“NEVER YET WAS A SPRINGTIME, when the buds forgot to blow,” wrote American poet and author Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, whose observation on the inevitability of nature’s cycle has had me thinking about our own cycle at Cottages & Gardens Publications. This month, we are 13 issues into our annual count of 31, with the rest of the crop blooming from now till the end of the year.
The Hamptons truly sizzle during HC&G’s high-season, fortnightly (!) publishing schedule, so fast that if you blink, you’ll miss it. In this corner of the world, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on everything from real estate to entertaining to philanthropy. Starting with this seasonal kickoff issue of HC&G, readers snatch up our six summer editions, some with special themes such as “Artists & Collectors,” “Entertaining,” and “Architecture.”
C&G Publications is saluting the season not just in the Hamptons, but in all our markets. In NYC&G, we guide New Yorkers as they head for the beaches of Long Island Sound, take in the magnificence of the Hudson Valley, or try to get ahead of the real estate frenzy in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In CTC&G, we cover Connecticut’s obsession with gardening, pool and tennis court openings, the fun of antiquing from Greenwich to Woodbury, and house tours in Westport and Fairfield. On the other side of the continent, the seven-by-seven-mile square otherwise known as San Francisco boasts a wide array of microclimates. Summertime here is characterized by cool marine air and persistent coastal fog (my favorite), while in a matter of minutes, it changes to hot sun in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa or down the coast at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our readers experience all of it through SFC&G’s incisive coverage of what’s happening in the beautiful Bay Area.
In all four of our super-hot regions, our readers’ desire for indoor-outdoor rooms is top of mind this time of year, with manufacturers creating new wonders on a daily basis and designers, architects, and builders busily fulfilling their clients’ dreams. It’s going to be a fab summer!