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7 New England Holiday Traditions

November 20th, 2017

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 What an exciting and busy week ahead for all of us. If you follow me over on Instagram, then you already know I’m currently flying home for Thanksgiving. This week can be slightly hectic, to say the least, so I wanted to sit down and whip up a mindful blog post for you all.  

I know most of you are probably en route to friend’s or family’s houses and running around like crazy getting last minute items for your own Thanksgiving day feast. This is a jam-packed week, we have Thanksgiving Day, not to mention Thanksgiving Day football along with Black Friday shopping and traveling to boot. All in all, I wanted to take a second and write down 7 New England Holiday Traditions I’m Thankful For, before all the Black Friday content consumes. 

Okay, The Coastal Confidence is a New England lifestyle blog that aims to help you guys embrace all the charms and traditions of New England living. While this might mean different things to different people; I wanted to take time to share 7 traditions that really make New England home for me, during this holiday season. 

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1) Seasonal Inspiration – New Englanders have a way of embracing seasonal textures, colors, and tastes and allowing them to inspire decoration within and on the exterior of the home. New Englanders really go above and beyond to decorate with seasonal and local items that bring to life an ambiance like no other. Each year, usually on Black Friday, my family and I go all out with decorating our home. My Mom goes above and beyond filling the inside of the house with holiday figurines. While my dad climbs up onto the roof to deck the halls. By the end of the night our home, inside and out, is literally glowing with holiday inspiration. 

 

2) Taking our annual Christmas Photo – Each year, my Mom has my siblings and I take our annual Christmas card picture with Santa. Yup, all four of us drive to the mall, sit on Santa’s lap, and get our annual family Christmas card done. We’ve been doing this exact photo set-up since birth, and it’s my Mom’s only holiday request for us each year. I will say it’s a comical sight, seeing all of us in our twenties dressed up on Santa’s lap, maybe I’ll share this year’s card with you all over on instagram

 

3) Seeing the Holiday Pops – Are you even a New Englander if you haven’t seen the Holiday Pops from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This show has been a New England tradition since 1973 and it’s the ideal way to cap off a visit to Boston during the holiday season.  

4) Picking Up a Munson’s Advent Calendar – I have to admit this is a newer tradition for me, but a tradition I want to keep. Matt and I started purchasing Munson Advent calendars for each other last year, and it was a hit. It’s a delicious way to support a local New England business while putting on some winter weight, I kid, I kid. 7 New England Traditions I'm Thankful For-

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5) Publick House Historic Inn at Christmas – The Publick House is one of my favorite New England restaurants to visit, during the holiday season. This wide plank-floored restaurant in Sturbridge MA brings Yankee hospitality to life. Founded in 1791, The Publick House and inn is worth the drive to visit. In fact, I’m already planning on making the drive up next week, with my sister Tessa.   

6) Bright Nights in Springfield, MA – On November 24th, This Friday to be exact, Bright Nights in Springfield MA will open for its 21st season! With that being said, visiting Bright Nights has been a holiday tradition literally for 21 years. I have pictures of myself attending the event with my cousins Allison and Katie, at five years old. Fast forward to today, I have images from Matt and I visiting the event way back in high school. This Christmas Light celebration has a special place in my heart and I really make an effort to go each year, no matter what.  

7) Sleigh Rides in New Hampshire – New England communities really go all out come Christmas. Some of the fondest traditions are brought to life, like a holiday sleigh ride. My neighborhood often got together to pitch in money to hire sleigh riders to give rides for an evening however when that ended, I found this local farm in NH that hosts 30-minute horse-drawn sleigh rides lights and holiday scenes. While I haven’t been to this specific event personally, I’m already making arrangements to attend this year. 7 New England Traditions I'm Thankful For-

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All and all this post has me overjoyed for the upcoming holiday season. Truth be told I’m watching a Hallmark Christmas movie as we speak, and can I just say those movies get better and better each year! 

Anyway, I hope this post inspired you to embrace holiday traditions and I’d love to hear of any you have below. xx Aubrey 

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

November 17th, 2017

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I’m heading home for the holidays and I couldn’t be more excited! While Matt will be staying behind in Dallas, I’m spending this weekend packing and checking my list twice before heading home to CT for a little over two weeks. My sister Tessie and I have a few fun videos we’ll be shooting and we are giddy with excitement to share more details. 

 I’ve actually packed up ahead of time, but yesterday I was stumped by one thing and one thing only…what to wear on the airplane! I always find picking out my airplane clothes to be by far the hardest decision of the entire trip. I guess I have a fear of being on the plane in a scratchy sweater or tight jeans. Anyway, I figured I’d share my go-to travel outfit and a few Thanksgiving Travel Tips with you all. 

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This weekend and the upcoming Thanksgiving day week can be one of the busiest travel dates of the ENTIRE YEAR! While I’m constantly traveling from one airport to another, others find traveling a very anxious and or never racking experience. So today our TCC Crew put together a few tips to make your holiday travels a little more magical:  

+ Bring, Wear or Carry on a Blanket Scarf –  Without a doubt, I’m always cold on a plane and since I’m usually flying to colder destinations, an easy fix is just to carry on a blanket scarf! They are pretty inexpensive and most importantly make the coziest blankets come take off. 

 

+ Bring Snacks – My bank account has left the impact of being hangry in the airport. Nothing is more expensive than a bag of chips or a water bottle at the airport, so I suggest you plan accordingly. I try and pack my favorite snacks like Ritz Toasted Chips Beef Jerky and gum! By simply packing snacks and an empty water bottle in your carry-on, you’ll save some money and avoid wasteful spending. 

 

+ Fly on Thanksgiving or Black Friday – While flying on a holiday isn’t always ideal, it will save you some serious cash. So if you’re on a strict budget consider either flying in on Thanksgiving or flying out on Black Friday. Thanksgiving Travel Tips-7341

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+ Oversized Sweaters and Flats – Recently I’ve been obsessed with this Elba Sweater (runs large, size down) sweater. I love the oversized fit and tassel side details, simply pair it with Black Pants and  Leopard Shoes to create a sophisticated yet comfy travel style. 

 

+ Keep Your Documents Together – One trick I learned from my Dad, is to keep all your documents together. I recently purchased this passport holder, which holds not only my passport but also license, credit cards and plane ticket. By keeping all my documents in one place, helps relieve any anxiety I might have about losing them. 

 

Noise Canceling Headphones, Your New Best Friend – Whether you’re trying to work, sleep or watch a movie; a good pair of Noise Canceling Headphones is essential to keep you happy, focused and in the zone. Recently my very expensive headphones broke, and I just found a more affordable pair online that I’ve been loving.

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Anyway, I hope this post inspired you guys to prepare for your Thanksgiving Travel and get excited about the holiday to come! I can’t believe Thanksgiving Day is already next week, I’m honestly counting down the seconds and I’d love to hear where you guys are traveling to below. xx Aubrey  

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In-Flight Travel Essentials

November 14th, 2017

new-england-airport-style-the-coastal-confidence-4Packing use to be something I honestly dreaded, but now it seems like a monthly chore. Since graduating college, almost two years ago, I’ve become quite the little traveler. I split my time between New England (for work) and Dallas (for Matt), which means a lot of late night flights and drives to the airport. I’ve actually been to the Dallas airport six times this month, so sometimes it feels like my second office. 

Now that I’m traveling more and more I’ve put a packing system in place that has helped me stay organized and not leave anything essential behind and with the holiday season upon us, I figured I’d share my tips and tricks for packing in-flight travel essentials. I’ll be heading home to Connecticut for Thanksgiving this upcoming Monday, so I figured I’d break down what I’m carrying on. 

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I’m often traveling for pictures or to shoot content, so for me, outfit planning is the easy part. I’ll usually have my outfits decided upon and hung weeks before the trip; so I focus most of my packing time on last moment items and in-flight travel essentials. Now, my two carry-on bags are a completely different story.

I usually carry-on my camera backpack; which includes my camera, a scenic lens, portrait lens and camera cleaning kit; which gets placed below the seat in front of me, along with a large tote to be placed above. 

Now, while my camera backpack is neat and tidy, keeping my in-flight travel essentials organized can be a completely different story. A few items you’ll automatically find in the tote bag are as followed: my laptop, charging cords, a bag of snacks and a scarf. Once all of the essentials are packed at the bottom of the tote, I’ll use small pouches to keep random items like pens, chapstick, keys, and headphones from getting lost.

I honestly don’t think I’d survive traveling so often if it wasn’t for keeping my items in organized pouches, it saves me time while relieving any anxiety I may have had of misplacing an item.  By knowing each item I own, has a place, keeps my brain clear from fretting over thinking I’ve left an item behind.  

Anyway, I hope this is getting you guys excited for one of the busiest travel times of the year! I’ve also thrown together a little video on how I keep my checked bag organized above. Make sure to check it out here and subscribe to our Youtube channel for new videos every Wednesday

And just like that, we’ll be back at the airport. Let me know where you guys are headed this holiday week, and just maybe we’ll run into each other at an airport. xx Aubrey 

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Sunset Meadow Vineyards Wine Tasting

November 13th, 2017

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After visiting Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates my Mom and I drove over to Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, CT to see what it was all about. Since we had already fit in two hours of blog shooting prior, we spent our time at the vineyard relaxing before venturing inside for some wine tasting. 

When we arrived at the tasting room, we were overwhelmed with a large group of people and some very expensive camera equipment. At first, my Mom and I thought nothing of it. Personally, I figured that the winery must be shooting some promotional videos and just had a large budget to shoot with. Since we were taking pictures at the location too, I had to ask what was going on. Partially because I figured maybe it was a New England based magazine that I could introduce myself too, but mostly because I’m just darn nosey. 

So I walked up to the bartender and asked, ‘what are you guys shooting here’? Low and behold, and you guys might not believe me, it was actually the NETFLIX TEAM. I died right then and there.

Apparently, Netflix was shooting a crime movie for an upcoming Netflix original, just up the road! The bartender went on to tell me that Sunset Meadow Vineyards was a location the Netflix team just happened to stumble upon and wanted to capture a couple of scenes. 

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I failed as Sherlock Homes and left with basically no details about the exact movie Netflix was filming and I have yet to come across any news of the movie on the world wide web. So comment below if you know something I don’t! 

To be honest, I was shocked at the way the Netflix team was producing and creating the film. The team seemed low maintenance, spontaneous and kind of running with the punches. Basically, I always pictured Netflix crews as a huge production but this team was using the natural light, a few cameras and way less equipment than I had pictured in my head. 

Anyway, we had unusually warm weather that day so I was able to get away with wearing this Vineyard Vines Diamond Dress along with my Leopard Flats, no tights needed. My mom and I were plenty warm, relaxing on the wooden rocking chairs on the harvest decorated porch. The porch was the perfect place to sit down, catch up and watch the Netflix team’s every move. 

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 Overall we spent about an hour rocking in our chairs on the porch and trying to enjoy the last warm moments of fall. Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, CT is really a winery you should all visit. We loved that it was located in the country giving both the wine tasters on the porch and patio scenic views of brilliant and lush fall foliage. There were plenty of tables and chairs for everyone both indoor and out, making the wine tasting experience enjoyable for all. 

Once we were done shooting some pictures and tasting wine, my mom and I piled back into the car and drove a few minutes down the road to downtown Litchfield. The windy New England roads were stunning and the homes garnishing Main Street were just starting to prepare for the holidays with decorations. 

I can’t wait to travel back up to Litchfield County sooner than later and hopefully bring Matt along for the ride, too. Oh and I’d love to hear of any good wineries you all love, leave a comment below with all the details. xx AubreySunset Meadow Vineyards Wine Tasting-6559

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Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

November 7th, 2017

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Last week, I woke up to an unusually warm November day and called up my Mom to see if she wanted to hit the road to explore. She agreed and we took about an hour ride up to Goshen, CT. In the past, I had heard wonderful things about the little town of Goshen, but most importantly, I heard word of a farm and chocolate factory that I had to see with my own two eyes. 

So yes, I drove an hour for artistry chocolate and yes it was worth every drop of gas. At first, I was expecting a leaf peeping tourist trip. I assumed it would be a huge farm and factory, fully equipped with parking lots and gift shops to boot, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this farm was quaint and literally off a beaten path. The wooden barn and baby cows chopping on hay brought the idea of a quintessential New England country lifestyle to life. 

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Once we pulled up, I jumped out and instantly started capturing pictures of the wooden barn. I must say it was a tad windy, so I was happy to have on my cropped mock neck sweater. I’ve been searching high and low for a more fitted cropped sweaters to pair with skirts, and I was over the moon when I saw this cozy number in Vineyard Vine’s new arrivals. I wore this faux suede skirt with the sweater to complete the look and add a feminine touch. 

Once we walked into the barn we were greeted by Clint and Kimberly, who own and operate the farm. Boy, are these two a power couple if I ever did meet one. Clint seemed to be in charge of the farm side of things, he warmly introduced us to each cow. He then explained how the individual cows produce different tasting milk, which corresponds to the chocolate being handcrafted by his wife Kimberly. 

Clint showed my Mom and I, around the farm including meeting the cutest of farm guests a baby cow. Sadly the baby cow was camera shy otherwise I would’ve taken a whole camera roll of cute pictures. After seeing the baby, Clint introduced us to his longhorn population. 

Who would have thought that Connecticut was a place to breed longhorns, not me. I was pleasantly surprised to see these amazing creatures roaming the fields. They were truly beautiful and I had to snap a few pictures for all you Longhorn fans, or as Matt would say ‘Hook Em’

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After chatting with the Longhorns, my Mom and I made our final stop into the milk house for chocolates. We were warmly greeted by Kimberly the chocolate shop owner, creator, and as I said earlier Clint’s wife. We were instantly overwhelmed with a number of chocolate choices, from classic flavors like raspberry truffles to seasonal flavors like pumpkin; this tiny shop was overflowing with chocolate creativity. 

We had a hard time deciding what to pick, so Kimberly urgently requested us to taste test the sea salt caramels which after taking one bite, I’d confidently say, was the best sea salt caramel I’ve ever eaten. She went on to explain that basically no sugar is added to these rich caramels, but rather the sweetness is completely driven from the cows’ milk. 

After tasting the caramel we had to try some of this sweetened milk. I grabbed a bottle of vanilla bean milk, which included only the cow’s pasteurized milk and vanilla bean. After taking my first sip I was shocked how sweet the milk was and even purchased a few bottles to take home and use as a substitute for coffee creamer. Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates-5692

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Overall we ended up staying a whopping two hours on the farm, chit-chatting with Kimberly and learning her chocolate story. It was truly a wonderful experience and I’d highly recommend visiting and taking extra time out of your stay to learn about their amazing chocolate making process. 

We left with a full box of chocolates and a belly full of caramel. While at Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates, I tried to capture some video for you all, but sadly my vlogging camera died halfway through. After looking at the footage I was able to pull together a mini vlog! I hope you enjoy the video and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel Here

I hope this inspires you to get in the car and explore the amazing New England towns awaiting you! Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly New England travel newsletter! This week we are sharing the ins & outs of Goshen, so don’t forget to sign up here. xx Aubrey 

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Cozying up by the Fire in Holiday Socks

November 6th, 2017

Cozy on up by the fireTo be honest, I’m officially in the holiday mode which means spending time and making time to appreciate family and friends. No matter how spread out my family is, or the TCC Crew, this time of year is all about cozying up to the fire in the cutest holiday socks…am I right! 

This year I really wanted to go into this holiday season prepared and hopefully less stressed than previous years. At the end of the day, I want to make lasting memories with Matt, my family, and the TCC Crew; which means more smores and less time waiting to find a parking space in the mall parking lot. 

With that being said my goal this year is to accomplish all of my holiday shopping by December 8th! You heard me right the 8th of December, no last moment gifts over here. Hopefully, by having all my online shopping done in advance I’ll save both money and time. Anyway, traditions are important to me and one of my most beloved holiday traditions is cozying up by the fire in holiday socks. 

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It’s the gift you use to hate as a child, but socks are a gift giving staple! I go above and beyond with the holiday sock game so below I’ve linked a few of my favorites, specifically these candy cane sockspenguin socks for him and these New England bean boot socks. I already purchased a whopping twelve pairs of socks and maybe a pajama bottom or two

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Anyway, over the weekend my sister Tessie and I sat back by the fire and enjoyed some burnt smores in our cozy socks. With some good laughs and maybe a marshmallow catching on fire (or two) we kicked off this holiday season with laughter and joy. So don’t stress this year, plan your shopping ahead and just kick up those feet by the fire. xx Aubrey.

5 Ways To Style a Scarf This Holiday Season

November 1st, 2017

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The other day I woke up to a brisk 32 degrees and knew it was about time to blow the dust off my scarf bin, hidden somewhere in the attic. After a good thirty minutes of searching, I found the cozy bin of scarves and was reminded how lucky we’ve been with the weather so far this fall. Usually, my scarf bin is welcomed come early September, but now that the cooler weather has arrived and flu season is amongst us, it’s time to bundle up and stay warm. 

I’ll admit, sometimes, I take bundling up to the extreme and start to resemble the younger brother from A Christmas Story, but over time I’ve learned that staying warm doesn’t have to be a fashion don’t! Recently I’ve gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking about my fall and winter essentials, and my number one picks are always quality good scarves and gloves, especially on those windy days. 

After hitting send on the email, I often get a quick reply asking for tips and tricks on how to style a scarf, which makes sense, as it was something I struggled with for the longest time. Anyway, for a while, I avoided this post as I really didn’t think pictures alone could do it justice. So when my sister Tessie signed onto the TCC Crew as our videographer, I knew we could finally do this post and do it right. 

Above you’ll see a video breaking down 5 Ways to Style a Scarf This Holiday Season, and below I’ve broken down each style and popular items I pair them with to complete the look. Anyway, let’s jump right in. 5 ways to style a scarf this holiday season

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1) The Basic Scarf 

This scarf style is best recreated with a thin wool scarf. It’s as easy as tossing the scarf on and running out the door. The scarf I’m wearing above is last year’s version of this scarf, and I know it’s a scarf I’ll continue to use time and time again. 


 

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2) The Loop Da Loop

This scarf style is best recreated with a thin wool scarf, as to keep the loop simplistic and clean. This scarf style is one you’ll see me wear on windy days. By looping the scarf around your neck you’ll make sure to keep your face and chest warm and sheltered from the brisk New England air. I love pairing this scarf with a funnel neck sweater and my new obsession Diane Gilman jeans


 

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3) The Freddie from Scooby Doo

Who would have thought ascots would be back in, not me, but at the same time I’m not complaining. If you live in a warmer area and want to forgo wrapping yourself in wool, I’d 100% recommend investing in a few silk ascots. They are really quite easy to tie, and not to mention if you get sick of wearing it while out, just tie it onto your purse as a statement. The silk ascot has honestly been my favorite trend of 2017. 


 

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4) Frosty The Snow Man

This scarf style was inspired by the snowman himself, Frosty! When recreating this look I always recommend going for a scarf with some hefty fringe, like this piece. I love wearing this scarf style with heels or tall booties, as it really adds length and dimension to the outfit. By covering your neck with the scarf you’ll be sure to stay warm and stylish this upcoming holiday season. 


 

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5) The Blanket Scarf

Last but not least, let’s chat about the classic blanket scarf. If you are traveling home for the holidays, I would highly recommend purchasing one of these bad boys. Not only do blanket scarfs complete a winter outfit they also work as, well you guessed it, a BLANKET! So whenever I’m traveling home to CT from Dallas you’ll find me wearing one of these scarves and then the moment I’m seated on the plane,  unwrap this number into a blanket. I wish all my accessories were as cute and convenient as blanket scarves



 

Staying warm and looking cute is honestly that simple this holiday season. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see new videos every Wednesday. Also, leave a comment down below sharing your favorite way to style scarves this winter season, I love hearing your tips and tricks. xx Aubrey 

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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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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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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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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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