I ♥ Montauk

Montauk

Late summer in NYC is the perfect time to get out of the city, and there is no better way to beat the heat than hopping on the LIRR and heading east to Montauk. A beach idyll at the very tip of Long Island, Montauk, known to locals as “The End,” is a small surfing village just outside of the luxurious Hamptons. Don’t get me wrong, Montauk can be just as fabulous and glitzy, but has a more laid-back persona. Think Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf in a flower crown sitting around a beach bonfire. With top-ranked beaches and 5-star restaurants, your trip won’t be anything short of fabulous. Here’s a list of my must-visit, not-to-be-missed, most favorite faves:

 Crows Nest Restaurant

○     This local organic eatery does not take reservations, so I suggest going no later than 6:30pm to beat the crowds. Have dinner in their bohemian dining room, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Long Island sound. After dinner, ditch your shoes and walk down to their beach bar for a handcrafted cocktail on the sand while you take in that perfect sunset.

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 Surf Lodge

○     Surf Lodge Inn and Restaurant is an absolute must. Over the past few years it has served as Montauk’s premiere seen-and-be-seen destination. Featuring wonderful food and live music, it’s no wonder Surf Lodge is a celeb magnet—Jimmy Buffet, Scarlett Johannsen and James Franco have all been spotted there. Stop in for dinner on Sunday, and enjoy an early concert before hopping the LIRR back to the reality of city living.

Surf Lodge

 Hither Hills Beach

○     Hither Hills state park runs along the south side of Montauk between the town of Amagansett and the eastern point of Montauk. The park is perfect for sport fishing on the shore, camping, hiking, and most of all, lazing around on its pristine un-spoiled beaches. Bring your towel for a day of sunning, or grab some logs to build a sunset campfire (don’t forget the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows!)

Hither Hills Beach

“There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away…” – Sarah Kay

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Wish you were here…

 

By: Emily Corbin

A Darling Rose Blog

  

Tourist in Your Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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When wagons first rolled in to Oklahoma City, there’s no way anyone could’ve imagined how this city that sprang up in a day would become a sprawling oasis in fly-over territory. It’s a laid-back life with oh-so-many things to see, do…and eat! So get your glam on and discover the hidden gem that is OKC.

Bites

Vast

Dine in world-class style 726.2 feet above the ground. Vast is a feast for both the palate and the eyes, nestled in the clouds at the top of the new Devon Tower downtown. Make your reservations in time to catch the glorious Oklahoma sunset while you enjoy modern cocktails and exceptional American cuisine.

Vast

Flint

Also housed on Devon property – but much more “down to earth” – is Flint, a restaurant and lounge offering contemporary American cuisine, a trendy patio with live music and a fabulous view of the Myriad Gardens. Flint is located on the ground floor of the historic Colcord Hotel.

Flint

KD’s

Live like a “baller” in Bricktown! Enjoy down-home, southern cooking in this upscale restaurant owned by and named for much-loved OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant (basketball fans will love the sports memorabilia.) There’s always a wait ­– so make a reservation or come prepared!

KD's

Park House

This edgy new restaurant is named for the fabulous landmark it sits on ­– the Myriad Gardens. Park House features gorgeous nature and city views, patio seating, and contemporary American cuisine.

Park House

Plan your stay long enough in Oklahoma City to enjoy other favorite palate pleasers: Packard’s New American Kitchen, Cheever’s, Paseo Grill, Pepperoni Grill, Whiskey Cake, Ted’s Café Escondido, Kitchen 324, Big Truck Tacos, Nic’s, McNellie’s Pub, Hideaway Pizza, Ingrid’s, Lido, Red Prime Steak. For Sunday brunch, try Rococo’s, the Museum Café at the OKC Museum of Art, or have breakfast in bed at OKC’s only B&B The Grandison Inn.

Nightlife

Art After 5

Sip a cocktail and enjoy an unparalleled view of the sunset over the Oklahoma City skyline. Art After 5 only happens Thursday nights on the rooftop terrace of the OKC Museum of Art, but it includes access to the art galleries and features live entertainment.

OKC

Urban Roots

If you’re passionate about both art and food, you must check out Urban Roots. This fabulously hip gem located in the historical Deep Deuce district of Oklahoma City was featured on the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.”

Urban Roots

The W XYZ Bar & Rooftop Lounge

Crank up the swank at the W XYZ Bar & Rooftop Lounge at the Aloft Hotel in Deep Deuce, just north of Bricktown. Grab a signature drink, savor the killer view and dance the night away in style.

WXYZ

Other nightlife hotspots to check out on your visit: Kamp’s 1310 Lounge, the Red Piano Bar at the historic Hilton Skirvin, Nonna’s Purple Bar and RedPin Bowling Lounge.

Must Do

Sports!

Get tickets to see the NBA’s Thunder, MLB’s RedHawks, MLS’ Energy, NHL’s Barons or Victory Dolls roller derby. If you prefer to be in the action yourself, dive into riversports in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River, visit the indoor climbing space at Rocktown, rent a bike from Spokies to see OKC on wheels or plan a stop at Lake Hefner for bike riding on the trails or sailing.

Thunder

Remington Park Horse Racing Track & Casino

Find Remington Park in the Adventure District near the Oklahoma City Zoo for racing, dining, live events and gambling. Thoroughbred horse racing has two seasons per year, and admission is free and open to all ages. Catch the race and dine in style from one of five levels with a track view at Silks.

Friday Nights in the Districts

New shopping and playing districts are springing up all over town, and four of them offer unbeatable Friday night fun:

1st Friday night of the month – Paseo District Art Walk

2nd Friday night of the month – Plaza District Live on the Plaza

3rd Friday night of the month – Premiere on Film Row

4th Friday night of the month – Hn8th Night Market (Midtown & Automobile Alley)

Other fun things to do in the OKC area include: local wineries/agritourism, tornado chasing (with a professional tour company ONLY), Rodeo Opry, real working stockyard in Stockyards City, antiquing in Guthrie, the Braum’s family dairy in Tuttle, and Route 66 sightseeing.

District

Must See

OKC National Memorial & Museum

April 19, 1995 was a dark day in American history. The beautifully kept grounds feature a reflection pool, the Survivor Tree and a children’s memorial, and there’s also an extensive indoor museum. Visit this site to remember the past and draw strength for the future. The Memorial is flanked on each side by churches, and when you’re ready for a break, take a short walk north on Robinson Avenue to visit historic Church Row.

National Memorial

Church Row

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Go green! Acres of gardens, water features, artwork, children’s spaces, plus a dog park – it’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of the urban jungle! Shakespeare in the Park makes its home at the Water Stage, and concerts and movies are held on the lawn at the Performance Stage throughout the summer. An ice skating rink is erected each winter. Admission to the park is free, but if you would like to visit the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, there is a small admission fee. Don’t forget to eat at Park House while you’re there!

Botanical Garden

Oklahoma State Capitol

The Oklahoma State Capitol rests close to the heart of Oklahoma City, just a few blocks northeast of downtown. The Capitol houses some of the state’s greatest historical treasures and tributes, including the beautiful dome that was only added to the building in 2002. If you’re a history buff, once you’ve visited the Capitol, you’ll also want to check out the Oklahoma History Center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.

State Capitol

OKC Museum of Art

Fabulous exhibits from all over the world find their way here, and you shouldtoo. Photography, American art, European art, contemporary art and some of the world’s best examples of Dale Chihuly Glass. As if that isn’t enough, you’ll also find mission driven art house cinema at the film screenings in the Noble Theater, amazing cuisine at the Museum Café, Art After 5 on the rooftop terrace on Thursday nights and one of the best gift shops in town.

Museum of Art

Caché at Penn Square Mall

But the very most important thing to see in OKC is, of course, a personal stylist at Caché! Come by on the first day of your visit so we can outfit you with the latest styles for sightseeing – a chance to get your local stylists’ inside scoop on their city – or whenever you need a retail therapy break on your trip.

Hope to see you soon in Oklahoma City!

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Written By: Jennifer White

On behalf of Store 137, Cache Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Photography By: Sandra D

Make-up credit to Janis Clemens with Mary Kay

 

  

Barcelona!

Looking for a European getaway? Our recommendation: Barcelona, Spain!

Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of amazing culture, food, and nightlife on Spain’s Catalonian coast, which makes it a perfect Mediterranean getaway.

Breathe in the aroma of sizzling tapas and sweet sangria. While the cool breeze rolls off the sea and blows through the palm trees, get lost in the city’s quaint, labyrinthine alleyways, each one filled with adventure.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona is full of museums, cathedrals, and tourist attractions ranging from the art of Salvador Dalí to the Olympic Stadium. Don’t miss the opportunity to sit outside with a glass of wine or clara (the Spanish version of a refreshing lemon shandy) and enjoy the sights and sounds! Check out La Rambla in the center of the city – a perfect spot to munch on tapas, the famed small plates of Spanish cuisine. Tapas are hot or cold appetizers, designed to be shared with friends or someone special. Favorites include patatas bravas, Catalan bread, olives, chorizo, and Tortilla Española.

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If you’re looking for an architectural adventure, look no further than the works of Antoni Gaudí, Catalonia’s most famous architect. Gaudí was heavily inspired by nature and had a very eclectic sense of design. His work can be seen all over the city! Make sure to check out Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic basilica designed by Gaudí in 1882. Construction is still going on today, so expect some hammering while you gaze at the breathtaking stain glass windows. Park Güell, another work of Gaudí, is the perfect place to take a break from the city. Stroll through the endless mosaic structures and gardens.

Barcelona

Take time to lose yourself in Barcelona and explore all of the different treasures the city has to offer. And don’t forget to do it in style! We recommend traveling to Barcelona in the Fall or early Spring when the weather’s at its peak. Have you been to Barcelona? Tell us about your adventure!

Written by: Emma Ilaria, Merchandising Coordintor

  

Rockefeller Center: Summer Garden Bar & Jeff Koons

Summer Garden Bar

Psssst! In New York City? Looking for a fun day-time outing in the remaining summer weeks? We’ll give you a hint, from one Caché girl to another: it’s Rockefeller Center.

While you may recognize good ol’ 30 Rock from any one of your favorite on-screen representations (30 Rock, Elf, The Godfather, The Today Show—pick one!), what a lot of New Yorkers and tourists may not know is that this iconic locale transforms into a super-stylish summer oasis each summer.

If you’re hungry, check out Summer Garden Bar, one of our favorite outdoor Manhattan dining outfits: it offers a veritable seasonal cornucopia of hand-made pasta, lobster, burgers, steak, and desserts for all palates. True to its name, Summer Garden Bar also features a wide range of house-crafted cocktails and wine—both by the bottle and glass.

We dig that Rockefeller Center, like Summer Garden Bar, always has something totally amazing on tap. This summer we love artist Jeff Koons’ botanical Split-Rocker installation, a truly spectaculartopiary (is it a horse? Is it a dinosaur?) that towers over 37 feet high and flowers into more than 50,000 blooms. A definite summer must-see!

Jeff Koons

Our takeaway? If you’re on the hunt for a fun spot in NYC to meet the girls for drinks or spend time with your significant other, we’ve officially given Rockefeller Center the Caché seal of approval!