Get away now to one of these stylin' escapes. Or, all three!
Although it's only been open for a year, Forty 1° North is already one of the chicest spots on the island and arguably the most exciting new hotel happening in New England. If New England glam was a movement, this would be it—each room boasts luxe accommodations (we're talking fire places in each room, high-end bedding and baths, iPads with a playlist we've already copied, big LED TVs, football field-sized showers, and more), in addition to two crazy-good restaurants; The Grill serves up fresh, sophisticated seafood and Newport Harbor-views, while Christie's (reminiscent of New York's Cafeteria) has got the whole Asian tapas thing meets raging bar scene on lock, and a tiny-tiny dance club that might be the end result of Le Bain swallowing the "Drink Me," bottle in Alice in Wonderland.. Did we mention the haute-hostelry is completely eco-friendly (hello Malin + Goetz bath products), picture windows that never miss the sunset, and Frette bedding? With accommodations like that, you might forget you have the rest of Newport to explore.
Forty 1° North, 351 Thames Street (between Perry Mill wharf and Christies landing); Newport; 401-846-8018.
This is high-end food in a low-key setting done right. Far from the tacky nautical decorations that many seaside restaurants can have, The Mooring lets their spectacular Narragansett Bay views speak for themselves and opted for simple but elegant decor that's still relaxed and casual. The menus is chock-full of creative fish dishes like Seafood Pie and Georges Bank Scallops, which features toasted almond polenta, chive blossom vinaigrette, and pancetta crisps. You'll want to save room for desert, too—White Chocolate-Lavender Creme Brulee and Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake will be hard to turn down no matter how much you've eaten—we speak from experience. The icing on the (white chocolate) cake? The 900-label wine list, delivered to each table in iPad form. We haven't even seen that in New York!
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, 1 Sayer's Wharf (at America's Cup avenue); Newport; 401-846-2260.
You might already know Endless Wave for their ingenious, world-famous Wax Buddy, an awesome little tool that effortlessly removes old wax from your surfboard. This sleek, new addition to the Bellevue shopping crawl is sort of like The Saturdays Surf of Newport, with custom T-shirts, rotating exhibitions, and, oh yeah, a clutch of h-o-t surfers who trade wave gossip (and just look so damn good). Built on the idea of creating simple, innovative, and well-built products, Endless Wave also boasts beautiful, custom-made Wave Tables http://www.endlesswave.net/wave_table.html which are so nice, you'll find it hard to kick your feet up on 'em.
Endless Wave, 148 Bellevue Avenue (between John and Prospect Hill streets); Newport; 401-619-2997.
Italian marble, Armani bedside tables, Bulgari toiletries, feather beds with custom 300-count sheets, stocked mini-bars and plasma screen TVs—shoe designer Vanessa Noel's self-named hotel brings "lap of luxury" to a whole new level. Although the place only has eight bedrooms (meaning you'll have to plan ahead for this getaway), the property also houses the chic Cafe V Bar and, of course, a Vanessa Noel boutique, not to mention that it's location on Chestnut Street gives you instant access to the island's best attractions.
Vanessa Noel Hotel, 5 Chestnut Street (between Center and Federal streets) ; Nantucket; 508-228-5300.
We could go on and on about the food at Dune, but we'll let the food do the talking. From Miso Marinated Swordfish to good old Maryland Soft Shell Crab, we gladly return again and again for seconds, thirds, and fourths at this Nantucket hotspot, whose jumping veined-marble bar is final destination for the Island's very pretty people. If you're in town for special event, you can even book a private room and create your own custom menu—just remember to invite us, okay?
Dune, 20 Broad Street (between Center and Federal streets); Nantucket; 508-228-5550.
A weekend escape is the perfect time to treat yourself to something super special—and everyone knows that shopping doesn't count when your on vacation. But, ladies, watch your Amex here and don't let those charming Massachusetts shingles fool you: Gypsy stocks more high-end designers than your local Barneys. From Thakoon to Givenchy, Celine to Rick Owens, you're sure to be lusting after something as soon as you step inside the souped-up interior.
Gypsy, 20 Federal Street (between Center and Federal streets); Nantucket; 508-228-4404.
Fire Island Pines isn't exactly, say, Miami when it comes to haute hostelries, but The Madison, one of the area's newest hotels, wouldn't have jet-setters complaining. A roof deck with panoramic views, hot tub, gorgeous pool, massage therapists, limousine service, private balconies, elegant furnishings, and just a few minutes from the beach, this LGBT-friendly hotel ensures your Fire Island getaway is all about relaxing. Flash your room key—we guarantee you'll get lucky.
The Madison, 22 Atlantic Walk (between Fire Island boulevard and Ocean walk); Fire Island Pines; 631-597-6061.
Fire Island may not be the trendiest spot for restaurant addicts, but with simple and elegant decor with beautiful beach views, The Landing at Ocean Beach certainly isn't gnarly. Their menu's got fresh, local seafood and uses seasonal ingredients—Baja Fish Tacos and Shrimp Po Boys are major for a beach-break; Spectacular dinners like Macadamia Crusted Halibut and Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon go great with The Landing's specialty cocktails—just make sure you wait 20 minutes after eating before you go for another dip (and do some discreet crunches, it's Fire Island after all).
The Landing, 620 Baywalk (at Ocean Breeze Walk); Ocean Beach; 631-583-5800.
Okay, OAK may already be a city staple, but they've fine-tuned their offerings to be more, well, beachy, if you couldn't guess by the outpost's tongue-in-cheek name. Be the hippest swimmer in that very packed pool—the boutique features Orlebar Brown bathing suits, Han sunglasses, Acne gladiator sandals, Miansai hook bracelets (in midnight black, obviously) and even A.OK sunscreen. Because you're that cool.
OAK Beach House, Harbor Walk (between ); Fire Island Pines; 631-597-6813.