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Sag Harbor: The Celebrities’ Secret Town in New York

Day Trips and Travel Sag Harbor Main Street Fernanda Paronetto

Have you heard of the celebrities’ secret town in New York? Shhhh! Sag Harbor is a charming village in Long Island that dates back to the early 1700’s. It’s a great place to explore over the weekend!

I always tell people about how beautiful the state of New York is and, to prove how amazing day trips or weekend experiences can be, I picked one of my favorite spots to show you: Sag Harbor!

Sag Harbor is a charming village in Long Island that dates back to the yearly 1700’s. It was considered the 2nd most important seaport, after New York City, of course and was known as a thriving whaling port from 1760 through 1850.

It’s close the to the North Fork, where we recently did a video at an amazing winery called Macari Vineyards and saw one of the biggest wine bottles I had ever seen! Obs: It’s another great place for a weekend adventure!

Anyway, Sag Harbor it one of my favorite spots and “Yes!”, celebrities love it too! It’s the celebrities’ secret town in New York, that they head to when they want to get away from everything and everyone. Sorry celebs! Busted!

I chose a few spots in town to share and help you with your itinerary, while you’re there. But, there is just so much to do that I’m sure you’ll be able to explore on your own and find out other great places!

I do recommend to go for, at least, a weekend, but you can also risk a day trip! Last case, you can just book last minute a room at one of their beautiful hotels.

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Main Street in Sag Harbor

Day Trips and Travel Sag Harbor Main Street Fernanda Paronetto

Sag Harbor’s Main Street is so charming that you can literally spend a few hours just walking up and down.

You’ll have a great time exploring all the local shops, design stores, gift shops, great restaurants, salons, book stores – like Berry & Co (formerly Harbor Books) on the picture above, cafés, donut shops, and so much more!

I couldn’t stop walking into every single venue I found and even the local market I walked in to find fresh and delicious goodies that are not always easy to find in the city!

The architecture really resembles those cute port towns from centuries ago and everything is super well preserved.

It’s a great place not only for family and kids, but also friends, couples, elderlies. There is a place for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the little town!

I mean, it’s got something for everyone!

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Baron’s Cove

Day Trips and Travel Sag Harbor Barons Cove Hotel Pool

As I said in the video, Sag Harbor has many great hotels to stay, but this time I chose to share Baron’s Cove.

We’ve featured them before and I really love the property! They are a 4-star waterfront hotel with 67 rooms and fantastic amenities.

There are rooms with private garden terraces, harbor loft suites with balconies, village rooms as well as dog-friendly rooms – so your canine friend is super welcome!

You’ll find countless activities to try, like the heated saltwater pool, tennis court, gym, spa services, summer BBQs and lobster bakes, fireplace during winter, etc. And still, complimentary beach service with transportation, beach picnic lunch options, as well as an onsite concierge! Can’t get any better!

In addition, Baron’s Cove is also the only venue in Sag Harbor featuring live entertainment every night during the summer season. So, there is always something fun going on!

Famous artists, musicians, literary names such as Jackson Pollock, Billy Joel and Truman Capote have been regular guests, back in the days! Pretty awesome, right?

Their restaurant serves all-American food and has a fantastic and privileged view of the marina, that is just across the road.

It’s location is very convenient and it’s just a few minutes walking from Main Street!

Even though it can get quite chilly during the winter, it’s great to go with a loved one, or friends to enjoy a peaceful weekend. So yes! It’s a great place to go any time of the year!

Location: 31 West Water Street

www.caperesorts.com/barons-cove


Dopo La Spiaggia

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I love Italian restaurants, so I decided to feature one of the best gems in town: Dopo La Spiaggia.

All restauranteurs, foodies, celebrities and the gorgeous crowd in town are always there enjoying their delicious dishes and drinks!

Owned by Chef Maurizio Marfoglia – that was super kind to meet us at the restaurant – has created a fantastic, seasonal menu with a variety of local ingredients. All very, very fresh!

The sun was out, so we decided to sit at the charming outdoor patio, with another great view of the marina. The patio has a cozy environment, with tables set close together and a breathtaking green wall from end to end!

Menus are updated regularly, and time time we chose two dishes to try:

  • Tagliolini – squid ink pasta, bay scallops, shrimp, calamari, chili and tomato. Note: it does have a spicy kick!
  • Branzino – poached sea bass, tomatoes, spinach with white wine.

Of course, both dishes paired with fantastic wine – one white, one red! As Italians say: Perffeto!

I’ve also heard from friends that other dishes are also must-haves, like the super creamy burrata, the homemade ravioli is perfectly done with wild mushrooms, ricotta cheese, vidallia and crushed tomato sauce. Plus, all sea dishes are very tasty and well-served.

Ah! Dessert, yes! You can try their stellar tiramisu and the berry tart with crème Anglaise. The portions are good to share, in case you were curious!

Buon Appetito!

Hours:
Monday, Thursday – Friday: Dinner from 5:30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Saturday & Sunday: Lunch and dinner from 12 noon

Location: 6 Bay Street

www.dopolaspiaggia.com


The Buddha Berry

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Last, but surely not least, we finished the day at The Buddha Berry, a dessert spot to satisfy your sweet tooth!

The spot is loved by everyone in town! They not only sell self-serve frozen yogurts, but also crêpes, waffles and still have a coffee bar, with organic coffee!

They’ve recently started serving vegan yogurt with almond milk and natural ingredients, which had been a huge success!

Of course, I decided to try their famous frozen yogurt. Nancy, the owner, sources countless toppings from all over the world and brings them to her delicious store. There are so many options that it was actually quite hard to pick and choose the ones I wanted. I mean, I wanted to serve myself a bit of each one! Lol!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: Noon – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Location: 125 Main Street

www.buddhaberry.com


As I said, there are so many more places to visit and explore in town, so don’t be shy to walk around and get lost – literally! Oh! And do visit their Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, set in an 1845 Greek Revival mansion featuring whaling exhibits and a shop with handmade gifts.

I’m sure you’re going to have one of the best weekends away from the city and will want to come back again, and again, and again!

And, how that you heard of the celebrities’ secret town in New York be careful when spreading the word!

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Videography and PhotographyRenata Meirelles 
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Garrison: A Peaceful Weekend Getaway In New York

Day Trips and Travels Garrison Hudson Valley By Jake Rajs

Garrison is located only 50 miles North of Manhattan and has some of the most spectacular sceneries close by. So, if you’re the adventurous type, this is the place to go for a peaceful weekend getaway in New York!

Day Trips and Travels Garrison Hudson Valley By Jake Rajs
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jake Rajs

Garrison has become one of the most popular hideaways of the super successful New Yorkers that look for peace and quiet. Why? Most of the houses are totally isolated from “civilization” giving them down time after a stressful week.

The city center is super tiny. There, you will find an art center that offers classes for kids and adults and a charming local library.

It’s a great place for canoeing in the Hudson River. Many adventurer enthusiasts head up there to explore New York’s nature and wildlife.

If you enjoy golf,  there are two golf courses to play around. One is the 9-hole Highland Country Club, and the 18-hole Garrison Golf Club.

A few other places to visit while you’re in town:

  • Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center – A home, studio, and woodland garden created by the industrial designer, Russel Wright, between 1942 and 1976.
  • Boscobel House & Gardens – They are one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States. The mansion holds the finest collection of New York Neoclassical furniture and it’s location offers a breathtaking view of the Hudson Valley.
  • Garrison Art Center – They are focused on promoting the creation, exhibition and enjoyment of art!
  • Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary – Comprised of 270 acres of tidal marsh in the Hudson Highlands, Constitution Marsh serves as critical natural habitat for birds and other wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary.

*Places are in same order of appearance in gallery below.*

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There are beautiful houses around town and it’s a great place for weddings too!

Also, Garrison is just 10 minutes away is Cold Spring, where you can have a nice dinner with wine and buy groceries. We simply love this small and super charming village!

And still, only 15-20min car ride, you can check out the renowned contemporary art museum called Dia:Beacon.

Enjoy this a peaceful weekend getaway in New York!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jake Rajs
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Gurney’s Montauk Resort: A High-End Experience In Montauk

Day Trips and Travels Gurneys Montauk Resort

People that know us well are aware of how we’re huge fans of summer time! So yes, we can’t wait for the NY summer and head to Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. It’s a fabulous high-end experience in Montauk.

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In the spirit of Summer, we’d like to help you guys get your itineraries ready when you come and visit. If you’re a New Yorker, Gurney’s Montauk Resort is a fantastic spot to go for high-end experience. It’s a fantastic destination to spend your summer weekends.

So,  this is a place you should definitely experience once in your life!

Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is around 2.5h away from Manhattan. It’s located at almost the very tip of the peninsula of Long Island.

The suites are gorgeous, with a sophisticated and clean decor. Be sure to ask for the ocean view!

Their spa offers an indoor pool with water extracted and filtered from the sea, heated up to a warm nice temperature. It’s also great of a late afternoon chilling spot, or a morning exercise, if you’re into swimming.

There are a few activities in the pool like Aquatic Yoga, which is pretty cool and great to stay in shape! The spa also has a rock sauna, a steam room, fitness center and numerous different services you can book.

Plus, Gurney’s has several dining options which you won’t get tired of.

Tillie’s has an American kitchen with comfort food for breakfast and lunch. For a classy seafood dinner, make a reservation at Scarpetta Beach. If you want to have a quick grab-and-go during the day, Corso Coffee is an Italian-style coffee bar located at the lobby of the hotel.

There’s nothing better than having a beach bar right at your feet. The Beach Club will set up a great spot for your beach chairs and umbrellas. If you need a snack while enjoying the beach, they have a nice menu with sandwiches, appetizers, salads and drinks you can pick from.

Lastly, the The Regent Cocktail Club has a lounge and bar area for drinks. A great spot to relax before or after dinner.

The nightlife in Montauk during the summer is pretty amusing and parties are endless in the Hamptons. That said, if you need help getting ready for your party, book an appointment at their hair salon. You’ll be surely the most gorgeous girl in the party!

They have a concierge service to make your life easier too, to don’t hesitate to ask for assistance! Take advantage of this service to had a fantastic experience in Montauk.

Oh! Are you looking for a place to get married? This is a definitely a great place to have a wedding and they do offer a wedding planner to help you out! Check out Kamila Almeida’s wedding to see how gorgeous it was!

Check out what we think about the neighbor town of Sag Harbor! It’s just a 30min car ride from Montauk!

Location: 290 Old Montauk Highway, Long Island, NY

www.gurneysresorts.com/montauk


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk Resort
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Lavender By The Bay: A Unique Long Island Spot To Visit

Day Trips and Travels Lavender by the Bay

This week, our Contributor Laura Peruchi talks about a great getaway called Lavender by the Bay in Long Island. Not many people know about and it’s a great place to visit over the weekends at this time of year!

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New York State hides several of places that are great getaways from the City. Long Island is a good choice if you want to spend a day away from New York City’s craziness.

The region is famous for its vineyards and also for the beaches. But, did you know there is a lavender farm in Long Island too? Yup! You don’t need to catch a flight to Provence to see some gorgeous lavender fields.

Lavender by the Bay is a lavender farm which is located in Long Island, specifically in East Marion. It’s a premier lavender farm and one of the largest in the Country. The farm is owned and run by a family that have been growing the highest quality lavender in Long Island for over 15 years.

The fields have twenty varieties of lavender, growing across seventeen acres, which offers in over 50,000 plants. The best part? Lavender by the Bay is opened to the public and you can visit the fields during the blooming seasons. The aroma of the place, we guarantee, is irresistible!

Before to plan your visit, you need to keep in mind that there are just three blooming periods during the year. Lavender by the Bay has lavenders from France and from England, and that’s why the blooming happens in different times.

The first English Bloom typically takes place mid to late June and sometimes into early July.

The main French Bloom usually begins in early July and lasts about 2 weeks. According to the farm, this is the best time to visit the place, because this bloom is the most impressive.

Do you still want a chance to see the lavenders?

Well, you can check out the second English Bloom, that typically starts late Summer/early Fall. But, it’s good to remember that we are dealing with mother nature. So, you can’t predict the exact time – these are approximations. See their website to check the updates about the blooming.

There is a $5 per person (ages 12 and up) field entry Fee. Once you visit the place, don’t forget to check out their store – it sells lavender cosmetics, lavender honey and, of course, lavender.

Lavender by the Bay in Long Island is definitely a great experience!

If you enjoy the region, you might enjoy visiting Sag Harbor on another weekend!

In addition, for assistance to organize a family trip or an experience with friends, contact our experts. For company gatherings and tours, contact us to learn more.

Hours:
May: Friday -Sunday, from 9am – 5pm
June to September: 7 days a week, from 9am – 5pm
October: Friday – Sunday, from 9am – 5pm

Location: 7540 Main Road, East Marion, Long Island

https://lavenderbythebay.com


Text Credit: Written by our contributor Laura Peruchi
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Laura Peruchi
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A NY Cultural Day Trip to Dia:Beacon Contemporary Museum

Day Trips and Travels Dia Beacon Garden

Dia:Beacon contemporary museum is part of Dia Art Foundation’s constellation of sites. It’s one of our highly recommended NY cultural day trip for art lovers!

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Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art.

Expect everything from the 1960’s to the present days, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Phiuf!

Since its opening in May 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.

Their mission is:

“Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Dia fulfills its mission by commissioning single artist projects, organizing exhibitions, realizing site-specific installations, and collecting in-depth the work of a focused group of artists of the 1960s and 1970s.”

Also, don’t forget to visit their bookstore and coffee shop before you head back!

Lastly, the car trip takes around 1,5h, so it’s quite close to run off and check the place out during a weekend. You may also go up by train. You can get the Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal.

We love exploring not only New York City, but the gorgeous state of New York.

Our interview with Juliette Hermant show some of the coolest places to explore in Narrowsburg.

In addition, if you are interested in a Guided Tour to Dia:Beacon, contact us so we can help you out! It’s also a great option for a corporate activity with your team or clients. Our guides are true experts and will show you a great time!

Enjoy this super cool NY cultural day trip and share your experience with your friends!

Hours:
January – March: Friday – Monday : 11am – 4-pm
April – October: Thursday – Monday 11am – 6pm
November – December: Thursday – Monday: 11am – 4pm

Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year-round, and on Thursdays in January, February, and March.

Location: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY

www.diabeacon.org


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Dia:Beacon
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Windham Mountain Ski Resort: Skiing Getaways Upstate New York

Day Trips and Travel Windham Mountain Odyssée Montagne - Only Illlustration

Windham Mountain Ski Resort is located just a bit over 2.5 hours from New York City. Be prepared to witness some of the most amazing sceneries at one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

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The Windham Mountain Ski Resort has more than “50 ski trails, 12 lifts, an Inn, three restaurants, a golf course, spa, an adventure park and a lift -served mountain bike park”. Amazing right?

They offer a BootLab where you can buy and customize your boots with the renowned bootfitter, Mark Stewart.

Not everyone enjoys spending an entire day going up and down the mountains, so Windham Country Club offers a Mountain Yoga studio with several Yoga variations. You can try their Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, Sunrise Flow, TGIF Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals and the Restorative Yoga.

The resort has a few dining options. You can try Rock’n Mexicana and Mulligan’s Pub. But, you can also choose from one of their many on-mountain dining spots!

So, for a lunch break or to finish the day, you can choose from burgers, to waffles, barbecue, and even sushi! They offer a great variety for all tastes.

Plus, they have great options for coffees, pastries, soups and sandwiches too!

If you’re not the skier-type, the resort is also a really great option to go during the hotter months.

They have countless outdoor activities from radical sports to golfing.

People have no idea how beautiful and green the state of New York is, so have fun exploring this fantastic place just a few hours from Manhattan. It’s definitely one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

If you need assistance to book this trip, let our experts give you a hand. For corporate groups and activities, learn what services we offer.

Location: 33 Clarence D Lane Road, Windham

www.windhammountain.com


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Photo Credit: Courtesy of OdysséeMontagne (only an illustrative image) and courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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