Guide to New England Wines

When most people think wine vineyards they think of Napa Valley, but if you’re from the New England area you know traveling out west can cost you a pretty penny. Lucky for all you wine lovers on the east coast, New England boasts over 20 wineries perfect for wedding venues, weekend getaways or day trips! Check out my top three picks below:

Truro Vineyards: Wine & spirit tastings, food trucks, and cape cod how much better could it get? Open daily Monday – Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm enjoy five of the vineyards 10 wines or partner up with a friend and try all 10! Tastings are  $10 and are held every half-hour in their outdoor pavilion and include a survivor glass. Pro tip: don’t pack up your glass too soon. After the tasting, if you want to continue drinking use the same glass for a discount!

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Truro Vineyards: 11 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA 02652

Russell Orchards: Located on the North Shore, wine lovers can spend the day picking fruit then head over to the barn to sample some incredible wines. Russell Orchards produces over 25 award winning wines, which are all fruit base and grown at the farm. Recently their Perry cider won Best Cider in Massachusettes at the BIG E Gold Cider Competition. For $5 guest over 21 get a wine glass and the opportunity to taste 4 wines. Tastings are held Friday -Sunday from noon till 5:30 pm.

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Russell Orchards: 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938 

Newport Vineyards: Settled along the coast of the Ocean State sits over 60 archers devoted to producing some of the best wines in New England. Locals and tourist alike can enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting followed by sharing a bottle on the outdoor terrace. Newport Vineyards produces a wide selection of wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. With a slogan, “Bring the Napa experience to New England” you know this place is the real deal!

 

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Newport Vineyards: 909 E. Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

 

Set Sail With Mickey Mouse

Looking to take a cruise with standout entertainment, their own private island, larger than average staterooms, and ships with unlimited magic? Then look no further to the Disney Cruise Line.

Since Disney’s first voyage over 20 years ago, it has expanded to four ships sailing to ports worldwide including the Bahamas, the Carribean, Europe, The Mediterranean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and more!

I experienced my first Disney Cruise when I was 12. Since then I’ve experienced other cruises but none stood out as much as the Disney Cruise. Now, some may say Disney Cruise is for kids, well yes, but they also tailor to families and couples.

Your Disney experience starts right when you walk on the ship with Disney crew members welcoming families by their last name. From there guest are free to explore the vessel! The ship itself boasts pure elegance with tasteful Disney features.

The cruise offers endless unique features other companies don’t offer like their private island on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, rotational dining at themed restaurants, on ship firework show, themed voyages such as their Halloween Cruise, A Very Merrytime Cruise and Star Wars Day at Sea, characters appearances, and of course the Mickey Mouse shaped pool.

If you’re over the age of 18 you have the option to enjoy the secluded adult area on Castaway Cay, adult dining options, top of the line spa services, nightclubs and of course top notch Disney entertainment.

Planning on getting hitched? Disney Cruise offers destination wedding packages on the ship or on their private island. Learn more here.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your Disney Cruise here!

Guide to Eataly

Last fall Eataly opened in the Prudential Center located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Since then tourist and Bostonians alike have flocked to take in the culture of Italy through the Italian market, culinary school, and eatery.

Although the market is incredible, if you been to Eataly, you know it can be hectic! You go in with such high expectations then you walk in and it’s a zoo, their’s pushing, people standing around and literally a line to Italy to get your gelato! So how does one make their Eataly experience enjoyable?

  1. Go early: be one of the first in line to explore the Italian market.
  2. Dine first: if you plan on dining at one of their signature restaurants try and eat as soon as you arrive. If you arrive later in the day and get put on the waitlist, no worries your 45 minutes to hour wait will allow you ample time to walk around and explore the wines, pastas, produce and more!
  3. Postpone purchases: plan to make your purchases on the way out as the registers are at the exit of the market.
  4. Grab a cannolis or gelato around midday: I’ve found more people grab their sweet treats in the evening.
  5. Don’t stand around: my biggest recommendation would be to keep walking! This eliminates traffic and congestion throughout the store.

Can’t make it to Italy but want to experience the culture? No worries, Eataly has 33 locations worldwide with three other locations in the United States (Chicago and NYC).

Open daily from 9 am – 11 pm.

Eataly Boston 3/5 stars

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The Roosevelt Hotel – NYC

Take a stroll down Midtown in New York City and you’ll walk into the Roosevelt Hotel located at 45th E 45th Street. With its 1920s charm, grand entrance, and five-star hospitality you’re guaranteed to enjoy your stay.

You may be familiar with the Roosevelt as it’s the backdrop to many well-known Hollywood films and TV shows including Mad Men, Maid in Manhattan, The French Collection and more. But what those movies don’t show is traveler experiences in the historic hotel.

Walking into the hotel guest will walk up a flight of stairs and into America’s past with a breathtaking grand foyer, an eye-catching chandelier, sitting area, bar, and gift shop. The lower level includes shops, hair and nail salons (perfect for a girls weekend). While the 19th floor hosts a private rooftop bar Mad46 with their signature drink the MadMojito.

The history is shown throughout the hotel with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, old fashion elevators, and 1920s décor in both the hallways and rooms.

The rooms are small (be prepared) but hey you’re in NYC, you’re not supposed to be spending time in your room!

Although the rooms were small they were clean and comfortable. We stayed in room 1708 and we really enjoyed our stay!

Learn more about the Roosevelt here!

Mad46 is open to the public May – October on Tuesday-Thursday 5:00 – 11:00 pm and Friday 3:00 – 9:00 pm.

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