Our family never took destination vacations (the mere thought of negotiating 7 kids through an airport makes my brain hurt...), and my parents couldn’t afford to be away from their store for more than a day at a time, so the periodic days where we all piled into the groovy two-toned van and headed down for a day at the Duxbury shore are among my favorite childhood memories. To this day, I love clinging to the beach towards the end of the day as everyone else is heading home, wrapped in layers as the chill sets in.
If your daughter also loves being the last to leave the beach, check out the snuggly fleece ponchos at Skipping Hippos. I myself never rocked ponchos when they made their adult comeback, but they’re timelessly cute on little kids, and Skipping Hippos's collection (6 months - 4T) is suitable for chilly temperatures at the beach and throughout the year. Ponchos are available in a pretty array of colors with cute contrast detailing via the nubbly pom-pom edging, border trim, and tassel on the peaked hood (shown, Edna; $46).