These mail-order websites let you enjoy a piece of paradise without leaving home.
Text by Allen Bunting
1 of 5PHOTO: Courtesy of nathantaylorbaskets.com
Nantucket basket weaving dates to the 19th century, begun as a way for the island’s lightship sailors to pass the time. Today, Nathan Taylor Baskets offers something for every taste and need. The selection includes classic cherrywoods and hanging baskets, as well as more-contemporary versions, such as this Nantucket Tall Tote (left, $99) and Nantucket Day Shopper (right, $90). Visit nathantaylorbaskets.com.
2 of 5PHOTO: Courtesy of mackinacfudgeshop.com
Mackinac Island Fudge
Revel in Mackinac Island, Michigan’s 100-plus-year-old fudge tradition with delectable offerings from the Mackinac Fudge Shop. They make all the classics, from chocolate and chocolate pecan to peanut butter, and―for the adventurous―gourmet creations such cherry vanilla, mint-chocolate chip, and coconut cream pie. Customize a box of three ($19.95, $23.95 gourmet) or six ($35.95, $42.95 gourmet) 1/2-pound slices in your favorite flavors. Visit mackinacfudgeshop.com.
3 of 5PHOTO: Courtesy of hawaiiflowerlei.com
Place an order with Hawaii Flower Lei and you’ll be ready to luau within 48 hours. The Web site offers orchid leis (white-and-purple single strand, shown, $16.50); fragrant leis, such as the triple-strand rosebud; traditional leis for weddings and other occasions; and leis made from kukui nuts, shells, ti leafs, and even candy; visit hawaiiflowerlei.com.
4 of 5PHOTO: Courtesy of blockislandhoney.com
Block Island Honey
Off the coast of Rhode Island, busy buzzers at Littlefield Bee Farm gather nectar from the wildflowers that paint the coastal dunes and other areas of Block Island to produce naturally sweet, aromatic honey. Specialties include whole-grain honey mustard and blackberry blossom, cream-style, and cinnamon honeys. Can’t choose just one? Opt for the Block Island Bounty Hamper ($64), which includes a jar of each, beeswax candles, and a tea towel. Visit blockislandhoney.com.
5 of 5PHOTO: Courtesy of docksidemarket.com
Florida Keys Confections
Dockside Market has baked uniquely Florida Keys desserts for more than 30 years. The Key Largo Key Lime Assortment ($58) includes two original Key lime cakes, two mini cakes, Key lime breezers cookies, and Key lime tea bags. Visit docksidemarket.com.