101 best things about summer

You probably already broke out the shorts and the sunscreen weeks ago, but today marks the first official day of summer. In an effort to enjoy every little moment of these all-too-brief days of surf and sunshine, we've put together a laundry list of some of our very favorite summer delights. Add yours in the comments!

  1. lemonade stands
  2. whirring vintage fans
  3. sundresses
  4. fireflies
  5. wildflowers by the highway
  6. s'mores
  7. grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit...
  8. summer thunderstorms
  9. the long, lingering daylight hours
  10. fireworks
  11. parades
  12. linen
  13. the return of Mad Men
  14. watermelon
  15. napping in a hammock
  16. sunglasses as headbands
  17. the smell of sunscreen on kids
  18. farmer's markets at their most glorious
  19. a chelada on a hot day
  20. picnics
  21. daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
  22. iced tea out of mason jars
  23. espadrilles
  24. bocce
  25. swimming
  26. halter top strings dangling down your back
  27. outdoor movies
  28. long hikes in the cool, quiet woods
  29. sandcastles
  30. wavy, sexy beach hair
  31. saltwater taffy
  32. camping
  33. drippy ice cream cones
  34. yoga outside
  35. easy entertaining on your porch or in your backyard
  36. swimming out to a floating wooden platform in a lake
  37. croquet with a pimm's cup
  38. kids playing in sprinklers and open fire hydrants
  39. sleep-away camp
  40. horseshoes
  41. a fresh pedicure tucked into fancy sandals
  42. Lillet on the rocks with a slice of orange
  43. so-golden-you'd-never-know fake tans
  44. visiting national parks
  45. outdoor concerts
  46. sno-cones
  47. big, floppy hats
  48. canoeing
  49. sheer, pretty make-up
  50. vacation, staycation, or just giving yourself a quick relaxation break
  51. iced coffee
  52. the sounds of the ice cream truck
  53. straw bags
  54. braids
  55. eating outside
  56. sleeping in tents (in the backyard or the wilderness)
  57. crisp, cool cotton sheets, dresses, and shirts
  58. the seasonal return of rosé wine
  59. going to a baseball game
  60. fresh basil and mint growing on your windowsill
  61. healthy, homemade icy treats
  62. sunny days = sunnier moods
  63. blowing bubbles
  64. getting lost in a juicy novel for an afternoon
  65. water balloons
  66. car wash fundraisers
  67. rooftop parties
  68. road trips (and kitschy roadside attractions)
  69. corn dogs
  70. frisbee
  71. the ripest, most luscious tomatoes
  72. collecting seashells
  73. mini golf
  74. lobster rolls
  75. state fairs (and food on sticks)
  76. flea markets and antique fairs
  77. staying inside when you've had too much sun, blasting the a/c, and watching movies
  78. cute swimsuits
  79. country church suppers
  80. pretending to be Amelie on Bastille Day
  81. driving with the top down
  82. crickets
  83. the sound of lawn mowers
  84. open windows
  85. kids in sunglasses
  86. sand between your toes
  87. sitting in the shade on a hot day
  88. the sound of ocean waves
  89. blackberries
  90. a cool breeze on a hot day
  91. flip flops
  92. the smoky smell of people barbecuing
  93. relaxed attitudes
  94. surfing
  95. spotting hot air balloons
  96. skinny dipping
  97. dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues wagging
  98. bicycles built for two
  99. snorkeling
  100. neighborhood block parties
  101. the weightlessness of floating with the sun on your face

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