Welcome to eXO’s Summer Travel Guide Series, where we dish on the places we’re dreaming about traveling to this summer – and bringing along eXO Face, obviously. Kicking things off, we’re focusing on the Northeast, a fitting choice given our corporate headquarters are located here in New York City. Read on and let us know if we missed your favorite spot!
Summer tends to be our peak wanderlust season . . .
For Glamorous Summer Camp: The Point, Adirondacks, New York
Nestled away in New York’s gorgeous Adirondack Mountains, The Point is a stunning lakeside property that combines the best of the great outdoors with the ultimate in luxury. The resort encompasses drop-dead beautiful “log mansions” once owned by the Rockefeller family and takes inspiration from the Gilded Age tradition of “roughing it.” (Read: Glamorous camping.) The property features plenty of outdoorsy activities, including fishing, boating and hiking, plus world-class cuisine and impeccable amenities. Sign. Us. Up.
For Living the Farm Life in Vermont: The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Situated on the shores of Lake Champlain, The Inn at Shelburne Farms was once a vacation home of the Vanderbilt family. Today, it’s a quaint inn situated on 1,400 square feet of sustainable farmland, including a dairy farm and a “market garden.” We’re heading there for a bit of country air… and maybe some fresh cheddar cheese, too.
For Making the Scene in Montauk: The Surf Lodge, Montauk, Long Island
We slightly regret the loss of the once-peaceful haven of Montauk, which has been overrun by share house devotees and club-goers. (Ick.) But if there is one place where we will be “making the scene,” it’s The Surf Lodge. A renovated beach inn with serious style, it’s home to some of Montauk’s best concerts and artist residences, plus has a seriously good restaurant and bar. We’re partial to drinking multiple glasses of their “Endless Summer,” a dangerously delicious combination of vodka, Chardonnay, seedless red grapes, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.
For Quirky Hudson Valley Charm: Hotel Tivoli, Tivoli, New York
Owned by painters Brice and Helen Marden, the Hotel Tivoli is a gorgeously restored space filled with eclectic art and furnishings. A far cry from traditional bed and breakfast décor you’d typically find in the Hudson Valley, the property is notable for its playful use of color and materials, including authentic Venetian glass and Italian marble. A dinner at their farm-to-table restaurant, The Corner, is a not-to-be-missed Hudson Valley experience and, oh yeah, don’t forget to check out Brice Marden’s artwork, which is everywhere.
For a New York City Staycation: The Bowery Hotel, New York, New York
It’s hard to pick just one hotel to spend the night in the city, but if we had to, we’d select The Bowery. Not only are the rooms uncommonly spacious for the Big Apple, the vibe is a refreshing mixture of old-school cool and laid-back eccentric. (Kind of like its East Village neighborhood.) The lobby bar is one of our all-time favorites, too, perfect for whiling away a lazy Sunday with a drink in hand… and beautiful skin, of course.