When the grind of New York City is wearing on me, my mind often wanders to images of international beaches. But I have come to realize that you don't necessarily need to leave the continental United States to find your piece of beachside paradise. In Surfside, Miami, a small, walkable, and low-key beach town just a few miles north of bustling Miami Beach, my mother and I found a slice of bliss on the Floridian coast. During an impromptu mother/daughter weekend, we relished our time at The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, a stunning hotel with a rich historical backstory that evokes the glamour of the mid-20th century. With a room over looking the uninterrupted coastline, I couldn't have been further from the concrete jungle.
During the warmer months in the Northeast, my family and I head to New England when I need some water time. My childhood and adult life are both full of memories made on the beaches of Narragansett, RI, as well as the Six Ponds Area nestled in Plymouth, MA. Both areas have a special place in my heart, and during those times away, I have come to love the laid-back attitude of New Englanders.