Boston and Cape Cod: Weekend Getaway Recap

img_7790For the past few years, I’ve gone on girls’ weekend trips which usually involves a running event, tons of good food and drinks, old friends and new ones too.  So far we have been to Aspen , San Francisco and Napa and now Boston/Cape Cod. Getting together with your girls is so important. It’s a way to catch up, relax, rejuvenate and inspire. To determine the destination, we look at a few key features:

Can we all travel there easily? Our trips are usually long weekends so easy locations are a must. This year we had travelers from Jacksonville, Denver, Boulder and San Francisco. We were all on different flights to take advantage of mileage points and maximize our time there, so location was key.   I flew Jetblue to Boston and Southwest back, both legs on points… FREE flights! <– Click here to get the Southwest card and earn 50K points!  I’d consider that an easy travel location!  To top it off, I flew in style with my Stella & Dot arm party! So glad my pyramid watch arrived just in time for the trip!

img_7794Second, is there a running event we can do while there? (Because what’s a girls trip without an excuse to wear tutus). We found the Zooma Cape Cod woman’s “fitness weekend” and booked out flights! Although this was supposed to be a half marathon which turned into an untimed race, turned into a group run with your friends, we still had a great time. I was disappointed that the race could not come together in time with permits and all that mess, but I still enjoyed out little mock run around the town, chair massages and beach yoga.  Plus, I was in no shape whatsoever to run a half marathon. 🙂

Will lodging and transportation work out for the group? Is a hotel or Airbnb going to be the best? We used Airbnb for both our night stay in Boston as well as 3 nights in Cape Cod. Our stay in Falmouth was so lovely. Bill’s Falmouth home had everything we needed and more. He was so accommodating to us, answering all questions we had and giving us tips along the way. I hope to make it out to Cape Cod again some day, and would definitely stay here again. It was perfect or our group and would be a great family vacation place too! 

img_7793Does the location have fancy foods and delicious drinks? “Give me lobsta and chowda.” New England is the Mecca of seafood in the continental US in my book now. Hands down.  I had everything including crab cake and salmon sandwiches, oysters, lobsters, shrimp, lobster rolls, clam chowder and even muscles. These people can cook!!  I also had cupcakes from shops on Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard. The frosting was on point on all that I tried- peanut butter, mint and cream cheese. The carrot cake didn’t impress but hey they can’t be amazing at all things, right?

 

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Lastly we look for a location with fun things to do and see. Since I had never been to Boston I was super excited to learn about the history. Boston fills the pages of history books and now I got to see it! We did a hop on hop off trolley tour and harbor cruise, toured Fenway Park and got lost among the skyscrapers, underground tunnels and weird parking situations. When touring new cities, check Groupon for tours!  We did the Cityview Trolley Tour and it was awesome! Oh and then there was a cannoli. I mean the best-cannoli-I’ve-ever-had-in-my-life. That merits its own blog post, but I’ll keep it short- mainly because I want one right now and this is making me hungry.  Mike’s pastry, home of all the different types of cannolis you can dream of, is a cash only establishment in the heart of Boston’s Little Italy. Thank goodness I only carried a small bit of cash or I would have bought a ton! 

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In Cape Cod we explored the little town of South Falmouth, relaxed on the beach and checked out a few local restaurants.  I was so thankful out Airbnb was within walking distance to all of that! 

On our last full day of vacation, we hopped on the Island Queen ferry and took a short boat ride to Martha’s Vineyard, docking in Oak Bluff. We biked from Oak Bluff to Edgertown, stopping along the way for sightseeing pictures, ate incredible seafood right on the way, walked around a lighthouse then found a little brewery for a refreshing summer ale afternoon drink. Not going to lie, my butt was a little sore from the biking!!  Oh and, bike rentals were so cheap! I highly recommend this place. The staff are super helpful with directions and activity suggestions too!

img_7797I said before our girl time is so important. We talked about goals and what we want to accomplish before our next girls trip. I have too many but I’ll focus on two- travel to Colorado in the spring/summer and work less to enjoy life more.

So where’s the next destination? After throwing not around ideas, I think we’ve settled on the Oregon Coast! We hear great food, wine and nature fill that area of the country! 

What cities do you think are great for the until ate girls getaway?

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An Accountants’ Guide to: Bachelorette viewing parties

imageWell ladies and (real) gents, tonight is the night.  Tonight is why Tuesdays at work are a little harder than the rest of the days.  Why I consistently fail at AM workouts.  Why I want to travel to every ‘magical’ place around the world.  Why abstaining-from-weekday-drinking-when-I-don’t-workout is a major bust. And why I think that people can wake up and automatically look amazing, in everything, even pouring rain, wind, cold or heat. (Unless you’re a girl with serious hair color who’s been on the show for a few weeks and in desperate need of a salon – is anyone with me when I say, thank goodness for Ben’s hometown dates? We saw a ton of brown under that blonde!!)

If you haven’t figured out by now, tonight is the season premier of The Bachelorette where it will be the most dramatic season in Bachelor history and JoJo Fletcher will look stunning, say ‘like’ far too many times and the guys will say that she is the most gorgeous bachelorette in bachelor history – way to get brownie points early on gents.

By now I’m a vested viewer.  Are you?  Do you:

  • Plan your evening around the show – weeks in advance?
  • invite friends over to watch it with you – because drinking by yourself on a Monday is just sad?
  • prepare snacks and themed drinks for the event?
  • refer to the show as “an event?”
  • bring up the fact this is your “event” within the first 3 dates with someone new?
  • join a Bachelor bracket?
  • make the “event” a drinking game?

If you answer yes to any of these, you’re on your way to becoming a fan in bachelor-nation.  If you’re not, don’t turn the TV on at 9pm to ABC because you will see how the suspense-omg-he-did-what is definitely going to grab your attention and you will join me and the rest of the viewers in a long, drawn out Monday night spectacular.

During Ben’s season, I brought themed cocktails to the viewing parties. <– And when I say brought, I mean carried them from the kitchen to the living room. <–  And when I say viewing parties, I mean me and my girl friends (sometimes sole) getting together drinking {good} wine and snacks while offering commentary at every commercial break.

This season, I’m stepping it up.  The Monday night event is going to include a drinking game.  Not your normal drinking game with the purpose of getting someone inebriated, but a classy, small list, drinking game.  But hey – I can’t help if JoJo says “like” too many times! Plus, I don’t want to have to remember a long list and keep track of it -there’s far to many other things to keep up with on this show.

So here it is friends!  Grab your gal pals (bros welcome too!), your favorite bottle of vino, some fancy cheese and dark chocolate. I hope you join me on this “journey to find love” for JoJo!

imageThe Accountants’ Guide to Bachelor Viewing Parties: week 1

Take a sip of wine when:

  1. JoJo mentions Ben
  2. JoJo says “like”
  3. A guy says “like” (2 sips)
  4. A guy says “bro”
  5. There’s a kiss ❤
  6. A bro brawl happen
  7. We see abs

I hope you all enjoy the Season Premiere as much as I will!  I’m routing for JoJo to “find love” but am really going to enjoy all the drama along the way!

Stay tuned for a recap of this week’s episode and new game rules for next week!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Appetizer: Baked Brie

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One of my favorite things to prepare (and eat) during the holidays anytime is brie. You can’t go wrong with a little cheese, wine and chocolate so that’s exactly what I did to start the Thanksgiving festivities at my house this year.  This recipe is so versatile, easy and delicious, it should be at every gathering. Plus you can prepare this ahead of time and just pop in the oven 30 minutes before serving.

What you need:

  • 1 round French brie
  • 1 container of crescent rolls
  • jelly/jam(s) of your choice – I used a cinnamon butter jelly and a hot jalapeno pepper jelly – the pepper jelly was a bigger hit!
  • nuts of your choice
  • apples/crackers to eat the brie with

crescent-wrapped-brieLay out the crescent rolls into a star shape with no openings on the bottom.  Place the brie round in the center.  I shaved off a little of the brie coating but kept most of it in tact.  If you cut it all off and leave holes in the rolls, you could end up with a melted cheese disaster on your pan which tastes great, but looks terrible.

Top the brie with jams/jellies of your choice.  I highly recommend a jalapeno pepper jelly. the sweetness of the crescent rolls (and apples) complements very will with the kick of the jelly.

Top that which chopped nuts of your choice.

Fold the star of the crescent rolls to cover the entire brie, make sure not to leave any openings.  I used the 90 calorie ones so I sprayed a little butter on the top for a golden crescent finish. I doubt the only 90 calories helped any bit this Thanksgiving, but it’s the thought that counts, right?! 🙂

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Serve warm.

For the apples, a quick trick to keep them from turning brown – Soak the apples in a bowl of cool salted water for just a minute or two.  Then put in a Ziploc bag until ready to use.  They won’t turn brown – I ate tasty apples for 3 days!

Serve with wine (I had a bottle of Decadence from Cooper’s Hawk) and mint chocolate no-bake cookies.

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Happy Holidays!