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Coffee Diaries | South Down Coffee

Sometimes the best coffee is found inadvertently, without even trying. On one of our classic Road Trips, my mom and I were wrapping up a day of exploring to head back home. It was the question of to coffee, or not to coffee. But thinking about that...is that even a question? :)

We decided to explore the town of Oyster Bay, a short drive away from Sagamore Hill (also pictured below). Everything was so quaint in the snow, and the surroundings almost begged us to slow down and appreciate the tranquility. Nevertheless, I was driving, flustered with Google Maps, and decided to just have my mom search for the nearest coffee place that sounded good. Finding South Down Coffee was serendipitous.

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Right as our coffees came out, a couple occupying the bright and airy seat by the bay window got up. We snuck into their seats, obviously the best in the house, and admired the simplicity (re: hipsterness) of the place. White walls, light oaky wood accents, tiny potted succulents on shelves, amidst tiny framed maps and images. A big green plant sat in the window, by our spot, shielding us from view from outside the shop. We got a front row seat to downtown Oyster Bay.

 

Oyster Bay is a quiet town along the North coast of Long Island; it is also the home of Sagamore Hill. That's where we went for the main destination of our trip! If you're unfamiliar with it, it's the home of Theodore Roosevelt (I love a good road trip that involves anything remotely related to US history...).

It was chilly, snowy, but cozy. I love that I get to document my travels not only through photos, and memories, but also through the cups of coffee I get to enjoy. And the latte at South Down Coffee was such a good find for being such an impromptu one.

Cheers to coffee, road trips, and spontaneous finds.