.

My parents may have met in New York City 30 years ago, but I was born and bred in Boston.  This has led to some comical differences between generations, but I think everyone born in Massachusetts can relate when I say “As first thanks… Boston for raising me.”  I am and always will be proud to be from this free and fiercely independent birthplace of America.  Boston has always been a revolutionary town steeped in deep history that is impossible to escape, and I find the soul of the city echoing through my actions every day.

Today I want to kick off a fun new series with you, sharing My Boston and how I learned to fall in love with different neighborhoods in my city.

As I try out new places, experience new things, and buy from new retailers; I will be sharing my experiences with you in a “By Neighborhood” post series.

Kicking off this series I’m sharing 5 Things I Love About Boston.

  • It is incredibly healthy.  I love seeing bikers, runners, and even the occasional roller blader getting their exercise in on the esplanade every morning, and I love the accessibility I have to fresh and healthy food here.  Plus, being around such healthy humans makes me a lot less likely to fall off the wagon ;).
  • It’s America’s Walking City.  It’s pretty remarkable that I can walk from my favorite restaurant in Southie to my favorite cannoli in the North End in 45 minutes.  This makes Boston an excellent travel destination because you don’t need to worry about a rental car.
  • Spring, summer, and fall are absolutely radiant.  (Sorry, I cannot say the same about Boston winters).
  • History is inescapable.  The Old City Hall and State House are tucked in between skyscrapers; and Revolutionary heroes Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried right downtown on the city’s built in map-The Freedom Trail.
  • Variety.  You can watch the world class Boston Pops one night and then head to Fenway to catch a Sox game the next.  Boston is full of unexpected things and unless you want to party until 4am… I promise we can find something for you here.

Thank you all for following along on my adventure of falling in love with my own city.  I can’t wait to share all the things I love about it with you.

xo, C

Get a kick start on planning your trip on MassVacation.com!

 


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Providence

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Hey guys!  Welcome back.  Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things in Providence, Rhode Island.  I had been going to Providence my whole childhood (let’s just say my mother gave the Roger Williams Park Zoo more than her fair share of dollars over the years ;)). but it’s always so refreshing to go back to a place you loved as a child as an adult.  From reminiscing about my days of running carefree in Roger Williams Park, to finding a newfound dorky adult appreciation to the architecture and history, New England cities always know just how to tug on my heartstrings.

 

Where to stay: The Dean Hotel.  This charming hotel had me from the moment I saw its marquee sign.  Then they added a coffee shop in lieu of a traditional lobby and a charming red elevator complete with a mini chandelier for good measure.  Add in all the quirk and character you could imagine and a prime downtown location, and there really is no comparable option for something unique during your Providence stay.

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Where to eat: The Salted Slate.  We went here for brunch and it was absolutely perfect.  From the cheddar & chive biscuits and warm donuts to the homemade granola; everything we ate was a somehow fresh take on breakfast classics.  The Salted Slate also crushed it by featuring pretty much all of my favorite interior design aspects (plants, long wooden shelves, lots of natural light, and an exposed brick wall) in just one restaurant.

Milk Money.  Milk Money was our second brunch choice for the weekend, and you can bet that pretty much anywhere that has challah french toast and cheddar grits on the menu will be a home run in my book.  And if not, there’s always a quinoa bowl for when I entertain the idea of healthy eating!  Interior design aspects captured my heart again, with more exposed brick and long wooden benches, combined with artful culinary displays on gorgeous wooden cutting boards and a basket of beignets!

Also check out: Capriccio, Fellini, Al Forno, Massimo.

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What to do: WaterFire.  Providence’s signature event has created quite the name for itself in recent years.  The best way I can describe WaterFire is nearly 100 fires burning in the middle of the river, accompanied with Epcot-approved music and lots of street vendors.  It was a perfect activity for a slightly chilly fall evening but I imagine it would be just as breathtaking during the summer.  It’s a truly amazing experience, only enhanced by the fact that it is free.

Roger Williams Park + Zoo.  The Roger Williams Park can aptly be described as ‘elaborate’.  Well over 400 acres, the park contains everything from lakes and a boathouse to a carousel and zoo.  The landscaping is divine throughout the entire park and the zoo is sure to delight kids of all ages.  One of my favorite features as the aforementioned nerdy adult is the botanical center, but others may delight in the casino or planetarium!

Walking and Exploring.  One of the best ways to experience any city in my book is just to get out and explore it by foot.  Appreciating the architecture and people of a city can be more telling than spending your days in and out of one museum and the next.  In Providence it’s pretty hard to walk around the city and not find different buildings and historical sites and learn something while you’re there!  Check out some popular ways to walk and tour the city!

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you all tomorrow!

xo, C


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Fall in Providence

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Happy Monday y’all!  I hope your week is off to a good start so far.  Today I’m sharing a few pics I snapped in Providence over the weekend.  This blazer from Zara is one of my all time favorites.  It’s about five years old and it comes back year after year when the leaves start to fall, because the only more quintessential New-England-in-fall style than tweed just might be elbow patches.

Make sure you guys stop by again tomorrow-I’ll be sharing my favorite things to do in Providence for a special Tuesday post!

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Outfit Details – Blazer: Zara (last seen here) (similar here) | Sweater: Who What Wear (last seen here, here, and here) |  Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Sam Edelman | Purse: Vera Bradley (now on sale!)

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

xo, C


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Red and White

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I honestly feel like red and white just simply doesn’t get enough play as a color combination.  I wore this exact same color combination in this exact same spot on my annual Coastal Maine expedition last year in this post and didn’t even realize it (Lizzie McGuire, you are an outfit repeater!)  That outfit is actually one of my all time favorites (as I explained in the post).  But I guess the ocean just feels like red and white to me, reminiscent of these lighthouses and old sails.  For the second time in Maine this year, I broke out some reliable J.Crew Factory shorts.  They really are the perfect vacation staple and I just cannot recommend them enough.  I don’t know about you all, but I am always on the lookout for perfect white tops with intricate details and so I was beyond excited when I found this one.  It goes with literally everything, but adds a bit more dimension than a traditional white cotton tee.

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew Factory | Shorts: J.Crew Factory | Sandals: Steve Madden | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: Nadri (old, similar here and here) | Nail Polish: OPI ‘Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya’ | Nail Polish (toes): OPI ‘Purple Palazzo Pants’ | Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice ‘Native’ | Lip gloss: Urban Decay Naked ‘Liar’

Thanks so much for reading!  Hope you all have a great weekend!


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Portland

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Hey guys!  Today I’m sharing a look I wore last week for an evening in Portland.  I love the charm of the cobblestone streets and brick buildings in Old Port, combined with the easy access this city has to an abundance of outdoor activities.  I’m also going to share a short list of places I think you absolutely have to hit up while in Portland.  There is certainly no shortage of food, brews, and culture in this New England gem.  There’s even a killer popcorn shop that has an unreal number of flavors that you never thought would taste so good on popcorn.

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Morning Fuel: Bard Coffee, Standard Baking Co., Bayside American Cafe

Lunch: Flatbread Company, Scales

Dinner: Duckfat, Grace, Zapoteca

Activities: Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Sea Dogs, Peak’s Island, Windjammer Sails

Nightlife: Bramhall, RhumPort City Music Hall

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Outfit Details – Chambray: J.Crew Factory (old, new version here) (last seen here) | Skirt: J.Crew (sold out, similar here and here) (last seen here and here) | Sandals: Steve Madden (old, also love thesethese, and these) | Purse: Vera Bradley | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: Nadri (old, similar here and here) | Nail Polish: OPI ‘Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya’ | Nail Polish (toes): OPI ‘Purple Palazzo Pants’ | Lipstick: Naked Vice ‘Native’ | Lip gloss: Urban Decay Naked ‘Liar’

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Hump Day!
xo, C


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Newport

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Happy Hump Day friends!  Last week I tacked a much needed staycation onto the long weekend and managed to take a little trip out to Newport, Rhode Island-one of my favorite spots in New England!  It’s incredibly popular for girls’ weekends, bachelorette trips, and the like.  I’ve gone down with my family for reunions, business trips, and even to see the mansions decked out in their Christmas best!  I wrote a couple posts about my time there last year here and here!

First stop is the Cliff Walk.  Nestled on the coast between the Atlantic and the famed Newport Mansions, it is a beautiful and scenic walk that everyone can enjoy!  The tours of the Mansions (aka ‘Summer Cottages’ for the wealthy) are fascinating and offer breathtaking views of the Cliff Walk and beyond.

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J.Crew Factory is my favorite stop for casual weekend pieces.  I always find myself reaching for a pair of their shorts for weekend trips like Newport or the zoo.  The patterns and colors are always fun and cute while being incredibly comfortable for lots of walking and some possible climbing!

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Outfit Details – Tank: J.Crew Factory | Shorts: J.Crew Factory | Jacket: Lucky Brand | Shoes: Sperry | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: Chan Luu | Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad | Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

xo, C