My mom was visiting Philly over Memorial Day Weekend, so we ended up taking her to the shore for a few nights. Since we were short on time, we booked a room at the ICONA Hotel instead of renting a beach house. It turned out to be a perfect little weekend getaway, especially for anyone who can’t commit to a beach house rental (or can’t seem to get organized enough to plan one). 

The ICONA is, technically, in Avalon, but it’s much closer to Stone Harbor’s downtown than it is to Avalon’s little downtown. But it doesn’t really matter, because it’s the kind of place that’s tough to leave. We had a gorgeous view of the ocean from our giant balcony, the beach is really accessible, and the pool (and associated poolside service) made it tough to leave. It really did feel like a weekend of pampering…even with the kids.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

My only word of caution is that the food…wasn’t great. The mojitos are fantastic (but they ran out of mint), and the food sounds good…but the reality was underwhelming (‘pico de gallo’, for example, was really just jarred salsa). But given the ease of the weekend, we happily ate burgers poolside (and switched to margaritas).

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

Besides, the ICONA is so close to Stone Harbor’s downtown, it gave us a perfect excuse to take my Mom out to one of our very favorite places….

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

And waking up to that gorgeous view is pretty hard to beat….especially when someone snuck back to Stone Harbor for MaryAnne’s doughnuts. OMG.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

And since the beach is RIGHT THERE….

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

There was just enough of everything to make it one of the easiest weekends we’ve had in a while. As much as we love our adventure vacations….sometimes it’s nice to have absolutely nothing on the agenda. And a weekend where every night ends in a gorgeous view + late night hot tub? Not.Bad.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

 

What I Packed For A Beach Weekend

I structure all of my beach packing around swimwear and cute loungewear. And then I add warm stuff, because I’m often surprised by how cold the beach is at night (even if it’s just late-night wine drinking on the balcony). Jeans, always, Tiny shorts, of course. And a straw bag and big sunnies to finish it off.

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

The Actual Pieces I Packed

tops: navy top | striped top | sweater 

bottoms: pants | shorts | jeans | denim shorts (on sale!)

swim: top | bottoms | one piece (sold out, but I rounded up a ton of leopard print swim here)

accessories: sunglasses | bag | shoes | large straw bag (not in the collage – oops.  But carrying it to the beach.)

 

Happy summer!

xo,

S

This one’s for the pinners:

A long weekend at the beach is the just right Rx for a summer refresh. I brought a li'l capsule wardrobe too, so here's my packing list for the shore.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I hope you went to Springer’s for ice cream, too! I love how easy everything is and still looks put together and stylish. Also, why do I think I need this sweater? I absolutely know I don’t need it and yet, I feel like I am going to find myself ordering it before I go to bed! #shoppingenabler

    • You TOTALLY need this sweater. It’s so darn cheap, but feels so much more expensive and I’ve been wearing the heck out of it. One of my favs right now.

  2. We go to Avalon every summer too! (From California- in-laws live in Philly) Love it there and have many of the same fave spots. Thanks for the recs for new ones too! Where is your cute, straw beach bag from? XX

  3. Beautiful, all of it. Your mom’s tee – it looks *just* like the Banana Republic linen muscle tee so many of us loved a few years back (and that I accidentally ruined in the dryer). Do you know where it’s from?

  4. What size are you wearing in the sweater? Some of the reviews say it runs large, and others say to size up for length…

  5. It looks like the Athleta tank I bought a bunch of last year. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it on their site, or I would have linked it for you.

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