my mother gets credit for finding this one: the graham & co hotel in phoenicia, ny.
seriously, i’d pack my bags this second for a weekend of hikes, bikes, fire pits and hammocks in the Catskills. wouldn’t you?
their branding is great, too. i love how they describe themselves: an update on the traditional weekend away. like this place, the vibe seems to be like summer camp for adults in the best possible way….probably with a lot less attitude, though.
(images courtesy of the graham & co website)
i love this duck. he was so chill…
pretty little mushrooms…
spur-of-the-moment, i decided to take my camera with me on a morning coffee run a couple weeks ago in east hampton. not really knowing if i’d see anything to take a picture of, but it was a gorgeous morning…. i took a different road home (past all the big ol’ mansions… i was being a total sunday driver) and drove by a duck pond i had never noticed before.
so i had to stop. it was just so…nature-y! i like nature… i forget about it sometimes, since i live in a city. but i grew up in it and i have nice memories of it. as long as there are no bees near me, nature and i get along really nicely.
(photos by laurakinsey)
these photos just scream “summer food”, don’t they? limeade with fresh mint. corn on the cob. b.l.t. sandwiches with in-season tomatoes. those frosty-looking delicious stone fruits. i love all of this stuff…. but the last few weeks have been super busy and as a result, sort of dry as far as cooking is concerned. i already have that dreaded feeling that summer is over, it’s all over! i have to remind myself there’s still plenty of time left to the season. we still have tomatoes to look forward to, after all.
these images help.
the photo of the b.l.t. reminds me of something else. i need to get my hands on some vegenaise. no idea why that stuff is so good… but it is. my friend tammy, (who actually is a vegan), force-fed me some when i went to cleveland a couple weeks ago, and now i’m hooked.
(from the top: 1/2/3/4/)
have a great weekend everyone! back on monday….
happy fourth of july, everyone! i hope everyone is picnicking, swimming, hiking, grilling, etc. here’s a little smattering of rooms i love, all from different houses this time. enjoy!
(image credit: top, and below: 1/2/3/4)
…and i’m already reminiscing about the weekend. what was supposed to be just a little pit-stop at clam bar turned into an opportunity for a quick snack and a drink. seriously, what’s better than a grilled hot dog? (some might say any of the local seafood options available, but sometimes a hot dog is where it’s at, right?)
(photo by laurakinsey)
what are you up to this weekend? mk and i are heading east for a few days to spend time at the rental house in east hampton. i’m hoping for great beach weather… beach juice… and maybe a visit here, here, and here. have a great weekend!
happy friday, everyone.
don’t ask how, but i managed to come down with a major sinus infection during the heatwave we’ve been having here on the east coast. i’m hoping to shake it by tomorrow so i can practice some baking. turning on the oven might sound like a dumb idea, but there are so many fruits and berries available right now… it just seems like the perfect time to experiment.
if the weekend lasted more than two days, i’d love to do each and every one of these things:
the cheese market and dairy fair at the new amsterdam market tops my to-do list on sunday!
visit monet’s garden exhibit at the new york botanical center
check out williamsburg’s farmers market
a class in making and decorating model boats? sounds interesting…
take a tour of castle williams on governors island
visit the cloud city exhibit by tomás saraceno at the met
(image credits here, here, and here)
i just ordered a new bag to use at the beach this summer. it’s hasn’t quite arrived, but when it does, it’s getting stocked with these goodies for sure…
1. tote from Lotta Jansdotter’s collection
2. 100% cotton honeycomb weave towels (or shawls) pack light and are great for when it’s really hot
3. gotta have shades at the beach
4. reusable glass bottles are perfect for water… or my special “beach juice”
5. i like to keep my phone, lip balm, and wallet in cute waterproof cases, like this one
6. love this necklace from calypso. i can throw it on with a cute beach cover up over my swimsuit and be ready for a cocktail
7. another must have…. a hat to hide my crazy beach hair
okay, there will be some snacks in there, too. and a book, but i have yet to find my summer beach books… stay tuned.
happy monday! i’m hoping everyone had a great weekend. mine flew by and the theme was indulgence… (too much food! too much drink!) but the weather was perfect and mk! and i did some great exploring. highlights? a drink and a snack at the recently opened parish hall, and a great little cocktail at two door tavern, involving cucumber vodka, black pepper, soda water, and lemon or lime. the weekend was nicely bookended by beverages on rooftops – and the ease and frequency with which this is possible might just be one of the best things about new york city.