Summer in the Hamptons

26HAMPTONS-master768I’m just wrapping up a long weekend in the Hamptons.  It’s been a few years  since I’ve been there and though much stays the same, there were a few new discoveries.

For starters, we stayed in Sag Harbor at the recently renovated and refurbished Baron’s Cove. Overlooking the harbor, this jewel of a hotel/restaurant is a short walk to Main Street and boasts a storied history. Rooms have chic furnishings and there is a pool, which is such a plus, especially if you are traveling with children. They have beach passes and chairs/umbrellas/towels for you to borrow, which made it so easy to spend the morning at the beach. The bar and restaurant were hopping and there is live entertainment each day, as well as a small fitness center and complimentary bikes to ride.

I highly recommend it for your next stay in the Hamptons!homepage-51 homepage-61IMG_9887IMG_9888IMG_9890homepage-41

IMG_9871 IMG_9872For delicious Mexican food in a relaxed environment, just stop into the Blue Parrot, which is in the alley behind Ralph Lauren. Recommended by a friend who knows how much I love tex-mex, this was a home run!3fb6c8_114712f8c5e3e30e49719a840d117539

IMG_9896 IMG_9898The Topping Rose House is at the top of everyone’s list, so I was thrilled to finally enjoy dinner there. Jean George recently took over the restaurant and his farm-to-table formula is clearing working. The place was PACKED!trh_night_exterior_3025_LIMG_9861IMG_9864Porch-and-Patio_LThe Hamptons are really a place for everyone…whether you want to keep it casual and get to bed early or go for the glamour and stay out all night. I’m definitely more the former than the latter, but I was happy to see that the Hamptons are still one of my very favorite places to be. And, I always love to share my favorites with you!

Wishing you a wonderful last week of August!

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Sights of Seattle

Seattle has opened up her arms really wide and welcomed me in. 
From blue skies and cool temps, a special dinner at Ted Kennedy Watson’s weekend home, a delightful backyard lunch hosted by friends, Jeanne and Dana (more to come on both of those events) and a backdrop from my hotel that is straight out of a movie….I have fallen in love. 
As I’m still processing all I have done, today I’m just sharing some visual highlights from Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, Watson Kennedy, the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden. 
Much more to come, but the photos speak for themselves. I can’t believe today is my last day. Trust me….I’m going to make the most of it!
Have you seen Seattle?

Roman Holiday

Though it was hard to say goodbye to Florence, we took the high speed train to the Eternal City. After focusing on the Renaissance, it felt like we had stepped back in time. 
Walking in the Roman Forum and through the Coliseum brought this era in history alive. 
The Spanish Steps were buzzing with activity! Even a little rain couldn’t keep us away.
Conde Nast Traveler is just one of the many places I found rave reviews about the newly opened J.K. Place Roma. Just steps from the Via Condotti (known for it’s amazing shopping), the Trevi Fountain (currently undergoing restoration), and the Spanish Steps (whose fountain was also under restoration), the location was excellent. Yet, we often just wanted to relax in the lobby or linger in the cafe.
The line outside the Vatican was incredibly long! Definitely book your tour early and consider a personal guide to help you navigate this mini country within a city. Also, knees and shoulders must be covered, so be sure to dress appropriately.
We walked everywhere….from the Pantheon to the cobblestone streets near our hotel.
One of the best suggestions I got from Sandy (our travel advisor) was to visit the Borghese Museum. The tickets must be reserved in advance, as they only allow 200 visitors in at a time for a specified 2 hour window. I wish all the museums would do it this way. 
The nightlife filled with lit fountains and street performers felt like an Old World version of Times Square at times. I just know my boys loved it. 
All I know is that I’m kind of dreaming of that red Vespa!