Valley of the Five Lakes

Originally posted on Streaming thru America:
Clouds to the right of us… …and clouds to the left of us… …left us completely surrounded by clouds. Now we had to figure out what to do on such an overcast day. Park cognoscenti suggested a popular destination showcasing five distinctly different alpine lakes–each with its own signature…

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….

Warm Up with Wine in Connecticut This Weekend.

They say one way to take the chill away is with a fine glass of wine. Maybe two. Maybe three. Either way, I can’t argue with that. As winter ramps into full gear, there’s no better way to take away the winter chill other than a visit to a local Connecticut winery. Surprising, isn’t it?…

Thanksgiving is for Laughter and Love.

“Get the turkey! Shoot, I forgot the mashed potatoes. I’ve got wine! What? No vodka?! Shoot!” Ah, the holidays. We’re all scrambling to get everything just so, scratching off our shopping list item by item only to come home and realize, yes, there’s still more we need. There’s always more that we need! This year,…

Yankee Candle makes Christmas come alive

Is there anything more warming to the soul then a store doing the holidays right? Many retailers go above and beyond when it comes to decorating for the holidays. They try diligently to capture the magic of the season by spreading holiday cheer to all in the form of seasonal decor and of course, the…

Brand Update.

What a year it has been! Can you believe we are already talking about the holiday season? I can recall when we were all just relishing about how warm last winter was here in the northeast! Time certainly has flown by, and hopefully you have gotten to enjoy a pretty stellar summer. I wanted to…

Take a Step Back in Time at The Vermont Country Store.

Have you ever wanted to just rewind the time? You know. Relive a time that was prior to technology and a life of simplicity? There’s a place where you can do just that. A place where time itself has stood as still as the products it holds. The Vermont Country Store is a Mecca for…

Killington Resort Opens for the Season.

As the colors of Autumn fade, as does the memories of a fun festive season here in New England, so too does the warm Indian summer days as we plunge into a more traditional weather pattern of early winter. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? Sun setting earlier. Trees reduced to sticks. Temperatures reaching a maximum of…

Litchfield County Drums Up an Autumn to Remember.

Autumn is perhaps one of the most popular seasons on the calendar here in New England. After the warm summer breezes comes the crisp air and color explosion of leaves across the region.  One area of our region in particular that has always been a personal favorite, is none other than my home base of…

Let’s Talk.

There was a debate recently, and in case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up in a few short weeks. What are we doing to ensure our future is secure? I hope something. Isis. Global warming. Race. Economy. If you think for a second that your vote does not matter, perhaps you should…

Banking Made Simple, by Simple! Get to Love Your Bank.

Don’t you wish everything in the world was simple? Well, thanks to Simple Bank, it can be! Okay, almost. At least the banking portion of your life can be simplified. Recently, I decided to switch banks. When I did, I decided to stay clear of those large banks! Haven’t you heard the word on the…

New England Has Heart All Autumn Long.

With visions of Autumn just around the bend, I’d like to introduce a few of my favorite autumn locations across New England. New England is home to the four seasons of true beauty, and no season is brighter or more festive than fall. Color explosions splash a long hillsides and rocky shorelines. Pumpkin spice is…

Sometimes, All You Need is a Good Vacation.

There’s something to be said about a vacation that helps put your life in perspective. As I stated in my last column, I took a week off from social media during my week long hiatus to the mountains of New England. It just felt different. I wasn’t reaching for my phone urging to post every second…

Have We Become Too Addicted to Social Media? 

Raise your hand if you’ve become fixated on social media. I’m going to guess that many of you have raised your hand. Our lives have become a social media frenzy. Who’s doing what? Why is she posting pictures of him eating his Cobb salad? What did Donald Trump say now? Time for a break. For…

Statement Regarding Orlando Events. 

I am very proud to be a gay man. I am very proud of our community. After celebrating Boston pride yesterday and seeing the numerous faces from all walks of life celebrating with us, it is clear to me that regardless of what happened today, there is a great amount of love for our community…

Summertime Agenda: Live.

Summer is coming. What do you have on your summer 2016 bucketlist? Many people dream of long days on the beach, weekend getaways with the family, or perhaps a few martini parties while hosting a summer BBQ. Burgers anyone? There goes that summer beach body! This year, I’ve compiled a list of just what I…