Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2013

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3. SWING TIME Create a nook for all that reading you’ve been meaning to catch up on by hanging a porch swing. Start from scratch with building plans from newyankee.com or buy a kit that comes with everything precut. If you want to get creative, try repurposing an old door. Add a soft touch with pillows, and you’ll have a retreat to be proud of. 4. HIT THE TRAIL Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or a novice hiker, seeing the world from the top of a mountain is invigorating and provides the satisfaction of accomplishment. Spice up the trek by hunting for a few geocaches along the way. For information about trail locations, try National Geographic’s alltrails.com. 5. COOL OFF Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, but not all brands are created equal. To add a little tranquility to your life, splurge and order the good stuff. Many top-of-the-line ice cream makers, such as Graeter’s and Talenti, offer front-door delivery anywhere in the United States Take your indulgence to the next level by serving scoops in a homemade cookie bowl. 6. REEL DEAL Critics agree: an alfresco movie always gets two thumbs up. Project a family classic onto a white sheet or a fence in the backyard. If you want to invite the neighbors, check out funflicks.com. The company offers inflatable movie screen rentals nationwide so everyone can have a great view. Serve kettle corn and Popsicles to keep the refreshments easy. 7. STAR TREK Whether you lie on your back or look through a telescope, stargazing is a fun way to unwind. Visit nasa.gov to find local sky maps and constellation information. If you want to get serious about cosmic sightings, join a local astronomy society. These groups host parties where you can simultaneously socialize and get to know the universe.

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