Summer has arrived and the pools and grills at the Retreat at Mountain Brook luxury apartment community in Birmingham are ready for you! Our idea specialists have curated a list of the hottest items this summer — all available for purchase just a short drive from The Retreat. This must-have list is compiled with pool, party and outdoor accessories for adults and children that we hope will heighten your next outdoor experience!
For The Poolside: For the sunny days by the pool, this spunky float will be an eye-catcher. The FUNBOY exclusive print adds a classy twist to any pool goer. Don’t miss out on this unique pool float from Urban Outfitters at The Summit for $34.00. Catch all the eyes at the party and spark up conversations with your friends and neighbors thanks to this floral swan.
For The Ice Cold Group: No one likes a warm beverage. So why suffer? The Yeti Rambler Colster is taking keeping a drink cold to the next level. Any 12 oz. can drink can go in the stainless steel, sweat-proof koozie. The Colster can be found at Orvis at The Summit for $24.99 and will be found essential in any environment where the heat is a variable.
For The Busy Child: Just off Hwy 280 in Mountain Brook’s Cahaba Village, you’ll find Mountain High Outfitters with an array of summer products for the entire family. With the heat and sun comes sunburns when one isn’t careful. Our little ones may want to spend their day in the sun but are tough to keep doused in sunscreen. As a precaution parents could consider back up coverage, such as The North Face “Youth Party in the Back Hat.” This adorable hat is only $22 at Mountain High Outfitters, and it allows shade for the children’s neck and face that can be prone to sunburn. Perhaps consider one for yourself as well. Remember to always use sunblock to prevent sunburns and sun poisoning.
For The Girly Girl: During the warmer months, the kids tend to take to the water. When it comes to being a girl you always need to glam up your pool accessories. The Missy the Mermaid Kickboard does just that. The kickboard is made with lightweight foam and even has a dive toy for your fish out of water. The board also provides what could be used as a carrying case in case your little ones are prone to misplace things such as their goggles. Right now, the kickboard can be found at Belk for $19.95.
For The Outdoorsy: The Wind Pouch GO Inflatable Hammock is designed for all terrains. Whether you choose to spend your summer lounging by the Retreat at Mountain Brook pool, soaking up the sun on the beach or resting in the tree shade on a rustic camping getaway to Oak Mountain State Park to enjoy hiking, biking and nature. This hammock can be found at Alabama Outdoors in Trussville for $42.50.
For The Grill Guru: Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitter in Mountain Brook offers a meat thermometer for the manly men who have everything. The Q-Tech Bluetooth Meat Thermometer is $39.99. It can be paired to your smartphone in order for you to receive alerts for when the meat has reached the desired temperature. The thermometer conveniently attaches to the grill and the probe provides a long cable to reach different parts of the grill without complication. If there is ever a concern about cooking the meat on the grill perfectly this tool could come in handy, especially when guests are over.
For The Event Expert: In preparation for any summer party, every hostess or party goer needs a unique dip bowl that will give your guests a giggle. The Pig Out Dip Bowl is available at Swoozie’s ¬at The Summit for $19.95. This unique shop also offers personalized gifts and party necessities for all your summer celebrations.
These affordable and long-lasting items will spice up your summer fun! Enjoy the weather and summer festivities. Don’t forget our pool, garden, grills and tennis courts are perfect places to lounge around. Tag us on social media using #RetreatProud at your next outdoor venture.