Along Narragansett Bay, in the character-filled New England town of Bristol, Rhode Island, enters a sweet, snowy cottage straight out of the Bing Crosby holiday archives. Traditional holiday wreaths and greenery deck the windows (and window boxes) to give the cedar-sided, white-trimmed bungalow the look of a picture-perfect gingerbread house.
2 of 8Photo: Eric Roth; Styling: Mandi Rapisardi & Tracey Rapisardi
This former carriage house has the warm and fuzzy feel of something straight out of a storybook: stockings hang by the chimney with care, and seashell-embellished garlands deck the halls for the holidays. Packed with vintage cottage character and blue views of the tidal cove beyond, hibernating here for winter is easy breezy.
In the Galveston, Texas, community of Beachtown, homeowners Carol and Michael Linn deck their deep, wraparound porches with a pine-and-magnolia garland. “We built this as a place to get away with our family,” says Carol. “We love combining the festive feel of the holidays with the relaxed mood at the beach.”
4 of 8Photo: Dominique Vorillon; Styling: Gena Sigala
Christmas trees aren’t just for the indoor rooms! At this white clapboard waterfront home on Belvedere Island—just north of San Francisco—homeowners Ginna and Derrek Milan deck the dock. In the winter, the family makes s’mores in the outdoor fireplace and curls up on the daybeds to admire the stunning view from the deck: sparkling waters of Richardson’s Bay and the purple-hued mountains beyond.
Is there anything that can top a white picket fence in the Christmas charm category? We think not, and this Seaside, Florida, retreat proves it. Hang a wreath or swag on entry gates to give a light and bright beach house a subtle hint of holiday green.