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Salem Trip Recap Part 1

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Well our Salem trip is over and that is sad.  I call this part one of our recap cause Colleen will be sharing her angels film photos once they get developed.  In the meantime, I thought I would share mine.  I did have some trouble narrowing them down as I am sure you will notice.  I am very happy to report that it was a truly delightful weekend that exceeded expectations.  I was a little worried that the masses of people  I anticipated would ruin some of the charm of our trip but we very cleverly managed to avoid the hubbub when we wanted to.  We got there on Friday morning and were able to get some of our tours and things in before it got very crowded and I definitely recommend that if any of you plan a trip to Salem in October, you manage to be there at least one weekday.  The difference from Friday to Saturday crowds was huge.   One of our best trip decisions was staying in the Hawthorne hotel right in the middle of the historic district.  It was very traditional and cozy and they had complimentary apple cider available for us in the lobby any time we needed a fix.  Which was often.  I would guess Colleen in particular had no less than 7 cups of cider over the course of the weekend.  So if anyone was concerned about our cider quota, you can rest your worries.  I could also see the water from my room on the 5th floor which was an added bonus.  We were located right next to a big park (which was used in filming for Hocus Pocus) and they had carnival concessions with caramel apples and fried oreos.  We mostly wandered around for the weekend but did check a few key items off of our to-do list  which occupied time between random explorations…

haunted happenings blog

hawthorne hotel blog

tree in park blog

friendship ship blog

lighthouse blog

We checked out Pickering Wharf and the pretty ship.

house of seven gables blog

We toured the House of Seven Gables which Nathaniel Hawthorne based his famed novel off of.  It even had a secret passage that we walked through.

colleenandcoreyhawthornehouse blog

Corey cutely annoyed Colleen by grabbing at her nose while they stood in front of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.

black house blog

spooky decorations blog

cemetery blog

We saw the Old Burying Point Cemetery which was beautiful and creepy.
witch house sign blog

witch house blog

We checked out the Witch House but opted not to go in since we had just toured two homes from that period the day before.

allison's house blog

We roamed around Allison’s house (from Hocus Pocus) which had a beautiful garden in the back.  I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkins.

allison pond blog

colleenandcoreyarch blog

chestnut street vine house blog

chestnut street walking blog

chestnut street house blog

chestnut street door blog

house with green ivy blog

We walked down Chestnut Street which has all the fancy old homes and big trees with leaves that were satisfyingly autumnal colors.

colleen and corey harbor blog

Salem harbor Chris blog

Salem harbor blog

We found another part of Salem harbor near a big park and enjoyed the view.

max's house blog

It just so happened to be right near Max and Dani’s house (another Hocus Pocus locale).

Then we drove over to neighboring Marblehead and were quite glad that we did.  Cause it looked like this…

marblehead harbor rocks blog

marblehead harbor from fort blog

We pretty much spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the perfect fall atmosphere.

morning glory b&b blog

rockafellas blog

green costumes blog

witch museum blog

trees in park blog

dome in park blog

group shot blogIf anyone is planning a trip and looking for some more specifics, just let me know and I would be happy to help.  I really can’t imagine a more ideal place to be in the fall than New England and Salem in particular.

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Seattle Trip

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Colleen and I traveled to Seattle for my cousin’s wedding this past weekend.  We had never been there and not only was the wedding just lovely but so was the entire trip.  It was one of those trips where everything just seemed to work out perfectly and Seattle is a beautiful and also very friendly city.  I probably didn’t take quite as many pictures as I usually do and unfortunately in our effort to be polite to the photographer, we left our cameras and took none of the wedding which we were kicking ourselves for because it was gorgeous.  But I did take some and Colleen took some on film which she will also share when she gets them developed in a few weeks.

kerry park view blog

The hotel we stayed in the first night was close to the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, which is a residential area that contains Kerry Park.  Right before we went to dinner one night, I remembered that I had read there was a good view of the city from here.  Was there ever.  A pencil skirt may not have been the best choice of attire for hiking up the insane hill we had to walk up to get there.  Nevertheless, we made it and the view of Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the distance on a clear day was truly stunning.  If anyone is ever looking for a hotel in Seattle, I highly recommend the Maxwell Hotel for its good location, charming shuttle driver, and free pineapple cupcakes.  It was a real winner.  Colleen and I went running on Friday morning  back up in this area and found some more insane views of the water and the city while running.  Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous houses that we were running by.

market sign blog

market produce blog

We went to Pike Place Market on Thursday and walked around a bit as well as had a delicious lunch on the patio at The Pink Door thanks to a recommendation from our friend Brynn at Dandy and Fine Parties.  Colleen and Corey also got some gigantic cookies which I should have gotten as well but happily helped myself to.

ferris wheel blog

cityscape 3 blog

island with city blog

pier 52 blog

Colleen and Corey ferry blog

On Friday we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island.  The view of the city from the ferry was amazing.  When we got there, Corey popped into the local police station to trade police patches with them (apparently this is a thing?) and we all got to meet the chief of police and deputy and chit chat for a bit.  I told y’all Seattle was friendly.  They basically offered Corey a job.  So that was nice.  Colleen is strongly considering this as long as she gets to live in a house on the water at Bainbridge Island.

pioneer building blog

Pioneer Square was another of our favorite areas of town.  We took the Underground Tour and ended up getting a hilarious and very knowledgable guide so it ended up being really great.

night from needle blog

The rehearsal dinner and nightcap was at the space needle and we could ride up and down the elevator to the top at our leisure which was seriously cool.  If you look at the part of this picture that looks like a fire, those are the fireworks from the baseball game.  Probably my best/stupidest comment of the whole weekend was when we were looking out at the city and I asked Chris where the space needle was.  I blame it on the three hour time change.

Chris espresso 4 blog

Chris, who is not a coffee drinker, tried his first double shot espresso from Starbucks.  When in Seattle…espresso and flannel. It is safe to say he was not a fan.  I have some pictures with even more hilarious facial expressions but I was laughing so hard that they are blurry.

colleen and meg (colleen) blog

Colleen and I actually got a pretty good picture of ourselves taken before the wedding.  If you know our history, this was newsworthy.

space needle trees blog

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New York on Film

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, the week of my birthday actually, Corey and I went to New York to see his favorite soccer team play at Yankees Stadium for his big 30th birthday present.  Even though watching a soccer game is not always top on my list of things of things to do, seeing a game at such an iconic location was pretty fantastic.  We stayed at my friend Kyle’s gorgeous apartment in the West Village and took full advantage of the local eateries.  I think we ate at almost all of them.  Kyle made us the sweetest little map with delicious foods to eat, things to do, and places to go, which we followed line by line.  The girl has good taste.  Some of our favorites were Big Gay Ice Cream (every bit as fabulous as you would hope), I sodi (the best lasagna you will ever have), the Meatball Shop, the Grey Dog, and Cafe Cluny.  There is something extra special about a getaway in the middle of the week, particularly to New York.

These were all either Portra 400 or Portra 800 taken on my Mamiya 645, and processed and scanned by The Find Lab.

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