A huge thanks to American Express for sponsoring today’s post.
I’m all for an epic summer in the Northeast. We really take advantage of our summers here, because we basically have (what seems like) 6 months of winter. My husband and I love to spend our summers taking mini getaways to some of the most beautiful spots New England and New York offer this time of year. Last year, we spent most of the summer galavanting around Europe and missed a lot of weather here (not complaining one bit!), but this summer — we’re doing our best to make it an epic summer right at home. I’m so excited to share pics from a fun summer road trip to The Hamptons — not only did we get to have a fun weekend away, but we also used my Blue Cash Everyday Card to earn cash back on all our purchases — a win-win.
Getting to The Hamptons is usually a bit of a production for most people. Living in Connecticut, we can see Long Island from the coast, so while most people in New York City have to drive up the entire island (or take a train), we can take a ferry right across the way! Last weekend, we loaded up my husband’s convertible, drove it onto the ferry, and spent an hour up on the roof deck sipping our morning coffee and talking about our weekend plans! When we docked after about an hour, we hopped back in the car, and drove the car off into New York. In order to get to The Hamptons, we have to drive through rural Long Island. It sounds boring, but the drive is surprisingly beautiful. There are dozens of adorable little farmers markets, wineries, and flower fields, and we’ve made it a point to stop at a different place every single time we make the drive. On past trips, we’ve done beautiful outfit photos in a sunflower field (#heaven), taken a bite of fresh corn on the cob (that’s been roasted with parmesan and still in the husk, YUM), and sipped flights of rosé at the famous wineries we’ve stopped at along Route 25 — the one road which leads you to The Hamptons. This trip though, I knew we were driving by a place I’ve wanted to stop at numerous times before — a beautiful lavender farm that we’re usually either too early or too late in the season for. This time, the lavender was FINALLY IN BLOOM! Although we were at the tail end of the lavender season, we still found a few rows that hadn’t been picked. Since they know the lavender farm is an Instagram worthy sensation, they placed a fun purple adirondack chair right in the middle of the field and we quickly snapped some photos (lavender = a crazy amount of bees)! You can pick your own lavender during the weekday, but since we were there on a Saturday, we were still able to put together a fresh bouquet of lavender from the shop that had been recently picked! The cute little gift shop is also filled with lavender bath and beauty products as well as already-dried lavender bunches.
As an American Express Blue Cash Everyday card holder, we got cash back on everything we bought during our Hamptons trip – we even earned 2% back from filling up our car along the way! For more on the many perks of Card Membership – from access to events to world-class security and service – head here! My hubby and I have a few more trips planned this summer and will be taking our Blue Cash Everyday Card along the way!
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