Sitting at the beach on vacation last week was incredibly refreshing for me. I realize how much we each need an escape every now and then. This brunch at the beach was designed to encourage us to celebrate summer escapes; whether this means a grand vacation, or just a couple quiet minutes to make homemade muffins and sit with our feet in the sand.

With our littlest in the backseat, we headed first to our favorite bakery for some fresh Danish rugbrod, which is a dark rye bread typically eaten for breakfast and a slice of milky Danish cheese.

We had the beach nearly to ourselves that morning. We unpacked a basket full of homemade muffins, glass jars full of yogurt and fruit, and, of course, treats from the bakery. We sipped our warm coffee which was poured from a thermos and relished the escape as the waves lapped at the shore and the wind tousled our hair.

Before heading home, we strolled through the quiet streets of the nearby town of Gilleleje. The shops were just as quaint as the surrounding homes.

Sometimes escapes worth celebrating are those that we choose to embrace no matter what our schedules look like. I know, for us, that we will cherish that brunch by the sea, not because it was elaborate, but because were alone and the salty sea was a perfect accompaniment to the sound of our littlest laughing and cuddling with us against the chill.

Styling + photography by Tina Fussell for a subtle revelry.