Forget the hot girl summer, we’re embracing coastal grandmas this season… and out here. Despite its name, the comfy, chic beauty is for people of all ages, anywhere and not just for grandmothers.
“if you love Nancy Meyers Movies, coastal vibes, recipes and cooking, Ina Garten, cozy interiors and more, you have a good chance of becoming your coastal grandma,” Tikokar lex nicolettaWho is credited with coining the term, is explained in a viral video.
Meyers movies something’s Gotta Give starring Diane Keaton as Erica Berry and this is complex starring Meryl Streep Jen Adler is a source of inspiration for beauty.
While you can channel the leading ladies of Meyers at home (which we do), we’ve rounded up destinations that are a coastal grandma’s dream—from South to Northeast.
Hilton Head Island
Experience gorgeous sunsets and Southern hospitality at Hilton Head Island, located in South Carolina. Whether you’re staying on a vacation rental or a hotel like Sea Pines Resort, there’s plenty to do on the island. Visitors can stroll or pedal along the beaches, watch dolphins on a cruise, and discover fresh flowers at the island’s weekly farmers market. In a sporty mood? Unpack your tennis gear and play a match at Wimbledon champions Stan SmithHit the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy or one of more than 20 golf courses on the island.
Run for the Cape in Massachusetts. From Barnstable to Provincetown, there are plenty of towns and villages to explore on the hook-shaped peninsula, including Falmouth, where you can cycle along the 10.7-mile Shining Sea Bikeway. History-loving visitors can come to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum in Hyannis and satisfy their sweet tooth with a soft serve at Osterville’s The Salty Cow. In the Outer Cape, coastal grandmothers can sip wine at Tru Vineyards, go whale watching with Captain John Boats, or wear proper footwear and walk the Provincetown Causeway.
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Fly or take a ferry to Nantucket, a charming island off Cape Cod. Admire the waterfront homes and stunning gardens (worthy of a Nancy Meyers movie) on the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk’, or visit Nantucket’s lighthouses—Sankty Lighthouse, Brent Point Lighthouse and Great Point Lighthouse—and the Whaling Museum. On a hot day, cool off with ice cream from The Juice Bar, or visit Cisco Brewers for a drink. While in town, a must-have lobster roll!
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South of Cape Cod is another Massachusetts island, Martha’s Vineyard, which is accessible by ferry or plane. The Obama family vacation destination is home to six cities (Aquina, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury) and beautiful beaches, not to mention the famous jaw Bridge. Walk around Oak Bluffs’ colorful gingerbread cottages, relax in Ocean Park, or visit the island’s five lighthouses and the breathtaking Aquina Cliffs.
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If you want to totally channel Erica Barry, look no further than the Hamptons. The popular New York vacation destination is where Keaton’s character’s beach house was located something’s Gotta Give, Read a book or take a walk in the sand (ए la Keaton and Jack Nicholson) at Cooper Beach in Southampton. Art lovers can visit the Parish Art Museum at Water Mill. Coastal grandmothers looking to enjoy an afternoon of wine and bites will want to swing by the Wolfer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack. While east, you can visit the “end of the world” aka Montauk, where visitors can experience the Montauk Salt Cave and see the Montauk Point Lighthouse.
You don’t have to be a guest at Newport’s Castle Hill Inn (though we certainly wouldn’t mind!) to have a glass of wine while taking in the ocean views in an Adirondack chair. Coastal grandmothers visiting the city in Rhode Island can book a cruise on the aptly named Coastal Queen ship.
Back on the ground, the picturesque Blue Garden is open every Thursday from June 9 to October 6, 2022 (though a $15 reservation is required). If tennis is your sport of choice, you’re in luck because Newport is where the International Tennis Hall of Fame is located, and it offers tennis on grass courts and croquet to the public.
Maine has many coastal towns like Camden and Bar Harbor where you can make your coastal grandmother’s dreams come true. Kennebunkport is one of those cities (and also where the Bush family campus is located).
During your stay, you can relax on one of the beaches, including Goose Rocks Beach, stroll the Parsons Way Shore Walk, visit the First Families Kennebunkport Museum and the Seashore Trolley Museum, as well as explore Dock Square. Can plant, go for a sail with pineapple. Catch or whale watch with First Chance Whale Watch.
So, pack your button downs, comfy knits and linens and prepare to live your best coastal grandma life!
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