WHERE TO STAY & EAT: stay at the Helix, a Kimpton Hotel (below left), a fun & hip atmosphere where you can yet relax and sip coffee or tea in your downtime; eat at a variety of cuisine options, we love Zola, Corduroy, and Matchbox!
WHAT TO DO & SEE: take along Scout’s Goodie Bag and be sure to check out two Convention Center keepers, Chinatown and the International Spy Museum (above right)… Yo Deb readers & DC tourists, there are tons of other museums in this area to visit, so do a little research and have a lineup for you and your family planned!
WHERE TO STAY & EAT: stay at the Georgetown Inn (below left) for nearby comfort & convenience; about 10 blocks up from your hotel on main neighborhood street Wisconsin Avenue, eat at Cafe Deluxe, Cactus Cantina, 2 Amy’s Pizza, or Something Sweet, all located in the neighborhood of Cleveland Park… further into this ‘hood, dine at Ripple and Ardeo + Bardeo, both on Connecticut Avenue.
WHAT TO SEE & DO: the main attraction around the Cathedral Close is the namesake building itself, the Washington National Cathedral (above right)… take a walk around this Gothic creation, or a garden tour outside on its grounds; then, take along Scout’s Bagette bag and visit the new outposts of some of our favorite Cathedral Close/Cleveland Park ‘icons’, namely Sullivan’s Toy Store (which recently relocated to 4200 Wisconsin Ave.), the Kellogg Collection (which recently relocated to 5215 Wisconsin Ave.), and Dalton Brody, at 3412 Idaho Ave.; nearby the restaurant Ripple, also on Connecticut Avenue is some great DC shopping… one store that comes to mind for cool & contemporary knick-knacks & gifts is Wake Up Little Suzie; also don’t miss the National Zoo a couple blocks away!
CHICAGO, STAY, EAT & SLEEP: in Chicago, stay at Kimpton Hotel Group’s Hotel Burnham; eat at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park for excellent Tapas, and enjoy coffee and a snack at City Grounds Coffee; for the ultimate window-shopping experience (the ‘Madison Avenue’ of Chicago), walk along Michigan Avenue!
MACKINAC ISLAND, EAT, STAY & SLEEP: on beautiful Mackinac Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, stay at the iconic Grand Hotel; take a short walk to Woods Restaurant for a cozy meal with great service; as there are no cars allowed on the Island, enjoy the freedom of walking along Main Street (and don’t miss one fudge shop!)
SHOPPING: visit the Blues Jean Bar in Lincoln Park, a Chicago neighborhood with a vibe comparable to the Village in NYC; take your Prep Stripe Blue Blazer Deano and stop in for a designer sample sale at Thread Lounge.
LA, STAY (SANTA MONICA), EAT & SEE: for our first Santa Monica hotel pick, stay at the Shangri-La for the ultimate lap of luxury and attentive hotel service; dine at Blue Plate Oysterette, which serves fresh fish (and breakfast all day!), finish a lunch at Blue Plate with Cora’s Coffee; walk down the Santa Monica Pier for a fab view of the Pacific and the nearby roller coaster…
SANTA MONICA, STAY, EAT & SEE: for a hip yet ‘homey’ vibe also in Santa Monica, try a stay at Shutters on the Beach; for dinner in a cozier setting, eat at newest hot spot Gjelina, then have a post-meal espresso at Intelligentsia Coffee; stroll along the Venice Beach boardwalk (and don’t miss a stare at Muscle Beach!)
SHOPPING: when we think quintessential ‘LA’ shopping, Fred Segal has and will stand the test of the ever-changing times, as LA fashion goes… grab your Deano in Priscilla Paisley and stock up on big or small home and tabletop finds at Bountiful Home on Abbot Kinney Road; if you don’t want to have top brave SoCal traffic, walk from your hotel over to the new luxury mall Santa Monica Place.
BOSTON, STAY, EAT & SEE: stay at the Hotel Nine Zero for your hip city digs; dine at 29 Newbury, and don’t miss a long walk along Newbury Street, the be-all-to-end-all of shopping in Boston… tons of designer outposts pop up each season, so be sure to check out any new stores on this store runway!
NANTUCKET, STAY, EAT & SEE: stay at the White Elephant, a classically ‘Nantucket’ building set against a foreground of beach & boats; eat a casual breakfast feast at Black Eyed Susan’s; or, if you want to go ‘high-end’, make a reservation at 21 Federal; for another great ‘neighborhood’ experience like Black Eyed Susan’s, the nearby Sconset Cafe also fits the bill; be sure to stop into Vis-a-Vis to match your island style…
SHOPPING: trek down to the waterfront (with a guy in-tow, if you so choose), and you’ll both find something cool at Louis Boston, which features a wide variety of effortlessly chic clothing & accessories; visit Eye of the Needle on Nantucket and toss newfound items into your Deano in Pink Lady (hint: they’ll think you’re a ‘regular’!)
PHILADELPHIA, STAY, EAT & SEE: stay at the Hotel AKA, a cool & contemporary vibe that yet remains thoroughly comfortable as your travelling place of ‘zen’; eat at Steven Starr’s latest venture, the Dandelion Pub, which features excellent UK-inspired cuisine; take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, a park that is beautiful year-round, but most special in the summer, when it’s greenest…
CAPE MAY, STAY, EAT & SEE: while on Cape May at the nearby Jersey Shore, enjoy a stay at the Chalfonte Hotel, a gorgeous piece of property near the beach, restaurants, and Washington Street Mall; eat at the Mad Batter, a delish breakfast spot in a sunny setting; people-watch and window-shop at the Washington Street Mall.
SHOPPING WITH THE DEANO: while there are smaller-scale, fun shops to stop in on Cape May, be sure to take your Deano and stop into some of Philly’s best stores… we love Joan Shepp, which showcases a wide array of designers and products, from jewelry to clothing to shoes (don’t miss their display of jewelry from John Wind!); as Anthropologie first opened in Philadelphia, definitely pay respects within its homhome city, there’s one nearby Rittenhouse Square, right on Walnut Street!
NYC, STAY, EAT & SEE: while in the city, stay at one of Kimpton’s hotels, we pick the Eventi in Chelsea; nearby, have dinner at contemporary-cool the Red Cat, and don’t miss some cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery following your meal at the Red Cat! summer in the city means you absolutely must take a walk across the High Line, followed by a turn through the Chelsea Market; then, take a trip uptown to pay tribute to the late, the great Alexander McQueen, his designs live on at the Met’s Costume Institute exhibit ‘Savage Beauty’.
EAST HAMPTON, STAY, EAT & SEE: for your jaunt in the Hamptons, stay at the beautiful Maidstone Arms, set amidst the gorgeous green backdrop of East Hampton; eat at Italian staple Nick & Toni’s, a restaurant rooted in great food with good people running it, decade after decade; be sure to take a long walk on the beach… might sound cheesy, but it’s gorgeous and therefore a must!
SHOPPING, NYC & EAST HAMPTON: for NYC favorites, shop at Jeffrey and Scoop (readers, you’re in luck: Scoop has Scoop Beach in East Hampton!); also in East Hampton is color captain Tracy Feith’s store, home to a perfect blend of palette & pattern on feminine designs that women such as Michelle Obama have worn; for your own shopping bag-cum-beach bag, shoulder Scout’s Original Deano in Croc-O-Gator Black & White!
MAKING WAVES WITH PATTERN: from four different brands, I think Yo Deb readers get the picture… blue hues have been and continue to be a great summer color influence, which means that Scout’s Crew Blue pattern is the perfect print to stay on-trend! lap in the luxury of swirl with one of Emilio Pucci’s towels; play card games with Lilly Pulitzer’s ‘Hit Me’ card set in a fun sailors’ knot cross-hatch; before scrunching your toes around in the sand, walk the boardwalk in Havaianas’ Conservation International flip-flops from a stylish and socially-conscious collaboration!
SCOUT LOVES SOLIDS: of course, along with pattern, nothing satisfies a Scoutie more than a bold solid, so to accompany a Crew Blue Junque Trunk, cue the car-friendly El Deano insulated tote… the snacks inside will keep the kids fed, which means fewer echoes of “Are we there yet?” Then burst from your mode of transport and flip up Pearl River Mart’s solid blue parasol, you’ve arrived! Sip on Jones Berry Lemonade soda in a convenient can, and snap those ‘family moments’ with a Lomography Fisheye camera.
STORE THEM BEFORE & AFTER: store ‘outdoor’ items in the garage in Scout’s Trash Cache in It’s a Dawg’s Life… we love the croquet set from Design Within Reach; entertain alongside Crate & Barrel’s modern, lower-priced CB2 brand’s Formosa Tray Table!
BRING THEM OUT: for even more outdoor fun, Design Within Reach’s web site also features a classic bocce ball set, so tote it out to initiate a game with friends & family! CB2’s Camp Lanterns will illuminate your backyard with soft lighting that reminds you it’s (almost!) officially summertime; Mxyplyzyk’s Jill-able vases are flat as a piece of paper, yet bloom quicker than your average flower! also from Mxyplyzyk comes the Chill-it beverage tote, for the kids’ soda or the grown-ups’ libations!
SCOUT AND SETS OF SIX: we love a black & white palette for this gift set, in particular because it leaves room for a strong variety of color! let your hostess and her future guests pluck cooking utensils from Scout’s Hang-10 Bin, we love Elevate’s Six-piece set for this; let her serve beverages in Calypso St. Barth for Target’s colorful tumblers, then she can store them post-party in her Mightah Bin!
GOT ISSUES HAVE WINE: got issues? fret not over lack of wine! your hostess will be happily surprised by the below vino variety… one of our favorite brands of wine is Middle Sister Wines, but let the choices here act as mere suggestions (hint hint: if your hostess just-so-happens to be ‘sweet & sassy’, get the Moscato with her characteristics!); store wine in Scout’s Got Issues; uncork with Alessi’s pop-inspired corkscrew.