Arthur & Pat’s Restaurant

Last week we experienced the BEST BREAKFAST ever!

Arthur & Pats Marshfield MA

Don’t Let the outside fool you!  Arthur & Pat’s  in Marshfield, Ma Voted BEST BREAKFAST by Boston Magazine in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and BEST BRUNCH by Boston Magazine in 2004 and 2005!

THE OMG at Arthur & Pats

We had the “Oh My God” and now we find ourselves wanting this meal every other day since for breakfast!  The “Oh My God” consists of a potato pancake topped with the freshest salmon we ever had and two poached eggs on top of that garnished with red onions and capers. Also served with salad and amazing warm bread.  We had the freshest orange-strawberry juice served with this meal as well!  I cannot stop tasting or thinking about this meal.

Arthur & Pats Marshfield MA

Other house favorites for breakfast include Chocolate Waffles with strawberries and a hint
 of caramel sauce. Plus many other unique dishes.  Arthur and Pat’s is open for breakfast and lunch.  Do not walk – run to this place for breakfast or brunch!! It is worth the trip from anywhere in New England and beyond!

Arthur and Pat’s Restaurant is located at 239 Ocean Street in Marshfield, MA

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 7 The Dinosaur Place

 The Dinosaur Place      

Oakdale, CT

Enjoy a day filled with educational fun and adventure! This is not just any 10,000 square foot gift shop!  There’s so much more! Hands on activities including mining and digging for Crystals and polished stones in a simulated mine. Learn about Geodes that are millions of years old. 2 stories of mineral and fossils Gallery. For crafter’s there is an amazing bead selection in the Bead Room and a fluorescent room with mineral specimens from around the world.

Outdoor adventures include the Dino Trail that is open from April 12th through October 31st. Closed Easter Sunday.  There are trails, playground, splash-pad and a maze.

This is a great place for Birthday parties for the kids and special events.  Group visits and classes are welcome.  Season Passes are available.

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7 Days in 7 Stores: Day 6 Beach House Newport

Beach House Newport   

Middletown, RI

Open since 1997  (formerly Watercolors) Sally Emmett Dwyer, interior designer has created Beach House Newport. A special place of memory and warmth. Whether creating a coastal corner, room or entire house…This is where you’ll find inspiration!

From cottage furnishings, accent rugs, pillows, seaside kitchen, coastal decor, signs, jewelry and more!

Beach House Design Services and Fine Furnishings for Coastal Living available. Voted “Best of” by Rhode Island and by Newport Life.

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7 Stores in 7 Days – Day 5 Johnstons Cashmere

  Johnstons Cashmere      – Nantucket, MA

Soft, warm and cuddley…CASHMERE!!!                                  

                                                                                                                                                             For Her, For Him, For Everybody! 100 percent Cashmere made in Scotland. Johnston’s Cashmere reopens for the season April 14th on Nantucket. 

 Cashmere sweaters and wraps in all colors. Cashmere fleece, a best seller for over 8 years. Kimono style, hoodie fleece, open circle sweaters, and so much more. Including basket weave shawls that are 50 percent cashmere and 50 percent silk.

For guys there are Ultra Soft T’s made of 85 percent cotton and 15 percent silky soie. in crew or v neck in classic colors.

Monogramming is available plus there are accessories like scarves, socks, gloves, stuffed animals and more.

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 4 Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage     

Mashpee, MA

Maiden VoyageHave you ever walked into a store that transforms your world?  That’s what happens every time we visit Maiden Voyage at Mashpee Commons in Cape Cod.

I often find myself thinking about this store! This shop specializes in white washed and distressed antique and reproduction furniture. If you’re looking for that “Cape Cod” look this is the place for unique finds!

From shells to Memorabilia this shop has everything to make you and your home feel ocean cozy! There also have gifts, jewelry and bath products and nautical pieces and so much more!  If you love all things ocean this store is worth the ride from anywhere!

No wonder they were voted “Best Gift Shop” by the readers of CAPE COD LIFE MAGAZINE in 2007 and “Best Gift Shop” and “Best Home Furnishings” in 2005, 2006, and 2007 by Readers Choice.

Since 2003 Maiden Voyage takes pride in customer service and an inviting atmosphere. Gift Certificates are also available.


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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 3 Deck Dock Home & Garden

 Deck Dock Home & Garden    

Sunapee, NH

One of my favorite stores in New England is Deck Dock Home & Garden in Sunapee, New Hampshire. They specialize in high quality casual and classic outdoor seating and your source for outdoor furniture and home and garden accents. They provide creative and functional designs for your home and garden.

 Deck Dock is all about outdoor living!  They feature patio, porch, sun-room and lakeside furniture for many of the homes in the Lake Sunapee area and beyond. From seaside casual furniture, outdoor dining sets, outdoor seating and side tables. They also carry some of the most unique interior and exterior home accents–many of the accessories are nature themed.

You’ll find unique dining and entertainment accessories, copper fire pits and distinctive accents for your home including Basic Spirit serving ware, cutting boards and wine accents. Including Sunapee themed books, prints, signs and NH and VT made items; as well as unique items from all over the country. Since the focus on outdoors they also have garden decor and birding items from feeders to birdbaths and birdhouses.

 Originally located on Sunapee Harbor since 2000. In 2002 they renovated a barn location  near the harbor.  Today everything is located at the barn location on route 103B. The store is open March – December.

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 2 Vermont Teddy Bear

  Vermont Teddy Bears     

Shelburne, VT

Founded in 1981, by John Sortino who sold hand crafted teddy bears in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont. Sortino happened upon the idea of packaging and selling bears through the mail when a tourist visiting Burlington wanted a bear mailed to her home. The concept was called the “Bear-Gram” which features the customized teddy bear placed in a box, complete with ‘air-hole'” and stuffed with other goodies.

By 1995, the company moved it’s headquarters to Vermont’s Champlain Valley. They have 2 factories: one in Shelburne and one in Newport.  The Shelburne factory is an especially popular tourist destination and also a concert site for the Vermont Mozart Festival.

Today, Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order and internet.  The company handcrafts each of it’s teddy bears.

For more info see the link above to their website for a large selection of bears, bears and PJ Combos, bears for all occasions and more including factory tours and events.

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 1 Lighthouse Depot

  Lighthouse Depot    Wells, Maine

In 1990 ,while visiting and researching lighthouses on New England Coast. Tim Harrison and Kathy Finnegan soon learned that nothing symbolizes the maritime history of our country more than the lighthouses and the keepers who served them.

In 1991, Tim and Kathy published their highly successful book  The Lighthouses of Maine and New Hampshire.

In 1992 they started a monthly publication “lighthouse Digest” and shortly thereafter opened the gift store in Wells, Maine.  Don Devine also came on board and helped them expand their store and catalog business. Today, Lighthouse Digest has thousands of subscribers in every state and twenty countries.

The Lighthouse Depot is a store like no other! Two floors of lighthouse collectibles and gifts that they have searched the world for. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the store a selection of their items can be seen online. The shop was featured on PBS TV’s legendary lighthouses.

You can find all kinds of lighthouse items including their own Harbor Lights collectibles, Home Decor, bedding, kitchen  and bathroom, clothing, gift ideas and more!  There are always new products and exclusive items.

You can also view Lighthouse Explorer a link on their site that features thousands of stories and photos of lighthouses from around the world.  Lighthouse Depot provides support to various lighthouse foundations.

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Company Profile: Cape Card

Cod’s For All Occasions!

This is the story of cards that talked to me!

 Have you ever seen something different and creative and just wanted to embrace it by buying several different selections of the product? That’s how CAPE CARD will make you feel…These “Cod Cards” just make you smile and feel good! No wonder they are known as “Unique Art  Treasures from Cape Cod”.

Cape Card began in December, 2007, with “The Christmas Cod”
and quickly expanded into “The Hallmark of Cods”.  Cape Card’s use of illustration and sense of humor to create a wide range of images for a multitude of applications. Artist and Designer; Andrew Newman has given the ubiquitous cod a place in the world of art and humor!

His “Cod Cards” celebrate all of life’s holidays, joy and beauty and other occasions. From
Note-cards, prints & posters, “Postcods”, stickers and a calendar. The selections to choose from will just make you smile and we bet you’ll want to purchase several…not only for your own personal use but as gifts for someone on your list.

The Cod Fish has found new life on Cape Cod!  Cape Cards are available at 11 shops on the Cape as well as online. For more information on how to find Cape Cards please take a few minutes to view their website by clicking the link in the 1st paragraph. We think you will be glad you did!

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5 Top Things to do in Boston!

 1. Fenway Park Opened on April 20th, 1912.  It is actually the second home for the Red Sox.  In 1901,  “The Boston Pilgrims” became one of the charter members of the Fledgling American League. The Pilgrims played ball at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now a part of Northeastern University Campus.

Boston Globe owner; General Charles Henry Taylor, a Civil War veteran bought the team for his son John I. Taylor in 1904. In 1907, owner Taylor changed the club’s name from the “Pilgrims” to the RED SOX. In 1910, tired of the leasing arrangement for the Huntington Avenue grounds, Taylor made a big announcement: He would build a new ballpark for his Red Sox. Taylor dubbed the new ballpark FENWAY PARK because of its location in the Fenway section of Boston.

The 1st official game occurred on April 9th when the Red Socks beat Harvard University 2-0. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) before 27,000 fans 7-6 in 11 innings! The event would have made front page news had it not been for the sinking of the Titanic only a few days before!

Guided 50 minute historic walking tours of the stadium are also available where perhaps you can hear the echoes of history’s past great baseball players.

 2. Freedom Trail Is a 2.5 mile guided walking tour to 16 significant historic sites. In March 1951 Bill Schofield, an editor and daily columnist for the “Old Herald Traveler” invented the FREEDOM TRAIL. He found a kindred spirit in Bob Winn, a member of the North End’s Old North Church. Both had a passion for history and wanted to help tourists that visited the area find historic locations. They both shared a concern for the accessibility  the city’s historic structures. Due to Schofield’s columns over a 2 week period, he gained victory from the politicians and help from Paul Hines at city hall for development and the Boston Chamber of Commerce.  “THE FREEDOM TRAIL”  became official by June 1951.

In the late 1950’s and 1960’s a local businessman and philanthropist Dick Berenson helped guide the trail to its success. By 1974, the National Park Service stepped in. Annual attendance soared to three-four million. Today, Four different  18th Century Costumed Guided 90 minute tours are available:

Walk into History Tour (Boston Commons to Faneuil Hall)

Reverse Walk into History (Faneuil Hall to Boston Commons)

North End Tour (Faneuil Hall to North End Waterfront)

Pirates & Patriots Tour (Faneuil Hall to Tea Party Museum)

Along the way you’ll visit Paul Revere’s House, The State House, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Museum and more! Donations to the Freedom Trail Preservation Fund are welcome.

 3. New England Aquarium Founded in 1969, The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean  exploration and marine conservation and a major public education and resource. Explore vibrant coral reefs, meet lion-fish and view animals and exhibits from around the globe. IMAX Theatre, daily aquarium presentations and shows, conservation and research programs, education programs and activities and more.  There’s also a behind the scene tours and whale watching cruise.

Opening April 15th The Trust Family Foundation presents Shark & Ray Touch Tank.

 4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is as alive today as it was in 1742 when our Nation’s father’s proclaimed it “The cradle of Liberty” It combines the glories of Boston’s past with today’s urban sophistication with over 49 shops, 18 restaurants, 35 colonnade eateries and 44 pushcarts of unique shops and restaurants.  Plus there’s outdoor entertainment that includes jugglers, magicians, and musicians in the cobblestone promenade. This site attracts more than 18 million visitors annually.

For over 250 years the marketplace has played an integral role in the life of Boston Residents. It’s the seat of American history and site of America’s most famous shopping and dining experience with four great places in one location. Faneuil Mall, Quincy Market, North and South Market.

In 1742, Peter Faneuil, Boston’s wealthiest merchant built Faneuil Hall as a gift to the city. Merchants, fisherman, meat and produce sellers had a new home to sell their goods and it provided a platform for the country’s most famous orators. It is where colonists first protested the SUGAR ACT in 1764 and established the doctrine of “No Taxation without Representation”.

Samuel Adams rallied the citizens of Boston to the cause of independence from Great Britain in the hallowed Hall and George Washington toasted the nation on its 1st birthday.

5. SkyWalk Observation Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. Acoust-guide audio tour detailing the city’s many points of interest. Open 7 days a week. Plus shopping and dining and other services available at Prudential Center.

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