Beach Vacation

Where to Beach for the Summer
So first off, I wanted to tell you that these prints are available in the Etsy shop Poppy and Pinecone, and they're amazing. I found them when I was searching for this graphic. I need some!

But on to today's post, I have some exciting news! Andrew and I have a trip booked in early July to Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. As part of my birthday present, we're going to spend a night in Boston and catch a Red Sox-Cubs game. I'm SO excited! I've never been to Fenway and as a big baseball fan, it's a must. Then we'll be heading to The Cape, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

I've never been to Massachusetts before so this whole trip will be new to me! I NEED YOUR HELP! I want to hear fun things to do, cool things to see, anything to stay away from, places to eat, everything! So let me hear it. We made reservations for a sailboat ride in Nantucket, but other than that we have nothing planned.

I'm excited to share the trip! Thanks in advance for all your help :)

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  1. For great seafood go to the Union Oyster House, it opened in 1826 and is considered America's oldest restaurant. You have to shop on Newbury street...it is a must! If you have the time on your hands I would recommend doing the freedom trail...it takes you through frog pond and the parks and allows you to see so much history...also the Union Oyster House is on the freedom trail too! If you can, go to Faneuil Hall...history and good quick bites to eat combined with shopping :)

  2. When you go to MV make sure to go to The Black Dog!! It's such an icon for the island... look it up and I'm positive you'll say ohhh I've seen that logo before :) if you have time walk around Edgartown too... GORGEOUS houses and the cutest boutiques and little shops. flowers everywhere! Then take a ferry (basically a 2 minute boat ride) over to Chapaquiddick aka "Chappy". It has some of the best beaches that you can go off-roading on! It's a little island off the main one with dirt roads and no lights except for the tucked away houses. It has THE best view of the sunset looking at Nantucket! I highly recommend a campfire and s'mores... but bring a sweatshirt bc it gets cold at night (which I love after getting some good sun)! Gosh I'm so jealous!!! I spent a couple of summers there working and it was heaven! Hydrangeas everywhere... perfect for some blog posts :)
    Have a fabulous time!!!
    xoxo, Jennifer


  3. Nantucket is my favorite place in the entire world; I hope you love it! A few of my favorites:
    Something Natural: Casual sandwich place on Cliff Rd. They bake their own bread (try the famous portuguese). Cutest spot to sit at a picnic table and enjoy the beautiful island.
    Juice Bar: Best homemade ice cream ever. All the flavors are amazing, can't go wrong. Be sure to try one of the freshly made waffle cones!
    Millie's (in Madaket): Tacos, quesadillas, salads, and margaritas! Chips and guac is also excellent. Beautiful place to enjoy the famous Madaket sunset.
    The Hub: Newsstand right in the middle of Main Street. Full coffee bar along with all your papers. Cute gifts as well.
    Galley Restaurant: Pricey dinner but delicious. Lunch (lobster rolls of course) is just as tasty but less $$
    In terms of shopping, you can't go wrong with anywhere really. Wander up and down Main St, Centre St, and down to the wharfs. Lots of cute little places for clothes, accessories, shoes, jewelry, home goods, and gifts.
    I could go on for days. Basically you'll have a great time no matter where you end up!


  4. If you're going to be in Boston for brunch, go to the South End Buttery. Their brunch cocktails and food is out of this world!

  5. so jealous, this sounds like SUCH a fun trip!!! unfortunately i have not been to any of those places so i don't have any suggestions other than take lots of pics to make us all jealous on instagram ;)

    and loved the little shoutout at the end, i LOVE our little back and forth responses! have a wonderful weekend pretty lady!

    xo mk
    gold-hatted lover

  6. Your trip sounds amazing! I live south of Boston and have had a wonderful time exploring these areas. Fenway is such a great ballpark. You'll have to grab food from the street vendors and enjoy the atmosphere along Yawkey Way before the game. Jerry Remy's is a great place to go on game day too. As well as Game On or Boston Beer Works. Martha's Vineyard is so relaxing. I loved watching the sunset from Nancy's Restaurant last summer, as well as renting bikes for the day and riding around the "gingerbread houses". I'm also inspired to go back to Nantucket based on the comments above :). Have so much fun!

  7. If you enjoy history, and have time aside from the baseball game, I definitely recommend doing the Freedom Trail in Boston. You can see so many historically significant locations from the Revolution all by following the pavement! It's hard to do the entire thing so you may want to pick out a few sites that you want to see before you begin. Also, be sure to get a Cape Cod bracelet! I wear mine everyday :)

    Alyssa | Keep It Simple

  8. Definitely go to Menemsha in Martha's Vineyard. It's the very quiet end of the island but so worth it. Cute little shops, the beach plum and home port restaurants both have great food. And be sure to stay for sunset! Those were some of the most breathtaking sunsets I've ever seen!! Hope you have a great time!!

  9. Relax on the beach - one of my favorite activities. But it is necessary to prepare! Be sure to bring your game, book, good and comfortable beach chair (look here http://www.beachgiraffe.com/best-beach-chairs-reviews/), umbrella, a remedy for sunburn. And everything will be fine!


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