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The Berkshires and The Briarcliff Motel

I was in the Berkshires for a wedding a few weeks ago, and I ended up staying at the cutest place. The Briarcliff Motel in Great Barrington is a breath of fresh air. The owners, Richard and Clare, took a 1960s motel and renovated it into something stylish and modern with just the right dose of Berkshires coziness. A modern stone firepit greets you when you drive in, and there’s excellent coffee, scones, and homemade granola for breakfast. Richard and Clare also offer suggestions for what to do in the area. We hiked Monument Mountain, conveniently right across the street, and also walked the trail through Ice Glen in Stockbridge, which was the prettiest little hike teeming with ferns.

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Iguazú Falls featured on Fathom

I’m a bit of a waterfall junkie so last year I crossed something off the bucket list and visited Iguazú Falls in South America, on the border between Argentina and Brazil. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. The travel site Fathom recently published an article about my visit, you can read it on Fathom’s site here, and you can also see my original Iguazú Falls travel post here.

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At home with designer Jill Bent

I love when someone has a truly unique style, and that’s exactly how I feel about designer Jill Bent. Jill started sewing as a child and has been sewing, designing, and knitting ever since. She loves to incorporate vintage fabrics into her work. She is also a master at curation, and in her online shop she sells vintage pieces that she sources from all over New England. Her house is a lovely blend of her handmade vintage work as well as her vintage finds. When you walk in, it feels simple and serene yet brimming with laid-back style. See photos of her house below, and on the Style Me Pretty Living feature today on Jill.

 

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Ireland

Today is one of those rainy, early summer days, so I thought I’d post some photos of another rainy, green place: Ireland. I was there almost exactly two years ago. Some stereotypes of places are true, because we had plenty of days where our eyes were filled with green vistas and mist. We were at stone forts and old castles that made me feel like I was on the Game of Thrones set (Winterfell, anyone?). The Irish are also some of the most friendly people I have ever encountered while traveling, and we often ended up in conversation with strangers that lasted an hour or more. Such a lovely and enchanting place.

 

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Around Town: At the table with Season To Taste

It’s always fascinating to me to see behind-in-the-scenes in a professional kitchen. Chef and owner Robert Harris welcomed me into his kitchen last week to photograph the prep of one of their private dinners. Robert’s company, Season To Taste, creates an intimate dining experience for their guests in their rustic, modern kitchen. They specialize in private dinners with locally sourced ingredients, hosted by wine makers, brewmasters, farmers, artists, musicians, etc. The open kitchen means that the guests can see every part of the preparation as it’s happening, and the Chef personally announces each course as it is ready. I photographed as Chef Elissa prepared a Spanish wine dinner with her Sous Chef Ashley. To see more about their special events, dinners, wine and beer tastings, or cooking classes, check out their upcoming events page.

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