Winter hasn’t even arrived, but that’s not stopping me from scheming next summer’s getaways already. American Beech has caught my eye in a major way, and this is why.
Opened in August, this five-bedroom hotel sits in the quaint town of Greenport, NY, just one short ferry north of Shelter Island. Traditionally a seafarer’s destination, in a region lined with vineyards, the North Fork of Long Island just may become the next hot spot, thanks to a Manhattan Lawyer with a vision. Brent Pelton revamped the property, originally known as Stirling Square, with the help of interiors firm BHDM and Dan Mazzarini. The aesthetic is nautical seaside, but also modern and understated.
“We looked at iconic imagery but didn’t want to beat anyone over the head with it.”
Frette linens, striped floors, rope accents, and Montauk Summer Ale behind the bar… This place has everything to tug at summer weekender’s heartstrings. But if you don’t feel like waiting until memorial day, you’ll be glad to hear that the restaurant is currently open for dinner and brunch, and—according to the New York Times—the fried chicken is “the best north of the Mason-Dixon line”. Consider our curiosity piqued.
With Montauk getting unbearably crowded, we can’t wait to check out this North Fork spot come Memorial Day!
Tory Burch’s Ex-Husband bounces back after C.Wonder with Cocoon9: a new concept of luxury prefab homes.
Lodged in the gardens of Mecox in Southampton is a prefab home like no other. Clocking in at 480 square feet, the Cocoon Studio boasts floor to ceiling windows, luminous high gloss panelled walls, bleached gray floors and a double-sided gas fireplace.
The essential summer crash pad: that was stylist Sarah Storm’s inspiration behind the small space’s decor. “You come home from the beach, jump in the pool, and sit around in your bathing suit” she says “perhaps with a glass of Wölffer rosé in hand” (don’t mind if we do).
The home’s textures reflect that perfectly: summer seersucker dresses the bed, the seating is rattan and the palette is composed of pale, sun drenched, washed-out hues to echo the airiness of the design.
“The Cocoon9 concept functions particularly well as breezy guest quarters or a chic poolhouse”. With great market potential in the increasingly crowded Hamptons, lets just hope the town councils won’t crack down on that too.
It’s been too long since I shared a monthly moodboard, but this week I felt particularly inspired. Things are in full-blown summer mode around here (despite the fact that I’m not traveling, I’m not on vacation and I’m working a ton). Since I can’t take the time off for a real vacation, the best I can do is take days off here and there for weekend escapes and trust me, I’m taking full advantage of those. All I need in the summer are some ocean waves and a few rays of sunshine.
Bohemian, modern, nautical: this is how I would describe my style in three words if someone asked. Everything I’m pinning these days is black, white or any shade between azure blue and forest green. The vibe is Montauk beach house meets Coqui Coqui meets the Croatian Coast. Can you tell I’ve got travel on the brain?
I’m already starting to plan my winter trips (because one needs to escape the freezing tundra that has become the northeast). 2016 will be my winter of the three M’s: Miami, Mexico and Martinique. I’m spending Christmas in Florida again this year (with a few days in Miami to explore and see friends); then in February I’m off to Cancun and Tulum for a wedding… Finally in March we’re planning a big family bash in Martinique. So I’m staying put until then (and by staying put, I mean I’ll probably be in NYC or Montauk every other weekend until Christmas).
“Yes, on-tap rosé makes this place pretty much automatically swoon-worthy…”
Enter Moby’s: the Hamptons spot where you order rosé, Aperol Spritz and Dark & Stormies on tap. The food is farm-to-table with a Mediterranean flare: wood oven pizza, spaghettini and rock shrimp sourced right off the docks of Montauk, where Moby’s first pop-up restaurant—Moby Dick’s—used to be.
Owners Lincoln and Nick are two Aussies with a dedication to locally sourced food and a shared vision for a community focused restaurant. I can understand why so many Aussies set up shop in the East End (think of Aussie chef Chris Rendell at the Surf Lodge‘s Byron restaurant). Part of the reason why I keep coming back to Montauk, is specifically because it gives me a taste of my days spent in small laid-back Australian surf towns.
Chef Gary King is dedicated to painstakingly simple food and quality ingredients. “The quality is the part that’s most important, after that nothing matters”. The décor, just like the food, is unfussy and focused on quality (rather than quantity). Located in an 1800s farmhouse, Moby’s feels like you’re hanging out at someone’s home (someone with great taste and superior cooking skills that is).
Who wants to meet me at Moby’s for a late brunch? They had me at rosé-on-tap.