Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea – Rockport MA

The Grand Cafe Emerson by the Sea

Guess who’s serving Mother’s Day Brunch? Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport Ma.

Served Sunday, May 12th from 10am – 2:30pm in the Grand Cafe restaurant at Emerson Inn by the Sea.

For Reservations contact: Reservations are requested for dining and required for the Mother’s Day Brunch.  Call (978) 546-6321 to make reservations or click on the link.

Starters, Salads, Carving Station, Entrees and Accompaniments, Desert Display and more! Here is just a peak of the wide range of many dishes: Smoked  Salmon, Trout and Mackerel Display, Roasted  Garlic and Gorgonzola Encrusted Black Angus Sirloin, Eggs  Benedict with Lobster Hollandaise. See link for Mother’s Day Brunch Menu!

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Chatham Bars Inn Gatsby Party

Founders Weekened at Chatham Bars Inn

Recently, we spent Founders Weekend at Chatham Bars Inn and as usual had a wonderful time.  From the Friday Nite Clambake at The Beach House Grill to a morning ocean-side brunch at  The Beach House Grill, to a Roaring 1920’s Great Gatsby Party complete with  Cocktail Hour in the South Lounge and Dinner with a 20 piece orchestra in the Harbor View Room.

The hospitality at Chatham Bars Inn is by far the nicest we have experienced time and time again.










A complete buffet is served with their Lobster Bake with everything from fresh corn on the cob, potatoes, veggies, fish, steak, side dishes, salads, soup, oysters, shrimp, cheeses and many other side dishes. Including a complete desert table.

During July And August every Monday – Friday starting at 6pm Chatham Bars Inn serves their Clambake to make reservations or find out more click on the link at the top of this page.

Brunch was also served on Founders Weekend at The Beach House Grill.  We walked the long buffet tables and choose some of our favorites that included Eggs Benedict, potatoes, bacon, fresh fruit, and a new favorite fresh fish with a apple-mango salsa that was soo good we had to try to make this at home ourselves. Of course we had Mimosa as what would any fantastic brunch be without a Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

There was plenty of beach time, relaxing on the patio off the veranda with the fantastic  view and blue-green water that we experienced on this perfect blue sky day! We took a little nap before the Roaring 20’s Gatsby Party and enjoyed the view.

The Champagne and wine were flowing and we totally enjoyed the evening of fine cocktails, dinner and dancing and topped it off with a nite-cap on the veranda!  We can’t wait to go back!

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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The Anchorage

The Anchorage at Sunapee Harbor

 Quaint + Relaxing +Picturesque Sunapee Harbor

Dine before or after a scenic narrative boat ride on Lake Sunapee with Sunapee Cruises  

 The Anchorage at Sunapee Harbor is just the place for you!

Yes, we have to admit this is one place we visit several times  every year and we recently dined there.  We had the Harbor Scampi which is a combination of clams and fresh fish in a white wine, garlic, herb butter & lemon sauce served over pasta. For dessert we had the Chocolate Cobbler brownie  with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The Anchorage is located right on the water, nestled in Sunapee Harbor. They have great food a friendly staff and spectacular views! It’s a great place for drinks and appetizers, lunch, dinner or late night entertainment which is offered on weekends on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9pm.

The night we were there ROADHOUSE a local favorite was playing classic Rock.

A late night menu is offered and the Anchorage also does catering for your special event! Mondays – Kids 12 and under eat for FREE! 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of an entrée. It’s also MUG NIGHT!

Wednesdays –  all bottles of wine marked*** are $10 off per bottle

Thursday – Kids  12 and under eat for FREE! 1 Free Kids Meal with the purchase of and entree….AND TRIVIA with Melissa in our lounge from 9-11pm with bigger prizes!

Friday – Open Live & Music Night in the Lounge. Check website for upcoming events

Saturday – Live bands playing upfront on our stage!

Sunday – Brunch 11am-2pm, Full menu & specials.

Happy Hour – Every Day from 3-6pm

The Anchorage has a nice wine list and fun drinks are also served!

The Anchorage also has its place in Rock and Roll History as the place that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler met Joe Perry. As the story goes…they both summered in the area in their youth. Joe worked at The Anchorage one summer and had made some French Fries and Steven Tyler just had to go see who made the most delicious french fries he ever had!





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New Hampshire Wine & Cheese Trails


 One of the perfect combinations as many of us know are Wine and Cheese ! New Hampshire has done a wonderful job in pairing wines and cheeses not just at wineries but at restaurants, farm stands and many other unique experiences in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is committed to bringing the best, locally grown foods, including fine wines and cheeses, to your restaurant dinner table through a movement known as New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection. Visit New Hampshire and experience the culinary passion thriving throughout the state.

The Sandwich Creamery is known for its cow’s milk, farm stand, cheeses and terrific ice cream. Tours are available by appointment but you can purchase cheese and ice cream around the clock in their honor system store.

Stonegate Winery & Vineyard is just two miles from Lake Winnipesaukee, the vineyard grows cold climate French hybrid grapes and wines include Marechal Foch, Leon Millot,Frontenac, Seyval, Cayuga, Steuben, Elvira and Aurore. Call ahead to arrange a tour.

Agape Homestead Farm – head north on Route 28 from Lake Winnipesaukee to Ossipee for their dill-and-garlic spreadable cheese and marinated Feta.

Via Lactea Farm & Brookfield Dairy – on Route 16 in Brookfield where you can meet the animals and purchase farm-fresh chevre in a variety of flavors.

Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee welcomes visitors to their tasting rooms to sample the red, white and port wines produced from varietals that thrive on the coast. Their Ferguson-Davis Dining Room offers seasonally themed regional cuisine, incorporating ingredients from local farms.

Candia Vineyards  is a boutique vineyard that specializes in fine wines from grapes.With New Hampshire’s only Diamond, Frontenac, LaCrosse, Noiret and LaCrescent wines, Candia Vineyards was named New England’s #1 most awarded vineyard at the 2008 Eastern States wine competition.

 Zorvino Vineyards  in Sandown produces quality wines from both local grapes and grapes grown in Tuscany, Chile and Northern California. Tours, tastings and special wine dinners at Castello Zorvino, the terraced manor house on the property.

 LaBelle Winery located in the heart of Alyson’s Orchard in Amherst, is a unique winery that incorporates a variety of fresh fruits into distinctive wines. Seasonal wines are made with orchard-grown apples, peaches, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, jalapeño peppers and pumpkins. Call ahead for a tour and tasting schedule.

This is just a sampling from the 22 stops on the New Hampshire Wine & Cheese Trail.  For more information click the above link and start tasting and sampling on your own…and make sure to let us know your favorites and why!


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Emerson by the Sea Rockport MA

Emerson Inn By The Sea Offers Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Packages in November


Make Emerson Inn by the Sea your destination for an affordable Veteran’s Day escape. Then leave the dishes to someone else and enjoy a seaside Thanksgiving celebration with the family this year.  Emerson Inn by the Sea has two packages offered in November combining fine dining with a relaxing seaside stay. Over Veteran’s Day weekend enjoy a relaxing three-day holiday before the busy holiday season starts.  Escape to the Emerson Inn by the Sea for a soothing getaway filled with quiet walks through Rockport or strolls overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Stay three nights and you’re treated to a $25 dinner certificate for use at the inn’s award winning Grand Cafe Restaurant. This three night Veteran’s Day package includes three nights accommodations,  a deluxe continental breakfast daily, and the $25 dinner certificate for use one night at the inn. Offered November 10-14, the package starts at $300 per couple for standard rooms. The package rate varies by room choice. Additionally, to make your November escape easy for you and your wallet play hookie Sunday through Thursday and Emerson Inn by the Sea will offer rooms starting at $89 per night throughout November for two night or more night midweek stays.  All stays include a deluxe continental breakfast each morning too. Upgrades to ocean view rooms available too.

Tired of all the prep and clean up from Thanksgiving dinner?  This year, leave the muss and fuss behind, and celebrate Thanksgiving at the Emerson Inn By The Sea. The lavish Thanksgiving Buffet offers something for every taste no matter how big or small including Roast Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon, Butternut Squash Ravioli and Roasted Tom Turkey together with all the trimmings and desserts. Then, after dinner no need to worry about that over-stuffed uncomfortable drive home. Stay overnight at the inn and walk off the dinner the next day along the Atlantic Ocean.  The Emerson Inn by the Sea package includes: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Dinners ( Thursday, November 24th) for two; Two night’s accommodation in a queen standard room;Deluxe Continental Breakfast each morning for two. Best of all, it’s easy on the budget. The package is $299 for two, plus taxes and gratuity and is offered November 23-25, 2011.  Dinner reservations are required upon booking.

For those who can’t stay overnight, but wish to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in the Grand Cafe, the dining room will serve its spectacular buffet dinner from noon to 5:00pm on Thursday, November 24.   The prix fixe dinner is $45 per person for adults and $22.50 for children ages 3 to 10, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.Emerson Inn by the Sea, Cape Ann’s Grand Bed and Breakfast Hotel overlooking a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, offers thirty-six lovely guest rooms as well as fine dining, wine and spirits in The Grand Cafe and the Grand Parlor Restaurant. Recipient of the Wine Spectator Award for the past five years in a row, The Grand Cafe is well-known as one of the North Shore’s finest dining establishments.

Following more than a decade of extensive renovations, Emerson Inn by the Sea is the ideal choice for those seeking getaways, function and conference facilities or fine dining with an award-winning wine list in a historic setting.  

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Boston Magazine names Top 10 “Fall Getaways”

Recently, I was requested to do a blog by a Boston area agency to promote an article On Fall Travel Getaways in the October 2011 edition of Boston Magazine.

Boston Magazine’s staff visited destinations all through New England to present their readers with a list of weekend activities that range from Outdoor Adventures, Sports & Recreation, Arts & Culture, Spas & Relaxation and Food & Wine. All the destinations are three hours or less from Boston. Here is the link to the article and below is our blog on the destinations.


For More than a half million monthly readers, Boston Magazine is the voice that captures the best of contemporary life in the city and beyond. With informed editorial and in-depth coverage on topics ranging from fashion to finance. Boston Magazine is the premiere authority on the region.

Here are the Top 10 Fall Getaways along with destinations they have suggested.

Litchfield Hills (CT)  Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Antique Seekers

Hayloft Wine Bar at Hopkins Vineyard offers wine tasting and tours and a magnificent view of Lake Waramaug.  Whitehorse Country Pub – Best of Connecticut Awards, extensive beer list, Best Prime Rib, Best NEW Restaurant and offers Sunday brunch on the river or in the tavern by the fire.  Belgique Chocolatier Artisian Handmade Chocolate, authentic Belgian hot chocolate, handmade truffles and so much more…sweet! Aer Blarney Balloons – New England’s premier Hot Air Balloon Company. Millhouse Antiques & Gardens  Traditional English and French 18th and 19th century antiques in an 18th century grist mill. 175 showrooms.

Nantucket (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & History Buffs

Sankaty Head Golf Club – Golf, Tennis, and dining with great views.  Captain Tom’s Charters Nantucket’s premiere fishing service. Masters of sport or 1st timers welcome.  Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and more.  Nantucket Historical Association – Preserving and interpretations of the history of Nantucket. Whale, Lighthouse  and historic tours. New House tours include a stop at the barn transformed by artists Greater Light. October 8th & 9th – Cisco Brewer’s Annual ACKktober Fest.   Lola 41 Sushi and Bistro Restaurant Nantucket’s best sushi and hot spot. Reservations suggested.


Newport (RI) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

The Cliffwalk – Newport’s famous shoreline walk with views of ocean, architecture and history of the Guilded Age. Wildflowers, birds  and more on a National Recreation Trail with picture perfect postcard views on both sides of ocean and mansions. Classic Cruises of Newport – A local favorite for sailing, powerboats and sunset harbor cruises from the sailing capital of America. Sail on their 72ft Schooner Madeline for 19th century charm.  TSK -Thames Street Kitchen – American casual fair and Sunday Brunch. A BYOB restaurant for trendy farm to fork meals with a seasonal menu. Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen – Relaxed modern American Cuisine in downtown Newport overlooking Bowen’s and Bannister’s Warf. Sunset views.

Penobscot Bay (ME) Destination for Foodies, Adventure & Culture

Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventures – Panaromic views of Owls Head and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouses. Intimate Lunch for 2 Available. Dine and learn about lobsters. Hartstone Inn – Elegant B&B at Camden Harbor offering award-winning gourmet meals. “A sophisticated retreat and culinary destination” -Fodor’s Guide to New England. Cooking classes are available!  Center for Maine Contemporary Art – work of current and past Maine residents. See workshops & special events calendar.

Pioneer Valley (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

North Hampton’s Arts Night Out – Held the 2nd Friday of every month. Unique self-guided tour of the towns many galleries. Enjoy diverse visual and performing arts. Iron Horse Music Hall – From rock to bluegrass bands. Coming October 14th – Peter Wolf.  Theatre, performing arts center, Pearl Street Nightclub, New England’s finest Amphitheater and Mountain Park.  Amherst Farmers Market – Open Every Saturday from 7:30 am 1:30pm Over 22 farms and bakeries. A total YUM-WOW factor! Atkins Farms Country Market – Orchard & store at the base of scenic Holyoke Mountain Range. Apples, bakery, cheese, flowers, candy, meat, seafood, beer and more! Bring your appetite!

Portland (ME) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

Wheelie Good Bike Rentals – See Portland like you’ve never seen it! Cruise the promenade, Old Port, art district. Bike along Eastern Trail one of the most scenic stretches in Maine! Soakology – Spa and tea-house. Soak your feet in baths of herbs, salts and oils. Facials with natural botanical leaves you feeling radiant, nourished and hydrated. Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – Quirky and unique ice cream flavors like Salted Caramel, Blueberry Basil and more!

Portsmouth (NH) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Culture

Seacoast Segway Tours – Prescout Park, historic homes of Portsmouth and Great Island of New Castle. Guided 1,2 and 3 hour tours around city. Learn Portsmouth’s past while exploring the sites. 106 Kitchen & Bar – New local hotspot serving creative cuisine with a New Orleans flair.  Red Hook Ale Brewery – For just a Buck you get a tour of facility and a lesson in beer making! Portsmouth Open Market – Every Sunday through October 30th. – over 65 artists at Strawberry Banke Museum.

Provincetown, (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

3 Mile hike to Long Point Lighthouse – for a beautiful and off the beaten track stretch of sand on the Atlantic Coast. Flyer’s Boat Rentals – Provincetown’s largest fleet of boats for rent. $10 shuttle from Long Point to West End. Shui Spa – Award winning day spa and resort. Also offers Holiday Dinner menu and packages. Complete body & mind  retreat with the Earth & Spa Scrub and bodywrap. Connies Bakery – Hearty home cooking that is fresh and creatively prepared. Complete Breakfast and Lunch Menu. Then stroll along MacMilian Pier.

Stowe (VT) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Relaxation

Arbor Trek Canopy Adventures -Zipline Canopy tours at Smugglers Notch. 4500 feet of ziplines. Cross bridges high above the forest and treeline.  Stowe Soaring Scenic Glider Ride – Silently soar over fields with a FAA certified pilot. Different tours available over Mt. Elmore, Worcester Mountain Range, scenic Stowe and Mile high Mt. Mansfield.  Solstice – Stowe Mt.’s signature restaurant offering Vermont fine dining. Local artisans cheeses & wines. Frida’s Taqueria – Mexican restaurant located in the historic   Butler House in Stowe. Serving Lunch, Dinner and weekend Brunch.  Top Notch Resort & Spa – New England luxury resort. Spa, tennis, weddings. 120 treatments available at spa. A place long known to hikers and skiers to relax!

Woodstock (VT) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Relaxation

Vermont Adventure Tours – Recreation in the Green Mountains! Rock and Ice climbing, Mountain bikes, Snowshoeing, Paddling, Fly-Fishing and more.  Guided kayaking trip on White River or climb Deer Leap Mountain. Woodstock Inn – luxury 4 Season Resort, 142 spacious rooms, plush bedding and breathtaking grounds.  Creates a cozy escape! Spa pampering – pumpkin spice treatment body scrub, foot rubs, scalp rubs and massages. Woodstock Inn Red Rooster – Casual, sophisticated Modern and fun! AAA Four Diamond Award winning Restaurant at Woodstock Inn.








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Bobby Byrnes

Bobby Byrne’s

Recently, we had dinner at Bobby Byrne’s in Hyannis and had the ROAST STUFFED CHICKEN it was
delicious!  An oven-roasted boneless breast filled with cranberry-cornbread stuffing, topped with chicken gravy and served with cranberry sauce, mashed potato & chef’s vegetable of the day! We highly recommend it!

Bobby Byrne’s is well-known eating, drinking and talking establishment since 1973. They have 3 locations on the cape. You can visit them at Mashpee Commons in Mashpee, Hyannis or in Sandwich.  It’s well worth it!

Bobby Byrne’s was also voted “Best Chowder” at the 2010 and 2011 WCOD ChowderFest!

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Chatham Bars Inn

Last week we experienced our second visit to Chatham Bars Inn  We loved it soo much in April that we had to return again!  Chatham Bars Inn has been known as New England’s Finest Ocean Front Luxury Resort and Spa.  It is noted for excellent service, fine cuisine and beautiful surroundings since 1914…and we could not agree more! In matter of fact, we have never traveled anywhere that we were greeted and served so well, experienced fresh great food and in a great atmosphere.


Chatham Bars Inn is known for its ambiance, luxury and an unforgettable experience. The  rooms are impeccable designed and everything from the lobby to the restaurant, bar, lounge, veranda and spa have true unforgettable ambiance and luxury.

We had several delicious full breakfast buffets during our stay as well as great lobster rolls in the bar and amazing Lobster Nachos from the oceanfront Beach House Grill.

We also experienced their amazing Spa and we absolutely loved this experience as well. Once again the decor of the spa is as amazing as their service. Massages here are a must! Plus since we stayed in the main building we were thrilled with the service they provide to drive you ala Range Rover style to and from the Spa building.

We suggest if you have not been to Chatham Bars Inn, that you put this on your Things you MUST DO list. Whether it’s off-season or in season.  You can also experience their dining and spa services if you are not a guest of the resort but it’s always best to call first.

We have never gone anywhere that the service, the atmosphere and the food are soo good!

Thank you Chatham Bars Inn for doing what you do so well!  I can’t wait for my next visit!

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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The Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont NH

Looking for a cozy place to stay in the lakes region of New Hampshire then go to The Common Man Inn and Restaurant in Claremont New Hampshire.  The Lobby and rooms are so cozy and the restaurant with a view of the falls is nice.

Common Man NH

We had lunch outdoors on the patio with a view of the falls and had their famous crab cakes which I think were the best we ever had.  The strawberry shortcake also had the best made “grandma” biscuits we ever had.

For more information visit The Commonman Inn

Photos By Melissa Tyler


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THE OMG at Arthur & Pats

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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