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BEST SUMMER VACATION SPOTS IN THE US

June 3, 2022

Summer is the perfect time to unplug and unwind and with so many beautiful vacation spots in the US, to say that you have options is an understatement. Lounging on soft sandy beaches? Check! Experiencing the wonder of nature? Oh yes! Art, wine tours, and checks off the bucket list? Absolutely. Pack up your suitcase, grab that beautiful flowy dress you knew you’d need a reason to wear, and book a trip to one (or more!) of the best summer vacation spots in the US.

Best of the West

Berkeley, California

In the sixties, the Free Speech Movement was born in Berkeley, and that same sort of free-spirited boho attitude still pervades today. Berkeley is earth-conscious, a forward-thinking city just outside San Francisco. This town of fewer than twenty miles contains nine meditation centers, several niche yoga studios, and organic health food and smoothie shops. UC Berkeley houses the Greater Good Science Center, which studies mindfulness, meditation, and consciousness. Free-flowing fabrics, slinky cardigans, and comfortable footwear for the Bay Area's notoriously steep hills make the perfect Norcal summer outfit.

Napa Valley, California

Beautiful sweeping countryside views, sipping wine, and sunset gazing in perfect weather are the perfect way to enjoy California’s iconic Napa Valley. Keep comfortable and stylish with a wide-brimmed hat, long flowy dress, a cardigan for a light breeze, and cushy sandals. There are more than 375 family-owned wineries, so enjoy supporting the local economy while also experiencing Napa Valley in the most authentic way. Private drivers or tours are available to chauffeur guests from different wineries of choice or plan a day of tastings for you. Once the wine tastings are over, head back to the hotel and unwind with a massage, bubble bath, or curl up with a blanket and a good book.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is one of the best spots in the world for a summer vacation with a cool breeze and comfortable, overcast skies. Hop on a cable car ride to experience the city and the historical homes that fill the neighborhoods. Explore the one-of-a-kind food and art for sale in the Palace of Fine Arts, modeled after Roman ruins. Head to the eastern side of Alamo Square Park to see The Painted Ladies, also known as “postcard row.” From the park, you’ll be able to see the colorful Victorian homes up close, and a view of the San Francisco city beyond. The Painted Ladies are recognizable from the 90’s icon Full House. Grab some authentic Asian food from Chinatown and enjoy a picnic with scenic views of The Golden Gate Bridge or sift through shinies at one of San Francisco's many new age shops filled with crystals, herbs, and handmade art. Dress in layers, and be sure to pack a warm, windproof jacket, some comfy cargo pants, and supportive walking shoes!

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever been a fan of National Geographic, you've had this park on your list.
Summertime just happens to be Yellowstone's boldest look; you're guaranteed to see Bison and get metaphorically lost in the woods on some of the world's finest hiking trails; Old Faithful is an American icon; Grand Prismatic Spring is life-changing. Regardless of who accompanies you to Yellowstone, good Footwear is your best friend. We recommend a fabric shoe lining with moisture wicking for sweat, memory foam for comfort, and a shock-absorbing heel pad for inclines.

Chic in the Northeast

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

'Summer in Cape Cod' is as definitive as 'Winter in New York.' Cape Cod is known for sandy beaches framed with picturesque lighthouses, lobster rolls, and quaint streets with charming seaside architecture. Exclusive, Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the Cape that represents the classical New England summer, complete with harbor towns and historic lighthouses. Accessible only by boat or plane, Martha’s Vineyard is a summer destination that can’t be missed when at the Cod. The warmer months are also peak whale watching season, and often you can spot their fins from the shore. Although bathing suits and cotton coverups are essential, don’t leave the sneakers at home- you’ll likely do a lot of walking. Comfy maxis skirts and simple jewelry are completely Cape Cod.

The Hamptons, New York

Known for its incredible natural beauty and rich history, The Hamptons is New York's acclaimed weekend getaway. The Hamptons are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Enjoy the white sandy beaches, do some shopping, or grab some savory fresh seafood during your stay. Luxury amenities combined with rural settings make for a posh summer vibe. The historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is a high-class private golf course laid out across rolling hills. Recognized as one of the world's top courses, all guests must be signed in by a member before play. The Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, is hosted here every August. Grab your wide-brimmed hat, best summer dress, and favorite oversized sunglasses to watch some of the top equestrians worldwide complete with a spirit in hand.

Newport, Rhode Island

The whip of the fresh ocean breeze on your face, the sound of seagulls, the scent of melted butter rolling off steamed lobster- that is Newport, Rhode Island. The ocean state is the epitome of summer, and that happens to be the best season to visit, when the days are sunny, the beaches are calling, and every attraction is open for business. America’s Cup, an annual sailing regatta, is hosted off Newport’s shores every summer, and the city is considered the yachting capital of the US. Newport is also beloved for the Gilded Age mansions that define Bellevue Avenue, such as The Breakers, an 1895 stunner fashioned after a renaissance palace. Other notable estates in the area include Marble, The Elms, and the especially palatial Chateau-sur-Mer. Belted Maxi dresses with sun hats, and statement jewelry makes ideal mansion viewing outfits.

Kennkeport, Maine

Kennkeport is known for its classical summer beaches, such as sandy Arundel and Goose Rocks Beach. This historic town in southern Maine also houses The Seashore Trolley Museum, the world's first and largest museum of transit vehicles. This museum includes trains, urban vehicles, and motor buses, along with the trolley cars. Other one-of-a-kind things to do in Kennekeport include St. Ann's Episcopal Church, a rustic stone beauty dating back to 1887, set with rolling grass with ocean views. Remember- just because you're not on the stereotypical sunny south Florida beach doesn't mean the sun isn’t affecting your skin, especially if you use products with Retin-A. Be sure to wear at least 30 SPF and reapply regularly.

Summer in the South

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island has long been one of the Southern US’s best elite summer vacation spots, outfitted with sandy beaches and world-class golfing. Coligny Beach, a hybrid of art shops, eats, and live music outlining the oceanfront, is the social hub of Hilton Head. The island is highly walkable, connected by an intelligent network of trails that makes biking or walking ideal. Comfortable, breathable clothes, oversized sunglasses, and jewelry with natural components like shells, wood, or pearls are the Hilton Head uniform.

The Golden Isles, Georgia

Few things scream ‘Americana’ as loud as horseback riding on Georgia’s Golden Coast.
Just over an hour from Savannah, the Golden Isles are renowned for their pristine beaches, untouched marshlands, and preserved wildlife, including sea turtles. Other to-do's in the Golden Isles include catching a sunset at Driftwood Beach, where the castaway trees make inspiring silhouettes at golden hour, and Tree Spirits' faces carved into the oak trees on St. Simon's island, whose origins remain shrouded in mystery. Comfortable cotton tops and loose linen pants are ideal for horseback riding and light adventuring.

Palm Beach, Florida

Utter the words ‘Palm Beach in Florida’, and your mind instantly fills with images of decadent Mediterranean mansions, velvety soft beaches, golfing by the ocean, and classic south Florida allure. Unlike many of Miami’s Hot Spots, the atmosphere at Palm Beach is a low-key luxury, with more country clubs than nightclubs. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse pairs Florida history with sweeping views of tropical greenery and turquoise ocean. The shopping haven that is Worth Avenue is lined with boutiques, art galleries, and seafood eateries. Whether or not you’re hitting the beach or just enjoying it from afar, stay stocked with sunscreen to combat the sun’s harsh rays. Use an alcohol-free cleanser to wash away the SPF and humidity at the end of the day.