The Great Outdoors

Whether it’s a day-long hike, a lakeside picnic or a carefree cruise, soak up nature in style with these outdoorsy essentials made right in our own backyard.

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1.) Floral print tote bag
Need a fashionable yet sturdy carryall for the goodies on this page? Trade your boring backpack in for the Tulip Tote printed canvas bag by Arachne’s Hollow. You’ll be the belle of backpacking with this trendy tote designed by Syracuse-based artist Lisa Starkey. It features scalloped edging, pleated sides and vintage cotton lining, and the zippered inside pocket and magnetic snap closure will make packing easy for those impromptu adventures; $56, 13-inches-by-16-inches with 12-inch shoulder straps (also comes in gray and white filigree).


PP shoes2.) Walking sandals
Hand-cobbled in charming Aurora, the New Mexican sandals by The Aurora Shoe Company are the perfect pairing of cute and comfortable casual — these leather kicks were made for walking. Available in three widths and sizes five to 11, the sandals are made-to-order, but if you can’t find your match, the company will fairy godmother a bespoke pair (just submit a tracing of your tootsies) that would make even Cinderella herself jealous in a poof; $140 (available in navy, brown, burgundy, dark olive and black). 


4x6  5 Bottles Image3.) Flavored Apple Juice
For a day on the boat without the buzz, you can still taste the Finger Lakes with Red Jacket Orchards’ nonalcoholic apple juice. It comes in several scrumptious flavors such as grape, strawberry, blackcurrant and raspberry. If you’re familiar with Red Jacket’s delicious fall cider, you’ll find the juice refreshing as well. Purchase online or at Wegmans, Tops or Price Chopper; $17.99, 6-pack of 12-ounce bottles. 


PP summer breeze4.) Natural Repellent
If you’re so sweet that mosquitoes just can’t resist eating you alive, you’re probably well acquainted with traditional bug spray. But who wants to cover themselves in sticky, smelly chemicals? For a more natural — and fragrant — solution, try Summer Breeze Insect Repellent Wipes by Amazing Grace Super Naturals. The refreshing citrus and mint scent will keep you cool, and you’ll feel safer using all natural ingredients to keep those pesky pests away; $20 (one canister of 80 wipes).



pp granola5.) Low fat granola
Handmade in small batches with high-quality ingredients, gush-worthy Groovy Granola is low in fat (unsweetened organic applesauce replaces oil or butter) but high in flavor thanks to fixin’s like local honey and maple syrup, dried fruit and roasted nuts. Add this crunchy creation to your outdoor essentials collection, and your tummy will surely thank you for it; $7.50 per 10-ounce bag.


pp jerky6.) Gourmet jerky
Looking for a grab-and-go, high-protein snack for your day in the great outdoors? Beef jerky oughta work! With savory flavors like cracked pepper, garlic Parmesan and hickory, Ballard’s Gourmet Jerky and More in Cicero is cookin’ up some seriously smoky treats. Feeling adventurous? Swap the beef for wild game jerky like alligator, kangaroo, or ostrich; $6 per 3.25-ounce bag of beef jerky or $25 per pound.

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