America’s smallest state is certainly one of it’s more majestic. While we had raised expectations of what to expect in RI, mostly thanks to Kiel James Patrick, we found even more pleasure while actually staying there. We stayed in an incredible loft style hotel called NYLO, which is a small boutique hotel chain that has “loft apartment” style accommodations. An incredible lobby, restaurants, and room awaited us for our 2 nights in RI and CT.
Acadia National Park is near the city of Bar Harbor, Maine. Because we wanted to see the entire NE and had somewhat limited time to do so, we had to do Acadia in one day. It’s one of my biggest regrets on this trip! If I could re-do it, I would’ve booked 3 or 4 days to explore this unbelievable treasure on the NorthEastern coast.
As we were packing things away, we realized that a few rooms in our previous home never made the blog. I’ve yet to share this lower level, the entry way, and both of the bathrooms. So, today we are taking a break from the renovation updates to share our (previous) lower level living room. I wanted this room to feel bright and light becuse it was located in a dark basement. The white walls and natural tones offset the lack of natural light. This room was never fully decorated to my standards, but it will still be missed! (Especially by Ty, as this is where the Xbox used to reside).
We’re moving! A few weeks ago, Ty and I were sitting at a Starbucks in our absolute favorite neighborhood of Grand Rapids, day dreaming about one day living nearby, able to enjoy the local resturants, evening energy, and everyday walkability. I pulled up realtor.com while sipping my coconut milk cold brew, and stumbled across the world’s ugliest condo, which was the only home in the area that was remotely within our price range. It was our dream location - sharing the street with some of our favorite shops and restaurants, with lake accessibility across the street. Oh, and one block from Starbucks...what more could you need? Because of its location, we decided to walk through the unit.
We hated it. The old building had character and was in great condition, but the unit itself was dark, dated, and covered in wallpaper. Did I mention weird smells? A total gut job. We walked away entirely uninterested. About a month later, we were sick of long commutes, and living so far from the places we frequent... so, after a change of heart, we called the sellers with a offer. We closed on the unit on Friday, and started demo immediately. We are in way over our heads, but are going to try and enjoy every minute of the chaos. Follow along as we renovate every inch of this 70’s condo over the next 8 weeks!
We were surprised to find the Maine coastline reminiscent of the great state of Michigan. That said, northern Maine yields some of the more spectacular vistas and hikes in the United States. From Kittery to Bar Harbor, and beyond, Maine was perhaps my favorite part of our east coast adventure. I truly wish we had more time to explore, but we had 8 states and 3,200 miles to cover on this trip so 2.5 days had to do! Our first Maine stop was in the city of Portland, which did not disappoint.
If you approach me mid February and ask me how I'm doing, I will probably respond with an overly dramatic description of how miserable my life is due to the blustery tundra I live in, called Michigan. Ask in October and you will be answered with a warm hug, and an obnoxiously perky explanation of how life is perfect and I couldn’t be happier. You local readers understand. For those of you who reside in warmer climates : 1) I hate you. Stop posting pictures in a bikini mid January. 2) Michigan is wildly magical this time of year, and you should add it to you bucket list. Michigan fall can’t be beat.
We stumbled upon Manchester, Vermont by accident. As we mapped out our road trip through Vermont and New Hampshire, we discovered that there was a Vineyard Vines Outlet on the way to the Green Mountains. We decided to take the short detour in order to take advantage of decent restrooms and grab a bite to eat, with hopes of procuring a few new VV pieces at discounted prices (which we did, duh). We expected a commercialized exit with chain resturants and gas stations. As we neared the small town surrounded by mountains, we started passing old, charming homes with lush landscaping and quaint details. Hannah's eyes grew bigger and I noticed her nose nearly pressed against the window gawking at the "quaintness." This town took us by surprise, and may be the cutest small town we have ever visited. Pictures do not do it justice.