Our New Life In Connecticut Forever.

We made it!

Lords Point, CT

And we’re never leaving.

Jkjkjkjk.

I think.

I won’t bombard you with a ton of photos today. Mainly because this is day three of us living here, and I don’t have THAT, that much.

Yet.

You’re welcome?

But! I wanted to give you a quicksie glimpse into what life looks like right now. Because it all feels like such a dream and I can’t figure out if I made this whole thing up in my head, or if it’s actually happening.

Lords Point, CT

I’ve been getting soooooo many questions about what we’re doing here, why, who with, is it sponsored, why a month, why Connecticut, what did you pack, how did you survive the drive, why Stonington, are you insane, wait I want to do this, guide me.

In a nu- SEA shell, last August, Aaron and I were on our whatever glass of wine at my birthday dinner, when we starting fantasizing about taking a vacation to New England, one of our favorite areas in the country. Aaron paused, and then said, “Why don’t we just move there? For a month. We’re both self employed. We can do what we do anywhere.” Of course I shot it down immediately. What about our house? Our plants? The kids’ summer school? Traveling with a dog? MY ROUTINE, waaaaah.

But he quickly convinced me (remember the wine thing I said?), with sensible-enough answers for all of my freakouts.

And now, we’re here!

For US.

A relocation, not a vacation. A chance of scenery, change of altitude, change of food, change of humidity, change of ACCENTS omg I love it.

Lords Point, CT

So, our cottage is technically in Lords Point.

OKAY, is it Lords Point, or Lord’s Point? I see both, all over the place. And on official-looking signs. (?) The entryway sign to the town says Lord’s Point, but on all the documents and maps it says Lords Point. You know I’m unsettled not knowing what’s correct.

I’m sticking with Lords Point until I know further. Thank you for your time.

WAIT, I’ll call it LP. Never mind.

LP is a private beach community riiiight at the southern tip of Mystic, and a super snuggly neighbor to Stonington. As in, 30 seconds this way or that, you’re in either town.

We didn’t know ANYTHING about this area, except for MYSTIC PIZZA HEEEEELLLO, until we started researching tiny coastal towns. After many hours of noodling through Home Away, Airbnb and VRBO, we found a tiny, but roomy cottage in LP. Quiet, not touristy, but super close to everything if we want a bit of TOWN FEEL.

Aaaaand I want to punch it in the face I love it so much. (If you want the home info, email me!)

(the photo below is our neighbor’s house. simmer down.)

Lords Point, CT

We have goldfish in a pond.

And apparently Nat has an m&m in her pants.

WHAT IS THAT? Ew, David!

Lords Point, CT

So far we’ve eaten at Dog Watch (in Mystic). Going to try the Dog Watch Café in Stonington super soon! We’ve also brunched at Noah’s (in Stonington). YOU KNOW, where they filmed Hope Springs with Meryl and Tommy Lee!

We drove past Mystic Pizza yesterday, but you can BET YOUR FACE we’ll be going back to find out what they put in that sauuuuuce.

Lords Point, CT

Learning all about slipper shells, guys. Every night (okay, twice now) we’ve taken an after-dinner stroll to a beach (there are 195,712 in our neighborhood) to take in the air and collect shells. Nat’s super into those opaque, shiny-ish shells, that are peachy in color. LIKE ROSÉ. (what are those shells, by the way?)

Will’s drawn to bigger, darker shells, like scallops. I like the big, white clam shells. I’ll keep you updated on our collection.

You’re like, “Let’s not and say we did.”

Lords Point, CT

Like, this is our street.

How?

HOW.

Lords Point, CT

Okay, you DO realize that Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) is like 30 minutes from here?

Fine, in theory.

And you DO realize that Capeside (Dawson’s Creek) is like, five minutes from here?

Whatever, in theory.

But they are.

I am LIVING MY BEST LIFE don’t argue with me.

Mystic Aquarium

We went to the Mystic Aquarium yesterday, since it was chilly and drizzly (which all ends later this week, wuuut!), and we went into that one room where it’s just YOU AND THE BIRDS.

No cages. Just your vulnerable, helpless body and ALL THE WILD BIRDS.

Dudes, you take in a sticky, lumpy feed stick, close your purse, and keep your mouth closed when you look up and prepare for insanity.

Birds just ZOOMING AT YOUR FACE. Flapping all around your head. You can feel the air gusts from their little bodies all hyper flying. GUYS.

Guys.

I survived.

The kids thrived.

But I survived.

Barely.

Mystic Aquarium

WHAT WOULD I GIVE, IF I COULD LIVE OUT OF THESE WATERRRRRRS.

WHAT WOULD I PAY, TO SPEND A DAY WARM ONNNNNN THE SAAAAAAND.

Mermaid, seal, POTATO POTAHTO.

Lords Point, CT

Our kitchen! It’s light, bright, airy, quaint, charming and I want to stick it in my bra.

Also, I’m now a side door person. Never knew that was a thing, until now. That side door stays open all day long, and we can hear the pond water flowing, the train that speeds through every hour, birds singing away like some dang cartoon.

What I love most is the New England STYLE. Picket fences, manicured window boxes, white siding, whimsical gardens, timeless, charming everything.

And so much history! Everything is old. OLD OLD OLD.

It gives me such life to be here, you have no idea. (I’ll post more photos of houses (and ours) once we’re out and about more!)

Lords Point, CT

There’s soooo much we plan to do before packing up and heading back west on July 1st.

Taking a ferry to Block Island, oysters at Abbott’s, clam digging in our own beaches, shopping in Stonington, pizza at Mystic Pizza, pizza at Pepe’s in New Haven, visiting Yale campus, a quick trip to see close family in Attleboro this weekend, a jaunt over to New York City, ALL THE WINERIES. (hitting up Saltwater tomorrow!)

But today, I’m seeking out clams. Because I’m desperate for linguine with clam sauce. And white wine. And so much garlic. And my entire upper torso.

And also lobster rolls, but we’ll get there. Duh.

Lords Point, CT

I DON’T WANNA WAIT, FOR OUR LIIIIIVES TO BE OVERRRRRRRAAAA.

That’s it for now! If you have more town suggestions, or any specific questions about any anything at all, holla!

(This was a hyper post. I blame New England coffee.)

(Goodbye forever.)

(Or like, 10 minutes.)

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56 Responses to Our New Life In Connecticut Forever.

  1. Lynne Whitmore June 5, 2018 at 9:17 am #
    Wow, what a wonderful dream come true!!! ( I live vicariously through you 😊) Makes me want to plan a vaca 🌊🌤 Thank you for sharing. Look forward to more posts... 💖sassylovebuggirl
  2. Lynne June 5, 2018 at 9:19 am #
    💖🌊🌤 oops wrong email address 🤦🏻‍♀️😜
  3. Bonnie June 5, 2018 at 9:22 am #
    Love this! Amazing memories you are making!!
  4. Nicole June 5, 2018 at 9:26 am #
    We just missed you! Was there last weekend exploring a lot of the same spots! I'm sure someone has already told you to check out The Engine Room, especially for brunch, but...check out The Engine Room. There is also MBar, which used to be a gas station, but is now a restaurant. And when you go to Mystic Pizza, see if you can catch the Bascule Bridge opening! Have a great time :)
    • Paula June 8, 2018 at 8:17 am #
      Second the Engine Room!
  5. brianna June 5, 2018 at 9:34 am #
    The rose shells are Jingle Shells (Anomia species to be exact)! -Your friendly neighborhood Marine Ecologist/Invertebrate Taxonomist :)
  6. Ellie June 5, 2018 at 9:40 am #
    You're very close to Westerly, RI/Watch Hill which has a cute downtown, the Ocean House, an adorable carousel and Taylor Swift!! Harkness Park in Waterford is beautiful, has a lot of space to run around, beautiful beaches and an awesome mansion/gardens. While you're there, Fred's Shanty in New London (also near the Block Island Ferry) is an old burger joint/clam shack that opened in the 70s and hasn't changed much! Connecticut College (also in New London) has an amazing Arboretum to explore. Niantic is a little community with some cute shops, a children's museum and a fun candy store! The Submarine Museum in Groton might be a good choice if you have a rainy day! Okay, I'll stop. I'm loving how much you're loving New England! Enjoy!
  7. Madison June 5, 2018 at 9:53 am #
    You’re so close to cape cod go check that out and Provincetown at the tip is to die for!
  8. Becky E June 5, 2018 at 9:58 am #
    I live in Niantic (see above comment!!) and I love it! About 20 minutes away from where you are now. We have a cute little children's museum, some good seafood places (Skippers!), Gumdrops & Lollipops has amazing ice cream, and I own a baby store (Nurture Nest). If you're looking to just spend a day in a local town it's an easy drive!
    • Ellie June 5, 2018 at 10:35 am #
      I'm from Waterford! My dad grew up in Niantic. I live in Boston now but I will definitely be visiting your store next time I'm in town! My nephew is 18mos and I'm due in October.
      • Becky June 5, 2018 at 11:16 am #
        Ellie, would LOVEEE that!! Hopefully you get to visit the beaches this summer!
    • Paula June 8, 2018 at 8:19 am #
      My mom lives in Niantic; I am heading to visit her this weekend and conveniently am pregnant and in the market for baby stuff! I'll have to come check out your store. We always walk down to Grace boutique, where I have to restrain myself from purchasing the entire place.
  9. Meredith June 5, 2018 at 10:03 am #
    I've been loving your instastories....we haven't ventured to mystic with our kids yet, but now I want to! Can't believe you'll be in attleboro...I live in the next town over!!
  10. Jeanne June 5, 2018 at 10:11 am #
    Welcome to the "neighborhood" Bev! We live in Western Mass and if you're looking for a not-too-bad day trip kinda thing, check out the Yankee Candle flagship store and experience in S. Deerfield, MA (basically a straight shot up I-91 N - google map-it). There is a quaint historic town not far from there, Historic Deerfield if you want the quintessential Old-World experience. Enjoy CT! Oh and if you go to Pepe's in New Haven, IKEA is a hop-skip-jump!! Love the pics - keep'em coming ;)
  11. Christie Cokely June 5, 2018 at 10:13 am #
    I'm so excited for more Connecticut posts!!! Such a beautiful area!
  12. Ashley June 5, 2018 at 10:20 am #
    Well, definitely planning a trip east now! We honeymooned in Maine over a decade ago and I've always wanted to go back and explore more towns down the coast! Can't wait to see more throughout your trip.
  13. Lara Gardiner June 5, 2018 at 10:29 am #
    One of my best friends lives in LP! (I’m not far away in Mystic) You chose an amazing seaside community for your 1 month in CT! Lots of great ideas here for things to do while you’re in town ......don’t forget to relax and enjoy the point:-) If you want to know what the locals are up to please feel free to email me! Enjoy!
  14. Jodio June 5, 2018 at 10:31 am #
    What fun Bev! You know you really should stay for the 4th of July. I’ve heard amazing things about celebrations out there!
  15. Kahla June 5, 2018 at 10:31 am #
    This is awesome! So go ahead and plan your next relocation down here to the coast of North Carolina where they actually filmed Dawson’s Creek. You can google all the addresses of their houses. (I may have done this before ... or maybe not... lol) Enjoy!
  16. Jessica June 5, 2018 at 10:34 am #
    Newport, Rhode Island is my fave. The beaches, the shopping, the restaurants, the CLIFF WALK! You will love it, trust me! Also, if you are doing day trips be sure to try out some ice cream places. A big thing in New England is homemade ice cream and CT has some really good spots. Buttonwood Farm in Griswold is my personal favorite (and not too far from you)!
  17. Rayna June 5, 2018 at 10:43 am #
    If you're going to Attleboro, stop in Providence FOR SURE!! Some of our favorite places are Harry's on the Hill (sliders that make you cry), PVDonuts (donuts that make you throw things and scream uncontrollably), and anything on College Hill or the East Side. Seriously, anything. IT'S ALL GOOD! Not to be confused with Provincetown, MA which someone suggested up there ^^. P-town (they really call it that) is probably my favorite place on earth, and seeing all of Cape Cod on the drive there is unreal. I am so happy that you are enjoying your New England stay so far!
  18. Caitie June 5, 2018 at 10:50 am #
    I grew up in the borough, so its funny following you for a while and seeing this! I live in Maine now, but worked at Dodsons (right next to the dog watch). Ask if you can go on a Launch ride and they will take you for a boat ride around the harbor! Its usually teens so they will give you a great ride for a tip!
  19. ilovehhg June 5, 2018 at 11:09 am #
    I LOVE your post! I'm looking forward to more pictures. :)
  20. Annabelle June 5, 2018 at 11:10 am #
    You’re so close to me! I live in/am from Providence, which you should definitely check out for a day (it’s only about an hour away). It’s a cute city and easily doable in a day. Love the Mystic/Stonington area too. My mom used to lived there so I spent all my high school weekends around those parts. Someone already mentioned this, but definitely check out The Engine Room in Mystic! Really cool looking space and the food is great. For wine, definitely check out Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington. Stonington Borough is also an adorable part of the town with lots of great little shops and restaurants.
  21. Kate June 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm #
    I live just outside Boston, and I love it when friends and family visit in the summer and tell me how glorious it is here. You have undoubtedly picked the best time of year to visit because we just ended month 8 of winter and we're starting to see the sun again! Anyway, yes, coastal New England in summer is pretty great. I go to Acadia often via Route 1, and it's one of my favorite drives. Enjoy!!!
  22. Amy Johnson June 5, 2018 at 12:44 pm #
    Love this for so many reason, Bev! Y'all have fun exploring! xoxo
  23. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm #
    so since you're going to new haven - before you go- look into peabody museum for kids and yale art gallery .
  24. Love that you guys are doing this! What a great experience for the kiddos (and mom and dad!) If you can handle the ride, RI is a whole 'nother bowl of amazing'ness! Newport! Mansions! Beaches! Enjoy!!
  25. Allison June 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm #
    Have breakfast at Kitchen Little in Mystic!
  26. Greta June 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm #
    There is a fabulous winery In Westerly Rhode Island called Langworthy Farm (www.langworthyfarm.com) Westerly is only about 15 minutes away from Stonington! Take a trip to Portsmouth New Hampshire if you have time. Everyone will tell you to go to Portland Maine. Portland is nice, but it's a bigger city with a lot of dodgy area's if your only going for a short period of time. Portsmouth also has a wicked good wine and cheese store (Corks and Curds) which is worth the visit alone!
  27. Denise Dunn June 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm #
    I grew up in hyannisport. we called those shells baby's foot..
  28. Candace June 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm #
    Oh, WOW! So happy for you, went to high school in Stamford, just down the Sound on the way to NYC. You're in a beautiful different place from KC, take it all in. Lobster rolls from Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven, the best!!! Go for it! Have a wonderful month.
  29. Victoria VO11313 June 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm #
    You guys look like you belong there. So pretty, I will live vicariously through you this month. Have fun, eat lots and take so many pictures.
  30. Jen June 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm #
    My parents live here and we visit every weekend with my kids who are 5 and 2. I spent my summers growing up on Lord’s Point and my parents moved there in their retirement. It is the best place to be! You can find us on open way most saturdays if you are looking for playmates!
  31. Erin June 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm #
    Such a great spot to spend this time of year! Our absolute favourites nearby are Mystic Oyster Club (oyster happy hour, the treehouse, dinner, are all fabulous) and Saltwater vineyard. A bit further but 100% worth it is Dave's Coffee (the blueberry muffins are insane.) and Matunick Oyster Bar for a super scenic and delicious dinner or lunch. We also LOVE heading down to the more quite Napatree beach in Watch Hill and grabbing lunch at 10 Sandwiches in town. Have the best time!
  32. Kathy Salsbury June 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm #
    Have fun; CT is just so super beautiful! My son, daughter in law & grandsons live in CT on a lake - it’s like a vacation every day, but it’s your real life. Lots of great adventures to be had...enjoy them all!
  33. Hannah Weitzman June 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm #
    Let me give you allllllll of the Block Island recs! I've been going to BI with my family for the past 25 years (okay that's how long I've been alive, so my whole life). It's a little slice of heaven -- I know the ins and outs of that island and can give you the most tucked away beaches, the best chowder, and the best sunset views. IT'S MAGIC THERE, I TELL YA! MAGIC!
    • bev weidner June 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm #
      We're planning to go, so I'd love the recs!
  34. Kylah June 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm #
    Lobster Landing in Clinton for a lobster roll, Lenny & Joe’s Fishtale and Hammonassett State Park, both in Madison, also The Book Barn East Lyme.
  35. Jenna June 6, 2018 at 1:39 am #
    But, wait! WHAT about your house and your PLANTS? (A house/plant-sitter?) and HOW did Aaron give you reassuring answers about traveling with a dog (and um, two KIDS!) haha. I need more logistics! ;)
    • Bev Weidner June 6, 2018 at 9:45 am #
      So yes! We have 823 billion friends watching daily and watering the plants. Along with a lawn service to keep the yards tidy. Charlie (our dog) is pretty old and chill, so that wasn't too insane. We just rolled with it!
  36. Ashley Anderson June 6, 2018 at 7:24 am #
    So. Cool!!!!!!
  37. Kristin June 6, 2018 at 7:34 am #
    I love the Instastories, this post, and all future posts about your relocation! My husband and I have also talked about doing something like this in Maine because he works from home as well. This might just be my motivation to do it! ❤️
  38. Stephanie June 6, 2018 at 8:47 am #
    I'm going to guess if the official sign in the town says "Lord's Point" it's Lord's Point. I live in Lee's Summit and the stupid post office (I think it's the post office anyway) doesn't recognize apostrophes so all our mail says "Lees Summit" it is the most annoying. The place looks totally dreamy, can't wait to see more!
  39. Jen June 6, 2018 at 10:52 am #
    Love it up there!! Enjoy!!! And now I want linguine with white wine clam sauce too lol! Side note with the Dawson’s talk.... have you watched the affair?!! (Lots or block island, lobster roll references) and of COURSE the main event, a grown up super handsome Joshua Jackson!!
  40. Natalie June 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm #
    Growing up in CT we called those pretty peach shells Mermaid's Toenails. Didn't occur to me until just now how ironic that is. Ha!
  41. Adrienne June 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm #
    Oh my!! I'm loving all this so much! What a wonderful experience. I lived for several years in a small town in NY just a few miles near the CT border. I mentioned to you on IG about the Mystic Seaport museum, but also on your way to NYC you should check out Rye Playland in Rye, NY. It's a little amusement park but has a very vintage feel, right on the water with a boardwalk, etc. I believe part of the movie "Big" was filmed here, but don't quote me on that. 😊
  42. Deb Daubenmire June 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm #
    I have lived in New England (Massachusetts) my entire life...all 60 years of it. In my opinion, we have everything here.. the ocean in an hour...the mountains in a little over 2 hours. Enjoy your vacation...you are creating great memories for your children! If you have the time Stonewall Kitchen headquarters in York Maine is a must for a foodie like yourself. Unbelievable cooking classes!
  43. Julie Detwiler June 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm #
    What an awesome summer for you guys and the kids! They will probably always remember this so fondly. You mentioned summer home schooling...do you home school year round?
    • Bev Weidner June 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm #
      Oh, not at all! I think I mentioned summer camp. But they're in preschool during school months! :)
  44. Liz June 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm #
    Hi Bev! There are a bunch of great promotions this weekend in CT for "Open House Day." We are going to Essex to ride the steam train, my twin toddlers LOVE trains. Possibly also stopping into the Mystic Aquarium, which I know you already did. (eeeeeek, the birds!) All of the places participating are listed here by town: http://www.ctvisit.com/connecticut-open-house-day-june-9-2018
    • bev weidner June 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm #
      We were out of town this weekend, but plan to FULLY STONINGTON it up this coming weekend! Farmer's Market - what else??
  45. Paige June 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm #
    PSA: Skip Mystic Pizza and hit up Pizzetta, which is down the street, instead.
  46. Christina June 11, 2018 at 6:45 am #
    Jealous!! Stonington Point is my happy place, and probably one of my favorite places to visit in the entire world. I get up to Mystic/Stonington 1-2 times a year, and I always have to stand on the rocks there, as well as walk the jetty on Dubois Beach. I then walk up Water Street pretending that it's my neighborhood and I live in one of the houses nearby so I can do that walk everyday like a local. (There is one in particular I have coveted for years; it's not far up from the beach, has brown shingles like your neighbor's house, and is turned sideways so the side of the house is facing the street and the other side is on the water, with a nice green lawn in the front. It also has the most beautiful hydrangeas in summer. *sigh*) Enjoy your month there; it's an amazing idea. Food rec: It seems you already know about Abbott's, but check our Ford's Lobsters just down the road from them. Small place with minimal outside seating, but the atmosphere outside is wonderful. And, the best part -- their Lobster Bomb is worth every.single.penny. Trust me. :-)
  47. Devon June 11, 2018 at 9:03 am #
    Enjoy your month - sounds FABULOUS! I second Christina's recommendation about Ford's Lobsters - she is so right that the lobster bomb is worth every single penny. Life changing. Also, you must go to the Mystic Drawbridge ice cream shop. Someone else mentioned The Book Barn in East Lyme, which is my happy place. If you have a chance try to get up to Chester; it's a cute little town about 45 minutes away. If you're there at breakfast time The Villager and Simon's Marketplace are fantastic, and if you are there at lunch/dinner Otto's pizza is honestly the best pizza you will ever have in your entire life. Enjoy!!!
  48. Jessica June 15, 2018 at 4:52 pm #
    Hi! I live in Stonington (Pawcatuck to be specific), and I love how much you're loving it! Definitely recommend a stop at Abbott's for a lobster roll. I prefer it to Ford's--- they're quite similar, but Abbott's is more casual and a bit cheaper, and easier to get a waterside seat. However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news (sorry!) but I'd definitely skip Mystic Pizza. Sadly it doesn't live up to the hype, as much as I love that Julia Roberts. Haha. It's pretty bad, and there's so much good food here I'd hate for you to waste a single meal! There is a new spot in the Velvet Mill called Woodfellas, and their pizza is quite good! Other restaurants we enjoy are Milagro (this is absolutely the best place around, but it's been closed for renovations for far too long-- they're supposed to be reopening any day now and their fish tacos are perfection), Breakwater, Engine Room (less for a main meal, more for the hush puppies), Grass and Bone (great butcher shop with sandwiches and wonderful happy hour food), and S&P Oyster Co (bit pricey, but delicious. We only go for lunch). Treehouse (above Oyster Club) is open for the summer and a great spot, but their new no-seating policy makes weekends tough). I'd also recommend The Cooked Goose for a fantastic breakfast (the hash is my favorite). And the Saturday Stonington Farmer's Market is a lot of fun! As for wineries, Stonington Vineyards is my favorite, though I'm more of a brewery person (and we have LOTS of those!!-- Outer Light, Beer'd, Grey Sail, etc just to name a few). Have fun!

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