There’s nothing quite like spending time with family and friends in a second-home getaway. Whether situated along the coast or up in the mountains, such retreats offer the comforts of home without the hustle and bustle of daily life. In the July/August issue, we feature a number of luxurious second homes, each personalized to meet the vacation needs of its owners. On Bald Head Island, architect Ruard Veltman and designer Julia Wood blend coastal comfort and polished style in a cottage that perfectly reflects the tranquil beauty of the area. For semi-retired clients wanting a place to spend time with grandchildren, Virginia designer Janie Molster merges the past and the present with a mixture of antiques and contemporary pieces in a new penthouse condo. And for a couple wanting to make Florida’s Scenic 30A their permanent home, architect Paul Geary and designer Courtney Dickey deliver easygoing elegance in a house that offers plenty of space for welcoming weekend guests. Plus, designer Meg Braff shares her secrets for creating rooms that exude sophisticated comfort, whether in a second home or a full-time residence. And if you don’t own your own vacation retreat but are still looking for that idyllic getaway, check out our feature on Blackberry Farm.