Summer

The Outdoor Pool at the East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast

The Outdoor Pool at the East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast

This elegant B&B in East Hampton, New York is exactly what its name suggests: a house full of art. Designed and decorated by the owners, Michael and Rosalind, who combine mutual talents in art and hospitality, the Art House features just four rooms with attractive touches such as hardwood floors, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and massive flat-screen TVs. But despite its small size, the hotel boasts all the amenities of a larger property – endless communal spaces, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center, just to name a few. With attentive and friendly owners, who serve up delicious breakfasts of waffles, omelets, and fruit, the Art House has the feel of a private Hamptons home while including all of the luxuries of staying at a high-end inn. With these luxuries, of course, comes pricey rates. And now that spring has sprung, it’s time to start making your summer plans — the Art House books up fast. If the summer rates are outside of your budget, the inn remains open year-round, and with cozy features such as gas fireplaces and a waterfall whirlpool, this B&B is a great escape no matter the time of year. Wanna know more? Check out more photos of the hotel after the jump or read our review now>>

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Summertime will soon be upon us — this week has already seen highs of 82 degrees in NYC! — and we can’t wait for long days spent strolling along the boardwalk. From Atlantic City to Santa Cruz, beach bums will strut their stuff down those sandy pathways, either taking in the views or letting loose on beachside coasters (or both!). Foodies will delight in summer treats such as saltwater taffy and Nathan’s hot dogs, and visitors can also play games, have their fortunes told, hit up unique shopping grounds, or just people-watch as the summer heat brings out some truly interesting characters. So bust out your flip-flops, spread on the SPF, and head to one of these boardwalks near you for some spring and summer fun in the sun.

1. Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest in the United States and the longest in the world.

First opened in 1870 and now spanning 5.5 miles, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is both the oldest in America and the longest in the world, garnering plenty of attention from East Coast visitors. Travelers fantasize about the Art Deco glamour and glitzy shows of Nucky Thompson‘s heyday while munching on saltwater taffy from the James Candy Company (in business since the early 1900s) or indulging in an order of deep-fried oreos. Others may try their luck in one of the many casinos that dot the boardwalk. Though Atlantic City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, loyalists are helping this shore spot bounce back with a vengeance.

Where to Stay: Mainstays such as Caesars bring back loyal guests, while boardwalk newbie Revel has been a hot topic in the tabloids (Beyonce performed her first post-baby show here, and Kanye announced that baby momma Kim Kardashian was expecting during his performance at the resort).

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Cold summertime cocktails. So hot right now. We’re visiting the best, trendiest hotel bars to find you the tastiest summer cocktails in NYC. Not only have we got the photos, we’ve got the recipes — directly from the bartenders — so you can make them at home. Grab your martini glass and hit the deck, you’re having a cocktail party.

This week we’ve got The Maritime. Previously, we’ve taste-tested The James Hotel, Hilton New York Fashion District, and The Standard Hotel.

Scene at The Maritime, New York

Scene at The Maritime, New York

DRINK #1: African Queen

African Queen

African Queen

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Starr African Rum
  • 1 oz strawberry puree
  • 3 mint leaves torn
  • 2 limes squeezed

To make:
Shake and serve in large rocks glass and garnish with lime and mint.
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It’s not impossible to squeeze in a last-minute family trip before the kids are back at school. We’ve rounded up the most affordable, family-friendly vacations filled with some extra bonding moments for the end-of-summer-blues.

Orlando

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Average Price: $226/avg. night
Pearls: Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Location: Disney World, Orlando
From the gazelles and giraffes freely roaming the grounds to the enormous pool with a waterslide, the safari-themed Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge was designed to amaze and delight children. Throughout the day, staff members lead (free) educational activities for children like craft-making, African drumming, or mini-lessons about the where giraffes come from. Here, even the learning is captivating.

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Cold summertime cocktails. So hot right now. We’re visiting the best, trendiest hotel bars to find you the tastiest summer cocktails in NYC. Not only have we got the photos, we’ve got the recipes — directly from the bartenders — so you can make them at home. Grab your martini glass and hit the deck, you’re having a cocktail party.

Last week it was Jimmy at The James, New York. This week, we’ve got Rare View Rooftop at Hilton New York Fashion District Hotel.

 

DRINK #1: Melon Mash

Melon Mash

Melon Mash

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Bacardi Rum
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ¾ oz Watermelon Juice
  • Splash of each Fresh Lime Juice & Simple Syrup

To make
Shake and strain serve in a martini glass.

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Stay Cool

by Hilary on July 22, 2011

Let’s just accept that it’s impossible to stay cool lately. Here are 5 ways to try to chill off.

Pool Day
Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City
Plunge, a bar at the Gansevoort, has an outdoor heated pool with views of Empire State Building.

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

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Wondering where to go for the best pool? What about the best luau? Or the best cocktail? Oyster to the rescue (as usual).

Best Pool
Delano Hotel, Miami

The huge infinity pool — also known as its “water salon” — at the Delano is a South Beach attraction unto itself. Live DJs, tasty food and drink, posh cabanas, and bungalows make for a sceney but still relaxing retreat — at least during the day, before the hordes of nonguests come to party. Music plays underwater, and an ornate silver table and chairs sit right in the pool. In front of the Philippe Starck-designed pool is a beautiful orchard of crisply manicured trees. A giant chessboard and huge mirror within the orchard, like the giant chair in the lobby, helps to create a surreal, Alice in Wonderland atmosphere.

The Delano, Miami

 

The Delano, Miami

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We know not every traveler is the same. Sure, most of us would love to go to the beach this summer, but not all of us have the same type of beach vacation in mind. So we’ve broken down the categories for you to make your research a little easier. Below, see our top five picks for hot summer beach getaways, for five different styles of travel.

Summer Lovin’

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury — a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. This is not the place to party (the whole resort typically shuts down by midnight).

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Ray-Ban

We’re so excited to introduce Oyster’s first giveaway!

Summertime is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than soaking up the sun in style? To win this pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses for free, all you have to do is like us on Facebook and you’ll be eligible. Tell your friends too, because once we reach 3,000 fans we’ll pick a winner!

How it works: Click here to like us, tell all your friends to like us, once we reach 3,000 fans we’ll pick a winner.

GOOD LUCK!

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