my mother gets credit for finding this one: the graham & co hotel in phoenicia, ny.
seriously, i’d pack my bags this second for a weekend of hikes, bikes, fire pits and hammocks in the Catskills. wouldn’t you?
their branding is great, too. i love how they describe themselves: an update on the traditional weekend away. like this place, the vibe seems to be like summer camp for adults in the best possible way….probably with a lot less attitude, though.
(images courtesy of the graham & co website)
virgin gorda, to be specific. the villa aquamare looks pretty spectacular. it has to be, since it rents out for 7k a night during the holidays. (with a 10 night minimum stay!) but as long as we’re just imagining things, i say… why not!
added to my travel wishlist: the aenaon villas in santorini, greece. have a dreamy weekend…
I’m in Tokyo! Traveling laptop-free, (too heavy) I decided this morning I’d try a post super on-the-go style and am using my mobile phone.
Can I just say how much I love the Tsukiji fish market? Amazing. Supposedly tuna eyes are just delicious…
…a day early! i’m headed out of town today. not to venice… but doesn’t it look pretty? i’m going to cleveland, ohio to visit some friends and family. see you next week!
in the meantime, let’s all eat one of these:
tokyo. i’ve never been, and maybe-kind-of-who-knows-sort-of have a plan to visit at some point. not having a concrete plan didn’t stop me from getting the tiniest guide book you could ever imagine for a city so large. it’s small type densely covers the front and back of twelve accordian style pages. of course, there is a section on restaurants, and takazawa really stood out to me. for seven years the restaurant served only two tables a day. this year they expanded to ten seats. not ten tables. ten seats. i don’t speak japanese… at all, so not everything on the website is clear to me. but it looks like there’s a set menu and you eat what the chef feels like making on the day you are there. i find that exciting and terrifying, as i’m not always the most adventurous eater. usually, though, traveling makes me braver than i am here at home, and this seams like a great place for my tastebuds to take a leap.
this article about the restaurant and the chef dates back to 2007… but it’s still an interesting read.
(photos from takazawa’s website)
whenever i travel, the thing i’m most excited about is eating. so starting today, every tuesday we’ll take a look at a dream dining experience…it might be somewhere fancy, it might be a food cart. i think i’ll mostly feature places on my “must-eat-here-someday” list, but once in a while i might sneak in a place i’ve actually been to. hope you guys like this!
and speaking of lists, i started keeping a list of restaurants and bars i want to try as a word doc on my desktop a few months ago. anytime i read about a place that sounds great, or even pass by a place on a walk or in a cab, i jot it down and add it to the list. i just recently organized the list by category and neighborhood. i started with new york city but have a section at the end for los angeles and international must-eats too. it’s great and i consult it often… and it’s working out so much better than just trying to remember everything!
first up: mistral in stockholm. i love the philosophy, the design of the space, and the city it’s in. take a peek…
(photos by Erik Olsson, from mistral’s website)
tucked away in the hills of western new york is a little gem of a ski town that i simply adore called ellicottville, home to holiday valley and holimont ski resorts. in addition to skiing, snowboarding, or thrill-seeking on their new mountain coaster, you can also après-ski in style at the yodeler lodge, the tamarack club, or in town at dina’s. the walkable downtown boasts all sorts of fun shops to poke around in, and there is a nearby sculpture garden and alpaca farm to investigate in case you’re not a skier.
(photo via flickr)
summers in EVL are also pretty great. over at the mountain, you can golf, zip line, or test your tree climbing skills. (take a look here.) the roads leading in and out of town are perfect for long (and hilly!) bike rides. my personal favorite summer event is the fourth of july pet parade. pet owners lead their animals through main street – often in costume. i have seen dogs, a guinea pig in a cage perched on a wheelbarrow, a trio of baby goats, alpacas, horses, and something called a Zee-Donk (hybrid zebra and donkey!) march down main street. the animals all gather near the gazebo at the end so people can pet them. it’s totally fantastic, as are the fireworks and evening concert at the base of the mountain performed by the buffalo philharmonic.
these places are also on my “must-do” list:
- a massage at falling waters spa
-a trip to the salamanca antiques mall
-going to Dom’s Butcher Block in town if we’re cooking something meaty. amazing.
-a walk up Greer Hill Drive to see some pretty houses
(bottom photos by laura kinsey)
this week i’m attempting to have mostly juice meals. it’s pretty boring, and since i’m delerious for solid food, let’s take a look back to last week. i was in los angeles and palm springs, and super excited to try Umami Burger. we don’t have them here in NYC. not yet, anyway!
it was so cukoo bananas good that i went two days in a row.
first up…i went to the new location in Hermosa Beach. i had my fancy camera and was ready to take my little baby burger’s photo as soon as it was delivered. but it looked so amazing i think my brain melted – i forgot all about the photo! i opted for the Cali Burger, with slow-roasted tomato, butter lettuce, cheese, and that big pillowy, brioche-y kind of bun branded with a U on the top. so no picture, but it’s okay! there’s a whole slew of them on the Umami Burger flickr page.
the next day was my flight, but i had time to walk to the Umami Burger in Santa Monica and have another before take-off. i boogyed over there like my life depended on it, sat alone at a table outside, and ordered immediately. the Greenbird this time, a turkey burger with their “green cheese”, sprouts, and avocado. and fries. a little more clear-headed this time, i managed a few photos. their lemonade is also pretty incredible, by the way.
i’m in love. but i was full…and guess what the in flight meal was? yes. a cheeseburger. i decided to pass.
(photos by laura kinsey)