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While you can always buy our beach blankets online and at our local retailers, this season you can shop and meet us in person at holiday markets across Southern California. Below is a list of where you can find us and a description of each event.
Fair Seas: What is something you simply must do or see while visiting Nantucket?
Zach: Other than the beautiful beaches, or the indescribable scenery and architecture Sconset has to offer, over the years I’ve noticed that the town always offers one, if not a variety, of new small shops in town. The second I step foot on the island, settle into my cottage, being the entrepreneur enthusiast that I am, I generally stroll, through welcoming all the new store owners, supporting the products they have to offer. Speaking of brands, Faherty - a unique surfing apparel line - just opened. They’ve been in business for a while and the guys who run it are the coolest, down to earth people. So my suggestion, if you happen to be on the island this summer, check them out!
Fair Seas: As a small business ourselves, we love that you take the time to do that! We know you’ve spent a lot of time on Nantucket, what’s your favorite summer memory here?
Zach: Jeez, I have so many great memories on this island growing up it’s hard to pick one other than wrestling sharks, participating in a local fashion show, spending many birthdays here, learning how to drive stick for the first time, or meeting some of my closest friends. I have to say a memory that’s lasted is when I was probably 15 years old. One night, my father and I climbed to the roof of our house, we laid down, looked up to Nantucket’s gleaming starry sky, and for hours we just dazed, had a few laughs, and he would quiz me on my constellation knowledge. It was simple, peaceful, and was something you can only witness on Nantucket.
Fair Seas: What a great memory with your dad! OK, so on to the food. What’s the best place to grab brunch?
Zach: Hands down, Island Kitchen! The breakfast food is too damn good. They make some mean bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a toasted English muffin. Trust me, I’ve had a lot of BEC’s in my day, and nothing compares to this place.
Fair Seas: You sound like an expert, so we’ll take your word. What about your favorite spot for dinner?
Zach: Madaket Millie’s has always been a top favorite for me. Great seafood, bar, and quesadillas!
Fair Seas: Nantucket is surrounded by beautiful beaches. What’s your favorite beach to head to and why?
Zach: Gosh other than the ones you can just drive your Land Rover Defender or Jeep Wrangler on, set up a BBQ, and laugh the night away, I have to say Nobadeer Beach has always been the go to beach. If you find the right spot, it's not too crowded (except on the Fourth of July - if you’re a Nantucketer, you know why), the waves are great for surfing and swimming, and the location is beautiful. I have also grown up coming here with family and friends so it has that special place in my heart.
Fair Seas: Any beach you can drive your car on sounds amazing. Ok, so you’ve clearly got the local scoop on things. What’s your favorite secret spot on the island.
Zach: Brant Point Light. Not many people tend to go there at night, it’s more of a day attraction there. I’ll generally bring a flashlight, walk to the famous lighthouse, and sit on the rocks that encompass it, looking out to all the lit up boats coming in and out of the harbor. I find a lot of inspiration for my work there.
Fair Seas: That sound like something out of a movie! Alright, if you had just one day to spend in Nantucket, what would you do?
Zach: The perfect way to spend a day there is too wake up at the crack of dawn, throw your running shoes on or hop on a bike and get a good workout in. On your way back, pick up some coffee and donuts from Downy Flake or breakfast meals from Fog Island or Island Kitchen and bring it back for whomever you're staying with. Then, pack up the car with all necessary beach equipment and drive to the beach of your choice. Find a spot to spend the day, meet up with your friends, and take in the summer sun over drinks, homemade food, tracks by Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter, and a game of Kadima. Once the sun begins to set, head back to home base, shower off your sandy and sea salty hair in an outdoor shower, make a reservation for everyone at your favorite seafood restaurant in town, and throw on your casual dinner outfits. Walk there, get seated, and enjoy the amazing wine and food. Finish the night by strolling through historic main street and grabbing a waffle cone from the legendary Juice Bar.
Fair Seas: That sounds like our perfect kind of day! Anything else we should know about Nantucket?
Zach: If you haven’t been there yet, add it to the bucket list!
We caught up with Abby Capalbo, an editorial stylist living in Rhode Island, to give us the insider track to Newport, RI. We found Abby on Instagram and fell in love with her gorgeous feed showcasing her adventures all around New England, often times accompanied by her adorable pup Otto. We were thrilled to connect with her to hear all about her favorite spots in Newport and to get a visual tour of this gorgeous coastal town with images by photographer Erin McGinn.
Fair Seas: Let’s get right to it, what is something you simply must do or see while visiting Newport, Rhode Island?
Abby: Well this is tough, but if I had to pick one thing it would be to take a drive down Ocean Drive. Whatever the season, it never fails to inspire. The ocean is gorgeous and the stunning homes jutting out from every corner never gets old. End your trip at Castle Hill Inn for a cocktail overlooking Narragansett Bay, and you’ll never be happier.
Fair Seas: That sounds amazing! I’m sure it’s hard to pick just one thing. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane then… what’s your favorite summer memory here?
Abby: Every time I’m in Newport I’m as happy as a clam, so it’s hard to pick just one, but we did stop in Newport the day we got engaged. We had just closed on our very first home, and we headed to Newport to have a celebratory cocktail at the Clarke Cooke House. I didn’t even know the best was yet to come. It was a stunning day in June, and I just remember this feeling of pure bliss. And that was even before the engagement! It’s impossible for me to be in Newport now without remembering that feeling, and I just think that is the best.
Fair Seas: Love that! What a perfect day that must have been. Ok, transitioning to food. What’s a good place to grab brunch?
Abby: These questions are all so hard, because Newport is full of amazing places to eat but I think Brick Alley Pub is a no fail for brunch. It’s such a crowd pleaser, and good for everyone. I always recommend it to folks.
Fair Seas: Wow, they have everything on the menu! Now that we can’t stop thinking about food, where do you recommend going for dinner?
Abby: OK, so this is where I have to name a few. Castle Hill Inn has amazing food and, like I mentioned before, an amazing view. I love the Clarke Cooke House because it can be as fancy or as casual as you like, and the food is always fabulous (the Sky Bar is my favorite). We love Mexican, and Diego’s is our go to for dynamite and fresh eats in Newport. For special occasions, we love Tallulah on Thames. The food isn’t just fresh and delicious there, it’s a total experience. Trust me, this is my shortest of short lists there are just so many!
Fair Seas: For us, the perfect summer day involves sand between our toes. What’s your favorite beach in Newport and why?
Abby: I love Gooseberry Beach off of Ocean Drive because it’s not as well-known and tends to be less crowded on a busy summer day. But you really can’t go wrong at any beach in Newport in my opinion! There is nothing better than a beach day!
Fair Seas: Agreed! You’ve already shared so many special spots with us but, we have to ask, what’s your favorite secret spot if you’re willing to give it away ;)
Abby: So it’s not technically a secret, but since it’s in Jamestown, I feel like it gets overlooked from time to time. I love the view at Beavertail Lighthouse. The rocks are so extreme, and on a stormy day the waves can be fierce. It’s a beautiful piece of coastline overlooking Newport.
Fair Seas: Sounds gorgeous! OK, so if we had 24 hours to spend in Newport, how should we spend our day?
Abby: A morning coffee and dog walk along the Cliff Walk, then heading to the beach to soak up the afternoon before you head to Castle Hill Inn for a cocktail while the sunsets over Narragansett Bay. Then capping it all off with a late dinner in the Sky Bar at the Clarke Cooke House. Feelfree to substitute the beach with a day on the boat. Whatever works best, I’m not picky.
Fair Seas: Anything else we should know about Newport, Rhode Island?
Abby: Don’t forget to check out the mansions. They are really something to see, and truly never get old. It’s amazing to think of all the stories that took place in them during their heydays!
All of the beach blankets in our New England Collection are named after quintessential coastal towns along the New England coast: The Nantucket, The Newport, The Kennebunkport and The Greenwich.
As a California based company, we wanted to enlist the help of locals to give us the inside scoop on what makes each location so special. Every other week we'll feature a new city.
First up we have blogger Lauren Ratsep of "Make Every Outfit Count" showing us around Kennebunkport, Maine.
Fair Seas: Kennebunkport is definitely on our summer vacation bucket list. Tell us what is something you simply must do or see while visiting this adorable town.
Lauren: While visiting Kennebunkport you must enjoy all of the charm this small town has to offer. You can spend hours visiting dozens of different shops, eating some of the best lobster rolls at The Clam Shack, or simply taking a seat and relaxing in one the of the many Adirondack chairs throughout the town. Throughout town and on the shoreline there are multiple walking and biking trails that can lead you through some of the most beautiful and scenic spots of Kennebunkport. One trail will even lead you to Walker's Point, where President George H. W. Bush has a summer house overlooking the ocean. This is a very popular spot to stop and snag a photo of the famous residence!
Fair Seas: We know you've spent a lot of time in Kennebunkport with your family growing up. What's your favorite summer memory here?
Lauren: My favorite summer memory of Kennebunkport is packing up the car and heading to the beach. Maine is known for its beautiful beaches but Kennebunkport beach was always my favorite. My family and I would spend all day here, playing in the sand and soaking in the sun for hours on end. After the cold and long Maine winters here, this beach was always the place I looked forward to all year long!
Fair Seas: We'll admit it, we're coffee addicts. Specifically, iced coffee. Where's the best place to grab a cup of joe when we're here?
Lauren: Kennebunkport is home to a quaint little coffee shop called Dock Square Coffee House. This small but adorable coffee house is always my favorite place to stop and grab a pick me up as we are strolling through town. Not only can you get an amazing coffee or cappuccino but you can also get your hands on some homemade pastries and treats. Inside the coffee house you can sit and peer out into a view of the water, or grab a seat out front on a bench to enjoy your coffee. Right next-door to the coffee house is The Candy Man, which is full of their famous homemade fudges and other treats if you are looking for something else to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Fair Seas: Yum! Ok, now we're hungry. Where should we be sure to make a dinner reservation?
Lauren: My favorite place for dinner is Alisson’s Restaurant, located in Dock Square, Kennebunkport. My family, friends, and I always try and stop in for either dinner or a quick lunch whenever we come into town! Here, you can get all the fresh lobster and clams you can eat and the atmosphere in Alisson’s always has a way to make you feel at home or like one of the locals. Alisson’s is definitely a summer tradition of mine, and has become one of my favorite places to eat in Kennebunkport.
Fair Seas: It's no secret we're beach bums here. What’s your favorite beach to spend a day at and why?
Lauren: My favorite beach in Kennebunkport is Goochs Beach. The beach is set on the shoreline just a few minutes from the little town. I love this beach because of how peaceful the shoreline is. It’s also never too crowded so you’re always guaranteed a perfect spot on the sand with plenty of room. Goochs beach is pretty much perfect if you don’t mind the water being a bit chilly. It’s the perfect size for a long walk and the waves are large enough for some good body surfing. One thing I love to do while I’m there is walk to the end of the beach to the breakwater and watch the boat traffic going in and out of the river. Goochs beach is all around the perfect spot, it's family friendly and simply gorgeous. I’ve been coming to this beach since I was 5 years old with my family and friends. I have definitely made some lifelong memories here and will continue to go back every year!
Fair Seas: We want the real deal here. What's your favorite secret spot - if you’re willing to give it away ;)
Lauren: My favorite spot in Kennebunkport is right behind some of the shops and restaurants in Dock Square. It’s a little nook where the inside of the shops are over the ocean water and their balconies all facing each other. Some stores are painted bright colors like purple and red, and hanging flowers are everywhere you look. This secret spot full of charm and character is just steps beyond the busy Kennebunkport streets.
Fair Seas: Ok, we officially want to go to Kennebunkport! Anything else we should know before we make our plans?
Lauren: If you’re ever looking for a place to get some ice cream, you must stop at Rococo! Located in town, they make artisan ice cream and gelato in so many flavors. When I was there I got the famous Maine Whoopie Pie gelato (it tasted just like the real thing!) They are always changing up their flavors and making them with all fresh and local ingredients.
Thanks to Lauren for giving us a visitor's guide around Kennebunkport, Maine! If you want to shop our yellow Kennebunkport beach blanket, you can find it here!
We're excited to announce that we'll have a pop up shop at the West Elm in San Diego next Saturday, February 27th. We'll be there from 11am - 4pm, so please come by to say hello and feel how soft and cozy our beach blankets are in person!
When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do was to visit my dad at his office and play in the office supply cabinet. My sisters and I would pull out sticky notes, folders and pens and have a field day doing who knows what. My mom would give us Lipton tea from the break room and I'd pour in bags and bags of sugar. It was great.
I loved sitting at the big conference room table, my toes barely scraping the floor. I'd still feel big and important. We'd draw silly pictures on the white board. Sometimes we'd come back and the pictures would still be there. My dad is a hoarder of memories, so I wouldn't be surprised if that white board was buried somewhere in my parents' garage with a picture of a cat I'd drawn still on it.
It's pretty amazing, now that I think about it, that I was able to go to my dad's office. His very own office, where he was the boss.
It's not surprising at all though. My dad taught, and more importantly, showed me early on that I could do anything I wanted. Why not, he did. When he was younger he worked hard and earned an ROTC scholarship to Rice University where he received a degree in electrical engineering and went on to become a pilot in the Navy. In his free time he performed magic shows. Hey, we all need a creative outlet, right?
After retiring from the Navy, he worked his way up in the commercial airline industry and eventually went on to found, with six other partners, a new airline called Jet America. After they sold the airline, he was able to finally pursue a lifelong dream of having his own company. Somewhere along the way he got his MBA and is set to complete his third Masters degree in a few weeks, at age 70.
Ever since I sat at that conference table as a kid I knew I wanted my own company, just like my dad. More than that though, I wanted a life where I was intentional about what I wanted, and how I got there. My dad has always been my hero and my role model. He is ambitious; he is level-headed; he is loving and loyal to his family, and he is kind and generous with others.
Dad, thank you for being a great example of what it means to be a human. Thank you for supporting me in every success and failure it took to finally start my own company. You have patiently taken every phone call to listen to me whine and panic, and have celebrated with me during every mini-victory. You consistently remind me that "If it was easy, anyone could do it." I could not have done this without your example, and without your love and patience. Thank you for helping me realize my dreams. This one's for you.