White cover-up. White sandy beaches. Squeezing in all of the white! I had to wear white until the very last second, obviously. This morning, I have this song running through my head, even though the warm temps projected for this week confirm summer is far from over.
I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect Labor Day weekend. Clouds were non-existent, sun was plentiful, and the temps were high. Yesterday, we woke up earlier than I do on workdays (5:30AM?!) to make the long trip out to Robert Moses Beach, located on the western-most part of Fire Island. It’s possible to get out there from the city sans car, but it is admittedly a bit involved. If you’re going, this vacation package from LIRR is the way to go, which includes round-trip LIRR fare as well as a round-trip bus ticket for the S-47 bus at Babylon. We spent the day napping in the sun, surrounded by friends.
Something about summer winding down had me craving seafood. I believe a person should have a good four or five lobster rolls throughout the course of the summer, and I’m coming up quite short on my tally for Summer 2015. Sadly, even a day trip out to the Hamptons this summer wasn’t in the cards, so over the long weekend I had to go with one of the best local alternatives – Luke’s Lobster. I just love these guys. I remember when it was just the one spot over on E7th Street in the East Village. My have these guys taken off! This blueberry soda only solidified that a return trip to Maine needs to happen, and sooner rather than later.
The lobster roll was fabulous, as always. Just the right amount of butter (translation – not stingy, though not drowning, either) and a hearty dusting of their “secret spices”.
If you’re like me, there are so many things you mean to do during summertime. Since moving North over 10 years ago from the South, I often forget the brief window of warmth New York has. Though we still have a bit of time, it’s definitely time to tackle some of those things while the temps have yet to plummet. I realized that I had yet to take Dixie over to Central Park since T and I moved into Manhattan earlier this year. I knew it would be a popular option, but it was too perfect to pass up. It’s such a beautiful and massive space. No one was sitting anywhere close to us, and we were able to spread out and relax a bit. If you haven’t been yet this summer, I definitely recommend taking a pause for the cause and heading over with a simple blanket. Perfect afternoon.
To cap off a lovely long weekend, T and I treated ourselves to some post-beach margaritas. It just seemed appropriate, with our skin still glowing from an afternoon in the sun and me still in my cover-up.
Beach, lobster rolls, nap in the park, and margaritas. I’d say that’s a Labor Day weekend done right. What’s on your list of things to do before the end of summer on September 22?