Our Favorite Photos of 2014
By Kristen Shelton Fielder
Croatia’s rocky coastline has sandy nooks perfect for basking in the sand, snorkeling, or taking a long swim in the clear, emerald water.
In Walton County, Florida, outdoor activities abound! In fact, many of the coastal dune lakes lead right to the Gulf of Mexico and offer the perfect place to paddleboard or just sit and enjoy the sugar-white sand.
There’s nothing better than ice cream, especially reimagined in fun ways, like this Nut-Crusted Key Lime Ice Cream Cupcake.
Sophie Eyssautier, owner of local boutique Callaloo, shared these brightly colored cups holding art supplies with us. The cups were featured in Eyssautier's home, one of our favorite Jamaican houses.
The oceanfront house in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, is full of quiet moments where one can sit and enjoy the view for hours.
Streaming to the Sea
Airstream owners Kevin Morris and Laura Domela enjoy an Oregon coast view just outside of Yachats.
For a busy Manhattan family, a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces in their Long Island weekend retreat creates the perfect setting for kicking back together.
We love to mix patterns and colors, and this house showcased some of our favorites.
Cottage by the Sea
Room for Everyone
We love a good bunk room, and this one, with beds galore and a vintage nautical touch, does not disappoint.
Who doesn’t love chocolate—in all its various forms?
- Our Favorite Recipes: Decadent Chocolate Desserts
Our favorite feature of producer John Landau's Islamorada, Florida, home is the serene view.
The ponies in Chincoteague, Virginia, (our 2014 Happiest Seaside Town) are some of our favorite models.
Captiva, another of our 2014 Happiest Seaside Towns, boasts a sunny, mild climate that means warm days year-round for its 400 residents.
The annual beach polo match at Pere Marquette Park Beach on Lake Michigan captivated us this year.
Behind the Dunes
This beachfront residence in Truro, Massachusetts, was moved back 70 feet and is now protected by the dunes.
An Orion Zodiac takes visitors under the hauntingly beautiful King George Falls in Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
Ride on the Wild Side
Tourists ride camels along Cable Beach near the coastal town of Broome, the gateway to Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
Rhode Island native Kiel James Patrick, hard at work on one of his signature products. He estimates that he has sewn 12,000 bracelets himself.
The quintessential California girl, Pamela Anderson, opened her contemporary Malibu home to talk to us about architecture, reinvention, and life on the beach.
Maybe it’s the sheer beauty or the crisp clear Northern Light, but Monhegan Island, Maine, has been attracting artists for at least a century.
Hiking trails on Monhegan Island lead to the Whitehead Cliffs for a great photo op on clear days.
Nautical by Nature
Designer Anthony Baratta puts a New England family’s maritime collection on display in vibrant seafaring style.
Watering Hole of Our Dreams
On Bonaire’s shore, which is studded with sharp coral, this house has unique access to the water via stairs leading to a soft, sandy seabed.
On the Rocks
One of our favorite postcards from Moshup Beach on Martha’s Vineyard. The photographer, Julien Capmeil, was inspired to create temporary rock sculptures after seeing them on other beaches around the island.
The beach offers the perfect venue to throw together a picnic with family and friends.
Land of Plenty
Esalen Institute in Big Sur has some of the best produce along California’s central coast.
While there are multiple vistas and lookouts along Hwy 1, the view in Big Sur calls loudly to us. It’s gloriously dramatic and quiet all at once—you can see it for yourself across from Los Padres National Forest.
Recipe: Restaurant-Style Salsa
When it comes to breakfast, we like it hot, like these huevos rancheros topped with our Restaurant-Style Salsa.
The Shark Whisperer
This may have been the most talked about picture in our office. Ocean Ramsey, shark conservationist, dives deep with the sea’s most feared creatures (and works to change our minds about them).
This guy captured our editor’s heart in the Galapagos.
Eat Your Veggies
Thai Peanut Summer Squash Pizza—a perfect reminder that spring and summer will come again. Long live vegetables.
- Recipe: Thai Peanut Summer Squash Pizza
White walls and seafoam green floors—a cozy summer cottage full of beachy vignettes—make you want to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.