Rivertown Lodge - Hudson

Last weekend Grant and I went on a weekend getaway to Hudson, NY to relax a little before I started my new job. I had been wanting to check out the newly-opened Rivertown Lodge and this was the perfect fall weekend to do so. 

The building itself has a lot of history - it was originally a movie theater in the 1920s (it still has the old marquee sign!) and was later converted to a hotel. The super-talented Brooklyn-based design firm, Workstead, worked on the design of the hotel, filling it with their amazing light fixtures and custom furniture pieces.

Every detail was carefully considered and it really showed. Case in point: they have some of the coolest light switches I've ever encountered. The hotel's lobby is perfect for relaxing and hanging out and because it's located right on Warren Street (the main drag in Hudson), it's only a quick jaunt from lots of restaurants and shops. We loved walking around and coming back inside to warm up and chat with one of the owners, Ray.

A few things you can't miss:

Gaskins - While this restaurant isn't technically in Hudson, it's only a quick 15 minute drive and I promise it will be an amazing meal.

Flowerkraut - Right across from the Rivertown, this cute shop is both a floral studio and boutique with lots of amazing finds.

2 Note Hudson - This local perfumery worked with Rivertown on their shampoo, conditioner and body wash, which is what initially led me to the store. I was surprised by their large array of products, including some natural skincare products (that of course smelled amazing).

Cafe Le Perche - The staff at Rivertown recommended this spot for brunch and it did not disappoint! I recommend making reservations as this is the spot to brunch. 

Hawkins New York - I had to be dragged out of this store before I bought everything in sight! The store is curated with beautifully designed goods, as well as their own in-house line. Come here for their luxurious linen bedding!

A glimpse into what I packed...

Industry Standard jeans / J.Crew loafers (sold out - similar here and here) / Zara sweater (old - similar here and here) / Madewell sunglasses (old - similar here and here) / J.Crew Fair Isle sweater

shelter island

My mom and I booked a last-minute trip to Shelter Island to celebrate my birthday and it could not have been more perfect! It was our first time there and we absolutely loved it. We stayed at The Chequit, which is nicely nestled in the Shelter Island Heights area and is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the harbor. The hotel was recently renovated and every detail was accounted forevery room even comes with a sun hat and a turkish towel!

Shelter Island is only accessible via ferry—either to the North Fork of Long Island or to Sag Harbor. It was a bit overcast one day so we ventured over to Sag Harbor for the afternoon. It's such a picturesque town with great shops to wander through. Back on Shelter Island, we loved going to the beach near the Sunset Beach Hotel, which is another great place to stay or spend some time at. 

STAY:
The Chequit / Sunset Beach Hotel / Rams Head Inn

EAT:
Vine Street Cafe / Marie Eiffel Market / Provisions / Wolffer Kitchen (opening soon!)

SHOP:
Monc XIII / Bloom / Ruby Beets / Sylvester & Co 

weekend getaway

Weekend getaways are, in my opinion, one of the best parts of summer. There are so many great places within a few hours drive from NYC, and upstate New York is quickly becoming one of my favorite destinations. The Hudson Valley is full of unique small towns, each with its own sensibility.

I'm excited to announce that I've teamed up with onefinestay, and am heading to the Hudson Valley this weekend with a group of friends as an early birthday trip! onefinestay is an amazing resource of homes you can rent throughout select cities across the world. They are founded on the idea of handmade hospitality, so each home is well-appointed with everything you could possibly need. 

I can't wait to check into our home for the weekend and explore the surrounding area! I'll be sharing details of our weekend on my instagram, as well as on onefinestay's instagram. Follow along to see what we're up to! 

And what would a weekend getaway be without a packing list?

The key to packing for any weekend getaway is a great bag that can fit all your essentials without breaking your back. The Catalina Weekender by Lo & Sons is my weekend bag of choice (Grant's is the Everlane Weekender)—I especially love the bottom compartment for shoes so they don't dirty the rest of your clothes!

Minimal clothing is needed because you'll be in your bikini most of the time, anyway! I always pack a pair of jean shorts, a few striped tees, an oversized button down and something special—like this chambray romper.

A few accessories are all you need—a sun hatsunglasses and a pair of espadrilles. Of course, a witty beach towel doesn't hurt and a camera to capture all the fun!

In case you're looking for some inspiration, I've made a Pinterest board celebrating the spirit of weekend getaways. And what is a trip without some good music? Check out the Spotify playlist I curated for our trip!

top image by onefinestay / bottom image by Jessica Comingore

nyc staycation

This past Friday, Grant and I spontaneously decided to do a staycation here in the city. We had been toying with the idea for awhile, and when The Standard launched their new app, One Night Standard, and had $99/night rooms, we jumped at the chance to make our idea a reality!

We opted for a room at The Standard High Line over their East Village location so we could explore a different part of our city that we don't often get over to. After work, I ran home and quickly packed us a bag and headed to the hotel. Our room was perfect, with views of the High Line and the rest of the city.

We took the opportunity to get a little dressed up and went to dinner at a little Italian spot nearby and then had drinks at the hotel. On Saturday we got up and had brunch at The Standard Grill (order the cinnamon-sugar donuts!) and spent the afternoon wandering around the West Village. The neighborhood was buzzing with the reopening of the Whitney Museum so we stopped by to check that out. 

I highly, highly recommend trying out a staycation - it seriously felt like a true vacation, even though it was just for a night! 

STAY:
The Standard Hotel - High Line

EAT:
The Standard Grill
Piccolo Angolo

SHOP:
Calliope
CAP Beauty

interior envy: the dean hotel

The boutique hotel is having quite a day. It seems like more and more uniquely designed, well thought-out hotels are popping up and I couldn't be more thrilled. I now have a list of places to visit, not only because of the city, but because I want to check out these hotels. These spots aren't just a place to sleep, but whole experiences and attractions themselves. 

My newest find: The Deal Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (thanks to Liz!). Not only is the hotel designed with beautiful interiors infused with the perfect amount of traditional details, it also has some standout branding and witty copywriting. There's nothing better than a business not taking itself too seriously. P.S. they also have a killer instagram!

Here are some other hotels I've stayed at and others I hope to one day visit...

Austin, TX — Hotel San Jose; Hotel Saint Cecilia

Ojai, CA — Ojai Rancho Inn

Los Angeles, CA — The Ace Hotel DowntownThe Line Hotel

Palm Springs, CA — The Ace Hotel & Swim Club; Korakia Pensione; The Parker; The Sagauro

Los Alamos, CA — The Alamo Motel

Nashville, TN — The 404 Hotel

Phoenica, NY — The Graham & Co.

New York, NY — The Wythe Hotel; The Marlton Hotel

Miami, FL — The Standard Spa

Let me know some of your favorites — I'd love to add to my list!

the graham & co.

 

I had mentioned this summer that we were spending a couple of days at The Graham & Co., and am finally getting around to posting photos from our amazing stay. Let me tell you, we had the best time. The Graham is a boutique hotel located in Phonecia, a small town in the Catskills region of New York. It's a quick drive from the city and you are immediately transported into a relaxed mindset the minute you get there. I can't recommend it enoughwe were already planning our next visit before we left!

The hotel itself is minimally designed but also so well thought out. They have everything you need and they even have a little shop inside their reception area. I was obsessed (and impressed!) with all their branded goods from sweatshirts to blankets to fragrances—they had it all.

We spent the majority of our time floating on those giant beanbags in the pool (the best pool float I've ever encountered btw), but we did manage to leave for meals and to take a short hike nearby. Here are our recommendations:

Sweet Sue's — Go here for an incredible pancake breakfast. We were told it was a can't-miss but unfortunately Sue was on vacation while we were there.

Phoenica Diner — Another great breakfast option. Classic diner fare.

Brio's — Delicious pizza, only a short walk from The Graham. Grab a pizza and some wine and bring it back to eat al fresco.

Peekamoose — An upscale restaurant about 12 miles from The Graham. It's run by the same people behind The Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Kaaterskill Falls — A short and easy hike nearby to a waterfall.

A few more tips:
Rooms book up quickly, but if you follow them on twitter, they often post about cancellations.
This trip is totally doable without a car. You can take a Trailways bus that drops you a short walk from The Graham!

escape

I am taking next week off from the blog and taking a much needed trip to some SUNSHINE! Follow me on instagram to keep up with my travels! Have a wonderful weekend and week! 

P.S. I wish I was going somewhere as amazing as in this photo...

destination: chile

I've never even thought about traveling to Chile, but after hearing about Rashi's amazing trip and seeing Jamie's photos, it's jumped to the top of my travel list. And how incredible does the Tierra Patagonia Hotel look? I think I'd do just fine there - in fact it looks like I could probably just live there forever judging by the interiors! Where are you hoping to visit next? I'm anxious to travel outside the US this year!

top photo by Rashi Birla / hotel photos by Jamie Beck