We were visiting with my parents yesterday and I was flopped on the couch with teenage ennui, wishing I could walk around actual places, not just woods. Side note: has anyone else who’s moved home after a very long time away found themselves taking on teenage characteristics? Yikes. My mother suggested the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, so off we went.
It’s so worth a visit. I’ve always loved his Diana at the Met, and there are galleries and sculpture tucked all through the grounds, as well as hiking trails, the historically preserved house and stables, and gorgeous gardens galore. The epicenter of the Cornish Art Colony, Cornish & Plainfield NH (and Windsor VT, across the covered bridge) are charming towns with great examples of old New England architecture. Make sure to check out the Maxfield Parrish stage set if you’re in the area!
We were back in Kennebunkport last weekend on a last-minute, pre-Memorial Day mini trip. We stopped at Snug Harbor Farm to pick out a few plants on our way home, and it’s 100% my happy place and total inspiration for our garden / life / everything.
We picked out a hibiscus tree, a hanging fern for the porch, a potted fern for the dining room, and a plant we totally forgot the name of for the living room. (Do you know what it is?!)
We took off toward the sea last weekend, no plans in mind except stepping out of reality for the day. We ended up in Newburyport for lunch, and we’ll definitely be back to explore further. The town was settled in 1635 and there are still gorgeous 1700’s buildings standing, giving it an English feel. Old New England seaside port towns – like Wiscasset or Portsmouth – feel like time traveling to me. I love exploring them and it was amazing to stumble on this one. Next time we’ll do this historic house tour, and do more research on thrift and antique shops in the area.