A relaxing getaway | Daniel Rust House | Coventry, CT

A relaxing getaway | Daniel Rust House | Coventry, CT

When you walk into the front door of the Daniel Rust House, there is a sign that reads: “Enter As Strangers Leave As Friends.” After spending a night in the beautiful bed and breakfast, that statement could not be more true.

Over the weekend, Ian and I took a one-night trip to the Daniel Rush House in Coventry, Connecticut. We received this overnight stay as a wedding present, and we were looking forward to celebrating my birthday weekend by taking a step back into history and relaxing for an evening.

The Daniel Rust House was built in 1731 and served as a tavern called the “Bird in Hand” from 1800 to 1832. The purpose was, and remains to this day, to be a cozy place to get away from life’s troubles and rewind.

IMG_7636There is so much charm in this place—a fire glowing in every hearth, beautiful antiques and paintings, and not to mention so much history! The owners, Germaine and Cathy, are so knowledgeable about the home’s history and did not hesitate in giving us a tour when we arrived. They helped us feel comfortable and were aware of my love for history and historical homes the minute we walked in. We learned that the house was a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Each room had its own story—it was incredible!

 

The house has a few common rooms including the cooking hearth, the Stone Room where you can read a book in front of the cozy fire, the dining room, a garden and patio, and gorgeous grounds to explore. We stayed in the Anna White Room—the mistress’s room adorned with a gorgeous canopy queen bed, comfy chairs for reading, a fireplace, and a giant bathroom equipped with a jacuzzi tub. We were ready to relax! After a delicious dinner at Nu Nu’s Bistro in Colchester (go!), we made our way back to the bed and breakfast, enjoyed some drinks, and fell asleep to the calming wood cracking in the fire.

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The next morning we headed downstairs to breakfast cooked by Germaine and Cathy. It was absolutely delicious! They are extremely attentive hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the dining room; it was like stepping back in time. We felt so comfortable and at home!

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After breakfast, we went for a short walk and toured the grounds. It was a chilly morning, but it was a great way to explore and look at the apple orchards and around the property. When we were checking out, we hugged Cathy and Germaine goodbye. This is something that one would not expect when leaving a hotel or any other type of inn, but it was welcomed by us without any question. Even though we knew them for one night, we felt like guests in their home (which is true; they live in the house). We truly entered as strangers but parted as friends!

If you are in the area, or traveling through Connecticut, I highly recommend the Daniel Rust House.

Cheers to 25 years!

Cheers to 25 years!

Hey all—today is my 25th birthday!

This morning I woke up next to my amazing husband and I took some time to be mindful and reflect on my life so far. I thought about all of my achievements, but I also reflected on the challenges and obstacles I have faced. Everything that I have experienced has made me the person I am today. Even in the last few years, I have experienced growth that I could have never imagined. This past year, I started graduate school, grown in my profession, celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary, traveled, improved my habits, developed a steady writing ritual, and so much more. I am extremely excited to see what 25 will bring!

I thought it would be fun to write down 25 things/values that I have learned and practice. I hope you have fun reading them, and that they have an impact on your life as well. Enjoy!

  1. Take care of yourself first.
  2. You are not defined by the way you look or how others perceive you.
  3. The best way to escape is to get lost in a good book.
  4. Sometimes there will be people who are in your life for a short amount of time. Let them go, but appreciate the time you spent with them.
  5. Show up. Be present. Work hard and show initiative.
  6. Always keep a journal.
  7. Your siblings are a true gift, and they are your best friends for life.
  8. Be humble, but recognize your successes too.
  9. Family is not just blood; you choose your family.
  10. Eat that piece of cake!
  11. Find something that is good for your soul. (For me, it’s crafting.)
  12. Watch the movies you love and read the books you love—even if it is the 20th time.
  13. Don’t tweet that. Write it down instead.
  14. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes.
  15. Take time each day to write down what you are grateful for.
  16. If someone has a different opinion, listen to them. Talk and compromise.
  17. Travel!
  18. Everyone has a story. Be patient.
  19. Hold on to friends who check in on you. Your best friends are those who you see every now and then and nothing changes.
  20. Success isn’t measured by the size of your home, your car, or material objects. It is measured by the quality of your character and your treatment of others.
  21. When you’re making coffee, always add an extra scoop for good luck.
  22. Put your phone down. Look around you. Live in the moment. Sometimes the best pictures are those you keep for yourself.
  23. Advocate for those who can’t.
  24. They are PHOTOSHOPPED. You are beautiful!
  25. Always stay true to yourself.

 

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The Mangiones take on Philadelphia!

Hey all! Ian and I are headed to Philadelphia tomorrow for a fun-packed weekend! We are ready to take in the sights, eat some delicious Philly cheesesteaks, and dive into some U.S. history! We have never been to Philadelphia before, so we are excited to explore a new city, and are open to suggestions/tips.  I enjoyed sharing our adventures in Montréal, and I think a lot of readers found it enjoyable to read, so I hope you can also take some time to read about our trip this weekend!

Happy November!

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