Ammoudi Bay

If you are visiting Santorini, a visit to Ammoudi Bay is a must! Eat fresh seafood at a taverna, admire the turquoise water and hike the rocky trail to the best swim spot on the island. 

From the main pedestrian path in Oia, follow the signs for Ammoudi Bay. It will lead you to another footpath consisting of 300 cobblestone steps that lead down to the water. You will likely pass donkeys and exhausted hikers making their way back up to Oia. 

It takes some effort to get to this little gem, but it is worth it.

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Downtown Manhattan

The last weekend in February was unseasonably warm and perfect for strolling, so we packed up the car and headed for the city. We covered a lot of ground in a day- Tribeca, the East and West Village, Nolita, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Financial District. In addition to all the amazing coffee and sunshine, my favorite part of the weekend was observing all the signs that spring is on the way! We saw a few blooming cherry trees, crocus and daffodils. 

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Schroon Lake, NY

This weekend we took an afternoon drive to Schroon Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. It was approximately an hour drive from our home in Saratoga Springs, NY and well worth the effort. The downtown area is super charming and in the winter the lake is frozen solid and you can walk, ski, or snow mobile on it. I walked and pulled Henry on a sled. We talked to ice fishermen and watched people zip by on snow mobiles. It was an unusual 40-degree day mid February! The sun was warm and bright and made the snow and ice sparkle. We actually felt pretty cozy in our snow suits after a few sled runs and a snow ball fight.

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Oía

Oia (ee-ah) is a whitewashed Cyclades village perched on the northwestern tip of Santorini. It is a maze of narrow pedestrian streets and steep stairs leading to blue domed churches, stucco homes and boutique hotels. The compact size of Oia coupled with its spectacular views, make it a dreamy place for wandering. My favorite time to explore was at dawn when the streets were empty and bathed in soft, ethereal light. 

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The Fisherman's Cave House

During our trip to Santorini, we divided our time between two villages- Oía and Imerovigli. Our first stop was Oía, located at the northern end of the island.

When researching accomodations, I hoped to find a home that was representative of the architecture found in the Cyclades Islands. Airbnb came through with The Fisherman's Cave House.  It was literally the stuff that dreams are made of! As the name implies, our cave house was built into the earth - clinging to a cliff face on the caldera rim to be specific.

The interior was minimal and natural. I loved the stucco walls, the cave shower and giant stone wash basin.

And the views? They were jaw-droppingly beautiful. Seriously, my mouth was agape and I think I hugged our porter. 

From our private terrace, we could gaze directly out at the Mediterranean. We spent most of our time in the jacuzzi, staring down at the turquoise waters of Ammoudi Bay or watching the crowds gather on the Byzantine castle wall for the famed Oía sunset. 

Occasionally you might feel the spray from the sea or hear the tin-like sound of bells from the donkeys wandering up the footpath that connects Oía and Ammoudi Bay. The energy was magic. 

Each morning breakfast was delivered to our terrace. We enjoyed espresso and Greek yogurt with Santorini peaches while feeling the warmth of the sun.

During the day, it was a only short walk into the village or to the footpath that leads down to Ammoudi Bay, yet the house felt very secluded at the tip of the island (and probably due to all the stairs you had to descend to get there)! It was a true luxury to return our accomodation during the hot August afternoons when Oía was bustling with tourists.

By far, the most special feature of the property was the front-row seat to the "best sunset in the world". I am a believer! While the crowds would gather hours in advance to watch the sunset, we would lazily wander inside to take a shower, put on our evening attire and pour a few glasses of Santorini wine. When we were ready, we would step outside to watch the sun dip into the sea from our private perch. It was so romantic and relaxing. 

I am forever grateful to our host Panos for sharing this little slice of heaven with his guests. 

Next stop: Highlights from the village of Oía!

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