National Treasures: Coral & Tusk

I just love the whimsical work of Brooklyn-based Coral & Tusk. Created by RISD-educated textile designer Stephanie Housley and her husband Chris Lacinak, the company’s stationery, home decor, and adorable pins, badges, and slippers for kids (above) manage to feel both playful and sophisticated, like something plucked from a Wes Anderson film. Also great for kids: their signature embroidered linen pillows like the keepsake-worthy Fox Tooth Fairy Pillow (below, left). See more from their gallery below and shop the entire collection here.

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Glorious Check-In: North Fork Table & Inn

North Fork Table and Inn

A while back I was working for the summer at Hamptons Magazine, where I edited a story about Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming, a couple who are also the chefs at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, New York (he handles the savory fare and she the sweet). I was really taken by their story of falling in love as aspiring chefs in the kitchen at TriBeCa Grill, and then eventually leaving New York City to create their own restaurant on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island with friends Mike and Mary Mraz.

Last winter I headed out for a weekend visit. The North Fork Table & Inn (or NOFOTI as they call it) is the sort of place that immediately sets you at ease with a warm welcome, offer of a drink and help with your bags. The inn portion of the property is comprised of just four rooms, tucked away up the stairs from the bar. Each of the rooms is light-filled, cozy and charming, with queen beds dressed with Frette linens and private bathrooms stocked with products from the America’s oldest apothecary, C.O. Bigelow.

North Fork Table and Inn

Downstairs in the restaurant, the progressive American menu changes seasonally, and is based around locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce and Long Island seafood. I recommend springing for the tasting menu, paired with wines from the North Fork’s vineyards, particularly if you’re staying at the inn. There’s nothing quite like eating a fantastic meal and then being able to simply walk up the stairs to your bed.

North Fork Table and Inn

North Fork Table and Inn

North Fork Table and Inn

If you’d prefer a more casual meal, NOFOTI also runs a food truck from its parking lot, which serves up lunch fare like lobster rolls and gourmet hot dogs. The restaurant also offers a weekend brunch—don’t leave without trying their house Bloody Mary, made with bacon-infused vodka. Note: the inn and the restaurant book up early, particularly on weekends, so be sure to plan your visit ahead of time (rooms from $200 per night).

North Fork Table and Inn

all images via North Fork Table & Inn

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From Around the World Wide Web

Long Table Outstanding in the Field

Have a Glorious weekend! Above is one last shot from the incredible Outstanding in the Field dinner, and here’s some other reading material I enjoyed this week:

A Very Stylish Weekend Guide to Upstate New York according to Vogue

Traveling through the Stehekin Valley of Washington with the New York Times

A Perfect Day in Sonoma via Jetsetter 

The Five-point Escape Plan to Millbrook, NY from New York Magazine

An Adorable Cottage in Connecticut from Country Living 

And… Mimi Thorisson’s gorgeous, yummy blog Manger with stories and recipes from her life in Medoc, France

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Glorious Bucket List: Biking Storm King in the Fall

Storm King Fall Foliage

Whenever I’m asked which destinations I love to return to again and again, Storm King Arts Center is one of the first spots that comes to mind. If you’re not familiar with Storm King, in a nutshell, it’s a massive outdoor sculpture garden in the lower Hudson Valley. Honestly, it’s a little hard to put into words what a special, majestic place it is.

Since I first visited several years ago I’ve been back five times. The center frequently has new exhibits, as well as an impressive permanent collection from artists like Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Zhang Huan and many others. But what really brings me back over and over is the exquisite natural setting. Every day, every season it’s different. Some works within the park were created to highlight Storm King’s natural beauty (Maya Lin’s Storm King Wave Field, for example, with cresting mounds of earth simulating the waves of the ocean) while other sculptures, like Mark di Suvero’s iconic works positioned along the South Field, have become apart of the landscape itself.

If you haven’t been before, I recommend hopping on the center’s free tram tour to get an overview. It’s about 30 minutes long and takes visitors all across the park, highlighting the most well-know works from the permanent collection. But my favorite way to see the park is via bike. The center rents bicycles on a first come, first serve basis for $8 an hour and they come with a map that shows the bike routes that criss-cross the park’s fields, hills and woodlands. It’s particularly perfect in fall and makes it easy to explore on your own time. One must-visit place: Andy Goldsworthy’s Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wall, a winding stone wall that snakes its way through the lush forest.

The center also offers lectures, nature walks, concerts, and even yoga classes on a regular basis (check-out their calendar of events to help plan your visit).

Here are some more shots from around the center’s 500 acres during the fall season.

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Three legged buddha at Storm King

all images via Storm King Arts Center

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