So Ready for a Chill Weekend

rockaway surfers

Happy Friday! As usual, I’m thrilled it’s the weekend—because that means I’ll be at the beach. (Rockaway, this time.) Even though it’s a schlep to get to any of them from Washington Heights, it’s so worth it. Nothing compares to a day at the beach in the summertime.

Until next week, some of my favorite travel links from around the web:

More amazing aerial summer photos.

Awesome: NYC music references, mapped.

Rainbow-hued balconies in Sweden.

Extreme Slip’N Slide! At Lake Powell, Utah.

10 words and phrases travel writers should avoid. I totally agree, but admit that I’m guilty of using most of them, at some point!

How to make your home feel like a beach house. After coming back from my beach house week, I’ve wanted to overhaul my apartment and make it feel more like a seaside place.

I want this tree tent.

Dogfish Head just opened an inn!

…this isn’t travel-related, but it’s good to keep in mind: Your happiness makes your friends and family happier.

Have a good one!



  1. Love the beach house link, Heather! I’m still in the process of finishing my beachside apartment – we renovated last year and I’m still after the final touches… like a giant feature mirror, turqouise and pale yellow cushions and a blue runner to offset all the white, white white I have in my place! Great link to some fabulous inspirational photos!

      1. I love it, Peggy! The blues and whites are so beachy! I would happily stay there if I make it back to Australia, one of these days. 🙂

  2. Hi Heather! I love your blog and your stories on weekend trips from NYC. We just launched a travel search site focused on weekend travel from NYC (travel within 72 hours or less) We would love to share one of your stories on the site. Feel free to email me if you are interested. Cheers!

    1. Hi Dwayne!

      Thanks for the kind words! I love the idea behind your site, as well. If you could email me a little more information, that would be great—thanks!

  3. Thanks for the kind words as well! Just like you, my wife and I LOVE NYC but we always are looking for that weekend trip. I guess leaving the city makes you appreciate the city more! Could you please PM me your email so I can share with you more details.

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