Archive for October 11th, 2013

I couldn’t pass up taking a few pictures of this autumnal scene in Melvin Village, NH – a boathouse on a quiet bay of Lake Winnipesaukee:


FF: Boston’s Polcari’s Coffee

FFPCBoston’s historic North End (where the Old North Church and Paul Revere house are located) has long been home to the city’s version of Little Italy, with fine Italian dining, pastries, and the like. But alas, the neighborhood is changing and much of the old world charm is fading. However, there are a few mainstays that keep the neighborhood’s vibe despite its tourist and hipster appeal. Places like Polcari’s Coffee, originally founded in 1932.

Polcari’s Coffee is more than a coffee vendor, of course they do offer a great selection of coffees and teas, but also a full line of spices and other grocery items with an authentic old time neighborhood grocer feel. Definitely a place to visit when in Boston – but lucky for us – they have an online shop as well.

Order Polcari’s coffees and teas online here.

Polcari’s Coffee is located at 105 Salem Street in Boston’s historic North End.

FF: The Big Chicken Barn of Ellsworth, ME

BIGCHIXFarther north from Boston’s North End, or more Downeast as they say, is the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, ME – which offers a huge collection of old books and other antiques. I have had The Big Chicken Barn on my bucket list for a while but have not made it up there yet, despite all the time I spent in Maine this summer.

About the Big Chicken Barn of Ellsworth, ME: “Our purpose is simply to please and delight you, whether you’re a seasoned, serious collector, or an occasional but careful buyer. Each time you visit here, there’s bound to be something new and beautiful to strike your fancy – porcelain, pottery, silver, tin ware, brass, jewelry, fabric, needlework, glass, china, flatware, and furniture. You’ll also find models of sailing vessels, clocks, toys, old tools, bottles, prints, paintings, candlesticks, lamps and more.”

Check out The Big Chicken Barn here.

Of course I want to check out their HUGE book collection.

FF: The Garden & Gun Made in the South Jubilee is Charleston, SC

FFGGNow for something way south of Downeast, we would love to head out to the Garden & Gun Made in the South Jubilee to be held in Charleston, SC in early December. I have mentioned before that I love Garden & Gun magazine and the Jubilee is an opportunity to see all the great things the magazine celebrates all in one place.

About the Garden & Gun Made in the South Jubilee: “The Made in the South Weekend will celebrate the best of Garden & Gun in one place. Jubilee will be a lively mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art, as well as special dinners and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic state park Charles Towne Landing. The Jubilee will be open Friday 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. Expect to see your favorite southern designers at trunk shows, and shop specialty foods, sporting goods, and antiques.

Read more about the Garden & Gun Made in the South Jubilee and plan your trip here.

See the awesomeness of Garden & Gun here.