Something Beachy

BY KELSEY WHITE

summer

Italy Trip 2017

TravelKelsey White3 Comments

LAKE COMO

Lake Como is one of the most magical places I have ever traveled to. It's peaceful, romantic, and timeless. Como living means exploring medieval remnants in stone villages like Bellagio and Varenna, and touring luxurious villas with rolling vineyards and olive trees. The best way to do it all? By boat, of course. 

OVERVIEW

WHEN TO GO: August/September

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Grand Tremezzo, Borgo de Terrazze

THINGS TO DO

  • Visit Bellagio - a picturesque stone village with silk shops and outdoor cafes
  • Go to the spa at Grand Tremezzo, have lunch, and lay by the floating pool
  • Take a boat tour from to see the entire lake and gain some local knowledge from the boat caption
  • Take a tour of Como's historic mansions like Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta

The lake is very large, but you can easily catch ferries or water taxies to explore towns around the lake. Each town has it's own personality and charm. Some of my favorite towns include Bellagio, Tremezzo, and Varenna.

SHOP ITALY

Bellagio

Walk around the charming town of Bellagio and discover some of the best dining tucked away in the stairwells. Definitely check out the Italian silk shops and stock up on scarfs! 

Villa Melzi

Villa Serbelloni Garden

Ristorante La Punta

Borgo Le Terrezze

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Hotel Belvedere

Tremezzo

The dreamy lakeside town of Tremezzo is just a 10 minute ferry ride from Bellagio. It also has two of the most breathtaking villas which you can tour, and one of the lake's grandest hotels. 

Hotel Grand Tremezzo

Villa Carlotta

 

Varenna

A low-key little town with scenic, lakefront dining.

Lakeside promenade in Old Borgo

Villa Monastero

Castello di Vezio

Villa Cipressi

 

CAMOGLI

The brightly painted fishing village on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino, between Genoa and Cinque Terre. It's not a very well known American tourist destination (which I very much appreciated), and it is filled with local tourists from Italy. Camogli is just 2 hours from by car from Milan. 

OVERVIEW

WHEN TO GO: August/September

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Cenobio de Dogi

THINGS TO DO

  • Get some sun on the umbrella studded beaches
  • Walk around the small town of Camogli overlooking the water
  • Visit Basilica Di Santa Maria
  • Take a boat tour to Portofino with Portofino Water Taxi - ask for Andrea!
  • Enjoy Camogli's favorite dish - Trofie Pesto Pasta 

Please leave any comments or questions below! I'm happy to answer and give advice :) 

South Hampton, NY

TravelLindsey Cavanaugh10 Comments

A summer weekend in The Hamptons with Foray Collective. 

I just got back from The Hamptons—South Hampton to be exact, and it was the most perfect end-of-summer vacay. It's a classic American destination that lives up to every ounce of hype it gets.

I went with the Foray Collective crew - @kaitlynn_carter, @caraasantana, @margoandme, @beccatilley, and @racquel_natasha. It was my first time meeting Jenny aka Margo and Me and she is amazing - super genuine, sweet, funny, and SERIOUSLY stylish. All influencers stayed at Chris Burch's (as in Tory Burch's former husband) estate, Chris also owns Nihiwatu Resort on Sumba Island (#1 resort in the world where Kaitlynn and Brody got engaged) and I'm dying to go there.

The estate is in an upscale, quiet, and incredibly charming neighborhood and the grounds were massive. We're talking rose gardens (I couldn't get over the landscaping throughout), beautiful rooms, and the dreamiest pool area. It was basically a magical playground for adults. We had a chef who served farm-to-table goodness 24/7—plus wine, obviously.

We arrived Thursday and walked straight to the beach, then to Wolffer Estate Vineyard for sunset + more wine. Dinner and drinks were back at "our" house that night.

Friday, we took a catamaran out from Sag Harbor. We brought sandwiches and a cheese platter (essential!) and the girls color-coordinated bathing suits from Solid and Striped. They are my favorite brand to wear in The Hamptons because the Americana vibe is fitting and uber chic. We sipped rose and danced on the boat all day—it was the ultimate girl time! On the way back, we hit up Grindstone Coffee + Donuts which is a must if you're ever in Sag Harbor. MMMM!

Saturday, Foray hosted a 'Secret Garden Soiree' at our estate. We had about 60 people join and everything was in the backyard. There was a lounge area on the grass with boho pillows and blankets—the coziest summer afternoon. We had everything from a monkey to famous magician Sean Borland, who freaked us out (in the best way) all day. The event was a total success and too much fun!

After the party, the whole crew went to a packed dinner at Moby's in East Hampton. I'd highly recommend the margarita pizza and summer squash, plus the cocktail list was beyond amazing.

Sunday was our last day and we were sooo sad to leave. I HAD to stop at Tate's Bake Shop (I love their gluten-free cookies and buy them at Whole Foods on the reg). Becca and I swooped up coffee + GF blueberry muffins before saying our goodbyes.

I'm already daydreaming about Summer 2017 in The Hamptons. For now, back to the West Coast!

PS - You can shop ALL of my looks from the trip HERE.

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