Tracking Ivanka Trump's Not-So-Glam New Jersey Summer Vacation
Air Force One, golf, sun dresses, etc.
While her high income bracket contemporaries may be heading to the Hamptons or Nantucket this month, Ivanka Trump and her brood — the Kush(ner) and the kiddos — are taking a breather from life in D.C. in a lesser-known vacation hot spot: Bedminster, New Jersey.
She's accompanying her papa, President Donald Trump, who is also staying at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster for 17 days. However, unlike his daughter, the president says he is not on vacation, but rather working remotely while the White House undergoes renovations to put in a new cooling and heating system; he did, however, find time to ensure guests who were being wed at the resort were having a good time.
Ivanka and her tots flew private, of course — not Blade, the Uber of helicopters, but Air Force One — and they appear to be lapping up all of the amenities offered at the club, which include something called platform tennis, use of a pool that is also home to the Trump Torpedoes swim team and a fitness studio, in addition to the Trump family's favorite pastime, golf.
The grounds set on the rolling Somerset Hills are quite lush from the looks of the photos, boasting the "highest level of environmental assets." In fact, no other area in New Jersey has a higher environmental ranking, according to the property's website. The Trumps' PR team will proudly tell you this feat was "not achieved by laws or zoning restrictions but through the private initiatives and attention of private land owners." The president also built a family cemetery at the club, and has indicated that he would like to be buried in a massive mausoleum there, according to Time.
Aside from the club, which touts a $350,000 one-time membership fee in addition to the annual $19,000 dues, Bedminster doesn't offer much by way of glamorous activities that you would think the family known for gilded towers and opulent everything would find favorable. The small town has a population of around 8,000.
But we do have a few suggestions of nearby attractions that might be worth checking out. The Raptor Trust is a wild birds (and birds of prey) rehabilitation center which Trump and the Kush grandkids alike are sure to enjoy. Meanwhile, Hacklebarney State Park boasts plenty of fishing and hunting opportunities (and we know how much the Trumps love hunting).
At the Bridgewater Commons local shopping center, Ivanka can scope out Lord & Taylor — one of the limited number of stores that still carries her clothing label. For dinner, the family-owned Italian Trattoria Mediterranea (four stars on Yelp!) would surely appeal to the Trumps, while the United States Golf Association Museum could be a good rainy day activity for the fam that can't get enough golf, apparently.
From the looks of her Instagram, Ivanka seems to be enjoying the balmy weather at the very least. She sported a strapless red floral dress by The Reformation ($248) whilst out on the course, where she posed flanked by two blonde gal pals to commemorate the girls night. Red seems to be the theme of the vacation, as she also decamped Air Force One in a red floral sundress.
Ivanka's children — Arabella, 6; Joseph, 3; and Theodore, 2 — have also enjoyed their time away from D.C.; Ivanka posted a photo showing some quality sibling time between the pajama-clad trio.