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Paper Boat Lighthouse Schnapps Set

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, June 14 07:00 AM

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You've scored an invite to a friend's beach house, but you can't show up empty-handed. It's time to do like your mama taught you and find a hostess gift. We suggest avoiding the tired old bottle of wine and instead opting for this nautical schnapps set ($29.95).

The mod stoneware carafe--designed like a New England lighthouse--is perfect for holding the chilled liquor of your choice. And the handblown glasses that stack on top gleam as blue as the sea. When it comes to getting invited back next year, we're pretty sure you'll find this little beacon to be a lifesaver.

Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Panhandler

Original Maine Lobster Kit

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, June 07 07:00 AM

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There are few summer traditions more hallowed than a lobster bake. Unfortunately, this may also be the ritual most likely to make a mess of your madras. Thankfully, the prepsters at J.Crew have got you covered with the Original Maine Lobster Kit.

This pocket-size wooden case, filled with four shell-crackers and picks, does more than expedite your dinner: Proceeds help support the Nezinscot Guild, a Maine nonprofit organization that provides employment to people with disabilities.

The only catch? Lobster bibs aren't included. So you might want to pick up an extra polo shirt while you're at it.

The Original Maine Lobster Kit available from J.Crew ($32) or direct from the Nezinscot Guild

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

The Tides Beach Club, Kennebunkport, Maine

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, May 23 10:39 AM

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The tides they are a-changing in Kennebunkport this summer. No longer must you pop your collar at some stuffy seaside manse decorated with doilies and dinghies. Instead, bed down in boutique style at the newly reopened Tides Beach Club.

This century-old grande dame went under the knife and came out looking svelte and tchotchke-free. Muted tones give the 21 rooms a contemporary, coastal cool look; the folks at Jonathan Adler stepped in to add a touch of whimsy to the suites, with Peruvian textiles, turquoise accents, and zebra rugs.

The Tides is also loosening up the social scene with artisanal New England beers on the veranda and locavore fare in the restaurant. And if you're in need of a makeover yourself, you'll be transported to sister property Hidden Pond for spa treatments in its luxe tree house. Finally, a hotel that's putting the "new" back into New England.

Photo: Courtesy of The Tides Beach Club

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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