The Fluffernutter is the sandwich of New England

In an age where we are becoming more and more defined by our food choices, it’s nice to know that while the menus continue to grow, we could always rely on those original comfort foods to be there for us. In New England, there’s only one. The fluffernutter is an age old sandwich here in…

The bright colors of a traditional New England fall have taken a year off

Despite the high hopes of another vibrant Autumn in New England, the color explosions we have experienced from years past have taken a year off. Why, you ask? Thanks to the extension of summer weather during late September and early October, paired with an unusually dry September, just wasn’t a match made in heaven for…

At Onyx, there is a whole lot more than just Connecticut moonshine

There’s nothing I could enjoy more than a good old fashioned speakeasy. Tucked away in a commercial building just east of Hartford, Connecticut is one of the coolest finds you may ever encounter, and it comes with a liquid treat. Step past a bookcase door and into Onyx, a small distillery cooking up the first…

Sponsored Post: The one kit you need this Autumn

We all know how hard it is to keep kids entertained. That’s why companies put together an array of unique ideas to help kids both active and inspired while ensuring families come together for a little bonding time. I am in love with this all in one caramel apple kit from Sur La Table. Just in…

No season is complete without a visit to Kringle Candle

Nothing says Autumn in New England quite like a good candle. When you’re working to bring the scents of the season indoors, it’s a pretty good bet that a candle is going to help you do just that. One of my favorite destinations to go on a candle shopping spree is Kringle Candle, located just…

You were meant for more in life, and settling is not an option

When we think of the word settling, we often envision middle aged individuals getting married and buying a home with a white picket fence. Tell me I’m wrong. Settling is so much more, however.  It’s truly all about your place in life and your journey  along the way.  I mean, let’s think about this for…

Happy National Coffee day!

Okay, but isn’t everyday coffee day? I mean, who amongst us can survive without some sort of caffeine. Spoiler alert here, I’m not one of those people! I absolutely love coffee. Period. I mean, if you were to run into me on a day without it, you would think you ran into my evil twin brother…

Get Bawse with Lilly Singh

  What is a Bawse? Well, let me tell you all about how to become one! Actually, I’ll leave that up to Lilly Singh, the YouTube sensation that recently released her latest book, How to be a Bawse; a guide to conquering life. In her latest book, Lilly lays out a comical yet undeniably valuable roadmap…

In the Hudson Valley, Adams Fairacre brings farms to communities

   Farm fresh food is amazing, isn’t it? You know that crunchy first bite you experience from produce that tastes like you just picked it yourself? It’s an experience we should all have the opportunity to enjoy, and fortunately for those living and working in New York’s Hudson Valley, there’s a place where you can…

Everyone can budget for travel

I know I have a unique opportunity. I have what is pretty close to a dream job where I have the ability to live life out on the road spending my days and nights in extended stay hotels while at the same time getting to explore the area that I’m staying in thanks to my…

Harvest season comes to Connecticut

One thing I love about living in Connecticut is… AUTUMN! You know, that totally awesome season between summer and eight months of winter? Yeah, it’s not only a season. It’s a lifestyle. Pumpkin spice everything. Okay, simmer down, pumpkin spice. You’re not the one all be all. This season is more notoriously known here in…

Grab your planner!

Everything you want in life starts with a plan. Everything. No, you’re not going to become some millionaire overnight just by selling at home products or playing the lottery every day of your life. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? That! That is the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over…

Top Autumn drives in New England

Every year I pick out my top three autumn destinations throughout the New England region. It’s always the worst decision of my life. It’s so hard to pick just three! I mean, have you seen this region this time of year? It’s jaw dropping, and here I am telling you I’m dedicated to picking out just…

Autumn is coming, and you better be ready

I am beyond excited for the changing of the seasons to begin. It has been a long summer here in New England, and I think we’re all about ready for it to change. Like, right now. C’mon, leaves, you can do it. Change colors already! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. You know what…

A world away at the AMC Highland Center Lodge

I just arrived back home after what was an incredible time away in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Part of me reflects this morning as I write this column about just how simple life really is when you learn to just let go and be in the moment. Part of my journey to the…

The Climb to Mount Washington

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….. No, really. Hiking to the summit of Mount Washington here in New Hampshire has always been a dream of mine. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, it is the highest peak in the northeast at an altitude of 6,228 feet. It is the…

Preparing to climb to the top of the northeast

Have you ever really just wanted to do something bold and out of the ordinary? That’s a summary of my life everyday, though it gets particularly worse right around the cusp of my birthday. I absolutely live for the thrill of adventure and exploration. In fact, someone once told me I should sit still for…

A Lifetime of memories await you in America’s vacationland

I recently just returned from Maine, and heeding the advice from my agent, I took it all in and we decided a column upon return would be more appropriate. I couldn’t agree more. I was able to be more in the moment, more in touch with myself and the physical surroundings of such an astonishing…

In Connecticut, a vineyard like a fairytale

A summer afternoon in the Connecticut countryside is unlike any other time in your life. The rolling hills, the warm breezes, and the smell of nature all around. What a lot of people don’t realize is that this little state, tucked between New York City and Boston, actually is the California of the east as…

Off to Maine!

Ah, the land of lobsters and clam chowder is calling my name after all these years. There’s just one small problem. I’m allergic to it. All of it. I can’t have seafood, and I’m off to the land that’s famous for it! I have only ever been to Maine with as much as I can count…

Tips on how to improve your Monday morning routine

There’s just no question that Monday mornings are rough. You have an alarm clock that’s going off waking you up out of the slumber of your life as you’re recovering from a long weekend and suddenly you find yourself stumbling around the kitchen chugging cups of coffee with one eye open. Guilty. There is a way to…

Happenings weekend of July 22nd in New England

Still trying to figure out your weekend plans? There is a lot happening on this gorgeous summer weekend here in New England! Here is a rundown of some of the more popular happenings. Connecticut Wine, wine, and more wine.  Join the Connecticut Wine Trail in Goshen Saturday & Sunday at the fairgrounds for a taste…

The highest peak in Connecticut offers up world-class views

If you want a life of adventure, seek it. That’s what I say to myself everyday.  One day you’re trying to sell lemonade at a lemonade stand as a kid and the next you’re being fed lemons by a nurse at a nursing home. Life if just too darn short to sit back and watch…

Get the most out of life with a roadmap

You aren’t getting any younger. That’s a line that sticks out to me as I wander through life. So many of us go about our day to day lives trying to figure out where exactly we want to end up. We always say theres next year, but is there really? So many things can throw a…

A winery the Pilgrims would be proud of

In the true spirit of a wino on the road, I just had to research where the nearest winery was in the vicinity to where I am staying here in the greater Boston area. To my surprise, I didn’t have to drive far to get access to some of the best the area has to…

An English garden in an American countryside

One of the many things that I love the most about traveling is the ability to get in touch with the natural world. On the road, there are a variety of ways to do just that. Most recently, I explored a secret garden in the famed and fortuned Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Nothing says nature…

Sip, savior, indulge at Hawk Ridge Winery

Sipping the afternoon away on a Connecticut farm winery is perhaps one of the most relaxing experiences you will encounter. No need to take a flight out to California to taste some of the finest wines in the world, it’s all right here in the California of the east, and our local farm wineries are…

The things I’ve learned turning thirty

In my twenties, I thought I knew everything there was to know about life. I had graduated high school in 2004, college in 2014, and have been working a “big boy job” since the age of 21. With a path like that, you would think I would have known what turning 30 would truly be…

In Provincetown, it is all about being the best you

Somewhere between skipping down a quiet street after a rain storm on the way to back to my bed and breakfast after a night of karaoke around two in the morning paired with a carefree beach attitude, something suddenly hit me. I felt alive. In fact, I didn’t just feel alive. I felt the most…

Taste buds explode on a dairy farm

It has been quite the start of the summer here in New England! With temperatures rising into the nineties, there is no doubt that we have been in the midst of a heat wave. The funny part? It’s not even the official start of summer yet! September 21st, for those of you keeping tabs at…

A day spent at the falls, is a day spent with your soul.

A day at the falls puts the mind at ease. When you need to simply collect your thoughts, look no further than your nearest waterfall. Honest! The rush of nature offers a sense of calm that is truly the best medicine in the world. I took a visit to one of my favorite waterfalls recently…

Yoga, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is said that in order to find peace in life, you must find yourself first. The ability to find yourself in todays world is both challenging and daunting. Challenging, because we can’t find the time to even find ourselves as we have become so consumed with our jobs and technology and daunting because, well,…

The Year of You: Stop Trying to Live Up to Others Expectations

Have you seen the latest marketing campaigns lately? Odds are, you have seen every single marketing campaign that is on the planet. Wear this. Buy that. You’ll look great in that jacket, until next week when it’s out of style! Oh, marketing. Why are we, as humans, so drawn to keeping up with appearances of others,…

Brignole Vineyard Brings a Taste of Napa to Connecticut.

We all know by now that I really love vineyards. My Italian roots run deep, and as an Italian, I believe a good glass of wine is good for the soul. Don’t take my word for it, however, read some of the studies on red wine and how it may help with the longevity of our…

The Year of You: On Friendships and Your Past.

When we focus on our past, does it bring us forward into our future? This is sometimes a pondering question. We should absolutely never forget our past or where we came from, but should we rely on it to bring us through the uncertain obstacles of our future simply because we have attached a stigma…

The Year of You.

What a kickoff to the new year it has been. My New Years eve was spent at my second home base of Killington Resort Vermont, a widely popular destination for many of us in the northeast who enjoy the adrenaline of some downhill action at the beast of a ski resort that it is, spreading…

2016 Year in Review.

How was your 2016? The year itself has been a struggle for many. Apparently we had an election? Actually, I can confirm we did just by scrolling through my social media feeds. Bring back Facebook! It looks like CNN ate it. Despite the election, the year 2016 for me was one with many successes. Kicking…

Christmas Day Skiing at Jiminy Peak.

  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The lights. The music. The seasonal drinks. It’s really a great start to a season that is otherwise known as one of the most depressing in the northeast. Luckily, many years ago I have found a way to beat the seasonal depression that affects so many of…

How to Survive a Polar Vortex.

Get ready. Remember the year that it was brutally cold in Connecticut? Okay, well it’s always cold in Connecticut, but I’m talking more so than usual. I’m talking about when the weather of the North Pole makes its way to our state and people begin to stock up on heated blankets and snuggies rather than…

Christmas in New York City.

What’s better than being in the city during the holidays? I can’t think of much. The twinkle of the lights. The store windows decked to the nines in holiday cheer. The magic of Rockefeller Center lighting up the city with the best Christmas tree in the world, while people discover the warmth of love while…

A Visit to the Torrington Christmas House is a Visit for the Soul.

Want to relive your childhood? There’s a house in Torrington, Connecticut that can help you do just that. Imagine a home filled with the joy of Christmas on the inside from ceiling to floor to every inch of wall space imaginable. The Polar Express train running throughout carrying with it gifts for the children. The…

Take a Holiday Stroll through Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

What is it about small town U.S.A? They just get everything right. The charm of the people. The perfectly lined streets decked out ever so vividly for the holidays. Visions of yesteryear floating through your head instead sugarplums. What are sugarplums? The nearby town of Stockbridge, MA is perhaps center stage for all small towns….