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a glimpse of montauk

Jordan Rhodes

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Plans for a full Hamptons Guide is underway, but until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of Montauk by Kathleen Hurley. Kathleen grew up spending her summers in Montauk where she developed an affinity for the charming surf & beach town located at the eastern most tip of Long Island. She was later married at the local church, St. Therese & had her wedding reception at the Montauk Lake Club. She continues to enjoy time spent with her family out in Montauk, she is also author of the Momma + Style Blog "Let's Be Mom Friends", and mom to Rosie, 2

**Check out Kathleen's Family Friendly Montauk Guide: HERE


Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? Dave's Gone Fishing (this is a secret local spot so don't tell everyone you know about it ;), Crow's Nest,  Backyard at Sole EastScarpetta Beach 

Casual restaurant? So hard! There are so many goodies to choose from! The Hideaway- for no-frills Mexican., The Inlet or Westlake Fishouse for local caught, fresh fish & sushi, The Dock for clams, burgers & a draft

Restaurant with kids? For Dinner: The Harvest on Fort Pond, (family-style dining & one of the only restaurants open year round) Navy Beach (killer sun-set with family-friendly picnic tables which are great for dining al-fresco), Gosman's   (for your quintessential Montauk family-friendly dining experience),  Crow's Nest is surprisingly kid-friendly. (You'll often find kiddos rolling down the great big hill while parents are finishing up their dinner) Bird on the Roof... for a greasy spoon breakfast. (My family has known the owners since my brothers, cousins & I were Rosie's age (and it hasn't changed a bit), Left Hand Coffee for coffee of course! For Lunch: Herb's Market sandwiches, Joni's wraps & the Ditch Witch (grab it all to go and head to the beach for lunch)

Bakery/desserts? The Montauk Bake Shop (you'll likely see a line out the door here on a Saturday morning but the pastries are superb-- the owner is the sweetest lady & she made my husband & I's wedding cake & Rosie's 1st bday cake :) For Dessert: John's Drive-In Ice-cream, Fudge N Stuff (for fudge n stuff)

 Scarpetta Beach. Photo by Hamptons Magazine

Scarpetta Beach. Photo by Hamptons Magazine


Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself?  Air & Speed Surf Shop - pop in here & snag a one-of-a-kind Montauk sweatshirt, tee-shirt or hat) Cynthia Rowley, QuincyThe Surf Bazaar at the Surf Lodge for higher end clothing, swimsuits & skin-care (also home to a number of pop-ups during the summer months)


Clothing boutique for kids? Captain Kid Toys- this place has been around since I was a kid!


Home decor store? Gansett Lane 

 The Bazaar at Surf Lodge

The Bazaar at Surf Lodge

Activity Favorites...

With kids? Montauk is a beach town so spending a day at Ditch Plains with the entire fam would be my ideal day. If you have kids that are older stop by Air & Speed to rent surf-boards & paddle boards. My friend from college & his family own the surf shop. Ask for Max who runs the kids surf camp down at ditch & can give the little ones lessons. If you have kids that are on the younger side, there are two parks that I like. One at the elementary school & one in the light-house parking lot. If it's overcast...check out the light-house, do a cliff walk or take the kids to Puff N Putt (Mini Golf & small boat rentals) **If you get a hole in 1 on the 18th you get a free game :)

With your husband? Sunset & Drinks at the Montauket, Dinner at Dave's

With friends? Beach, Sunset & Drinks at the Montauket/Navy Beach, Dinner at Westlake Fish House and if I'm in the mood to really cut loose, some late night cocktails & dancing at the shagwong.

With visiting friends? Shadmore Cliff Walk which has the most amazing Montauk views followed by a visit to the Montauk Brewing Co (also a fun activity for fall)

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Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend? Gurney's & Sole East

For your parents/in-laws? The Montauk ManorThe Surf Club

For visiting single friends? anywhere in town on the beach. Royal AtlanticSole East Beach , Montauk Blue 

For visiting families? Rent a VRBO home in Ditch Plains, The Montauk ManorThe Surf ClubMontauk Yacht Club, Budget Friendly Picks: The BeachcomberRoyal Atlantic (Check out my Montauk Guide for a more in depth review of hotels & more)

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Gurney’s



Best...

Neighborhood? Ditch Plains

Park? The park at the Elementary School or in the light-house parking lot.

Museum? Visit & tour the light-house. It's beautiful.

Spa? Montauk is probably not your cup of tea if you require the spa, but there is a spa at Gurney's



General travel favorites...

Destination with kids? Florida to visit the grandparents :) Hoping to take Rosie to Disney next year!

Destination with spouse? anywhere in Italy, St. Barth's

Stroller? Uppa Baby G-Luxe : A budget friendly dependable favorite. It's super easy to open & fold.. just throw it over your shoulder if you're in a hurry! It's also very narrow & compact and has a 3 position push button recline for your sleeping tot. I've also heard good things about the Babyzen Yoyo (which folds up into a bag and fits into an airplane's overhead compartment). It's definitely on the expensive side for a travel stroller & it only has 2 settings (all the way up or folded up)...but if that doesn't bother you and it can double as a regular everyday stroller it's definitely worth checking out

Kids travel bag? Rosie's really into back-pack's these days & I love this Roller-Rabbit Style .. but now that she is getting older I think she might like having her own suitcase as opposed to me throwing everything in my bag. I can see her rolling this cute luggage with wheels from Skip-Hop. When I used a diaper bag, this quilted diaper bag from Ralph Lauren is mom chic & easily washable.

Your handbag? For every-day, Goyard tote & carry-on favorite Longchamp Expandable Duffle 

Airplane activity for kids? The longest flight we've taken with Rosie was from NYC to FLA. Luckily we've been able to keep her occupied with a few of her favorite books & small toys... Coloring Books, (the magic ink pads are great for traveling because they don't make a mess) Sticker Books puzzles but I've heard of everything from wrapping up little presents for your kid's to unwrap, to travel I-pads, and making your very own "busy kit" (I actually think this could be a great idea)

Airplane activity for yourself? occupying my child :) reading a good book (if alone) watching the airplane movie & indulging in a gossip magazine if time permits ;)

Must-have for your child's carry on? I did a whole blog post about what to pack for airplane travel with your infant  I remember what a big deal Rosie's first flight was and the check-list that came along with it! (Now that Rosie is 2 & potty trained, she thankfully does not require anywhere near as much gear or prep) We usually bring a water-cupa snack in a travel cup, a change of clothes & underwear, one of her favorite books & dolls.

Must-have for your carry-on? Definitely a good book (hard-copy version) a snack & a large bottle of h20. My skin get's really dry when I fly so I carry this moisturizer,  rose-water facialspray & mask in my carry-on for long flights.

Tips? Less is More when traveling with kids or traveling in general! I remember out first flight to Florida after having Rosie, my husband looked like he was carrying gear for a family of 5. If you have an infant the baby carrier is your best friend. and most importantly you're on VACAY so have fun! I like having some sort of itinerary or a few places/activities in mind but at the end of the day you have to go with the flow (especially when you have kids) and don't expect everything to go as according to plan!

For more on Kathleen, follow her blog here or check out her Instagram here

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a glimpse of newport

Jordan Rhodes

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Newport, Rhode Island is one of my favorite destinations, mainly for its abundance of beautiful Gilded Age mansions which were the summer "cottages" of many famous tycoons in the late 1800s. A full city guide will be available in the near future, but until then please enjoy A Glimpse of Newport by Julia Dzafic, longtime fan of the seaside city, author of the insanely popular blog, Lemon Stripes, and mom to Amalia, 1. 

Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? Stoneacre Brasserie and Scarpetta at Gurney's

Casual Restaurant? Clarke Cooke HouseThe Mooring and Diegos

Restaurant with kids? The LandingThe Mooring and Newport Shipyard for breakfast

Bakery/desserts? The cafe at Stoneacre Brasserie

 

 Stoneacre Brasserie

Stoneacre Brasserie


Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself? MonelleMichael Hayes and Pink Pineapple

Clothing boutique for kids? Groovy Gator

Home decor store? Kristen Coates Art & Home and Styled by Jenna

Skincare store? Farmaesthetics

Paper store? Papers

 

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Farmaesthetics


Activity Favorites...

With kids? A day at Third Beach. You can rent paddleboards, kayaks, etc and there are no waves!

With your husband? Drinks at Castle Hill Inn

With friends? Wine tasting at Newport Vineyards

With visiting friends? A walk along the Cliff Walk

 

 Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards


Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend? Castle Hill Inn or The Chanler

For your parents/in-laws? The Chanler

For visiting single friends? Gurney's Newport

For visiting families? Gurney's Newport or the Grace Vanderbilt
 

 The Chanler

The Chanler


Best...

Neighborhood? I like walking around near the Hotel Viking, it's a little less crowded than Thames Street and the Wharfs.

Park? Fort Adams

Museum? Touring The Breakers or one of the mansions that they've turned into museums

Spa? I've actually never had extra time to go to a spa in Newport but I'll report back when I do!
 

 The Breakers

The Breakers


General travel favorites...

Destination with kids? Bermuda

Destination with spouse? Turks & Caicos

Stroller? We need a good travel stroller!

Kids travel bag? LL Bean Boat and Tote

Your handbag? Louis Vuitton GM Neverfull (it's huge!)

Airplane activity for kids? iPad, is that bad?

Airplane activity for yourself? Watching movies

Must-have for your child's carry on? Extra snacks and a new toy they've never seen before

Must-have for your carry-on? A good book, Airpods, hand sanitizer

Tips? Temper your expectations when traveling with your kids. It won't be the same as a romantic getaway. Don't get overzealous in planning out your days, I like to plan one thing per day and then see where it takes us.

 

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For more on Julia, you can follow her blog here, or check out her Instagram here.

 

 

a glimpse of zurich

Jordan Rhodes

Plans for a Zurich guide will begin soon, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this gorgeous European city by Nicki Rose, designer, artist, co-founder of Collier Rose Ink, and mom to two...

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Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? Kronenhalle or Baur-au-Lac. Kronenhalle has a fascinating history esp with it’s modern art collection including pieces by Matisse, Chagall and Miro.  Traditional food like veal and rosti and don’t miss the chocolate mousse for dessert: it is beyond! Naur-Au-Lac is also a fabulous hotel and could definitely fit under the ‘romantic’ or ‘inlaws/parents’ category, though not for kids.  Sitting in the garden for lunch or afternoon tea is delightful if you don’t want to make the commitment to staying there or have dinner there. Always a seriously chic crowd with the ‘who’s who’ of Zurich - fun people watching.

Casual restaurant? Sausage stand in central Zurich: Sternen Grill. We never leave Zurich without a stop there, and it is central - on Bellevue.

Restaurant with kids? Charming spot in Erlanbach:  Restaurant sum Pflugstein. They are lovely with children and there is a little garden kids can run around but it is also romantic in an old world, countryside sort of way for a couple’s dinner.

Bakery/desserts? Spruengli.  Best chocolates and sweets, also delightful cafe upstairs for lunch, coffee, ice cream.  Old world Swiss style - sort of an Eloise/tea and ice cream experience if you have a little girl. Go to the Paradeplatz location.

 Spruengli

Spruengli

Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself?  Check out https://www.im-viadukt.ch/en/home/ for a number of chic boutiques….very hip area, young - up and coming.  Also some great restaurants and food hall, and check the website for music, plays etc.

Best flowers - Marsano


Activity Favorites...

With kids?  My experience is mainly in summer: we love swimming in the lake of Zurich; there are fantastic playgrounds throughout the city that are not only full of exciting climbing and swimming opportunities but also engage kids in engineering activities (makes American playgrounds look unimaginative); The Zurich Zoo; private sailing outings but also the regular city ferries that go all over.

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With your husband?  nearby hikes- the proximity of mountain and countryside to city center is one of the things that makes this city so fantastic, compelling and livable.  The opera.

Hotel Favorites…

Dolder Grande - This is modern and quite amazing - very expensive.  Could be great for the romantic weekend - but it is also big - so not petite charming romantic - more like big, fancy romantic.  Spa is also supposed to be incredible, but I do not have first hand experience.  Sunday brunch is amazing (and you can take kids).  Food in general is amazing, fabulous contemporary art throughout, no shortage of ‘wow’ factors.

Atlantis by Giardino - chic, new - great pool and poolside bar, fab spa, indoor pool as well.  Works well for couples but also for families.

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Atlantis

Hotel Sonne - more traditional, small, right on the lake, old school swiss. Not fancy but charming and beds are so comfy.  Not in the city center - in a suburb about 10 minutes outside the city center by car or train, or 30 minutes by ferry in ‘Kusnacht'.  There is a delicious breakfast where you can sit outside and admire the lake, and private swimming access.  There is also a restaurant just in front of the hotel and there is a ferry stop right there, along with a short lakeside walk to a playground and beach on both directions.

 Hotel Sonne

Hotel Sonne

Best…

Museum?  Kunsthaus - Modern Museum. Love the way they have melded the old and new architecture and I adore the collection. It's worth calling in advance for a special kids tour.  

Chagall windows in the Fraumunster church - breath taking for adults and colorful and relatable for kids.

Spa? Atlantis

A fun day trip from Zurich with the kids is to Santis - a mountain relatively close, by car or train. There is a large gondola that takes you up and even in August you are in the snow…..with restaurant, views etc.

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Santis

General travel favorites...

Destination with kids? So many!!  We took them skiing out west for the first time this year and LOVED it! www.deervalley.com

Destination with spouse?  I truly love any travel adventure with my husband. Two favorites of recent: Paris, France (https://hotelducdesaintsimon.com/en/) and Tromso, Norway (https://www.lyngenlodge.com/)  For a little more sunshine, St. Barths.  We only had a quick few days and many of the famous spots were closed post hurricane but Hotel Le Village was a gem.

Stroller? No longer….6 and 8 year olds...

Kids travel bag?  Their own LL Bean backpacks now!

Your handbag? T Anthony weekender duffle in purple as my carry on with 3 separate sections.  But I am eagerly awaiting the Glimpse Guides original. :) 
When traveling on my own the new Away carry on suitcases are fantastic. 

Airplane activity for kids?   Books, coloring books, iPads, in flight entertainment.

Airplane activity for yourself? Much needed nap!  

Must-have for your child's carry on?  Headphones and SNACKS!

Must-have for your carry-on?  Warm scarf as i am always cold on planes; lip balm (love Avene), water, headphones, laptop.

Tips?  Have fun, and set the expectations for your kids especially with long haul travel…..just because you land, doesn’t mean you are there….customs etc takes a lot of time and little kids often don’t have a ton of patience.

 

a glimpse of los angeles

Jordan Rhodes

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Plans for an LA guide are underway, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of Los Angeles by Hillary Janneck, former Director of Leasing at the Pacific Design Center, and mom to Henry, three, and Georgina, 8 months.

Food Favorites…

Upscale restaurant? I love going to Giorgio Baldi or Vincenti with my husband or Forma in Santa Monica with my girlfriends. All three are Italian, incredibly delicious, but very different. Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood is a another favorite. It has a fun, old-school vibe and the most insane ice cream sundaes.

Casual restaurant? La Scala for their famous chopped salads, Cholada in Malibu for thai, Huckleberry for grab & go, Farmshop for weekend brunch, Caffe Luxxe for coffee and Larchmont Wine & Cheese for the best sandwiches in the city.

Restaurant with kids? Eating out with a two year old can be daunting, so we often head to the Brentwood Country Mart for chicken and french fry baskets from Reddi Chick. Henry loves to chase pigeons around the fire pit and go on the toddler rides before/during/after lunch.

Bakery/desserts? Sweet Rose Creamery for ice cream or Sweet Lady Jane for their triple berry cake.

Shopping Favorites…

Clothing boutique for yourself? Everything in LA is very spread out, so shopping can really be an all-day endeavor … because of that, I tend to buy most of my things online, but if I’m in need of something last minute, I’ll run over to Elyse Walker, which is just two blocks from my home and has a great selection.

Clothing boutique for kids? Poppy in Brentwood, Bonpoint and Petit Bateau in Beverly Hills, but I get much of their clothing online too. I am loving the new website Maisonette, which I’ve recently gone crazy on for our baby girl. Now that Henry is older, I buy most of his things from J Crew (along with my husband, they often seem to be matching because of it..) Zara.com has a “mini” section on their website for little ones, with the most wonderful & affordable knit and cashmere pieces.

Home decor store? When I worked for the Pacific Design Center, my job was to source new design showrooms, so I was lucky enough to spend most of my time in and out of the most beautiful home decor showrooms I could find. Some of my favorites include Nicky Rising, Raoul Textiles, Rose Tarlow, Jean de Merry, Harbinger, Hollywood at Home and Jasper. If I am in need of a gift or something small for our home, I’ll go to Turpan in Brentwood. Isarose in the Pacific Palisades is a florist and home store with some really fun, eclectic items. I just bought these amazing vintage whiskey glasses there for a girlfriend. They also carry a wonderful collection of coffee table books and Santa Maria Novella products as well. Another favorite is Rolling Greens in Culver City. It’s really an experience and more than a nursery, and has a fantastic selection of large and small potted plants mixed in with home accessories.

Jewelry store? I keep my jewelry very paired down with my wedding band, my fathers signet ring and a gold diamond necklace from my grandparents. But when I do buy jewelry, I head to Jenni Kayne, as she has a very curated collection of simple pieces that mix well with my every day jewelry.

Skincare store? This one is hard! I am a skincare junkie. I love Number One Beauty Supply & Sepi Spa on Montana Avenue for the essentials. I have become a big fan of Vintner’s Daughter, which I buy at my eyebrow salon, Striiike in Beverly Hills. Violet Grey on Melrose Place is also amazing. It’s tiny, but I could easily spend hours in there.

Paper store? Sugar Paper in Brentwood, Soolip in West Hollywood or Mr. Boddington’s Studio (online) for wrapping paper & gift cards, but my stationary is from Olivier de Sercey in Paris.


Activity Favorites...

With kids? Rustic Canyon park is our go-to. It’s beautiful, filled with sycamore trees and never too crowded. We also love to spend the morning together at Will Rogers. Nic & Henry will play catch or golf on the lawn, we’ll pack a picnic and visit the horses. Malibu Country Mart is a very toddler-friendly spot as well. There’s a sweet little playground surrounded by some great restaurants. It’s fairly contained, so kids are able to run around while parents can grab a coffee or juice and relax.

With your husband? We both are true homebodies, so our favorite time to spend together really is at home after we put Henry to sleep. We’ll start a fire, open a bottle of wine, cook a big dinner and play backgammon all night.

With friends? One of my favorite things to do with my girlfriends is go to a wine & cheese tasting at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. They host them monthly and each one is themed by region. We make it dinner and learn a little something along the way.

With visiting friends? I have a couple close girlfriends who visit from New York each year, and we love to go to Shutters-on-the-beach for a lazy brunch or dinner. Sometimes we’ll get a room and have a little staycation. It’s our special place.

Hotel Favorites…

For a romantic weekend? San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito

For your parents/in-laws? Both of our families are in Los Angeles, but I would recommend anywhere closest to your home, because LA traffic can be a bit of a nightmare!

For visiting single friends? Beverly Hills Hotel, Bel Air Hotel

For visiting families? It’s an hour and a half away from LA, but I am always so impressed with how child and family-friendly the Biltmore in Montecito is.

Best…

Neighborhood? Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica

Park? Rustic Canyon Park, Will Rogers Park or Holmby Park

Museum? The Getty Villa in Malibu. Henry loves running through the herb and vegetable gardens and playing in the water fountains.

Spa? Tomoko Japanese Spa in Beverly Hills for massages and Mars the Salon in West Hollywood for nails

General travel favorites…

Destination with kids? We love Sun Valley, Idaho. My husband’s family had a home there growing up & I fell in love quickly after our first trip. It’s such a magical place for children with plenty of activities to do year-round. It’s rustic, authentic and also fairly difficult to get to, which keeps the crowds away.

Destination with spouse? Montecito. It’s where we were married, so it is very special to us. We love the hotels, restaurants, charming shops and village-feel. It always feels a world away, but it’s just an easy (and scenic) drive up the coast and we’re there!

Stroller? We used the Bugaboo Chameleon for two seconds. Throughout the infant phase, wearing Henry in a Solly wrap made us both the happiest (and also gave me two free hands!) now that he’s older, we hold hands pretty much everywhere we go, or I push him in his little red car for long walks around our neighborhood.

Kids travel bag? Roberta Roller Rabbit makes the sweetest mini toddler suitcases, Henry loves knowing he’s in charge of his own bag when we travel.

Your handbag? Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve retired the straw bag I was using all summer, for my brown (indestructible) Givenchy tote. I never went the diaper bag route, but found the tote bags I already had and loved worked just perfectly.

Airplane activity for kids? On travel days, all of our rules pretty much go out the window. We give Henry the i-pad with a million episodes of Daniel the Tiger downloaded and he’s happy as can be.

Airplane activity for yourself? Catching up on magazines or the book I’m reading and if I’m lucky enough, closing my eyes for a second!

Must-have for your child’s carry on? Tons and tons of different snacks, his blanket, i-pad and Paw Patrol headphones.

Must-have for your carry-on? Moisturizer, hand wipes, an eye mask and a big bottle of water.

Tips? When it comes to traveling with a toddler, I’ve discovered it really is a germy, messy, free-for-all, no matter how hard you try. So I’ve learned to stay calm and let go a bit. We normally all arrive in one piece!

a glimpse of the hamptons

Jordan Rhodes

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Plans for a Hamptons guide will begin soon, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this famous area by Samantha Mollett, a former Fashion Editor and stylist. Samantha lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and their 3 children. She spends her summers enjoying the beach and everything else the Hamptons has to offer with her kids in Southampton, NY.

Food Favorites…
Upscale restaurant? I’ll take casual over upscale in the Hamptons any day, but Pierre’s or Topping Rose in Bridgehampton are fun for a night out, or if you really want old school upscale, the outdoor garden at San Ambroeus in Southampton is lovely. Bagatelle is opening in Sag Harbor this summer and Eleven Madison Park opened a summer pop-up that I’m sure will be delicious, if I can get a reservation!

Casual restaurant? Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. Best enjoyed when you can arrive by boat!
This is a great long boozy lunch spot! It isn’t casual per se, but you can roll up in a bathing suit and cover up with no shoes which I love.

Restaurant with kids? Sip n Soda for breakfast can’t be beat. LT Burger, Cowfish and Townline BBQ are other favorites…World Pie for pizza al fresco.
Best bakery? Tate’s Bake Shop of course. We bike there and stock up on cookies and pies for visiting house guests…and always get a few treats to refuel for ride home.


Shopping Favorites…
Clothing boutique for yourself? Henry Lehr, Clic, Tenet and Calypso, and the boutique at Surf Lodge.
Clothing boutique for kids? Pink Chicken or Egg
Home decor store? Mecox and Homenature
Jewelry store? Styleliner
Skincare store? Knockout Beauty – my friend Cayli Cavaco Reck opened this boutique last year and she carries amazing niche skincare lines that are mostly natural. She knows it all when it comes to skin care.
Paper store? Hildreth’s isn’t a paper store but they are one of the oldest small department stores in the country and they carry everything from linens, furniture, gifts, kitchen wares and baby/children’s gifts. It’s a great one stop shop that is unique to the Hamptons.

Activity Favorites…
With kids? The summer concert series in Southampton is a weekly Wednesday night tradition. It alternates from Cooper’s Beach to Agawam park and everyone brings dinner and drinks and enjoys the music and sunset. But our favorite thing to do is go to the beach! It’s all about the beaches in the summer In the Hamptons! They really are the most beautiful and uncrowded I have seen in the US. Love “The Cut” at Scott Cameron – the ocean and Mecox Bay meet and so it’s great for wading and crabbing. The kids love it. Old Town Road for beach bonfires and Road G for driving on and enjoying a Long Beach day. The farm stands all over the island are amazing. The best local produce, eggs, cheeses and flowers!! I love a good trip to the farmers market! Seven Ponds also has lots of wooden play structures for the kids to play on and pick your own fruits and veggies. Also not to be missed is Round Swamp Farmstand in Bridgehampton. The best prepared foods to bring on a picnic or for an easy yet delicious dinner at home. Expensive but everything they make is delicious! If you are visiting in the Fall then you must go to Hank’s Pumpkintown. It’s the place to get pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze and eat apple cider donuts.

With your husband? If we find ourselves without plans and have a sitter we love to grab drinks and dinner at the bar at Sushi Zuki in Watermill after going for a beach run or playing tennis.

With friends? We regularly meet up on one of the beaches in Southampton village that still let you drive on and have big tailgates and bonfires. Sometimes we bring all the kids and they make smores and scamper about in the dunes, and other nights we do adults only until the wee hours. Always my favorite nights of the summer. We also love a good old fashioned BBQ/pool party – especially if we can bike over to our friends’ houses.

With visiting friends? The farmstand at Wolffer is always fun. You can bring the kids, enjoy live music in the vineyard and drink rose – what’s not to like!? We also usually rent a water sports boat to water ski, tube etc and have them drop us off at Salt on Shelter Island for drinks and casual dinner. The Children’s Museum of The East End is an amazing kids’ museum. I spent countless hours there when my kids were younger. Definitely a must for people visiting with younger kids!


Hotel Favorites…I don’t really know that much about hotels in the area because we like to have friends stay with us. We love a full house!
But if Samantha had to pick…
For a romantic weekend? Gurneys or Topping Rose house
For your parents/in-laws? 1770 house or 1708 house
For visiting single friends? Sunset Beach
For visiting families? Gurneys or the Southampton Inn

Best…
Neighborhood/area? We are partial to Southampton, but all the towns are charming and have their own flavor and attractions. Amagansett and Montauk are further out so they are harder to get to but they have some really fun and cool restaurants and eateries. I have to have at least one Surf Lodge night a summer. Sag Harbor has a bit of an artsy feel to it and I love all the old Shipping Captains homes. Sag harbor is on the bay and has lots of small unique shops and restaurants.

Park? Agawam in Southampton for the playground overlooking Agawam lake and Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge for a nature walk and bird watching.

Museum? Parrish Art Museum in Watermill

Spa? Gurneys

General travel favorites…

Destination with kids? Roatan Honduras or Harbour Island

Destination with spouse? Paris or Mexico

Stroller? I’m finally out of strollers but I’m an Uppa Baby gal.

Kids travel bag? LL Bean rolling duffle.

Your handbag? Too many to name just one favorite but I can always justify splurging on a designer handbag based on cost per wear

Airplane activity for kids? Ipad and activity books.

Airplane activity for yourself? A good book while the kids are watching their show.

Must-have for your child’s carry on? Change of clothes, lovey and lots of snacks!

Must-have for your carry-on? Water, sunglasses, a book and my phone charger.

Tips? When going somewhere warm I try to pack a swimsuit and flip flops for my family in my carry on in case the luggage is lost, we can at least take a dip in the ocean!

 

a glimpse of dallas

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Research for my Dallas guide has not yet begun, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this great Texas city by my wonderful sister-in-law Betsy Matthews Rhodes – mother to Harvey and Grace and beauty publicist by day.

Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? Le Bibloquet. Like everyone else in town, I dream of the Cajun chicken. Also, Gemma, when I remember to make a reservation a month in advance.  Fachini, a gorgeous Italian restauarant in Highland Park Village opened a few months ago; I went with girlfriends and have been dreaming about the 100-layer lasagna ever since!   

Casual restaurant? We’re always hitting up Pie Tap in Knox Henderson. They had me at dipping sauces for their homemade pizza crust. 

Restaurant with kids? Cibo di Vino for dinner. Harvey brings a dump truck and soccer ball so he can play on the big lawn with all the other kids, while Stuart and I enjoy a glass of wine and dinner on the patio, assuming it’s not 100 degrees.  When I was on maternity leave with Grace, we lunched at Bird Bakery every single day. And I got a sugar cookie every single day… Elizabeth Chambers thought of everything with this spot! I love the pimento cheese sandwich (hold the mayo) with a side of tomato soup. It’s the most cheerful bakery and very kid-friendly.  

 

Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself? Mi Goldrina’s showroom.  Love the tops paired with skinny jeans – it’s my summer uniform.  And now that they have Mi Goldrina Baby, Grace can coordinate!  I was so excited when sweet friends gifted her a blue and white bloomers set.  My friend Molly of A Piece of Toast introduced me to Canary and Cabana; I listen to everything that she and her sister Sally recommend. Cabana is in a cute little house with a lavender door on West Lovers Lane; they don’t even need a sign – it’s the best “secret” in town.  You can also shop them online at https://cabanacanary.com

Clothing boutique for kids? Layette makes all my children’s clothing dreams come true! It is a really special store with a beautifully curated collection from Proper Peony, Lullaby Baby, The Beaufort Bonnet Company, Rachel Riley, Prodoh…I didn’t buy any baby clothes when I was pregnant with Grace because we didn’t know the gender.  As soon as she was born, I sent my parents and in-laws straight to Layette!  By the time we came home from the hospital, they had all these sweet pink things monogrammed for Grace. Felt so special! 

Home decor store? Madre has the cutest selection of gifts. It’s owned by four mothers with the best taste.  They also offer design services. And now JojoMommy, featuring adorable childrens’ clothes, moved into a room at the store!  Madison in Highland Park Village is my go-to for special occasions like wedding presents.

Jewelry store? Dallas-based Gaia for Empowered Women. I’ve been wearing their fun, colorful earrings all summer. Every piece is handmade by refuge women rebuilding their lives in TX

Paper store? My sweet friend designs the most charming custom invites for children’s parties – find her at @shoplovelucy

 

Activity Favorites...

With kids? On summer Saturdays, we wake up and go to The Farmer’s Market at our church, Saint Michael & All Angels. Presumably we go for the fruits and vegetables, but I always make a beeline for Mrs. Burt’s Cinnamon Buns. We get breakfast tacos from Tacodeli to eat while Harvey enjoys the playground.  In the afternoons when it is super hot, we take the kids to the Frontiers of Flight Musuem, which has a nice indoor play area.  Harvey has become very interested in fishing, so my husband takes him to the park with his fishing pole early on Saturday before it gets too hot. 

With your husband? We love to travel together when we get the chance, which is becoming harder and harder now that we have two. One of our favorite but simple getaways is a few hours drive from Dallas - Rancho Loma.  It’s super small – just five modern rooms, so book early.  A few weeks after we moved to Dallas, we asked good friends what we should do for our anniversary.  They recommended Rancho Lomo and we loved it.  Beautiful setting and delicious food.  Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of wine. 

With visiting friends? You can’t let friends leave town before they have the white queso and a mambo taxi margarita at Mesero. And shopping in Highland Park Village. 

 

Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend? The Mansion at Turtle Creek

For your parents/in-laws? Crescent Hotel 

For visiting single friends? The Joule

For visiting families? The Ritz Carlton

 

Best...

Neighborhood? We love walking through Bishop Arts.  Grab a drink at Boulevardier, have dinner at Eno’s Pizza, and then walk down the street for a  a slice of the Smooth Operator chocolate pie with pretzel crust from Emporium Pies.   

Park? While not technically a park, the Dallas Arboretum cannot be beat.

Museum? Perot Museum

Spa? Hiatus.  I loved their prenatal massages when I was pregnant with Harvey. 

 

General travel favorites...

Destination with kids?  We follow the grandparents. Scottsdale in the winter, when the weather is beautiful and there is so much for everyone to do beyond just swimming and golfing. The kids love the Scottsdale Zoo, the Butterfly exhibit, horseback riding and the aquarium. And Basalt in the summer – so nice to escape the Dallas heat! 

Destination with spouse? We love going back to NYC, where we met and fell in love.  Our first date was at Wilfie & Nell, which is why we now have a dog named Wilfie! 

Stroller? Uppababy Vista stroller. We bought it with Harvey and then added the adjuster when Grace was born, so it works well for two.   

Kids travel bag? Madre sells giant totes that you can monogram. Jordan, you taught me the importance of a large tote that zips.  So handy.

Your handbag? Goyard tote, which I fill to the brim. I keep Grace’s diaper bag items in an extra large, cheerful Liberty of London zipper bag that I can wipe clean. 

Airplane activity for kids? We keep a few special books that Harvey only gets to read on planes. And an ipad…can anyone without young children survive a flight without one?!

Airplane activity for yourself? Before Harvey, I used to love to read books on planes while listening to music. Now I’m lucky to get through half a magazine.

Must-have for your child's carry on? Mustella baby wipes (is there any better baby smell?!), Cadie Stubborn Stain Remover Stick, Ziplock bags and a change of clothes!  I also make sure to bring Amazon’s pee pads, which I use as a disposable diaper changing mat on the go.  

Must-have for your carry-on? I keep my schedule, to do list and personal ramblings in a Smythson agenda book – don’t know what I’d do without it.  And I always need By Terry Lip Balm, EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer and Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Crème.  

Tips? I’m not a naturally relaxed, carefree person, especially when I travel, so I try to remind myself that I’m too blessed to be stressed. That phrase helps me reframe my thinking.

a glimpse of nantucket

Jordan Rhodes

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Plans for a Nantucket guide will begin soon, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this charming island by Meg Nolan van Reesema, a veteran to the island, founder of Friend of a Friend Consulting, a luxury trip design agency, Editor in Chief of Goodspeed Magazine and mom to two busy boys.


Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? — Cru
Casual restaurant? — Nautilus or Ventuno Back Bar
Restaurant with kids? — Jetties Beach - you simply can’t beat the location, the sunsets or the pan pizza


Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself? - David Chase
Clothing boutique for kids? - Pinwheels has a great end of summer sale
Home decor store? - The lion’s Paw
Jewelry store? - I love the vintage collection at
Skincare store? - Good old Pharmacy is where I go for my Maria Badescu
Paper store? - Parchment


Activity Favorites...

With kids? - Paddleboarding and sailing on Jetties
With your husband? — sanford farm run
With friends? - 40th pole beach picnic
With visiting friends? - washing pond beach picnic


Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend? - Wauwinet
For your parents/in-laws? - White Elephant Inn
For visiting single friends?- Vanessa Noel Hotel
For visiting families? - White Elephant Residences or Nantucket Hotel


Best...

Neighborhood? - The Cliff (Nostalgia will win that every time for me)
Park? - Childrens Beach
Museum? - Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
Spa? - Wauwinet (very small)


General travel favorites...

Destination with kids? — Nantucket is definitely up there, otherwise Italy
Destination with spouse? - St. Barths
Stroller? - Bob is indestructible thus far
Kids travel bag? - The skip hop duo diaper bag is amazing, though not chic, but classic black nylon gets you through anything.
Your handbag? - Can’t beat the waterproof nature of a longchamp
Airplane activity for kids? - dare I say iPads? Otherwise hangman, coloring, and highlights magazines
Airplane activity for yourself? - tripping through a hudson news-bought crime thriller  (Never have I done that with kids onboard though)
Must-have for your child's carry on? - change of clothes, sometimes 2
Must-have for your carry-on? - pashmina / scarf
Tips? - Travel with intent each and every trip, no matter how selfish that intent may sometimes be, its direction will guide you towards a successful journey and more enlightening experience away from home.

 

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a glimpse of singapore

Jordan Rhodes

Plans for a Singapore guide will begin later, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this amazing city by former resident Cathy Eldridge Curley - luxury real estate agent in Vero Beach, Florida, mom to Jack (9) and Chris (8)...

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Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant?
Luke's Oyster Bar & Chophouse at Gemmill Lane - American style seafood and steaks...everything is FAB, but pricey!!!
Jim Thompson at Dempsey Hill - Thai food in a fun, Asian atmosphere
Chop Suey at Dempsey Hill - American style Chinese in a cool black and white / historic Singapore style
Ce La Vi at the top of Marina Bay Sands hotel - get a lychee martini, take in the wonderful view and order some sushi rolls...

Casual restaurant?
PS Cafe at Dempsey Hill
Wild Honey at Scotts Square Mall in Orchard area - great coffee, brunch, juices
Pizzeria Mozza in Marina Bay Sands mall - Mario Batali's place...all of the pizzas are FAB!  If you go with kids, sit at the bar and watch them make the pizzas
No Menu Bar at Boon Tat Street - sit outside with a nice bowl of pasta and glass of wine and watch the world go by...
Lucha Loco at Duxton Hill - fun margaritas and tacos in a cute neighborhood

Restaurant with kids?
Din Tai Fung at Wisma Atria in the Orchard area or the Marina Bay Sands Mall - award winning dumplings and dim sum (fried rice and steamed dumplings are usually a hit with kids!)
The restaurant at Singapore Botanic Gardens - I believe they will even pack you a picnic basket to enjoy elsewhere in the gardens...
Margaritas at Dempsey Hill - family friendly tex mex

*best coffee shop:  Tiong Bahru Bakery in Tangs on Orchard Road - I recommend a latte and the almond chocolate croissant warmed up....!

 

Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself?
Simone Irani at Cluny Court for resort wear, but I don't do a lot of shopping in Sing....WAY too expensive!!!
When at Marina Bay Sands, don't miss walking through the floating Louis Vuitton store...it's like a museum inside - very cool to see!

Clothing boutique for kids?
Cluny Court is full of darling boutiques for kids!

Home decor store?
Bungalow 55 at Cluny Court - don't miss this fabulous boutique outside of Cluny along the main road...

Jewelry store?
Hanna Lee at Cluny Court for inexpensive fashion jewelry

Skincare store?
The Beauty Candy Apothecary at Mandarin Gallery


Activity Favorites...

With kids?
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park - all are awesome!  Zoo and Bird Park - bring a bathing suit and towel in a backpack as there are water play areas.  You may want to sign up for Breakfast with the Orangutans at the zoo

With your husband?
Coffee and a walk through Singapore Botanic Gardens - enter at Nassim Gate and don't miss the National Orchid Garden
Drinks at Lantern bar at Fullerton Bay Hotel - great view

With visiting friends?
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Gardens by the Bay - don't miss the Cloud Forest!
Singapore Slings at the historic Raffles Hotel
Afternoon tea at the St Regis Hotel
Lychee martinis at Ce La Vi at the top of Marina Bay Sands


Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend?
Capella Singapore at Sentosa

For your parents/in-laws?
The classic, historic Raffles Hotel

For visiting single friends?
The trendy, cool Fullerton Bay Hotel

For visiting families?
Shangri La Sentosa

 

Best...

Neighborhood?
Haji Lane

Park?
Singapore Botanic Gardens

Museum?
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Spa Treatment
Anti aging facial at SK-II


General travel favorites:

Destination with kids?
JW Marriott Phuket Thailand - great hotel for kids, you can do an offsite to pet tigers and ride elephants...oh my!
Ritz Carlton Bali - you can ride camels on the beach
Ritz Carlton Krabi Thailand - you can also ride elephants from there...
Four Seasons Koh Samui Thailand
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Maldives
Margaret River region of Australia is great with kids!

Destination with spouse?
Maldives
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Ritz Carlton Tokyo (ideally April to see Cherry Blossoms)
Four Seasons Hong Kong

Stroller?
Maclaren umbrella stroller

Kids travel bag?
LL Bean monogrammed small backpacks

Your handbag?
Monogrammed Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Airplane activity for kids?
iPad

Airplane activity for yourself?
Magazines!  my favs are InStyle and US Weekly

Must-have for your child's carry on?
iPad and Angel Dear lovey

Must-have for your carry-on?
Wet wipes, Emi Jay hair ties, Tiger Balm (a Singapore company and I swear by it for headaches), L'Occitane hand cream and Carmex lip balm

Tips?
Allow extra time to spend in Changi airport which is consistently rated the top airport in the world...it has playgrounds, gardens, koi ponds, and wonderful shopping!  

When you first arrive in Singapore, download the Comfort Delgro Taxi app - it is THE way to book taxis and get around in Singapore!

Don't forget Rodan + Fields sunscreen and mineral peptide powder...the Asian sun is super strong!  Sunglasses, cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes / sandals and bathing suits are a must for Singapore.  

Stay hydrated!!!

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