Mystic, Connecticut – An obvious #1 on my list. Mystic will forever hold a special place in my heart since my husband and I got married there this past October. Although beautiful all year round, this town comes alive during the summer. Our favorite restaurants are S&P Oyster Co., the tree house at Oyster Club, The Engine Room, and Red 36. Go for a day sail on the Argia. Get ice cream at the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Shop. Take a 10 min drive to Watch Hill and have lunch at Ocean House. Our favorite places to stay are the Whalers Inn and Steamboat Inn. Both are conveniently located right in town, allowing you to walk to most of the attractions and restaurants.
Block Island, RI – We went here when I was a kid before we moved to Kentucky. I am still hoping to go back ASAP. When I do go back, I will be staying at The Spring House Hotel. Or of course Airbnb is always an option!
Newport, RI – Another very special place to our family! My sister and brother in law were married here in 2011. It’s such a beautiful and legendary town! Make sure to stop by the KJP Flagship Store in Bowen’s Wharf and the Pink Pineapple Shop. Our favorite place to eat will always be Brick Alley Tavern. It’s also on my list to have drinks at Castle Hill Inn on their Adirondacks!
LBI – Low key, no fuss. My husband vacationed here when he was a kid with his entire family. What I love about it is that you can essentially walk everywhere, is so kid-friendly, and has beautiful beaches for the northeast. Don’t forget to go to Dairy King every night!
Myrtle Beach, SC – We’ve been going to Myrtle Beach as a family for the past 11 years. Specifically we stay in Pawley’s Island, which is south of the very touristy Myrtle Beach. I love that this trip is just under 2 hours by plane, the beaches are incredible, and coming from New York it’s pretty nice to change our pace for a week. Murrell’s Inlet is the place to be for dinner, just make sure to either make a reservation or be prepared to wait for tables as it is very crowded during the summer. We stay at Litchfield by the Sea, which is great for apartment and house rentals, all in a private community with private beach.
Lancaster, NH – My friend’s family has a house here that has been in their family for generations. I haven’t been since my early 20’s but it’s still one of my favorites. There is just something about New Hampshire. The nature, the water, the hiking…it is all so peaceful. I’ll never forget those summers where we water skied, canoed, and camped the days away. It’s still on my bucket list to stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, which is a short drive away.