But our schedules were both flexible enough this year to allow for a new summer ritual: what we dubbed “Fri-dates.” Whenever possible, we planned fun day (or half-day) trips to local spots on Fridays, and soaked up both the summer sunshine and some extra time together.
On July 3, we started the holiday weekend with a trip to our beach (a mile from our house) and a little light reading.
The following week, J came up to Harvard Square and we spent some time at the Harvard Art Museums – a favorite spot of mine. (The courtyard currently features this cool triangle sculpture.) Afterward, we ate dinner at Daedalus.
Our next adventure was quite close to home: Steel & Rye, a hip new restaurant in Milton, the next town over.
The patio lights created a lovely ambiance, and the food – including this raspberry dessert confection we shared – was delicious. So fun to discover a new favorite spot in our neighborhood.
A couple of weeks later, we drove up to Ogunquit, Maine, for an afternoon of exploring. We met some friends for an early dinner and made it to the beach (with ice cream) in time for this luminous sunset.
Our next destination was Scituate, MA, a little south of where we live.
We explored the quaint downtown area, spent a couple of hours reading on the beach, and then ate a delicious Italian dinner al fresco (with live music!).
Next we headed to Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA.
More reading on the beach, and a yummy dinner at a hip little place called Salt.
We wrapped up our string of beach dates with another afternoon close to home.
I love a good road trip or weekend getaway. But it’s been nice to remember that there are adventures waiting in my backyard – and to savor them with my favorite person.