Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Staycation at 33 Main in Lenox

After traveling to Utah for volunteer work, staying at a horrible hotel (and I mean horrible, I could write an entire blog post about how bad it was but I don't want to give them the publicity), and flying back on a red-eye I was in desperate need of a good staycation. Luckily, I had my stay at 33 Main, a quaint but luxurious inn located in Lenox, booked for a while. This charming inn was built in 1836 and has eight guest rooms, a couple of which are dog-friendly so you can travel with your furry friends! 33 Main is outfitted with owner Annie Selke's textiles and home furnishings which you are able to shop online or directly across the street in her store. 

Guests are greeted with freshly baked cookies, bottled water, and a wide variety of other complimentary beverages. I arrived a little bit early and checked into my room with Fernanda who was the sweetest and most helpful person in the world. The entire inn is both elegant and tasteful making it feel like you're in a luxurious home instead of a hotel.    

After exploring the inn for a little while I headed to the Annie Selke store across the street. The shop is filled with home textiles, rugs, cozy robes, jewelry, and gifts so my mom and I were able to get a little bit of early Christmas shopping done! Side note: the robes are the coziest things and if you touch one you will want it. Whether you're staying at the inn, a local, or just passing through Lenox this is a great little shop to stop in!

The inn also offers a complimentary cocktail hour with a cheese plate and local spirits from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, as well as wine in the front parlors. I arrived and was greeted by a cozy fire which was perfect for the unseasonably cold November day. I tried a little sip of the Pinot Noir which was very good but ultimately ended up mixing myself a vodka seltzer with a little bit of lime and munching on truffle cheese. 

After cocktail hour, I went out to dinner with my mom. Lenox offers a wide selection of different restaurants but we ultimately settled on the Old Heritage Tavern since they had a lot of gluten-free options and we were in more of a casual and low-key mood. 

When I came back to my room I decided to take a bath with the bath salt provided in the room, it had the delightful smell of fresh roses and was the perfect way to end my night. All of the products in the inn are from Farmesthetics. They are 100% natural, organic, and many contain herbs from seaside New England farms. Just so you know, all of the products are available to purchase in the shop across the street and online here if you wanted to check them out. I got out of the bath and lounged around for a bit in one of the may cozy robes in the room before heading to bed. My mattress was wicked comfy, the pillows were perfect, and my sheets were exceptionally soft so I got a great nights sleep for the first time in a couple of weeks. 

In the morning I was treated to a complimentary, full gourmet breakfast. The menu changes daily. For my short stay, there were muffins (gluten-free for me), yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, and a butternut squash and onion frittata with a side of arugula and watermelon radish as well as local coffee from Six Depot in West Stockbridge. Everything was fresh and delicious. This was such a wonderful and relaxing 24 hours and I can't wait to visit again for a couple of nights and bring the dogs! For now, I'm battling a cold and preparing for Thanksgiving. There will be no new post on Thursday but I hope to be back to my regular posting schedule next Tuesday.

Special thanks to everyone at 33 Main for being such wonderful and gracious hosts!

33 Main | 33 Main Street Lenox, Massachusetts | www.thirtythreemain.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Perfect Dress for November

How perfect is this dress for the month of November? I'm in love with the colors and embroidery. 

Okay, I'm not going to lie to you; I don't have a ton of time to type up a long well-thought out post today.  I'm flying out to Utah on Thursday and will be working all weekend and presenting at a conference. Everything is disorganized and the presentation has become a giant headache. Spoiler alert, I hate speaking in front of people. I absolutely dread it and it makes me want to throw up. When I do live segments it's different because I'm really just talking to one person and a camera guy/girl and that is fine. You're basically just having a conversation with the host and the cameras and the fact that it's being broadcast on live tv doesn't phase me but ask me to speak to a crowd of people and I'm a bucket of anxiety. Funnily enough, I used to be a great public speaker until high school. I also have regular work to do and I'm working on a big surprise for the blog that I'll be announcing soon. So just keep your eyes peeled for that. I may miss a post on Thursday and next Tuesday from traveling but I will be heading on a little staycation once I'm back to Lenox and will be posting about that so please forgive me if I'm inactive for about a week. I hope I can get back on schedule quickly. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

October Scenes

October is my favorite month for a lot of reasons. The air changes becoming crisp and refreshing while the sun remains warm. The stars become more clear and sparkly as the Earth shifts to face away from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy we call home. People tell lots of ghost stories and Halloween themed events celebrate the unique history and folklore of New England. My favorite meteor shower happens. The leaves shed their green mask, revealing the beautiful color they've been hiding since the spring. On the right evening, the sun begins to set casting a golden glow over the changing leaves before sinking below the horizon, and for just a moment everything is perfect.

To celebrate another fantastic October I am rounding up some of my favorite snapshots from the month across New England and my trip to Sleepy Hollow. These were all either taken on my Canon or my iPhone. I'm dying to play around with a film camera because I think it will make me a better photographer since you have to be more thoughtful about what you're shooting and composing a shot. I found some old film cameras of my mom's but have been having trouble figuring out what to do about the battery replacement. They took mercury batteries, which have since been banned. I tried to look up a replacement option but the ones that everyone said fit in the exact camera that I have didn't fit. So, if you know anything about film cameras from the 70's please send me an email! Anyways, I'm not a professional photographer by any means but, I hope you enjoy my photos! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Coffee in the Park

What I'm Wearing: 

Sweater: 1.STATE | Jeans: J.Crew 

Our leaves are finally starting to peak here. The foliage this year has been wicked late and all over the place. Some leaves are just falling right off and others are changing at a glacial pace and just staying on the trees. In other news, I put on this sweater and immediately thought, "I look like Diane Chambers." If you don't know who that is then please stop what you're doing and go watch Cheers immediately. It's such an iconic piece of television, especially if you're from Massachusetts. Just a note, the sweater is under $100 and comes in a bunch of colors.

I am trying really hard to stick to my consistent schedule of new posts every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 A.M. I will be traveling for a conference next weekend for the non-profit that I volunteer for and I'm really going to try to get ahead and get some things scheduled for when I'm gone and when I won't be able to shoot on the weekend, but please bear with me if I can't make it happen. That is part of why today's post is a bit shorter. We've been dealing with some crummy weather here so shooting around it has been a challenge.

Anyways, Halloween is tomorrow! Do you have any plans? Or did you do something fun over Halloweekend? Let me know down in the comments! 

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Stories of 5 Haunted New England Hotels & Inns

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there's no denying that New England is steeped in history, legends, and folklore. In fact, it's one of my favorite things about the area. That is also my favorite thing about haunted locations. I once heard a quote that went something along the lines of, "ghosts are history begging to be remembered" and it just stuck with me because it's true. When we tell ghost stories, we are remembering the past and the people who are gone. These stories add a layer of color and mystery to our lives and that is why I adore them so much. So I put together the stories of 5 hotels and inns across New England perfect to tell at this time of year. 

Omni Mount Washington - Bretton Woods, NH

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I've wanted to visit this luxurious hotel nestled in the White Mountains for as long as I can remember. It was built in 1902 by New Hampshire native, Joeseph Stickney. He died a year later in 1903, making his wife Carolyn a widow and leaving her to wander the property alone. 11 years later she became a princess when she remarried a French prince. She lived with him until his death and then moved back to the hotel and has apparently never left. The legend goes that both staff and guests have seen her looking over the balcony of the hotel and descending the stairs. Her private suite, room 314, is also said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity. The handcrafted four-poster bed in this room is the very one she shared with her husband. Guests have reported waking up to see her sitting on the end of the bed brushing her hair, seeing an imprint as if someone was laying on the bed when there was no one there, or feeling the bed shift as if someone sat down on it. 

Concord's Colonial Inn - Concord, MA

Image via Concord's Colonial Inn
One of the oldest inns in America, the original structure for Concord's Colonial Inn was built in 1716. Before it began operating as an inn in 1889, one of the original buildings was used as a storehouse for arms and provisions during the Revolutionary War. When the British came to seize and destroy the supplies, the Americans met them at the North Bridge for what became the first battle of the American Revolution. The story is that in 1966 a couple stayed in room 24 at the Colonial Inn on their honeymoon and left quietly in the morning the next day with the bride looking rather pale. About two weeks later the inn received a letter detailing the bride's encounter with a shadow figure

The Kennebunk Inn - Kennebunk, ME

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The Kennebunk Inn was built in 1799 as a private residence. It was converted into a hotel called "The Tavern" in 1928 and a 2.5 story wing was added creating 50 guest rooms. In the late 30's the name was changed to The Kennebunk Inn. Rumor goes that one of the inn's clerks, Silas Perkins, who passed away in the mid-twentieth century continues to inhabit his former place of employment. Falling and flying wine glasses, along with other objects are said to be a sign of his presence. 

 Hawthorne Hotel - Salem, MA

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Built in 1925 this hotel is located in the heart of Salem, Massachusetts. I've never been inside, but have walked by it many times on my day trips. With a colorful history dating back to the infamous Salem Witch Trials, it's no surprise that there are rumors of the Hawthorne Hotel being haunted. One of the first women to be executed during the Witch Trials owned an apple orchard where the hotel now stands. Another fun piece of history: on October 30, 1990, a séance was held in the Grand Ballroom in hopes of summoning Harry Houdini on the 64th anniversary of his death. However, it was unsuccessful. The apparition of a woman has been seen wandering the hallway and pausing outside room 612. Guests who have stayed in the room have reported the feeling of being watched as if they were sharing it with an unseen person. There have also been reports of faucets turning themselves on and off, unusual sounds with no apparent source, and the feeling of being touched.

The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, Quechee Vermont

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The Quechee Inn was built in 1793 and purchased by Quechee Lakes Corporation in 1968 along with approximately four hundred acres of land. One of the spirits residing at the inn is thought to be a woman named Mary. A bride staying at the inn for her honeymoon told of seeing her and experiencing severe headaches. She described Mary as being from the 1830's or 40's, being very sad, and at one time locked in room 6. There is another ghost story about the room directly above room 6. Apparently, a couple staying in the room woke up to see an elderly couple staring down at them, who were later identified as John and Jane Porter, former owners of the farm. There are many other stories about Jane haunting the property and several that have not been attributed to a particular spirit including the feeling of being watched, encounters with unidentified apparitions in empty hallways, objects moving on their own, and disembodied footsteps. 

Have you stayed at any of these or heard these stories? Let me know down in the comments! 

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