Designed by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, The Saguaro is a new hotel in the Old Town of Scottsdale, Arizona. The bright colors throughout the exterior and interior of the property, though non traditional in Southwest design, are meant to channel the palette of twelve indigenous wildflowers from the region. A vibrant desert oasis? Check me in, please.
Nestled in the colorful fishing village of Trancoso, on Brazil’s idyllic southern Bahian coast, is UXUA Casa Hotel. This sustainable and spectacular retreat was created by former Diesel designer Wilbert Das, in collaboration with local artisans, using traditional building methods, reclaimed materials, and Brazilian antiques and art. Four of the ten casas are restored fishermen homes on the 16th century town green called the Quadrado, while the rest sit in a lush garden. My kind of paradise . . .
Note to self: 5 days is not nearly enough time to explore Santa Fe for the first time. The downtown area alone is bursting at the seams with wonderful galleries, charming boutiques, and fantastic museums. Here are just a few highlights from my trip via the ever so addicting Instagram. By the way, Lauren has finally joined Instagram too so be sure to follow her here!
On Sunday, this 1954 Airstream is going up for auction with a starting bid of $1,000. Procured specially for Orvis, this one of a kind classic has been meticulously restored to gleaming perfection. How about we all pool together, bid on this beauty, and hit the open road!? #wishfulthinking
While visiting Greece a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of staying at the New Hotel in Athens, thanks to Tablet. The hotel’s designers, Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, are masters of recycled chic and have fashioned the interiors of the hotel with salvaged pieces from what was formerly the Olympic Palace Hotel. Chairs repurposed from old coat hangers and fabric, and walls covered in old lamps, wood scrap, and old table legs are juxtaposed with über-modern art, fixtures, and amenities. Exploring every nook and cranny of the hotel was beyond inspiring and visually stimulating. And with my favorite neighborhood Plaka just around the corner, you couldn’t ask for a better way to end a three week vacation!
Montaña Mágica Lodge, also known as Magic Mountain Lodge, is located within Huilo Huilo, a 232 square mile natural reserve in southern Chile. Covered in rainforest moss and vines, this manmade volcano-like structure spews water and is only accessible by a monkey bridge. And if this isn’t sufficiently magical and surreal, outside are hot tubs, carved from hollowed out tree trunks, with ideal vantage points for wildlife sightings. Honestly? WTF.