SOL #11 2018

Five of Our Favorite Places


Block Island, Rhode Island

This down-to-earth, ten mile island, holds a very special place in our hearts.  Seventeen years ago, my husband asked me to marry him at the North Light on BI, RI.  Since then, we have made it a goal to take the short trip back to this special island yearly.  Now, our three children enjoy the beaches, favorite restaurants and local charm of this quaint island.

Newport, Rhode Island

A place I once called home for five exhilarating years, has now become a favorite get-away for my family.  Marinas filed with yachts for my husband and son to admire, boutiques for my girls to meander in and out of, and a wealth of restaurants to choose from make Newport a worthwhile get-away for all.  Gooseberry Beach is a favorite local hang out and Ocean Drive will not disappoint.

Plymouth, Vermont

Population of 475, Plymouth’s charm and serenity is like no other.  Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort was a weekend destination for my family growing up from the 80’s until we sold our condo in 2001.  Today, we attempt to visit Hawk every couple of years with my parents.  Every time we go, we immediately enter what I like to call “unplugged time”.  We leave behind the daily grind and embrace time as a family-exploring the outdoors.  From hiking in the fall, summer and spring to skiing and sledding during the winter months.

Chapman Beach, Westbrook Connecticut

A place most people have never heard of is our “second home”.  Chapman Beach is the place where my husband’s entire family, yes all 47 of us, reunite.  This tiny beach community nestled on the Connecticut shoreline is a place where our family creates memories.  The youngest of our large family are ten-year-old twins and the eldest is my eighty-four year old mother-in-law, Grammy.  From cook-outs to Luigi’s take-out to long days basking in the sun, Chapman Beach is the heart of our family.

Hamburg Cove, Lyme Connecticut

Home to my parents and the magical land where my husband and I entered our life as a married couple, Hamburg Cove is a hidden treasure to all who have ever visited.  Summer sunsets create breathtaking fiery red and orange hues on the horizon and island music can be heard on the hill until the wee hours of the morning.  During the winter months, Bald Eagles can be spotted soaring with their young and just beyond the mouth of the Cove is the glorious Connecticut River.

Where are your favorite places?  Please share!

8 thoughts on “SOL #11 2018

  1. Your descriptions of each place is focused on the meaning of that place to YOU. I’m inspired by your slice to make my own list. Great Falls, VA (where my husband proposed to me), Venice, Italy (where my husband studied for a semester and I joined him for a few weeks) and Chincoteague, VA (where we took our family for the summer beach outings) will be on my list! Thanks for your top 5 meaningful places!


  2. I have not been to any of these places, but excited for some recommendations. Always looking for new places to visit… and a break from Chicago.


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