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How to show your appreciation for super summer hospitality

Whether it’s a sleek beach house in Amagansett, a cozy country home in the Adirondacks, or a rustic cabin in the woods of Vermont, nothing beats a summer’s weekend visit to a dwelling where you’re not paying the mortgage. Want your pals to invite you back? Make your bed, do the dishes, and arrive with a smile and one of these:

photo by Robert Grant

It’s a Wrap

No one ever has enough towels on hand, so clever you, showing up with one of these generous 40” x 70” striped numbers, monogrammed with “pool,” “beach,” or your hosts’ last name. Available in seven color-and-white combos, including periwinkle, apple green, and fuchsia. Allow two days for monogramming.
Price: $55 at
Wish in Rye

Location, Location, Location

Every state and lots of popular second-home locations are represented in this fun, vintage-y line of hand-embroidered, 18” x 18” pillows ($145) and drinking glasses ($13). Also offered: dishtowels ($19)—but you do the drying.
Available at:
Wendy Gee! in Larchmont

Treasure Map

Bearing maps for more than 50 popular vacation destinations or more general beach or floral themes, these charming 8” x 10” decoupage frames hold 4” x 6” horizontal photos. The $65 price includes up to three lines of copy (“The Smiths, on the Cape, Summer 2011”). Allow two weeks.
Available at:
Paper Tree in Scarsdale


Perfect for cuddling beneath on an evening on the deck or by the fireplace, this super-cozy 50” x 60” throw, made from eco-friendly bamboo, feels just like cashmere. Available in apple green, light blue, burgundy, cream, coffee, khaki, and silver. Price: $90, including monogramming in your choice of font, color, and copy. Allow two days.
Available at:
Wish in Rye

It’s in the Bag

Everyone likes to eat, right? And with a colorful Gerber design, 100-percent cotton tote filled with gourmet nibbles, you’ll be leaving your hosts with something other than just crumbs. Prices: yellow, $36; blue/green, $66, plus $10 (and one week) for three-initial monogram.
Available at:
Holbrook Cottage in Briarcliff Manor

Picture Perfect

Just the thing for the house-proud owners: a photo of their hideaway reprinted on a 16” x 20” gallery-wrapped canvas. Price: $120; add $115-plus for custom framing. Allow three days unframed; two weeks framed.
Offered at:
Somers Custom Framing in Somers

Salad Days

This delightful garden-salad-to-go includes a fresh tomato plant and Stonewall Kitchen aged balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil in a terra-cotta pot. Also offered with basil or parsley. Price: $40.
Available through August at:
Holbrook Cottage in Briarcliff Manor





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