I have such a twisted relationship with summer. I revel in the abundance of fruits and vegetables, day trips along the coast taking in deep breaths of warm salt air, and indulging in seasonal treats like lobster rolls. On the flip-side I wilt in the heat and become anxious and cranky, not to mention my curly hair goes crazy. And now here we are in August -- already! -- and I don't want summer to end.
Not until ...
I've been to the beach at least one more time
Had at least one more lobster roll
Paddled along on a kayak
Savored a few more pieces of salt water taffy
I do know this, summer is especially beautiful along coastal New England. This post includes some favorite scenic and foodie snapshots, via my Instagram page, along with quick notes about top spots visited so far this season. Images aren't watermarked so please cite if sharing.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island Tourism Council
Beautiful unspoiled destination. Arrive by ferry and leave your car and troubles on the mainland. Consider a Green Diamond Taxi Tour and ask for Polly. Rent a bike. Have a lobster roll at the Surf Hotel, chowder at the Mohegan Cafe, and an oatmeal raisin cookie at Aldo's. Stop by Lazy Fish to browse cool furnishings and decor books. Many inns have shared bathrooms so if that's not for you, be sure to inquire! My sisters and I stayed at the Gables Inn and the room was sweet and made us feel like we were at someone's grandmother's home, in a good way.
|No TV, no problem? Keep the windows open to listen to music from the nearby restaurant.|
|Love hydrangeas? This is the place for you.|
|Served hot or cold, love a New England lobster roll|
|View from the ferry|
|At Island Bound Bookstore|
|Get around by bike, foot, taxi|
|Pathway behind the Blue Dory Inn|
Historic Wickford Village
Makes for a nice day trip. Best part of our day was sitting by the water and watching boats and ducks. Nice assortment of shops (including antiques) and cafes.
|New favorite: coffee oreo from Inside Scoop|
FarmCoast New England
Beautiful area of Southeastern Massachusetts. Westport's beaches have soft sand, dunes, nice waves, and there's always a sailboat in the distance making any outing picturesque. Stop by Handy Hill Creamery after the beach for the best onion rings ever.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
|Sweet outbuilding at the Blue Dolphin Inn, Eastham. Tidy motel that can accommodate a 1-night stay.|
|Nauset Beach in Orleans|
|The Mayflower Restaurant, Provincetown|
|All hail the Lobster Club!|
|School of barley pops at Chatham Candy Manor|
|Artist Steve Lyons in his gallery/studio/shop|
|Cape Cod Salt Water Taffy, South Yarmouth|
Here's to a great rest of the summer to all!