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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.