Between running her media empire and finishing a new cookbook, Martha Stewart took time to reveal what she packs when she indulges in a well-deserved break at the coast.
Favorite beaches: The pristine coast of St. Barts and the rocky, awe-inspiring shoreline of Little Cranberry Island, Maine
Her bag: “Big straw beach totes are the best!”
New Project: Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home, (Random House, October 2009) by Martha Stewart, $35; barnesandnoble.com
“An oversize, good-quality cotton towel is so important,” Martha says.
Martha Stewart beach towel, $30–$40; available spring 2010, macys.com
The Kindle is a major space-saver, especially for those who require multiple reading materials.
Kindle DX, $489; amazon.com
“You can never be too protective of your skin,” she says.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+, $10.50; drugstore.com
“Food storage containers with built-in coolers are a must,” Martha says. These lids have removable ice packs.
Martha Stewart Fresh Portion 2-cup Chill Containers, $12 for a set of four; macys.com
“Fruit- and herb-infused lemonades are delightful beach beverages. Lemon Verbena is one of my favorites,” she says.
Lemon Verbena Lemonade
Bring 1¼ cups sugar and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and add ¼ cup lemon verbena leaves. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely. Combine 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained, and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher. Fill glasses with Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes (see below), and divide lemonade among glasses, or cover and chill up to 3 days. Makes 7 cups. Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes: Fill 2 ice-cube trays halfway with water, and freeze. Top each cube with a lemon verbena leaf, cover with water, and freeze up to 1 week.
From Martha Stewart Living, June 2008
We love how Martha’s tote matches her towel!
Martha Stewart Straw Tote with Island Surf Stripe lining, $44; available spring 2010, macys.com
“I have a wide variety of music―everything from Susan Graham and Feist to P. Diddy and Usher,” Martha says.
This spray is gentle on your skin and provides a delicate afternoon pick-me-up.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, $7, mariobadescu.com
“My favorite sandals are Hermès,” she says.
Sandal in violet lizard, $990, Hermès; usa.hermes.com