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Sailor's Travels | Shelter Island

 

Last week, I was out on Shelter Island for a sailing training camp. It was a (short) two years since my last time out there... highlighting that all occasions have been for sailing purposes. As much as I wish to frequent the Hamptons getaway with the plan to eat and lay on a beach, there is still no complaints here. Since I was there for a little less than a week, we stayed at a open and bright AirBnB. The location was prime considering I was able to get my pre-Sailing run in along Crescent Beach around the sunrise. We were also next to Shelter Island House, which made the best dining option after a long day on the water (and the need to spend half the night stretching, followed by Law & Order). 

If I'm being 100% honest, Shelter Island isn't my favorite of the bunch. It becomes quite repetitive after more than a few days and is even more pricey than your standard Hamptons eateries. Though there are several cons, the pros are also pretty strong. The number one is 100% the nature and scenery of the island. One day during the training camp, we sailed around the island... (side note: don't think my legs have recovered yet)... in which, I was truly able to see how beautiful and essentially, untouched the island is still. The other HUGE pro is the coffee. If you don't follow me on Snapchat and see my never-ending caffeine intake nor have read my several coffee centered posts, you'd know that coffee plus me equals smiley face. With that, Stars Cafe's iced coffee is *no words* and is 100% one of the reasons I was able to survive 6 days of training. 

With the simple break down of the island, here are my recommendations on where to stay, to eat, and to wander/do.

Enjoy!

 

WANDER

Crescent Beach: the Hamptons hot spot home to Sunset Beach. #yachtsonyachtsonyachts 

Biking Around the Island: Since it is a small island, biking is 100% the easiest way to get from point A to point B. Either rent a bike or bring your own. The next step up? Vespa. 

Sailing: I hope this one is obvious. 

 

EAT

SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill: This is my all-time favorite restaurant on the island. Tucked away on the South End, their wide range menu is perfect for whatever your dining preferences are. I was partial to the coconut rice and veggie sushi. 

Shelter Island House: Considering it was next door to my homebase, their summer salad and delectable pasta made it in the weekly rounds. 

Marie Eiffel Market: I can't say enough good things about this market. Whilst the prices are on the steeper side, I personally think it is worth it. Either pick from the delicious array of freshly prepared foods (my personal go-to was the veggie burger and fries), or pick up something for the beach. 

Sunset Beach: For those who want to be seen on a Saturday night. 

Stars Cafe: Iced coffee heaven. I'm also fully convinced that the staff thinks I'm a hardcore caffeine addict. 

 

STAY

Sunset Beach Hotel: See above. (-: 

The Dreamcatcher: Here is the AirBNB, that I stayed at. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fair amount of space. The owners were lovely and did a beautiful job renovated the loft. 

 

Out At The End | Montauk

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On Sunday, the fam and I made a day-trip out to Montauk. It's been eons since I was last there... I was maybe 8 or 9, give or take a few. From what I can recall about my first trip out to the end is all good and grand things: pristine beaches, rocky edges, and a relaxed nature about the beach town. Since then, Montauk has turned into a summer hub for stylish New Yorkers since The Surf Lodge, (new & improved) Gurney's, and other hipster places opened for business. During the summer, I can assure you that Montauk isn't exactly my vibe- I much prefer it in the winter due to my affinity for visiting seaside towns in the off-season.


I genuinely fell in love with Montauk. It was quiet, untouched, and retained it's known reputation of a surfer and beach bum haven. Locals were out surfing early in the morning and the few coffeeshops and diners were bustling. I truly find it fascinating how certain people can click with places. Ask my family: I was legitimately on a high from being out there. Still pondering if that is normal/socially a-okay, but goes to show you how much we are effected by our environment. As much I love bustling cities, nothing leaves me more refreshed and renewed than a dosage of the best medicine. Further confirming my rule that salt water and some fresh air is a million times better than _____. [endless options can go there]

I plan on returning as soon as I have a free moment. April? 

Oh, and I also found my dream home. Shingles. Mint door. 10 feet from the beach.
Where do I sign up?

 

Sailor's Travels | Miami, FL

Sailor's Travels | Miami, FL

I tend to joke that I'm a walking travel agent. Actually, not really joking. The amount of time I spend researching places around the world (that are on my "I Want To Go To There" list) is slightly concerning, but at the same time very helpful, when it comes to planning a trip, um essentially, anywhere.

In all travel agent jokes aside, I'm finally presenting my Miami travel guide. You've seen the outfits, the vlog, and the views, so it's finally time to close up this party. Let this be a resource to anyone and everyone who is visiting the 3-0-5. Bookmark, screenshot, take notes, whatever floats your boat.

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Two Is Better Than One

Don’t worry, you aren’t going crazy… only experiencing deja-vu. I’ve been on a serious hunt for a new white sundress after growing out of one from St.Barths eons ago. And as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hence, it led to purchasing this Tularosa number in white

 

This is where the deja-vu comes in. I already own it in black- remember seeing it a ton over the summer? So, why not add another to the collection? A versatile number, as well. 

 

And as another old saying goes, two is definitely better than one. 

 

Dress: Tularosa (on sale), | side note: I ordered one size up in this dress because it shrinks a lot after being washed... keep that in mind when ordering (: