Dreaming of Gatsby

I’ve become something of an escapist lately- I need to get away almost every weekend or I start to feel…well, not quite myself.

It doesn’t have to be far, it just needs to be different. There’s something about being away, even if it’s just a day trip that allows the cares of the world to slip away for a moment. It breaks the routine. Some might argue it’s an unhealthy habit to long to break the tedium of reality. But I say that, like Odysseus, ‘home’ is made sweeter when we observe it from a more distant vantage point every so often.

My other favorite pastime is reading, and in honor of the new movie I’ve been rereading The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is definitely a summer novel, the smell of the ocean is nestled within its pages and with the advent of warmer weather upon us.

With all that in mind, I recently turned to its debonair hero for inspiration. So, where would Mr. Gatsby go to get away from it all?

Actually, he would probably have spent the perfect weekend right here in Greenwich. But I wanted to experience something completely new to me. So after years of hearing about Kennebunkport, Maine from Greenwich friends I decided to explore.

I opted to stay at the Tides Beach Club on Goose Rocks Beach. Bright whites and plush furniture with nautical accents set the sleek, modern vibe. The décor is very ‘JFK chic’ and the rugged beauty of the beach is unparalleled. I turned off my cell phone, lay on the sand with a good book (Gatsby, of course), and forgot about the real world.

love-opera-victoria-bakerI visited some Greenwich friends there and came to realize that for some Kennebunkport is more than just an escape…it’s a place to mark the passing of seasons, a summer haven, a place to press ‘pause’ on the crazy soundtrack of life. We had dinner at ‘Earth’ a mecca for foodies.

Food and its connection to the earth are sacrosanct here. Ingredients are sourced from organic ingredients on property and James Beard Award-Winner Ken Oringer has gone out of his way to see you experience the authentic flavor of fresh produce. Everyone at our table concurred, for a foodie Earth was something of a religious experience.

But these aren’t the things that matter to me. What matters is that I heard the waves crash upon the sand from my window, I saw the sunset over the ocean. These things matter most to me.

And of course I loved the Tides Beach Club because it’s the kind of place you can imagine Gatsby himself getting away from city life, throwing on his chicest pair of khakis and dreaming of Daisy as he stares into the ocean and the distance beyond…

 

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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