Earlier this month, we took our summer trip in the Hamptons with friends. It’s quite the understatement to say that I am OBSESSED with the Hamps! From the moment we left last summer, I could not wait to come back. Not only is it some of the prettiest scenery & real estate, but you have the beach, countless farmers markets, blooming sunflower fields, vineyards and the cutest little towns to just stroll the streets of. And, of course, I can’t discuss the Hamptons without a mention of Levain Bakery’s AMAZING cookies. If you’ve ever had one, you know just how serious they are! If you haven’t, PLEASE add them to your bucket list because they are an absolute MUST-TRY.
This summer was a little different – since we had Henry with us! We did a few staycaytions in the beginning of the summer to “practice” for this trip, but this was our first REAL family vacation as a family of three and Henry’s first flight (I’ll save that little story for another day). I thought it would be fun to give a little rundown of our trip and share some photos.
Since it seems like it has been raining here in South Florida NON-FREAKING-STOP (& that’s not an exaggeration) over the past few weeks, I can’t help but daydream about our upcoming summer vacations. Visions of wind-blown hair (mine & Henry’s ha!), swimsuits and our toes in the sand are clouding my mind lately and I think it’s safe to say I’m so excited to get outta town! While I know traveling with the babe in tow won’t be the most “relaxing” of vacations, I truly do love any excuse to travel and can’t wait for Henry to experience all of our new adventures.
When planning a vacation, I always do some shopping beforehand. A trip is the best excuse to spruce up my wardrobe and find a few pieces that will travel well and fit whichever destination is on the radar. Plus, planning a vacay is almost as exciting as the actual vacay – am I right?! From beachy accessories to lounge chair reading material, below are a few of my summer travel must-haves!
New York City is the ConcrEAT Jungle.
The city that never sleeps is what foodie dreams are made of. Any type of food you could ever possibly imagine is available in the ‘Big Apple.’ From Soho to Midtown and through the villages, you can pretty much find anything you want, anytime of the day. Next time you’re in NYC, add the following five foodie havens to your list. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and a full wallet – and don’t blame me if you leave with the opposite!
Let’s just be honest here.. Epcot is Disney World for grown-ups.
When I was a kid, a trip to Epcot was almost as bad as a trip to the pediatrician. I much preferred the bewitchment of the Magic Kingdom and the retro streets of the park formerly known as MGM, even though I was too small for the best rides. Epcot was just “too boring” and “too educational” to have fun for my seven-year old self.
Chicago in a day. A nearly impossible task. With some determination and a big appetite, I made it happen.
Since time was of the essence, location was key. The Park Hyatt Chicago on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave.) was our home for the weekend and I couldn’t have asked for more. Perfection! The view was everything. Our room was large with a bench at the window that overlooked the city and Lake Michigan. And any hotel that offers mid-day snacks and water, tea, and coffee is good in my book!