Ferry to Fire Island

What better way to balance a work trip to New York than by tacking on a beach weekend? Fire Island, a sliver of land just south of Long Island, is an optimal weekend getaway, and I’m grateful to my friend, Mark, for having snagged this home. Cars are not allowed on the island, so one arrives via ferry from Sayville. I was overwhelmed with charm from Sayville to the beautiful beach house.

Suburban Safari: Mill Valley

My friends know I’m a country-living-craving gal living a city lifestyle in a great town. Since moving back to San Francisco, I’ve tried to temper my desire to pick up and leave for Charleston with frequent visits and ardent exploration of the Bay Area’s suburban gems. After being inspired by Coastal Living’sfeature on the town in its March 2014 issue, I spent a few hours this past weekend in Mill Valley.

The verdict? Both CL and SF Gate have it right. Mill Valley’s charm is undeniable, with an adorable “town center” and shopping to boot.