Monday, July 5, 2010

boston's celebratory cape

Hello, beautiful strangers. Happy (belated) Fourth of July! Even to those of you for which it had no significance :) I hope it was a good one. My weekend was pretty darn spectacular, and I just got out of work early (yay!), ready to hear all about it?
On Friday morning I awoke bright and early to get the road. Coffee and banana oatmeal were promptly digested along with last-minute packing and a shower.
I then arrived here, to Liana's beach house in Gloucester. This beautiful ocean was quite the impressive surprise after my land-locked journey.
Following a few squeals of excitement, she gave me a quick tour of the gorgeousness that is the beach house. It's worth noting that Li was an interior design student at Syracuse... and she obviously got her talent from somewhere.
Just look at that easy, breezy decorating job! Oh, the former interior designer in me was all over it. I loved the white furniture, bright atmosphere, all-American accents, natural materials, black painted floors,
and the outstanding front porch that lent itself to views like this one, which were almost (but not quite) the amazing equivalent to those from most of the windows on the inside. I could have stayed here for days on end!
I was also a big fan of her antique dresser with it's elegant mermaid-like curves and warm wood. Nonetheless, despite my visual excitement, even a house like this one could not keep me from soaking up the sun's rays at the beach.

Once I had quickly changed into my bathing suit, we took the five minute walk to the  white, sandy beach. Was it just me or is the blue green water jewel-like? More so than I think I've ever ever seen the northern Atlantic ocean to be.
We also packed a romantic picnic lunch as well ;) Stacy's original pita chips, grapes, and Manchego cheese. At that point, I was starving, so I'll go as far to say that this may have been one of the best late lunches I've ever eaten.
The views helped didn't seem to hurt either! We relaxed until about five, catching up on each other's lives and entertaining ourselves with people watching. It's been a while since I've been able to have such a nice and lazy beach day.
That's not to say, however, that the night didn't turn out to be ridiculously eventful. After we got pretty and clean again, we drove down into Boston to dine in Harvard Square. It has been too long since I've been in Beantown! I've loved the city since I was six and saw the old Parent Trap movie. Fun fact: I even wanted to go to college here... but I guess it's a good thing that didn't work out :).

The dining options are seemingly endless but I had one condition: no chains. And so we ate at this historically-named, bachelor pad-esque resto with new American fare and a microbrewery, Tory Row.
I downed this delightful veggie burger, salad, and roasted potatoes with a Harpoon seasonal (although trying to drink like a Bostonian was a major fail,) while Li mindfully enjoyed a flatbread pizza with spinach and bacon.
Fast forward about three hours, and we found ourselves on Boylston Street, bar-hopping, with these beautiful broads and other bodacious babes. How's that for alliteration? It was beyond wonderful to be in the company of my sorority sisters again, I don't know if I can even articulate how much fun we had. Drinking and dancing don't even begin to cover it ;). And it continued, oh did it continue, into Saturday and through Sunday... but you're going to have to wait around for those stories. Ciao for now, and stay cool today! It's a scorcher here in the NY-area.


  1. What a scorcher it has been today indeed...I was out for ten mins and became a freckly mess! Sounds like you had a great time in my old stomping grounds! I miss boston so much! It is quite the wonderful city!

  2. We were at a wedding in Gloucester on Saturday. That is one gorgeous beach house!

  3. What a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth! Love the looks of that veggie burger.

  4. The water looks gorgeous! Drinking and dancing with friends.. it just doesn't get any better. Glad you had a great time!!

  5. afreshdille: This weather is insane... more appropriate than the coldness that was, but still :). It is!

    Meghan@travelwinedine: How funny! I'm sure it was beautiful.

    BroccoliHut: Thanks!


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