Beautiful Ways to “Deck the Halls” for the Holidays

The excitement of the holidays and all that they entail has arrived. If you are looking for inspiration to “Decking the Halls” with holiday décor, Exclusively Gifted has found some design inspiration to help infuse your home with happiness and memories of Christmas past and igniting the spirit within that we all look forward to each and every year. 

Inside Inspirations:

Outside Inspirations:

For additional ideas, visit our Pinterest board:

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DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of those “holidays”. Either you’re obsessed with it and can’t wait for it to arrive, or it’s just another day.

For those of you who are obsessed, here are some great DIY Halloween decorating ideas. Some fun and some downright scary!

Happy Halloween…

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One-Of-A-Kind Special Adventure for a Special Occasion

Private Sailing Charters Around Boston Harbor

There are so many memorable occasions that would be over-the-top amazing on a privately charted sailing vessel: A Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement, Anniversary, Milestone Birthday, Corporate Event or with a group of friends and family, “Just Because”. Enjoy the ride!


Duchess of Boston Sailing Charters – Boston, MA
http://www.duchessofbostonsailingcharters.com/

Captain Chris Is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain with over 20 years of experience sailing. A Charter to the Outer Harbor Islands requires a minimum of 4 hours. There are many relaxing possibilities. Cool down with a swim off the Duchess followed by a fresh water rinse with the outdoor shower or enjoy one of the island walking trails before you sail back to the city. Talk to the Captain Chris to understand the Charter duration necessary for your outing.
Come Sail Away Now – Boston, MA
http://www.comesailawaynow.com/

Captain Don is a USCG Licensed Master. He is certified to captain a motor, towing, or sailing vessel of up to 100 tons in near coastal waters. Private boat charters on Boston Harbor are great for any occasion. The crew of Tupelo Honey works to meet your specific needs during your cruise around the harbor of Boston. A private charter aboard the Tupelo Honey allows for you to BYOB/snacks or have your cruise catered by one of the local area restaurants. We are happy to have food and beverages arranged for your sail if notified in advanced. We love to see Tupelo Honey chartered for engagement parties, graduations, first dates, a girl’s night out or other fun events.
Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships – Boston, MA
https://www.libertyfleet.com/

If you’re hosting a Boston special event for your company, friends, family, clients, or employees, you want it to be memorable. We can’t think of a better way to wow your guests than by bringing them sailing on board one of our magnificent tall ships for a Boston private sailing charter on Boston Harbor. With several catering and bar options, we are able to customize each occasion to fit your needs. Whether a Boston corporate mixer, a Boston wedding, or a Boston private party, come aboard with us for an unforgettable sailing experience!
All Hands Sailing – Charlestown, MA
http://www.allhandssailing.com/

Captains Bob Damiano and Linda Perry Riera invite you to be part of the great sailing tradition in Boston and share their love of New England cruising. Their 40′ Tartan, Argon, is ready to depart on a relaxing (or thrilling!) sail out of Charlestown. Whether you’ve never been on the water before or are an experienced sailor, you will have a memorable time. Our captained charters are private for your group only – the whole boat is yours! Guests are encouraged to become part of the crew by participating in the sailing adventure. Trim sails, or man the helm or just relax as we enjoy the Boston city skyline, explore the Boston Harbor Islands, or perhaps venture further.
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Lovely Seaside Inns Sprinkled Throughout New England

If you’re looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway for a special occasion, or simply a little tranquility to re-charge your batteries alone or with a loved one, you won’t be disappointed by any one of the following beautiful seaside inns. Enjoy!

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The Red Inn, Provincetown, MA
http://theredinn.com/
Built in 1805 on beautiful Provincetown Harbor, The Red Inn has welcomed guests since 1915, including President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, celebrities, dignitaries, and — most importantly — everyday guests. Today The Red Inn is known around the world for offering premiere accommodations in a spectacular setting.
The Beach Plum Inn and Restaurant, Menemsha, MA
http://www.beachpluminn.com/
Perched atop the Vineyard Sound, since 1950, the 13-room inn’s simple accommodations provide a quiet respite and the stillness of up-island living. A path winding past chickens leads down to the beach in the 350-year old fishing village of Menemsha. Lodging options include rooms, private cottages and homes.
Dockside Inn – Oak Bluffs – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
http://www.vineyardinns.com/
The Dockside Inn, located along the famously picturesque Oak Bluffs Harbor, is a boutique-style hotel which perfectly blends handsome, award-winning contemporary design with whimsical nautical decor and modern convenience. The Dockside Inn’s 22 tastefully decorated rooms are perfect for couples, families, and wedding groups alike, and their in-town, harbor-side location makes them the perfect place from which to explore and enjoy all of the fabled historic sites and beautiful vistas that make a stay on Martha’s Vineyard such a memorable experience.
Bass Rocks Ocean Inn, Gloucester, MA
http://www.bassrocksoceaninn.com/
Anchoring the rocky coastline of Gloucester, The Bass Rocks Ocean Inn is a historic oceanfront hotel on Massachusetts’ north shore that has enchanted visitors for well over half a century. This serene, beloved inn delights with breathtaking ocean views and services and amenities that encourage guests to explore and embrace the charm of coastal New England.
Black Point Inn, Scarborough, ME
http://www.blackpointinn.com/
Black Point Inn is an historic, grand hotel on Prouts Neck, minutes from bustling Portland and with easy access from the Portland Jetport. Presiding over one of the most spectacular settings along Maine’s ruggedly beautiful coastline, Black Point Inn is nestled on lushly landscaped property located at the tip of Prouts Neck. Here, surrounded by water on three sides, you’ll be captivated by the Inn’s majestic cliffs and ever changing seascape.
The Claremont Hotel, Southwest Harbor, ME
http://www.theclaremonthotel.com/
The historic Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine, has provided classic refuge for visitors to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island (MDI) each summer since 1884. Situated at the mouth of Somes Sound, the east coast’s only fjord, their six-acre shorefront resort includes the historic hotel with 24 guest rooms, the Phillips House with 6 private inn-style rooms, and 14 housekeeping cottages. On-site facilities include Xanthus restaurant and bar, dock, moorings, boat house restaurant, rowboats, bicycles, clay tennis court and two tournament-class croquet courts. Their housekeeping cottages, some with ocean views, all with fireplaces, decks and kitchenettes, are ideal for family vacations, or romantic weekend getaways. Xanthus, their acclaimed dining room, offers gourmet cuisine to hotel and outside guests, and water views from every table. Bed and breakfast meal plans are available to hotel guests.
Shelter Harbor inn – Westerly, RI
http://www.shelterharborinn.com/
Originally a farmhouse built in the early 1800’s, the Shelter Harbor Inn is now a charming, unpretentious country inn where the emphasis is on relaxation, good food and a warm, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere. The inn is located near one of the most beautiful sections of the Rhode Island Shoreline. Guests of the inn have access to a private beach in Weekapaug, a beautiful natural barrier beach stretching for two miles along the shores of Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean.
Pleasant View Inn – Westerly, RI
http://www.pvinn.com/
Situated on seven miles of sandy beach just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean a charming beachside family resort welcomes the season with new guestrooms and friendly service. An outdoor heated pool and onsite restaurant are yours to enjoy during your stay. Pleasant View Inn is within easy reach of the beach and convenient to shops, restaurants, and popular attractions such as: Watch Hill, Block Island Ferry Service and Mystic, Connecticut. As always, beachfront accommodations, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and thoughtful amenities are just a few reasons why Pleasant View Inn has been the go-to vacation spot for generations.
Inn at Stonington, Stonington Borough, CT
http://www.theinnatstonington.com/
The Inn at Stonington is a beautifully appointed 18-room inn located in Stonington Borough, Connecticut, a village rich in New England history. Set along the waterfront, The Inn is a short stroll from a host of award-winning restaurants, shops and galleries —an ideal setting for a romantic get-away or business retreat.
Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, CT
http://madisonbeachhotel.com/
A world of tranquility and comfortable elegance awaits you at Madison Beach Hotel. With 32 spacious beachfront rooms in Madison, Connecticut, each featuring all the comforts you could want, including complimentary Internet access, flat screen TVs with cable channels, and private balconies that overlook the water. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a spa weekend with your girlfriends, you’re sure to enjoy plush bedding, luxury linens, and upgraded amenities that come standard at Madison Beach resort.

“Pick Your Own”


It’s Summertime and that means an Enjoyable and Edible family outing is in your future to pick your own fresh fruits such as:

Strawberries in June
Blueberries July-September
Peaches July-September
Apples August-November
Pumpkins September-October

To find a farm near you, click on the below website for your specific state~Enjoy!

Massachusetts:
http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/pyo.htm
Connecticut:
http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=399070
Rhode Island:
http://www.visitri.com/state/pick-your-own-farms/

Napa Quality Wineries Right Here In New England

A favorite summer pastime, OK…who am I kidding, a favorite year-round pastime of mine, wine tasting at a local New England vineyard. We love to take a picnic full of cheese/crackers/fruits, a group of friends and leisurely enjoy the day tasting local wines, basking in the beauty of the winery and grounds as well as always meeting new friends along the way.

Some of our New England favorites are included in these Pinterest boards that we have created of local wineries in MA, RI and CT.
Hope to see you “Swirling, Sniffing, Sipping and Supporting” a local winery this summer.

MA Wineries

RI Wineries

CT Wineries

WINE TRAIL MAPS
Massachusetts
http://www.massvacation.com/blog/2012/08/the-massachusetts-wine-cheese-trail-expands/
Rhode Island
http://www.coastalwinetrail.com/
Connecticut
http://www.ctwine.com/wineries-and-vineyards/trail-map/
New England
http://www.sipnewengland.com/

Local Summertime Family Fun Ideas

The kids will be out of school and enjoying summer vacation before you know it. Don’t let the summer pass you by without getting some family fun time together. Also, being prepared with some tricks up your sleeve for those rainy days of summer is always a good thing to keep your sanity.

ADVENTURE LOVERS
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Take Flight Aerial Adventure Park
http://www.takeflightadv.com/
Sky Venture Indoor Skydiving
http://skyventurenh.com/
Whitewater Rafting Trip
http://www.crabapplewhitewater.com
Zoar Outdoor Ziplining
http://www.zoaroutdoor.com/whitewaterrafting

OCEAN LOVERS
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Kayaking Adventures
http://www.paddleboston.com/main.php
Cape Cod Fishing Charter
http://www.capecodvisitorsdirectory.com/recreation/fishing-charters.html
Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket
https://www.steamshipauthority.com/
Whale Watching
http://plymouthwhalewatching.com/

SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
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A Tour of Fenway Park
http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp
A Trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame
http://www.hoophall.com/
A Day at Patriot’s Place
http://www.patriot-place.com/
A trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame
http://baseballhall.org/

RAINY DAY FUN
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F1 Boston Go Karting
http://www.f1boston.com/
Tickets to the Blue Man Group
http://www.blueman.com/boston/about-show
Indoor Water Park
https://www.cocokeyboston.com/
5WITS cutting-edge, live-action entertainment venues
http://5-wits.com/

EDUCATIONAL DAY OF FUN
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A Day at the Museum of Science
http://www.mos.org/
A Day at the New England Aquarium
http://www.neaq.org/index.php
Ocean Exploration Center Mystic Aquarium
http://www.mysticaquarium.org/videos/97-ocean-exploration-center
Plymouth Plantation
http://www.plimoth.org/

ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!