Cucumber Sandwich

Cucumber Sandwich

This simple Cucumber sandwich recipe is perfect to prepare as a light snack or lunch. It’s easy to make and great for customizing with your favorite ingredients, like tomatoes, cheese, and/or herbs. Follow my step-by-step instructions with photos and ideas to create a lovely plate of cucumber sandwiches in only a few minutes!

About This Cucumber Sandwich

Fresh and tasty cucumber sandwiches are wonderful finger foods to enjoy at lunch, tea parties and picnics, or whenever you need a quick and healthy snack.

A classic cucumber sandwich typically includes slices of crisp cucumber layered on pieces of buttered bread and sprinkled with a bit of salt and pepper. They taste light and refreshing, perfect to pair with hot or iced tea!

Below I share steps for preparing simple, traditional cucumber sandwiches that we most frequently enjoy at our home.

However, you can jazz up this simple recipe by adding nearly any other toppings you like, such as mayo, cream cheese, tomatoes, fresh or dried herbs, and/or other thinly-sliced produce.

My favorite sandwiches are made using homemade Whole Wheat Bread, but feel free to use any bread you prefer!

Step-by-Step Guide
How to make Cucumber Sandwich

Prep Cucumber and Bread

1. First, rinse and peel 1 medium cucumber. Slice the cucumber into thin discs, and set aside.

Note: If you prefer less seeds, use English Cucumber. If the skin of the cucumber is thin, you can keep it. For a thicker skin, I suggest to peel it.

Tip: I serve these sandwiches as soon as they are made. If you plan to serve them later after an hour or as a cold sandwich then to avoid the sogginess I suggest the following.

Arrange the thinly sliced cucumbers in a tray and sprinkle some salt on them all over. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Later pat dry with a clean kitchen towel to remove the excess moisture.

2. Next, use a sharp knife to cut the crusts off the pieces of bread. But don’t toss those crusts! The cut off bread edges can be pulsed or ground and used as bread crumbs. If you like sandwiches with crust, feel free to skip this step.

Tip: Feel free to use any soft textured bread – whole wheat, brown, multi-grain, sandwich or white bread.

3. Now spread a generous amount of salted, slightly softened butter evenly on the pieces of bread. First adding a layer of spread, like butter, helps to keep the bread soft and prevent sogginess from the cucumbers.

Tip: If you like cream cheese or a mayonnaise, you can spread either on top of the butter.

Make Cucumber Sandwich

4. On one piece of the pairs of buttered bread place 6 to 8 cucumber slices.

5. Sprinkle a bit or more if you like of freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt on the cucumber slices.

6. Cover with the remaining buttered slices of bread. Use a sharp knife to cut the cucumber sandwiches into your choice of rectangles or triangles.

7. Serve cucumber sandwiches immediately. They are wonderful to enjoy by themselves, with your favorite dips or other side dishes.


What other toppings can I include on my cucumber sandwiches? The possibilities are nearly endless for customizing your cucumber sandwich! Try adding slices of tomato, fresh sprouts, pieces of red onion, slices of avocado, or leafy greens like watercress or arugula. Swap the softened butter for cream cheese, mayonnaise, herbed goat cheese spread, or any spreads you like. What should I serve with cucumber sandwiches? Enjoy fresh sandwiches with a side of a yogurt dip, mayonnaise dip or your favorite chutney or sauce to dip. As side dishes you might consider serving a simple green salad, Avocado Salad, or Cherry Tomato Salad. Can these sandwiches be made ahead? Finger sandwiches taste best when prepared and enjoyed fresh, within an hour or so of preparing. If not serving right away you might want to put them in the fridge for a bit. But not too long, otherwise they will get soggy. How do I prepare a large batch of cucumber sandwiches? The recipe below is for making approximately 6 to 7 cucumber sandwiches. You can double and triple the recipe as necessary to whip up a large batch that’s perfect to share at parties and picnics!

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Papdi Chaat

Papdi Chaat

Published: Jul 19, 2022 · Modified: Jul 19, 2022 by Archana · This post may contain affiliate links · As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases · Leave a Comment
With flavor explosion in every bite, Papdi Chaat is crunchy wheat chips topped with creamy potatoes, dressed with cooling yogurt, spicy bright green chutney, sweet-tangy tamarind chutney, crunchy sev, and ground spices. A delicious appetizer, snack, or a light vegetarian meal that is easy to prepare and quick to assemble.

A popular street snack from India, Papdi chaat is loaded with complementing flavors and textures from all the toppings that are added to crunchy chips – with the main ones being cooling yogurt (Dahi), potatoes (Batata), and thin crispy gram flour noodles(sev). You can also add finely onions, tomatoes, and chickpeas!

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Papdi – Bite-sized crunchy fried wheat discs, Papdi or Papri is readily available in Indian grocery stores and is shelf stable. Chaat – The word Chaat literally means “to lick”. It is also a term used to refer to a variety of street snacks made using chutneys, yogurt, and dressings. Some of the chaat foods include Bhel Puri, Dahi Puri, Dahi Bhalle, and Ragda Patties, each dish packed with sweet-spicy-tangy flavors with a crunch in every bite that you will find licking your fingers. Ingredients

Papdi – Crunchy whole wheat crackers readily available in Indian grocery storesPotato – steamed, peeled, and cut into small cubesYogurt – lightly sweetened with a touch of salt, yogurt or Dahi is one of the main ingredients that add tangy and cooling flavorsChutneys – cilantro mint chutney and tamarind chutney for spicy and tangy flavorsSev – fried chickpea noodles, fine sev is available in all Indian grocery storesSpices – Kashmiri red chili, ground cumin, and chaat masala add earthy warm flavorsGarnish – Sprinkle over lots of finely chopped cilantro and I would also recommend adding pomegranates for a pop of color and fun texture!Variations

Creamy plain full-fat yogurt works the best. You can also use dairy-free yogurt as a vegan optionAdd rinsed and drained canned chickpeas over potatoes if you like for a hearty mealTo make gluten-free Papdi Chaat, use Tostistos corn scoops instead of Papdi  How to make Papdi Chaat

Add salt and sugar to the yogurt and whisk together to combine into a smooth pourable consistency. Arrange the Papdi in a single layer on a serving platter.Place 3 to 4 pieces of potato in the center of each PapdiPour the prepared yogurt over the PapdiDrizzle over green chutney Drizzle tamarind chutney on topSprinkle over the chili powder, chaat masala, and black saltNext, sprinkle the sev all overGarnish with pomegranate seeds and cilantroServing

Serve Papdi Chaat immediately as it will start to get soggy over time with all the toppings. When serving for a party, you can prepare all the toppings and keep them in individual bowls as shown in the ingredient photo earlier in this post. Either assemble Papdi Chaat just before serving or have your guests assemble them. This will also allow them to customize it – adding more spicy chutney, adding more sweet chutney, adding more yogurt, etc.

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Papdi Chat

Crunchy wheat crackers topped with potatoes, yogurt, sev and dressed with tangy-sweet-spicy chutneys

Prep Time30 minsAssemble time10 minsTotal Time40 mins

Course: Appetizer, SnackCuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe

InstructionsAdd salt and sugar to the yogurt and whisk together to combine into a smooth pourable consistencyArrange the Papdi in a single layer on a serving platterPlace 3 to 4 pieces of potato in the center of each papdiPour the prepared yogurt over the Papdi, If you have extra you can pour more in the endNext, add a few drops of green chutney over the top followed by the tamarind chutneySprinkle over the chili powder, chaat masala, and black salt. Next, sprinkle the sev all over and garnish with pomegranate seeds and cilantro.

NotesCreamy plain full-fat yogurt works the best. You can also use dairy-free yogurt as a vegan option
Add rinsed and drained canned chickpeas over potatoes if you like 
For a gluten-free Papdi Chaat, use Tostistos corn scoops instead of Papdi  

NutritionCalories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1928mg | Potassium: 1304mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 9416IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 7mg

Author: ArchanaHey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons.

Beauty Tips for People With Fair Skin

Beauty Tips for People With Fair Skin

The trend toward tanned and sunkissed skin has certainly been promoted by the media in the last few decades, but this does not in any way diminish the natural beauty and radiance of a fairer complexion. 
From Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore to Emma Stone and Cate Blanchet, many of our most notable and celebrated actresses have embraced their lighter skin tone and reminded us that all skin types are beautiful and worthy of praise.
With so much of our makeup and beauty ideals targeted toward achieving a bronzed glow, it can be difficult to know how to make the most of your lighter features. In this article, we will explore some helpful ways to keep your skin radiant throughout the year.
Skincare Routine
A good skincare routine consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin each day.
Begin by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and unclog your pores. This will also help to reduce unwanted breakouts or acne, and any dullness to your complexion. The right facial wash should cleanse your skin without stripping it of essential oils or dry it out. 
A good tip is to look for a  non-comedogenic cleanser, which means it will not block or clog up your pores. This is ideal if your skin is prone to breakouts or if you have combination skin. 
Adding a toner to your skincare routine can protect your skin from the elements and help to close and tighten your pores after washing. It will also remove impurities from the day such as oil, dirt, and bacteria as well as any last traces of makeup. A good toner can help to hydrate and nourish your skin priming it for absorbing the ingredients in your moisturizer. When choosing a toner for your skin, look for some of the following ingredients:
Beta hydroxy acid (BHA)  or Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA): This will help to unclog your pores by gently removing dead skin cells, minimize the appearance of blackheads and prevent breakouts.Hyaluronic acid: helping to hydrate and moisturize your skin, this ingredient can prevent the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.Rose water: This ingredient can soothe your skin from irritation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.Vitamin C and E: Together, these antioxidants can protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals. Moisturizing
The purpose of a moisturizer is to hydrate your skin and provide it with the nourishment needed to remain soft, supple and plump. A good moisturizer does this by increasing the water content of your skin and reducing transepidermal water loss.
When selecting a moisturizer, an oil-free lightweight product that is gel-based can be a good place to start as it won’t overpower your skin and leave it feeling oily or clogged. One of the most important things to look for in a moisturizer is one with a ceramide base. Ceramides are fatty acids, or lipids which are naturally found in the outermost layer of your skin and help from the skin barrier. By moisturizing and replenishing this barrier, ceramides help your skin retain its moisture protecting it against water loss as well as harmful pollutants and extreme weather conditions.
Depending on where you live, you may find a thicker cream-based moisturizer is beneficial for your skin in the colder months, when it can be prone to drying out. Some of the ingredients to look for in a moisturizer include vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, glycerine and pro-vitamin B5.
Sun Protection
Sun protection is important for every skin type but none more than for pale or fair skin which is more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn. UVA light comprises Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation which are both harmful for the skin.Approximately 95% of UV rays that reach the earth are UVA rays which can lead to premature aging of the skin while the remaining 5% of UVB radiation can cause the skin to burn. Too much exposure to UV light can also contribute to cancer, so it is essential to protect your skin by wearing a sunscreen that offers protection against both types of UV radiation. This is known as broad spectrum protection.
Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is something you should do every day to prevent sun damage to your fair skin. You can apply this separately as a sunscreen or opt for a moisturizer that has SPF protection included. It’s important to do this even on days when it is not sunny as 80% of UV rays can still penetrate through cloud cover. Apply your sunscreen about 15 minutes before heading outside to give it enough time to activate. 
In addition to sunscreen, it’s important for people with fair skin to take other sun protection measures. Where possible, opt for the shade and invest in a wide-brimmed sun hat to protect your hair, head and neck. Read more about protective hairstyles for white hair. Sunglasses are also a must to protect your eyes and delicate eye area from the sun and try to cover your delicate skin with loose fitted, long sleeves, long skirts or pants on days when the sun is at its strongest.
Eat Foods for Healthier Skin
Beauty begins from within and a healthy, radiant complexion will reflect your overall health and well-being. To support your beauty efforts it’s important to also take care of your diet and eat foods for healthy skin. A nutritious and balanced diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and  antioxidants will help to boost your skincare regimen and enhance your complexion.
Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, nuts and seeds, as well as vitamin E found in leafy greens like spinach and kale are especially beneficial for your skin. Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants are also great for supporting your skin, and include foods such as blueberries, tomatoes and green tea. Taking a daily multivitamin is another great way of ensuring your skin is receiving the nutrients it needs to remain healthy and vibrant.
By following the guidance in this article, you can help support your skin and do wonders for your overall beauty and appearance.

23 of the Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

23 of the Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

By September, schools are usually in session and peak tourism around the country has died down. That means many spots are still enjoying warm temperatures and long days, without nearly as many people. For that reason, September is an excellent time for a vacation in the US. If you’re wondering where to go this September, here are 23 awesome destinations that are extra special during this time of year:
23. Oahu, Hawai’i

Note: Swimming with dolphins is no longer allowed in Hawai’i
September is the beginning of low season in Hawai’i, making it ideal for budget travelers looking for a sweet deal on flights and accommodation. The summer heat is starting to simmer down during this time as well, but days are still warm, with tolerable humidity. There’s a moderate chance of rain in September, as it is technically the rainy season.
Although July and August have the best visibility for diving in Hawai’i, September is a close second. During this time, you’ll have a good chance of high visibility, enabling you to see lots of marine life and coral reefs. Oahu is one of the best places in Hawai’i to go shark diving, too, in case you’re up for the thrill.
Find out what else there is to do on Oahu here.
22. Seward, Alaska

The bowl — stunning!
Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, one of the state’s most popular outdoor attractions. The park, and subsequently the town, is at its busiest during the summer months, with crowds tapering off in September. Although temperatures drop during this time, it’s still warm enough to get out and enjoy a hike to the top of Mount Marathon or any Kenai Fjords activities.
The mountains surrounding Seward begin to get their first dusting of snow in September, making the views even more dramatic. Plus, you can catch the end of whale-watching season at Kenai Fjords by taking a wildlife cruise through the national park.
21. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel
Once the Labor Day crowds disappear, September is the ultimate time to have the gorgeous Mount Rainier National Park mostly to yourself. The weather in September is still warm enough to access all of the park’s trails, with Mount Rainier still dry from the summer snow melt. That means the glaciers are maximally exposed, making for incredible views. It still gets quite cold in this part of Washington at night during the summer and fall months, so bring lots of layers.
If you’re heading to Mount Rainier National Park this September for a quick trip, check out how to spend 48 hours there. Coming from Seattle? You can do a full-day tour of Mount Rainier, which will show you the best spots.
20. North Umpqua, Oregon

Just about an hour and a half northwest of Crater Lake, you’ll find the North Umpqua region of Oregon. The area runs along the river of the same name, which is full of waterfalls and other natural attractions. Watson Falls and Toketee Falls are especially impressive and worth visiting.
Since September is past peak season in this part of the state, it’s possible that you’ll get these gorgeous sites all to yourself. Plus, the crisp September temperatures are perfect for taking a dip in the Umpqua Hot Springs. While the North Umpqua region is great on its own, consider making the most of this beautiful season with a road trip through Oregon to see more of the state.
19. Mendocino, California

What an epic sunset spot!
Mendocino is definitely fit for an outdoorsy yet luxe trip. The town is full of boutique hotels, many of them with seaside views and on-site restaurants. It makes for an excellent girls trip, although it could be a great romantic getaway as well.
This cozy cliffside spot has been the muse of many an artist and poet. Surrounded by quaint state parks, towering redwood trees, and locally owned wineries, Mendocino has everything you need for a perfect NorCal getaway. September is an especially great time to visit because of the gentle chill in the air and foggy mornings that make for a mystical time.
18. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Imagine a place where towering rock formations literally look like they’re on fire and rugged landscapes that feel like you’re on Mars. It exists: it’s in Nevada, just an hour away from Las Vegas! Valley of Fire State Park is one of the most unique destinations in the United States, with vistas in which you can see sandstone and limestone rock in orange, white, red, and even purple hues.
As you can guess, the summertime heat in Valley of Fire is unbearable, if not dangerous. Temperatures are much more mild in September but still can peak as high as 90 degrees. The park is at its busiest in the late fall and early winter, so visiting in September means you’ll miss most of the crowds without it being too hot.
17. Page, Arizona

Taken in the Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona
Page is home to some of Arizona’s most noteworthy attractions, like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon (see photo above). It’s a popular launching point for Grand Canyon National Park too, so you can imagine how busy it gets during peak season. The most popular time to visit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon is from May to September, with September being far less crowded as the month goes on.
Early fall temperatures hover around the 70s and 80s during the day, with a higher chance of rain in September onward. This means it’ll still be warm enough to take a dip at Havasu Falls or Lake Powell, but you should definitely prepare for rain.
16. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe has long been an artists haven and home to some of the country’s quirkiest minds. This New Mexico gem has an interesting mix of new and old, with posh Canyon Road cafés and galleries and centuries-old chapels all in the same city.
The weather in Santa Fe is beautiful throughout September, with sunny days and temperatures in the mid-70s. It’s also an awesome time for events and festivals, as the historic Burning of Zozobra and tasty Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta both happen this month.
For more ideas, check out this guide to Santa Fe.
15. Zion National Park, Utah

Most Zion enthusiasts agree that September is one of the best, if not the best, month to visit this ultra-popular national park. Why? The weather is great and crowds are much smaller than at their peak in the summer. Although the threat of monsoons technically extends to mid-September, it’s still relatively dry compared to the rest of the season, while rivers and lakes are already full from the summer rains.
If you’re down for a challenge when visiting Zion National Park, consider hiking to Observation Point and Angels Landing for some spectacular views. The area will still likely be very green, with speckles of fall foliage in the distance. It’s worth checking out the famous slot canyons, too.
14. Stanley, Idaho

Stanley is one of the best places in Idaho for taking a dip in hot springs. Some of them around Stanley, such as Kirkham Hot Springs, are super popular in the summer months and can get crowded. That’s why September is an awesome time to go. There are still whispers of the summer heat, but it’s cool enough to enjoy a dip in the steamy springs, especially at night.
Stanley makes a great addition to any Idaho road trip, on which you’ll be able to see the beginning of fall foliage if you embark in September. Idaho is a pretty underrated state, especially with its incredible hot springs and the boundless nature all around.
13. Glacier National Park, Montana

While summertime may be the best time for taking a dip in Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park in September has a special charm. As the trees begin their golden transformation, the park takes on an entirely different vibe. It’s a more laid-back time to visit, too, as there are fewer visitors than the summer months, so you might get some incredible scenery all to yourself. September can be chilly at night, so bring plenty of layers if you’ll be camping or doing any nighttime activities!
From hiking the famous Highline Trail to whitewater rafting to stargazing at Hidden Lake, there’s plenty to do at Glacier National Park for any length of trip.
12. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

The Aspen trees surrounding the towering mountains of sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve begin to turn golden yellow beginning in September, creating a beautiful range of colors. The namesake dunes are still quite hot to the touch in the afternoons but cool enough to explore in the morning. Warm, sunny days with the occasional thunderstorm characterize September weather here, which is about as good as it gets.
Where summertime can be quite mosquito-y and sometimes too hot for exploring the dunes, early fall is mild and perfect for a visit. The park does get more crowded during this time, but as it’s not as popular as others, so the crowds are still manageable and won’t likely take away from the experience.
Add Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to your Colorado road trip this September!
11. Big Bend National Park, Texas

Many people don’t think of Texas as having mountainous scenery, but Big Bend National Park is here to prove us all wrong. The park itself is massive, covering over 150 square miles of West Texas. You could visit any time of year and expect relatively small crowds, which makes taking in the gorgeous scenery all the better. From hiking through the Santa Elena Canyon to stargazing at night, there’s plenty to do in Big Bend National Park.
September, and fall in general, yields more rain than the rest of the year. If you don’t mind the possibility of some precipitation, you’ll enjoy the lowest visitor numbers and mild temperatures.
10. Chicago, Illinois

As the temperature starts to steadily drop during early fall, Chicago transforms into an idyllic swirl of autumn hues and brisk gusts of wind. Don’t get me wrong, I love summertime Chi. But there’s truly nothing like early fall in the Windy City. It’s still warm enough to enjoy strolling through Lincoln Park Zoo or Millennium Park, but chilly enough at nighttime to truly savor a warm cup of tea on your balcony or in a café.
Bring layers if you’re visiting Chicago in September, as the city has a reputation for shifting dramatically between extreme weather conditions with just a moment’s notice. Trust me, you’ll want to make sure you have a scarf and a rain jacket at the ready while you’re on your architecture boat tour.
Traveling on a budget? Find out what to do in Chicago for free here!
9. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Beat the fall crowds at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore by visiting in September, right before most people come to see the autumn foliage. The Apostle Islands are an archipelago in Lake Superior where you’ll find mystical sea caves, gorgeous lakeside views, and the largest concentration of lighthouses in North America. Although sailing through the Apostle Island sea caves is more popular in the summertime, tours still run through September, and the water just might be warm enough to take a dip or even kayak.
The weather in this part of Wisconsin is especially sunny, with highs during the day reaching the mid-70s. Nights are chilly, so bring layers!
8. The North Shore, Minnesota

Because of its geography, the North Shore in Minnesota starts to get its fall colors a bit earlier than places further south. That means your September visit very well could be a whirlwind of golden orange and red hues. Maple trees and other species have their peak colors beginning the second week of September.
As you can guess, this is a popular time to visit the North Shore. Even so, this isn’t a hugely well-known area nationally, and you’ll find mostly in-state tourists here. Consider road-tripping along the North Shore to see some of the best slices of nature Minnesota has to offer.
7. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets — if you’re not from the area, you might not have even heard of it. Characterized by gigantic sand dunes that seem to spill into Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear is a popular weekend getaway from Traverse City. It’s busiest in the summer months when the weather is warm enough to enjoy a swim in the lake, but early fall is just as desirable.
Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes in September means you can get a fabulous taste of fall foliage without the late-fall photography crowds. Climb sand dunes to get sweeping views of both Lake Michigan and Glen Lake, or spend the day hiking one of the many trails in the park.
6. Adirondack Mountains, New York

This is another road trip rather than a one-stop destination. The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York are absolutely breathtaking during fall, starting in September. There’s very little rainfall in September, and sunny days peak in temperature around 60 degrees.
There are far fewer people around in September compared to the summer months, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy the warm-hued peaks in solitude. The main attraction here is Lake Placid, which is serene this time of year. You can also make your way to Lake George, which is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. You really can’t go wrong with a September road trip around the Adirondacks.
5. Cape May, New Jersey

This kitschy beach town is booming in the summertime, yielding crowded shores and unbearable traffic. That’s why visiting Cape May is ideal in September. Sure, it may be a bit too cold to swim in the sea, but you’ll still be able to enjoy everything else that makes this place special.
As it’s the oldest seaside resort town in the country, Cape May has an antique charm that sets it apart from other beach destinations in the USA. Breezy, sunny September days make it all the more idyllic. Plus, the great weather is the perfect setting for the annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration at the end of the month.
4. Greenville, South Carolina

While the summer months bring high temps and humidity, early fall is a bit cooler and breezier in Greenville. Some even say that September has the best weather of the year here, so take advantage of it by heading out for a hike at Paris Mountain State Reserve or checking out the waterfall at Falls Park on the Reedy. With the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the city, this is the place to bask in nature’s beauty.
Greenville is an artsy and outdoorsy city, often compared to Asheville in North Carolina. Asheville is more well-known, but Greenville is more low key and ideal for travelers who want to experience South Carolina’s Southern charm without as much tourism.
You can also add Greenville to your Blue Ridge Parkway road trip if you want to visit more places in the area.
3. Tybee Island, Georgia

This sleepy beach town is ideal for travelers who are chasing eternal summer and want a taste of Southern hospitality. After Labor Day following the summer tourism boom, the town quiets down. You’ll still be able to enjoy the soft sand and crashing waves, though, with plenty of sunshine to soak up in September.
Water sports and dolphin watching are popular activities on Tybee Island, as are paddleboarding and kayaking. This is a great option if you want a slow-paced vacation where your agenda includes long days relaxing at the beach.
2. Miami, Florida

Let’s face it, the weather in Miami is gorgeous all year long. September does have a chance of hurricanes, though, which is why it’s one of the slowest months for tourism. If you don’t mind the occasional afternoon rainstorm, this is the time to enjoy the beach without it being unbearably crowded, even if it’s a bit of a gamble.
Luckily, there’s still plenty to do in Miami indoors, like the Pérez Art Museum and the Frost Science Aquarium & Planetarium.
Keep an open mind, and leave some wiggle room in your itinerary so you can enjoy the best of Miami even if it rains.
1. Anna Maria Island, Florida

In September, the Florida heat is still intact on Anna Maria Island, but with cooler mornings and evenings compared to the summer months. The island also much less crowded, so you can enjoy the beauty of this pristine island without so much hustle and bustle.
Anna Maria Island is only seven miles long, with gorgeous white-sand beaches and calm waters perfect for swimming. Visitors love snorkeling, paddleboarding, and even parasailing here. Add the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum or the Florida Maritime Museum to your rainy-day itinerary — since, like Miami, there’s a chance that you could encounter an afternoon rainstorm or two during your trip — and learn about this unique little island.
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Some of Summer’s Best Beauty Products Come in the Coolest Packaging

Some of Summer’s Best Beauty Products Come in the Coolest Packaging

Every summer we take stock of our beauty routines. The strategy we employ during winter just won’t cut it now. Which is why we switch things up when it comes to our skin care, hair care and makeup. Thankfully, most of our seasonal must-haves come in cool packaging. They’re so impressive they’re sure to earn places of honor on your Instagram feed.One of the biggest changes involves fragrance. Those moody, woody scents don’t suit summer. On the other hand, Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea simply screams summer. The fact that the brand teamed up with forte_forte on new packaging is just the icing on the cake.On the skin care front, it’s important to show your body some love. From a firming body lotion serum that comes in a truly ornate bottle to a luxe solid moisturizer and even a retro-themed sunscreen oil, you’ll want to flaunt your skin and the products all over social media.You can take care of your tresses in style, too. Summer calls for effortless waves and R+Co has you covered with its seaworthy spray. Shampoo bars are kind to your strands and the planet. Viori’s Citrus Yao take is almost too beautiful to use. Almost.When it comes to makeup, we don’t just focus on lipstick, blush, highlighter, mascara and palettes. We also pay attention to the tools of the trade. Hermes’ lip brush provides precise application and style to spare.Keep reading to see the summer staples (and their cool packaging) you need to add to your beauty regimen. Acqua di Parma x Forte Forte Mirto di Panarea Special Edition Eau de Toilette, $189 at Neiman MarcusAcqua di Parma gave its enchanting Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea fragrance a makeover. The brand collaborated with forte_forte to jazz things up with butterflies, flowers and a crochet emblem. There’s even a cool scoubidou accessory. Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Metal 16-Hour Wear Velvet Metal Lipstick, $72 at GuerlainWe don’t need another reason to pick up Guerlain’s highly pigmented and subtly pearlescent lipsticks. But the fact that you can customize the design only ups the ante. You just select your lipstick shade and case type. Our favorite? The combo of 214 Exotic Red and Scarlet Red, respectively. La Perla Refillable Firming Body Lotion Serum, $140 at NordstromYou’re probably familiar with La Perla and its gorgeous lingerie. So it’s not surprising to see that the brand pays as much attention to packaging as the product itself. Take this lightweight vegan body serum that firms as it smooths. Not only is the bottle one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, it’s actually refillable. Benefit Cosmetics WANDERful World Silky-Soft Powder Blush, $29 at SephoraThis blendable blush feels like you have nothing on. Its freshwater pearl and synthetic sapphire formula supplies a luminous, light-reflecting glow. The case is pretty amazing, too. R+Co Sail Soft Wave Spray, $33 at R+CoWish you could set sail this summer? Well, this bold bottle is the next best thing. The lightweight spray housed inside will give you the natural, voluminous waves of your summer dreams. So you can at least look like you spent a few months out on the ocean. Vacation Chardonnay Oil SPF 30, $22 at VacationVacation is known for its retro packaging and this sunscreen oil definitely makes an impression. Its lightweight SPF 30 formula imparts subtle shine while hydrating your skin. It’s even reef-friendly. KORA Organics Berry Bright Vitamin C Eye Cream, $56 at SephoraKangaroo paw flower, kakadu plum and cloudberry come together to target the signs of aging around your eyes. Consider the flashy lid a big bonus. Hermes Lip Brush, $76 at HermesThis hand-lacquered wooden brush has a lot going for it. Its short, thick bristles allow for precise application. And its contemporary styling will make it stand out on any vanity. Bite Body Balm Solid Moisturizer, $32 at BiteWe don’t know which we love more… The nongreasy formula or the dazzling gold packaging. Let’s call it a tie. NARS Climax Mascara, $25 at NARSThe beloved brand’s exclusive ribbed bristles make swiping on the whipped, blackened pigments super easy. The ribbed tube makes it a (social media) star. Viori Shampoo Bar in Citrus Yao, $16.75 at AmazonShampoo bars are a great way to cut down on single-use plastic. And you can’t get fancier than this citrusy stunner. Even the bar has a stylish design. ColourPop Cosmetics Malibu Barbie Shadow Palette, $15.60 at ColourPop CosmeticsIf you’re not feeling the Barbiecore trend (guilty), you can still show your love for the icon with this cool palette. It boasts a range of retro orange, pink, aqua and neutrals. All shades Barbie loves. Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo, $50 at Pat McGrath LabsPat McGrath knows what she’s doing both when it comes to creating covetable makeup and crave-worthy packaging. This striking duo features a pearlescent highlighter on one end and a transparent gel-based balm on the other. Shiseido Limited-Edition 150 Year Anniversary Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $62 at ShiseidoThis bottle looks like it contains one of the world’s most luxe perfumes. (It’s a reproduction of the first iteration of Eudermine, which launched in 1897.) But it actually contains the brand’s hyaluronic acid-infused lotion that moisturizes as it helps with water retention.