Thursday, December 8, 2011

sisters weekend



This past weekend my sisters and I met to celebrate the birthday and first anniversary of the passing of our mom. About a month or so ago, we decided the destination should be Cape Cod -- one of her favorite places. Ours, too.



Beautiful and serene in the off-season,



we stayed in a cottage room (at off-season rates!) at the luxurious Chatham Bars Inn.



We laughed, we cried, we exchanged small gifts. We even treated ourselves to room service. {Note the small jars of maple syrup}



And of course, we shopped! Stores weren't open late but here's a sampling of some of our favorites. {You might want to grab a cup of tea for this ...}

Casabella on Route 6A in East Sandwich is filled with inspiring displays of lovely home furnishings. Sparkling faux nests, appliqued furniture, signs, mercury glass and more. Owner Michele was gracious and sweet.








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The Rose Victorian in West Dennis is like an amusement park for tea cup and saucer enthusiasts. Owner Kathy is as dear as a favorite relative. She even remembered us from a couple of years ago!









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Picnic Fashion in Chatham, brought me to a screeching halt upon seeing it festooned in greens with bright pops of red. Stocked with wonderful stuff from vintage hankies to charming flatware to books. When my sisters and I inquired "where's a great place for dinner?" the owner Becky, made calls and circled maps better than our resort's concierge! {Thank you again}
> Picnic Fashion on Facebook





Cork board + push pins + baskets = CLEVER!









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Chatham Village Antiques, which my oldest sister Betsy and I like for their "shabby-chic" room.





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And a few priceless views along the way ...









My cherished sisters (in an unauthorized photo!)



and me, their little sister. :)



And remember the small jars from room service? We filled three with gathered sand, berries and lavender as a keepsake of our special weekend.

xo
elyse

30 comments:

Joolz said...

What a special time you have all had remembering your Mum. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful places you visited!

Tanya@takesix said...

What a wonderful special time! I enjoyed my tour of Cape Cod!

Jeanne said...

How wonderful to have sisters to share a weekend with!
xo
jeanne

Hope said...

Wow! So many beautiful and exciting photos. There is so much to take in I will have to come back again later when I can sit back, enjoy the beauty and have a relaxing cup of coffee.
~Hope

birdie blue said...

what a wonderful time, elyse. you're so lucky to have the weekend with your dear sisters. thank you, too, for the peek into those darling shops and the beautiful scenery along the way.

xo
molly

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a special time with your sisters! I am an only child and think of sisters as being one of the greatest gifts one could have. Twyla

aimee said...

What a wonderful way to cherish your mom's memory. And what a beautiful place to visit.
blessings,
aimee

Country Dreaming said...

What a great way to remember your Mom.
Looks like some fun places too.

melinda

KarenHarveyCox said...

Elyse,
What a beautiful weekend, and what a special reason to be together. You chose the best places on the Cape to shop and that hotel looks wonderful. Your photos are wonderful, and I enjoyed seeing photos of your sisters.

Karen

Susan said...

Such a sweet idea, and what beautiful shops! I likely would have had to be drug out of the teacup shop! So many CUTE things!

{oc cottage} said...

HOW FUN! Well I was with my sisters today having Christmas tea! I NEED to see MANY more pics of this..and to know how in the world you are keeping your hair model-straight so near to the sea???!!!! ;}

m ^..^

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Elyse

The first anniversary is so tough, but what a lovely thing to do in memory of your Mum. Cape cod is on my wish list of places to visit, someday I will take the long flight from Ireland, so many wonderful shops!

xxxx
Denise

Zuzu said...

How wonderful that you could all get together for such a lovely weekend, Elyse!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Kit said...

Oh your Mom is so proud of you three! What a wonderful way to remember her. I have tears in my eyes. I am so glad you had such a great time together. Kit

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Aw, so glad you have sisters to go away with! Looks like you had a great time in all those lovley shops! ♥

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

That looks like one special, fun, sister's weekend! Those shops are super cute, especially the Picnic one!

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

awww. so sweet you three. how lucky you are to have such a close friendship with them. your mom must be so proud of that.

Rose Brier Studio said...

You make me want to go and shop!

debi huntsman said...

Elyse, your beautiful photos were a fun treat for the eyes! What a beautiful place.

I'm so happy that you were able to get together with your sisters, and have this special time to spend together, and reminisce about your mom. Having sisters is the best!

Conny's Cottage said...

Woooow that is the paradies.

Greatings send yoou Conny

Bristol said...

What a lovely place to spend much need time together~
Bristol

casapinka said...

What a wonderful weekend to honor your mom. I loved all your pictures and seeing how you celebrated her in such a poignant way - it was beautiful, E.

Rustique Gal said...

Elyse, How sweet that you celebrated your Mother's life together at such a lovely place. Cape Cod is a treasure. I spent a week there with my best GF in Sept. I love off season! But I didn't find these shops, so we will have to go back and try again!
Have a lovely holiday!
Hugs,
Sherry

koralee said...

Pure joy my sweet friend...so glad your time was so blessed. xoxoxo

Jen Kershner said...

What a blessing sisters are! Wish I had one too! It looks like a much needed, lovely time was had by all. That is a lot of eye candy there!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Elyse,
What a beautiful way to remember your mom. I think, the friendship between sisters is so special. I have 2 as well.
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I can't go without saying how much I love those little maple jars!

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Vintage Amethyst said...

Aahh how lovely to spend this time together with your sisters & memories of you Mum, the photos are beautiful.

I am not looking forward to Christmas this year as it will be the first without my Mum or my precious niece. It will be a sad one but my dad & my sisters still have each other & we must be grateful for that.

Love
Alison
x

Karen said...

This is awesome! What a perfect way to remember your best friend together and just ENJOY YOUR MEMORIES OF MOM! It's so hard when we lose them - I didn't think I'd ever get through it...
I loved all your shops. That one pink teacup had me drooling all over my keyboard...OH MY!
Good thing I live on the west coast - (well...maybe not so much!) cuz I'd drive a long way just to buy that little beauty...
Have a Merry Christmas - from one little sister to another.
:) HUGS! Karen

helen @ thelovecatsINC said...

all of these photos are so lovely!

also, i just wanted to say that i came across your blog today and i think it's really nice! definitely going to be keeping up with your posts in the future!

helen @ thelovecatsINC

http://thelovecatsinc.blogspot.com