4.15.2017

Spring Mint Martini

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Easter is tomorrow, and my mind is all on spring at this point. And if you are looking for a refreshing spring cocktail, my mint martini may be just what you're looking for.

Ingredients:
2 oz gin
1 oz white creme de month
squeeze of fresh lemon (around 1/2 oz)
optional - add 1/4 simple syrup for extra sweetness

Directions:
Stir ingredients and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Cheers and happy spring!

12.20.2016

New England Made | Sea Bags

When your dog matches your sea bag | Red Buffalo Check Zip-Top Tote c/o Sea bags | Trapper Tote c/o Sea bags

New England is home to many amazing, locally made products, and one of my all-time favorites is Sea Bags. I own many of their bags and accessories. I'm kind of addicted to them.

Sea bags are handcrafted in coastal Portland, Maine from recycled sails, which are provided by sailors. These nautically-inspired totes are not only beautiful, but tough too. I have been super rough on my sea bags. They have traveled the country with me and due to my chronic need to overpack, they have been stuffed to overflowing. And it's never been a problem.

Love the little front pocket in this tote! Perfect for dropping my cell phone into.

Last spring in Kennebunkport, Maine with my Sea Bag.

Sea Bags make the ideal holiday gift, or go buy yourself one after you return the gifts you didn't like! This is a bag you'll carry with you forever. It's one of those purchases you never regret.

These bags are not only perfect to haul all you need, but they are also beautiful just sitting around your home!


So, happy holidays from Ollie and I, and treat yourself, or someone you love, to a beautifully designed Sea Bag! Crafted from sails that were weathered to perfection along our coasts, I can't imagine a product that more encapsulates the New England spirit.

Check out "The Tale of the Sail" to learn more about how Sea Bags are lovingly crafted on the coast of Maine.

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11.13.2016

Manchester, Vermont | The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Looking out from the front of The Equinox

Facing Manchester, Vermont's historic village green, and with the Equinox Mountain acting as its dramatic backdrop, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa has a long history as the area's most beautiful and luxurious resort.


Walking up to the beautiful Equinox

The history of the Equinox stretches back to 1769 when it started life as the Marsh Tavern. William Marsh, the tavern's owner, was a Loyalist to the British Crown during the Revolutionary War. Due to his allegiance to the Crown, his property was confiscated and he fled to Canada. The Marsh Tavern is now one of the resort's five dining venues, and is absolutely delicious!


The original tavern was purchased in 1780 by Thaddeus Munson and an inn was added to the property. With the inn changing hands several times, it was in 1839 that the now iconic fluted columns were added to the front of the beautiful resort, spanning 285 feet. By 1859 the 200 room luxury resort was known as The Equinox House.

The welcoming porch of The Equinox

The Equinox has hosted several U.S. presidents, and in 1864, Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, along with their two sons, Robert Todd and Thomas, spent a summer at the resort. The Lincolns were so taken with their stay at the Equinox and with with town of Manchester, that Robert Todd Lincoln eventually built a summer home nearby, known as Hildene.

Relaxing at one of the Equinox's lounge areas


With the resort's luxurious interiors and guest rooms that boast unbelievable views of the mountains and Manchester's village green, it comes as no surprise that the Lincolns choose The Equinox.

Inside the Equinox

The Equinox provides access to many unique summer and winter activities in the Manchester area, which you can book online at their website, or have the concierge help reserve for you. Luckily, along with my best friend, I got to experience a couple of the resort's offerings, starting with a horseback ride through some of Vermont's most beautiful backcountry. I can't begin to describe how beautiful our ride was. Weaving through winding trails, in wooded land and pastures, we were greeted with some of the most stunning mountain vistas I've ever seen. It is an experience I'll never forget!


Such a gorgeous view during our horseback ride!

A rustic cabin on our trail





After a late morning on the trails, we headed to the Green Mountain Falconry School, where the Equinox had booked a lesson. Falconry is never something I'd put much thought to before, but it was absolutely fascinating! Master falconer, Rob White, introduced us the ancient art of falconry by first providing us with basic knowledge of the equipment and birds. Rob has a talent for sparking your interest with his informational, yet casual and friendly, explanations. We really enjoyed our time with him and the beautiful hawks!

Rob White shows off one of the school's beautiful birds.

Under Rob's instruction, we quickly learned the basics of handling the birds and even took a walk through the autumn woods, as our bird kept an eye on us and followed along. I hadn't even known it was possible to train them to do such a thing, and I was fascinated by whole experience.

Landing on my gloved hand

In the tree, before being called (with the raising of gloved hand) back.


On our walk through the woods

After a day of fun, engaging activity, it was time for a massage at The Spa at Equinox.

The Spa at Equinox


With an indoor, heated pool and a fitness club that provides state-of-the-art equipment, the Spa also offers a robust list of luxurious spa services. I highly recommend the massage! It's the best I've ever had.

Plenty of seating for lounging outside the spa


The spa and back of the resort

Though the Equinox resort offers just about everything you could possibly want for a getaway, it doesn't hurt that it also happens to be located in breathtaking Manchester, Vermont. Manchester is over-flowing with beauty, from its mountains, country roads, carefully preserved New England architecture, and iconic village green. With some great outlet shopping, Orvis's flagship store, and a bounty of restaurants, Manchester is a vacation locale where you never run out of things to do.

Shopping by the village green

Beautiful, old Manchester home


In Manchester village


More beautiful Manchester architecture





And if you're there in the fall do yourself a favor and pick up at least a dozen cider donuts at the Equinox Resort! They are perfection.



For my readers, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is offering 15% off their Best Available Rates for stays from now through December 31, 2017 (applies to stays through 2017, but coupon expires Dec 31, 2016). Call 877-854-7625 and mention code "ALYSON" for your discount now!

Thanks for everything, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa! It was such an amazing experience and I can't wait to stay again!


10.30.2016

Apple Picking Time | Daniel Wellington

The Class St. Mawes Model in rose gold - c/o Daniel Wellington

I've had my eye on a Daniel Wellington watch for a few years now. The classic, impeccably designed watch is the simple, but beautiful kind of timepiece I prefer to wear. And now with the code NELIVING, Daniel Wellington is offering my readers 15% off if you order before December 30th! Perfect timing for holiday shopping.