WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER: A TRAVEL GUIDE
Even if you can't get to Europe this summer, here are some cool places you can visit in the US for a change of scenery.
From beachy towns, to roadtrip heaven, to a hiking trail for only the most adventurous, the options are endless. Bon Voyage!
The northernmost state in the US, Maine is well-known for it's beautiful oceanside views. It makes the perfect road trip stop, especially in the summer months. In addition to the quaint homes and nature-filled coastline, Maine is home to some of the most delicious food. Our favorite picks are their fresh lobster and blueberries. Check out our restaurant recommendations below!
Miller's Lobster Co.: Sit at picnic tables and enjoy fresh lobster rolls with a side of beer, wine, or the company's homemade desserts with an oceanside view
Fore Street: Stop here for the freshest dishes money can buy. Ingredients for their seasonal, ever-changing menu come from local farmers, fishermen, and foragers and are cooked on their wood-fired hearth.
Chaval: One of Maine's newest restaurants that has quickly become a Portland favorite, Chaval features a Spanish menu with courses created by the most talented chefs.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA
Martha's Vineyard is an adorable island, home to the famous gingerbread cottages as well as great restaurants, shopping and beaches. Each town has its own flair and appeal. Head to Edgartown to window shop and enjoy some of the best restaurants on the island, or to Oak Bluffs to see the colorful, intricately designed cottages. See below for our dining picks.
The Seafood Shanty: The ultimate New England island experience, this spot features a beautiful, and sizeable, deck with a view of a small marina. The menu includes fan favorites like lobster rolls as well as sandwiches and salads.
Sharky's Cantina: Stop either of their two locations, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, for mouth-watering Mexican food and margaritas. You'll be able to enjoy your nachos for days to come with their family-sized helpings.
Nomans: Nomans is a new spot that is bound to become your favorite. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as host live music and lawn games. Their menu is casual and fresh with entrees like veggie burgers, fish tacos and, of course, lobster rolls.
The Pacific CoaSt Highway
Itching to explore the west coast? The PCH is the place to be. With over 650 miles of breathtaking scenery and hotels to stop at along the way, its a no-brainer for a road trip location. Hike among huge Redwoods and marvel at the vast expanse of ocean seen from the Bixby Bridge! There are also plenty of vista points to stop at, stretch your legs, and take in the views. Check out some possible food stops below.
Alvarado Street Brewery: Not only is the industrial, yet modern, interior enticing, the menu will fulfill all of your road trip cravings. They have burgers, tacos, sandwiches, fries and quality beer (for those not in the driver's seat).
Ember: Craving fresh, wood-fired flatbreads and vegetables? Ember's rustic menu is the answer. Located in Arroyo Grande, it is right along the Central Coast. The atmosphere is hip and romantic, upscale without being too uptight.
In-N-Out Burger: No west coast road trip is complete without a stop at In-N-Out. Californians rave about this fast food chain and because it's open until 1am, it's an ideal stop when you've been driving late at night.
Newport's appeal doesn't stop at just their amazing beaches; one of its best attractions, in fact, are the beautiful homes and mansions. Bellevue Avenue is the place to be to see incredible - both in style and size - mansions from the Gilded Age. See below for some great restaurants to check out while you're there.
Bar 'Cino: Specializing in all things Italian, this charming location is a must. There are classics like rigatoni bolognese but the real attraction is their grilled pizzas, expertly mixing ingredients like prosciutto and fig into one pie.
Drift Cafe: For something quicker, yet no less delicious, try Drift Cafe and their smoothie bowls, wraps and all day breakfast. It's health-conscious and will leave you plenty of time to explore Newport (not to mention their 4.9 star Google review)!
Midtown Oyster Bar: Enjoy fresh, high-quality oysters, among others on their expansive raw bar, all while having your pick of their casual bar seating or rooftop deck.
ZION NATIONAL PART, UT
Are you more of an adventure-seeker? Zion National Park holds some of the most beautiful trails, ranging from beginner-level to bucket list worthy spots like The Narrows, pictured on the left. Hiking these trails will bring you closer to nature and give you a great workout at the same time. There are plenty of cafes in the area to relax in afterwards and exchange your favorite photos from the hike. See below for our recommendations!
River Rock Roasting Company: The canyon views from the tables at River Rock will knock you off your feet before you can even glance at their expansive, classic menu. They have coffees ("sustainably grown and artisan roasted"), baked goods, salads and more!
King's Landing Bistro: The quality dining here will treat you well after a long day of hiking. Their menu is simple and full of locally-soured, American-style meals like salmon and burgers.
Park House Cafe: A casual breakfast spot with homey charm. Sit in wrought iron chairs on their patio with a cup of joe and their selection of omelettes and other brunch necessities. Their food is homemade daily with healthy, high-quality ingredients.
Where ever you may go, we hope our recommendations help and inspire you to get out there. Enjoy your escape -- you deserve it after this year! Remember to bring your Katherine Parr Jewelry with you and make sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook, @katherineparrjewelry, so we can see you and your pieces.