Location: Portland, Maine
One of my favorite perks about working at Simon & Schuster is that we have a great Summer Fridays schedule: work 45 minutes longer M-Th, off every other Friday. Yes, please! I love to use my three-day weekends in the summer to travel and visit friends, without using vacation days. In order to do so, it’s best to stay relatively local…approximately 4 hours maximum away from New York City. Luckily, the East Coast is riddled with small towns and beaches that make for perfect weekend getaways. Here are some of my favorite places:
Charleston/Savannah: Duh. I’ve still never been to Savannah but you know how I feel about Charleston. It’s a tough place to visit in the summer with the heat and humidity, but it’s still an easy place to get to. I think these cities are way better for spring travel, but we missed that boat, so including them here.
Washington D.C.: A hop, skip and a jump from the city. The humidity levels could kill, but if you like exploring cities in the heat, D.C. is an easy one. I would especially recommend taking in a baseball game, because the Nationals stadium is on the water and has great waterside outdoor bars to lounge at.
Rehoboth Beach: As a University of Delaware alum, it’d be weird if I never experienced the Delaware beaches. Rehoboth has quite a popular reputation for both families and people in their twenties, and while I have only been once, I remember enjoying it.
Cape May: Clams, boardwalks, bikes and walks on the bay are what I picture in Cape May. Located at the very end of the Jersey Shore, it’s clean, beautiful and very colonial America-like. I’m not a huge Jersey fan, but after years of going to Cape May with my family and seeing how it’s nothing like the infamous show, I love it there. I’ll be going in July, actually!
New York City: Honestly, I know I said trips, but if you don’t live in New York City, this is a trip option for you! I love New York in the summer: lots of rooftops, the parks, the ability to roam and try new things. I equally hate New York in the summer: the buildings around you and the subway below you create this sort of hot-box feeling, with the smelly trash and inability to spend minimum dollars, it’s mildly uncomfortable, to say the least.
Mystic Connecticut: This more of a daytrip from Manhattan, but Mystic Connecticut is one of my favorite places to visit…even just for a slice of famed Mystic Pizza on a dock.
Newport: I’m so excited my little sister will be attending URI in the fall so I can spend more time on the charming coast of Rhode Island. I love New England beaches in the winter…there’s something cabin-cozy about them…but Newport’s also great to walk the cliffs and explore the mansions in the summer.
Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket: Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any. A New England beach town is like no other, and they really are the only place you can get the lobster roll of your dreams. The rocky coasts, big waves and overwhelming amounts of boats is something you only really get in New England. Mackenzie Horan’s Nantucket Guide is a must-read for those looking to plan a trip.