Here it is guys, my first travel roundup. Summer is over and we’re just about a week into my all-time favorite season. But even though the leaves are beginning to change and we’ve pulled the sweaters out of the attic, we need to remember summer 2016 and reminisce on all its glory.
Although my summer span this year reached far beyond the great states of this country, I want to highlight a few New York local gems I frequented over the past few months. I always find it interesting to explore places I’ve never seen, but are right there in my home state!
We’ll travel from bachelorette weekends to Hamptons beach-bum days, and even a little sneak peek at the wedding of the century ((more on that in a later post)).
So sit tight, get in that empire state of mind, and take a quick photographic trip down memory lane…
Saratoga is a place I’ve come to know and love. After visiting a few times this summer it really has shown itself to be a young and vibrant city. I know when you picture Saratoga you imagine giant derby hats and preppy-prepsters betting on horses with mint juleps in their hands. But outside of race season, Saratoga Springs embodies that quintessential Main Street USA type-feel.
There are plenty of great restaurants with indoor-outdoor seating. Our favorite place to eat was definitely 15 Church. With a refined menu and craft cocktails, it was a great place to get a little dressed up and sit out on the patio for a drink and a bite. Another great suggestion for brunch is the Ravenous Creperie. I mean you know me and my brunch, so this place was a must-have on the Saratoga list. Cappuccinos the size of your head, specialty brunch crepes and nutella-stuffed-glory to boot.
With the beautiful weather we spent much of our time outside. There is a great place to rent kayaks and paddle boards for the adventurous-type-folk. But none the less, this town is a great place to see, shop, eat and adventure. One day I’ll make it to the races, but for now I’ll just attend Kentucky Derby themed parties.
Much of my time is spent in this central New York location. This trip brought me to the Wellington House for the most fabulous wedding shower I’ve ever attended. Kentucky Derby themed parties are apparently all the rage right now. So if you’re not gonna attend the races, you might as well dress like you did!
As a group we tend to take our parties seriously, so we were obviously all decked out for this one. I know there’s only one picture down there but don’t you worry, there will be a full post on that soon to come. But what we do take just as seriously as our parties is our wine. So we moved our way over to Anyela’s Vineyard. We had a little bit of fun- and a lot a bit of wine– and enjoyed some pre-wedding celebration.
This particular weekend was designated for three things: relaxing, sun-bathing and eating pastries. And when considering the Hamptons, if you’re looking for a chill spot to go, West Hampton is your place. No trip to this fine little town is complete without a pit-stop at the Beach Bakery on Main Street. We pretty much could have walked out of there with half of the store, but the 50 people behind us in line may have had something to say about it.
So to avoid any conflict we decided to narrow it down to three things: apple cake, raisin danish and an almond horn (which is my personal favorite). So we took our little box and our ::bottle of prosecco:: and moseyed on over to Cupsogue (pronounced cup-sog) Beach. This little gem happens to be one of my favorite beaches on Long Island. And as we are an ISLAND, there is a lot of competition.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why are you only giving us three picture of the long anticipated royal wedding?” Well because it deserves its own post. Actually, it might even deserve two. So hold your horses (okay no, there are no more derby references coming your way), because I’ve seen the pictures, and they are worth. the. wait.
Finally, Labor Day Weekend came and went. Lake George was the place to be, and let me tell you, it was an adventure. We stayed in the craziest AirBNB ((an old one room stone school house converted into a house)) and we loved it. The chalkboards were great for playing hangman and practicing our calligraphy- but no really, it was like third grade cursive homework all over again. After the wedding our little crazy framily– friends/family- departed to Lake Jorge, as we so fondly refer to it. There aren’t too many things I can say about the restaurants or bars, but their takeout pizza and beer was on point. After a summer of craziness we all just needed a little R&R.
Our one big adventure was pontooning out on the lake. I don’t know if pontooning is even a word, but I like it. The town was great, filled with families and dogs and t-shirts galore. I would love to explore it again. Maybe in the fall when the hiking trails are covered with colorful leaves. Overall I give Lake George a solid A for effort and an A+ for the company.