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15 Patriots Bars Across 15 Cities, To Watch The Super Bowl At

February 2nd, 2018

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Just like that Matt and I are leaving Dallas and heading out to San Francisco to capture, what I believe is, one of the prettiest cities in America. Not only was this weekend the perfect weekend to get away, it also happens to be Super Bowl weekend…LET’S GO PATRIOTS! To be honest, at first Matt was hesitant about traveling on such an important weekend, but I insisted that no matter the city, Patriot fans are in it to win it. Hopefully literally.  

You might remember that last year, Matt and I were fortunate enough to attend what I believe has been the best Super Bowl yet. We were in Dallas at the time and just three nights before the big game found tickets on Craigslist and well the rest is history if you want all the details make sure to check out this post where I share our Super Bowl experience.  Anyway, back to going to San Francisco, I actually went to college in California and my best friend currently lives outside the city. After going over two years without seeing each other, I figured it was about time for a visit. Matt has actually never been to San Francisco either and I’ve only visited once before so I’m giddy with excitement about getting to revisit one of my favorite cities. 

With that being said, I started this blog when I was attending college in California with the idea that you could live a New England lifestyle no matter the coast, thus The Coastal Confidence. So this weekend I’m bringing that mission statement to life, while Matt and I will literally be on the other coast of the country. We plan on celebrating the big game with all the hoopla and hurrahs of an official New England Tailgate. Whilst doing my research, I figured I’d throw in a couple more cities and somehow we ended with this epic post. 

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15 Patriots Bars Across15 U.S. Cities, To Watch The Super Bowl At:


 

 

  • Boston — Cask ‘n Flagon: If you are a true Boston sports fan than you’ve been dragged to The Cask ‘n Flagon a time or two. Between Super Bowl-themed cocktails and hundreds of die-heart Boston fans this bar is the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year along with some epic people watching.
    • Los Angeles — Sonny McLean’s: This Irish Gastro Pub in Santa Monica is like a little piece of New England on the West Coast.  With homemade Shepherd’s Pies, Fish & Chips, and New England Ipswich Fried Clams; you’ll feel like you’re in Massachusetts the moment you step in the bar. Seats are filling up fast, so reserve a seat ahead of time to watch the big game with fellow Patriot Fans.  
    • Chicago — Theory: I mean not only is this bar aesthetically pleasing and perfect for that game day Instagram, it’s also an ‘official’ Patriots bar! So gather up all your Tom Brady jerseys and Patriots beanies and head on over. 
    • Houston — Biggio’s: Between ceiling to floor TV displays and a sweet downtown location, this bar is a great place to watch the big game if you’re visiting. Matt and I visited this spot when we attended the Super Bowl last year and I promise you won’t miss a moment of the game with the amount of TVs present. 
    • Seattle — Bar Harbor Bar: I mean doesn’t the name say it all. This delicious seafood restaurant is the ‘official Patriots bar’ for Pats fans in Seattle. Better yet the event is free for anyone to attend on a first come first serve base, but everyone is asked to leave a donation for the Jimmy Fund! True Boston fans, am I right! 
    • Philadelphia —  Field House: If you happen to be in Philly for the Super Bowl, I’m sure the city will be nuts! With a ton of events to pick from, I’d recommend checking out Field House. With 100% of their 40 beers on tap coming from within 100 miles of Philadelphia, this bar is a hit for sports fans and beer connoisseurs.
    • Denver — Three Dogs Tavern: Someone on Yelp described this bar as ‘An oasis of blue, silver, and red in a sea of orange’ and I just about died. Anyway again this is an ‘official Patriots meeting place’ for Pats fans in the city of Denver. 

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    • San Diego — Barleymash: I mean between the rich food and the prime Gaslamp District, Downtown location, what isn’t to love about this bar. Watch the game here and then head outside to a street full of restaurants, bars, and dessert shops to pick from. 
    • Dallas — The Nodding Donkey: The Nodding Donkey is one of the Best Sports Bars in Dallas, with a prime Uptown location. With great food and great beer specials, this place will be a hoot to watch the game at. 
    • Washington D.C — Capitol Lounge: An ‘official’ Patriots bar’ where even the waiters are decked out in jerseys. This restaurant is the perfect place to come together with New Englanders and get that team spirit pumping. 
    • Austin — B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown: Someone on Yelp described his experience at this bar as ‘hoist a pint every Sunday with fellow Pats fans, Chowdaheadz, transplanted New Englanders and enlightened Austinites. Oh and if that didn’t sell you on visiting this ‘official Patriots bar’ it’s also conveniently located in Downtown Austin on Sixth Street.
    • Nashville — Whiskey Rhythms Saloon: If you want to see what an ‘official Patriots bar looks like just click on their Facebook Page. Whether you just moved to Nashville or just visiting, join your fellow New Englanders to cheer on our Patriots. 
    • San Francisco — Connecticut Yankee: I mean when I saw this bar I instantly knew this is where we would be watching the Super Bowl, just check out their website, it basically screams Aubrey and Matt. I guess I’ll see SF TCC readers there! 
  • New York City — Professor Thom’s: This diehard Patriots fan bar is the perfect place to watch the big game and explore the East Village. Oh, and if you’re a Harpoon drinker this bar is for you because Professor Thom’s is renowned for having the largest selection of Harpoons outside of Massachusets. 
  • Charleston — Hometown BBQFootball and BBQ, basically any guys dream. If you are visiting Charleston I would recommend stopping here for some good ole southern comfort food. Nothing is more game day appropriate than BBQ ribs and pulled pork.

I know, I know; that was a lot of information but I hope this post inspires you to attend one of these sports bars or look up one of your own in the area. Watching the Super Bowl with other New England fans, no matter the city, is a great way to meet new people, come together as a region and root on our favorite team. Now Matt and I are officially landing in San Francisco so all I have to say is GO PATS! 

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Guide to Driving in the Snow

January 21st, 2018

Guide to Driving in the Snow | The Coastal Confidence

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This post has been long overdue, I mean with the number of snow-covered roads New Englanders have already navigated this year, I feel like this post had to get published sooner than later. While I’ve been openly accepting and appreciating the beautiful snowy scenes, this winter has thrown at us, I’ll never be laissez-faire about having to drive, in the snow. I initially wanted Matt to write this post because he has a lot more experience when it comes to driving in winter conditions, but due to his busy schedule (he’s too much) I’m here to share the notes he provided me with.

Driving in the snow will always be my least favorite winter activity, I mean I would rather walk to the supermarket than drive if snow or ice hits. Yet, sometimes you have to pull on your big-boy snow boots and get in your car and go. When I was chatting with Matt about this post he shared some amazing tips and tricks on how to get you from point A to point B, in the safest way possible. So here is our guide to driving in the snow!

+ Check Your Local Conditions: First things first, Matt always urges me to check driving conditions the night before any early morning meetings when snow or below zero temperatures are on the radar. Will there be snowy roads? Icy roads, from melted snow that refroze overnight? It is important to understand the conditions you are driving in and most importantly inform others, that you are heading out in bad weather and when you think you’ll be back. It’s so easy to get stuck or skid off the road in poor conditions, so make sure to let others know where you are going and when they should expect to see you back.

+ Clear Snow Off Your Car: I mean this is an obvious one if you live in Connecticut because you can actually get a ticket for driving with snow-covered car roofs or windows. Nothing is scary than being behind a car on a day after a snow storm to see a huge chunk of snow sliding off their roof and onto the road or even worse the hood of your car. Before heading out just clear snow from the roof, car lights and windshield wipers and windows.

+ Driving Tips: It takes longer to accelerate, decelerate, turn and maneuver when driving in snow, so drive slow and give yourself plenty of time to get from point A to point B. When driving make sure to use low-beam headlights to avoid light reflecting off the snow and give at least eight seconds in following distance, between the car in front of you and yourself. Accelerate slowly, giving your tires time to grab the snowy roads and move forward with control; alongside breaking slowly and lightly overtime to stay in control and prevent spinouts due to sudden stops.

+ Don’t Stop & Won’t Stop: If there is a lot of snow on the road, stopping can become an issue. Snowy Road conditions can leave you and your tires with little to no traction on the road, which can make starting up from a full stop quite tricky. When it comes to breaking, just keep the heel of your foot on the floor and break with the ball of your foot to apply steady pressure; whatever you do resist from slamming on the gas or your breaks. Slamming on your breaks will lock up your tires, thus preventing your tires from gripping the snow and coming to a stopping point.

+ Drive With a Shovel: If you know you must go out in the snow, grab a shovel, flashlight, and a small bag of salt to place in your car in case you get stuck in a snowbank. Getting stuck in snowy road conditions is not a fun time but having a shovel to help free your tires and salt to provide traction, will make the experience a tiny bit less horrid.

+ Stay at Home: Ideally if it is snowy and winter advisories are out, I would highly recommend staying home. Driving in the snow is no joke, so if you have the choice to stay put, take that option. Work from home, stay safe and wait until the roads are safely plowed before venturing out into New England’s winter wonderland.

Okay, those are the tips Matt and I have for you all today. I would love to hear any tips you guys have below. Also, I can’t believe we’ve already had so many snow days this early in Winter, I feel like this is going to be one chilly season, anyone else agree?

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Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day

January 10th, 2018

Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence

It’s that time of year guys…snow day time! I’m still not sure if there is anything more exciting than waking up to a snow day, and finding out school has been canceled. I can remember, and I’m going to date myself here, AIMing all my schoolmates, to anxiously see if snow had covered their whimsical roads and wood shingled roofs yet. I bet a few of you did the same, because honestly it only takes a few inches in one town, to set off a chain of delays, early dismissals and days off.

My sister Tessa, and I’m sure most of New England, experienced the rare enjoyment of a snow day this past week, leaving us with an extra day to film and a great backdrop to work with. We ended up using the entire day as an opportunity to share our favorite ways to spend a New England snow day with you all. I’m not too key on driving in the snow, that’s more Matt’s forte, so all of these activities are right at your backdoor. Honestly, it was a really good day and I’m so excited to share the best ways to spend a New England Snow Day with you all. 

 

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Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence

+ Go Sledding: I don’t care how old you are, you’re never too old to go sledding. I actually prefer tubbing down snowy hills. I feel like it adds a buffer in case I hit a tree or fence, but I decided to rough it with this classic sled. That morning my sister Sarah and I got dressed up to the nines and headed down to our friend’s house in hopes of sledding down any hill we could find. I admit we had to walk quite a while to find a hill worthy but the gorgeous snow-covered trails made the walk worth it.

+ Make Hot Cocoa: I mean, this is kind of obvious, but I’ll throw it in there. Matt and I make hot cocoa every night but the trick is having the perfect amount of whipped cream and marshmallows on hand. Actually, Matt’s consumption of hot cocoa constantly reminds me of the fake Santa, from the Santa Clause 2 movie, comment down below if you know what the heck I’m talking about.

+ Light a Fire: I truly think the only way to warm up your bones on a snow day is by lighting a fire. Not only is it romantic but it also keeps you warm and really sets the ambiance on a snowy day. I could light a fire and edit images all day, while being completely and utterly content.

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Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence

+ Play a Board Game: Matt’s family loves playing games, and it truly is a great way to bring everyone together and somewhat involved and moving. I asked Matt to list off some of his favorite snow day games, which you can purchase here, here and here; but by far my favorite snow day game has to be chess. I’m really not that good at it but, I like how thought-provoking it can be.

+ Fill The Bird Feeders: This tip comes from my Dad, he is very keen on making sure the birds, squirrels, and automobiles are fully fed and somewhat warm on snow days. So the night before the storm, he’ll usually go out and fill up each feeder, it sounds kind of mundane, but I promise you it can be fun watching all the different types of birds that come to visit during the snowy day.

+ Do You Want To Build A Snow Man: I mean, one of my favorite things to do after a snow day is to take a drive down Main Street and see all the decked out Snow Men and Snow Women bopping around people’s front yards. It really brings me great joy, to be honest, so I try to pay it forward by building at least one snowman around this time of year.

+ Edit Pictures: I love editing images on snowy days. Don’t ask me why, but curling up to my computer with a cup of hot cocoa sounds just perfect in every which way. So I always try to optimize my time by getting some work done. You can read more about how I physically edit my images in this blog post here. 

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Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence
Best Ways To Spend a New England Snow Day | The Coastal Confidence

+ Quality Time: Most importantly being snowed in gives you plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with your family. It sounds cheesy but snow days are still to this day, some of my favorite childhood memories I have with my siblings. From watching my dad cut down twiggy trees to allow us to sled on the hill in our backyard, to my mom helping us take off our snow boots, because we couldn’t bend over in our snow gear, are some of the fondest and funniest memories I have. So enjoy the day and your time snowed in with your loved ones.

Overall, I hope this post inspires you to look at a snowy day with a glass half full mentality, while nobody necessary enjoys being snowed in at least you have a chance to make the most out of it. So stay warm, bundle up and leave your favorite snow day activity in the comment section below!

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How To Properly Layer for New England’s Cold Weather

January 3rd, 2018
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How To Properly Layer for New England's Cold Weather | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
 
The weather outside around this time of year can physically leave me shaking in my tightly tied duck boots. I mean, you guys, it’s really cold out there. Over this past weekend, New England and a large part of the country experienced record chilling temperatures, in fact, Connecticut was in the single-digits, all week long, which is truly unusual. Now while I’m all for hunkering down and curling up for a few days, I knew I wouldn’t last a full week of staying put, so I really put my warm wardrobe items to the test. 
 
Basically, I ripped all my nicely hung clothes off their wooden hangers and got to work. The only way you have a shot at staying warm during this type of weather is by layering your outfit with different fabrics and textures. I use to be horrid at this, I would walk outside with just a wool sweater tied together with a ski jacket and hope for the best, which never ended well. So pull up a chair because I’m breaking down how to properly layer for New England’s Cold Weather this winter. 
 
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I use to be a summer girl through and through, but after personally experiencing two boiling Texas summers, I’ve really come to admire and find a new layer of inspiration, in the blistering winds and snow flurries January and February have to offer. You’ll just need a few items to fully tackle this cold weather and enjoy the winter wonderland at your backdoor. 
 
Layer #1 / The Turtleneck: 2017 could easily be defined as the year I fell back in love with turtlenecks, specifically this one and this one. Whether you’re wearing it alone or as a layer, a turtleneck is your foundation for layering this winter.
 
Layer #2 / Warm Sweater: Now for the layering, once you have your go-to turtleneck on, pair it with any crewneck sweater. This combo ensures you’ll be warm and really completes that warm and cozy look. You have to remember that sweaters often come in different knits, either loose or tight, so having the extra layer from the turtleneck will help protect you from any windchill coming through your sweater’s knitting. 
 
Layer #3 / The High Waisted Pant: When the colder weather rolls in I automatically lean towards layering high waisted pants. First off, they are super easy to tuck your turtleneck into and secondly, the extra height adds an additional layer of warmth for your belly. 
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How To Properly Layer for New England's Cold Weather  | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
Layer #4 / Campfire Socks: One of the first places you’ll really feel that cold weather is in your toes. Having the proper foot gear is essential, and I highly recommend on stocking up on a few of these campfire socks. Not only do they keep your toes toasty, they also look stylish when layered over black jeans and worn with duck boots. 
 
Layer #5 / Waterproof Boots: Having a pair of waterproof boots is essential for keeping your toes dry, warm and frostbite free during this time of year. I actually have two pairs of boots I cycle between, depending on the temperature and conditions. For snowy and damp conditions I wear these fleece-lined durable snow boots and for rainy days I wear these classic duck boots, pictured above.  
 
Layer #6 / Gloves: I honestly do not care how silly you might think you seem, wearing mittens around town, you really need to. You guys, when it’s this cold outside you NEED to keep those fingers warm! I love this pair of classic, warm leather mittens but if a classic mitten isn’t your style…we can meet in the middle with a leather glove. Leather gloves, for me personally, aren’t always as warm as mittens but no-matter your style your hands need to be warm and layered. 
 
Layer #7 / Accessories: It’s cold out there, which can sometimes feel bleak, don’t be afraid to add warmth or color to your layered style with accessories. Whether that means a pair of colorful earmuffs, a boldly structured purse or a colorful pair of shades; remember the little details can really tie together an outfit.
 
 
 
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How To Properly Layer for New England's Cold Weather  | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
 
I hope this post inspired you to dress your best this cold winter season. Remeber that staying warm during this jarring weather is your number one priority and that with a few simple layers you can tackle just about any temperature. I’d love to hear what the temperatures are like by you right now, let me know below. 
 
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Head of the Charles Regatta & Vlog

October 28th, 2017
 
 
Last Saturday my family and I headed up to Boston for the annual Head of The Charles Regatta! And I’m kind of ashamed to admit that this was my first time ever attending the event. I had never seen or attended the regatta before, but nothing could have prepared me for the excitement and comradery that was in the air.
 
For some reason, I made myself believe that the regatta was a SMALL race for just the Ivy league schools, so low and behold my surprise when I parked the car and saw several hundreds of colleges attending. Not only was there local schools attending, I was pleasantly surprised to see fellow students attending to cheer on their team. It was all very lucky for me because it meant I got to meet a few TCC readers from schools far and wide. You guys, I even got to meet students and rowers from my own alma mater, The University of San Diego, how crazy. 
 
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Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
 
If you’ve never attended the Head of the Charles Regatta, to put it simply, it’s basically like a preppy Bostonian fair. Picture hundreds of preppy dressed college kids, fair food (I’m talking about mac & cheese in a bread bowl) and let’s not forget about the enormous Brooks Brother’s tent. It was like I died and went to New England heaven. 
 
I went to the regatta in full on Red Fleece get-up and was blessed with a brisk 75 degree sunny fall day. Hey, I’m not complaining, it was so warm that I opted for this windowpane skirt and left the tights at home. I paired the wool skirt with a lightweight chambray shirt because frankly, a sweater would have been way too heavy, for such a warm fall day. Overall between the delicious food and getting to see my college race, the entire weekend just felt right. 
 
Not to mention that the weather was beautiful, the Brooks Brother’s team was as stylish as ever and the readers I did get to meet, were so welcoming and excited. I was only able to attend the event for a short period of time due to a family function, and I was crushed on missing out on meeting so many of you. Soooo Matt and I are considering doing a meet-up in December. Thoughts? 
 

Since this was our first year attending the regatta, we had to bring you along. So below hit play to see our first ever Head of the Charles Regatta vlog. As I said in previous posts, my sister Tessie is now officially part of our TCC Crew, as our videographer so don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel to see new videos every Wednesday.

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Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
 
With all that being said, I’m 100% attending the regatta again next year and hopefully, Matt will be along for the ride. Maybe we can even convince him to squeeze into one of those tight rowers uniforms, I kid, I kid, but I think we can manage to deck him out in Brooks Brother’s
 
 
All in all, it was a perfect weekend and I’m excited for the weekends to come. A lot of busy stuff is happening down here in Dallas and I can’t wait to bring you all along. Don’t forget to comment below if you are interested in a TCC meet-up and let us know if you’d like to meet in Boston or Connecticut. xx Aubrey 
 
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Brooks Brothers' HOCR style
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Finding the Great Pumpkin in Buffalo Plaid

October 23rd, 2017

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This past weekend, I met up with my sister at Pickin’ Patch in Avon to stock up on perfectly shaped pumpkins, for a night of pumpkin carving and apple cider. With Halloween just around the corner, I really wanted to spend this weekend getting into the spirit and practicing my carving skills. We even filmed a pumpkin carving Q&A coming to our youtube channel soon

We were pleasantly surprised with warmer weather, this past weekend in New England, so I decided to wear this buffalo plaid skirt with a light turtleneck and classic black tights.  To be honest buffalo plaid is one of my favorite fall staples hidden within my closet. It is so easy to just throw on and go, which makes my life so easy especially when traveling.

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Fall is my favorite time to explore all the local farm stands of New England. Come September, almost overnight, the local stands go from being stocked with peaches and plums to having rows and rows of mums. Not only do these farm stands make it easy to load up on pumpkins for carving, they’re also usually loaded with fall tricks and treats. 

The Pickin’ Patch was filled to the brim with the tastes of fall. They had warm cider donuts, popcorn kernels designated for popping and need I mention the bags of apples washed and ready to be slowly dipped in hot sticky caramel. Yum. 

Pumpkin picking is kind of a family tradition so I was lucky to have been in Connecticut at the same time my younger sister Sarah was there. We had plenty of time to enjoy the weather and just catch up. Finding the Great Pumpkin in Buffalo Plaid-2876

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After picking out five perfectly shaped pumpkins, we hopped back in the car and headed to Dunkin’ to warm up with some hot coffee. Once we were all caffeinated up, we drove home and immediately printed out some online pumpkin carving templates. Sarah went with this candy themed template, and since my pumpkin was a little wider I picked this large jack-o-lantern print. 

Overall it was the perfect night, a little messy when it came to carving but all in all, perfect. Anyway, I hope all is well with you guys and happy Monday! & make sure to loop back around come Wednesday because we have a really fun surprise coming to the blog! xx Aubrey

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6 Apple Orchards to Visit During New England Fall

October 20th, 2017

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Whether you’re there to get the most aesthetically pleasing fall Instagram or stocking up on apples for some upcoming baking antics, tis the season to grab your crew and head to the orchards. I honestly have the fondest memories of waking up early with my dad, come October, and driving down to Farmer Andy’s apple orchard to check out the trees ripeness; of course all on the way to Dunkin Donuts for some morning munchkins. 

Of course, as soon as my Dad saw that those apples were ripe, he packed up the entire family for an apple picking adventure. It’s kind of sad to admit but we’ve traveled long and far for some much-needed apple picking. Year after year, since starting this New England blog over four years ago, I get asked the same question…’where should I go apple picking while leaf peeping? So after getting several like emails over the past two weeks, I figured it was about time to share my favorite apple orchards with you all.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these images of my most recent trip to Lyman Orchards. Below you’ll find a very detailed list of my six apple orchards you need to visit during New England Fall and DON’T FORGET to sign up for our Weekly New England travel Newsletter, to receive THREE ADDITIONAL orchard locations, I visit year after year.  kay let’s get right to it (the orchards listed below are in no particular order).

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6 Apple Orchards You NEED TO Visit During New England Fall:


 

1) Lyman Orchards / Middlefield, CT 

I love Lyman Orchards, for a few reasons, but mostly being that my high school was just 10 min down the road. After school, Matt and I would head here for an afterschool snack, when we were dating back in high school. They literally have a whole market filled with delicious fall treats. And secondly, I love Lyman Orchards because it’s set on a crisp 1,100 scenic acres in central Connecticut, making it a destination for fall food, apple picking, and fall foliage. 

Matt and I had many dates here in high school, so I might be biased but this apple orchard is by far my favorite. 

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / YES

How many types of apples do they have? / 12 varieties

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to late October

Will there be apple cider? / Obviously!


2) Blue Jay Orchards /  Bethel, CT

With over 140 acres, enjoy a relaxing day of picking apples along with a 20-minute wagon ride through the orchards. Oh and make sure to leave yourself enough time to visit their farmer’s market; it’s filled with apples, bakery goods, pies, jam/jellies, apple cider, and fresh cider donuts.

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / YES!!!

How many types of apples do they have? / 34 varieties

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to late October

Will there be apple cider? / Of Course, They Do!


3) HONEY POT HILL ORCHARDS / STOW, MA

This orchard is 180-acres of family farmland about 44 minutes west of Boston. This orchard is packed to the brim with fall activities. From hayrides to corn mazes, this family farm is booming with the essence of New England fall; and while I hear the apples are crisp and delicious apparently the true hero of Honey Pot Hill Orchards, is the cider donut.

But trust me when I say, waiting in the monstrous donut line is well worth every bite. 

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / YES, GET IN LINE EARLY

How many types of apples do they have? / 8ish varieties

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to late October

Will there be apple cider? / Obviously


 

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4) Bailey’s Orchard / Whitefield ME 

While I’m not exactly sure how large this farm is, I will say that Bailey’s Orchard’s aesthetic is on point. The old wood-shingled barn and cider mill, really do resemble the backbone of New England living, so whether you’re a blogger, photographer or family looking for a photo shoot location; I would highly recommend checking out this farm!

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / YES

How many types of apples do they have? / 50 varieties 

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to mid-October

Will there be apple cider? / Yup, they even have their own cider mill at the farm where they press their own cider without any additives or preservatives


5) Mack’s Apples / Londonderry, N.H 

Mack’s Apples is NH’s oldest family run farm, the farm specializes in apples (over 100 acres), peaches, pears, pumpkins, as well as local maple syrup, pies, and honey. This farm, and store, is devoted to bringing you a local New England experience, which means filling its shelves with local products and New Hampshire hospitality. If you haven’t planned a leaf peeping trip yet, I’d highly recommend adding this stop to your itinerary. 

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / YES

How many types of apples do they have? / 7 varieties 

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to late-October

Will there be apple cider? / Of Course


6) Scott Farm Orchard / Dummerston, Vermont!

I feel like a quintessential New England fall isn’t complete without a trip to Vermont, am I right?! Last year, Matt and I made a pit stop at Scott Farm Orchard, and I’m eager to go back this year. Matt and I actually found this location on Instagram one day and decided to take a spontaneous road trip. 

Truth be told, I fell in love with this 571-acre farm as soon as we had the car in park. Oh, and the best part about this farm is that it has been active since 1791 and is actually registered as a Historic Place; which is right up my alley and TCC’s aesthetic. 

Do They Have Cider Donuts? / Yes

How many types of apples do they have? / 125 varieties (WOW)!

When are the apples available to be picked? / mid-August to late October

Will there be apple cider? / Yes

 

Now I haven’t had the joy of visiting EVERY apple orchard so if I missed one of your favorites, please leave a comment below so I can check it out. But first, DON’T FORGET to sign up for our Weekly New England travel Newsletter, to receive those FOUR ADDITIONAL orchard locations, in this Sunday’s newsletter. xx Aubrey 6 Apple Orchards to Visit During New England in Fall-4517

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Fall in New England & HOCR Outfit

October 17th, 2017

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After spending basically, a month traveling, I’m so happy to be back in New England. I always feel my best when I’m home in Connecticut, and I think it’s because there are just so many little nooks and crannies for me to explore. So many charming towns, so many colonial homes and not enough delicious lattes to sip on. So way back in July, I blocked two weeks off, in mid-October so I could make it back home just in time for the autumn hues to peak.

So many charming towns, so many colonial homes and not enough delicious lattes to sip on. So way back in July, I blocked two weeks off, in mid-October so I could make it back home just in time for the autumn hues to peak. Sadly, the autumn hues are running a tad late to the party this year, but I’m determined to hunt a few down for you all. 

Anyway, yesterday morning I woke up early to grab a warm latte and knock out some work before a jam-packed afternoon of video content planning with my sister Tessie. On that note, if you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube Channel make sure to do so here

I decided to wear this limited edition Brooks Brothers’ HOCR sweater, as the morning was quite chilly, but soon that chill was replaced with a perfectly warm fall afternoon. Apparently, the warmer fall weather is here to stay for the weekend, which is perfect timing, as I’ll be attending the HOCR race up in Boston on Saturday. I can’t wait to meet you all, so make sure to comment down below if you are going. New England in Fall & HOCR Style

New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style

 I’m actually traveling up to Boston to shoot some images with my TCC Crew. I often get a lot of questions about who takes my photos and I’d say 70% of the time it’s Matt, because we are always together, 25% of the time it’s my Mom and 5% is with a paid photographer. I love working with photographers but to be honest, I’m a really slow shooter.

I like to wander around and just drive until I find the perfect spot or town, so being on a time crunch doesn’t do me any good. I often like to shoot at multiple locations for one outfit, so having a friend or in my case, Mom, exploring with me for the day really makes my job 100% more fun. 

Not to mention it’s the best way to get out of the house. Oh, and the best part about shooting with my Mom is that she acts like a mini-photoshoot director. She’ll tell me where to look, when to throw leaves up in the air and when to just go full on candid; I love just slipping on an outfit and driving around town with her for an entire day. The whole post feels more candid from my end but spending a whole day shooting one post is very unrealistic of me, so I give myself two hours of shoot time per outfit. 

Anyway, if you are a new blogger and searching for a photographer or need help making content, don’t be afraid to ask a friend. Photography takes practice so as long as you’re both relaxed, your photo will continue to get better over timeNew England in Fall & HOCR Style

New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style
New England in Fall & HOCR Style

I digress, once I was done with work, my Mom and I traveled to Simsbury to stock up on some scenic images before picking Tessie up from high school. I will say some of my fondest memories with my mom come from these scenic car rides, we somehow ALWAYS end up finding a home decor store, which I’m not complaining about by any means. Oh, and we always find a coffee or an ice tea in our hands by the end of the journey. 

I think those little moments are why I love living in New England. The convenience of being able to get in the car and explore an entirely different state, via scenic routes. It’s why I love New England so much, though I’ll admit the local cider mills and the apple fritters are high up there on the list, of New England lifestyle perks. 

 

Anyway, I can’t wait to share these next two weeks with you. We are busy bees over here at TCC HQ and I’m so excited to add my sister, Tessie, to the TCC Crew as our official videographer.

Please welcome her to the crew, by leaving any video suggestions below! xx Aubrey. 

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Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

October 8th, 2017

Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

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Believe it or not, we are just about halfway through fall, and knee deep in one of fall’s many seasonal amenities…football season. Whether you’re watching football curled up on your couch all Sunday long, or getting dressed up in the appropriate colors to cheer on your local college team (Go UConn Huskies); football seems to be an underlining theme of this season.

In the past, I would have complained about the volume of games I’ve recently been pressured to watch, but after moving in with Matt just over a year ago, I’d say my love for football and the entire strategy of the game has evolved. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to yell at the TV or cry over buffalo wings when the kicker misses the field goal, but I do get why football fans are SOOO fanatic.

It really is a game of strategy, teamwork, and comradery; aspects I truly love. However some things are just darn confusing, so I’m here with a timeout card, ready to break down the essence of football with our Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

 Below our team has broken down the essential guidelines of the game, and some elements you might want to brush up on before next Sunday’s game.

Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

Touchdown


 

Okay, before evening turning the TV on, it’s important to understand how your team can score and win points! Here’s a simple breakdown: TOUCHDOWN = 6 points, after scoring the touchdown your team can play the ball for a two-point conversion  = running the ball into the touchdown zone again for 2 points, or bring in the kicker for 1 extra point. Finally, a FIELD GOAL is worth 3 points.

Yellow Flags


 

A yellow flag means there is an issue on the field, which could be a

Blessing or a curse for your team. Below, we have listed some popular explanations for when those yellow flags go flying.

When your team is at the line of scrimmage you’ll hear the following flag terms:

FALSE START: when a player on the offense moves before the play started.  OFFSIDES: when a player on the defense moves before the play started. And finally, DELAY OF GAME: when the center doesn’t ‘hut, hut, hike’ the football to the quarterback before the play clock expires.

When your team is playing you’ll hear the following flag terms: HOLDING: this is when a player is restraining another player, who doesn’t have the ball, from moving. Holding is the most common penalty in football and is usually called when a defensive player is holding another player’s jersey.  PASS INTERFERENCE:  the defense must give the offense the opportunity to catch the football, so this penalty will be called only IF the defense player grabs the receiver’s arms or holds the receiver in a way in which he’d be unable to make a play.

Finally, sometimes your team plays a little dirty…and if so you might hear some of these flags being called: FACE MASK: when a player grabs another’s face mask and UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS: when the referees feel a hit was unnecessary, for example hitting another player with your helmet or being unnecessarily aggressive.

Okay, now that you are well informed with the meaning of those, oh so important, yellow flags; let’s cover two final elements of football that use to always confused me.Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow
Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

What’s a Down?


 If you’ve ever attended a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium then you have experienced the crowd screaming: ‘Patriot’s first down’. Yes, it’s fun to jump up and scream with the crowd, but this is also an important part of football to understand.

I find the easiest way to explain this is in baseball terms. Okay, in baseball you have three strikes then you’re out, well in football you have four downs then you’re out. So your team has four chances to move the ball 10 yards, and it’s the job of the defense to stop the offense from accomplishing this and if they don’t make 10 yards in four downs then they lose the ball (aka YOU’RE OUT!).

Finally…

What’s that Yellow Line?


 If you’re watching the game with your boyfriend and his friends, all huddled around your TV, you might have noticed that thin yellow line. That yellow line is important & to my surprise does not appear at the actual games, but rather just on your TV. To sum it up the yellow line shows how far your team has to go to get a new first down!Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday | The Coastal Confidence by Aubrey Yandow

Now that you’re up to par with all your football lingo, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! This weekend is jam-packed with some timeless rivalries and I hope you spend your time enjoying the essence of football and those exciting moments with your friends. I’ve linked everything I’m wearing to this Sunday’s watch party below, and please leave a comment sharing your favorite football team; I love seeing who you all are rooting for! xx Aubrey

Photos by: Loreal Novoa Photo

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5 Best Corn Mazes to Visit in CT

October 2nd, 2017

5 Best Corn Mazes in CT - The Coastal ConfidenceIt’s that time of year, the once vibrant green corn stalks are now officially a golden crispy brown which can only mean one thing…corn mazes are ready for fall. One of my favorite memories of New England fall is going to visit my Auntie Paula in Somers, along with my brother and two younger sisters, to make our way through the gigantic corn maze on Scantic Valley Farm. 

We would usually park our car at her house, grab some apple cider, slip on our wool gloves and march into the maze one by one. Corn mazes were a tradition for our family, sometimes it ended in hot cocoa, sometimes it ended in someone crying because they got lost and sometimes it ended in us fighting over which way to turn, but come thick or thin the four of us marched into a corn maze year after year. 

Now, I still go to corn mazes with my siblings today but I also love going on double dates, girls against guys obviously, or even with a group of friends. It’s actually a great way to get outside, work your brainpower and most importantly it’s always a competition and I LOVE a good competition.  

So today, I figured I’d list what I believe are the best mazes in Connecticut. 

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5 Best Corn Mazes to Visit in CT:

1) Scantic Valley Farm Corn Maze – Summers, CT: Open September 23rd through October 29th, this 8-acre maze is Hocus Pocus themed! After the maze, Scantic Valley Farm has much more to offer like, a scenic hayride, pumpkin patches worth picking, and delicious CT Grown foods to satisfy your appetite. 

2) Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Corn Maze – Moosup, CT: This twisting corn maze is open to the public from September through October. While I personally hate all things spooky and scary, my friends love attending their night maze. I’m a hard pass on getting lost in a maze at night, but if you’re interested it is open October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6 PM to 9 PM flashlights required. 

3) Preston Farms – Preston, CT: This year’s corn maze is all about trains, and boy is it tricky. I’ve officially gotten lost in the maze. I mean so lost that I just broke all the rules and jumped out of the maze via not an exit, after two hours of wandering around and being gone astray. I would say this one is by far the hardest.

4) Castle Hill Farm – Newton, CT: This farm celebrated its 90th year this past weekend, making this maze a yearly tradition for many New Englanders. With 30 stamp locations spread out throughout the maze, it’s your job to hit all the spots before your rival does; which might take some time as this maze spans over seven acres. 

5) Foster Farm – South Windsor, CT: If you’re a UConn student, gather your roommates and head to South Windsor, this year’s corn maze at Foster Farm is UConn Husky themed. This farm not only has mazes but also has an area where you can pick your own pumpkins and purchase mums for the season. 

Okay, that’s it. I’ve already been to three out of the five of those corn mazes so far this year. I’d love to hear which corn maze is your favorite within New England, leave all suggestions below! 

xx Aubrey

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