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A Weekend Trip to Nantucket

I became obsessed with the idea of visiting the island of Nantucket after reading multiple books by Elin Hilderbrand that all are set on the island. I love to travel and explore new towns and I really have not been to many states in New England. With 3 days of PTO left to schedule for the year and a little bit of cash burning a hole in my pocket, I finally decided that now was my time to YOLO and get bae on board for a long weekend trip up the Island!

I thought about alternatively titling this post “How $10 books made me drop $3,000 to visit a tiny island for 3 1/2 days” buuuuut decided against it, lol. Nantucket is definitely not the most budget friendly travel destination, but for me it was worth it to visit. I also think it is very doable to spend much less than I spent to visit the island (um, like maybe don’t go to dinner at the most expensive restaurant on the island on the very first night and order a $100 bottle of wine for the table) but I had such a fun trip I wanted to share the details of how I got there, what we did, what was worth the big bucks, what wasn’t, etc. in case anyone ever thought of planning their own trip!

We decided to visit at the end of September and fly out on a Friday, and return on a Monday. Our first night was Friday September 28th which was past peak season for the island so that definitely helped with costs for lodging. There is not a super direct way to get to Nantucket: it is an ISLAND after all, so you either have to fly in (there are limited direct flights, and most have a transfer at JFK which involves transferring to a VERY small aircraft) or take a ferry in. We opted for the ferry route so we flew from Philly to Boston, rented a car at the airport, and drove about an hour and 40 minutes from the Boston airport to Hyannis, MA which is where the ferries leave from. In hindsight, my boyfriend who travels a bit more said it might have been slightly easier to fly into Providence, RI and drive down from there since that airport isn’t quite as busy as Boston is…but overall either option should work. There are buses that go from the airport to Hyannis area, and we also looked up uber prices but ultimately just decided on renting a car for flexibility. There are two different ferries you can take into Nantucket: the “fast” ferry which is only an hour long, or the “slow” ferry which is closer to 2 ½ hours. We opted for the fast ferry through The Steamship Authority. They have you park in various lots around the ferry (you have to check their website to see which lot they are currently parking in) and then they have shuttles that take you over to the ferry area. Parking rates vary during the season, but ours was only about $13/day for off-season so it wasn’t too much money to leave the car there for the long weekend. You can take cars on the ferry over to Nantucket, but it costs $400 to transport it there and back. Unless you are staying way out in the boonies of Nantucket and want to do a ton of driving, you really can get away without a car fine. There are lots of taxis, ubers, and the downtown area is very walkable.

We arrived at the ferry dock just after 1PM, dropped off our bags, but then the ferry didn’t leave until 2PM and we were STARVING from traveling so we scurried over just about a block from the ferry dock to grab lunch at Baxter’s Cape Cod. They were friendly, had really fast service, and had super yummy drinks! I got a “Hyannisport Mimosa” (sparkling wine, grand marnier & OJ) and a white sangria and both were scrumptious. My boyfriend tried a local pumpkin beer and got the clam chowder and some fish and chips and enjoyed them both. I got my first LOBSTER ROLL of the trip (!!!) which was fine, but keep reading for where I got the best one on the trip :) Overall if you have time to kill before the ferry this place was a cute little spot to visit and the service really was quick so you shouldn’t have to worry about missing the ferry!

We got on board with plenty of time and then started the hour journey over the island. There is food and drinks (regular & alcoholic) available to purchase on the ferry, but not a ton of options. We sat inside for a bit but then decided to venture outside even though it had been raining all afternoon. I’m glad we did though: even with the rain and wind it was so refreshing to be outside (in the middle of the ocean practically) and then we got to watch as Nantucket came into view! I giddy like a little school girl when I saw the island getting close: I was SO excited to get there!

I looked at a few different options for where to stay in Nantucket and ultimately decided on the Brass Lantern Inn Bed and Breakfast. They had great reviews on Trip Advisor, were located really close to town, and were decently affordable for what our options were(there ain’t no Motel 6’s on this island folks). I found one Air B&B that was a little cheaper, but ultimately decided on this place because they provided breakfast and my boyfriend and I are pretty social people so we thought it might be nice to have some other people around.

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Rae Dunn Inspired Fall Signs by Kippi At Home
  Fall Block Signs
Liittle Green Monster Halloween Punch by Gluesticks Blog
This little green monster Halloween punch is a show stopper! Sugar rimmed cups, a sherbet monster coming out of the punch cup, what more could you ask for? 

Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Meatballs by Fluster Buster
Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken Meatballs - A healthy recipe, that's simple to make, contains very little carbs and has a flavorful crispy crust.

Brown Sugar Cashew Brittle by From Playdates to Parties
A twist on the classic peanut brittle, brown sugar cashew brittle is crunchy and sweet with a hint of toffee and vanilla.

Cable Knit Mug Cozy by A Sprinkle of Joy

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Your Whims Wednesday #375 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

DIY Pallet Pumpkin Trio by The Handyman’s Daughter
pumpkin pallet trio surrounded by fall leaves in front of a rustic background 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins by Delightful E Made
The perfect healthy muffin recipe that happens to taste amazing! These delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a great choice as a quick breakfast or healthy snack.

Quick and Easy Apple Moscow Mule by Our Crafty Mom
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Spooky Crystal Ball Candle Sticks by Flamingo Toes
 Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks

Easy Ghost Halloween Cookies by Butter with a Side of Bread
3 Ingredient Easy Ghost Halloween Cookies are a cute and festive treat! Made in minutes & devoured in seconds, these easy Halloween cookies are a hit! 

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Healthy Zucchini Basil Bone Broth Soup

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for this low calorie but still high protein zucchini basil soup!

Well it’s officially FALL y’all and I’m back with a recipe to help swing us over from summer to fall cooking.  I can never justify making soup in the summer…when it’s so dang hot outside the LAST thing I want to do is shovel big spoonfuls of hot liquid into my mouth.  Come fall though I immediately switch into cozier vibes and am ready to break out the soup recipes again!

While zucchini season really peaks in the summer, they still are quite abundant and dirt cheap at the local farm shares/supermarkets around me so this is the perfect first soup to make for the season. It only needs a couple of basic ingredients and requires pretty minimal chopping time compared to many soups. 

I love to make soup and have actually won two different soup competitions at my office job (my prizes have included a crown decorated with soup ladles and a blinged out ladle as my “scepter” – pretty hardcore, right???) but found myself making it less and less when I switched over to a high protein diet because unless you dump a bunch of meat into your pot, soup is typically not very high protein. I managed to avoid having to purée any chicken into this soup (ew ew ew) but still gave it an extra boost of protein and added health benefits by using one specific ingredient. 

Instead of using regular vegetable broth to add liquid to this soup, I just mixed 4 scoops of Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen powder with water to create a bone broth base for the recipe! This powder is made from bones of grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and is USDA organic. Collagen bone broth is known for supporting joint and ligament health, and promoting healthy immune and digestive systems. This powdered version from Vital Proteins is also just REALLY convenient: you don't have to worry about a large carton of bone broth going bad in your fridge before you can use it all up: with this product you just have to mix the powder with water whenever you need instant bone broth!

I used 3 large zucchini to make this soup and it made 4 large servings that are really low in fat and calories, but still has a good balance of protein and carbs.  One serving is only about 120 calories with 13 grams of protein! Serve this soup for lunch or dinner, as a main or a side, it will taste great and be a great source of veggies and added health benefits either way!

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Your Whims Wednesday #374 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

DIY Spice Rack Using Scrap Wood by Anika's DIY Life
DIY spice rack filled with spice bottles on a white contertop

Apple Cinnamon Martinis by Create and Babble

DIY Home Sweet Home Sign by Duct Tape and Denim
home sweet home sign

Small Closet Organization with Curtain Rods by Repurpose and Recycle
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Halloween Pretzels by Butter with a side of Bread
Halloween Pretzels made into 3 spooky treats- Pumpkins, Mummies & Aliens. Use chocolate & candy to create these festive Halloween Pretzels.

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