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Summer’s Innocence

When have Brunello Cucinelli storefronts and fancy linens pushed their way into carefree summer fun?
To me, summertime symbolizes casual attire, grilling, family & friends, and NO CROWDS.

The last two weekends on my agenda have been just that.

First stop — the Catskills.
We decided to stay at the Inn At Lake Joseph in Forestburgh, New York. Partly because it was pet friendly and partly because it was something new and different.

Inn At Lake Joseph

Inn At Lake Joseph

With endless activities on the property and a variety of excursions to plan I could have spent a few more days upstate. (I am known to try to extend any vacation)

Boating on The Lake

Boating On The Lake

Fearless Deer

Fearless Deer

Hours of fiercely competitive gaming

Hours of fiercely competitive gaming

A number of the Inn’s rooms are individual cabins that occupy private porches with outdoor grills.

As an enthusiastic griller who rarely gets to grill living in the city, I was going to take full advantage of this thrilling opportunity.

I marinated steaks, chicken and wild salmon before we departed and packed my picnic basket full of cheeses, crackers, wine, veggies, cookies and fresh herbs. The cabin’s kitchen was stocked with the necessities and we were given a heap of fire coals at our door when we arrived.

The Master Chef

The Master Chef

A Grilling Fiesta

A Grilling Fiesta

With so much to explore and limited time, we selected a few places to check out.

THE DANCING CAT SALOON

The Dancing Cat

The Dancing Cat

FORESTBURGH PLAYHOUSE

Feels like your back at Camp

Feels like your back at Camp

FARMER’S MARKETS

Sullivan County Farmer's Market

Sullivan County Farmer’s Market

Catskill Harvest Market- My New Obsession

Catskill Harvest Market- My New Obsession

OTHER SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Antiquing, The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Mullet Falls and Sonoma Falls for hiking, Eldred Preserve Resort & Catskill Flies for fishing….and much more!

Only 90 miles away from New York City it is a perfect getaway during any season.

Next stop—Cape Cod.

As a crappy sleeper with a burning urge to get on the road at the crack of dawn I departed at 6:00 am with my pup on Friday of the holiday weekend.

Milo heads to the Cape

Milo heads to the Cape

Despersed between bbqs and family gatherings I fit in some of my favorite things to do on Cape Cod as we hosted our dear friends Nick and Ming.

SHINING SEA BIKE PATH

So painless, Doesn't even feel like exercise

So painless, Doesn’t even feel like exercise

My apologies, I didn’t capture a photo of the stunning views because I was walking, rather briskly. For the past eleven years I have been taking this walk religiously which spans eight miles. I have dragged numerous friends, boyfriends, even strangers along and  I look forward to it everytime with the same vigor, inhaling its naunces along the way. Oh, and we do take a break half way through at the famous Pie In The Sky cafe for a fresh popover and an iced coffee.

CHART ROOM

Chart Room is quintessential Cape Cod. My family has had a standing reservation here for over a decade and we are not giving it up anytime soon. Its casual New England fare is complimented with a bustling crowd of tourists, regulars and salty dogs. Boats speckle the Cataumet bay and the live music echoes through the open windows. It will forever be one of my favorites eats.

WOODS HOLE

Woods Hole is a sleepy fishing village, famous for its Oceanography Institution. There are a bunch of cute places to dine and watch the boats pass by.

Phusion Grille in Woods Hole

Phusion Grille in Woods Hole

SEACREST RESORT & OLD SILVER BEACH

After a couple of hours at Old Silver Beach I like to end the day with a cocktail at SeaCrest Resort especially now that the Resort underwent a recent facelift.  I highly recommended the Seacrest for families who are traveling to the Falmouth area.

SeaCrest Resort

SeaCrest Resort

On Sunday, we ventured to Martha’s Vineyard on the Queen Island Ferry and  rented mopeds in Oak Bluffs. It is a great way to get around the island and experience the different vibes of each village. We zoomed down through lower island to Chillmark, laced with lush rolling lands, farms and galleries.

Trav and I mopeding

Trav and I mopeding

Oak Bluffs has a honky tonk feel showcasing its colorful gingerbread houses and a lively wharf lined with seafood eateries.

Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs

At Larsen’s Fish Market devouring the freshest seafood, down and dirty style.

Ming with her Gigantic Lobster

Ming with her Gigantic Lobster

So far a perfect start to the summer where heels and red ropes are the furthest thing you will find around these parts.

Summer cheers!


Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)


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