Our Chicks in the Sticks series continues with a weekend jaunt (with a real, live baby!!!) to Woodstock, NY. If you read A+S, you’ll know we visited this lovely spot this summer and rode bikes, spent hours at the library book sale, sunned on the rocks at the swimming hole, and relaxed at Herb Cottage. I went back this weekend for some quality time with my best friend and our baby to admire the fall foliage. We were on Baby Tutu’s schedule with napping and eating, but it didn’t matter – we were happy to relax and drink wine in the cottage in the middle of the day, and go to bed early after a movie. One day I took a long run in the pouring rain during naptime – whew, those leaves were slippery and those hills are no joke! Check out some of the gorgeous autumn colors (and some surprise Baby Tutu shots thrown in).
You know how much I love Provincetown: houseboats, drinking espresso martinis at The Red Inn, wishing the drag queens would invite me to be part of their act. So when Michael Cunningham, an author I deeply love, joined in the Crown Journeys series to write a love story to his favorite town, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown, I waited 5 weeks to order my own copy from my little corner bookshop. Continue Reading
Hey, NYers have you heard about Grand Banks yet? I mentioned awhile back in a “5 For Friday” post how I needed to find myself aboard the historic schrooner. . . well summer slipped away before I knew it, but I still wanted to get there before they closed up shop and sailed away! So for a belated birthday dinner rendez-vous, a couple of my finest lady friends and I made it aboard for some drinks and oysters.
Does everyone know Joan Didion? Please say yes, I’ve been receiving so many blank stares lately and it just hurts my book-lovin’ heart. A+S deeply admires her, and has been dreaming for a few years of a trip to Quintana Roo (the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula) to sit in the sun and read her work. When Joan adopted her little blonde daughter, she and husband John Dunne looked at a map, pointed to the coast of Mexico, and named her Quintana Roo. Et voilà, this year’s A+S trip was dreamed up.
Have you seen the all-star cover of God Only Knows created to celebrate the official launch of BBC Music? Appearances abound: Florence Welch, Elton John, Jamie Cullum (my fave), Kylie Minogue, and Chris Martin all pitched in. They all get a little snippet to sing, which makes for a disjointed sound but a really fun video.
While in Mexico City, we hit up quite a few – our absolute favorite being the home of Frida Kahlo which warranted its own dedicated post. We were the first people in the Museo Soumaya and as we wound our way up the circular corridors to the top floor, we were alone among the gorgeous Rodin sculptures. Forgive the coloring and the blurriness of the last photo (because the lighting was so dark in the museum to preserve the work), but the last photo of that armadillo-type creature was created entirely out of teeny tiny feathers glued together.
You know we love at A+S love a good weekend getaway. (Check out our ever-growing Jet Lag Journals.) There are a flurry of upcoming getaways in our Fall future that all take place in the countryside. We’re talking upstate in beautiful country cabins with nothing to do except cook, drink wine, and have dance parties. So welcome to our latest “Wanderlust” editorial series: Chicks in the Sticks, baby!
The following Jet Lag Journal was a very quick trip, but an interesting one indeed to Niagara Falls! I was pretty goal-set to visit Niagara this year as a “must do” while living on this East Coast and being such a short flight away. It is after all, the oldest National Park in the country! So using a Living Social deal for a Sheraton hotel and some airline points to get us there, I was content that a weekend in Niagara was going to be cheap but still memorable! We opted to 1) fly into Buffalo, and 2) not rent a car. So that was the big differentiating factor from our visit versus others I know of. Had we a car for our second day, we would have ventured out to some of the wineries or anywhere to be honest. So if you’re going, you need to know you really only need on full day at Niagara (for both sides of the Falls).