With temperatures at an all-time high, heat lightning & thunderstorms abound & steamy commutes to and from work, we need a place to beat the heat! We’ve teamed up with nine of our local experts in each of the states William Raveis Real Estate occupies to bring you the best places to relax and cool down for the remainder of the summer.
NEW YORK, NY
In the concrete jungle of NYC, heat rises up from the subway grates and the baking black pavement. It’s been said it can get 10 degrees hotter here than in the surrounding boroughs and suburbs. To escape the steam outside, our NYC agent, Denae Montesi heads to Chelsea spot La Piscine at Hotel Americano. For non-hotel guests, anyone can purchase a $40 day pass to enjoy the pool, lounge with a cocktail in the sun and order food from the kitchen. Cool off in the water or relax on one of the comfy daybeds by the pool, where you’ll have expansive views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. At the nearby grill, dishes such as taramasalata with pita ($9) and tomato rusk salad ($14) will make having to wait 30 minutes to swim well worth the wait.
To avoid sitting in traffic going to the Cape, our Brookline administrative manager, Alex Bourdon enjoys a glass of rose served alongside harbor and skyline views of Boston at the Envoy Rooftop. “Lookout Rooftop is located in Seaport, near the new GE Headquarters. It’s becoming the hottest new area to work and live and the views of the water are so beautiful to watch during the sunset,” Alex writes. She recommends ordering the Juliet & Romeo, a refreshing mix of mint and cucumber in rose-infused water.
Kathy Burns, one of our top agents in Ludlow, Vermont tells us exactly how she relaxes after work on summer weekends. “Buttermilk Falls is a series of waterfalls and swimming holes attached to the Branch Brook which is part of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. I go with my husband and two daughters to swim in the fresh pools to cool off during the heat.”
On Fridays, Kathy notes she and her family attend the Jackson Gore Summer Music series held at Okemo Mountain and sponsored by William Raveis Real Estate. “The kids can run around, and we sit on a picnic blanket enjoying the music with burgers and a locally-crafted Vermont lager,” Kathy writes.
ROWAYTON & GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT
Vicki D’Agostino, Operations Manager in our Greenwich office, tells us, “the best place to beat the heat is watching the sunset at Rowayton Seafood with some fresh, cold & briny oysters!” We love the restaurant’s harbor-side location and there just is not a better place to watch the boats come and go.
Vicki also recommends getting a ferry or taking your private boat to the best waterfront spot in Greenwich, Island Beach. Island Beach formerly known as Little Captain’s Island, is situated in Long Island Sound about two miles south of Greenwich Harbor. Access is by ferry. One of Greenwich’s oldest public parks, the island was purchased by the Lauder Family and given to the town in 1918 as a memorial to George Lauder, Jr. The island boasts almost 1,000 feet of fine sandy beach on its northern and eastern perimeters. There are designated swimming and boating areas and a lifeguard. On the island itself are picnic tables, grills, snack bar, covered shelters, (one formerly a carousel), dressing rooms and restrooms. With refreshing breezes to be captured from all directions, Island Beach offers an ideal retreat from summer’s heat. It is one of the Greenwich’s most treasured facilities.
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
One of the best places to cool off and learn how to surf is Newport’s Second Beach or Sachuest Beach. The surf is gentle enough in some spots to rent a longboard and navigate the waves but it still has enough boost to occupy a seasoned surfer. Arthur Chapman, Sales Manager at our Newport, RI office recommends a day at Second Beach followed by the famous Del’s Frozen Lemonade to cool off.
He also notes that the beach may not be for everyone and Newport offers other activities that will allow visitors and locals alike to escape the heat. The Norman Bird Sanctuary in nearby Middletown, RI provides guided walks through their cool forests to witness nature’s most intriguing birds and animals.
SANDY HOOK, NEW JERSEY
Gary Blankfort from our Northvale, NJ office recommends a trip to Bahr’s Landing in Sandy Hook, NJ. He says he and his wife, Debbie pull up to a slip in their boat and order oysters on the docks. “They provide an on-board dinner service so we can enjoy the comforts of our private sea vessel with the best food. Fresh seafood on the beaches of the Jersey shore is incomparable,” Gary says.
For ocean-lovers, Nancy Carleton of our Bath, ME office recommends a day at Pemaquid Point, a place she often visits with her family. Pemaquid Beach is a quarter-mile white sand beach on Johns Bay on the western shore of Pemaquid Neck in Bristol. Nancy writes, “Its acres of huge cliff ledges with ocean swells pounding in at different heights depending on the tide. It’s always cooler (due to 65 degree ocean water temperature). There is a pebbly beach on the west side for hunting for sea glass and watching the sunset. You can always find a spot to call your own among the rocks to get comfortable. We love to just drink in the views and watch the powerful waves.” She included personal family photos of Pemaquid Point here.
Providing endless spots as an escape from the humidity, Naples, FL is a luxurious beach town filled with waterfront restaurants and events. Vincent Bandelier, an agent with Raveis Naples, suggests drinks at the Boathouse in downtown Naples and dinner at The Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach. He says, “Get the chowder or a dozen oysters, they are the freshest in town.” On weekends, Bandelier joins locals at the Summerjazz on the Gulf concert series at the Naples Beach club. “It’s a beautiful setting, right on the water, for listening to live music in the breeze and watching the sunset. The next concerts in the series are Betty Fox on August 20th & Late Night Brass on September 24th.”
PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
A waterfront dining experience wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the famous Old Ferry Landing in Portsmouth, NH. Rustic and authentic ocean fare is served while diners watch the tug boats bring in huge tanker ships. Stephan Parks, of our Dover, NH office loves heading down here after a long week of work for clams on the half shell & a lobster dinner on the water.
Contact any of our agents above for more local information on the best places in their state to visit!