Dan and I spent Sunday apple picking at Shelburne Farm in Stow, Massachusetts. We love coming to this farm to pick apples, as they have many different varieties to choose from, they have ladders available for picking, and our post-picking celebration includes the best apple cider donuts.

We arrived on the Farm around 1pm and it was busy but it didn’t feel to over crowded, as the orchards are extensive and very spread out. They were picking 16 different varieties on Sunday and we picked them all except for three — we couldn’t find the Cameo or Winesap apples, and…


Dan, Penny, and I spent Saturday in Salem doing our annual visit to the many Haunted Happenings events in the City which always include tours, food, drinks, and the sights. The weather was damp and chilly, with rain in the morning that stopped after we finished lunch (good timing on our part), but it was still a fun day to spend in the Country’s spookiest City.

Founded in 1626 by Roger Conant, Salem is one of the oldest cities in the Country. Mostly known for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 that killed twenty people, Salem was also a prominent…


On Sunday during Columbus Day/Indigenous People Day Weekend, Dan and I went on a road trip up North to New Hampshire to see the Fall colors in the White Mountains. It is a trip we try and do every year and while it never disappoints, this year it was even more spectacular than usual.

Some of the beautiful Fall color

We started our drive taking I-93 North from Boston to Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is about a two-and-a-half hour trip on the highway, and traffic was surprising light. Dan and I were a bit worried on our way up North, as there was a lot of…


Dan and I had a busy Columbus Day weekend (also knows as Indigenous People Weekend) in Boston. We kicked things off on Saturday by spending the day in downtown Boston where we enjoyed the spectacular Fall weather (another perfect weather weekend!), while contending with those pesky Red Coats from England. We followed this by having dinner outside around a fire, and attending a rock concert.

We started our afternoon by attending the Revolution 250’s commemoration of the British Army’s landing in Boston in 1768. The troops arrived as a response to the Colonists’ protests over the Townshend Acts, which had…


We spent yet another spectacular Fall day outside on the last day of September having BBQ for lunch and going to the final regular season Red Sox game. The weather was a touch cooler on Sunday, which didn’t bother me in the least, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

We started off our Sunday afternoon in Boston by having lunch in the Sweet Cheeks Q beer garden before the baseball game. I had a Downeast Original Blend Unfiltered Cider and for food, we each started our meal with a biscuit served with honey butter and strawberry jam…


Dan and I spent much of Saturday outside in the spectacular sunny weather of a warm Fall afternoon in late September. We got our Oktoberfest on and did some shopping in downtown Boston before eating at a new-ish restaurant we hadn’t yet been to on Newbury Street. Overall, it was a busy yet relaxing day.

We started our day off going to Cambridge Common’s Oktoberfest, which featured cider by Bantam. For $15, it was all you can eat food, and $5 for beer and cider, which was a great deal. We shared sliders (beef and veggie), a bratwurst, potato salad…


Dan and I started out our weekend visiting a new French restaurant from the Columbus Hospitality Group, followed by a classical music concert at Boston Symphony Hall to see the Handel + Haydn Society perform Bach Concertos and Cantatas. As the final weekend in September, we planned to spend much of it outside and I didn’t mind being inside Friday night as the weather was quite cool.

Bar Lyon storefront in the South End

We started out evening having dinner at Bar Lyon in the South End. Open for two weeks, we were impressed with the food and service at Bar Lyon, and I fully expect it…


Sunday was a busy day for Dan and I, and I was happy that we were able to spend much of it outside, enjoying the perfect Fall weather. Our adventures took us from a neighborhood in Cambridge to the Seaport in Boston on a long but fun Sunday.

Penny joined Dan and I at the Formaggio 40th Anniversary Block Party in Cambridge. Formaggio shutdown a portion of Huron Avenue in front of the store and invited various food vendors, cheese producers, dessert-makers, cider and beer makers, and other artisans who make some of the products sold at Formaggio. With over…


Dan and I were supposed to go to Providence over the Summer for a visit to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, however our plans changed at the last minute because we ended up having a rain show come through the day we were supposed to be there. I had already purchased our zoo tickets, so we decided to push off our visit to the Fall and have it coincide with WaterFire, which we hadn’t been to in years. I’m so glad we waited to go, as the weather was perfect to be outside all afternoon and evening.

We started our…


Dan and I didn’t have any set plans for dinner Friday night and we made a last minute decision to go to Giulia’s, as the cool evening put me in a mood for Italian food. Like every other meal we’ve had there, we had an excellent dinner while sitting at the bar.

I asked our bartender, Terry, for a Fall-inspired cocktail, and he came up with something pear-flavored with bourbon in it. It was excellent and the sweetness from the pear was the perfect compliment to the bourbon.

Cocktails

For dinner, we started with the Prosciutto di Parma with fresh pears…

Julie Schultz

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