I am loving fall in New England this year. I’m typically a beach and summer lover, however fall is coming in a very close second. This past weekend was the perfect fall weekend – great weather and time spent with friends and family!
Yoga and Wine Tasting (does it get any better than that?!)
Last Friday night, my friend Melissa and I attended a yoga and wine tasting event at a local winery and had a blast! My friend Beth, owner of FLow Yoga Studio, hosted the event at Alfalfa Farm Winery. I’ve known Beth since kindergarten and it’s so exciting to see her pursuing her dreams as an entrepreneur and yogi.
We started the night with a beginner focused yoga flow but Beth also gave other options to those wanting more of a challenge. This was my first time taking a class with Beth and I really enjoyed it; there were a lot of poses I had never done before and it was fun to try them out. And I loved her playlist for the class as well! I’m definitely going to visit her studio soon! In addition to yoga classes, she offers barre and Pilates classes as well as various workshops & series.
The next half of the night was all about the wine! As a child, I remember driving by Alfalfa Farm on trips to New Hampshire and Maine (although now, it’s only 2 miles from my house!). Located in Topsfield, MA the 300-year old farm started as a dairy farm, but for the last 21 years, has operated as a winery. Development over the years has shrunk the farm from over 300 acres to only 10 acres. The Farm is open for public tastings in the summer and fall months.
The tasting room’s décor was so festive and a beautiful cheese and cracker spread paired perfectly with the wine.
We specifically loved the fruit flavored wines – they had blueberry, strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate (both of our favorites from the night). We also sipped their Pinot Grigio, Farmhouse White (Gewurztraminer), Merlot, and Seyval Blanc. Oh – and the Sangria was fabulous as well!
And we got to keep these beautiful glasses!
On Saturday night, Brett and I headed up to Newburyport, MA to check out some jack-o-lanterns. The weather was a bit chilly so we are started our stroll at Soufflés, a quaint, little coffee shop/kitchen gadget store. I love stopping here whenever I’m in Newburyport; they have great hot chocolate, but this time, I opted to try their Crème Brule latte. So delicious!
Newburyport is the perfect seaside place for a stroll; the town’s center is great for shopping, eating, and watching the boats in the harbor.
We ended up running into some friends we haven’t seen in a while which totally made our night! We got to hang with one of our favorite kids and help her make this fabulous kid-friendly Frankenstein pumpkin!
The event was super crowded so unfortunately we couldn’t get into the area where the pumpkins were showcased, but we managed to wiggle ourselves close enough to see a few.
North Shore Cancer Run 5K
Brett and I participate in the North Shore Medical Center’s Cancer Run and Walk each year to raise money for cancer research and Sunday was the annual 5K run. I ended up setting a new personal best with a time of 29:22 – I was so pumped!! And…the Whoo(pie) Wagon was there post-race serving up the best whoopie pies ever!
I took an extra day off and spent Monday with my mom in Salem, MA – AKA the Halloween capital of the world. We had lunch at one of my favorite new restaurants, Sea Level Oyster Bar, walked around a bit and saw all the crazies in costumes, and spent the rest of the afternoon antiquing in Essex which BTW has the most antique shops per square mile in the US. Just throwing out a fun fact for ya!
The fall fun continues in the next few weeks with a couple of Halloween CrossFit competitions – recaps of both to come!
What are some of your favorite fall activities?