Even those who have never bounced east of the Mississippi have a picturesque fantasy about the Hamptons. They see sleepy thin fences hugging wooden lovebird boardwalks with splashes of long, wavy grass rolling against the beach. They see a foggy breeze giving the New York coastline a nostalgic palette of muted colors. They see themselves celebrating romance beneath pale beach ball lanterns aglow in a class-act tent with the warmest cheer you can find after sunset.
Secluded, serene, historic, and spectacular are just a few adjectives we can think of to describe these gorgeous garden grounds. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a fifty-acre public garden sanctuary found in Canandaigua, New York, and has been standing tall since the early nineteenth century. The property as a whole blends a variety of floral themes, ranging from Medieval walled and Italian Renaissance to English vistas and Japanese rock gardens. In the middle of these lush and vibrant gardens, rests a dreamy Victorian/Queen-Anne-styled estate, perfect for a stylish and elegant wedding.
Bring out your party horns because this week (May 31st to be precise) we celebrated #NationalMacaronDay! Is there anywhere more magnificent to celebrate such a momentous occassion than within the walls of the famous Parisian tea rooms at Ladurée Soho in New York? Stacks upon stacks of pastel sweets and treats are displayed on marble counters at this storied shop that feels like a Breakfast at Tiffany's meets Marie Antoinette moment.
Setting foot inside Ladurée is like stepping into your childhood dream as you are greeted by a myriad of macarons, tarts, eclairs and cakes in every shade in of the rainbow, set in a stylish patisserie.
Ah, New York City. The land of opportunity. The land where eight million people live on one single island. With this many people and a variety of cultures, there are bound to be thousands of diverse and delicious places to indulge in this pretty-little meal we call brunch. But what is it about this morning meal that makes us so downright happy? Is it the plethora of flaky pastries, the oozing of egg yolks or the sweet sparkle of a much-needed mimosa? Maybe it’s the atmosphere: spending the last hurrah of the weekend with close friends before we all face an inevitable case of the Mondays.
Photos by Henry Hargreaves
Back in 2000, Patrick Doyle purchased a large warehouse, formerly a glue factory, on the bank of the Hudson River with a vision in mind. His plan was to transform his newly acquired building into an idyllic, unpolished haven for local artists and friends and create a base for unorthodox artistic experiences. In 2010, musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone joined Patrick in his quest and the place was transformed into the non-profit hub we now know as Basilica Hudson.
The industrial feel of the the building itself has remained through renovations, sporting exposed brick walls, an incredible old steel truss system and a massive terracotta ceiling. The waterfront scene just outside the huge bay windows reveals ships and barges trudging down the Hudson River, a thing of absolute mechanized beauty. The capacity is around 1,200 souls – pretty perfect for live music, visual art events, or large weddings and gatherings.