upstate new york | labor day weekend

 

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even though today is technically the first day of autumn, i always consider labor day weekend the unofficial end of summer. to ring in the end of our crazy hectic summer, zach, maribel and i took a trip to upstate for an incredibly relaxing weekend with our parents a few weeks ago over labor day weekend.

zach’s hometown is about 3 hours north of nyc, and about an hour away from the saratoga horse track. we spent the majority of saturday in saratoga (the cutest little town), walking around and seeeing the sights, while also partaking in some horse betting activities. i can’t bet if my life depended on it, but i still had a great time hanging out and doing what i do best: eating and drinking.

the rest of the weekend we spent relaxing in zach’s parents incredibly beautiful and lush backyard, catching up with our families, and having some of the best italian food of my life (this is coming from someone born and raised in philly). i definitely didn’t take as many photos as i’d hoped, but here are a few of the good ones that i did manage to snap.

happy fall, y’all!

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grabbing coffee in downtown saratoga

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apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…
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how beautiful is zach’s parents’ backyard?! i also love that they’re all on their phones in this photo 😉
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for a few races throughout the day, we watched from the tv screen back by our table

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stud 😉

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when maribel met the ocean | ocean city, new jersey

a few weeks ago, my family took a weekend trip together out to our shore house in ocean city, nj. the weekend started with my brother surprising my parents, who flew in for the weekend from san diego without them knowing. i don’t think i’ve ever seen my mom so shocked!

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can’t visit ocnj without at least one stop here

we settled in after the initial surprise and immediately took maribel to the beach. even though we’ve been back living on the east coast for about a year now, we never managed to get her to the ocean. she was obsessed with the baby pool we bought her while we were living in austin, so i was so excited to see her first experience with the ocean.

as soon as we hit the sand she took off running. i’m in decent shape, but i’m so happy my super-fit brother was there to keep up with her as she sprinted toward the ocean. i don’t think i’ve ever seen her happier! she’s still a little unsure about big waves, but we determined that we definitely have a water dog on our hands.

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a welcomed, “more healthy” alternative to day-drinking beach beers: truly (spiked seltzer)

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after what ended up being a highlight of the weekend for me, we spent the rest of the weekend doing what you do down the shore: relaxing on or near the beach, and eating and drinking way too much. we sprinkled in a few bikes rides and run here or there to keep things balanced.

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panama hat (and yes of course, i bought it in size XL #bigheadproblems)

we took our last beach trip of the year a few weeks ago and while it was sad to say goodbye for a little while, i can’t say that i wished summer lasted any longer. i feel like we properly “did” summer.

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i saw citizen cope live at the music pier, which was my first concert at that venue. it’s a beautiful location right on the water and i highly recommend seeing a show (any show) if you have the chance.

 

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clams casino at the crab trap in somers point. THE BEST

this summer i also ate my weight in kohr brothers frozen custard, rode bikes to strathmere for mahi mahi sandwiches on the bay at twisties, had one too many bud lights at the beach/back bars in sea isle, drank coffee and read books on the porch, let my hair run wild, stayed up too late watching movies, and spending time on the beach at the 5 o’clock hour (the best hour on the beach, from a pitkin’s standpoint). 12this has been the busiest season of my life with all of our road trips and adventures (i’ll be writing a summer wrap-up). i’m so thankful for the weekends we were able to spend by the water.

and now that summer has come to a close, i’m really, really looking forward a relaxing and rejuvenating fall.

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rachel’s bachelorette in miami

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back in may, a group of my oldest friends met in miami for a weekend celebrating our dear friend rachel’s bachelorette. the majority of us have been friends for over a decade, so needless to say this weekend/reunion was filled with lots of yummy food, belly laughs, and of course alcohol.

we all flew in from our respective cities friday morning and checked into the blue moon hotel (champagne upon arrival — thanks, ed!). the rest of the weekend was filled with picture perfect weather, poolside dinner at broken shaker, bribing limo drivers, celeb sightings and scooping up paper at liv, incredible art deco architecture, fish tacos, 4 am skinny dipping and pizza on the beach, galavanting up and down south beach, the clevelander and endless mojitos.

when we all were giving hugs goodbye, we made a promise to do this again before another year went by. where to next?

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photos via: blue moon hotel miami and broken shaker