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32 Ideas For Your Sizzlin' Summer Cookout

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From surf lodges to remote island beaches, we’re bringing you all sorts of places to host a summertime BBQ, get together with friends or a sneaky last minute summer getaway. And because no party’s complete without the proper supplies, we’re even bringing some of our favorite tried and true summer hosting recommendations your way.
 
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The Surf Lodgelearn more

Montauk’s Surf Lodge is an epic summer hang spot, whether with a gang of friends or just a couple of you for a long weekend. Check out the line-up for the summer concert series too, which features everyone from St. Lucia to Lupe Fiasco to Charles Bradley. Get on it.
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Beach People Blanket

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When your beach blanket is one of your favorite summer accessories, you know you’re living your best life.

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Gurney’s Montauklearn more

Grab some drinks at the beach club or head down to the sandy stretch for an evening hang with friends. This Montauk getaway has plenty of options for spending a lazy summer day with your best of kin.
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Sun Umbrella

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With a nautical vibe, this pagoda style sun umbrella is sassy with fringe and provides just enough shade for a small afternoon soiree.

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resortlearn more

Picnic on a glacier, throw a party in a floating lodge or set up a BBQ on the beach at this remote luxury retreat. Whichever way you spin your summer’s end vacay, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort has 50,000 square miles worth of wilderness options.
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Yeti Cooler

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Your canned rosé needs a way to keep cool and this crowd-pleasing Yeti ice chest is one of the best on the market.

BUY HERE FOR $199
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The Graham & Co.learn more

20 beds, a swimming pool, hammocks, a fire pit, bicycles, and badminton. What more could you need for an epic summer getaway to the Catskills? Check out The Graham & Co. if all that sounds up your crew’s alley.
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Cobalt French Oven

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For easy summertime roasts and slow-cooking summer stews, a classic French oven is a must-have accessory for entertaining small crews.

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The Bramptonlearn more

Grab the party squad and head to upstate New York for a summer activity filled weekend at this Hudson River lodge. Located at the foot of the Adirondacks, this spot sleeps about 20 people and has easy access to tubing, kayaking, hiking, rafting, fishing, and so much more.
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Paddleball Set

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What’s a beach hang without games? Check out this cute paddleball set by Sunnylife for a cute addition to the beach bag.

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Wickaninnish Innlearn more

If your party crowd is up for a stellar end-of-summer adventure, this Pacific Northwest island resort offers gorgeous accommodations and access to some seriously amazing landscape. Think pristine beaches, lush forests and endless wildlife interactions.
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Melamine Plates

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Shatterproof plates that are actually good looking? Sign us up for these bad boys!

BUY HERE FOR $45
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The Beach Lodgelearn more

Set just between Santa Barbara and Malibu, this charming little beach lodge gives us all the summer feels! The 3-bedroom getaway boasts awesome access to the beach and may be just about the cutest spot we’ve seen.
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Bistro Lights

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Nothing says summertime soiree like just the right night time lighting, and these bistro lights give a backyard party the ultimate glow.

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Alderbrook Stationlearn more

An old boathouse and bunkhouse on Oregon’s Columbia River, Alderbrook Station is the kind of cool historic party spot you’ll absolutely love if you’ve got any affection for nautical rustic charm. Fire up some oysters on the fire pit and settle in for a summer-sweet evening of good wine and even better company overlooking the lagoon and the river.
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Cast Iron Fish Plate

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Inviting your people over for a summer’s evening of rosé, roasted fish and good tunes? Add this glam cookware to the shopping list and you can bring the fish straight from the oven to the table.

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Roche Harbor Resortlearn more

Summer certainly calls for a harbor-side soiree and Roche Harbor Resort is keen to offer a venue for such an affair. Check out the shipwreck for a cool, casual setting to throw a cocktails and bites bash.
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Olive Wood Salad Hands

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It’s amazing what a difference the small details of serveware make when you’re playing host. Check out these good looking salad hands to add to the collection.

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Bodega Ridgelearn more

Located on another cool Canadian isle, Bodega Ridge is a summer getaway with all the fruit orchards, grape vines and wildflowers you could dream of. Located on Galiano Island, there’s no shortage of picnic spots in and around the property, whether you hike the nearby countryside or simply hop out of your log cabin and onto the lawn.
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Lobster Pool Float

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Poolside lobster boils definitely call for a themed pool float!

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The Holidayslearn more

An RV park and campsite in San Clemente, The Holidays is a fab spot to celebrate a weekend with friends. Low-key with retro vibes and really easy access to the beach, it’s a So Cal summer must.
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Bocce Ball Set

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Bocce ball and spritzers go together like ice cream and sprinkles. Get you some.

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Sea Ranch Lodgelearn more

Set on the Sonoma Coast, just near Mendocino, Sea Ranch Lodge is an awesome go-to for a summer getaway that’s not too far from SF but still feels worlds away. Surrounded by wildflowers and amazing hiking trails, this spot is perfect for a nature loving crew.
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Melamine Serving Platter

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We’re not saying that ALL your serveware should be shatterproof, but it’s probably not a bad idea.

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Rock Island Lake Clublearn more

A sweet Jersey gem in the Sparta Mountains, this lakefront property has no shortage of spots to throw a hot summer soiree. Grab one of the 30 beers on tap and party with your besties by the lake, near a waterfall or on a sprawling grassy lawn.
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Salad Bowl

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This gorgeous natural wood bowl is perfect for serving summer salads.

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Mission Point Resortlearn more

Between the gorgeous gardens, easy lake access and historic feel, Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort is the ultimate summer getaway. The property is a decent size, with over 200 rooms, so taking over with a big group is easy peasy.
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Jaipur Saba Pouf

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No need to go crazy buying chairs for all your summertime soiree guests, but if you throw a good picnic blanket in the mix and pop a few cozy cushions and poufs around, you’ve got a crushin’ party look.

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Sanderling Resortlearn more

If you’re looking for a southern-meets-East-Coast experience, Kitty Hawk is a must. Sanderling Resort is cozy and coastal and hosts some awesome campfire music events at the beach house all summer long.
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Life Ring Pool Float

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Nautical vibes are always a win in the summertime. Pop a couple of these guys in the pool and your nautical game will be on fiya.

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Wychmere Beach Clublearn more

Head on out to the Cape’s most gorgeous harbor and soak up all the East Coast summer sun while you still can. Wychmere is one of those classic Cape Cod beach clubs that’s a primo location for a monster crab boil or BBQ on the sand.
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Seafood Cracking Kit

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All the tools you could possibly need for cracking into lobsters and crab, and a cute carryall too. You’ll be the talk of the party if you bring your own kit.

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