Farewell to Brookline

Farewell to Brookline

In lieu of a Cocktail Friday post (and later than), I’m posting a little farewell to Brookline. As I mentioned earlier this week, Brookline was my home for 7 years… and in those 7 years, I’ve grown so much and been through so many life experiences. It’s crazy to think about where I was back in 2005. In some ways, it feels like so long ago and in so many other ways, it feels like only yesterday.

To be honest, I didn’t really want to move to Brookline when I first decided to head to Boston. I was moving with my friend Nina and desperately wanted to be in Beacon Hill. Because what’s more Boston than Beacon Hill? But Nina really wanted to look in Brookline, so I reluctantly agreed to check out some places. And, of course, ended up falling in love with it. So, thanks, Neen!

One of my first days in my first Brookline apartment back in 2005:


When I first moved to Boston, I had just finished college and was figuring out what I wanted to do in life. I was about to start graduate school to get my Master’s in Writing and Publishing. I wanted to work as an editor in a large publishing house and began a day job at a state government agency while in school full-time. But that was back before I had a clue what blogging and social media was all about. I started a little personal blog at the end of 2006 and not long after, started talking to Chels about a potential food and lifestyle blog. In the meantime, I was all up in Twitter. I never did end up in a publishing house and found myself struggling between whether I wanted to focus on writing, editing, or marketing. I did end up taking the plunge into freelance writing and social media marketing. Which meant working from home and spending plenty of quality time in my Coolidge Corner neighborhood.

I instantly fell in love with the Brookline Booksmith and know this will be one of the first places I visit when I head back to the area. I love this spot so much for book browsing, gift shopping (believe it or not, they have fabulous jewelry!), and seeing some of the biggest and best authors speak.


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m going to miss walking across the street into Party Favors whenever I feel the need to get a cupcake fix. Best cupcakes ever.

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Image from Party Favors Facebook page

From the first time I had a Party Favors cupcake, I said I wanted them to make my wedding cake (long before I had any marriage plans) and 7 years later, they did!

It’s going to be tough not to live within walking distance of one of the best movie theaters ever, the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

I’ll really miss all the close-by hangouts, especially the Publick House, The Abbey, Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, and Washington Square Tavern.


But I’ll especially miss The Regal Beagle.


This spot became our total hangout; the bar we went to on the spur of them moment when we just wanted to get out of the apartment. Their cocktails are pretty fabulous and it’s a nice relaxed and cozy environment.

And my very favorite Brookline restaurant, The Fireplace. Another place I know I’ll be heading to Brookline just to visit!

I’m also pretty sad that I will no longer be in the same town as my favorite publication, Cook’s Illustrated (and America’s Test Kitchen). But hopefully I’ll get another chance to go back and visit.


Come April, I’m going to be seriously sad that I don’t live right on the path of the Boston Marathon. It’s been so nice to simply step out my front door and see the runners speeding by. What an experience!


I’ll also miss my old apartment quite a bit. I always felt incredibly safe and at-home in our little abode. We loved the front desk staff and had lots of amenities that made life a bit easier. It’s also the first place I lived with Chris.


What won’t I miss about Brookline? The Green Line. I won’t miss the MBTA Green Line at all. Seven years of that was more than enough for me.

When I wrote about my move last week, I got so many supportive comments, lots from people who live in the Melrose area. So, thanks for making me feel a bit more excited about this move and thrilled to begin exploring the new neighborhood. I am thrilled to be able to enjoy a bit of a roomier apartment (not by much, but in city apartment living, every inch counts!), washer and dryer in-unit (finally!), on-site gym and beautiful pool area, and super short commute to work. And, of course, finally using all the fabulous wedding and shower gifts we received, including all the All-Clad cookware!


Hopefully we’ll be all moved in and settled soon and I can start breaking in the new kitchen! But no matter how much I love it here, I’m always going to have a super special place in my heart for Brookline, and especially Coolidge Corner. And I already can’t wait to visit!

I hope you’re all having fabulous weekends 🙂


16 Responses to "Farewell to Brookline"

  1. Simply Life says:

    we were just at that bookstore last night! brookline is a wonderful neighborhood but I’m sure soon enough you’ll adjust to your new place and find all the neighborhood gems!

  2. Michelle says:

    I felt the same way when we left Beacon Hill but every new chapter brings exciting new adventures. Best of luck with the move!

  3. Melissa says:

    Brookline will miss you too! I can give you regular updates on how the T is running if you want. You know… just so you don’t get too out of the loop 😉

  4. Nicole says:

    Good luck in your new neighborhood! It’s true that in no time, you’ll have all-new favorite spots. Hope you love it!

  5. Such a nice tribute to your former home! Enjoy settling into the new one. 🙂

  6. aww, i’m sure in time you’ll love your new neighborhood just as much as your old one!

  7. ashley says:

    If I recognize that counter and dishwasher correctly you’re in my hood! I love it in Melrose and am also a Brookline transplant. Downtown Melrose is cute. There are only a few restaurants there but are all great for the most part.

    First thing’s first: Mexico Lindo and Turner’s. You’ll love the local coffee shop and the restaurant (unfortunately named) “Absolutely Fabulous.”

    Let me know if you have any questions : )


  8. Megan says:

    This is such a great good-bye post, showcasing so many well-known Brookline spots. Good luck in your new place. And how awesome is it not to have to rely on the green line?! P.S. I also wanted to live in Beacon Hill when I first moved up here… the super-tiny kitchens were not working for me though!

  9. Kelly says:

    I absolutely love the Brookline area too, even though I’ve never lived there. I do have to say after going to BC for college that I can TOTALLY relate to you not missing the green line at all. I’ve been on it maybe 3 times since I graduated six years ago and everytime I have to go on it for some reason I’m like… oh I did NOT miss you!

  10. This made my heart sad for Brookline, I miss it so so much too! I lived up the street, near the Brookline Spa, and would frequent Coolidge Corner! I even worked at the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (oy, not fun)! Perhaps we crossed paths!

  11. Sues says:

    @Ashley- That’s so funny that you recognize the community from the little photo of the counter and dishwasher. I love it! Maybe I’ll see you around or at the pool?? 🙂

  12. Sues says:

    @Ashley Bee- Aww we probably did! And if you worked at CCC, I’m guessing you might know my brother-in-law well 🙂

  13. brookline is adorable! i have cousins who say they wanted to live there. best of luck in your new ‘hood!

  14. sharon says:

    Oh Sues, this is the sweetest post ever…Brookline has lost a treasure…YOU… (and Chris of course). You have the incredible ability to “love where you are, who you are, and what you are doing” at any given time. Trust me, this will serve you well throughout your life! I just know you & Chris will soon call Melrose your home, with great admiration & love…cause as you say…”home is wherever I’m with you (Chris)”!

  15. LisaR. says:

    Hi Sues – what a fabulous year for you! Best wishes to you and Chirs!

  16. gold account says:

    i can’t go to brookline without going into this shop. i’ve bought a ton of books here, most on sale, all good. i usually swing by the new books, the photo books, the sale books, the cards, stuff on the side and then back out… almost never empty handed… if you love reading, you’ll love this place.

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