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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Hot Spot – Faena Miami

IMG_8657Apologies for the late post today, but re-entry from vacation is never easy! I’m just back from a peppermint-candy colored immersion into what felt like a fantastical stay in Miami. The Faena Miami, barely opened 4 months, is a magical experience designed by Alan Faena, with creative input from Baz Luhrmann and artistic drawings by Juan Gatti. The color, which seems it would be over-the-top, is the perfect combination of exhilaration and chic. The staff, from the porters to the spa staff and every person in between was well trained in the art of hospitality. “Pleasure” was what I heard after any request, large or small.

Their goal is to “curate a magical experience” for you and they do not disappoint! Pool or Beach? That was usually my hardest decision. IMG_8658IMG_8659IMG_8647IMG_8694 IMG_8629 IMG_8639IMG_8680 IMG_8677The “tree of life” is a centerpiece of the outdoor patio.IMG_8681The Tierra Santa Spa, complete with sauna, steam, ice chamber and a hammam was another experience that you could enjoy whether or not you are staying at the hotel. Divinely decorated and luxuriously appointed.IMG_8705 IMG_8702 IMG_8703We ventured out to a couple of known Miami hotspots but found that we wanted to hurry back to the hotel. In the evenings, there is live music every night in the Living Room, which was an exotically decorated space that made you want to linger with cocktails and take in the show. If you go…definitely make a reservation or you might find yourself giving up your seat! No less than 2 DJs and a live band performed over the course of the evening.IMG_8671IMG_8651IMG_8648I’m now dreaming of red and white tasseled umbrellas and a ceramic leopard for my house! Special thanks to my friend and travel advisor, Sandy Grodsky, of the inspirational travel blog You May Be Wandering, who found the hotel for me! If you want your own magical getaway, she’s the one to plan it!

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Boys in Boston

DSC_0063Our little family took a road trip to Boston this weekend. We didn’t see everything we (ok, I) wanted, but we enjoyed the best of Boston’s history (the Freedom Trail), walked the hallowed halls of Harvard and cheered on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Basically…a perfect boys’ weekend.

From stories of war, battles, massacres and famous tombstones, this visit was also perfectly timed for Halloween.

One way I kept my 13 year old involved and interested throughout our tour was to hand him my camera. He’s taking Photography as an elective at school and I noticed he has a really great eye. Enjoy our day through Carter’s eyes!DSC_0133 DSC_0146DSC_0090DSC_0144 DSC_0074DSC_0139 DSC_0079 DSC_0106DSC_0082 DSC_0088 DSC_0091 DSC_0110 DSC_0121 DSC_0127 DSC_0128If you have children and are planning a trip to Boston, I definitely recommend doing a private tour through the Freedom Trail Foundation The tour guides are dressed as 18th century historical figures and lend a little flair to the history lesson. Some friends recommended it to me and my boys loved seeing Boston this way!

What did you do this weekend?!

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