The Blogger’s Guide to a Summer Vacation in New York

I just got back from my Fourth of July weekend trip to New York and am excited to share my travel guide for summer in the city and out east on Long Island/The Hamptons.

Those that know me know I grew up in New York, so I am lucky for the opportunity to travel back there for what I think is the best season of the year. I always find something new when I come back home, so today I wanted to share my latest finds and favorite haunts from my hometown, as well as all of the outfit posts I shared on my Instagram over the past week or so.

All Outfits




Downtown Manhattan

Bar Pitti

It wouldn’t be a trip to New York without stopping for some authentic Italian-American cuisine. Bar Pitti is one of the best, with a little cash only outpost in the West Village serving the best fresh pasta, wine, and dishes that change daily. The warm weather allowed us to dine al fresco.

Comedy Cellar

This is my favorite entertainment in NYC. Comedy Cellar is the stuff of comedy legend, with the biggest acts in the world using the space to practice and preview audiences to new routines. To keep guests and jokes a secret, phone use is strictly prohibited, and the staff requires patrons to seal their phones away at the door. I’ve never had a bad time at Comedy Cellar, but this show was the best I’ve seen so far, with a star-studded lineup of names like Michelle Wolf and Jim Norton.

Canal Street Market

My New York office is right around the corner from Canal Street Market, so I usually stop there for lunch at least one of the days I’m in town. I have enough time in between trips that I see vendor changes, but I always love to grab a ramen or poke bowl if they’re available.


So, I’ve actually been here a couple times over my last few trips to New York, and I thought it would be a great place for Jake & I to grab a quick bite before our Comedy Cellar show. The food was great, as usual, but while eating his BLT, Jake remarked that the ‘bacon’ on his sandwich was actually fried portabella mushroom (so smart!) He then took a closer look at the menu and we both realized that the restaurant is 100% vegan. I never had noticed before! My Southern meat-loving gentleman was not prepared for the deliciousness or mainstream dishes a vegan restaurant could provide, bless his heart.

Eastern Long Island

Cooper’s Beach, Southampton

Cooper’s Beach is worth a day trip out from the city. The beach itself is pristine, with white, fine sand and clean blue waves. The location is also unmatched, settled between the magnificent homes that span Beach Road in Southampton, and just a short drive or bike to the bougie, beachy downtown.

PRIME Huntington

Come to Prime at sunset for a spectacularly lit up view of Huntington Harbor. The food and drinks are a bit pricey, but the view is absolutely free. You can pull up on land via their valet parking or by sea via their valet docking.

Roller Rabbit

I always write about Roller Rabbit when I write my New York travel diaries, and this time is no exception. The textiles at their Southampton store are so unique, vibrant, and beautiful. I always have to get something while I’m there!

Caumsett State Park

This state park in Lloyd Harbor, New York was once an elegant Gold Coast mansion and working farm. There are now miles of trails through the woods and beach that wrap around the old estate (which is still standing!) The trails are open to runners, hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

One Kings Lane

The historical building that once housed the old Southampton library now is home to one of the only brick & mortar One Kings Lane locations. The retailer uses it as an opportunity to showcase some of their latest and greatest furniture and home décor, but all is meticulously in-line with the dreamy coastal elegance aesthetic of the Hamptons.

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