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Weekenders: Mexico City + Oaxaca

 

The allure of sunny days, brilliant colors and vibrant streets of Mexico are hard to resist. Oaxaca and Mexico City are no exception.

A short flight from one another both cities share the nostalgic feeling of different time. The destinations somehow compliment yet contrast each other to create a full experience complete with old city charm. The bustling streets of Mexico City easily flow into the markets and more leisurely pace of Oaxaca. Make no mistake these are cities but they never compromise a sense of grounding and connection to the earth. 

If you are already planning your flight to these magical places we suggest booking rooms at the Downtown Mexico in Mexico City and Hotel Azul in Oaxaca. Also just as a note this might be quite longer than a weekend trip. We hope you enjoy our visual diary of the hotels, architecture and some shoots we did along the way. 

 
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Weekenders: Hasbrouck House

 

A short drive north of New York City you will be liberated of the concrete jungle and welcomed by the sweet arms of the great outdoors. The grind of the city is real and any opportunity to find peace outside of our daily routine is heaven sent.

A destination where history meets luxury is the Hasbrouck House, formerly known as the Inn at Stone Ridge. Centered around an 18th century Dutch Colonial stone mansion the estate features seventeen thoughtfully designed suites within the main house, nearby carriage and stable houses. This gorgeous getaway has recently been renovated as an inviting escape in the hamlet of Stone Ridge, NY.

Camping this is not. A trip to the Hasbrouck House is for those weekends you are treating yourself with some extra kindness and comfort. The property is designed to preserve the historic integrity of the vibrant and lush home while never missing a beat in providing the modern accommodations and amenities of a boutique hotel. This is truly a unique, luxury experience in our upstate travels so far. With grounds covering a landmark pool, private apple orchard, hiking trails, a fire pit, bar and restaurant Butterfield (not to be missed!) all within walking distance, you will be surrounded by the natural, beautiful setting of the Hudson Valley without much effort. If you are feeling adventurous we welcome you to explore the communities of Kingston, Woodstock and Catskills for more attractions in dining, arts and nature. Take a peek into the Hasbrouck House with us as we explored the grounds opening weekend.

 

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Weekenders: Tulum

 

After a long east coast winter we were craving a moment of sunshine and time on the beach. Chasing summer always seems like a fine idea as the weather becomes less than appealing. When it comes to tropical escapes New Yorkers seem to love what the small town of Tulum, Mexico has to offer. Through word of mouth from our friends and fellow travelers, we heard of the magical healing quality a few days on the beaches of Tulum can inspire.

When planning this visit, rest, relaxation and recharging were our top priorities as we're heading into Spring. To work in a bustling city like New York, it’s important to keep in mind the health of our mind and bodies in order to operate for the long haul.  Peaceful moments in hammocks and outdoor daybeds allow us to hear the gentle crashing waves and other soothing sounds the ocean has to offer. Daily doses of fresh fish from the sea, a couple of juices and a few shots of mezcal helps let your body know it’s time to be at ease. Tulum is truly a place to visit to help restore and find a moment to yourself.

 
 

Stay / Nest Tulum

 

When researching travel accommodations we are constantly keeping our eyes peeled for a unique experience. We love to feel a part of a community and acclimate to our surroundings. Nest is a small boutique property we discovered on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Mexican Caribbean. The beachfront collection of individual styled bungalows are furnished impeccably with locally sourced artisanal home goods and decor. We only wish we factored in a couple of days to visit these artisanal towns to scoop up something pretty for our own homes.  

The minimalistic design and stunning architecture creates an inviting atmosphere that almost makes you feel as you are visiting a friend's beach house. An open air shared living room is available to all guests to enjoy breakfast and cozy lounges. The staff at Nest is attentive, welcoming and always available to help you make daily plans. It was really special to feel like you made a new friend and home away from home in this paradise after considering countless options...Nest was exactly what we hoped to find for our first experience in Tulum. We could have stayed planted at the property our whole stay and hearts would have been filled with happiness.

 

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Experience / Coqui Coqui

 

Don’t worry we eventually left the beaches at Nest, we had to eat lunch of course! Coqui Coqui came highly recommended as a place to visit for a mid-day snack and for the varying options of fragrances from their in-house perfumery. For a really satisfying morning coffee, the café at Coqui Coqui may be your best option. They make a delicious coffee smoothie that was delicious and indulgent vacation treat. For perfect gauzey summer cover-ups, caftans and authentic, hand-made sun hats definitely visit the shop on grounds. You will leave looking and smelling like the beach.

 

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Ceviché / Be Tulum

 

After a long morning at the beach, we always opted for a light mid-day snack before embarking on a hunt for a dinner spot. Be Tulum’s Mexican ceviché came to us highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Ceviché with a side of guacamole, some warm tortilla chips and a pina colada is just the fix for beachside snack. The grounds of Be Tulum are gorgeous and eating ceviché under the blue skies with your toes in the sand is exactly what we were looking for when it comes to lunch.

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Eat / Nomade

 

For dinner on the beach, Hotel Nomade is the place to watch the sunset and enjoy a fresh fish dinner from their fish market. This popular fish market inspired restaurant is a tribute to the joys of life by the sea. We suggest splitting a whole fish for two. Ask your server for what’s on special.

 

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Nightlife / Gitano

 

Gitano just makes you feel all kinds of jungle sexy. Firstly it’s located on the jungle side of the beach town stretch so it’s the most authentic tropical decor we have seen yet. The whole space is an exotic plant filled wonderland with a touch of disco ball reflection perfection. You will find dinner and dancing in the jungle at Gitano. We stopped in for a couple of cocktails that were on point. The beautiful crowd, handsome bartenders and excellent drinks make it easy to have a sultry night on the town. 

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The Weekenders:

LA + Venice + Mailbu

 

The golden state was good to us during our week long getaway. The weather was 70’s and bright, we rode bicycles with bare arms through Venice, stayed at a mid-century dream home and had all the juice and vintage we could ever wish for at our fingertips. The West Coast just exudes renewal and good energy that was the perfect start to an exciting new year for us.

 

Stay / LA

The Line Hotel

 

For a complete and total LA experience make sure to book a night at The Line Hotel. Set in a historic mid-century building in the bustling area of Koreatown this hotel boasts the very photo friendly greenhouse style restaurant The Commissary. With industrial style interiors the hotel feels very downtown but once you reach your room with floor to ceiling windows outlining a picturesque Hollywood Hills you quickly are reminded you are laid-back west coast living (palm trees in all their glory.) The Line Hotel has the most helpful staff. Make sure to read Dine Around at The Line from our friends at Trends on Trends for more spots to eat around Koreatown.

 

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Visit

 

Moon Juice Shop

We miss Moon Juice already. This Silver Lake staple makes their own cold-pressed, 100% organic juice and nut milk. If we had access to these everyday we promise to be healthier! Stop in to chat with the very knowledgeable and helpful staff. The in-house Moon Juice tonics and dusts will have us all clear mind and body in no time. The packaging is so fun you will love incorporating these goods into your daily routine.

 

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Abbot Kinney

 

Abbot Kinney is the legendary shopping strip in Venice Beach. Feel like a local visiting favorites like Blue Bottle Coffee, Cuyana and stop a Le Labo to pick up a new scent. A quick traveler tip, rent a couple of bikes from Santa Monica Pier and ride down the coastal boardwalk until you hit Venice. Riding bikes beachside is good for the soul.

 

Gjusta

 

The artisanal bakery is located in a sprawling warehouse space on the off streets of Venice. All bread is baked on site so you can imagine this place smells heavenly. Get your second juice of the day here and pick-up a deli sandwich (or pizza) for the beach. This place has got it all.

 

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Shop

 

Passenger

The curated vintage at Passenger LA was so good that it hurt a little. Flip through their denim offerings and try not to go home with a new pair. The selection is obviously well researched and their thorough study of fashion makes the collection so coveted. Here you will find designer vintage mixed with the highest quality of thrifted finds. Good vintage is lasting so this is the place to invest ladies!   

 

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The Apartment by The Line LA


Another The Line LA but this time The Apartment by the Line LA. We loved The Apartment by the Line in New York so much we had to see the west coast version. The lofted shopping space was covered with our minimal furniture wish list. The rugs, home decor and art + design books are impeccably styled but feel almost as though they had just landed their effortlessly. That flood of California light seeping through each corner of the room just made everything that much more desirable. Not only does this story carry our dream home furnishings but they also offer a wardrobe, apothecary and bath selection to make your lifestyle come full circle. 

 

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Stay / Malibu

Mid Century Modern Paradise

 

We arrived at our Mid-Century Modern Paradise late night on our visit to the Malibu coves and quite frankly we were a bit a nervous. Neither of us had ever visited such a heights for a nights rest. Trust us when we say all the jitters were worth it in the morning. Our home for the week was perched upon a hilltop with a view of the incomparable view of the Pacific Ocean. We had our own private, quiet, tree-house style Airbnb that was complete magic. Enjoying our breakfast poolside with majestic views of the sprawling body of water and tons of tropical greenery was really just perfect.

 

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Eat

Night + Market Song

 

For updates on traditional Thai street food add Night + Song Market to your must visit in LA list. This little Silver Lake gem was definitely a highlight of the trip with it’s delicious food and colorful interiors. Order a few dishes to share to get a taste of everything (because you will definitely wish you had time to try the whole menu). We thought we were playing it safe adding one order of pad thai, said pad thai was best we ever had. Don’t miss this spot!

 

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The Butcher's Daughter 

 

Yes, we know we have a Butcher’s Daughter in the city but this sweet storefront in Venice stole our hearts. Juice, salads, sandwiches and beach - that’s all we need to be happy. With mostly vegetarian inspired dishes the bright space, light wood and outdoor style furniture had us pretty convinced the Venice lifestyle is for us.

 

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The Weekenders: West Coast

Joshua Tree + palm springs

 
 

January is a month that you won’t mind missing in New York City. Through the slush and threats of snowstorms, we happily looked West this year. California was calling our names and we felt very comfortable responding.

The sunshine state has long had a special place in our hearts. With past quick trips to Los Angeles we realized there was much more to discover, especially outdoors. We planned the first few days of our trip photo hiking through the desert in Joshua Tree and spending time rejuvenating in the glorious sun at Palm Springs. The warmth of the California rays is just what your body needs mid-winter, join us on our first leg of The Weekenders, West Coast edition.

 

 

Stay / Joshua Tree

 

The Joshua Tree House

In the morning, take a moment to soak in the orange and pink desert sky at The Joshua Tree House. The sunrise at this Airbnb is one of the compelling reasons to stay here, but owners Sara and Rich Combs take home rentals to new heights with their perfectly decorated interiors. Live like a desert local in this ranch style home with all the finishings. The rental comfortably sleeps 4 with 2 separate bedrooms and a spacious shared space. The caramel leather sofa will give you a case of serious vintage envy. The bedding, linens and inserts were the best - if you are anything like us we love a comfortable place to lay our heads, and we must say The Joshua Tree House provided one of the best nights of sleeps between the covers and serene setting.  It was a bit cold during our stay but sharing wine with friends in the hot tub soaking in the sunset might have just put us over the top at The Joshua Tree House.

 

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Visit

 

Joshua Tree National Park

If you made it all the way to Joshua Tree do not skip the actual park. Simply driving through the small town is gorgeous but wait until you get through the gates of the park. This is truly one of the most inspiring places we’ve visited yet. Joshua Tree is full of quiet magic and stillness. There is so much to explore that you will need more than a day so plan accordingly. Keep an eye out for the full web-editorial we shot with Ganni we'll be sharing with you soon.

 

Eat

La Copine Kitchen

 

Best brunch ever. The flavors and precision that go into creating the dishes at La Copine Kitchen is incomparable. The brilliant chef Nikki Hill has us craving her breakfast special Hen of The Woods, a wilted escarole salad topped with fried breaded crumbs, roasted mushrooms & parsnips, the most wonderful house made ricotta - topped with a sherry vinaigrette and fried egg. Take the short drive to La Copine - it will be well worth your time.

 

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Pappy + Harriet's 

 

Pappy + Harriet’s was offered by many as a place to be in Joshua Tree. Driving to this restaurant, saloon was one of the most memorable journeys of the trip as we wound in and out through the high desert mountains of California. It’s hard not to have a good time at Pappy + Harriet’s, this is where you will find all the out of towners and locals together toasting the night. 

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Stay / Palm Springs 

Ace Hotel + Swim Club

 

When in Palm Springs, stay at The Ace Hotel + Swim Club. It’s the hub of creative happenings in the desert. The grounds will leave you with feelings of wonder. While casually relaxing poolside you have the larger than life backdrop of vast mountain peaks lingering above head. It’s all so subtle but colossal to see. The mid-century architecture of the hotel was just the perfect setting for such magnificent views. We took full advantage of the hotel bar Amigo Room and caught an acoustic live performance that got us in that southern California state of mind.

 

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Visit

Moorten Botanical Gardens 

 

For more cacti head over to the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs. Visiting botanical gardens in climates different from our own awakens moments of creativity for us. Flowers and fauna just happen to be two of our very favorite things.

 

Crystal Fantasy

 

After a spa day and our chakra’s feeling wide open and clear we happened to stumbled upon Crystal Fantasy which had plenty of good vibes go around. A crystal and healing center and shop, we love the positive energy that can move freely from these tiny gifts. Bonus was the 4-6 tarot card readers on hand awaiting to share you fortunes. We of course obliged!

 

Eat

King's Highway

 

We truly felt like locals grabbing brunch at King's Highway at the Ace Hotel. Owned by the same team as our favorite fries + burger spot Five Leaves, King's Highway did not disappoint. Many items were actually the same as what you would find at the Brooklyn outpost which left a super cozy feeling when so far away from home.

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Weekenders: Upstate

 
 

Heading upstate can have such a ubiquitous meaning. Literally there are a ton of places you can visit when you are going “upstate.” We (meaning Nicole because she is from the Midwest) are learning it means mostly visiting the Catskills and Hudson Valley area. Fortunately for us we have heaps of friends hearing the call of the great outdoors, and best of all they only have the best recommendations to share.

Recently we were lured on weekend getaway to hear the crunch of the leaves under our feet and soak in some epic change of seasons as we transition into fall. Breathtaking (yes breathtaking, we said it) is the only world to describe the beauty you will witness if you time your trip just right.  

Brushland Eatery has been on our minds non-stop as of late so we jumped at the opportunity to stay in their spacious yet cozy apartment, and explore the quiet and scenic town of Bovina. We admire the owners of the restaurant and inn, Sohail Zandi and Sara Elbert, for exemplifying the perks of a slower pace and a healthy approach to balancing creativity and work. Tracy and Jamie Kennard found themselves upstate building a local wine bar, Brunette Bar, where friends could hang out and they could pursue a passion project that combines Tracy’s expertise as a small business consultant and Jamie's background in graphic design. Kelli Galloway found herself turning a weekend of playing with flowers into a budding florist career in Kingston, another small town outside of the city, and opening a locally inspired shop along the way.

Something pretty special seems to be happening in this mysterious upstate region. Groups of loyal city dwellers are finding something more in the countryside just a mere hours away. The center of the shift upstate seems to revolve around the kind and open minded people who are creating a community ready to live the lives they’ve always dreamed. These three stories perfectly weave together the fabric of the local upstate that we love and know.

Meet the amazing local creatives that are making upstate the place to be.

 

Brunette Wine Bar

33 BROADWAY, IN DOWNTOWN KINGSTON, NY.

 

Current wine of choice.

It changes on a daily basis, but right now, I am obsessed with Buena Onda, a pet-nat rosé made by Jeremy Qastana. It’s made from Gamay and is just a touch off-dry, which makes it perfect for Fall. I know everyone says they don’t like sweet wines, but I challenge them to try this one without falling in love.

 

Any Suggested snacks to pair with that wine?

We make a savory bread with gruyère, ham and thyme that is a pretty perfect pairing. It’s also good with a spicy sopressata that we get from our friends at Fletcher’s BBQ in Gowanus. They get the sausage from Staubitz, which is the oldest butcher in Brooklyn, and smoke it themselves.

 
 

The attention to detail is impeccable in this space. What is the process like bringing a bar to life?

The process is much like any other big undertaking. It requires organization, vision and purpose. We wanted to build a bar that felt like an extension of our home and to create a place that we and our friends would want to hang out in. So we designed it to be bright and airy, but small and intimate at the same time. There was definitely a point when I started worrying that Brunette would look like a space bar - all white and weird. Even our contractor tried to get us to paint the wainscoting grey. But we stuck with our instincts and we're glad we did; It works just as well in the evening when every stool is taken, as it does on Sunday afternoon, when people come by solo to read the paper with a glass of bubbly.

 

How does one end up upstate opening a bar? Please advise.

Well, when you spend 10 years of weekends driving back and forth from the Catskills, you start to get creative about how to create a better balance between your two worlds. Because Jamie and I both run our own businesses, we had the flexibility to spend more time working from upstate. Once we started shifting the time split between upstate and NYC, we realized we still wanted to feel connected more to the community. What better way to do that than by opening a bar?

 
 

Thoughts on upstate vs city living.

Do I really have to choose? They’re both the best! My time in the city lately is very purposeful. I schedule meetings back to back and if I'm lucky, I have time to get my fill of soup dumplings before hopping back on the train upstate. 

Upstate is also a wonderful place to work and live, for all the obvious reasons and then some. I consider myself pretty lucky to get to enjoy both on a regular basis.

 

The most babest brunette of all time is...

We have an entire wall in our bathroom dedicated to them, so this is a tough one. But right now, maybe Patti Smith? Super talented, smart, articulate, and great style gorgeous, to boot.

 

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Hops Petunia

Kingston, NY

 

Job Description.

Floral Designer, stylist, owner of Hops Petunia Floral. I love building and creating a cozy atmosphere with flowers so I tackle most anything to create that.

 

Fall Flowers are so romantic, which make the best arrangements this time of year?

Well as we all know Dahlias are the seasonal hit, but for me this year I really fell in love with Cosmos and mini Zinnias. Their wild, free spirited stems are really fun to work with and add interest to any arrangement.

 

Tell us about some local makers you carry. We can never get enough!

I love finding people who are working hard to create what they love and being from the Detroit area there are a lot of hard working folks there. I wanted Hops to share those people with the Hudson Valley. I've made an effort to not just carry NY makers but to bring in lots of different hardworking people to the shop. I have Little Flower Soap Co. from Detroit, Cherry Republic, maker of jams, salsa, teas and chocolates from Traverse City, MI. Emily Katz Macramé and P.F. Candles from Portland, Species by the Thousands, candles and facial spray from Brooklyn and Wishbone Letterpress cards from the Kingston area.  Also with a lot of inspiration from our trip to Japan in the store we are carrying gorgeous brass pens and desk accessories from a Japanese company as well we a slew of aprons, towels and placemats..

 
 

You're also a potter..Your ceramics are beautiful! How do you have time for it all? Any tips for work/creative balance (we are all ears!)

I really wish I had all the answers for this one but I'm still learning. I find with all the chaos of a flower business it's good to find some some sort of consistency and for me pottery did that. I know that every Monday I try to get to the studio and just sort of shut my brain off. Keeps me from getting too deep into just flowers, I think it's good to mix it up and learn different skills. I've worn many hats in my life and they all come in handy from time to time.

 

Your perfect day upstate.

Oh wow, this is hard one. Because there are so many different kinds of days we could have. I love the people we've met upstate and so seeing them is always a delight. I love waking up in our house in Rosendale and wandering down the the street to the Alternative Baker for a coffee, my husband and I love to drive around in the country so we also take advantage of extra time to do that. I try to head over to Downtown Antiques in Accord to see our favorite shop and friend Ron. And maybe top the evening off with a dinner and drink in the area. Maybe stop at Brunette Bar to see friends and have some wine. And if it's fall/winter a fire in our backyard with friends is just the best.

 

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Brushland Eating House

Bovina, New York

 

Definition of an Eating House:

Eating Houses were some of the earliest iterations of restaurants, and were places that a community would gather after a day's work or a week spent traveling. For us, it conjures images of a warm and welcoming space, not just for consuming delicious food but for loosening buttons and clinking beers, sharing stories and running into friends. Of course, we are crazy about food, we are also looking to foster relationships - to each other and the land.

 

Best thing about living upstate: 

Less cabs, more coyotes.

The balance of hard work and playful exploration is really important to us, and in the city the scales were often tipped significantly to one side. The peace and quiet that the mountains offer really set the tone for structure, and we find there is a seamless integration of grunt work and fun work. It's something we have repeated for a long time, 'I want work and play to feel like the same.' Up here, it does.

It's also really nice to be instantly bound to your 'neighbors,' some of which live thirty miles away, because we have all intentionally chosen this place to land and are a community based on the love of a locale. The Catskills Mountains are an incubator, with such great people settling here and calling them home. That's exciting.

 
 

How did you two meet? 

It was a little 'When Harry Met Sally' at first. We had worked together at sister restaurants Frankie's & Prime Meats, which comes with a lot of post-shift decompressing at dive bars. A group of us all lived in Red Hook and spent time as a pack. It was clear that we had met our other when we took a trip upstate, where we discovered Bovina. We were equally enamored, and sort of fell in love with each other and a place at the same time.

 

When was that a-ha moment to open Brushland?

It was a long time coming, whether we knew it was all for Bushland or not. There were about a dozen "a-ha's" over a three year stretch, that lead in the direction of buying this building and opening up shop, starting with the 'I don't want to live in the city anymore, how can I live in the country full time?' That idea led us to Martha's Vineyard, and eventually upstate.

We see that a lot, people itching to spend more time upstate but not knowing how to make it feasible. We both love to entertain and host, we're passionate about food and wine, so at the end of this winding journey it was clear that creating a restaurant of our own was the 'how.'

 
 

Three words you want to float into the minds of guests when dining with you: 

Where are we? No, but really, we often hear people say "this could be in Brooklyn!" which we get, but we also want our customers to realize how special the experience is, seeing that we are in fact in the mountains. We have limited resources, we are one of the only businesses in our little hamlet, there is an incredible bounty of fresh ingredients at our disposal. It's really unlike Brooklyn, unless you're fixated on Sohail's beard or the Dead playing over the stereo. Bovina, and this corridor of the Catskills in general, is really unlike anywhere else and we believe it deserves some of the credit.

 

Tell us how to book that incredible upstairs living space: 

Stop in, give us a ring, drop a line. The easiest might be by heading to our website, and clicking on the 'stay' tab, which sends you to Air BNB. We've had people come for dinner and realize halfway through that they want to have another bottle of wine and that they should just shack up upstairs, which is a fun ending to a meal. 

 

What to order at your spot on a crisp, cool fall night? 

A glass of local cab franc, roasted hen of the woods mushrooms with smoky romesco, buttery pork schnitzel and olive oil cake with parsley and pear, which is both sweet and savory. Autumn really sets the tone for our long winter, so it's about milking the last of fresh herbs, highlighting some of the late summer harvest but also starting to embrace the fatty staples that get us through until spring.

 

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Weekenders: Nashville

 

So we wanted to let y’all know Local Creative is hitting the road to discover MORE local with our new feature ‘Weekenders’!

To us local is a state of mind. It’s where you are in a moment - the people you meet, the places only locals know and love to share when asked. Local creatives are everywhere and our blog has introduced us to them in more ways than we thought possible. Sharing our local experiences with you is so lovely but we wanted to dig a bit deeper.

Right now there seems to be no better place than Nashville to do local. We packed our travelers and hopped on the a fight to Tennessee.  Join us as we explore the new local in the Music City. (we of course hit up a honky tonk or two along the way.)

 

 

Stay

Quite possibly the most important part of planning a weekend away is ensuring a place to lay your head at night. Whether you have gracious friends in a new city ready to extend a couch or booking a hotel – it’s crucial to get a good night’s rest after your busy days exploring. Here are some places to sleep in Nashville.

 
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AirBnb

We’ve been curious to jump on the Airbnb train. What better way to feel like a local than to rent your own place in a new city. Longtime Nashville resident, Kristin Barlowe, offers just that by renting her 2 story bungalow style home in hip East Nashville. We stayed in Kristin’s luxe and ultra comfortable boho loft for a couple of nights (for larger groups sneak a peek at this ladies 3 bedroom oasis downstair). This house is perfect for a group of friends traveling together offering 5 rooms in total. The space is completely furnished with fresh linens, towels, robes, kitchen essentials and a French press (essentials are all covered, we are telling ya). We wish we actually could live in Kristen’s loft IRL. Also HBO.

 

 

The 404

If you are looking to splurge for lodging we say The 404 is a must stay.  We are obsessed with this charming boutique property in the Gulch neighborhood. This 5 room hotel is small so book fast! This group nails the details of an upscale hotel experience but the invisible service gives the impression you are just staying at a friends chic apartment.

Trust us and book the King Loft, with spiraling staircase to a private lounging room and the white tiled shower of your dreams, you will not be disappointed to spend your weekend at this spot. The brass accents and wood furnishings are the definition of lifestyle goals, you might even walk away with a little interior inspo for your own home.

 

 

Eat

When traveling to Nashville prepare yourself to eat. If this requires mental preparation, physical activity or excessive planning - do whatever it takes. So many places to eat, so little time applies here. Our technique was sharing plates to sample as we restaurant hopped through Nashville’s best. As specialists in weekend getaways we have pulled together a list of places to hit up, what we like to think of as an exercise in splurging and saving.

 

Pinewood Social

Definitely do brunch here. Catch the weekend scene and enjoy some Americana –style classics off the menu. Do like us and grab a cortado from the delicious local coffee shop Crema and get cozy in a big leather armchair with the Sunday paper. Wait for your table and order the Graceland (waffle, peanut butter mousse, bacon, fresh banana) or opt for the egg in a basket as a savory option. After brunch casual lounge poolside if the weather is permitting or sign up for a bowling lane.

 
 

Mas Tacos

Where do we start with Mas Tacos? Here’s a start - we could eat this every day from here on and be in total bliss. When we arrived, delicious orders were being called out over the loudspeakers to tease us toward the entrance. At Mas Tacos we were greeted by Motown classics and remnants of a gritty, cool Nashville of yesteryear. We got the perfect window spot (for insta pics of course) during a bustling lunch hour. Try all of the tacos if you can stomach it. The pulled pork, fried tilapia, quinoa and sweet potato, and spicy carne were all A+. Top your meal with eloté, Cuban beans with plantains and refreshing pineapple cilantro aguas frescas and you are good to go.

 
 

The 404 Kitchen

Housed in a former shipping container, The 404 Kitchen offers classic European cuisine with a distinct emphasis on local. The flavors presented in chef Matt Bolus menu are sensational. We must say, try the burrata, but really you can’t go wrong here. We cannot recommend this dining experience enough for your next visit to Nashville. Inquire about drink pairings from sommelier and general manager Travis Brazil who curates this fine establishments drinks menu. Order a cocktail featuring The 404 Kitchen’s award winning Japanese whiskey collection. Our minds were blown after a sip of The South Pacific, a perfect blend of Akashi “White Oak” whiskey, Blenheim’s ginger ale and blood orange. These guys know their way around some food and drink.

 

Adele's

Also located in the Gulch area, Adele’s a standout restaurant, perfect for al fresco dining in warmer months. Jonathan Waxman’s take on southern new American just hits the spot. As an ode to his mother, Adele’s does simple farm to table classics and elevates it to new heights. Take a seat at the bar and share some plates to make sure you get a little taste of everything from this menu.

Pop/Little Octopus

Little Octopus is a concept restaurant by Chef Sarah Gavigan and Chef Daniel Herget. This gallery/event space turned restaurant hosts local artists and French meets Latin flavors with a Mediterranean twist. Think Miami meets California. Enjoy the sights and scenes of an art show with enjoying a special meal with friends. Chef Sarah, refers to Little Octopus cooking style as “guilt free indulgence” and we couldn’t agree more.


 

Shop

What’s a weekend getaway without a little shopping? You gotta work off that food somehow, nothing like a retail workout. Nashville is exploding with boutiques and shops bursting with Southern personality. Seriously met some of the nicest peeps in town at these spots.

 

Imogene & Willie

If you are tired of thinking about your outfit and considering uniform status, visit Imogene + Willie for a staple t-shirt and jean combo. This husband and wife team handcrafts a solid pair of denim for both men and women. Their tees are the perfect ratio of softness to a great weight in fabric. These two know what white tee dreams are made of. Built in an old gas station, Imogene + Willie is more than a storefront but a center of a community. This is truly a destination for lovers of denim. For more about this incredible duo, read their about page. We promise it will inspire you to create too.

 
 

Hey Rooster


We stumbled upon Hey Rooster on a walk to our next eating destination (yes, we tried walking around Nashville before surrendering to a rental). This place is the sweetest! We loved the ladies at Hey Rooster, we felt at home in the curated assortment of local. Even recognizing some favorites from BK. In the summer months, this spot operates as a CSA flower pick up and offers workshops and pop-up events on their second floor.

 
 

White's Mercantile

Get your home goods here at White’s Mercantile. Love the selection of Southern specialty groceries such as hush puppy mix, Tennessee toffee, sea salt and buttermilk biscuits and jams. Beautiful linens, towels and blankets are all for the taking here. This is the place to get that special piece to accent a room or a gift for a friend. A little bit of everything here but that’s what we expect from a great mercantile. Definitely grab a sno cone on the way out!

 
 

Extra Tips

COFFEE:

Coffee, it’s how we all start our days and let’s get real - it makes for an awesome pic for the ‘gram. Nashville exceeded our expectations when it comes to coffee shops. This city has exceptional taste in java and these are some of the awesome spots we stopped along the way.

CremaSteadfast , Barista Parlour


DRINKS:

This place is also known for it’s bars and pubs. Here are some spots to hit up to enjoy the nightlife. Don’t leave Nashville without saying hi to Santa and singing some Weezer karaoke.

Santa’s PubWhiskey KitchenPatterson House 

 

 
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Montauk 

The Montauk Beach House

 

City living is rough when you work crazy hours and are in desperate need of some sunshine.

Sure laying out at the park is always an option but nothing says summer like a beach trip. Naturally we decided to pack our towels, newest kinis, sunnies and make our way to that sand, wind and water. And boy were we in the need of some R&R.

Imagine you are here - a block from the Atlantic Ocean and in the heart of downtown Montauk. Surprise! It’s real and you’ve arrived to our dreamy hotel of choice, The Montauk Beach House. The laid back vibes of this place are what we live for in the summer months. Seriously the beach is ONE block away and there is a killer pool situation when you walk out of your room. No more decisions involving pool or beach – do both, in the same day! Sip on some rosé while you glisten poolside chilling out to summers sounds.

Forgot your cover–up ? Visit the seasonal pop-up Poolside Collective for everything water. Why eat brunch anywhere other than the MBH when you can have French toast and a Spanish frittata in your PJ’s? Either way you are winning because the hotel is situated downtown and walking distance to some of our favorite eateries. Try Joni’s Kitchen for the best smoothies and juice in town or La Brisa for some crispy shrimp tacos.  

A highlight of the trip was the real time recovery took place in those heavenly beds. We were literally sleeping in clouds with luxe linens and all down everything. Special thanks to the wonderful and accommodating staff of The Montauk Beach House during our stay. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better visit to the beach.

Enough swooning from us, let our shots from the hotel do the talking. Unwind, vegetate and consider the pool/beach side fun you could be having this summer.

 
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Weekenders: Spruceton Inn

 

The Spruceton Inn is a magical winter wonderland (we can’t even imagine the beauty that will bloom come spring). At the end of the longest, perfectly scenic, old winding road you will find the inn right in the middle of a sprawling field, surrounded by picturesque mountain tops covered in snow (unbelievable, right?). Once you arrive at the grounds you quickly spot your home for the night. A row of renovated sleepers behind the most charming farmhouse, where innkeeper Casey Scieszka and her resident outdoors expert husband Steven Weinberg reside. The Spruceton Inn has a long history in Catskills starting as a Dutch farm in the 1800’s to reincarnation as the Schwarzenegger’s Sunshine Valley House (yes, you are thinking the right Schwarzenegger’s). After we settled into our room, we made our way to Conan’s Corner (aka the bar room, which serves beer, wine, cider and hot toddies. Don’t forget to ask for snacks!). This is not your typical bed and breakfast, it’s actually a bed and bar which is totally perfect for unwinding and chatting with the most lovely innkeeper host, Casey. Her warmth and good energy fills the room. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about upstate and her neighbors, Casey is the go-to for all you need to know on your weekend escape.  

 

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