President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy weren’t just a powerful political couple: The Kennedys were definite style icons. From the way they dressed to how they vacationed, this fashionable couple served as tastemakers for their generation.
So what was their choice summer getaway? The sprawling Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., where they lounged in the sun, enjoyed the beach, and even played games of baseball and tennis. In a series of stunning vintage photographs, the young Senator Kennedy and his fiancé, Jacqueline Bouvier, vacation in Cape Cod just three months before their Newport wedding.
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1. On a sailing trip
Senator John F. Kennedy and his then-fiancé, Jacqueline Bouvier, went sailing while on vacation at the Kennedy compound in June 1953 in Hyannis Port, Mass.
2. On the driveway of the Kennedy summer home
The couple chatted with Patricia Kennedy (at the wheel) while on vacation.
3. Relaxing on the front lawn
The senator and his bride-to-be are pictured on the front lawn of the Kennedy compound in the perfect summer outfits.
4. At the beach
The young couple enjoyed Cape Cod's gorgeous beaches while on a summer getaway.
5. Playing baseball
The sporty couple played a game of baseball on the lawn of the sprawling Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.
6. Lounging inside
Kennedy and his fiancé looked deep in conversation in this photo from their 1953 trip.
7. Being interviewed
The couple was interviewed for a LIFE Magazine story at their summer home.
8. Lifting the sail
The future husband and wife took their sailboat for a spin while on a summer getaway.
9. Playing tennis
The couple grabbed wooden rackets and tennis balls for a friendly competiton in Cape Cod.
10. Perching on a windowsill
The newly-engaged couple looked so in love on the picturesque getaway.