New England

Lazy Meets Adventure

Introducing my sartorial arsenal of lazy weekend wear. 

The biggest contenders are and forever shall be Sperry boots, stripes, and denim. I've switched from shorts to pants, which will eventually turn into my winning tights/denim combo once the temperatures drop l-o-w.

These duck boots are on rotation for the days when I'm not feeling sneakers or booties. Or something more casual- like my pre-sailing outfit of sweats & Barbour jacket.

Talk about ~high fashion~. 

 

Boots: Sperry c/o (other colours here) Shorts: Madewell  Jacket: Brandy

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Sixteen

Wearing: The Reformation sweatshirt, Jack Wills skirt (similar here & here), Lacoste polo, Stuart Weitzman boots (budget friendly option)

It's my birthday today! This past year, I grew up more than I could ever imagined and managed to  expand my business, plus made some interesting changes in my health & fitness. (which I'll be explaining very shortly.)

After seeing what fifteen had in store, let's just hope we make it through this one (especially with yours truly on the roads!)

Life moves way too fast and some days I wish to be seven again with no cares in the world.


Sailor Travels | Camden, ME

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience Maine for the first time with Lark Hotels. They shacked us up at their property in Camden, The Whitehall. Needless to say, the trip was full of great food, Maine's breathtaking nature, and no lack of an adventure. Like most places in Camden, the Whitehall is a historic building with a plethora of history behind its wall. The boutique hall was recently given a "new lease on life" with its current decor of an unique mix of classic New England style and bright, quirky details- like those carpets. You'd think that the inner minimalist in me would be screaming with all the color, but it was surprisingly refreshing. It gets better the second you step outside into the relaxed back patio completed with twinkly lights, a swinging chair (personal favorite) and a fire pit to warm up around on chilly Maine nights (which we didn't get the chance to experience during our stay.)  

If you didn't know, I'm quite a foodie... but also quite a health-nut. So you can guess excitement regarding all the farm-to-table restaurants up in Camden, like Pig + Poet (the Whitehall's own dining). And oh man, the breakfast hit the spot each morning. I've left a few more dining suggestions below, along with my favorite dishes at the respective place. Because you know, if this whole blogging thing doesn't work out, I'm always up for becoming a food critic. 

 

WANDER 

MT. BATTIE

Located within Camden Hills State Park, this beautiful peak offers a 360* view of Camden. So, you'll be able to experience the scenic harbor and Atlantic, but also get to see the mountains. It's a win-win. If you're into hiking, the state park offers plenty of trails ranging in skill ability. We actually planned on doing the hike to Mt.Battie, but it was one of the steamiest days during the summer when we went to Mt.Battie, so driving won. 

MAIDEN'S CLIFF

Another gem within Camden Hills State Park, this 800ft cliff overlooks the forest and lake, instead of the harbor. I wish we made it over here, but instead we ventured to the Breakwater Lighthouse. 

BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE

The Breakwater Lighthouse is about a 15-20 minute drive from Camden. The lighthouse (which is currently active) sits on a mile long breakwater in the port town of Rockland. If I can suggest doing one activity during your trip, it would be the lighthouse. Not only because it is on the water, but it's not a rigorous workout and it's something that everyone in the group can enjoy. 

CAMDEN HARBOR

My final suggestion is for the people who aren't the nature buffs. Camden Harbor is your idyllic New England harbor complete with antique shops, a fleet of Schooners, and fresh lob-stah rolls around every corner. 

EAT

Pig & Poet

Location: The Whitehall 52 High Street 

Suggestions: Lamb Bacon a la Plancha, Local Greens, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, 

Natalie's

Location: Camden Harbour Inn, 83 Bay View St

Suggestion: Maine lobster himachi, Rib eye, and the B-R-E-A-D is like heaven to your tastebuds. 

Cappy's Chowder House

Location: 1 Main Street

Suggestion: Any of the tacos... I had the lobster.  


** This post is in collaboration with Lark Hotels, all thoughts are my own. ** 


Sailor's Travels | Newport, RI

Everyone has their preferred weekend jaunt, mine being Newport. We've been going up there forever and every single time we discover new places to visit, to eat, and so on. For me, it's one the best sailing venues in the world (no wonder the Volvo Ocean Race had a stopover there), you have perfect New England eatery, and the views aren't too shabby. 

In this travel guide, I've not only included places in Newport but surrounding areas like Point Judith, and other stops that we frequent during the drive. Since I not only visit during the summer, I've experienced the town off-season as well. 

If you've been to Newport, share your top locales in the comments below- I would love to hear your favorites!

:: TO WANDER ::

Ocean Drive: First have lunch/brunch at Castle Hill Inn, then take a drive down Ocean Drive to enjoy the views of the Atlantic and the impressive mansions that line Ocean Drive (most of them built by the Vanderbilts throughout the 20th century). 

Cliff Walk: Similar Ocean Drive, Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles of the natural beauty of New England, along with sprawling gardens and exquisite architecture. Keep in mind that the majority of the walk is easy, but about 1/3 of it becomes rocky and challenging sans good shoes (skip them heels, k?). 

Point Judith: Roughly about 45 minutes from Newport (excluding traffic), you'll experience classic New England seafood- try George's of Galilee- and pretty beaches. Not to mention, the Block Island Ferry leaves out of Pt. Judith which also makes an easy day trip. 

The Farmer's Daughter: Our go-to nursery. Every time we drive up and down to the Ocean State, we make sure to stop and pick up fresh plants and when in season, fruits and vegetables. 

:: TO EAT ::

22 Bowens: A Newport classic. Even though I'm dairy free now, their mac & cheese is the best thing ever. Works on a cold, rainy Winter day or during the heat of summer followed by a stroll in the Wharf and ice cream. 

Tallulahs on Thames: A farm to table eatery that truly showcases Rhode Island's yummiest cuisine. The portions are on the smaller side, so I would recommend going for either the six course night or having a big lunch. 

Washington Square Cafe: Once our favorite Newport diner shut for a bit, we discovered this place! I like to think myself as a breakfast professional- have it be pancakes or an omelette, I'm all in. I had both. 

 



Adventure Awaits

Wearing: Brandy Melville top, Vintage shorts (worn here), Sperry shoes c/o 

When I'm asked to write my bio, I put the same old, same old type, but what I actually want to write: 

Hi, my name is Sloane and I'm an adventure seeker. Not the person that will go base-jumping, or eat snakes (um, just no), but I live life as the wind takes me (school, permitting *wink*). 

One place I always find myself turning to? You guessed it, the ocean. It's a scary, bone-chilling, unknown world out there, but my lord, it's a beautiful one. So next time you find yourself by the world's end, fall in love with its mysterious glory, and bask in the hidden safety of it. Trust me, you'll never want to return home. 

 

Shot in Newport, RI.