Beach + Island

Seaside Classics for a New Generation

by Colleen Clark

Walking down the boardwalk munching saltwater taffy. Riding your bike to that lobster shack in Maine. Waking up early to hit the surf breaks in Cali. The simple pleasures of a summer beach getaway will never go out of style. But a new crop of boutique hotels is tapping into that sun-and-sand nostalgia, breathing new (and stylish) life into old sea shacks, motor lodges, and guesthouses. The result is a retro revival that marries Gidget-chic charms with innovative restaurants, high-end amenities, and playful nightlife scenes. So you can have your snow cone and eat it, too.

Published August 2011. Pictured: Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach.

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