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  • The Maine Stay: Bar Harbor

    This week it's all about Bar Harbor, also known as Mount Desert Island.

    Home to 1500 foot Cadillac Mountain, it's part of the Acadia National Park, and a place you definitely don't want to miss if you're traveling through New England or down the Maine coastline this summer.

    Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

    In it's heyday, this town was the premiere summer resort, and home to Millionaire's Row. There was a line of summer estates including the Rockefellers, Vanderbelt's and Ford's, until they all burnt down in a huge fire in 1947.

    Today, there's fabulous hiking, old historic carriage roads to explore, and even rock climbing on the mountain if you're the adventuresome type.

    Two young women hiking on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor, Maine.

    There are several local museums, but one of the more interesting ones is the Abbe Museum, where they have artifacts of the Wabanaki Indians, the original inhabitants of the area.

    Encampment painting by Judith Cooper

    There seems to be an abundance of art galleries and local artists to boot. There is also a blossoming craft brewery scene, and fun activities like boating and fishing.

    Downtown Bar Harbor

    Don't forget to try some of the freshest of Maine lobster and wild blueberries! They are abundant for picking on the side of the road.

    Blueberry Pancakes

    Whether you're exploring the rugged coastline of Maine wearing those cozy cashmere sweaters, or the sandy beaches of Florida wearing those soft lightweight cottons and linens, remember that it's all about style.

    Shop the Bar Harbor BLT Collection at www.bonnieroseman.com

    Always remember my Three Golden Rules to Dress By:

    1. Build Your Wardrobe with classic pieces.
    2. Liven Your Wardrobe with fun novelty items.
    3. Tweak Your Wardrobe with touches of color.

    Feel good, and look even better!

    -Bonnie

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea

    Carmel-by-the-sea features some of the world's finest scenery on the Pacific Coastline. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive south from San Francisco, and it's a must if you haven't gone already!

    When you take 17-Mile-Drive, and stop at one of the top championship golf courses, you'll see that Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful courses in the United States. If you drive further, and stop and look at just a few of the most picturesque views, you'll see famous landmarks such as the lone Cypress tree growing out of the tree along the cliff. When you're looking out at the ocean, the view is unforgettable.

    Lone Cypress Tree

    Whether you're on foot or in a car, there's not lack of things in this quant little, and highly sophisticated town of Carmel. Ocean Avenue has a variety of art galleries, boutiques and cafes, and you can take Carmel Walks! It's a daily tour given Tuesdays through Saturdays right in the center of town that points out all the hotspots.

    Find the best places to shop, sightsee and eat with Carmel Walks

    If you're in Carmel in August, the 26th is the Concour on the Avenue, and the Pebble Beach Concour d'Elegance. People come from all over the world to see these classic cars parading down the streets of Carmel from the 1940s classics, everything from Porches to Ferrari's, all the way through 1989 models, and you can get close and personal as they parade through the center of town.

    Concour Tour d'Elegance

    in September, whether you're with the kids or not, go down to the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest down by the sand. Whether it's sunny or foggy, it's a blast!

    Fabulous and unique sand sculptures

    Don't forget to drive down to Big Sur on US Highway 1 for a lovely lunch...

    Take a bite out of Big Sur

    Whether you're wearing a cashmere sweater or a leather jacket along the Pacific Coastline, or a lightweight linen or cotton sweater by the Florida Atlantic Coast, it's all about style!

    Cashmere sweaters, long dresses and a soft leather bag. The perfect look for Carmel. Shop now at www.bonnieroseman.com.

    Always remember my Three Golden Rules to Dress By:

    1. Build Your Wardrobe with classic pieces.
    2. Liven Your Wardrobe with fun novelty items.
    3. Tweak Your Wardrobe with touches of color.

    Feel good, and look even better!

    -Bonnie

  • Harbourside Happenings: Exploring Boston

    Boston. An amazing city and center of New England cultural life. If you're not heading for the Cape, then this historical city has some wonderful free events that are happening this summer that should prove to be fun for the entire family.

    Shakespeare on the Common is free for all! Romeo and Juliet is this season's pick.

    Catch Shakespeare in the park, a perfect night out.

    You can picnic and have an outdoor movie and wine at the Boston Harbor. It's a great way to impress your date - check for listings in the local paper.

    Table for two? Great date night idea...

    Sounds are sweet this summer, especially on the Charles River Esplanade. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra performs at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell! Check for further information in the local paper.

    The sounds of summer.

    For a bit of excitement, fly down the Zip Line! It extends 220 feet, it's 30 feet above the ground, and witness views you've never seen in Boston before. Don't miss it!

    A bird's eye view of Boston.

    The SoWa Open Market features artisans, musicians, chefs and more. It's on Saturdays and Sundays, and in addition to the farmer's market and Food Truck Bazaar, there is also a brand new beer garden. It's open until October 15th. This is Barbara Lynch's newest adventure and not to be missed.

    SoWa Market and food trucks. Give you taste buds a treat!

    There are all so many special festivals in Boston in the summertime. Make sure you don't miss the Boston Seafood Festival on August 13th - yum yum!

    Try the clam chowder!

    So whether you're strolling along the harbor-side in Boston wearing those cashmere sweaters, or you're seaside along the Palm Beaches wearing those lightweight linens, remember that it's all about style.

    The Boston Collection, from Bonnie Roseman's BLT. Email bonnie@bonnieroseman.com to schedule your showing.

    Always remember my Three Golden Rules to Dress By:

    1. Build Your Wardrobe with classic pieces.
    2. Liven Your Wardrobe with fun novelty items.
    3. Tweak Your Wardrobe with touches of color.

    Feel good, and look even better!

    -Bonnie

  • Summer in Sun Valley

    Another place of adventure mixed with sophistication is Sun Valley, Idaho, a beautiful mountain town!

    This North Idaho area is the home of Earnest Hemingway, and the place where he rests. Although it's known for its amazing skiing in the winter, the summers are full of warm days and beautiful nights. The area has festivals of all sorts from the beginning of the summer to the end of August.

    Sun Valley Summer on the Ice is a series that runs from July to September, and gives one a chance to get up close and personal to Olympic ice-skating superstars.

     

    Sun Valley Summer on Ice

     

    The Arts & Crafts Festival is one of the best in the country, from August 11th through the 15th

    Enjoy crafts, art, and the outdoors all at once.

    There's also lots of fabulous hiking and biking - over 400 miles of single track mountain biking trails! Views from Mount Baldy of the Ketchum Valley are absolutely breathtaking.

    Many options for hiking and biking in Sun Valley.

    The Summer Symphony Series is another amazing highlight from July 23rd to August 7th.

    Catching some rays while listening to beautiful music.

    There are tons of art galleries, and you have to make sure to check out the annual Wood River Studio Tour where artists open up their studios to the public. That's August 19th and 20th.

    See unique and original works of art from Idaho artists.

    There are even outdoor art installations all over town, wherever you turn on the street corners...

    Rod Kagan artwork in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    To bring the summer season to a close, they have an old-fashioned Wagon Days Festival, where you can watch a 20 mule jerk line do maneuvers with some of the most finely preserved covered wagons ever made.

    A chance to see what pioneer life was like.

    So whether you're wearing your flannel shirts or cashmere sweaters on a cool Pacific Northwest night, or wearing those linen and cotton dresses down by the sea, remember it's all about style.

    Shop the Sun Valley Collection from Bonnie Roseman's BLT - head to bonnieroseman.com or email bonnie@bonnieroseman.com.

    Always remember my Three Golden Rules to Dress By:

    1. Build Your Wardrobe with classic pieces.
    2. Liven Your Wardrobe with fun novelty items.
    3. Tweak Your Wardrobe with touches of color.

    Feel good, and look even better!

    -Bonnie

  • Newport, A Port in Rhode Island full of Mansions

    This week, it's all about Newport, Rhode Island!

    A beautiful New England Port Town, Rhode Island is full of some of the most famous summer cottages from the gilded age of mansions. The Breakers, The Elms, The Marble House, Rosecliff, and Rough Point to name a few. You can tour any of the cottages you want to see - just check the schedule online at newportmansions.org.

    The Breakers Mansion

    One of the most beautiful things to do is to walk along the Ocean Drive and check out the Cliff Walk. It has some of the most amazing views! It's 3 1/2 miles of cliffs and rocky beaches.

    Take a heavenly stroll by the seaside.

    Newport also has the International Tennis Hall of Fame! A must-see while you're in Little Rhody!

    You'll really score with this historical tour.

    Oddly enough, Newport also has the oldest synagogue in the United States, Touro Synagogue. Construction was started in 1658, and the building was complete in 1763. It's a beautiful space with tours available.

    A place of spirituality and history.

    For a charming experience and fun shopping, you should walk along Thames Street. You'll also find some great eats! It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with the family.

    A perfect place for a summer stroll.

    If you're sailing around Newport, strolling on the Cliff Walk, or taking a tour of the summer cottages while you're in Rhode Island, pack those fabulous cashmere sweaters for a brisk seaside stroll, or those lightweight linens and cottons for hotter summer days. If you happen to be in steamy Southern Florida, make sure you pull out those lightweight linens and cottons in pastel colors to stay cool in the summer heat. Most importantly, no matter where you are, it's all about style.

    Shop the Newport Rhode Island Collection by visiting www.bonnieroseman.com.

    Always remember my Three Golden Rules to Dress By:

    1. Build Your Wardrobe with classic pieces.
    2. Liven Your Wardrobe with fun novelty items.
    3. Tweak Your Wardrobe with touches of color.

    Feel good, and look even better!

    -Bonnie

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