This one is a bit of a throwback, but being in the thick of Fall, this gem of a spot should be shared for a weekend getaway idea. If you haven’t heard of this beautiful spot on Lake George, you should really check it out. It’s about a four hour drive from New York City and the perfect escape no matter the season. We were gifted a two night stay here by family friends as a wedding gift. It was an extremely generous and thoughtful gift. They had even booked us a weekend in advance ( right around the beginning of Sept.) for the ultimate viewing of fall foliage. The Sagamore was above and beyond what I had expected it to be. Arriving, you feel like royalty as you roll over the bridge which then ushers you through a sweeping driveway only to bring you in front of a beautiful mansion. The experience was amazing from the initial arrival and awaiting bottle of champagne, delicious dinners, sitting in Adirondack chairs soaking in some rays with a glass of wine overlooking unparalleled views of Lake George, a random Bavarian Festival, galavanting through town only to end it in a wine tasting. It’s also a great place to bring kids, there were lots of families. One of my favorite moments of the trip was an early morning hike we took in the woods along the river.. The sun was shining, leaves crunching under my feet and the husband was beside me, it couldn’t get better than this I thought. But then it did because we went shopping at the outlets on the way back home. 😉 Check out some of the scenes from the trip and recommended spots to enjoy!
As summer comes to a close, I wanted to share with you my favorite spots in the Hamptons. I spent a bit of time out there this summer as my husband and I rented a house with some friends in Sag Harbor. I kept busy working at a beautiful salon in South Hampton as well as coming back and forth to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and working in the city Monday- Wednesday. Here are my go to spots! I’d love to know your favorite places out there as well!
Wolffer Estate Vineyard– take the parents. Enjoy the sweetie plate with your sweetie for dinner. Cheese and wine during the day, jazz on Thursday’s catching up with your friends or love, and yoga on Sunday in the vines. Book a tour of the grounds to learn all about the wine process, reservation’s recommended.
Wine Stand– Meet up with friends pre-going out, bring the babies and a blanket. Enjoy the live music and sunset.. Don’t forget to grab a selfie with your summer rose, otherwise it never really happened.
Pellegrino’s Pizza Bar and Restaurant– Pizza and pasta, in a warm and cozy setting with a local vibe. The most amazing jumbo garlic knots can be found here as a complimentary starter bathed in olive oil.. It’s like a little bathtub of olive oil for your knots. The go to move here is to share a pizza and Cacio y Pepe.. And if your feeling up to it, a bottle of wine. Estia’s Little Kitchen– The brunch place to go to. Seriously, if you want amazing garden to table food in an unpretentious, small but cozy setting.. This is your stop. Take your parents or friends and show them the best start to a weekend morning. Although it can get a bit crowded and reservations can not be made.. Stop on by, put your name down at the door and wander to the back garden where you will find space, flowers and the best coffee truck in the corner ready to serve up a hot brew or a delicious iced coffee and scone as you wait to be called to your table. Relax on the benches in the nooks of the garden or wander through as you check out the herbs and spinach, soon to be put on your plate.
I finally had a chance to check out Charleston, South Carolina a couple of months ago and I fell in love with the picturesque city. I figured I would, as I love the charm and magic of the south. My In-laws were just finishing up a year long boat trip they had started right around our honeymoon last year and we knew at some point we wanted to visit them aboard. When my husband suggested flying in late one Friday night and staying for about four days I loved the idea. My mother and father in-law had docked their boat at St. Johns Yacht Harbor on Johns Island then rented a car to pick us up from the airport as well as have some wheels for the next few days. I would say, If you are staying right in downtown Charleston.. renting a car isn’t totally necessary, but if like us you were staying about 20 mins from the hub of it all.. then its worth it. This was one of those trips where I actually had time to relax and we even managed to work out almost everyday we were there. I have to say.. its always a great idea to pack at least one workout outfit and a pair of sneakers. It makes coming back from a vacation so much easier when jumping back into a schedule and keeping up with workouts.
The weather was perfect when we landed, mid 80’s with a breeze. Upon arrival we were offered a glass of champagne as we were checked into our room. The resort is beautiful and airy. The best part of heading to Jamaica from NYC is that it’s such a quick flight, just under three and a half hour direct. I was so happy to trade in my bulky winter ware for sundresses and bathing suits. We immediately headed to the beach where we met up with friends and enjoyed our first Red Stripe of the trip with a shared pizza, cooked right on the beach in a wood burning oven. We did the all inclusive package and it was worth every dime as we planned to enjoy a few cocktails and do lots of relaxing.
Days were spent playing beach volleyball and heading over to sandals private beach right across the way to enjoy a Jamaican lunch of jerk chicken with all the sides. We went into town to an amazing little BBQ restaurant that was recommended to us by a friend. A must stop if you are in Jamaica. This local joint called Scotchies is the place to go to try a little bit of the authentic eats. At night we went to a British bar on the resort to do a bit of dancing, mixed in with karaoke.
I convinced my husband to wake up early most mornings with me to enjoy the stillness that can only be found before the resort is awoken. We would bring big cups of coffee and a few pastries down to the water and find ourselves good spots on the beach chairs to read our books and close our eyes as the sun rose over us.
The bride threw a beautiful rehearsal dinner overlooking the water, where we were all invited to attend. The wedding ceremony itself was beautiful and intimate, held right on the beach. Afterwards we were led over to the reception, which was a dreamy garden party, with fairy lights strung above us and lots of dancing. I will definitely be back to enjoy the beautiful weather and island in the near future!