This warm weather is making me wanna run away to an amazing beach house and spend a week or two just basking in the sun, eating fresh seafood, and taking lots of naps.
Sunset magazine couldn’t have had better timing with their write-up of this chic boutique hotel in the middle of Bakersfield, as my family and I needed a place to stay for an event in June and without many options, it was pretty much this or the Roadway Inn. The Padre seems to perfectly exemplify what a classy boutique hotel set in the middle of a giant farming town with a history of a little country glitz should be.
Check it out: http://www.thepadrehotel.com/
Last summer I headed to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs with two of my friends. It was by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in…not necessarily the fanciest or most over-the-top, but the funnest! The little details were incredible, the food was to die for, and the decor was uber chic yet utilitarian at the same time….plus they had alcoholic snowcones! I was even more impressed when I recently emailed the hotel to ask them sources for a few of the items used at the hotel that I fell in love with (herringbone bar towels used as napkins in the Diner & enamelware bowls used to serve ceviche nachos by the pool) and to my surprise received a response back the next day with links to their suppliers. The customer service was truly top notch and I recommend this hip place in the desert to anyone looking to get away.
One of my goals for 2010 is to do more traveling. I can only imagine what trips these mesmerizingly simple travel posters from the WPA’s Federal Art Project inspired during the 30′s and 40′s when they were released.
I have been obsessed with Dunton Hot Springs for.ev.er. It is probably the most stunningly beautiful vacation destination I have ever seen…and I consistently stalk resort and hotel websites, so I am an expert on this subject. The mastermind owners behind Dunton basically took a ghost town in Colorado and turned it into a chic, ski or hike all day, drink local wine, eat local organic food, relax in the natural hot spring outside your circa 1800′s cabin while you watch the world class sunset type of place. I die. Until I can visit Dunton in person, I have to just revisit the website over and over for my fix of this exquisite place.
Take a virtual vacation: www.duntonhotsprings.com