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This summer, Dan and I met our parents in the Catskill/Hudson Valley area for the weekend. We picked it because it was an even drive for everyone involved, and we ended up finding some great little things to see and do while we were there. We rented an AirBnb in the woods of Bearsville, it was very surreal to hang out on the screened-in porch at night, listening to owls and coyotes. The town lived up to its name, as my mom got lucky and spotted a black bear one night (luckily we were safely in the car). We only had a short time to explore, so we concentrated on areas that were a short driving distance from the house, here are a few of our favorite picks of things to see and do! (All photos from my iPhone 6.)

Opus 40 – A beautiful sculpture park to walk around. It feels like an old labrinyth in a way. Make sure to wander through all of the nooks and crannies.

Saugherties Lighthouse – A short nature trail through some beautiful reeds brings you out to the lighthouse on the Hudson, where some of the locals were splashing around in the river.

Lucky Chocolates – Stop here for chocolate while you are in Saughteries.

Kingston Farmer’s Market – A great selection of locally-grown produce plus fun gifts to buy. We also ate some amazing fresh fried blueberry fritters, and tasted wine from Tousey Vineyards.

Outdated Café – A coffee shop/antique store all-in-one. I had some killer tacos for lunch and drank some iced coffee, all while I shopped for the coolest little treastures. I’d go back here in a heartbeat.

Tousey Vineyards – We didn’t make it all the way here, but after tasting the wine at the Kingston Farmer’s Market, I wish that we had! On the schedule for next time.

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Going with two of your best friends to Yellowstone National Park in the summer feels a bit like a fun summer camp for grown-ups. We slept in cabins, had microbrews on the porch, ate around campfires, and hiked to over 10,000 feet. All that plus seeing herds of mountain goats and plenty of buffalo. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it, for some old-fashioned experiences with no cell phone reception.

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Another great project that I worked on with Jessica Klein for Homepolish. I loved how this home was bright and modern and yet felt laid-back and livable. I also loved all of the amazing artwork that the homeowners had collected over the years, and the wall of maps from places that they lived (an idea that I’ve wanted to do in our home for awhile but have never gotten around to it). Also, I fell in love with these dining room chairs and now they’re on my wishlist for my own house.

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Since it’s summer, I have two goals on my brain: (1) be outside as much as possible, and (2) go places. Here’s some images of a quick trip to Cape Cod, and by quick, I mean we really had about 12 or so free hours to spend there in between my shooting schedule. I always have trouble figuring out where to stay on the Cape, but we really lucked out with these cute rustic little cottages in Eastham called Cottage Grove. Dan and I brought the bikes, and easily picked up the Cape Cod Rail Trail from there. We biked all the way down to the end of the trail in Welfleet, made a right at the end of the trail onto Lecount Hollow Road, and at the end of that, you have beautiful views of the Cape Cod National Seashore. We also walked the trails at Fort Hill (it’s supposed to have a lovely sunrise, though admittedly, we didn’t get up that early), and found a Mexican food truck called Sunbird on Route 6 that was amazing for a quick meal, because if there’s a taco within 10 miles, I will find it. Ahhh, summer, you make me so happy.

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Emily Starr Alfano is the creative genius behind mStarr event design, a boutique studio specializing in design and styling for weddings and events. Photographing her house, a 19th century farmhouse in Natick, was a visual feast. It is packed with inspiration, and you can see Emily’s whimsical taste permeating every room. My own home is more about minimalism, so it was so fun to shoot every nook and cranny of a stylist’s house, including her office which has an entire wall full of props. (And thanks to Design Sponge for the original feature here.)

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