Summer Hours: Susan Huckvale Arann on Vacation

Baseball: The highlight of my summer has definitely been a trip to Yankee Stadium to witness Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit. There’s nothing like being in our city when baseball history is made. It was a wonderful day. We got to the stadium early, did the tour, and my husband and his best friend, the actor Ed Lauter, got on field for the batting practice. We had brunch at the Audi Yankees Club and started the celebration.

Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit, Yankee Stadium, July 9, 2011

Susan Huckvale Arann was at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011, to witness baseball history: Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit.

Eating Out: After the game, we headed into Manhattan to continue the celebration at Ça Va, Todd English’s modern brasserie in the InterContinental Hotel in the middle of the Theater District. A very New York day.

The lounge at Ça Va, Todd English's brasserie at Times' Square, New York

The lounge at Ça Va, Todd English’s brasserie in New York’s Theater District.

Summer Reading: I’ve been engrossed by Marta Hidalgo’s Sourcebook of Contemporary Fashion Design, which I find inspiring. As for fiction, I’m reading Michael Chabon’s wonderful The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

The Sourcebook of Contemporary Fashion Design, by Marta Hidalgo

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon

Travels:  Plans include several trips to the infamous Jersey Shore–specifically Spring Lake, with its picturesque Victorian architecture, and, after that, a bit further south to Long Beach Island, with its gorgeous shoreline. We eat at the Yellow Fin restaurant in Surf City–the best food on the island.

Victorian architecture in Spring Lake, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Fabulous Victorian architecture in Spring Lake, on the Jersey Shore.

Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Susan Huckvale Arann ends her summer at Long Beach Island’s beautiful shore.

Further Afield: I will also be traveling to Northern California: San Francisco–where we’ll stay at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill and have martinis on top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel–and Sausalito. In Berkeley, we always have a meal at Chez Panisse, and I love Muir Woods, the redwood forest near Mill Valley, where I plan to do some hiking. (I’ll be on the lookout for big primates: Muir Woods is where Caesar the super-chimp and his simian cohort end up in the entertaining summer blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.) From there we will head north for several days in Mendocino, staying at the fabulous Brewery Gulch Inn. Then we drive down the coast to Pebble Beach and Carmel.

Chez Panisse Restaurant, Berkley, California

For Susan, no visit to Berkeley is complete without a meal at Chez Panisse.

Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, California

Susan plans to hike in Muir Woods National Monument, the old-growth coastal redwood forest in Marin County, California. The park features prominently in the marvelous summer movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Sea view at the Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino

The view from the terrace at the Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino, where Susan will be staying for part of her Northern California vacation.