Summer Loving: Family Vacations, Appaman-Style

July 8, 2016 in Appaman Style

Summer Family Vacations with Appaman

It’s summer time and the living is easy! At Appaman HQ, we love summer for so many reasons, but family vacations has got to be the top on our list. There’s nothing like getting out of town for a bit to help reinvigorate and recharge while also getting in some precious family bonding time. From the lakes of Northern Michigan and the sandy beaches of the Carolina and New Jersey coastlines to the rustic charm of New York State, Appaman staffers love traveling around the country to seek out their warm and happy places. It just goes to show, you don’t have to travel too far to find your own slice of summer heaven. Here, team Appaman share their favorite summer destinations for a perfect family vacation.

Summer Travel Hilton Head Appaman

 

Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head is a wonderful vacation spot for people of all ages! In addition to the miles and miles of beautiful beaches, there’s the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, numerous biking trails, museums and boat and helicopter tours, dolphin and whale watching excursions, lots of great shopping & restaurants, fishing & kayaking, ziplines, water sports and adorable coastal towns to explore along the way.  I wouldn’t recommend going though without a pair of Appaman sunglasses, one of our many straw sun hats for kids and an Appaman rash guard or coverup to protect your skin while you’re out all day in the sun! -Kathleen Reardon, production manager

Boys Swim Trunks Appaman

 

Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Commonly known as “LBI,” Long Beach Island is a top summer destination for those in the New York Metro area. If you see people with “Exit 63” bumper stickers on their cars, this is where they are headed..and yup, you guessed it, it is Exit 63 on the Garden State Parkway! I’ve been going since my teen years and I love LBI because it’s a great family- oriented, friendly, low-key beach town, but if you were in the mood for one of those wild beach bar nights, you can do that too!  (A trolley very nicely runs up and down the island in the evenings in case your night gets a little more wild than you planned!). The beaches are clean and well maintained. All the water sports and activities you could imagine are available, and there is even a water park! Bike rentals by the hour, day, or week.  Mini golf, ice cream and seafood galore, and don’t miss out on Fantasy Island amusement park. Tons of great shopping all over the island, but definitely head to Bay Village and the surrounding streets for some of the best gift and apparel shoppes–and fudge, naturally! Another fun stop is The Showplace Ice Cream Parlor, an audience interactive ice cream shoppe. Get ready to sing, play instruments, or act out a crazy scene..and have the best ice cream of your life!  And you can’t leave the island without hitting up The Chicken or the Egg (or the Chegg as the locals call it) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snack. – Stephanie, sales rep

Suttons Bay Michigan

Suttons Bay / Leelenau County, Northern Michigan
Many East Coasters don’t know it, but Northern Michigan is the stuff that summertime dreams are made of. Michigan has more coastline than any other state in the U.S. aside from Alaska, so there are tons of affordable places to have a lazy, laid back beach vacation, and you’re never far from an inland lake or state park. You can do it all: Swim in the waves, build a sandcastle on a beach, go exploring in a forest, eat ice cream at a parlor, run down a sand dune, jump off a dock, paddle a canoe, go fishing down a river. I’m headed to a cottage in Suttons Bay, a little town in the Leelenau Peninsula (Michigan’s “pinky”) that’s pretty much perfect.  -Katie Luscombe, e-commerce director

Fishkill Farms Appaman
Dutchess County, Upstate New York 
We head Upstate all year long, but summer is our favorite season! There are tons of fun things to do, like cherry picking at Fishkill Farms (pictured above) or peach picking at the end of August, finding watering holes, and hiking on the Appalachian trail. – Lynn Husum, co-founder of Appaman

 

Cool Kids Tees: Your Summer Style Must-Have

May 26, 2016 in Appaman Style

Appaman Kids T-shirts

Kids T-shirts for every day and every style are at the core of our summer clothing collection. Many of our children’s tees are made with super-soft cotton and have a cool, broken-in look with faded vintage-y colors and rolled sleeves. Metallic unicorns and bright abstract modernist prints are just some of the cool designs found on our girls tees. Cool and beachy ombre tees and fun graphics are the mainstay of our boys summer t-shirts.

Appaman T-Shirts for Kids

Boys Graphic T-Shirts
For our summer 2016 boys tees, our designers took a trip down the Bayou with New Orleans inspired graphics, as seen on our Gator Rock tee (available in Orange Soda and Cloud Heather grey). We also went under the sea and took note from some scary/cool sea creatures. Our Sea Monster and Angler Fish tees won’t disappoint your little deep sea explorer. And what boy doesn’t love a touch of pirate style? Our Pirate Bully and Blackbeard tees will inspire some treasure hunting this summer.

Appaman Hockey Jersey

The Hockey Jersey: An Appaman Classic
Ask someone what their first Appaman purchase was and chances are it’s our classic Hockey Jersey. Super-soft and just the right amount of sporty, this retro tee is a staple in many stylish kid’s wardrobe.  Our hockey jersey tee is also cult-favorite among celebrity kids, including Samuel Schreiber (son of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber) and Axl Duhamel (son of Josh Duhamel and Fergie). This season, you can find our hockey jersey in cool summer shades like Light Grey Heather, Methyl Blue and Cloud Heather. We love it paired with vintage-y Denim Shorts or Skinny Twill Pants.